Lessons from the Great Recession about COVID economic recovery

The long-term economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will take years to ascertain fully. To overcome the economic challenges created by the pandemic and its fallout, it’s important to have a good initial understanding of the state of U.S. business creation and longevity prior to the current COVID-19 crisis.

Report: Small business optimism up among all sectors except retail

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) announced the release of its NFIB Research Center’s quarterly Small Business Economic Trends industry report showing a growing optimism index in the construction, manufacturing, and services industries but a slight decrease for retailers.

Fisker plans to build EVs at Foxconn site hit snag

State rules barring automakers from selling directly to consumers have emerged as a stumbling block for Fisker Inc.’s plans to make low-cost electric vehicles at Foxconn’s industrial site in Mount Pleasant.

Madison plays host to unique maker competition

What could you create in 48 hours if you had all the tools and talent you might need right at your fingertips? A collection of local makers and amateur inventors from all walks of life plan to find out when the Make48 invention competition comes to Madison Aug. 12–14.

Spectrum subsidiary agrees to $95K EPA fine

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that United Industries Corp. of Vinita Park, Missouri — a subsidiary of Middleton-based Spectrum Brands Inc. that makes herbicides and pesticides — has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $95,000.

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