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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 (www.intervacdesign.com), 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 atwww.mexicanfiesta.org/fiesta_walk.php, 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 www.mexicanfiesta.org.

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 TravelWisconsin.com on desktop, tablet or mobile devices.  You can also choose to “Like” us at Facebook.com/TravelWisconsin or follow along on Twitter at Twitter.com/TravelWI 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 WiStateFair.com.

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 DudeFoods.com 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 WiStateFair.com 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,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