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  • Platypus: Nanotech Startup Rakes in Federal Money
    By Brian E. Clark MADISON - With a name like Platypus, it’s clear that the founders of this nanotechnology start-up possess a quirky sense of humor, to say nothing of the confidence that what they have to offer is sound enough to overcome the off-beat name. Others, at least those in the gover... <more>

  • Barreto: SBA Leader Says Economy Has Turned Corner
    As the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hector Barreto oversees financial and business development programs for the nation's entrepreneurs. The SBA has a portfolio of more than $45 billion of direct and guaranteed business loans and disaster loans. The SBA is the nation's lar... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Milwaukee's William K. Walthers Inc.
    By Gregg Hoffmann The name William K. Walthers, Inc. may not ring a bell for most people, but it's well-known among hobbyists seeking train whistles, chugging locomotives and railroad crossing bells. The Milwaukee-based company is the leading distributor of model railroading equipment in th... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: City Brewing of La Crosse
    By Gregg Hoffmann LA CROSSE -- When Stroh's decided to get out of the beer-making business, it looked like the end for the old G. Heileman brewery in this river town, long known as the place with the giant 6-pack. With the brewery would die a long tradition of La Crosse as a brew... <more>

  • Kaestner: 'Widgets' Help Companies' Branding Efforts
    What do a pen, a paperweight, a pedometer and a pepper mill have in common? Slap a corporate logo on any one, and it becomes a widget. Middleton-based The Widget Source has been providing them for promotional purposes and employee rewards since 1983, back when widgets were called "advertising specia... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: For Sale: Milwaukee Pro Sports
    By Gregg Hoffmann The formal announcement of the sale of the Milwaukee Admirals’ hockey franchise likely will come before Labor Day. Some national investors have expressed interest in buying the Brewers, who were put on the block last winter by the Selig ownership group. ... <more>

    This August, Kohler Co.'s Whistling Straits complex north of Sheboygan on Lake Michigan will host the men's PGA Championship -- one of professional golf's four majors. WisBusiness and Golf Wisconsin are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to see some of the PGA Championship events, Aug. 9-15, 2004. To... <more>

  • Gregory: Exposure to investors, not prize money, biggest gain from Gov's Biz Plan competition
    To NovaScan, one of two companies that split the top prize of $55,000 in the Governor’s Business Plan Competition , the money is nice. Money is always nice when you’re a startup company that hasn’t paid a nickel in salary as you develop a medical imagi... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Badger State Ethanol
    By Gregg Hoffmann MONROE - Badger State Ethanol, one of two Wisconsin ethanol plants featured at a recent international conference in Madison, is developing yet another market from one of its byproducts – carbon dioxide gas (CO2). “We emit about 300-400 tons of CO2 gas daily,” said Gary Kramer, pr... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Wisconsin Lags Neighbors in Ethanol Production
    By Gregg HoffmannDespite the largest international ethanol conference in the 20-year history of the industry organization -- a Madison event that recently drew some 1,500 people from around the world -- and the firm bipartisan support of the Doyle and Bush administrations, ethanol development lags i... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Grand Excursion 2004 recreates historic trip down the Mississippi
    By Gregg Hoffmann One hundred and fifty years ago, an entourage of about 1,200 of the most influential business and political people in the country took a "Grand Excursion" by train and paddlewheels of the Mississippi River to see what business opportunities the frontier offered. ... <more>

  • Greenstreet: Ready for Dual Role with UWM, City of Milwaukee
    Bob Greenstreet is wearing several important hats. The dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 13 years, Greenstreet was recently appointed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to also be the city planner/architect. Greenstreet will resign from th... <more>

  • PGA Championship to Drive $75 Million into Wisconsin Economy
    By WisBusiness staff HAVEN -- Wisconsin's enthusiastic reception for the 86th PGA Championship this August at the heralded Whistling Straits course complex on Lake Michigan is helping to make it one of the most anticipated sporting -- and econom... <more>

  • Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference Coverage
    The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference is a "how-to" conference focused on giving entrepreneurs the tool they need to start and grow businesses that will fit with Wisconsin’s high-growth, knowledge-based economy. The conference is organized in tracks – centering around marketing, sales and ... <more>

  • Milwaukee-Michigan ferry makes its maiden voyage
    By Gregg Hoffmann MILWAUKEE – The Lake Express, loaded with dignitaries, media and passengers who won a lottery, completed its maiden voyage at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. The $18 million high-speed ferry completed its first round trip between Milwaukee and Muskegon about an hour behind schedule, but ... <more>

  • Life Sciences: Wisconsin - The Smart Choice
    "Life Sciences: Wisconsin - The Smart Choice" is a new production from the Wisconsin Technology Council and the state Department of Commerce designed to lure biotechnology businesses to the state. The brochure, which touts Wisconsin's leadership in life sciences, was serialized on WisBusiness.com du... <more>

  • June Marks 'Entrepreneurs and Research Week' in Wisconsin
    With three business and technology conferences in the span of four days, Gov. Jim Doyle has declared the first week in June to be "Entrepreneurs and Research Week" in Wisconsin. The week begins with the two-day Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference, followed by a nanotechnology conference at UW-Mad... <more>

  • WisBiz In-Depth: Competition on the Big Pond for Ferry Passengers
    By Gregg Hoffmann MILWAUKEE -- The Lake Express ferry will make its first high-speed trip from Muskegon, Mich., to Milwaukee on Tuesday amidst a fair amount of hoopla. About the same time, the S.S. Badger will make a somewhat slower, low-key voyage from Manitowoc to Ludington, Mich., j... <more>

  • Reinbold: Marquette Interchange Madness Begins
    Don Reinbold is promising to make every effort "keep downtown open for business" as he embarks on the $810 million reconstruction of the Marquette Interchange, the largest public works project in Wisconsin's history. Reinbold, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's Marquette Interc... <more>

  • Watson: Milwaukee's celebrated geek says more potential trouble looms for Internet
    He's a self-professed geek and proud of it. And Paul Watson, an information security specialist for Rockwell Automation, is arguably the most famous geek in Milwaukee. Watson's celebrity surrounds his discovery of a flaw in the Internet that in the wrong hands could have brought the wo... <more>


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