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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,www.defenseworks.us.

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 http://emke3.bpt.me. 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.”

 

Nissan Mexicana logra récord de producción con energías renovables

Distrito Federal— Nissan Mexicana es la primera compañía automotriz en el mundo en lograr un récord de producción de 500 mil unidades ensambladas con base en energías limpias en su planta de Aguascalientes (A1).
En un comunicado, la armadora japonesa celebra una importante contribución al medio ambiente y explicó que a principios de 2012 inició en México el suministro masivo de energías renovables a partir del biogás generado de la basura orgánica del relleno sanitario de Aguascalientes.
Abundó que en enero de 2013 integró energía eólica -producida a partir del viento-, en gran escala proveniente de más de 45 aerogeneradores del Parque Eólico Zopiloapan en el Istmo de Tehuantepec, Oaxaca.
Así, detalló que hasta el momento se ensablaron 57 mil 400 vehículos con energía a partir del biogás y cerca de 460 mil unidades con energía eólica.
“Nissan Mexicana es pionera en la introducción exitosa y sostenible de suministros de energía limpia en sus procesos de manufactura, demostrando así su alta conciencia ambiental y reafirmando su compromiso con los clientes en México y el mundo”, declaró Armando Ávila, vicepresidente de Manufactura de Nissan Mexicana.
Precisó que con la recepción de 298 mil 813 MWh de fuentes renovables provenientes del biogás y energía eólica, la planta A1 en Aguascalientes evita la emisión indirecta de 152 mil 800 toneladas de CO2 a la atmósfera.
Nissan informó que ya planea la inclusión de energía renovable en el proceso de manufactura de sus plantas en CIVAC, Morelos y Aguascalientes 2, así como en su cadena de suministro y su red de distribuidores a lo largo del país.
Con lo anterior, Nissan busca continuar con su postura como compañía de “cero emisiones” y la introducción de “movilidad sustentable”, ambos conceptos incluidos en el Nissan Green Program 2016.
Dicho programa, agregó la armadora, integra actividades y estrategias que buscan generar una simbiosis de personas, vehículos y naturaleza por el bien del planeta y de futuras generaciones.
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business-pageIn a deal that affects one in six American households, Charter Communications proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

If approved by government regulators, the combined company will stand next to Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon as a media giant that is shaping the future of television-watching and web-surfing.

You won’t see any difference in your cable bill right away — but Charter might offer you new ways to access cable TV and the web in the future.

Time Warner Cable’s stock, which closed at $171.18 last Friday, was up about 4 percent on Tuesday morning. Charter will pay $195.71 per share, valuing Time Warner Cable at $78.7 billion.

“With today’s announcement, we have delivered on our commitment to maximizing shareholder value,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus said.

Tom Rutledge, Charter’s CEO, will run the enlarged company — known in corporate-speak as “New Charter” — and will receive a five-year contract extension.

The deal is a climactic moment for Charter, an under-the-radar company with operations in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Georgia. It is backed by the billionaire cable pioneer John Malone.

Charter currently has about 4.1 million TV subscribers and 4.9 million broadband subscribers.

Through the transactions announced New Charter will have 17 million residential TV subscribers and 18.8 million on the broadband side, making it a counterweight to Comcast, which has about 22 million subscribers.

All of the companies also have millions of commercial subscribers.

And they all have something else in common: poor marks on customer satisfaction surveys.

But executives at Charter, Time Warner Cable and Bright House say they have to band together. By getting bigger, they say, they’ll be able to improve service and exert more influence over the future of television distribution.

Charter promises faster, better broadband

Charter’s announcement on Tuesday specifically pledged faster broadband for subscribers; an improved cable TV interface; and wider availability of public Wifi.

“Put simply, the scale of New Charter, along with the combined talents we can bring to bear, position us to deliver a communications future that will unleash the full power of the two-way, interactive cable network,” Rutledge said in a statement.

Some of the same rationales underpinned Comcast’s bid for Time Warner Cable. But the government stood in the way of that deal, causing Comcast to abandon it last month.

That’s when Charter resumed its pursuit of Time Warner Cable — a pursuit that began before Comcast bid for the cable company.

Time Warner Cable has been highly sought after because of its sheer number of subscribers (more than 11 million, making it the current No. 2 to Comcast) and its footprint in key markets like New York and Los Angeles.

It sounds like the name Time Warner Cable will be retired: Charter already promotes its products with the brand name Spectrum, and it’ll be extending that name to its new markets.

Post-merger, Charter might start to sell subscriptions to a cable TV bundle via the Internet, the same way Dish Network and Sony are.

Wifi is particularly important to the company. Rutledge told investors on Tuesday that “we will be expanding our wireless footprint,” positioning Charter to offer a version of wireless phone service in the future.

 

Picture this: A great job interview is drawing to a close. Hoping to find out more about the candidate on a personal level, the interviewer asks, “So, are you married?” The candidate blurts out, “I’m so excited! My fiancé and I are getting married this June.” The employer starts to think, Okay…but what if she wants to start a family soon after? Maternity leave could mean that we’d have to hire a temp. It might be better to look at other candidates.

Is this scenario politically correct? No. In fact, it is illegal for employers to ask about a candidate’s family plans (marriage, engagement, and child planning), among a host of other issues. But according to Peter K. Studner, many interviewers andcandidates don’t know that.

“Most interviewers haven’t had formal training on what questions border on improper or are illegal, and as a result, interviewees often volunteer ‘wrong’ answers and too much information,” says Studner, author of Super Job Search IV: The Complete Manual for Job Seekers & Career Changers(Jamenair Ltd., 2015, ISBN: 978-0-938667-06-3, $26.95, www.SuperJobSearch.com). “That’s why it’s important for all job seekers to know which questions are illegal and how to politely deflect them without harming their candidacy.

“Oh, and if you’re curious, a good answer to ‘Are you married?’ would be, ‘I have a good social life and am focused 100 percent on moving my career forward,'” he adds.

In Super Job Search IV, Studner, whose outplacement firm has helped over 27,000 people receive offers, guides readers through the complicated process of conducting a targeted and ultimately successful job search campaign. Best of all,Super Job Search IV isn’t “just” a book—it’s a systematic approach to finding a job that includes online resources and an app.

Here, Studner shares six questions employers shouldn’t ask (but often do), along with possible replies:

How old are you? It’s illegal for employers to ask a candidate’s age unless they’re trying to determine whether or not a candidate is a minor. That said, your odds of hearing this question go up if you’re a more mature candidate.

“While an employer may not know your exact age, they’ll still be aware of the general ballpark—so refusing to state that you’re 57 might be of limited usefulness,” Studner comments. “In a situation like this, I recommend getting the interviewer to focus on your experience, not your age. A good response might be, ‘I’m in my 50s. Does age make a difference for this job?’ Then remind the interviewer that you bring 20 to 25 years’ experience to the table and describe several of your most applicable accomplishments.”

When did you graduate college or high school? This is a more sneaky way for employers to fish for your age—and it’s still illegal. Studner says your first tactic should be to sidestep the question: “I did not put that down on my résumé as I was told that it is not pertinent for any job application.” This response should do nicely to get you off the hook.

“If the interviewer presses for a reply, you might give him the date and then ask how that applies to your candidacy,” he advises. “And in the final analysis, would you really want to work for a company where the management discriminates against age? It might be better to move on.”

How’s your health? Employers have the right to determine if you are physically able to perform the functions of the job for which you’re applying. But beyond that, you are not obligated to—nor should you—reveal any health issues you may have. Rather than volunteer that you are a cancer survivor in your third year, for example, a better reply might be, “I had a physical after I left my last job and passed it with flying colors!” And if it is true, add, “…in my last year, I used only four days of sick leave.”

“People have a tendency to volunteer too much information about themselves,” Studner comments. “While you can be proud and certainly grateful that you’re a cancer survivor, it does not belong in your interview discussion. It’s really none of the employer’s business.”

What’s your religion? Do you observe any religious holidays? Any question that asks you to reveal your religion is illegal. If this topic comes up—and assuming that the person who is interviewing you will not be your boss—you might tell him or her politely that is an improper question. Know that this is a risky strategy, though. You may have won the conversation but lost the interview.

“Alternatively, you might simply say, ‘I prefer not to discuss my religion, but I can assure you that it will not interfere with my doing this job,'” Studner says. “You might also try to deliver the same message with some humor: ‘What religion do you have in mind? I would consider practicing it as I really would like to work here!’ There is no sense in getting upset when an interviewer does not pay attention to the rules. And humor can sometimes bring the conversation back within proper bounds.”

Do you have a criminal record? It’s legal for employers to ask if you’ve been convicted of a crime on job applications and in interviews. Many employers ask this as a matter of course and certainly will if a particular type of conviction might relate to the job’s duties. That said, employers can’t ask about your arrest record—but that doesn’t mean they can’t do independent research, either.

“I once had a candidate who had a DUI arrest,” Studner recounts. “She wasn’t obligated to disclose this, but in her state, certain websites could legally post her picture and arrest information. These websites essentially blackmailed individuals with a ‘fee’ to have their arrest posting either removed or placed at the end of the line. With the help of an attorney, it cost her a few thousand dollars to get her notices off the Internet.

“In a manner of speaking, this client was fortunate because she could afford to have the evidence removed, but not all candidates are in the same position,” he continues. “In these kinds of cases where a future employer might uncover prior arrests, it is important to discuss the incident up front and point out that it was a thing of the past, never to be repeated. The more serious the offense, the more convincing you have to be.”

Before you sat down, I noticed that you have a limp. How did that happen? This question represents any query about disability. Here’s what you need to know: An employer cannot legally ask about a person’s disability, but can indicate certain characteristics about a job that might require a more direct reply about the candidate’s abilities. For example, “This job requires lifting packages up to 30 pounds, or standing on your feet for six hours a day, or talking on the phone at least 80 percent of the time. Is this something you can do on a continuous basis?”

“Here you need to be frank,” Studner says. “If you have a disability, there are agencies nationally and locally that can help you find a company with jobs suitable for your limitations. However, if you have a disability that does not interfere with the job’s requirements, you are not obligated to disclose or discuss it.”

“While this is not an exhaustive list of every improper or illegal question, it should prepare you to reply to them and, when possible, sidestep innocent but damaging answers,” Studner concludes. “My advice to all candidates is to never lie in an interview, but also to never volunteer negative

 

Steve Jobs. Bill Gates. Richard Branson. Marc Zuckerberg. Ted Turner. They are just some of the world’s business giants who’ve never earned a college degree.

“Higher education certainly has its benefits; but based on experience, the data that’s out there and what others have told me, there can be better ways of preparing for a life in business than beginning one’s earning years tens of thousands of dollars in debt from college,” says Ed Basler, a veteran entrepreneur and CEO of E.J. Basler Co., (www.ejbasler.com).

“Hard work, working smart, listening and abiding in the examples of those who’ve been successful are the keys to success in business. College doesn’t necessarily impart those attributes to students. The price of an MBA is certain, but its value is not.”

Nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2013 had student loan debt, which averaged $28,400 per borrower, according to The Institute for College Access and Success.

If a costly college degree doesn’t necessarily deliver the goods on what works in business, then what does? Basler, author of “The Meat & Potatoes Guide to Business Survival: A Handbook for Non-MBA’s & College Dropouts,” briefly explains key principles.

•  Respect the power of your vision. It may sound hokey to some, but not to dreamers like Walt Disney – another giant who succeeded without a degree. In fact, those who criticize the dreams of visionaries are those who’ve either failed or never dared to dream in the first place. To put it simply, big vision = big results; small vision = small results; no vision = no results. Never mind the naysayers. Listen to those who have something to say, including those who fully support your dream, and those who offer constructive criticism. Talk it out with anyone who’ll listen. Be open to improvement.

•  Fly with eagles. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Join your industry’s trade association. It is a wealth of ideas, information and networking opportunities. Meet the leaders in your fields. Join your local Chamber of Commerce and find a seasoned experienced mentor. They can be found.

•  Never pay retail. In some ways, a college degree is retail. There’s no guarantee that you’ll get the expected result, such as a good job, but you certainly pay a financial price. In business, frugality pays. The easiest and most frequently cited price is usually one that can be improved. You can buy office furniture at a store, or you can cut those prices by half or more by going to an auction. Always be on the lookout for a more cost-efficient way.

•  Use a checklist. No, this is not an app or a new way of thinking about business. Instead, it’s an old, tried, tested and true way of accounting for the most important things that need to be done. As the leader of your business, you need it, but you should also encourage everyone under you to keep a list, too. If something is worth doing at work, then it’s worth the extra daily reminder. Put the most important item at the top and then check it off once done. This lets you know with certainty that the task has been accomplished and clearly indicates what’s needed next.

•  Deadlines orient your attention to goals with each passing hour. What if President John F. Kennedy did not announce his ambitious deadline on May 25, 1961, to safely send a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s? We may never have made it. Ambitious deadlines foster excitement for accomplishment. Our attention as human beings is prone to wandering. Deadlines guide us back to our ambition.

•  There’s no end to improvement.There’s no end to improvement. Everything you are currently doing can be improved. Ignore this at your own peril. Your competition believes this and is ready to pass you up the moment you become complacent and settle for the status quo. If you are not growing in innovation, quality, and customer service, you may soon find yourself out of business.

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Amplíe su cosecha y haga doble el beneficio cuando crece cilantro en el jardín este año. Unos cambios simples en sus prácticas jardineras pueden hacer una diferencia grande en la duración y abundancia de su cosecha.

Comience por plantar el cilantro más temprano en la estación; el tiempo fresco le hace que la cosecha será más grande y que durará más tiempo. Comience a plantar un mes antes de la última helada de la primavera (cilantro tolera bien la helada), y considere hacer plantaciones adicionales cada tres a cuatro semanas durante la primavera, siempre y cuando las plantas estén disponibles. Después, plante más cilantro en el otoño, para tener suficiente para hacer una buena salsa de tomate, como la receta de salsa de tomate a la parrilla que tiene Bonnie Plants en su página de internet (m.bonnieplants.com/es). Combine las plantas de cilantro con pensamientos para añadir más color, y utilice unas de las flores para ser más brillante una ensalada o como un adorne comestible en su plato.

Crezca el cilantro en pleno sol o sombra ligera si está plantando en el sur o sur oeste. Cuando las temperaturas comienzan a elevarse en el verano, considere dándoles a las plantas más sombra en las tardes para extender la productividad. Ud. puede comenzar a cosechar cuando las plantas ya tienen unas semanas de edad por recogiendo unas hojas como sea necesario. Cuando las plantas ya son 6 a 12 pulgadas en altura, Ud. puede hacer cosechas más grandes. Corte los tallos frondosos hasta la tierra, quitando no más de un tercio de la planta en algún momento. Quintando más de un tercio de la planta le hará que la planta sea más débil, lo que cause una cose

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The Bon-Ton Goodwill Donations 

Milwaukee — During the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT) Spring Goodwill Sale, which took place from March 12 to March 28, donors brought in donations of clothing, shoes, handbags and household textiles they no longer needed to 270 Bon-Ton store locations. In return for their donations, customers received coupons toward new fashion and home merchandise at Bon-Ton stores. Customers also had the opportunity to make cash donations in exchange for additional Bon-Ton discount coupons which contributed an additional $492,000 to strengthen Goodwill’s mission in communities across the Bon-Ton footprint.

The partnership between The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. and Goodwill Industries International collected more than 2.1 million pounds of clothing and textiles to benefit Goodwill’s mission. The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale is the largest and longest-standing department store donation drive with Goodwill. Collectively, cash and textile donations from this spring’s Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale will provide an estimated 300,000 hours of job training services to people who face challenges to finding employment.

Goodwill provides job placement and community services to people with disabilities, those who need education and work experience, and others who are unemployed or underemployed. Last year, more than 9.8 million people benefited from Goodwill programs.

“The Bon-Ton Goodwill Sale has been a time-honored tradition for Bon-Ton customers for more than two decades,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “With the generosity of our customers, this charitable event has made a huge local impact to help fund Goodwill’s job placement and training services which help strengthen our community.”

Donations are sold in Goodwill stores, and the revenues will help fund employment placement, training and community services such as career counseling, child care, financial education, mentoring, transportation and many other services.

“For more than 20 years, Goodwill has been proud to partner with Bon-Ton to bring opportunities to people in

more communities,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “We are grateful for

their customers’ donations and the philanthropic commitment of the Bon-Ton Stores to helping people in our local communities.”

Wisconsin Delegation Returns Home from Western Europe Trade Mission

MADISON – A delegation of state economic development leaders has returned to Wisconsin after a trade mission to Germany, Spain and France.

Members of the delegation on the Governor’s Trade Mission to Western Europe met with representatives of more than 100 companies and industry organizations in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, water technology and biotechnology. The meetings were a combination of business roundtables and one-on-one meetings with specific companies considering expanding in the U.S.

The trade mission had a twofold goal of helping Wisconsin companies grow their exports into Europe and encouraging European companies to invest in Wisconsin—either by opening a regional office in Wisconsin or by expanding or establishing operations in the state.

“We chose these three countries based on their alignment with Wisconsin’s sectors of strength,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), which organized the trip. “I’m confident that the connections formed on this trade mission will pay dividends in terms of both inbound and outbound trade between Wisconsin and Europe.”

The 22-member delegation led by Governor Scott Walker included executives from seven Wisconsin companies, The Water Council, the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development organization and WEDC staff. Company executives engaged in targeted, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners, while Governor Walker and WEDC leaders met with European companies to discuss expansion or investment opportunities in Wisconsin. The delegation made stops in Hannover, Germany; Paris and Montpellier, France; and Bilbao, Spain.

Highlights of the mission included:

·         The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health signed a memorandum of understanding with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases to collaborate on research efforts aimed at slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

·         The Water Council and WEDC signed an agreement with Veolia, a multinational company headquartered in Paris, to collaborate on a competition program for innovators and entrepreneurs in water technology. To be called “POW! Empowering Opportunities in Water,” the competition will be based at Milwaukee’s Global Water Center, where The Water Council is located.

·         WEDC leaders met in Bilbao with business leaders in sectors such as water technology, energy, aviation and information technology to share insights on how the industry strengths of Wisconsin aligned with those in Spain’s Basque region.

·         The delegation met in Montpellier with more than 30 French business leaders in in the bioscience and water technology sectors as part of a “Doing Business In Wisconsin®” event.

·         The delegation strengthened relationships with partners in Europe, including Germany Trade & Invest, the Basque Business Development Agency (SPRI); Invest Sud de France;ACLIMA, a cleantech and water technology organization; HEGAN, an aviation and aerospace cluster group; and GAIA, an organization covering the fields of electronics, information technology and telecommunications.

·         The delegation met with German companies at the Hannover Messe trade show, the world’s largest industrial fair. Governor Walker delivered a speech on free trade opportunities between the U.S. and the European Union. Wisconsin companies interested in growing their European exports met with potential partners, and WEDC business attraction staff met with companies attending the trade show to encourage investment in Wisconsin.

·         The delegation met with government leaders in the Basque Country, the German state of Lower Saxony, and Wisconsin’s sister state of Hesse to explore opportunities for collaboration in economic development.

·         Delegation members held numerous other one-on-one meetings to help Wisconsin companies expand their exports and to attract foreign direct investment in Wisconsin.

“We had a number of excellent meetings with our water technology partners in Montpellier,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council. “It was just about one year ago that we signed an memorandum of understanding with our partners, and we can already see how we’ve progressed from broad overviews to focused discussions on water technology innovation funds and small business development opportunities. Over the next five months we will be together three more times, which will help move these discussions to firm activities.”

“Interest in the U.S. market continues to grow among overseas corporations,” added Wisconsin delegation representative Jim Paetsch, vice president of the Milwaukee 7. “Trips like this one give us the opportunity to meet face-to-face with executives who are making decisions on where to place investments. Wisconsin has a good story to tell.”

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The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Launches New Exclusive Brand Le Tigre for Spring

Milwaukee – The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: BONT), parent company of Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers department stores, has launched a new men’s and women’s exclusive brand collection, Le Tigre. The modern American sportswear brand, known for its iconic polo and white T-shirt with a tiger patch, originally launched in 1977 and is making a comeback with updated styles exclusively available at Bon-Ton. The collection has been designed to appeal to men and women with classic American style who are looking to add excitement and color to their wardrobes. The collection is now available in 150 select Bon-Ton stores and online at www.bonton.com.


The key item in the men’s collection is the classic polo, which is offered in three styles including, the Solid Pique Polo, the Rugby Stripe Polo and the Feeder Stripe Polo. The polos are offered in 15 different colors and patterns. Additional styles offered for men include crewneck tees, V- neck tees, long sleeved button-down shirts, belted shorts, and swim trunks.

Staple items from the women’s selection include the Tiger Crest Polo, available in 12 different shades and patterns; the Everyday Tee, existing in nine solid colors; the button-down Suburban Shirt in five colors and patterns; as well as Fitted Chic Chino Pants and Weekend Shorts in five hues.

“Bon-Ton is very excited to be the exclusive retailer for Le Tigre. We know that our customers will identify strongly with this classic American brand. It offers a wide range of colors and styles for both men and women as well as terrific value,” said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief executive officer of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.

The men’s offerings range from $32-$75, and the women’s offerings range from $36-$68. The spring collection is made from pima cotton, cotton, spandex pique, spandex jersey, and cotton French terry and are full of bright colors, striped styles and bold patterns.

MCW names new vice president and general counsel

John T. (Jack) Newsome, MBA, JD, has been named vice president and general counsel for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Newsome currently serves as senior vice president and corporate counsel for Continuum Health Alliance in Marlton, NJ.

In his role at MCW, Newsome will serve as chief legal officer and a member of the institution’s senior leadership team. He will oversee all aspects of legal counsel to MCW including trustee, faculty, student and staff affairs; regulatory matters; labor and employment litigation; and financial and research concerns; and will work collaboratively with risk assessment and compliance. In addition, Newsome will advise on sponsored programs and contract matters including intellectual property, copyright, patent law and research compliance.

Newsome has more than 17 years of experience as a practicing attorney representing healthcare entities, as well as 25 years of healthcare leadership experience in private, public, not-for-profit and governmental entities. He has held leadership positions for institutions including Continuum Health Alliance, The University of Mississippi Medical Center and Cooper Health System in Camden, NJ. In these roles, Newsome contributed to institutional planning, development, academic, building and technology initiatives to address strategic goals in addition to leading their legal efforts.

In addition to his legal career, Newsome has held numerous academic appointments including associate professor ofmedicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine,associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions and adjunctprofessor of law at the Widener University School of Law. He also was a member of Board of Advisors at the Health Law Institute at Widener School of Law and Co-Chair of the Health Law Committee of the Camden County (NJ) Bar Association.

Newsome holds an undergraduate degree in physical therapy from Thomas Jefferson University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Widener University School of Management and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law.

His new position is effective June 1, 2015.

Sturgis, South Dakota, Harley-Davidson and Sturgis city officials announced that The Motor Company will build a permanent year-round space for riders at the corner of Main St. and Harley-Davidson Way (formerly 2nd St.). Called the Harley-Davidson Rally Point, it will include a stage for events, concerts and weddings. Plans also call for an elevated area that will allow riders to take pictures of their motorcycles with the Sturgis sign serving as a backdrop.

“Sturgis is a mecca for riders around the world. The Harley-Davidson Rally Point establishes a new site in downtown Sturgis for people to gather year round,” said Bill Davidson, great-grandson of Harley-Davidson founder William A. Davidson and vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum. “The renaming of 2nd Street to Harley-Davidson Way honors the legacy of our company’s founders along with all the extraordinary men and women who ride our motorcycles.”

Riders on three Harley-Davidsons: a 1978 Super Glide with a Shovelhead engine, a 2015 Street 750, and a Project LiveWire broke ground today on the new space, which will be open in time for the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which starts August 1.

Officials from Sturgis and employees from Harley-Davidson worked with FourFront Design, Inc. of Rapid City to develop the final design and renderings. “Breaking ground on The Rally Point solidifies Harley-Davidson’s presence in Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen.

“The Rally Point will be a hub for riders during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and it will serve as a gathering point for the citizens of Sturgis throughout the year.”

Fun fact: To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of Harley-Davidson, 74 bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters—a building that once housed the company’s factory dating back more than 100 years—and one brick from the Harley-Davidson Museum will be integrated into The Rally Point’s final construction.

For the ceremonial groundbreaking, the bricks traveled 900 miles from Milwaukee on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and were delivered to Mayor Carstensen by members of the Harley Owners Group. Motocross star Carey Hart, the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Sturgis City of Riders Mayor’s Ride, received the bricks along with Carstensen.

OneJet Service between Milwaukee and Indianapolis to Begin April 6th

Indianapolis – OneJet today announces nonstop service between Milwaukee and Indianapolis. Flights will be offered Monday through Thursday, featuring one hour gate-to-gate service, TSA precheck access for eligible customers, expedited boarding, and complimentary on board amenities.

Service to Indianapolis begins on April 6th, with tickets now on sale via select corporate and online retailers, including American Express Global Business Travel and Expedia. Inventory will be limited during the introductory period.

The Hawker 400 service will be operated by OneJet’s regional operating partner, Pentastar Aviation.

Today’s announcement represents the culmination of a multi-year, national scale initiative to introduce demand responsive transportation networks within the eastern U.S. Such networks can sustainably provide consumers increased access to nonstop travel options, at relatively low cost. The opening of OneJet Service between Milwaukee and Indianapolis is the first step in a multi-phase roll out of the program from Indianapolis over the coming months.

Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari, a senior advisor to the OneJet program, stated: “This has been a multi-faceted effort incorporating leadership from across the transportation industry, including former senior leadership from the U.S. major airlines, the U.S. Department of Transportation, leading aircraft manufacturers, and TSA. As OneJet Service is gradually introduced, communities such as Indianapolis and Milwaukee will see increased nonstop connectivity and improved travel options.”

John Pistole, the recently retired head of the Transportation Security Administration, added: “OneJet Service will deliver a truly innovative and beneficial service enhancement for travelers, leveraging our transportation system’s existing operational capabilities to create increased nonstop accessibility.”

Lesley Conzelman, Senior Vice President, Sales and Distribution, for the OneJet program, stated: “This service will deliver a new level of simplicity and convenience for regional business travelers, with nonstop travel options easily accessible via existing booking tools and point of sale.” OneJet corporate retail partners include the nation’s largest corporate travel managers, including American Express Global Business Travel, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, and BCD Travel. “We look forward to continuing to work with our distribution partners to ensure OneJet Service is easily available to travelers as the program rolls out over the coming two to three years.”

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele concluded: “The selection of Milwaukee as an inaugural market for OneJet Service is exciting news for travelers across the region who are continuing to see new and expanded service at MKE. OneJet’s innovative business model can provide significant convenience and time savings to travelers heading to Indianapolis. We are always looking for more options for those who travel out of Mitchell and when companies can successfully accomplish that, we’re committed to helping them succeed and expand. We congratulate the OneJet program on its Milwaukee launch and look forward to seeing them expand service in the next few years.”

031115business-pix1onlineMilwaukee – The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Kellman, senior vice president of lending for North Shore Bank, to its board of directors. Kellman will serve as a representative of Next Generation UPAF, sponsored by We Energies Foundation. Next Generation UPAF is an affinity program for donors age 45 and under.

“Mike will be a tremendous asset as a member of the UPAF Board of Directors,” said Curt Culver, UPAF Board chair. “His professional experience coupled with his involvement with Next Generation UPAF will give him a distinct perspective that is valuable for both the board and the organization as a whole. We are excited for the passion, energy and expertise Mike will bring to the table.”

Along with serving on the UPAF Board, Kellman is chairman of the UPAF Westside Cabinet and the previous chairman of the National Advisory Council of First Data, and he is involved with Next Generation UPAF, Milwaukee Rotary Club, Wisconsin Bankers Association and Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland along with degrees in finance and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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MADISON – The Assembly Committee on Transportation voted today in favor of increasing the maximum speed limit to 70 miles per hour.

“I am very pleased,” said Representative Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc), author of the bill.  This is a common sense bill that Democrats and Republicans support.”

The committee rejected an amendment that would have allowed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to establish a 65 mph limit for commercial vehicles.

“Highways are safer when traffic is flowing at the same speed,” said Rep. Tittl.  “Split speeds for commercial vehicles disrupt that flow.”

Traffic safety engineers say the safest place to set the speed limit is the point at which 85% of the people are driving at or below.  The current 85% percentile speed hour on numerous highway segments throughout the state is over 70 miles per.

“Increasing the speed limit is primarily about safety and bringing traffic closer to that 85thpercentile,” said Rep. Tittl.  “That change should help to make our interstates and freeways safer,” he said.

The committee votes was 14-1 in favor of the 70 mph limit.  The bill will head to the Assembly floor later this month.

Milwaukee, WI – Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, is a time to express respect, appreciation and love and to celebrate achievements. It is a time to recognize the amazingly influential women throughout history and today – from business to politics to athletics to philanthropy to celebrity. And to celebrate the amazing women we interact with on a daily basis. Around the world, many people give flowers and other small gifts to their mothers, wives, grandmothers and daughters, as well as coworkers, teachers and friends in recognition of Women’s Day. Research at Rutgers University demonstrates flowers create instant delight and increase happiness and life satisfaction, making flowers a top choice for celebrations.

“Is there any better way to honor or show respect and appreciation for someone than with a beautiful bouquet of flowers?” said Nikki, Vice President of Welke’s House of Roses in Milwaukee.

Lemler provides the following recommendations for Women’s Day:

Lovely Ladies. A fabulous flowering plant or a garden-style arrangement with greens and soft pastel hues – no matter what the flower – will send the message of love to your mom, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and daughters.

Gal Pals. Flowers to show friends or neighbors that you appreciate them have a natural, just-picked feeling. Garden-style flowers or a bright bold color palette are fun and whimsical options. A basket with a mix of flowering and green plants delivered to her door or office is also a sure-fire winner.

Professional Connections. Giving flowers to clients and employees is a sophisticated way to recognize workplace accomplishments, and a thoughtful way of saying “I appreciate all you do” to teachers and childcare professionals. A mixed floral arrangement of reds, rich oranges and fuchsias inspires and energizes. Another color combination is bright oranges and lime greens. Those colors together are contemporary, generate energy and excitement, and are perfect for showing thanks and appreciation.

Wonderful Wife. Note your wife’s favorite flowers – the varieties at your wedding, flowers you sent her when you first started dating or the ones she buys for herself. What is her favorite color? Those flowers will have great meaning and impact.

Just Between Friends (JBF) has announced two up coming Spring Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales for the metro area.  A Germantown/Port Washington sale will be held March 11-15 at the Washington County Fairgrounds and a Milwaukee County sale will take place April 19-25 in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

JBF’s Germantown/Port Washington sale will be open to the public on Wednesday and Thursday, March 11-12, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission on Wednesday is $3 with free admission on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Milwaukee County JBF sale will be open to the public Sunday through Wednesday, April 19-22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  On Sunday, a $3 admission fee will be charged, and on the remaining sale days, admission is free.

JBF events offer “gently loved” and “new” children’s clothing in sizes 0 to 18, maternity clothes in sizes XS to plus, shoes in sizes infant to 6 or 7, as well as toys, board and electronic games, DVDs, and books. All clothing items and shoes are inspected before the event for current fashion, stains, and tears. Items will be organized like a children’s store, where everything is divided by gender and size. Each event features new and different items. The spring sales will feature spring and summer clothing items.

“A great many families look forward to these big money-saving events, so the service Just Between Friends sales bring to the community is extremely valuable,” said Ammie Maltz, organizer of the JBF Germantown sale.

Melissa Monsoor, co-organizer of the Milwaukee County sale pointed out, “We will have everything from maternity clothing to wipe warmers to the latest fashions from Justice or Gymboree to Fisher Price and Little Tikes playground toys, along with other high interest toys and children’s electronics.”

To learn more about opportunities and rewards for joining the team for each sale, visit www.jbfsale.com. Consignors utilize an exclusive, free barcode tagging system to tag items, track daily sales, and manage an accurate, itemized list of any unsold, fashionable, and desirable items that are then donated on behalf of JBF and the consignors to area charities including the Salvation Army for families in need.

Just Between Friends serves more than 260,000 American families in 22 states and provides an opportunity for families to recycle their kids’ clothing and toys. Wisconsin currently offers five JBF sales events, with each independently operated.

The Salvation Army is an international movement located in over 100 countries around the world. It has been serving communities in the Greater Milwaukee area for over 100 years.