Call to executives to speak at Get Smarter Conference
July 23, 2014 12:08 PM
“The Transfer of Knowledge and Power to the Next Generation” will be the theme of the 2014 BizTimes Get Smarter Conference.

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Bowling centers fall into the gutter
July 23, 2014 11:03 AM
If you do a Google search for the phrase “bowling is a dying sport,” you will discover that folks have been predicting the demise of keggling since the dawn of the digital age.

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Wisconsin is ready for e-fairness
July 21, 2014 11:51 AM
Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin State Legislature should be commended for their work to enact pro-growth policies at the state level that will engender true economic expansion in the Badger State.

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Arena needs public champions to get it done
July 18, 2014 10:20 AM
The Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force today conducted a discussion featuring business leaders from Oklahoma City, Denver and Cleveland, who shared insights about how their communities rallied to build public support to build NBA arenas and invest in other cultural and mass transit infrastructure projects.

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Renewing the American idea
July 17, 2014 10:44 AM

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Historic Tax Credits are good for Wisconsin
July 15, 2014 12:30 PM
On behalf of our nearly 600-strong city and village members of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, I applaud Gov. Scott Walker lifting the moratorium on the Historic Preservation Tax Credit on buildings certified by the State Historical Society and the National Park Service as “Historic.”

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Exports will be key for automotive industry
July 14, 2014 10:37 AM
One of the truly bright spots in the U.S. economy is the auto industry which had tanked in 2008-09 like never before. General Motors and Chrysler went bankrupt and had to be bailed out by the Federal Government. Even with Uncle Sam involved, Chrysler ended up as a division of Fiat, leaving us with only two major U.S. owned auto companies – GM and Ford.

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Time to rethink Wisconsin Technical College System
July 11, 2014 10:33 AM
Recently, I had the honor of being named chair of a Joint Council Legislative Study Committee that will examine Wisconsin Technical College System funding and governance responsibilities.

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Don't be afraid to fire a customer
July 9, 2014 11:23 AM
Chad Albrecht, president of Centare, drew some rather inquisitive looks when he told the audience at a recent business luncheon that the most important strategy driving growth at his Brookfield-based software development company is not “putting the customer first,” but instead is “putting employees first.”

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Big savings with Lean Six Sigma
July 7, 2014 11:49 AM
As Milwaukee's chief executive, Mayor Tom Barrett has made it a priority to ensure that small businesses receive the tools they need to prosper and grow. Small businesses are undoubtedly a central force in our economy's ability to thrive. However, finding resources important to achieving success can be a challenge with the many obstacles that often arise in today's economic climate.

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Top ten ideas for developing a sound energy policy
July 3, 2014 10:57 AM
On June 2, President Obama announced his Clean Power Plan for Electrical Generation Utilities. In the plan, EPA proposes to provide states with regulatory flexibility to meet a proposed national goal of a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions from electrical generation utilities by 2030. Given the recent announcement of the Administration's energy program for carbon reductions, it is a good time to discuss energy policy.

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