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— In her newest column, MaryBeth Matzek looks at the exporting strategy followed by Bernsten International, a Madison-based manufacturer of survey and wayfaring markers.

The firm first got into exporting by accident more than 30 years ago when it received a custom order from Saudi Arabia. Later, Bernsten president Rhonda Rushing wanted a more deliberate plan for the company’s exporting endeavors

She turned to the ExporTech program, which is supported by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and offered by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The company focused on Canada as its top strategic market.

Read her column for more:

http://bizopinion.wisbusiness.com/2014/12/marybeth-matzek-survey-marker.html

— The WEDC has announced a trade trip to Mexico in March.

The agency has partnered with the Council of Great Lakes Governors on the seven-day trip, which includes stops in Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara.

Mexico is the state’s second-largest export partner; the WEDC has also scheduled a trade trip to Canada — its largest trade partner — later that same month.

See the release:

http://wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=338534

— Wisconsin’s monthly unemployment rate in November was the lowest it’s been since September 2008, but quarterly figures show the state continues to lag the rest of the country in new jobs.

Wisconsin added 16,500 private sector jobs in November as the monthly unemployment rate dropped to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent in October. Combined with an upward revision in the number of jobs created in October, DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said the state has now recovered all of the private sector jobs it lost during the ”great recession.”

That’s based on monthly job estimates the Walker administration has previously warned can vary wildly. For example, the job numbers for October have been revised upward by 6,900.

Meanwhile, the more reliable quarterly numbers reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the state gained 35,021 private-sector jobs for the 12-month period that ended in June. The growth rate of 1.5 percent put Wisconsin 32nd and behind the national rate of 2.3 percent.

See the DWD release:

http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/newsreleases/2014/unemployment/141218_november_state.pdf

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TOP HEADLINES

After county rejects O’Donnell offer, Northwestern Mutual plots parking west of HQ

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2014/12/18/after-county-rejects-odonnell-offer-northwestern.html

Regulators won’t delay vote on Wisconsin Energy, Integrys deal

http://jsonline.com/business/286269751.html

M-WERC readies startup incubator, sets 2015 goals

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2014/12/m-werc-readies-startup-incubator-sets-2015-goals.html

Actuant earnings down on lower demand

http://biztimes.com/article/20141218/ENEWSLETTERS02/141219760

Wisconsin has gained back all the private sector jobs lost in recession, state numbers suggest

http://jsonline.com/business/286259531.html

Hobart plans ‘100 percent walkable’ downtown

http://greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/12/18/20605839/

Milwaukee County Board approves purchase option for The Couture

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STORY TOPICS

AGRIBUSINESS ^top^

– Wisconsin health officials release report on raw milk case

http://jsonline.com/business/286240051.html


ECONOMY ^top^

– Wisconsin’s private-sector growth rate lags nation

http://jsonline.com/business/286226601.html

– State companies invited to join WEDC trade trip to Mexico

http://host.madison.com/1cea0df3-0ffc-58bd-9959-85b3e09ba95c.html


EDUCATION ^top^

– Wisconsin Institute for Discovery chief David Krakauer is leaving UW-Madison for Santa Fe

http://host.madison.com/4a9429d9-b5c9-59f5-99bb-7c445ac79f04.html

– Marquette expands on John McAdams controversy

http://jsonline.com/news/education/286304231.html

– Parents protest loss of principal after MPS official’s reassignment

http://jsonline.com/news/education/286298281.html


FINANCIAL SERVICES ^top^

– Credit Union National Association names new deputy chief of staff

http://host.madison.com/27f7e626-5243-5520-95ce-3aba42a39db2.html


HEALTH CARE ^top^

– St. Elizabeth Hospital names new president

http://postcrescent.com/story/money/2014/12/17/20553797/

– Aurora to publish Quarterly Health of Wisconsin Report

http://jsonline.com/business/286237501.html


LABOR ^top^

– PendaForm cited by OSHA in chemical spill at Portage plant

http://host.madison.com/4d74a227-4259-56e2-b8f7-976ef3fb3e8e.html


LEGAL ^top^

– Beaver Dam attorney avoids suspension for son’s use of client account

http://jsonline.com/business/286303611.html


MANUFACTURING ^top^

– Johnson Controls lithium-ion batteries to power hybrid luxury SUVs

http://jsonline.com/business/286318281.html

– Andrew Dahl to be Dahl Automotive’s fourth president

http://lacrossetribune.com/2b2374f9-99fc-596f-a329-ef0fc26f9b00.html

– Azco expands fabrication shop in Town of Menasha

http://postcrescent.com/story/money/2014/12/18/20588913/

– Oshkosh Corp. lands two military contracts worth $100 million

http://thenorthwestern.com/story/money/2014/12/18/20580935/


MEDIA ^top^

– Madison company Vidmaker says it has been acquired by YouTube

http://jsonline.com/business/286239551.html

– Theater revenues drive strong 2Q for Marcus

http://biztimes.com/article/20141218/ENEWSLETTERS02/141219763


POLITICS ^top^

– Sen. Johnson criticizes Obama’s approach to Cuba

http://lacrossetribune.com/83e73dc1-4cc8-54d1-a81a-bd38138860e1.html


REAL ESTATE ^top^

– La Crosse Board says yes to Park Plaza sale, landfill area purchase

http://lacrossetribune.com/c61ef917-adac-5b84-9a6f-86e3769925fe.html

– County Board narrowly rejects O’Donnell Park sale

http://jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/286248631.html

– Developer drops Cudahy mixed-use project plan

http://jsonline.com/blogs/business/286272471.html

– U.S. Bank closes on $2 million in financing for West Allis hotel

http://biztimes.com/article/20141218/ENEWSLETTERS02/141219764


REGULATION ^top^

– County blocks sales tax referendum proposal

http://greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/local/2014/12/17/20571061/


RETAIL ^top^

– ‘Super Saturday’ likely to eclipse Black Friday’s sales totals

http://jsonline.com/business/286309301.html


SMALL BUSINESS ^top^

– Madison startup dreams up Dane County Farmers Market app

http://host.madison.com/660ee9fd-b7e1-5a51-9666-64912dd765e8.html

– First look at Ward 4, Pritzlaff startup hub from CSA Partners

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2014/12/first-look-at-ward-4-pritzlaff-startup-hub-from.html


SPORTS ^top^

– Bucks new owners: Casual in person, serious about team, arena

http://bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2014/12/bucks-new-owners-casual-in-person-serious-about.html


TRANSPORTATION ^top^

– 31-hour shutdown of I-94 near Miller Park starts Friday night

http://host.madison.com/b672fe81-cb1e-5208-bc36-b1e386080028.html

– DOT awards $23 million contract to start Highway 12 Baraboo bypass

http://host.madison.com/438625bb-f40e-5cd8-86dc-97b3a03184c5.html


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PRESS RELEASES
*Appleton Coated: Achieves Green Master Award for fourth consecutive year

*ARI Network Services: ARI to hold annual shareholder meeting January 6, 2015

*City of Sun Prairie: Joint Review Board approves creation of TID #11 on Sun Prairie’s Main Street

*Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: Feiner and Sullivan to support organic, grazing and specialty-crop sectors

*Dept. of Workforce Development: State adds 16,500 private-sector jobs in November, suggesting full recovery of jobs lost during great recession

*Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation: Luke Hanson named executive director

*Electronic Theatre Controls: Middleton-based ETC announces new vice president of Finance

*Foley and Lardner: National Directors Institute announces Directors of the Year winners

*Helen Bader Foundation: Awards more than $1 million in grants to boost alzheimer’s and aging programs across Wisconsin

*Knapp Chiropractic and Wellness Center: Patients give outstanding testimonials

*ManpowerGroup: Attention managers: 4 out of 5 employees plan to pursue new career opportunities in 2015, according to Right Management poll

*Marco: Engineers earn top Cisco certification

*Sears: New Hometown store opens in Park Falls

*UW-Madison: Neal First, whose work led to cattle cloning, dies at 84

*Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation: Trade trip to Mexico can help Wisconsin companies boost exports south of the border

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