Biz Notes

Von Briesen & Roper

Milwaukee-based Von Briesen & Roper S.C., has been nominated for a 2011 International Legal Technology Association Emerging Technology Champion Award for its open source intranet project known as vBDash, which has a similar look, feel and functionality to iGoogle.

vBDash offers movable gadget boxes with both internal and external content for all employees of the firm. Later this year the product will also offer additional social aspects similar to a secure Twitter-like internal microblog feed where employees can post links, updates and news. Opting to use emerging tools and software rather than mainstream Internet software has saved the company money in licensing fees and provided the firm with more options.

The winners of the awards will be announced later in August.

Bliffert Lumber & Hardware

The Bliffert Lumber & Hardware store in Milwaukee has achieved its certified green dealer status by completing its voluntary educational training and testing on green building techniques and green product choices in lumber and building materials.

The Certified Green Dealer Program was created by LBM Journal, a national trade magazine serving the lumber and building material industry. The program is based entirely on demonstrated understanding by lumber dealer personnel of best practices building science and green building basics. A lumberyard or building material dealer location can become a certified green dealer if 75 percent or more of its sales personnel complete the training and pass a series of tests and exams on building basics, green building and green building products.

K2 Sourcing

K2 Sourcing, Belgium, has been selected as one of three “cool vendors” by Gartner Inc., in it’s annual, “Cool Vendors in Procurement and Sourcing Technology 2011,” report.

Gartner is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. K2 Sourcing was chosen by researchers as “cool” due to positive feedback from clients, and for providing innovative solutions.

K2 Sourcing provides web-based eSourcing and reverse auction applications designed to help organizations purchase goods and services while at the same time achieving a lower total purchase cost for those goods and services. K2 Sourcing additionally offers support services to help organizations maximize the results of utilizing the technology.

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Milwaukee-based Godfrey & Kahn, S.C, has launched its law blog, All in a Day’s Work, Insights on Labor & Employment Law from Godfrey & Kahn’s Labor, Employment & Immigration Practice Group. The blog articles are created to provide readers unique perspectives on trending issues and topics pertaining to the respective practice group areas. Some of the topics covered in All in a Day’s Work will include discrimination and harassment, employment, FMLA, GINA, labor, legislation, policies, retaliation, social media, united states Supreme Courtr decisions, and wage and hours. The blog can be read at

7Summits, the community for social media leaders of global brands, recently launched a completely redesigned member center designed and deployed by social business agency 7Summits of Milwaukee. Members of the social website were looking for new ways to connect with peers, access content and keep up to date on this rapidly evolving field. The 7Summits’ team of strategists, designers and developers built the member center on Jive Social Business Software (SBS) 4.5. They worked with Social to design the site’s new experience, develop and test the necessary technology, and ensured the complete migration of the existing community profiles and content.

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