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  • WisBusiness: State boosts biotech to compete with California
    Gov. Jim Doyle on Wednesday laid out plans to invest $375 million of state and private money in a new Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. The building proposal was part of a broader announcement on moves to bolster the state's standing in the fields of biotechnology, heal... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Winter wind-down creates concerns at Fort McCoy
    By Gregg Hoffmann Fort McCoy didn’t shut its gates Monday, but a planned wind-down and redirection of troops to other facilities did technically start on that day. About 1,800 troops that would have been mobilized for duty at the 60,000 acre Monroe County facility are being r... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Network222 - Madison's downtown tech haven
    By Brian E. Clark MADISON - The recently opened Overture Center – which cost a whopping $205 million – has gotten buckets of publicity in recent months for the big boost it has given the capital city's cultural scene. But just a block or so away, another – alb... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Cranberry industry survives by mixing old and new
    By Gregg Hoffmann Wisconsin leads the world in cranberry production in large part because it has maintained and improved historically proven practices while also being open to innovations. It will have to continue to do so to thrive in the future, according to the man who heads the ... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Pricing and profit
    By Brian Leaf If the laws of economics hold true, lower prices will draw flocks of customers to your shelves. So, is it wise to lower your prices? While lower prices are certainly a hit with customers, it might be wiser for you to raise prices. Sure, small com... <more>

  • WisBusiness: California stem cell measure could steal UW scientists
    By Brian E. Clark MADISON – That giant sucking sound you hear on Wednesday might be a good chunk of the country’s stem cell scientists – including some from Wisconsin - being drawn to California. That’s because the Golden State’s Proposition 71, if it passes, would pump $3 billion in state b... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Busy times for cranberry growers
    By Gregg Hoffmann OAKDALE – The last few weeks have been busy times for Kurt Rutlin, his entire family and the extended “family” of cranberry growers. Rutlin, a second generation operator of about 350 acres in marshes in Monroe County, is hustling to harvest his berries before the deep freeze of ... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Good managers know how to motivate throughout the ages
    By Brian Leaf Good managers are good motivators. They know what makes people tick. But how do you reach employees in today’s workforce, who may range in age from 16 to 76? The labor pool is changing. Retirees are taking new jobs with small companies or postponing retirement. Young managers m... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Potosi Beer Museum could spark tourism
    By Gregg Hoffmann POTOSI – The remnants of a brewery that has not been open for more than three decades could turn out to be a boon for tourism and economic development in this Grant County community. Potosi was selected as the site for a national beer museum earlier this year, beating out Milwa... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Find a mentor and learn from their mistakes
    By Brian Leaf Trial and error is a painful way to learn how to run a business. So wouldn’t it be great if you could learn from someone else’s mistakes? You can learn from the mistakes of others by finding a mentor. Business mentors are people who share their experience ru... <more>

  • Nettles Commended for Commerce Stewardship
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON - These are good days to be Cory Nettles, Wisconsin's Commerce Department secretary and the point man for the Badger State's economic rebound. By most metrics, Wisconsin has come back strong from the doldrums of the past few years in which it shed an ... <more>

  • Small Business Minute: Improving your meetings can help your bottom line
    By Brian Leaf Meetings are essential. Why, then do employees think they’re a waste of time? The biggest beef about meetings is that they last too long. That’s what a quarter of the respondents to an Office Team survey said. Small talk, interruptions, poor organization and topics unrelated to t... <more>

  • May: Fox Valley Tech turns to entrepreneurship
    Fox Valley Technical College is getting into the startup business. It is preparing to hire someone to start up a "virtual" Center for Entrepreneurship, which will help people take their ideas and turn them into job creating businesses. span sty... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Selig Says Brewers Won't Leave Milwaukee
    By Brian Resop MILWAUKEE - Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig told reporters at the Milwaukee Press Club Wednesday that what everyone is worrying about most -- the Milwaukee Brewers leaving town -- is the one thing they shouldn't be worrying about at all. "Baseball has never broken a leas... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Wisconsin a leader in organic agriculture
    By Gregg Hoffmann Gov. Jim Doyle knows a good thing when he sees it. That's why the governor has started a special task force on the organic agriculture industry in Wisconsin. The state is a leader in several ways in the growing industry. Wisconsin has the third most organic farms i... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Brewers Reportedly Sold; Admirals Might be Close
    By Gregg Hoffmann While no official announcement has been made, Mark Attanasio, a Los Angeles investor, looks to be the new owner of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Milwaukee Admirals could follow suit with an announcement of a sale later this week. All inquiries about the sales of the Brewer... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Midwest Organic Services Association
    By Gregg Hoffmann VIROQUA – Standards and certification have become increasingly important as the organic agriculture industry has grown. The Midwest Organic Services Association is Wisconsin's largest organic certifying agency. Its location in the Vernon County town of Viroqua is not by coincide... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: CROPP's Organic Valley of La Farge
    By Gregg Hoffmann LA FARGE - What started with a handful of farmers looking for markets for their crops and dairy products in 1987 has grown into the largest organic cooperative in the country. Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools, or CROPP, which does business under the O... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Von Stiehl Winery of Algoma
    By Gregg Hoffmann Dr. Charles Stiehl was a physician who also liked wine. The good doctor started making cherry wine in his basement. A student of ancient wine-making processes, Dr. Stiehl wrapped his bottles of wine in gauze and plaster of Paris, almost as if he was casting a broken arm or leg.... <more>

  • Culver: Controlled-growth Strategy Key to Chain's Success
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com PRAIRIE DU SAC -- For a man whose company is adding 40 restaurants a year, Craig Culver has a decidely controlled-growth attitude. "If you let growth get out of hand, you could very well end up going the opposite direction," said the... <more>

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