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  • 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>

  • Nelson: $20M expansion at busy Dells resort means 65 new jobs this month
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON -- The nation's economy may be in the tank, but business at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells and its counterpart in Sandusky, Ohio remains solid. That’s the word from Todd Nelson, owner and president of the African-themed Kalahari water parks. ... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Milwaukee sick pay holding firms at bay, MMAC's Sheehy says
    By David A. Wise WisBusiness.com Businesses are already reconsidering decisions to expand in or move to Milwaukee in light of a paid sick day requirement scheduled to take effect in February, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce President Tim Sheehy says. On Monday morning alone, Sh... <more>

  • WisBusiness: WBA's Bauer says many Wisconsin banks may tap TARP funds
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON – More than 40 state banks may end up applying for aid under the U.S. Treasury Department’s Capital Purchase Program, part of the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program, according to Wisconsin Bankers Association CEO Kurt Bauer. “We are an... <more>

  • Forum: Stimulus likely to come in form of infrastructure aid, reworked tax credits
    By Patrick Fitzgerald For WisBusiness.com State business leaders at an economic forum in Milwaukee hinted that the state would piggyback on a possible national stimulus for states with an effort of its own in early 2009 in order to boost the lagging economy. Bill McCoshen, director of Competitive... <more>

  • Mackie: TomoTherapy CEO offers tips for business success
    The leader of one of Wisconsin's top high-tech start-ups has some rules for success and the rules have special meaning in these tough economic times. Thomas Mackie -- the CEO of TomoTherapy, says his most important rules for success are: “plan for disaster and design for success, don’t give up, st... <more>

  • LaConte: F. Dohmen Co. celebrates 150 years with $1.5 million in charitable giving
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MILWAUKEE – For most of its 150 years, the family-owned F. Dohmen Co. has operated pretty much under the radar, building its wholesale drug business from its headquarters in Wisconsin. In recent years, it switched to providing outsourced business services to the p... <more>

  • Bozarth: Despite rough stretch, SWIB may be able to find stock bargains
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com With the stock market swinging wildly in recent weeks and losing more than 20 percent of its value since the summer, these are trying times for pension fund managers. On the last day of September, in fact, the value of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board’s (... <more>

  • Prudent: Biotech start-up exec says now may be good time to invest
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com It may seem counterintuitive in the midst of the current economic meltdown, but one Madison executive says now is a good time to invest in start-up diagnostic or drug discovery companies. “The overall marketplace is in turmoil now” and the biotech industry has not... <more>

  • Bugher: A decade of growth at Madison’s University Research Park
    In recessionary times, the director of the University Research Park in Madison is bullish on Wisconsin. Mark Bugher, from Eau Claire, is a former top adviser to Gov. Tommy Thompson who has been running the research park for nearly a decade. Bugher says in a recent interview that he can’t think o... <more>

  • Vickerman: Wisconsin primed for more wind energy development
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com Wisconsin has a long history of using wind-energy to pump water on the state’s plentiful farms and dairies -- but not to produce electricity for the grid. That changed a decade ago, when two big wind turbines were installed by four utilities near Green Bay as a d... <more>

  • Stark: Madison real estate market sluggish, but not in crisis
    A top Madison real estate executive says the $700 billion effort to salvage toxic mortgage-based securities, which he termed “taking the stinky meat out of the refrigerator,” could help “get the fear out of the” U.S. housing market. But Dave Stark of 100-year-old Stark Co. Realtors added the nati... <more>

  • Neis: VC expert says financial crisis may trim venture firms
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com The economic crisis currently swamping the country will probably slow down venture capitalists and the companies they back in the next year or two, John Neis, managing partner of Madison-based Venture Investors said Tuesday. But Neis, whose firm has more than $2... <more>

  • Wisconsin AFL-CIO president: '08 election could be 'last chance' for industrial economy
    In the eyes of AFL-CIO of Wisconsin President David Newby, there couldn't be any more at stake this fall for unions. "There is a sense that we can win this and that we have to, that this might be our last chance really at getting the kind of economic policies and trade policies in place that are go... <more>

  • Ward: Wisconsin economy stable in midst of national problems
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com The nation’s credit markets may be all but locked up and the country’s finances teetering over an abyss, but Wisconsin’s economy is holding its own -- at least for now. That’s the assessment of David J. Ward, head of Madison-based NorthStar Economics and the acti... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin stocks - quarterly winners and losers
    In a WisBusiness comparison of stock prices for companies with substantial Wisconsin operations, three large-equipment manufacturers were among the biggest percentage losers in the quarter that ended Tuesday. The stock prices of mining equipment companies Joy Global and Bucyrus International... <more>

  • WisBusiness: Wisconsin winery finds switch from tobacco paying off
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com VIROQUA, Vernon County – It’s grape harvest time all over the country, including western Wisconsin. For Bob Starks and his business partner Loren Cade, who also serves as winemaker for Vernon Vineyards, that means walking the rows in their vineyards with friends ... <more>

  • WisBusiness.com: EXPERTS EXPLORE A FIX TO U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
    MADISON -- Experts convening at a WisPolitics.com/WisBusiness.com event on Sept. 19 often agreed on the problems facing health care in the state and nation but didn't come to a quick consensus on the right fix. The ``Diagnosing a Policy Fix to U.S. Health Care'' forum was convened to discuss a... <more>

  • Wegenke: Voluntary environmental audits could be money-saver for state's private colleges
    By Brian E. Clark WisBusiness.com MADISON -- In an effort to save money and stay ahead of possible sanctions by regulators, the state’s private colleges have begun voluntary environmental health and safety inspections on their campuses. “Not only does this make good business sense in terms of ris... <more>

  • WisBusiness.com: Canadians Wary of Energy Rhetoric
    --Next WisBusiness.com Luncheon Set for Oct. 6-- The Canadian consul general in Chicago says Canadians are anxious about proclamations of energy independence and about how post-9-11 security measures affect border trade. Georges Rioux, a veteran diplomat in his post since 2006,... <more>

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