’s most-read stories of 2018

Whether it was new businesses, new construction, or human resources trends, we look back at the stories that most piqued our readers’ interest this year.

It was another busy year for businesses in and around Greater Madison, and even if some of the region’s biggest news stories weren’t explicitly about business — the WTS Paradigm office shooting, historic summer floods, Sun Prairie explosion, just to name a few — our coverage area still saw a number of new businesses open, old businesses close, and just a few business scandals to keep things interesting. And, if our most-read blogs are any indication, a lot of professionals are still interested in HR and business succession planning.

On the eve of a brand new year and all its possibilities, we look back at our top feature articles, photo galleries, Business Report stories, and blogs by page views at

Top feature stories

  1. Fighter Wing fighter: Wilkening takes on his most dangerous foe
  2. New mobile platform could make Madison into music-streaming mecca
  3. Nonprofit Draft Day seeks recruits to serve on boards
  4. Brewery with a conscience coming to Madison’s south side
  5. Ag technology helps farms and lakes co-exist
  6. Towering presence
  7. Flight plan
  8. UW grads create app to redefine the way we eat out
  9. Unboxing retailing’s latest trend
  10. Something stinks: How to address odors in the workplace

Top galleries

  1. Greywolf groundbreaking
  2. Behind the scenes with the 2018 40 Under 40
  3. Flix Brewhouse grand opening
  4. Madison Club renovations revealed
  5. 40 Under 40 reception, part 1
  6. Promega groundbreaking
  7. 40 Under 40 reception, part 2
  8. Dane County’s top execs get social
  9. Ribbon cutting for Investors Associated
  10. Brick by brick

Top Business Report stories

  1. Quaker Steak & Lube closing
  2. 4 local businesses close
  3. Steakhouse opening announced
  4. Gray’s Tied House closes, but will reopen this week
  5. Bank merger announced
  6. Madison attorney suspended for a year
  7. Sprecher’s closing
  8. Madison grocer buys Janesville store
  9. New restaurant for former Sprecher’s spot
  10. Monona business owner arrested for alleged sexual assault

Most-read blog posts

  1. I woke up before dawn for a year. Here’s what I learned and how it will benefit you
  2. An awkward, but important conversation about divorce for middle to high-income earners
  3. 6 best practices for making employee onboarding easier
  4. The crux of multiples in business valuation
  5. ‘Fired for no reason!’
  6. Effective teams: Google reveals its secret
  7. Employee poaching made easier: Non-solicitation of employee provisions in Wisconsin are subject to strict requirements for enforceability
  8. The 5 pillars of progressive HR
  9. Competency-based education can help close Wisconsin’s workforce gap
  10. How your rights to family leave could change

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