Business Articles

September 03, 2010

Is it Time to Re-engineer Family Biz?

If youve been waking up around 3:00 a.m. and lying there wondering how youre going to keep your family business on track, I can suggest an approach. Its called re-engineering, and in technical terms it means examining and altering a system to …
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September 03, 2010

Peak Performance: The Middle-Aged Brain is in its Prime

While I was dining with several girlfriends, one of them asked, Hey, do you ever wonder where your brain goes when you hit middle age?She went on to describe her most recent experience. Last weekend, I was standing with the refrigerator door open …
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September 02, 2010

Discovery Communications Crisis a Reminder to Review Emergency Plan

Workplace experts say the hostage crisis at Discovery Communications Inc. in Silver Spring should prompt all companies and building owners to review their emergency evacuation and continuity of operation plans or, if they dont have a plan, to make …
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September 02, 2010

How Social do you want your Media to be?

Twitter and tweets, fan pages and handles. Social media have rapidly changed the way individuals communicate with each other, and they have become a crucial component of how businesses communicate with clients, too.Social media is being used in …
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September 01, 2010

Banks Lending, but You Need to Find the Right One

Theres a big myth out there that banks are not lending. Is it true? Yes and no. The strong banks are still lending, and theyre lending primarily to C&I (commercial and industrial) businesses. In Northeast Wisconsin, this is good news. Our C&I …
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August 27, 2010

No time like the Present to Review the Rules of Networking

Have you ever been in crowded restaurant and wondered what all the businesspeople are discussing? Big deals? Expansion? Bonuses?Unfortunately, these days its likely many people are doing networking lunches aka job hunting.During the past month, Ive …
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August 27, 2010

Tom is Selling his Business: Now What?

I admit that sometimes I live in a fantasy world. I actually think that Im getting a buzz from lite beer.I have a friend named Tom whos looking to sell his equipment parts distribution business. Problem is he cant sell it. Hes had more than a …
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August 20, 2010

Blogging with a Purpose Helps to Build Brand Awareness

When Greg Salsburg began blogging each week on media, marketing and current events, he knew it couldnt be an occasional activity.He knew hed have to blog consistently to build brand awareness among his readers and to optimize his rank among search …
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August 11, 2010

The Five C's of Sustainability Branding

At our request, Marc Stoiber, the vice-president for green innovation at Maddock Douglas and a veteran in the relatively young field of sustainability, sat down and created a list of what companies and marketers need to do to make "greenness" …
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August 10, 2010

Farms Grow More than Vegetables

I feel very lucky to live in Madison. One of my favorite hobbies is cycling. I especially enjoy biking this time of year, because within minutes of leaving my house, I am riding through lush farm fields. My wife loves the farmers' market, and comes …
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August 10, 2010

Succession Planning a Priority at First Business Financial Services

Many organizations have put their strategic decisions and plans for growth on hold. Others believe there is little they can do, other than keep plugging away day-by-day. Still others not only manage day-to-day operations efficiently, but take time …
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August 10, 2010

Want to Get to Know your Client? Go Beyond Traditional Meetings.

Getting to know our clients and prospects more personally enables us to identify what truly matters to them, on a much deeper level then simply understanding their life at work. And in building these stronger personanal connections, we strengthen …
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