Become a cyber-resilient organization
May 22, 2015 11:37 AM
Change, complexity and confusion. This seems to be the status quo in the world of cybersecurity today. The frequency and impact of cyber attacks and data breaches have spiked in recent months, forcing companies to grapple with a business threat that has grown significantly in seriousness and scale, yet has only existed in its current form for a few years. This leaves lingering questions about how to deal with the threat.

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Time is a precious commodity
May 20, 2015 02:00 AM
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I worked at another media company that strongly believed that annual employee performance reviews were the best way to evaluate and get the most out of its employees.

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It's out: Wisconsin is No. 2 nationwide for scaling up companies
May 18, 2015 11:25 AM
Wisconsin has emerged as No. 2 in the United States in its “mid-market” business sector in the inaugural Dun & Bradstreet/American Express Power Index survey of 19 million American businesses released last month, outshining entrepreneurial superstars New York, California and Texas. This may be particularly surprising in light of past reports that Wisconsin fares poorly among such measures as number of startups and access to venture capital (although Wisconsin is not bad; high in private equity). In fact, ranking so high in mid-market companies is a likely leading indicator of growth that impacts the wider Wisconsin community, and bodes well for Wisconsin's entrepreneurs, business owners and labor force.

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Don’t change Wisconsin worker’s compensation system
May 15, 2015 09:40 AM
Wisconsin's worker's compensation system - established in 1911 and part of the “Wisconsin Idea” in politics - has been in place longer than any other in the country.

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Status quo no longer works for state's Medicaid program
May 12, 2015 11:26 AM
It's no surprise that education and health care receive the most funding in the state budget. Education spending represents half of the budget. Health care costs represent a third of the budget. What is surprising, however, is the discrepancy in spending increases between these two budgets over recent years.

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WEDC takes bold approach to economic development
May 11, 2015 10:06 AM
When the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation was established in July 2011, its primary mission was clear: Respond quickly to the needs of the business community by working hand-in-hand with companies, economic development organizations and other partners to help grow Wisconsin's economy and create jobs.

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Simple transfer of worker's compensation will improve system
May 8, 2015 11:40 AM
Wisconsin has one of the finest worker's compensation systems in the nation and this known fact has directly benefited workers and employers for more than a century. But this should not preclude our elected officials and state government from looking at operational efficiencies so we can have an even better system for our citizens.

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The Wills and the Will Nots
May 5, 2015 12:26 PM
For generations, we have lamented the growing disparity between the Haves and the Have Nots and blamed it for the degeneration that surrounds us. But this gap is a result of something more fundamental: the disparity between the Wills and the Will Nots.

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ESOP fables: Reviewing the myths and facts about Employee Stock Ownership Plans
May 4, 2015 10:06 AM
Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) can be an attractive way for an owner to sell a company and for employees to gain an ownership stake. ESOPs are qualified retirement plans that buy, hold and sell company stock for the benefit of employees. One of the main reasons ESOPs are often dismissed by business owners (and their advisors) as a legitimate succession planning option is due to the many unfounded misconceptions about them. In reality, many businesses are a perfect fit for ESOPs, but the business owners will never know because they think selling to a private equity or other third-party buyer are their only legitimate alternatives. Discussed below are some of the most common myths associated with ESOPs (sometimes referred to as “ESOP fables”):

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What employers can gain from an effective and ongoing drug screening program
May 1, 2015 10:31 AM
While some may question the need for pre-employment drug screening, data from the National Institute of Health indicates that nearly 75 percent of all adult illicit drug users are employed.

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Business lessons from a Navy SEAL
April 30, 2015 11:46 AM
Jeff Boss says he learned many lessons during his 13 years of service as a Navy SEAL that can be applied in the business world.

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