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Making Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Don’t waste a crisis!

Once again, we’re learning the vital role our manufacturing base plays in our resilience and ability to maintain a strong economy in the face of a health emergency. Our current demands put tremendous stress on the system, exposing its strengths and weaknesses.

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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?”


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.


Inside Wisconsin

with Tom Still

In cloudy times for business and the economy, some signs of silver linings

From tech to tourism, and from real estate to retail, businesses of all descriptions are adapting to the reality of life in the coronavirus era and whatever follows. It is difficult for all and frightening for many.


Law at Work

with Jessica M. Kramer and Ashlie B. Johnson

Unemployment insurance questions answered

The rise of unemployment insurance claims is no surprise considering the various orders that have come through in recent weeks, each more stringent than the last. Along with filings for unemployment insurance come questions about the same.


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.


Mind Your Business

with Corey Chambas

The power of being aware

In my experience, making people “aware” of their performance and using management by exception creates better results and less work for a manager, as people will usually self-manage. It’s also kinder to provide absolute clarity about what good looks like.


Leader to Leader

with Terry Siebert

Handling the pressures of life today

Being in the business of coaching people and organizations to higher performance levels for over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to see a multitude of changes over the decades.

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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.



with Spencer X Smith

‘I have to’ v. ‘I get to’: A small change in vocabulary that can change your attitude

Here’s a phrase I’m striving to eliminate from my vocabulary — “I have to …”


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.


Open Mic

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Planning opportunities under the CARES Act

While the CARES Act has several different provisions and areas of focus, the purpose of this blog is to focus on some key planning opportunities created by this Act.


The Gray Area

with Donna Gray

Check with your vendors to avoid coronavirus-related delays from overseas products

Some local businesses are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus situation in China and its impact on the manufacturing sector. While many factories are once again resuming production, in some provinces other factories may not return to work for period of time.


Transportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Together, we will get through this

I’m happy today to focus on a positive, particularly how the construction industry, including transportation, is pitching in right now to help frontline health care workers in Wisconsin.


Legal Login

with Mindi Giftos

Maintaining privacy and cybersecurity vigilance during the coronavirus outbreak

Cybersecurity is as much a behavioral challenge as it as a technological one. That’s precisely why the recent coronavirus outbreak, or COVID-19, is so potentially harmful to a company’s cybersecurity efforts.


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.


Exit Stage Right

with Martha Sullivan

The power of making a decision in uncertain times

We live in uncertain times. We always have, realistically. They just feel more uncertain right now. Nonetheless, life continues. You still must earn a living, take care of the family, house, and car, and walk the dog. All under these new clouds of stress and uncertainty.


Progressive HR

with Coreyne Woodman-Holoubek

Redefining HR for 2020 and beyond

Not only is a new year upon us but also a new decade, and our world is propelling us forward to reach new heights in business, talent, and social awareness. On the first full week of the new year, I would like to share some Progressive HR visions with you from influencers across Wisconsin.


Live Well, Work Well

with Debra Lafler

A well-being message unique to you

For fun this month, this post is interactive — meaning you have an active part to play in it. I’ve created six different messages and you are going to pick the one to read today based on the color you choose.


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