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April 11, 2012

Milwaukee Water Council, Imagine H2O collaborate

The Milwaukee Water Council said Wednesday that it has entered into a partnership that will allow Milwaukee-area entrepreneurs to compete in a water industry business plan competition run by a San Francisco nonprofit organization.The Water Council …
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April 11, 2012

Quad/Graphics, Wired pioneer high-tech magazine ad

Quad/Graphics Inc. and Wired magazine said they have collaborated to produce the first mass-produced, "near field communication" U.S. magazine ad.Wireds April issue features an ad with a near field communication (NFC) tag that launches a mobile site …
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April 11, 2012

Judge rules Appleton Papers no longer liable for Fox River cleanup

Appleton Papers Inc. has won a federal court ruling that removes the paper company as a defendant in the ongoing litigation regarding the cleanup of PCBs in the Lower Fox River.Federal Judge William Griesbach Tuesday granted Appleton Papers' motion …
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April 11, 2012

CRE Guide: Take 5 - Juli Kaufmann

Juli Kaufmann, president of Fix Development LLC, is opening the $7 million Clock Shadow Building in Milwaukee this spring and the environmentally sustainable new building will be fully occupied.The building grew out of a contaminated brownfield site …
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April 10, 2012

Consumer spending grows in March

Exceptionally warm weather in March contributed to a spurt in consumer spending, according to First Data Corp.s latest SpendTrend report.The privately held Sandy Springs, Ga.-based electronic payments company reported year-over-year dollar volume …
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April 10, 2012

Bally's Milwaukee clubs among 39 fitness clubs being sold to Blast

Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. said Tuesday that its Milwaukee-area clubs are among 39 fitness clubs it has agreed to sell to Blast Fitness Group LLC., which has 15 fitness club locations in Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.In …
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April 10, 2012

Many Milwaukee-area firms entering Social Madness competition

I know that there are a lot of Milwaukee-area firms that quickly understood the benefits of being active in social media. I run into them on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn throughout the day.Many of those same firms are entering The Business …
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April 10, 2012

Milwaukee health clinic receives $1.6M federal grant

Progressive Community Health Centers Inc. in Milwaukee has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration.The administration is the primary federal agency for …
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April 10, 2012

NFIB index shows lack of confidence

The National Federation of Independent Business monthly index of small business indicators fell by nearly 2 points last month to 92.5 after six months of gains, showing a souring of the outlook for small businesses.The index is based on surveys of …
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April 10, 2012

MMAC: Local economy grew in February

Economic indicators for metro Milwaukee rebounded in February from a weak January performance, according to a monthly report by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC).Twelve of 24 February indicators registered improvement over …
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April 10, 2012

WPS Insurance names new president

Wisconsin Physician Service Corp. Health Insurance has appointed Michael Hamerlik president and chief executive officer, effective June 11.Hamerlik will replace Jim Riordan, who will be retiring after more than 20 years in that role and 39 years …
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April 10, 2012

Frontier: Chipmunk, tree frog and parrot battle for spot on plane tail

Frontier Airlines of Denver has announced that Chloe the Chipmunk, Enrique the Tree Frog and Polly the Parrot are the final three contenders in carriers search for a new spokesanimal.The 18 contenders received a tremendous outpouring of support from …
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