Business Articles

January 10, 2011

Strategies: Serious Steps to Save Paper

Remember the predictions just a few years ago that technology would turn us into a paperless society? It doesnt look like that will happen anytime soon. The American Forest and Paper Association reports that the average American uses approximately …
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January 07, 2011

Leadership: Generation Y

Over the summer, I had the privilege of working with two eager interns (hired by one of our clients), each wearing a flashing neon sign on their foreheads.the one we talk about with leaders we support: MMFI. If you dont already know.give it some …
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January 07, 2011

Sales: The Perfect Cold Call

How are you? A harmless enough phrase, right? Heck, without it, 80 percent of all phone calls would never get started.It seems to work as an ice breaker when we call our friends, colleagues and others that we know, so why not use it as an ice …
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December 20, 2010

Enlightened Leaders Leverage Creativity

I recently participated in two corporate strategic planning retreats. Both followed a conventional agenda define the mission, vision, values, strategic goals, etc. and each facilitator demonstrated appropriate sensitivity to our opinions, ensuring …
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December 20, 2010

Manufacturing is the bright spot in southeastern Wisconsin’s economic outlook

A majority of manufacturers in southeastern Wisconsin have posted revenue gains in 2010 and most are optimistic about future gains next year, according to the 2010 First Business Economic Survey. The survey was conducted by First Business Financial …
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December 20, 2010

No Time Like Now for Team Building

Economic reality means many businesses no longer can afford traditional team-building outings. But can they afford not to? Steve Hirt has just learned that you cant put a price on investing in building personal relationships. The president of …
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December 20, 2010

Quick Response (QR) Codes

Visitors to FaceBooth Fox Cities in September saw an unusual sight in each exhibitors displays.At the back of each display was a black-and-white grid that looked like a crossword puzzle, or an elementary school maze worksheet.Hold up a smartphone …
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December 14, 2010

Employment Law: New Employment Laws you need to Know, and Comply with.

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new …
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December 12, 2010

Employment Law: New Employment Laws you Need to Know, and Comply With

Ripping on a supervisor on your Facebook page, which led to the firing of a Connecticut woman and her subsequent complaint before the National Labor Relations Board, might well be next year's point of employment law. But there is plenty of new …
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December 10, 2010

Human Resources: Training Wheels

Traditionally, companies invest in new technology, new products and services. But how many invest in training programs that pay immediate and long-term dividends?The answer: not as many as it should be.There are three training programs beyond the …
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November 17, 2010

Golden Angels Network Director Sees Significant Uptick in Quantity & Quality of Strategic Buyers

Tim Keane is the Marquette University Entrepreneur in Residence, the director of the Golden Angels Network and a friend of the firm. Tim has bought and sold several companies and also works as an independent consultant with a special focus in …
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November 15, 2010

How You Do Business: Do you have a Code of Ethics?

Whatever the size of your business or how many employees you have even if its just you it is important for a business to have a set policy in place regarding the ethics and conduct that will be the standard for that business, area professionals …
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