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10715-business-pix-1Callen Says Weatherize Now to Save Energy in Winter

MUSKEGO – Wisconsin homeowners who want to save money and stay warm this winter should prepare their homes for cold weather now, according to Christopher Wittmann, a Certified Remodeler and senior exterior products specialist with Callen Construction, Inc. in Muskego, a full service and award winning remodeling company serving southeastern Wisconsin since 1986.

Proper weatherization happens in two phases—insulating and air sealing. It’s the same as getting dressed for a winter day, Wittmann said. “You wear a sweater for ‘insulating’ but you wear an outer layer for ‘air sealing.’”

Insulation & Roof Ventilation

Inadequate attic insulation can contribute to as much as a 20 percent loss in heat in the cold months. Paired with poor roof ventilation, it’s also a leading factor in ice damming.

Homeowners should inspect the attic space for properly installed insulation. “The recommended amount based on today’s standards is 16 inches to 20 inches total—R-49 to R-60,” Wittmann said. Although this can be achieved with rolled insulation, he prefers professionally installed blown-in fiberglass insulation, which can also prevent the growth of mold when moisture is present in the attic space.

Using baffles in the rafter spaces will help promote the draw of outside air from the eaves or soffits and can help ensure that insulation is pulled back away from intake ventilation so that it covers the warm inside wall space.

“Inspect bathroom or kitchen exhaust fan pipes and damper vents to be sure they’re in proper working order,” he said. “Insulated exhaust fan pipes can help reduce the heat-cold transfer of energies.”

Roof ventilation is a key factor to ensure that the attic space keeps a cold temperature in the winter. Although a properly balanced intake and exhaust system can be achieved with additional vents, Wittmann recommends working with a skilled professional due to the formulas used to determine the balance and the materials that can be installed.


It’s tough to predict when open-window weather is done in Wisconsin, but at that time, homeowners are advised to walk through the inside of the house to ensure that every window and storm window is shut and locked. “This is a good time to address any issues or deficiencies with the windows such as leaks, deteriorated or missing weather stripping, or window seals that are compromised,” Wittmann said. A hazing or cloudy appearance between the panes shows a window seal problem. “If seals are broken, it will usually means that the window itself is compromised and will require replacement.”

If the windows are wood, homeowners should check that the interior and exterior wood is in good shape and not deteriorated or rotting. “Also be sure that the interior of the wood window is clean of dust and debris, since condensation on the glass in the wintertime can react with the dust and wood and cause the growth of mildew and mold,” he said.

If the windows are old, drafty, or deteriorated, new windows made of fiberglass, like Marvin’s Infinity fiberglass replacement windows, can help improve the functionality, energy savings, strength, and appearance.


Check entry doors for any deficiencies such as opening and closing issues, deteriorated or missing weather stripping on the bottom threshold and sides, loose hinges, or cracks in the panels (if the doors are wood). Newer doors tend to have replaceable weather stripping, but older units may require aftermarket or universal kits. “Most new entry doors come equipped with better weather stripping—some even magnetic-based, just like a refrigerator door—and insulated cores,” Wittmann said.


Next, homeowners should take a look in the lower level (basement) of the house. “Air sealing and insulating the area where the top of the basement wall and house foundation meet will reduce the ‘stack effect’ where air from a lower section of the house is pulled from openings located from the upper sections of the house, causing a loss in heat”, he said. “It will also help to reduce and eliminate gaps or holes that small rodents can get in through.”

Finally, homeowners are advised to ensure that fireplace dampers are closed until the fireplace is used. “If the fireplace isn’t used on a regular basis, there are devices that can be purchased to temporarily seal the chimney flue to retain the warm air inside the house.”

A professional home energy audit would provide homeowners with detailed knowledge about the house’s deficiencies and areas that could be improved. “These tests can result in a rather long list of areas for improvement,” Wittmann said, “so it’s best to consider which projects will make the most sense and provide the best return on investment.”

093015-business-pix-1Donation from AT&T Pioneers to Help Provide Free Meals to Milwaukee’s Needy

 MILWAUKEE – The Open Door Café received a $3,000 donation from the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers to help provide free meals for Milwaukee’s homeless and needy families during an event at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist today.  The donation is from the Pioneers’ Charitable Foundation.

The Open Door Café is the heart of the Cathedral’s commitment to outreach, providing a free hot lunch to approximately 180 people a day, 6 days a week.  In addition, the Open Door Café provides transportation assistance, hygiene kits, and medical, veteran and housing-related outreach to its meal guests.

“The Open Door Café helps fill a great need in Milwaukee by providing a hot meal to the homeless and to those struggling,” said Gloria Van Aacken, president of the AT&T Wisconsin Pioneers.  “We are very proud to support their mission through this financial donation and volunteer efforts.”

After the check presentation, the AT&T Pioneers joined other volunteers in serving food to guests.  The Pioneers have been serving lunches at the Open Door Café for two to three days a month since April 2007.

The Open Door Café serves any guests who are hungry and hasn’t turned anyone away in its history.

“The Open Door Café is a wonderful ministry that shows compassion to those in need in Milwaukee through a hot meal,” said State Senator Lena Taylor.  “We are fortunate to have so many great volunteers like the AT&T Pioneers giving of themselves to support our community.”

The Pioneers are a local organization of AT&T employees and retirees who are dedicated to volunteering their time to various community causes.


092315-business-pix-1Revisarán Semarnat y Profepa autos de VW

Distrito Federal— Luego de que Volkswagen admitiera haber equipado 11 millones de coches en todo el mundo con un software destinado a manipular los resultados de los controles de contaminación, la Semarnat y la Profepa someterán a revisión las unidades en México.

El secretario de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Semarnat), Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, informó que hay 11 tipos de motores que han sido señalados de tener este problema por lo que se están analizando en conjunto con la Profepa los certificados de emisiones que presentó Volkswagen desde 2009 para ver si cumplen o no cumplen con los estándares nacionales.

“Habría que esperar cuáles son los resultados de todos estos certificados que ellos han presentado para ver si existe alguna falla; si existe alguna falla creo que habrá una sanción”, refirió.

La revelación se dio luego de que las autoridades ambientales de Estados Unidos (EPA) acusaran que 482 mil vehículos de las marcas Volkswagen y Audi, fabricados entre 2009 y 2015 y vendidos en ese mercados, estaban equipados con un programa informático que detectaba automáticamente los controles de contaminación con el objetivo de falsear los resultados.

Como consecuencia la firma alemana anunció el lunes la suspensión de la comercialización en Estados Unidos de sus autos diésel de cuatro cilindros de las marcas VW y Audi, que representan 23 por ciento de sus ventas en ese mercado.

Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo, subsecretario de Planeación y Política Ambiental de la Semarnat, detalló que en la próxima semana ya tendrán un avance de la evaluación documental y técnica de los unidades de VW.

“Estamos viendo si los motores que fueron falseados en Estados Unidos se vendieron en México, en qué modelos y bajo qué condiciones, si hay coincidencias se tomará una decisión”, mencionó.

La Semarnat aún desconoce a cuánto asciende el parque vehicular nacional que estaría susceptible al falseo del software sobre las emisiones contaminantes de los motores.

091615-business-pix-1Appliance New Microwave Features

MILWAUKEE – It is rare to find a kitchen without a microwave. This efficient appliance has been around since the late 1940s, when it was first introduced for commercial use. It wasn’t until the 1960s that it began to be developed for residential use and another decade lapsed before it became widespread. If you are of a certain age, you may remember that the microwaves of the 70s and 80s took up a good portion of kitchen counter real estate.

Along with sleeker designs and placement options, the microwave has so many more features that make it easy and efficient to prepare meals.

“There are those who still only use the microwave for popping popcorn, heating a cup of water, or warming up leftovers, but there is so much more that microwaves can do, with features its inventors probably never considered,” said Steve Erb of Appliance Gallery, Wisconsin’s premier appliance store. “Besides conventional cooking, microwaves come with convection options, steam cooking, ‘keep warm’ controls, and more.

“Today, almost anything can be made in a microwave with its advanced technology,” Erb said, explaining some of the differences.

Convection: Convection microwaves offer the same quick-cooking features, but with oven quality results including browning and crisping the outside of food because convection technology cooks the food from the inside out.

Different models offer features such as temperature management systems, which determine the precise cooking time and power level for each dish, and speed-cooking options for efficiency. Unlike conventional microwaves, convection microwaves can be preheated to ensure food is cooked optimally.

“People no longer have to turn on the oven, wait for it to preheat, and then wait for the food to cook. Since hot air is blowing directly onto food instead of just surrounding it, food cooks about 25 percent faster. And since it cooks faster and generally at a lower temperature, it is more energy-efficient than a regular oven,” Erb said.

Steam: “Microwaves that cook using the steam method are fast becoming a best seller as more people become health-conscious in the kitchen,” he said. “Because the food is cooked with steam and absorbing only the moisture it requires, oil or fats are not necessary in the cooking process. Also, vitamin and mineral content of food is preserved compared to dry heat cooking.”

Inverter Technology: Microwave ovens with inverter technology distribute energy consistently and foods are cooked more evenly. Erb explained that inverter technology means that when you select 50 percent power, it cooks at 50 percent power consistently. That contrasts with a microwave that uses transformers, where if you elect 50 percent power, it will use 100 percent power, but just cycle on and off to average out to 50 percent. Inverter technology also allows you to defrost foods without cooking the edges.

Sensor Technology: Advanced sensors intuitively detect humidity released by food as it cooks and determines precise cooking time and power level for each dish.  One-touch sensors can sense the surface temperature of food to eliminate over- or undercooking.

Warming Options: Warming options available in several models keeps food already cooked warm and ready for eating.

Style: The most current trend for placing the microwave is in an undercounter drawer. The advantage is undercounter microwaves free up wall space, fit seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen, and work better ergonomically. For families with children, they are installed for easy access and also equipped with safety locks for homes with toddlers.

090915-business-pix-1The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Goodwill® Sale Helps Community

MILWAUKEE—The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) which operates Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Bergner’s, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers stores, today announced the semi-annual Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale will take place from September 16 ¬– October 3, 2015.

People who donate clothing, shoes, accessories or other household textiles for Goodwill at any of the Bon-Ton Stores’ 270 locations will receive discount coupons to purchase the newest fall fashions for the entire family as well as home merchandise.

Donors will receive coupons of up to 25 percent off merchandise at their local Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s or Younkers stores. The special Goodwill donor discount applies to women’s, men’s and children’s apparel; shoes; handbags; home items; and luggage, with 15 percent off on cosmetics and fragrances.

“The Goodwill Sale is Bon-Ton’s signature cause-marketing event,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Our customers look forward to this sale because they can get involved by donating to help others and also receive discounts on new fall merchandise.” 

Bon-Ton stores will donate the items collected to Goodwill, where they will be sold in Goodwill stores. Revenues from the sale of those items help fund job training and services in the communities where they are collected, and they help people find jobs and build their careers. In addition, Goodwill uses the funds to provide support services to help people strengthen their families, including free tax preparation, financial education and youth mentoring.

“When you take part in the Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale, you can be certain your donations provide services that help thousands of people who face challenges to finding employment,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Bon-Ton shoppers get great deals on new fall clothing and other items, and Goodwill is better able to support career development programs that help individuals and families.”

This marks the 21st year of the partnership between Goodwill and Bon-Ton. Customers may register for at for a chance to win a $25 gift card and one lucky winner will receive a $500 shopping spree. See official rules online for details.

090215-business-pix-1Is ‘Made In America’ Primed For A Comeback?

The decline in American manufacturing and the rise of products made in China have frustrated America workers and been fodder for political commentators for years.

But more recently, signs have emerged that a reversal of fortunes is in the making.

Rising labor costs in China have prompted many manufacturers to look elsewhere to produce their goods. Some upped their production in other Asian countries, such as Vietnam, but the stage also was set for many businesses producing overseas to return to the U.S.

Of course, some never left these shores TO BEGIN with.

“In many cases, companies can manufacture in the United States if they are willing to invest in automation,” says Susan Schlapkohl of InterVac Design (, which makes built-in vacuum cleaner systems for boats, RVs and small homes.

“A lot of businesses were drawn overseas because they felt the cost-savings associated with foreign production made sense. Now that studies show the cost gap between the United States and China is shrinking, they are starting to see the advantages of coming back home.”

Schlapkohl understood those advantages all along. She and her husband, Peter, an engineer who emigrated from Germany in 1964, were determined to keep InterVac’s production in the United States when they founded their company in 1998.

“We were certain that with our automation and design background, we would be able to make our VACUUM CLEANERS in America using American workers,” Schlapkohl says. “We were right.”

Schlapkohl isn’t the only one who is high on America’s odds of rebounding on the manufacturing front.

The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, said in 2011 that China’s manufacturing-cost advantage over the U.S. was shrinking rapidly.

The firm predicted then that within five years rising Chinese wages, higher U.S. productivity and other factors would “virtually close the cost gap between the U.S. and China for many goods consumed in North America.”

“We are starting to see that happening,” Schlapkohl says.

She says in her view, “Made in America” is more than just a slogan. It makes good business sense. She offers a few reasons why.

• Quality control. It’s much easier to maintain quality when you are overseeing the process yourself, rather than farming out the job to someone in a foreign country, Schlapkohl says. “In our case, we wanted to make sure we were shipping vacuum cleaners that meet our standards as well as the standards of Underwriters Laboratories,” she says. “So we invested in automation, because that is the only way to deliver a consistent product at a competitive price.”

• Financial considerations. The rise in Chinese labor costs that made the wage gap less significant is just one factor that is making domestic production more enticing. SHIPPING COSTS also have jumped. Meanwhile, a reduction in domestic natural gas prices has helped keep electricity costs from soaring. “Also, when you are importing, you fight the battle of what product mix to bring in,” Schlapkohl says. “If you guess wrong, you end up with higher inventory levels and that reduces profit because of slow inventory turnover.”

• Economic boost. Americans need jobs, so any time a company can keep them here rather than ship them overseas is a win, Schlapkohl says. Those jobs help boost the overall economy, she says, which improves business for everyone.

“For anyone who says manufacturing companies can’t compete if they don’t go overseas, my response is simple,” Schlapkohl says. “At InterVac, we’ve been making our products in the United States for 17 years. So don’t tell me it’s not possible.”

082615-business-pix-1SBA Boosts Wisconsin’s Small Business Export Opportunities with $712,000 STEP Program Award

Milwaukee, Wisc. – Small Business  across the country have access to $17.4 million in funding to help them enter and compete in the global marketplace with the Small Business Administration’s 40 awards from the agency’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program. In Wisconsin, the $712,000 award will support various small business exporting activities, including trade missions to Vietnam and China; United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia; Mexico; Canada; and South Korea.

“Exports are a central part of America’s economic growth; with export-supported jobs paying 15-18 percent more. Yet less than one percent of small business export; and of those that do, 58 percent of them export to only one country,” said Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. “With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside of the U.S., SBA’s STEP program ensures that America’s small businesses can succeed in the 21st century global economy.”

The purpose of the 2015 award is for Wisconsin to assist small businesses with export-related activities or other export initiatives in line with the STEP program objectives, including participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, as well as design of international marketing campaigns, export trade show exhibits, training workshops and more.

“Our STEP program ensures local resources are available to help small businesses tap global markets. By funding Wisconsin and its export development partners, the SBA is delivering the tools and resources required for small businesses to launch their services and products abroad,” said Eric Ness, SBA’s Wisconsin district director.

Unlocking trade opportunities for small businesses is key to continued growth and expansion and the STEP program is designed to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export and the value of exports for those currently exporting. Nationwide, recipients in the first two rounds of step awards provided in FY 2011 and FY 2012, reported a strong return on investment of more than 19:1. In total, Wisconsin has received more than $1.5 million in STEP awards since FY 2011.

Expanding the base of small business exporters and making the process as easy as possible is a key component of the Administration’s National Export

Wall Street Baja Ante Pérdidas de Wal-Mart

Nueva York.- Los precios de las acciones negociadas en Wall Street cerraron el martes a la baja después de que Wal-Mart redujo su pronóstico de utilidades y de que el mercado bursátil de China se desplomó ante renovadas preocupaciones respecto a la economía del país.

El promedio industrial Dow Jones perdió 33 puntos, o 0,2%, para cerrar en 17.511, según cifras preliminares. El índice Standard & Poor’s 500 retrocedió cinco unidades, o 0,3%, a 2.096, mientras que el indicador compuesto Nasdaq bajó 32 puntos, o 0,6%, a 5.059.

Las acciones de Wal-Mart cayeron más de 3% después de que la compañía de venta al por menor reportó ganancias trimestrales menores a lo esperado y advirtió que su utilidad anual probablemente será menor a lo calculado previamente.

El principal índice bursátil de China se desplomó 6% el martes, su mayor caída desde el 27 de julio. La liquidación de acciones se dio tras los esfuerzos del gobierno de Beijing de prohibir a los mayores accionistas que vendan acciones.

Field demos lined up for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Show

MADISON  – The biggest and best farm machinery will be on display Aug. 25-27 during field demonstrations at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at Statz Bros. Inc. between Sun Prairie and Marshall. But there’s also some machinery that may be suitable for mid-sized to smaller dairy farms.

Junior Manthe, a De Forest farmer, is co-chairman of the field demonstrations committee at this year’s Farm Technology Days in Dane County. He says hay mowing and merging is planned for morning and afternoon each day. Hay chopping will be featured each afternoon and chopping corn silage will be featured each morning.

The demonstrations are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m.each day.

The Statz farm has ample land surrounding the 75-acre Tent City to allow the farm machinery to work. The host family has 135 acres available for corn and 120 acres for hay-making demonstrations.

Corn silage will be made on fields north of Tent City and all hay demonstrations will take place south and southeast of Tent City.

“On day one we’ll also have tillage after wheat and on days two and three we will demonstrate tillage after corn silage is taken off,”Manthe says.

Manthe says this is his third “swing at the bat” as a volunteer for Farm Technology Days. He worked on the show when it was previously held in Dane County at the Treinen and Rauls farms near De Forest in 1986 and he also volunteered his time to help the Columbia County version of the show when it was held at the Klahn and Manke farms in 1994.

“Technology in things like choppers and mergers has changed so much since then,” he says. “There’s so much more information available to farmers like on-the-go moisture testing and the ability of the choppers to tell you how much is being chopped.”

Dave Smithback, who co-chairs the committee with Manthe, is especially excited about a machine that will be novel to visitors at the show. It is an all-in-one forage chopper/wagon from the Netherlands. He says it could be ideal for a smaller dairy operation where the farm might have two of them to get their crops in.

Smithback, who farms near Utica and who has been organizing a tractor pull there for 28 years, says this machine from Europe “is about as new technology as you’re going to get. For the medium- to smaller-sized dairy guy this might be the answer. This chopping wagon is pretty cool.”

The machine that farmers can see at the show can be used for either corn silage or haylage, he added.

The hybrids planted on the Statz’s fields were chosen so they would mature earlier so the corn silage could be harvested for the Aug. 25-27 show.These committee volunteers are also in charge of trams that get visitors from Tent City to the fields where equipment is working.

“We have 24 trams lined up and we’ve lined up retired farmers to drive and they are all recruiting friends to serve as spotters,” Smithback says.

One thing he isn’t worried about is rain. “We are on high ground. People will still be able to enjoy Tent City even if it rains.”

Pay Ratio‘ Disclosure for CEOs Approved by SEC

The securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday narrowly approved a new rule requiring publicly traded U.S firms to disclose the gap between CEOs’ annual compensation and the median compensation of other employees.

Handing a defeat to business opponents of the change, the 3-2 vote by the SEC’s five commissioners capped a multi-year battle over the so-called “pay ratio” disclosure required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted after the national financial crisis.

The outcome came after more than 287,000 comment letters and related meetings as business and other groups called the rule unnecessary and said it would be expensive and difficult to implement, while supporters contended it would help investors make more informed evaluations of corporate governance and so-called say-on-pay initiatives.

What’s not little dispute is that the new rule is likely to be a new feature in protests over U.S. income inequality.

“While there is no doubt that this information comes with a cost, the final rule recommended by the (SEC) staff provides companies with substantial flexibility in determining the pay ratio, while remaining true to the statutory requirements,” said SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

Publicly traded U.S. firms already disclose compensation of their CEOs and other top executives in proxy filings submitted to the SEC before annual stockholder meetings. But those forms are often complex and can prove challenging to decipher. The new rule will require companies to:

Disclose the annual total compensation of the CEO

Report the median of the annual total compensation of all other employees — the level where half the workers earn more, and half earn less.

Provide the ratio of those two amounts.

Companies would be allowed to use total employee headcount, a statistical sampling of workers or other methodology to determine the median employee level. That could include applying cost-of-living adjustment to the compensation measure used to identify the median. However, the firm would be required to disclose the median employee annual total compensation and pay ratio without the cost-of-living adjustment.

In an effort to ease compliance, the rule allows companies to exclude non-U.S.workers from the methodology used to calculate the median employee level if the workers are based in a location where the disclosure would violate data privacy laws.

Firms whose overseas workers make up 5% or less of the total workforce may exclude all of them from the calculations. Companies with larger non-U.S. divisions may exclude them up to a 5% threshold. The percentages are lower than opponents had sought.

The disclosure requirement will apply to all companies currently required to provide executive compensation disclosure. Smaller firms, foreign private issuers, emerging growth companies and registered investment companies would be exempt.

Companies would be required to report the pay-ratio disclosure during their first fiscal year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017.

White joined SEC Commissioners Luis Aguilar and Kara Stein in voting for the new rule. Aguilar said the requirement gives companies “a great deal of flexibility” in complying, while Stein said the rule “should provide a valuable piece of information to investors and others in the marketplace.”

Commissioners Daniel Gallagher and Michael Piwowar, the SEC’s two Republican commissioners, voted “no” after arguing the rule had no evident benefits and would cost businesses an estimated $1.3 billion in initial compliance costs alone. They contended the change instead was designed to “name and shame” highly paid CEOs and their firms.

“To steal a line from (Supreme Court) Justice (Antonin) Scalia, this is pure applesauce,” Gallagher said of the rule and its rationale.

Critics, such as the Business Roundtable, agreed. The association of major U.S. chief executives said most private-sector companies lack an easy way to gather compensation data from operating divisions around the world that often use different and incompatible payroll systems.

“The pay-ratio mandate has never been about actual CEO pay or the pay of average workers, for it is no secret that CEOs are paid significantly more than the average worker,” said Timothy Bartl, president of the Center on Executive Compensation. He also warned about “unintended consequences of the pay-ratio requirement and the increased potential for confusion at a time when investors are already faced with complex pay disclosures.”

But supporters of the rule predicted the change would benefit shareholders.

“In recent decades, CEO compensation overall has grown to nearly 300 times what typical employees earn,” Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of more than 200 civil rights, consumer, labor and other groups wrote in a letter to the SEC. “Investors should have the ability to consider whether a CEO provides hundreds of times the value of their employees as they weigh whether to invest in a particular firm.”

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072915 fillerWisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Is proud to present Mexican Fiesta 2015!

Milwaukee, WI – The Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (WHSF) is proud to present one of the largest Mexican Hispanic festivals in the Midwest (paid entrance) “Mexican Fiesta”. Since 1973, Mexican Fiesta has been bringing the sound, culture, and taste of México and Latin American countries to Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Celebrate three days of fun, food, Mariachi, and Fiesta this coming August 21st, 22nd, & 23rd, 2015 at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mexican Fiesta encourages individuals from all ethnic backgrounds to share the beauty of Latin Countries’ history, art, music, and food. The attractive Cultural Pavilion will display an extraordinary show and exhibition of the Mexican arts & crafts from more than 120 artisans coming directly from different states of México.Where the past and the present come alive through the crafts, folkloric dances music and craft workshops. Also, you can enjoy our traditional freshly baked bread “Pan de Feria,” by master bakers Carlos & Pascual Roldan from the State of Hidalgo, México.

Opening Ceremony will take place on Friday, August 21st at the Cultural Pavilion.

Mexican Fiesta will feature Mariachi, folklore dancers and a variety of colorful entertainment such as:

• Sonidos y Movimientos de  México

• Pok-Ta-Pok: Ballgame of the Ancient Maya – Presented by Rene Avila

• Academy of Mexican Dance and Music

• Grupo de Baile de la Rumba al Danzón

• And much more!

As a tradition, we will count with the presence of Our Lady of Zapopan, coming directly from Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. The sanctuary honoring Our Lady of Zapopan will be open for the three days of the festival from noon to midnight. Confessions will be heard from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day. On Sunday, August 23rd, join us in the lakefront procession at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass, with principal celebrant Father Guadalupe Santos from Ayutla, Jalisco, México.

Mexican Fiesta will feature traditional music such as Banda – Ranchero – Norteño – Salsa – Bachata – Cumbia – Pop & Rock en Español and much more, with live performances from:

• Espinoza Paz

• La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas

• Chuy Lizárraga  y su banda Tierra Sinaloense

• Pablo Montero

• Joe Veras

• Mariachi Cobre

• Michael Salgado

• Grupo Kual

• Los Invasores de Nuevo León

• Tejano Show Case featuring: Ram Herrera, Cacy Savala, Oscar G., David Farias and Tejano Highway 281

• Paloma del Rio

• And much more!

Plenty of different activities will be hosted during Mexican Fiesta 2015 for the entire family to enjoy:

Soccer Tournaments, Contest, Midway Rides, Children’s Area & Stage, Lake front Stage, Commercial Expo, Community & Health Fair Pavilion, Hotwheelz 2015 – Car & Motorcycle show, Art Gallery, Genealogy Exhibit and Much More.

Mexican Fiesta is also promoting health! On Sunday, August 23rd the Fiesta Run & Walk will take place at the Lake Shore Park (Summefest grounds) to create and maximize public awareness of the devastating effects of Diabetes and Obesity. Marshall for the Walk will be Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Two Time World MMA Champion, and the Marshall for the Run will be Ramona Villarreal, Ironman 70.3 World Athlete. Registration is now available, single is $10, group of 4 is $35 and a team of 20 is $120 (extra member $6).

Enjoy all these activities at an affordable price by purchasing your tickets ahead of time at Mexican Fiesta office, El Rey Grocery Stores and Mi Super Mercados for only $13 per adult (9yrs old +), children 8 years old and under enter FREE with an adult. ($15 at the gate). Online tickets are available at

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth data raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax Finance. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

US Economy Mostly Insulated From China’s Stock Plunge

By Rob Williams

China’s stock-market plunge won’t have a major effect on U.S. business activity unless the Asian superpower’s economy slows substantially, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.

The Shanghai Composite Index fell by as much as 30 percent this month before China took steps to support SHARE PRICES. The plunge triggered concern that millions of individual investors were losing money and delaying big-ticket purchases like cars.

“Consensus growth forecasts for China have been trending down slowly in recent years, and surprisingly weak first-quarter growth DATA raised the possibility of a more sudden deceleration,” Jan Hatzius, head economist at Goldman, said in a July 18 report obtained by Newsmax FINANCE. “Recent risks have refocused attention on potential spillovers to the rest of the world.”

China has grown to about 15 percent of the global economy in recent years, but the U.S. is mostly insulated from the region, according to Goldman. A slowdown in China would have a limited effect on U.S. exports and corporate profits, while weakening demand for raw materials may help American businesses.

“Although foreign profits account for one-fifth of total U.S. corporate profits, profits earned in China account for just 0.5 percent,” the report said. “China accounts for only about 0.25 percent of the equity and fixed income holdings of U.S. residents.”

If China’s economic growth were to slow by 1 percentage point, U.S. gross domestic product would decelerate by only 0.06 percentage point, Goldman estimated.

“If China were to experience a more severe slowdown … then the potential impact on U.S. growth could be more substantial,” according to the report co-authored by Goldman economists David Mericle and Karen Reichgott. “In addition, the impact of a credit-bust crisis scenario would surely be much more severe.”

Funds that invest in Chinese stocks this week reported $5.3 billion in outflows, partly reversing record inflows of $13 billion a week earlier, said BANK of America Merrill Lynch.

Funds that focus on U.S. stocks received $5.2 billion of inflows, the biggest portion of the $8.3 billion that equity funds lured worldwide, according to the BANK which cited data from EPFR Global.

Greece’s financial crisis, China’s stock-market plunge and Puerto Rico’s missed debt PAYMENT “have not prevented a big rotation out of bond and money-market funds into equity funds since late May, early June,” Michael Hartnett and Brian Leung, BofAML investment strategists said.

Wisconsin offers summer fun – from one end of the state to the other 

MADISON, Wis. (Monday, July 13) From waterparks to arts and culture, summer festivals and more, a world of fun awaits your family in Wisconsin. This summer, give your kids the “time out” of their lives!

Splashtastic Fun!

Looking to make a splash in your summer? Familiesdon’t have to search any farther than Wisconsin’s premier destinations! Condé Nast Traveler rated the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells one of “The World’s Coolest Indoor Water Parks” in 2014. The Timber Ridge Lodge at Grand Geneva in Lake Genevais home to the signature 50,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor aquatic wonderland, Moose Mountain Falls,and Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboyan offers a year-round indoor waterpark and mini-golf course, along with relaxing strolls on their lakeshore trails.

Summer Arts & Culture!

Wisconsin is brimming with arts and culture for the whole family. At the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, travelers can explore 12 art galleries in 99,000 square feet of space – even the restrooms are a WORK of art! Fun in the form of history and heritage awaits at Milwaukee Public Museum’s new permanent exhibition: Crossroads of Civilization, which explores how the ancient civilizations of Africa, Europe and Asia came together to form an epicenter of complex culture. Travelers can also find a world of rich Hispanic heritage at Latino Arts, Inc., Milwaukee’s only gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of Hispanic and Latin American artists.

Wisconsin Fests are the Best!

Wisconsin has a long-time reputation for holding fantastic festivals throughout the summer. Nearly everywhere you look around the state, you’ll find a family-friendly festival – the perfect summer time out!

Art Fair on the Square ​​​​​​July 11-12, 2014

With more than 450 artists from across the United States, Art Fair on the Square is one of the largest and most popular juried art fairs in the Midwest, attracting more than 200,000 to Madison’s bustling Capitol Square.

Big Top Parade and Circus Celebration​​​​July 25, 2015

The city of Baraboo, hometown of the Ringling Brothers, honors its rich circus roots each summer with an elaborate Circus Celebration Day on the streets of its historic downtown. Enjoy dazzling circus-themed performances, antique circus wagons, walking tours, live music, fun-filled children’s activities, a farmers market and the Big Top Parade.

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh​​​​​​July 20 – 26, 2015Don’t miss the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration featuring more than10,000 airplanes on display and in the air! Join more than 500,000 visitors from 60 countries at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh to celebrate the past, present and future of flight.

Wisconsin State Fair​​​​​​August 6 – 16, 2015

The Wisconsin State Fair presented by US Cellular provides plenty of family-friendly entertainment. As the state’s largest agricultural showcase, guests can enjoy mouthwatering food like the Fair’s famous cream puffs, free entertainment and live music on 30 stages, educational programs and fun contests. Tune in to your favorite urban and gospels stations in Chicago for a CHANCE TO WIN family-of-four passes, cream puffs and more!

The Great Taste of the Midwest​​​​ ​August 8, 2015

The Great Taste of the Midwest features more than 150 of the Midwest’s finest craft brewers at beautiful Olin Park,overlooking Lake Monona in Madison.

Mexican Fiesta​​​​​​​August 21 – 23, 2015

Spice up your summer with Mexican Fiesta. The festival offers three days of fun, food, music and culture. This year the festival’s cultural pavilion will feature more than 100 artisans from Mexico. Other event highlights include live entertainment, a marketplace, cultural PROGRAMMING and plenty of delicious traditional Mexican cuisine.

Travelers looking for year-round Wisconsin getaway ideas, travel planning, events and free guides can discover their own fun by visiting on desktop, tablet or mobile devices.  You can also choose to “Like” us at or follow along on Twitter at and INSTAGRAM at TravelWisconsin.

070815-business-pix-1100+ New Foods Announced for 2015 Wisconsin State Fair

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The Wisconsin State Fair has quite the reputation for unique and unusual foods, and this year the selection has risen to another level. With more than 100 NEW foods and the most creative entries for The Sporkies to date, this year’s fair “fare” will be nothing short of exciting during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, which will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16.

Though many Fairgoers head straight for their favorite foods and beverages as soon as they enter the Fair Park, those hoping to try the newest delectable delights will not be disappointed this year! Fair officials are excited to introduce 101 NEW additions to the fair’s already diverse assortment of novelty foods for the 2015 fair. Descriptions of all new food items are available on the ATTACHED document and at

The Fair’s Third Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies, challenged fair vendors to create the most ingenious concoctions they could think of. Eight finalists have been selected from 34 entries, and a panel of local celebrity judges – with some help from the fairgoers – will CHOOSE THE recipients of four Golden Spork Awards.

NEW this year, the final judging and presentation of The Golden Spork Award for each will take place during the Wisconsin State Fair. The finalists will showcase their creations in front of the crowd and compete for first, second and third place. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at the BANK Mutual Amphitheater.

Emmy-nominated “Wisconsin Foodie” host Kyle Cherek will again emcee and moderate the panel of celebrity judges, who will taste, deliberate and eventually choose the first, second and third place winners of Golden Spork trophies. The Sporkies celebrity judges will include plenty of local food lovers, including blogger Nick Chipman and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel food editor Nancy Stohs.

NEW for 2015, one lucky fairgoer will have the opportunity to be part of the celebrity panel and taste-test the final creations as a judge. Interested foodies will be able to enter the contest throughout the month of July via social media, using the hashtag #Sporkies2015.

Also NEW this year, Fair guests are encouraged to participate in the judging during the fair by SAMPLING all of The Sporkies entries and voting for their favorites to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave. Voting will be available via social media using #FairgoersFave or at the Guest Services Pavilion presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center.

Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be OPEN from Thursday, Aug. 6 – Tuesday, Aug. 11, and the entry with the most votes will also be awarded a Golden Spork Trophy during the final judging on Aug. 12. The decision to move the final judging during the fair was strategic to encourage fairgoers to participate in the competition and give them ample time to try all of The Sporkies finalists and vote for their favorites accordingly.

A 13-foot Spork trophy will be displayed at Sporkies finalists’ locations and all vendors who entered will feature a poster at their Fair location(s); all food items entered will also be available for purchase during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

The 2015 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 16. The State Fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, “stick with us” at or /WiStateFair on Facebook, Twitter, INSTAGRAM and Pinterest, and /theWIFair on YouTube.

070115-businessAmazon llega a México

Después de una prueba piloto con libros, como suele ser el modus operandi de la compañía, Amazon entra de lleno a México comercializando artículos físicos y virtuales dentro de la categoría de electrónica, deportes, hogar, cocina, relojes, salud, belleza, cuidado personal, SOFTWARE, música, películas, series de TV y videojuegos.

Se espera que Amazon en México opere de la misma forma en que lo ha hecho en otros países como España, es decir:

Incrementando inventario y categorías a medida que la demanda sea suficiente.

Inician con una bodega local, para productos de mucha demanda.

Envío gratuito en 1 semana, opción a recibir en 2 a 3 días o al día siguiente con costo.

Si el pedido es de $599.99 pesos o más, el envío es gratis. Se recibirá en 3 a 5 días hábiles.

Es posible comprar productos y después obtenerlos en puntos de recolección por si la persona no está en casa u oficina

Amazon abrió una bodega local en Cuautitlán Izcalli de un tamaño de serán 65 mil metros cuadrados. También tercerizarán parte de espacio a Prologics, una empresa de almacenamiento y logística.

Se espera que en unas semanas o meses Amazon introduzca tres PROGRAMAS muy populares en sus operaciones:

Amazon Premium: que por una anualidad baja el cliente frecuente puede hacer compras siempre con envío gratuito.

En el caso de España inicialmente el tiempo de recepción del pedido era de dos a tres días. Recientemente es gratuito para un día.

Referidos: un PROGRAMA que permite que cualquier persona pueda recomendar cualquir producto dentro de la tienda y si se hace la venta, se lleva una comisión

Marketplace: Permite que particulares o empresas pequeñas puedan usar a Amazon como plataforma para vender sus propios productos.

Amazon entra al mercado de retail por e-commerce mexicano prácticamente sin competencia, siendo Linnio la única que pretende competir, pero que por sus inmensos y constantes problemas de operaciones y logísticos, dudamos mucho que realmente sean un problema. Tal vez de quien Amazon deberá preocuparse, con el tiempo, es del grupo Carso y un esfuerzo real por medio de Sanborns de competir en comercio electrónico

Defenceworks; life saving work

By Wes Manko

Saving lives makes for an interesting CAREER. Since 2002, Mr. Wes nexs Manko, the owner of DEFENSEWORKS has been expanding his self-defense workshop business. With already an impressive list of corporate and non-profit clients, he now offers woman’s self-defense workshops as well.

These three hour SESSIONS are customized to fit client needs. The emphasis is on ways to avoid violence and what to do in case of being faced with violence whether on the street or at work. It combines proven psychological tactics with effective physical defensive tactics that focus on escaping from a variety of the most common types of attacks. Attacks on women are different then attacks on men and need to be addressed that way. Women generally face two types of attackers; the “drunken uncle” and the lethal criminal. The drunken uncle is someone that you know which makes it harder for the woman to fight back because she doesn’t want to hurt him. The lethal attacker is one who is totally committed to assaulting the woman and may or may not be a also a drunken uncle.

Mr. Manko’s workshops ADDRESS fear that can paralyze a person’s response and the natural barriers people have to hitting another human being and getting hit by one. “The first thing I teach is how to minimize or eliminate fear because fear makes the body tense which can result in serious injuries. We combat fear and psychological barriers through proper breathing and relaxation under increasingly tense situations. This way the body can get use to stress, respond properly and avoid injury. Second, we must recognize that not everyone’s body moves the same way so it is necessary to customize the defenses to adapt to the specific type of attack.” Manko states.

According to Rape and Incest Nation Network (R.A.I.N.N.), every 107 seconds an American is sexually assaulted, approximately 2/3 of these assaults are committed by someone known to the victim. To combat these attacks Manko relies on his thirty years of experience in a variety of self-defense systems. His search for the most effective self-defense began in high school because of an altercation with a school bully. This led him to evaluate what works in real life and what does not. Since then, he has STUDIED a variety of sport and reality based martial arts and has become certified to teach Systema – Russian Martial Art which he does in Milwaukee and Madison.

Additionally, he has obtained COLLEGE DEGREES in Police Science, Criminal Justice and a Masters in Public Administration and has been published in Black Belt Magazine as well as other national and local periodicals. He is also adjunct faculty at Mount Mary University where he teaches a course in women’s self-defense and the author of the book How To Be Safe No Matter What which can be purchased from him.

You can find out more about Mr. Wes Manko by visiting his website,

061715-business-pix-1WMC Economic Outlook Survey: Worker Shortage Getting Worse

Madison – The shortage of qualified and/or willing workers is getting worse and is holding back Wisconsin’s economy, according to a semi-annual SURVEY conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state chamber of commerce. The SURVEY of 306 top business executives also shows concern about rising HEALTH CARE costs on the eve of full implementation of the federal AFFORDABLE CARE ACT(ACA).

Seventy percent of survey respondents report having trouble hiring employees, up from 64 percent in January and 53 percent a year ago. A lack of qualified applicants was the top reason given at 52 percent. Thirty-two percent say they are having trouble finding employees for all levels and fields.

Not surprisingly, labor shortage was the number one concern of business leaders when asked two separate questions on what is the top public policy issue facing Wisconsin (26 percent) and what is the top concern facing your company (27 percent). Health care affordability was second for both questions, but it was the top response when executives were asked to identify “what one thing state government could do to help your business.” Twenty-eight percent said “make health care costs more affordable,” 25 percent said “reduce/reform regulations” and 21 percent said “reduce taxes.”

Forty-one percent of respondents from companies that offer employee health care benefits said costs rose between 1-10 percent in the last 12 months, while 46 percent said costs rose 11 percent or higher. Those numbers are likely to rise as the ACA’s previously delayed provisions take effect. When asked how employers plan to deal with health care cost increases, 56 percent said “increase employee contribution” and 25 percent said “decrease benefits.”

The worker shortage and health care came up frequently in answers to the open-ended question “what do you believe is holding back the economy and job growth?” “Indecision, especially with immigration reform and health care,” was one response. Another was: “It has become so expensive and difficult to hire and retain employees that there is no choice but to automate and that limits job growth.”

“Wisconsin business leaders are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of qualified workers as well as the lack of action by politicians to address the issue,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC president/CEO. “The sad irony is that as the economy improves, there is greater demand for workers. But if businesses can’t find workers, then the economy can’t achieve its full potential.” Bauer also said health care cost increases are off-setting wage growth and contributing to wage stagnation.

Business leaders rate the Wisconsin economy stronger than the national economy and predict that trend to CONTINUE through the end of the year. Twenty-seven percent rate Wisconsin’s economy as “strong,” 63 percent say it is “moderate” and 6 percent say it is “weak.” By contrast, just 9 percent of respondents say the U.S. economy is “strong,” 63 percent say it is “moderate,” 23 percent say it is “weak” and 3 percent say it is “very weak.”

In the next six months, 71 percent say Wisconsin’s economy will see “good” to “moderate” growth, 24 percent say growth will be “flat” and just 2.6 percent say the state economy will “decline.” Just 1 percent said the U.S. economy will see “good” growth over the next two quarters, 53.6 percent see “moderate” growth, 37 percent say the national economy will be “flat” and 6 percent say the economy will “decline.”

Fifty-three percent of Wisconsin employers plan to hire in the next six months, down slightly from January. More than 70 percent see wages increasing by 2.1 percent or higher, including 36 percent who see wages increasing more than 3 percent.

Overall, 91 percent of respondents say Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, down from a high of 96 percent six months ago.

Other findings from the survey show the strong dollar is hurting more businesses than it is helping. Thirty-three percent say it is “somewhat hurting” or “hurting” versus 17 percent who say it is either “helping” or “somewhat helping.” Also, business leaders remain supportive of Wisconsin’s new Right to Work law by a strong 15 to 1 margin.

WMC SURVEYED 1,219 CEOs whose companies are WMC members. The survey was conducted by mail and email during the month of May. Of those, 306 responded.

061015-business-pix-1Edible Milwaukee Magazine Turns 3

MILWAUKEE – (June 10, 2015) – Edible Milwaukee reached a milestone this year: the beginning of its third year of publishing a magazine devoted exclusively to local food in the Greater Milwaukee area and surrounding counties. To celebrate, Edible Milwaukee’s community partners, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, are hosting a birthday bash at Locavore on June 17th from 6-10 p.m. Details and tickets to the event can be found by visiting Limited press passes will also be available.

“We are so excited for this fun opportunity to thank our community partners and readers for the support they’ve shown us over these past two years,” says Jen Ede, publisher and editor of Edible Milwaukee. “Executive Chef Van Luu has a delicious menu in store for us. It’ll be a delectable way to celebrate how far we’ve come, and cater to our readers’ love and strong interest in supporting locally-grown food.”

Launch party attendees can look forward to locally-sourced charcuterie and cheese, passed hors d’oeuvres and a sneak preview of Locavore’s new ‘Fancy Fish Fry,’ featuring Growing Power perch. Complimentary valet parking will be available, along with a copy of Edible Milwaukee’s 2015 summer issue and news of a soon-to-be-launched membership program.

Edible Milwaukee, now distributing 17,500 copies, began with a circulation of 10,000. Once a 44-page magazine, it has grown to 52 pages. Still publishing quarterly, the magazine is available to readers free of charge thanks to the advertising support of community partners.

“Before we even existed in print, these community partners saw deep value in what we were trying to do. Our mission was to highlight the stories of people in local food, farming and artisanship,” says Ede. “They chose to advertise based on our vision, and bolster us as we built the foundation of our local business. And we flourished. Since launching with their support, readers have devoured our content issue after issue. Here’s to our third year, and to years five and ten and beyond.”