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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Unheeded warnings about cybercrime nearly result in financial ruin

You may remember several months ago I wrote one of my pieces about cybersecurity and talked about a businessman who wasn’t particularly worried about his computer systems. “I don’t have anything they would want,” he told me.

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Mosaic Marketplace

with Deborah Biddle — A blog for diverse business enterprises in and around Madison.

EEO, AA, diversity — what’s the difference and why does it matter?

You’ve probably heard someone ask, “Why should I care about workplace diversity when the government has already taken care of it with the Equal Employment Opportunity Act?” or “Why do we need diversity when we have affirmative action?”

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Financial Perspectives

with Michael Dubis, CFP

You're probably underestimating your vacation budget

In my practice, we focus a lot on detailed cash flow, but there are always a number of cash flow items I find clients severely underestimate.

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Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

Women entrepreneurs, investors making tangible strides

Two standing ovations at the just-completed Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium help to explain the rising role of women in the related worlds of entrepreneurism and investing.

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Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

Snow day: Do I pay my employees?

It happens every year in Wisconsin. A snowstorm is brewing (or seemingly shows up out of nowhere) and you have a decision to make: Do I close the office?

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Applied Mindfulness

with Ed Maxwell

From marshmallows to mindfulness: How to achieve success through self-control

Delaying gratification to maximize one’s ROI testifies to the importance of patience.

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Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

Agility: It’s not just for athletics anymore

Recently, I was on my bike riding past a marshy area when I saw a red-winged blackbird attacking a sandhill crane.

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Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

How everyone can win in a negotiation

We negotiate because we have something to offer, or want something, under different terms than the other party — and we care about the outcome.

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Taking Stock

with Nathan Brinkman

Importance of business valuation, as exemplified by ‘Shark Tank’

Have you ever heard of Shark Tank? I’m not talking about diving deep into the ocean to watch sharks lurk about from behind bars. The ABC television show broadcasts businessmen and women looking to gain investments in their homegrown products and services.

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#SocialBiz

with Spencer X. Smith

Maximize the impact of your corporate sponsorships with social media

Companies in Madison constantly amaze me with their generosity, both inside and outside our community. Here’s how to ensure both you and the charities, nonprofits, etc. you’re supporting gain the maximum amount of exposure and awareness for their causes.

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The Bottom Line

with contributors from Associated Bank

Why the final changes to wage and hour law may have you crying 'uncle'

After much anticipation and speculation, the final regulations changing the salary basis test for determining exemption status have arrived. Among other changes, the final regulations have more than doubled the amount that employees must minimally be paid in order to be considered exempt. This is no small matter, as it is anticipated that millions of currently exempt employees will be affected.

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Open Mic

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A 4-step business plan that will have you looking forward to the next recession

The highest-performing companies don’t fear recessions — they look forward to them. The idea sounds counterintuitive, we know. What possible reason would a business leader have to want an economic downturn?

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The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

How to create a culture of gratitude in the workplace

It’s the time of year when many organizations look for ways to show appreciation and gratitude to the businesses they serve and/or that serve them, and to the people whose contributions impact the organization.

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Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Making the connection with new bus service to Sun Prairie

Route 23 connects the two fastest-growing cities in Wisconsin — Madison and Sun Prairie. Three buses run approximately every half hour during rush hour Monday through Friday. The 23-mile service has 12 stops and takes 30 minutes or so.

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Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Balancing data security and data commercialization

Data breaches and identity theft are now everyday events, but that state of affairs doesn’t make them any less dangerous, distasteful, and annoying. However, most people with an online footprint understand that at some point in their lives they are going to be the victim of an internet crime — that is, if they have been fortunate enough to avoid it to this point.

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Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Lordy, lordy, Epic is 40!

The presentation evoked memories of disco. The CEO, who goes back a bit further than the company she founded in 1979, evoked memories of Woodstock. But the fundamental message from Epic’s annual Users Group Meeting was that innovation is both timeless and relentless.

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Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

4 ways not to be lonely at the top

It is often said that it is lonely at the top. While it’s not clear where the phrase originated, it is certainly a sentiment that many business owners, executives, and managers can appreciate.

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Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Podcasts are changing the way we learn. Can they also change the way we work?

Today, 73 million Americans listen to podcasts. That’s nearly one in four Americans who are taking control of life’s soundtrack and turning their quiet or mundane moments into opportunities for self-empowerment, professional development, and exponential learning.

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Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

3 lessons from the National Wellness Conference

The key to wellness is recognizing each of the dimensions rather than focusing solely on the physical.

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