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September 2014


What’s more valuable than free beer?

Ya gotta love fall in Wisconsin. The leaves are turning, the “W” is flying, and the Better Business Bureau is hosting its biannual free document-shredding event. All right, I’ll concede that free shredding is not as exciting as a pregame tailgate with free beer. However, it can be far more valuable to you and your customers.

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How can your company protect confidential information when an employee leaves?

There are a number of ways Wisconsin companies can protect their confidential information in the event an employee leaves. These generally fall into the following categories: statutory trade secrets protections, contractual protections (such as confidentiality agreements), and certain best practices that may be used to quickly identify whether information has been taken by a departing employee, which potentially allows for the quick recovery of such information.

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Market and economic update: The eurozone stalls as the U.S. economy sees growth

Monetary policy authorities remained at the center of market attention last week. Global developed market economies seem to be headed in different directions, with eurozone activity slowing toward no growth and the U.S. economy growing around 3%.

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Get Fit challenger reclaims youthful prowess

When I started the Get Fit Challenge, I had a secret goal. I wanted to be able to bench-press the same weight I did in college, back in the late 1970s. After five months of working out with trainer Grant Brooks at Hybrid Fitness, I achieved that goal!

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Market and economic update: Global economy feels the effects of Russia/Ukraine conflict

Improvements in the global economy appear to have been derailed by sanctions against Russia in light of the Ukrainian conflict. Data from Europe and Japan seem to indicate slowing economies, likely leading to further expansion of monetary accommodation, although accelerating growth will possibly require fiscal stimulus.

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Answers to workplace questions on dress codes, gossip, and other issues

Running a business — or managing a single unit, department, or team within a business — is not easy. Questions that have legal and/or regulatory implications pop up on a regular basis. Answers to some of those questions aren’t always straightforward and can require insight into various statutes as well as case law. This article shares a handful of common scenarios and some interpretive guidance.

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Get Fit challenger finds renewed motivation in wake of adversity

I went into this Get Fit Challenge with a bit of a different attitude than most competitors. I was very apprehensive at first knowing how busy life is already, but my Get Fit teammate Sarah said something awhile back that I’ll never forget: “I say ‘yes’ to almost everything, and then I figure out how I’m going to do it when the time comes.”

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The Employer Group sets sights on Get Fit championship

Generally, I go into workout hibernation during the winter, so I wasn’t in particularly good shape when our company president, Angie Heim, invited us to join her in the challenge. This seemed like a great opportunity to get back into a workout routine before the end of winter.

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Market and economic update: August employment report left us on a more cautious footing

The strong U.S. equity market seems to affirm the U.S. economy remains healthy. Last week’s manufacturing data confirmed the market’s message, but to close the week, the August employment report left us on a more cautious footing.

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Taxis vs. Uber: a perfect example of resistance to change

In cities all over the world, an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers’ methods aren’t news anymore: Through a mobile application, customers can find and reserve vehicles in their immediate area in minutes.

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The anti-diva guide to startups

Approaching a startup with a diva attitude is a great way to fail before you even begin. To launch a successful startup you need to be willing to work harder, longer, and for less (usually nothing at the beginning) than any other person out there to make your idea become a reality.

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Market and economic update: U.S. economy has yet to reach the peak of this economic cycle

Data last week indicated the U.S. economy points to continuing expansion. Even though the recovery has reached its fifth year, economic data seem to indicate the U.S. economy has yet to reach the peak of this economic cycle. Consumer confidence remains positive, but not elated; income growth remains quite modest; and while job growth has been improving, slack remains.

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Wanted: Local leaders looking to make an impact (and enjoy some dessert)

A couple of years ago Jody Glynn Patrick, a mentor (and now friend) of mine, wrote a blog post for In Business about an idea that she and her friend Lisa Nelson had had. Jody and Lisa would schedule a monthly dinner at restaurants around town and invite 10 local leaders. The twist was that the guests wouldn’t know who else was invited until they all showed up.

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