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  • Small Business Minute: Is it time to consider the future of your company?
    By Brian Leaf Parents raise children; entrepreneurs raise companies. Children grow up with dreams of what they’ll be someday. A small company’s aspirations depend on the vision and direction of its owner. Your business may still be young, but what do you want it to be when it grows up? br... <more>

  • WisBiz People: UW grad hopes to mold Dane County into drug research dynamo
    This is a new edition of WisBiz People, a column from WisBusiness Editor Brian Clark. If you know someone with a good business story to tell, write to clark@wisbusiness.com with your idea. By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Trevor T... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Use positive emotion to help collections
    By Brian Leaf You know it's bad when your best customers aren't paying their bills. But before you dump them, get emotional. Getting emotional doesn't mean getting mad at those who buy your products and services. Threatening letters or turning the account over to collections is likely to en... <more>

  • WisBiz In Depth: Could Wisconsin lose the Empire Builder?
    By Gregg Hoffmann After congressional hearings last week on the future of Amtrak, at least one spokesman for the railroad expects Wisconsin will keep its section of the famous Empire Builder train line. Other Amtrak employees were more pessimistic, not so much about the Empire Builder as ... <more>

  • Penn: NE Wisconsin Looking at Shifting Economy
    The economy of northeastern Wisconsin has long relied on manufacturing to deliver prosperity. But those days are pretty much over. A shift in global economics has left a wound in the region's psyche. The days when a high school grad could land a job for life at the local mill are gone. Ted... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Hiring older workers
    By Brian Leaf Some of the nation’s most successful companies are hiring older workers. Should you? Home Depot and AARP are teaming up to hire people over 50 to work for the retailer. What does Home Depot know that small businesses can benefit from? Plenty. Since they were tots, companies h... <more>

  • WisBiz People: Angel Network's Kremer Connects Ideas with Money
    This is a new edition of WisBiz People, a column from WisBusiness Editor Brian Clark. If you know someone with a good business story to tell, write to clark@wisbusiness.com with your idea. By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Joe Kremer run... <more>

  • WisBiz In Depth: Wintertime manure spreading under scrutiny
    By Gregg Hoffmann The farming practice of spreading manure on frozen land, especially liquid manure near waterways, is under attack after several incidents of fish kills in recent months. In early March, rapid manure runoff brought on by warm temperatures led to a significant fish ... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Using stories to reinforce company culture
    By Brian Leaf Once upon a time, story telling was a way to teach people about values and culture. So why aren't you using stories to teach employees the values and culture of your business? Many companies see stories as a powerful way to convey messages. Flick on a Power Point presentation ... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Direct flights to Wisconsin continue to grow
    By Brian E. Clark By the time summer rolls around, Wisconsin's two busiest airports - Milwaukee and Madison - will have added 10 new non-stops to major cities. And Brown County's airport, the state's third busiest - may be adding a direct flight or two this summer, manager Thomas Mille... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Setting goals important for company growth
    By Brian Leaf Parents raise children; entrepreneurs raise companies. Children grow up with dreams of what they’ll be someday. A small company’s aspirations depend on the vision and direction of its owner. Your business may still be young, but what do you want it to be when it grows up? The Se... <more>

  • MIT Club of Wisconsin aims to boost technology transfer
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has generated billions of dollars of business activity and hundreds of spinoff companies – most of them on the East and West coasts. “It’s part of the culture,” said Herb Zien, a Wisconsin native who earned a master’s... <more>

  • Selig: Baseball Can Solve Its Own Problems
    As baseball commissioner, Bud Selig is as involved in politics at times as he is in baseball itself. Selig's latest foray into the political realm was a March 17 appearance before a congressional committee examining steroid use in baseball. Arizona Senator John McCain and other congressmen ... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: S&S Cycle builds speed in tranquil setting
    By Gregg Hoffmann VIOLA - Life seems slow and sedate among the hills and valleys near this small southwestern Wisconsin town. That is until you come to 14025 County Highway G. There you will find S&S Cycle Inc., the leading manufacturer of high performance engines and components for motorcycles i... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Are you under-insured?
    By Brian Leaf You pay your insurance bill every month. So how can you be under-insured? If your insurance policy has been in place a number of years, chances are that no longer reflects your business. Why? Your company has changed. The property may be worth more. There may be more inventory i... <more>

  • WisBiz People: Enviro Leader Pushes 'Green' Business
    This is a new edition of WisBiz People, a column from WisBusiness Editor Brian Clark. If you know someone with a good business story to tell, write to clark@wisbusiness.com with your idea. By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON ... <more>

  • Attanasio: New Brewers Owner Taking In First Spring Training
    Mark Attanasio has invested in and acquired companies in a variety of industries around the United States as an investor specialist, but baseball might be the highest profile, most unique industry of all. The new Brewers' owner recently flew from his Los Angeles base to Phoenix to address his team b... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Berres brewing some changes
    By Gregg Hoffmann WATERTOWN - It takes a whole company to brew a great cup of coffee. The employees of Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters have collaborated to do just that for years. Now, the company also is brewing a few changes, while vowing to maintain the quality that has allowed... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Using online tools for traditional networking
    By Brian Leaf Business is often a who-you-know proposition and networking has long been an effective means to expanding an entrepreneur’s address book. These days many small business owners are turning to Internet-working. Let’s face it. It’s hard to get out of the office to schmooze. But connecti... <more>

  • Riedmann: Birkie draws millions of dollars to northern Wisconsin
    The Birkebeiner is expected to work its economic magic in northwest Wisconsin again this year by drawing thousands of people to ski, watch and volunteer at North America's premier cross country ski marathon. It will infuse between $4 million and $7 million into... <more>

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