(WisBusiness) THURS News Summary — 28 Aug. 2008

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— Wisconsin businesses are boning up on how to work with national security and law enforcement agencies today at the 2008 Resource Rendezvous in Marshfield.

On the schedule are speeches by representatives of the Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA), In-Q-Tel, which identifies and partners with companies cutting-edge technologies for the CIA; the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

To watch the webcast, go to: http://marshfieldclinic.mediasite.com/marshfieldclinic/Manage/Main.aspx?Module=Presentation/PresentationSummary&peid=9320f8fb-c013-480e-8c55-9012a7e58694&pid=526e13da-e717-4b95-a1ae-9daca89e2176

— Milwaukee lags behind Madison in the number of high-tech start-up companies benefiting from a tax credit program for angel investors and venture capital investors, a panelist at a biotech gathering said Wednesday.

The Angel Investor and Venture Fund Tax Credit program, known as Act 255, was launched in 2005 and provides up to a total of $11.5 million annually in tax credits for angel investors and venture capital investors who fund certain high-risk, high-tech start-ups.

Serigraph CEO John Torinus Jr., co-founder of Successful Entrepreneur Investors, said at a Wisconsin Biotechnology and Medical Device Association that the program has been a “bonanza” for Madison, but only of some help to Milwaukee and other business sectors.

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— Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, based in Milwaukee and one of the country’s largest minority-owned law firms, says it has opened an office in New York City.

Philip Berg and Angela Dorn, formerly of the Berg & Dorn Law Partners, will manage the new Gonzalez office — the firm’s ninth.

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— Attendees of the Future 50 Awards Luncheon this year also are invited to particpate in interactive breakout sessions immediately after the event to learn more about the successful operational strategies of some of Milwaukee’s fastest-growing companies.

The Future 50 will be presented by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and its Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

See story: http://www.biztimes.com/daily/2008/8/27/#future-50-breakout-sessions-will-provide-operational-insights


WISBUSINESS LUNCHEON: Georges Rioux, Canadian Consul General to Chicago
Monday, September 8, 11:45 am, The Madison Club

WisBusiness.com, The Madison Club and Madison Magazine present “The Madison Business Luncheon” on Monday, September 8, with featured guest Georges Rioux Canadian Consul General to Chicago.

Learn more about the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago: http://geo.international.gc.ca/can-am/chicago/menu-en.asp

This event is open to the public, and the price for lunch is $19. Call the Madison Club to register at (608) 255-4861. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.




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Press Releases
A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Ameriprise Group and Its Members
Annual Conference Leads Legal Industry in Diversity Discussions
Back-to-School Savings on Air Travel: Midwest Airlines Offers Sale Fares on Travel Through Feb. 11, 2009
Fiserv’s eBILLPLACE.com Turns Green
Fitch Rates Dane County, Wisconsin’s Notes & GOs ‘AAA’
Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP Opens New York City Office
Governor Doyle Announces $630,000 for MPP Group, LLC
Governor Doyle Announces Additional Help for Kimberly Mill Workers
Inc. Magazine Reveals Its 27th Annual List of America’s 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies
Joint Statement from Charter Communications and Big Ten Network
Lesley’s Life Is Sweet: First USDA Certified Organic and Fair Trade Artisanal Chocolates
International Symposium on Human Identification Features Latest Advances and Applications in DNA Testing
MedPro Installs 1000th Ultrasound System Worldwide
More than Three-Fourths of Online Americans Bank and Pay Bills Online
Multiplex Gene Expression HD2 12x135K Microarrays Now Available from Roche NimbleGen
Patterns in Changing Ecological Landscapes Inspire Professor
School of Veterinary Medicine Celebrates 25 Years
Sign Up for Wisconsin’s Eat Local Challenge: Challenge Yourself, Buy Local
St. Germain, Wisconsin, Population 1,916, Home to Inc. Magazine’s Second Fastest Growing Privately Owned Company in the U.S. – Eliason Inc.
Steelworkers to Hold Candlelight Vigil as Kimberly Mill Prepares for Shutdown
Teamsters at Waste Management Strike for Fair Bargaining
The Event Webcasting Toolkit: A Pain-Free Guide to Taking Your Conference Online

For these and more releases visit http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Content=82


UW-Madison begins competition among top scientists: The competition among scientists has begun for one of 20 coveted spots at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s new research institute. The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery include public and private research facilities. The university is holding a competition for 20 chief scientists to work on biotechnology, nanotechnology and information technology at the public institute. Outgoing interim director Marsha Mailick Seltzer said they will work on issues of human health and welfare. Retiring UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley is taking over as interim director of the institute and will oversee the competition that started Wednesday.

S.C. Johnson sues Dial over patent in latest air freshener spat: In the continuing battle among air freshener makers, S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. sued Henkel AG’s Dial Corp. in Madison this week, claiming Dial’s Tri Scents products infringe on a patent held by Johnson. S.C. Johnson, the maker of the Glade air freshener line, is seeking an injunction against Dial and unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Tuesday. A representative from the Dial Corp. did not return a call seeking comment. Growing demand for air fresheners has led to legal disputes in the $1.98 billion annual U.S. market. Dial, the maker of Renuzit, sued Racine-based S.C. Johnson in federal court in Phoenix in June, accusing Johnson of patent infringement by its Glade PlugIns Scented Oil air freshener.

FDA OKs TomoTherapy’s new radiation therapy technology: Madison-based TomoTherapy Inc. announced Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved its “TomoDirect” technology, which modifies its Hi-Art radiation therapy system. The agency granted FDA 510(k) clearance for TomoDirect late Tuesday. TomoTherapy plans to unveil the technology at industry meetings in September. The Hi-Art machines spiral around a patient to deliver direct doses of radiation to treat cancer. TomoDirect allows the radiation treatments to follow a straight-line path rather than a spiral if physicians choose.

Biotech firm wins state financing: $630,000 package for MPP Group announced at panel discussion … A Wauwatosa pharmaceutical development company landed a $630,000 package from the state Department of Commerce, Gov. Jim Doyle’s office said Wednesday. The announcement came at a breakfast meeting where public- and private-sector leaders said companies in the Milwaukee area and other parts of Wisconsin need to make better use of state programs aimed at helping high-tech companies like MPP Group LLC. “It’s really great to have this high-tech engine in Madison chugging away, but we need that kind of energy and largesse to be spread to other parts of the state, particularly Milwaukee,” said John Torinus, chairman of Serigraph Inc. and co-founder of the Successful Entrepreneur Investors angel group.

10 Madison-area firms on list of fastest growing: Eighty-five Wisconsin companies — including 10 from the Madison area — are on the Inc.com 2008 list of the 5,000 fastest growing privately owned companies in the U.S. The rankings measure revenue growth from 2004 through 2007, with a starting point of at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004. New Glarus Brewing is the highest ranking local company, at No. 2017. Other area businesses on the list are Cascade Asset Management, Madison, No. 2809; Hartung Brothers, Madison, No. 3294; Dane Manufacturing, Dane, No. 4266; Tri-North Builders, Fitchburg, No. 4580; Freedom Personal Development, Madison, No. 4633; HospiceCare, Madison, No. 4763; Wisconsin Built, Deerfield, No. 4801; Edgerton Gear, Edgerton, No. 4803; and Natural Resources Consulting, Cottage Grove, No. 4922.


GREGG HOFFMANN: Contributor, WisBusiness.com

TOM STILL: President, Wisconsin Technology Council

JENNIFER SERENO: Senior manager, Wood Communications Group

STEVE JAGLER: Executive editor, Small Business Times

TOM BURZINSKI: IT executive and consultant

TECHNOLOGY (back to top)
– UW-Madison to select scientists for the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery through a competition

– County hires information services boss

BIOTECH (back to top)
– ‘Makeover’ sidesteps stem cells

ECONOMY (back to top)
– Economy rebounds, mostly spurred by exports

– Moving Famous Footwear HQ drops parent’s profit by $6.2M

MANUFACTURING (back to top)
– Sharon manufacturer closing Friday

LABOR (back to top)
– Workers rally for NewPage mill in Kimberly

– Job training help available for displaced NewPage workers

– Uncollected trash piles up as drivers’ strike continues

SMALL BUSINESS (back to top)
– KL Engineering opening Ashwaubenon office

– Oilerie franchise location sold

– State aid approved for startup MPP Group

INVESTING (back to top)
– Stock futures rise after GDP data beats forecasts

REAL ESTATE (back to top)
– Second office developer joins Brookfield project

– CenterPoint buys 20 acres in Yorkville

AGRIBUSINESS (back to top)
– FSA Announces ECP Sign-Up for June Flood Damage to Farmland

– Poorer Year Predicted for Wild Rice Harvest

– New Sponsor to Award $7,000 to World Dairy Expo Champions

TRANSPORTATION (back to top)
– Gustav may cause jump in holiday gasoline prices

– 4-engine bike built as tribute to Harley

– Midwest Airlines offers ‘Midwest Class’ seating

RETAIL (back to top)
– Charter-BTN deal less exciting for sports bar owners

– Women look for reliability, storage in vehicles, survey finds

REGULATION (back to top)
– Wind turbine ordinance’s proposed changes to be discussed at public hearing

TOURISM (back to top)
– Bikers marking Harley’s anniversary a boon for business

UTILITIES (back to top)
– Brokaw to seek water pipeline approval

HEALTH CARE (back to top)
– Nursing’s ‘always needed,’ and job numbers prove it

– County searches for health savings

– 30 Wisconsin banks reporting losses

– Oshkosh rejects 21 flood claims

– West Bend Mutual collects $76,000 for MACC Fund

– Tech college students’ grant fund empty

MANAGEMENT (back to top)
– Charter strikes deal with Big 10 Network

– Union leader knows the mill

– Milwaukee law firm opens NYC office

– Grigg joins American Water board

– Green Bay Area chamber to honor Procter & Gamble

– Harley riders include many top executives

BUSINESS COLUMNS (back to top)
– Gail MarksJarvis: Did small-cap rally indicate midpoint of downturn?

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