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  • Neumann: Housing will lead the recovery
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com The Wisconsin economy may be in a slump, but home-builder Mark Neumann -- a former Republican congressman who may run for governor in 2010 -- says his company is going strong and had its second- or third-best February on record. “We’re finding we have to do... <more>

  • Thompson: Credit unions 'safe, sound and ready to lend'
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com The Badger State's credit unions are riding out the current economic storm remarkably well, according to the head of Wisconsin Credit Union League who declared his institutions "safe, sound and ready to lend." Brett Thompson, president and CEO of the Leag... <more>

  • Vetterkind: Busy times for broadcasters amidst economic troubles and 'historic' switch to digital transmission
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Michelle Vetterkind, president of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, has been putting in some long weeks leading up to Tuesday’s switch to digital-only television (DTV) by many stations. That doesn’t mean she’ll be cutting back on her workload, however.... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Combined reporting provision riles GOP, businesses
    By WisBusiness Staff Backers of the measure call it "tax fairness" and closing the "Las Vegas loophole." Opponents, mainly Republicans and the business community, call instituting "combined reporting" for multi-state corporations a jobs-killer. Both sides agree it will result in higher rev... <more>

  • Morby: Hard times facing ethanol industry
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Times are tough for the ethanol industry all over the country, including the nine producers here in the Badger State. Josh Morby, executive director of the Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance says very few, if any, of the state’s ethanol plants are now making money. ... <more>

  • Kollath: Duluth-based artist brings quirky style to state catalog company
    By Brian Clark For WisBusiness.com There are catalogs and then there are catalogs. Those produced by the Belleville-based Duluth Trading Co. surely belong to the latter category, thanks in large part to the quirky cover art produced by long-time illustrator Rick Kollath. “People... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Conroy bullish on Wisconsin as tech sector center
    By WisBusiness.com staff MADISON -- The former top exec at Third Wave Technologies warns that the recession will have a negative effect on venture capital funding, but Kevin Conroy says he's optimistic about the long-term prospects of Madison's tech sector. "The venture capital funding situation ... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Newspaper industry vets see bright spots despite stressful times
    By WisBusiness Staff When state newspaper people gathered at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention in Green Bay this week, they didn’t have a lot to celebrate. State newspapers haven’t suffered a blockbuster blow like the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company or the potential shutter... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Madison native returning from California to tackle city development post
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Tim Cooley left sunny Southern California Wednesday afternoon, headed for a new career back in his home state as economic development director for the City of Madison. The City Council approved his appointment to the job last week. It was 71 when Co... <more>

  • WisBusiness: SAFC fast-tracks new pharma manufacturing plant in Verona
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com MADISON – Nearly two decades ago, a start-up company named Tetrionics opened in a lab on Science Drive in University Research Park with one employee working on Vitamin D ingredients. It struggled until around 1996, when it began working on a compound for Abbot... <more>

  • Hess: Despite recession, Wisconsin can excel with focus on details of business climate
    By Brian E. Clark For WisBusiness.com Wisconsin -- like most of the nation -- may be in the midst of a recession, but business consultant Robert Hess says that doesn't mean there isn't opportunity now for states that seek it. He is a managing principal with Newmark Knight Frank (NKF Consulting) in... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin’s neighbors faring better during economic downturn
    By Tracy Will For WisBusiness.com With the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank’s concern about an extended recession reported this week and a $5.4 billion deficit looming over Wisconsin, news reports and economic forecasts from the regional Federal Reserve branches in Chicago and Minneapolis suggest some of ... <more>

  • Marks: New head of Competitive Wisconsin says education key to continued growth
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com In her 15 years as a member of Competitive Wisconsin Inc., Sue Marks has seen more than a few economic ups and downs on the local, national and international scenes. Now that the state is in another recession, Marks – who became president of the broad-based grou... <more>

  • Doyle: Strong federal stimulus needed to tackle recession
    A federal stimulus package focused on "getting people to work" would stem widespread unemployment, Gov. Jim Doyle said as he warned about an upcoming budget plan without "any big new initiatives of any kind." While he is hopeful that a federal stimulus package will provide relief, Doyle cautioned t... <more>

  • Janesville GM plant produces its last SUV
    The last SUV produced by the General Motors plant in Janesville rolled off the production line early this morning. A skeleton crew of workers will continue working on a light-truck project done in conjunction with Isuzu. The plant's closure was first announced by GM in June, when Gov. Jim Doyle rea... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Up-and-coming state companies profiled
    Students in the UW-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communications recently profiled six Madison-area companies that are working on advancements the companies hope will net them sustained business success. The ideas range from a new process for cleaning wastewater to a rebar replacement that c... <more>

  • O'Connell: State-backed investment funds could improve business climate
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – Leaders of Wisconsin Way say the state is on the wrong track for economic growth and prosperity. In fact, one leader of the group says Wisconsin is digging itself into a fiscal hole that may be hard to correct without some big changes. To redirect its ... <more>

  • Sepic: Head of auto dealers' group looks for state delegation to back bailout bill
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – Bill Sepic, the new head of the Wisconsin Auto and Truck Dealers Association, says he is hopeful that Congress and the White House can reach agreement this week on a partial bailout bill for the Big Three automakers. Sepic, who has been on the job for l... <more>

  • Bjella: Focus on logistics helps DDN to grow in down economic market
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com These are trying times for many in the biotech industry, with funding sources buttoning up as a result of the deepening recession. But at least one drug-related firm, Menomonee Falls-based DDN, is thriving as a third-party logistics company, handling warehousin... <more>

  • Buchen: WMC effort looks for consensus on state business climate
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – With Democrats soon to control the state Assembly, as well as the Senate and governor’s office, the state’s largest business lobby is shifting gears to deal with what it calls the “new political landscape." Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which has ... <more>


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