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  • Plantes: Recession a time for company soul-searching, author says
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Companies that fail to differentiate themselves from their competitors will face increased difficulties and even possible failure, economist and author Kay Plantes says. Plantes, an MIT-trained economist who wrote ``Beyond Price,'' said companies need to do... <more>

  • Jahn: Wisconsin-based bio-energy research leading the way
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com If the United States is going to change its energy use habits, research coming out of places like the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison will surely help. So says Molly Jahn, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the univers... <more>

  • Two new site features: BizOpinion and EconomyWatch
    Two new features have recently been added to WisBusiness.com: -- BizOpinion is a new source for business-related columns and commentary. It includes contributions from regular WisBusiness columnists plus other writers from around the state. In the latest piece, posted today, columnist Jennifer Ser... <more>

  • Stuart: In midst of recession, warnings that energy price increases on the way
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com With job losses pegged in the thousands, it’s been a brutal year for Wisconsin manufacturers. No one knows that better than Todd Stuart, executive director of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group, which represents many of those battered companies. br... <more>

  • Gulbrandsen: Stimulus seen as boost for UW-Madison research
    By WisBusiness Staff Carl E. Gulbrandsen, WARF managing director, told a recent WisBusiness.com luncheon that the new federal stimulus package is good news for UW-Madison research. “The university is in the sweet spot of the stimulus package,” Gulbrandsen said, singling out projects like the Wisc... <more>

  • WisBusiness: As Forward Wisconsin wanes, Commerce Department marketing role widens
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com An Eau Claire businesswoman is helping the state market itself as head of the Department of Commerce's new Division of Global Ventures. “Wisconsin has a strong and diverse economy, and I think it is an exciting story to tell,” says Mickey Judkins, the 54-yea... <more>

  • Gonnering: Widen Enterprises thrives through tech transitions
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Widen Enterprises has what some might consider the perfect business plan: Create a problem for your customers and then get them to pay you for a way to solve it. That, in a nutshell, is what Widen has done with its Digital Asset Management software, which he... <more>

  • Nation: New 'Wired Wisconsin' effort to focus on broadband access, high-tech jobs
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com As a self-described “baseline techie geek from way back when,” Thad Nation jumped at the chance to head up the newly formed Wired Wisconsin -- a group that wants to boost technological growth in Wisconsin and bring broadband to all regions of the state. “I can... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Wolter, recovery office watching over $3.5 billion in fed stimulus
    Those running the state's new Office of Recovery and Reinvestment are pledging to watch "every nickel" of the more than $3.5 billion of federal stimulus money set to flow to Wisconsin. But where exactly the money will go at this point is uncertain, says Madison Gas & Electric chief Gary Wolter, wh... <more>

  • Lund: Community banks 'doing fine'
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com By some measures, all banks in Wisconsin struggled in 2008 as the recession took hold of the economy. But Badger State community banks – which generally have assets of less than $1 billion and make up 96 percent of Wisconsin’s banks – finished the year with a... <more>

  • Neumann: Housing will lead the recovery
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com The Wisconsin economy may be in a slump, but home-builder Mark Neumann -- a former Republican congressman who may run for governor in 2010 -- says his company is going strong and had its second- or third-best February on record. “We’re finding we have to do... <more>

  • Thompson: Credit unions 'safe, sound and ready to lend'
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com The Badger State's credit unions are riding out the current economic storm remarkably well, according to the head of Wisconsin Credit Union League who declared his institutions "safe, sound and ready to lend." Brett Thompson, president and CEO of the Leag... <more>

  • Vetterkind: Busy times for broadcasters amidst economic troubles and 'historic' switch to digital transmission
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Michelle Vetterkind, president of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, has been putting in some long weeks leading up to Tuesday’s switch to digital-only television (DTV) by many stations. That doesn’t mean she’ll be cutting back on her workload, however.... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Combined reporting provision riles GOP, businesses
    By WisBusiness Staff Backers of the measure call it "tax fairness" and closing the "Las Vegas loophole." Opponents, mainly Republicans and the business community, call instituting "combined reporting" for multi-state corporations a jobs-killer. Both sides agree it will result in higher rev... <more>

  • Morby: Hard times facing ethanol industry
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Times are tough for the ethanol industry all over the country, including the nine producers here in the Badger State. Josh Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance says very few, if any, of the state’s ethanol plants are now making money. ... <more>

  • Kollath: Duluth-based artist brings quirky style to state catalog company
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com There are catalogs and then there are catalogs. Those produced by the Belleville-based Duluth Trading Co. surely belong to the latter category, thanks in large part to the quirky cover art produced by long-time illustrator Rick Kollath. “People... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Conroy bullish on Wisconsin as tech sector center
    By WisBusiness.com staff MADISON -- The former top exec at Third Wave Technologies warns that the recession will have a negative effect on venture capital funding, but Kevin Conroy says he's optimistic about the long-term prospects of Madison's tech sector. "The venture capital funding situation ... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Newspaper industry vets see bright spots despite stressful times
    By WisBusiness Staff When state newspaper people gathered at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention in Green Bay this week, they didn’t have a lot to celebrate. State newspapers haven’t suffered a blockbuster blow like the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company or the potential shutter... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Madison native returning from California to tackle city development post
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Tim Cooley left sunny Southern California Wednesday afternoon, headed for a new career back in his home state as economic development director for the City of Madison. The City Council approved his appointment to the job last week. It was 71 when Co... <more>

  • WisBusiness: SAFC fast-tracks new pharma manufacturing plant in Verona
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com MADISON – Nearly two decades ago, a start-up company named Tetrionics opened in a lab on Science Drive in University Research Park with one employee working on Vitamin D ingredients. It struggled until around 1996, when it began working on a compound for Abbot... <more>

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