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— The Wisconsin Entrepreneuers Conference kicks off this morning in Milwaukee and will run through tomorrow with a number of seminars for participants. Craig Culver, head of the Culver restaurants, will deliver the opening remarks at 9:30 a.m. today at the Hyatt Regency.
At 6:45 p.m. today, the Governor’s Business Plan Contest awards will be presented as part of a dinner at which biotech venture capital giant G. Steven Burrill will speak.
For more information, see: http://www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com/Events/win/index.aspx?ID=383
— Madison is getting a saucy new research center.
Yuzaburo Mogi, Chairman and CEO of Kikkoman Corporation, said the corporation will be opening a research facility that will help create products for an evolving U.S. marketplace.
In addition, he said the company is will give $100,000 to the University of Wisconsin for its Environmental Studies program.
University Research Park in Madison will house the research facility, which is set to open this fall. Mogi said that the new lab will help Kikkoman better serve consumers. One researcher will be brought from Japan and the others will be hired locally. Kikkoman officials did not say how many people the lab will employ.
— Papermaker Stora Enso North America’s new owner is cutting nearly 200 jobs in Wisconsin in the next year. NewPage said there’ll be 59 union workers cut and about 140 of the company’s 207 nonunion office employees.
Many of the employees work at the company’s offices in Wisconsin Rapids. NewPage spokeswoman Shannon Semmerling said jobs will be cut periodically over the next year and they’ll continue through July or August next year.
She said workers will be given severance pay, health benefits and help finding other jobs.
NewPage bought the North American operations of Finland-based Stora Enso for more than $2 billion last year.
— Sussex-based Quad/Graphics Inc. is investing $25 million to strengthen and expand its direct mail services through its QuadDirect division
The $25 million investment includes new equipment such as digital and variable cutoff offset presses, high-speed envelope inserters and commingling machinery, as well as vast upgrades to Quad/Graphics’ existing 300,000-square-foot facility in Pewaukee. The upgrades will transform the plant into a state-of-the-art direct mail production facility, complete with a digital pressroom.
See story: http://www.biztimes.com/manufacturingweekly/2008/6/9/#quad-graphics-invests-25-million-in-direct-mail-division
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Fireworks Shortage a Month Before 4th of July
Problems in China have local fireworks dealers holding their breath. With the 4th of July less than a month away, many of the fireworks that people shoot off are still on ships headed for the U.S. In 32 years in business, this Howard fireworks store has never seen anything like it. “Normally we would be stocked to the gills. I’ve got several trucks coming in next week,” Deb Decker at Decker’s Uncle Sam Fireworks said. Decker said recent events in China, including a massive explosion at a fireworks warehouse, problems at Chinese ports, and shipping restrictions due to the summer Olympics have caused a shortage across the U.S. for both back yard and commercial fireworks.
Cell phones users added to no-call list; Telemarketers to be fined for each call made
… “Back to when I helped write the bill in, we didn’t include cell phones. However, with the complaints of telemarketing calls increasing, I felt it was unfair for residents to have their cell phone minutes chewed up by these calls,” Erpenbach said. This change was part of the budget repair bill signed by Gov. Jim Doyle last month. Cell phones users can rid themselves of telemarketing calls by registering their numbers to the list either on the phone or online until the end of August. This will then be effective in October.
Report on Younkers case goes to U.S. attorney; Green Bay City Council requested review of findings
Green Bay City Council President Chris Wery has turned over the Younkers case to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Wery confirmed last week that he delivered the report by private investigator Bob Langan along with a request that the office review the report and give an opinion about whether further investigation is warranted. The City Council voted May 21 to request the U.S. Attorney’s Office involvement. Langan, the city’s former police chief, was appointed by Mayor Jim Schmitt to investigate whether former Mayor Paul Jadin or his staff misled the City Council in 2003 concerning the city’s deal with Saks Inc. over condemnation of the Younkers lease. In striking a deal with Saks to acquire some property, the city condemned the property and lease and agreed to assume Saks’ liability in case the condemnation was deemed illegal. Some members of the council have said that Jadin or his staff misled them by hiding the fact that the city had agreed to assume Saks’ liability.
Lawmakers look to tweak film incentives; Wisconsin officials hope to attract more filmmakers
The state film’s incentives have been successful by anyone’s measure: They’ve attracted a big-budget Johnny Depp movie, independent films and TV shows. Businesses supporting the industry also are popping up. But the architects of the 25 percent tax break for filmmakers want to rejigger the law to attract even more productions. … Right now, if filmmakers’ tax credits exceed their tax liability they can only use the leftover credits if and when they return to Wisconsin. Lawton and others want to make those credits transferable, possibly to other film companies for a small fee.
Kikkoman to open research facility at UW
Kikkoman Foods Inc. will establish a research and development laboratory as well as an environmental studies scholarship in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The new lab, which will open this fall, will be located at University Research Park in Madison. It will be led by one of the company’s research scientists from its research and development facility in Noda, Japan.
Working on a band of angels; Network encourages co-investing by groups backing young firms
A growing number of wealthy Wisconsin investors are funding young companies. Now they need to band together. The state has 20 angel investing groups, compared with six just three years ago, according to the Wisconsin Angel Network. That means there are enough groups providing funding, advice and connections to fledgling companies for the angel groups to begin making more investments together, said Joe Kremer, the network’s director. Kremer’s group will begin encouraging that today at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, the state’s biggest gathering of fast-growing companies, financiers and other businesspeople.
Penn.: Franklin County businesses have multitude of ties to Wisconsin
Wisconsin industry has a second home in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. More than 5,500 people work in factories whose parent companies are based in the Badger State. “I’m not sure what the connection is, if it’s coincidental or what,” said L. Michael Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corp. “For whatever reason, an unusually high concentration of firms are coming from Wisconsin and matriculating to Franklin County”
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