Amanda Langan, Safe Communities Madison-Dane County

1. What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job? It’s most challenging to work on a smaller scale in a nonprofit, especially coming from a corporate background. I think that’s mostly because it can sometimes take longer…

The Big Share raises $232K for local nonprofits

The area’s first online giving day, The Big Share, far surpassed expectations, raising more than $232,000 for 70 local nonprofits. The original goal for the March 3 event, hosted by Community Shares of Wisconsin, was to raise $180,000. “We are…

Monona Chamber changes name, branding identity

As it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the Monona Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a new name and branding identity. Moving forward, the organization will be known as the Monona East Side Business Alliance (MESBA). The new name “presents…

CATCH gives children's hospital a helping hand

Madison Noteworthy's Christi Andringa interviews Jonathon Jordan of CATCH (Community Around the Children's Hospital), a group of professionals and other community members who use their time, talents, and energy to support American Family Children’s Hospital.

Madison Reading Project tells inspiring story

Madison Noteworthy's Mike Victorson interviews Rowan Childs, founder of Madison Reading Project, a literacy program for vulnerable children in Dane County. The program aims to get young kids excited about reading and "make readers into leaders."

Operation Generosity turns on the power of kindness

Madison Noteworthy co-host Christi Andringa talks to Ryan Birkicht of Operation Generosity, an online community dedicated to kindness advocacy. The website focuses on "generating and spreading great ideas of how to make the world a better place." For more information, go to

The Test of Time: Anniversary companies put the 'long' in longevity

The gift of business longevity isn’t simply presented, it’s earned with smart decisions — strategic or otherwise — at several key intervals in the life of a business. In this, our annual toast to Dane County businesses that will celebrate milestone anniversaries ending in a 0 or 5 in the new year, we’ll reintroduce you to several longstanding companies that have continually adapted to changing times and customer needs.

Democratic Party head Mike Tate to step down

According to a report from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Tate, head of the Wisconsin Democratic Party, will step down in June. Joe Wineke, a former state senator, and Mary Lang Sollinger, a Democratic fundraiser, could be among those interested…

Nominations open for Family Business Awards

The 12th annual Family Business Awards program is looking for nominations from businesses across Wisconsin and will once again choose Grand Award winners from among a selection of small, medium, and large companies. Special awards will also be given out.…

Madison’s Central Library a monument to hope and sustainability

When Madison’s Central Library was built in 1965, the world was a radically different place, and the city’s buildings reflected a different zeitgeist. Still reeling from the red scare of the 1950s, many government entities built public spaces with the pervasive threat of nuclear war in mind. And sustainability was just a glimmer of an idea on a far-off horizon.

Casual for a cause: Local professionals don sneakers to fight cancer

If you’re a basketball player, you’re expected to take your sneakers to work every day, but for your typical office denizen, slick Air Jordans and retro Chuck Taylors are strictly recreational attire. Even for Badgers basketball coach Bo Ryan, who spends more than his share of time on the hardwood, dress shoes are typically de rigueur.

Latino Chamber honors local businesses at gala

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County held its seventh annual Latin@preneur Gala at the Edgewater Hotel on Dec. 13. A crowd of about 440 attendees was on hand to recognize the following area individuals and businesses: Continuous Support…

AIDS Network to merge with Milwaukee group

Madison’s AIDS Network will merge with the Milwaukee-based AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin on Feb. 1. The AIDS Network has 25 employees and a $1.7 million budget, compared to the Milwaukee group’s 175 employees and $51 million budget. Dan Guinn,…

A worthy challenge: 3 easy ways to make your campaign go viral

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. In fact, it probably took over your Facebook feed for most of August. A lot of people had mixed feelings about the campaign, but one thing is certain: It was a huge success for the ALS Association.

Employment Empire: The keys to 5 top local employers' success

Outside our boundaries, there are a number of misconceptions about our community, which is why we get nicknames like “The People’s Republic of Madison.” Contrary to popular opinion, this republic happens to be engagingly entrepreneurial, and some of its business success stories have been written by people who grew their companies into Dane County’s largest employers.

Saving History: 6 things you need to know about historic designation

The Madison historic designation and renovation process is mysterious to a lot of people, even to some city officials. The process review that’s currently being undertaken by an ad hoc committee of the Common Council hopefully will clarify some things about the city’s landmarks ordinance, but IB decided to jump the gun and talk to people who can speak from personal experience.