The excesses that preceded the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession led not only to finger-pointing but also plenty of soul-searching among both financial institutions and their customers. In retrospect, the outsized gains in the housing sector and the rampant wishful thinking that were prevalent in the 2000s were a fractured fairytale in the making, and the era clearly could have used a lot fewer cheerleaders and a few more level heads.
For all the well-documented headaches our animal friends might cause us – from late-night potty breaks to the Furmaggedon that overtakes crannies and couches in what can seem like an instant – almost any pet owner will tell you that all the fuss is worth it. And that’s not just cloying sentimentality. No, the joys of pet ownership are now backed by real, hard science.
Fears of a recession have resurfaced as yet another summer slowdown has people wondering if the economy has enough velocity to remain above sea level. Sluggish quarterly economic growth, declining consumer confidence, and a one-month dip in manufacturing output, the first one in three years, have all combined to fray economic nerves, and few people expect good news out of Friday’s national jobs report.
If there’s one thing that Wisconsin has no shortage of these days, it’s breweries. Craft and microbreweries have been sprouting up lately like hops in the spring, hoping to take advantage of what can only be characterized as a full-blown craft beer boom. So it seems a little odd to say that Sheboygan’s 3 Sheeps Brewing Co., the latest brewer to tap into the craze, is poised to fill a niche in the beer market. But that’s exactly what it aims to do – launching a new brand in an area that’s ripe for new and local flavors.
Marie Antoinette Chevalier (1784-1865) was not a let-them-eat-cake type, for one gets the impression she would much rather have marketed the cake and sold it, as opposed to just giving it away. Queen Marinette, as she would become known, proved to be a savvy businesswoman centuries before it became fashionable, and would no doubt approve of the kind of business community her namesake, the northeastern Wisconsin community of 11,000 people, has become.
For Marinette Marine’s Charles Goddard, business is good – so good that the company is scrambling to ramp up its workforce by hundreds of employees over the next several months. This sense of urgency is due to the fact that Marinette Marine has secured contracts to build 10 Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy, and the company is using every workforce development resource it can find to meet demand for a ship-building program whose economic impact will extend far beyond company walls.