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Walmart Gives Workers A Way To Get Paid Earlier

Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday. The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to 1.4 million Walmart workers. The Even app automatically plans ahead for bills, savings goals and will show workers how much they can safely spend. It will also allow workers to access cash before a scheduled payday up to eight times a year for free. Walmart said it will cover the costs for Even for both full and part-time workers at Walmart, Sam’s Club and its e-commerce sites. Users will have to pay a fee if they want to get paid earlier more than eight times a year. Critics and labor groups said the service is another sign that Walmart doesn’t pay its workers enough. “Living paycheck to paycheck is too common at Walmart and that is the problem that Walmart should be trying to solve,” said the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pays new workers $9 an hour. That’s above the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage, but below some of what its rivals pay. Target Corp.,…

Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday. The retailer said Wednesday that it teamed up with financial technology startup Even and PayActiv to provide an app to 1.4 million Walmart workers. The Even app automatically plans ahead for bills, savings goals and will show workers how much they can safely spend. It will also allow workers to access cash before a scheduled payday up to eight times a year for free. Walmart said it will cover the costs for Even for both full and part-time workers at Walmart, Sam’s Club and its e-commerce sites. Users will have to pay a fee if they want to get paid earlier more than eight times a year. Critics and labor groups said the service is another sign that Walmart doesn’t pay its workers enough. “Living paycheck to paycheck is too common at Walmart and that is the problem that Walmart should be trying to solve,” said the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pays new workers $9 an hour. That’s above the $7.25 per hour federal minimum wage, but below some of what its rivals pay. Target Corp.,…

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Milwaukee Nari Announces 2018 Officers And Directors

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – Milwaukee NARI, promoting professionalism in the home remodeling industry and fostering consumer confidence for more than 55 years, announced the election of the following officers and directors for 2018: Executive Officers President:          Chris Egner, MCR, CR, CKBR, CRPM, UDCP, CCP – Four Seasons Sunrooms/Chris Egner Design-Build-Remodel, New Berlin     Vice President:  Bingo Emmons, CR, CRPM, UDCP – Creative Construction of Wisconsin, Franklin Treasurer:          Tom Mainville, CR – Story Hill Renovations, LLC, Wauwatosa Secretary:          Louis Weiher, CR, CCP – Carmel Builders, Inc., Menomonee Falls Immediate Past President:     Josh Brown – Bliffert Lumber & Hardware, Milwaukee The following individuals were elected to three year-terms to serve on the Board of Directors: Randy Miller, CR, Allrite Home & Remodeling, Inc., Milwaukee Diane Nelson, CRPM, Diane Nelson Interiors, LLC, Wauwatosa Jason Cyborowski of J&J Contractors I, LLC, Greendale, Wis., was elected to fill the remaining two years of Weiher’s term on the board. The newly elected board members will join the following association members who will be continuing their service on the board: Jessie Cannizzaro, CRPM – Milestone Plumbing, Inc., Wauwatosa, Wis. Darren Fisher – SPEARity,…

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – Milwaukee NARI, promoting professionalism in the home remodeling industry and fostering consumer confidence for more than 55 years, announced the election of the following officers and directors for 2018: Executive Officers President:          Chris Egner, MCR, CR, CKBR, CRPM, UDCP, CCP – Four Seasons Sunrooms/Chris Egner Design-Build-Remodel, New Berlin     Vice President:  Bingo Emmons, CR, CRPM, UDCP – Creative Construction of Wisconsin, Franklin Treasurer:          Tom Mainville, CR – Story Hill Renovations, LLC, Wauwatosa Secretary:          Louis Weiher, CR, CCP – Carmel Builders, Inc., Menomonee Falls Immediate Past President:     Josh Brown – Bliffert Lumber & Hardware, Milwaukee The following individuals were elected to three year-terms to serve on the Board of Directors: Randy Miller, CR, Allrite Home & Remodeling, Inc., Milwaukee Diane Nelson, CRPM, Diane Nelson Interiors, LLC, Wauwatosa Jason Cyborowski of J&J Contractors I, LLC, Greendale, Wis., was elected to fill the remaining two years of Weiher’s term on the board. The newly elected board members will join the following association members who will be continuing their service on the board: Jessie Cannizzaro, CRPM – Milestone Plumbing, Inc., Wauwatosa, Wis. Darren Fisher – SPEARity,…

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La Fuente in Walker’s Point is now open for events only.

La Fuente converts into event space La Fuente’s Milwaukee location at 625 S. 5th St., will be closed for regular business. Instead owner Jose Zarate will be using the building as a special event space. The official announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page. It stated: “La Fuente at 625 S. 5th will only be open for banquet hall rentals and large party events starting Nov. 26th. We can provide buffet options or just a great space for any occasion with plenty of parking.” La Fuente has been serving Mexican fare and some of the city’s best margaritas for decades. In 2015, Zarate made numerous upgrades to the space, giving the restaurant a refreshed look and feel. The news about the Walker’s Point location follows on the heels of Zarate’s decision to close the restaurant’s Waukesha location, which was at 2423 Kossow Rd. La Fuente restaurant in Wauwatosa, 9155 W. Bluemound Rd., will remain open. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests interested in reserving the 5th Street location for parties can call (414) 771-9900 for additional information.

La Fuente converts into event space La Fuente’s Milwaukee location at 625 S. 5th St., will be closed for regular business. Instead owner Jose Zarate will be using the building as a special event space. The official announcement was made on the restaurant’s Facebook page. It stated: “La Fuente at 625 S. 5th will only be open for banquet hall rentals and large party events starting Nov. 26th. We can provide buffet options or just a great space for any occasion with plenty of parking.” La Fuente has been serving Mexican fare and some of the city’s best margaritas for decades. In 2015, Zarate made numerous upgrades to the space, giving the restaurant a refreshed look and feel. The news about the Walker’s Point location follows on the heels of Zarate’s decision to close the restaurant’s Waukesha location, which was at 2423 Kossow Rd. La Fuente restaurant in Wauwatosa, 9155 W. Bluemound Rd., will remain open. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Guests interested in reserving the 5th Street location for parties can call (414) 771-9900 for additional information.

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MARKETPLACE 2017 Conference on minority business development set for December

MADISON, WI. Nov. 20, 2017 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation WEDC) is hosting the 36th annual statewide conference for minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses Dec. 13-14 at Potawatomi Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee. The conference is expected to draw more than 700 attendees and is sponsored by corporations, small businesses and organizations, with Town Bank being this year’s Keystone Sponsor. MARKETPLACE is the premier annual statewide business capacity-building conference for minority, woman and veteran business owners looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. The conference provides opportunities for businesses to meet with dozens of potential buyers, identify funding sources, connect with business assistance resources and network with other businesses. The conference kicks off Dec. 13 with the popular Small Business Academy for new businesses and entrepreneurs. This free half-day training academy will provide participants with practical advice from experts on topics such as social media marketing, bookkeeping, securing financing, and hiring and training employees. Additional free workshops on contracting and certification will be offered the afternoon of Dec. 13, followed by a networking reception recognizing the impact and legacy of minority and woman-owned businesses. On Dec. 14, the conference…

MADISON, WI. Nov. 20, 2017 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation WEDC) is hosting the 36th annual statewide conference for minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses Dec. 13-14 at Potawatomi Hotel and Conference Center in Milwaukee. The conference is expected to draw more than 700 attendees and is sponsored by corporations, small businesses and organizations, with Town Bank being this year’s Keystone Sponsor. MARKETPLACE is the premier annual statewide business capacity-building conference for minority, woman and veteran business owners looking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. The conference provides opportunities for businesses to meet with dozens of potential buyers, identify funding sources, connect with business assistance resources and network with other businesses. The conference kicks off Dec. 13 with the popular Small Business Academy for new businesses and entrepreneurs. This free half-day training academy will provide participants with practical advice from experts on topics such as social media marketing, bookkeeping, securing financing, and hiring and training employees. Additional free workshops on contracting and certification will be offered the afternoon of Dec. 13, followed by a networking reception recognizing the impact and legacy of minority and woman-owned businesses. On Dec. 14, the conference…

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Foxconn Deal Approved

Wisconsin state officials will sign a contract with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology Group after the state’s economic development agency agreed to a $3 billion subsidy package for creating a factory complex in Racine County. Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. leaders say they included air-tight protections for the state’s taxpayers in case Foxconn does not deliver on jobs-creation promises — even including a personal guarantee from Foxconn chairman Terry Gou for part of any clawback penalties. The company says it will create up to 13,000 jobs and spend $10 billion constructing a campus in Mount Pleasant. State Senator Carpenter, who previously expressed concerns about the state’s financial risks, said he voted against the deal due to concerns that some environmental regulatory exemptions given to Foxconn will be demanded by other businesses in the state. The approval sets the stage for finalizing the contract and signing what reportedly is the largest-ever corporate financial-incentive package in United States history.

Wisconsin state officials will sign a contract with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn Technology Group after the state’s economic development agency agreed to a $3 billion subsidy package for creating a factory complex in Racine County. Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. leaders say they included air-tight protections for the state’s taxpayers in case Foxconn does not deliver on jobs-creation promises — even including a personal guarantee from Foxconn chairman Terry Gou for part of any clawback penalties. The company says it will create up to 13,000 jobs and spend $10 billion constructing a campus in Mount Pleasant. State Senator Carpenter, who previously expressed concerns about the state’s financial risks, said he voted against the deal due to concerns that some environmental regulatory exemptions given to Foxconn will be demanded by other businesses in the state. The approval sets the stage for finalizing the contract and signing what reportedly is the largest-ever corporate financial-incentive package in United States history.

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Aerolínea rinde homenaje a ‘Frida’ con su foto en un avión

Ciudad de México.- La línea aérea Volaris colocó una fotografía de la perrita rescatista Frida en uno de sus aviones como un homenaje a los brigadistas que participaron en las labores de rescate y reconstrucción tras los sismos que afectaron al país en septiembre pasado. En el avión Airbus A320 con matrícula N525VL se observa imagen del ejemplar canino que forma parte del Equipo de Búsqueda y Rescate (BREC) de la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México (Semar). La foto fue tomada y elegida a cargo de la periodista, Nelly Segura Granados, durante la concentración del equipo BREC en Juchitán, Oaxaca, a unas horas de la participación de Frida en la localización del cuerpo de un hombre que quedó atrapado en los escombros del Palacio Municipal. El avión, que en caso de ser necesario será insignia en labores de auxilio a la población, tiene las leyendas Fuerza México y Juntos Levantamos el Vuelo, además de la imagen de la labrador en la que se distingue con su emblemática careta. El homenaje a los rescatistas se suma a otras labores que realizó la compañía tras los sismos tales como el traslado de brigadistas, bomberos, médicos y psicólogos, provenientes de la República Mexicana…

Ciudad de México.- La línea aérea Volaris colocó una fotografía de la perrita rescatista Frida en uno de sus aviones como un homenaje a los brigadistas que participaron en las labores de rescate y reconstrucción tras los sismos que afectaron al país en septiembre pasado. En el avión Airbus A320 con matrícula N525VL se observa imagen del ejemplar canino que forma parte del Equipo de Búsqueda y Rescate (BREC) de la Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México (Semar). La foto fue tomada y elegida a cargo de la periodista, Nelly Segura Granados, durante la concentración del equipo BREC en Juchitán, Oaxaca, a unas horas de la participación de Frida en la localización del cuerpo de un hombre que quedó atrapado en los escombros del Palacio Municipal. El avión, que en caso de ser necesario será insignia en labores de auxilio a la población, tiene las leyendas Fuerza México y Juntos Levantamos el Vuelo, además de la imagen de la labrador en la que se distingue con su emblemática careta. El homenaje a los rescatistas se suma a otras labores que realizó la compañía tras los sismos tales como el traslado de brigadistas, bomberos, médicos y psicólogos, provenientes de la República Mexicana…

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Downtown Milwaukee’s holiday lights go bright November 16

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 will set the city aglow with the 19th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, November 16 – January 1. The six-week celebration begins on Thursday, Nov. 16 with a switch-flipping ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave. Featuring spirited performances, musical numbers, warm holiday treats, an incredible fireworks show and the show’s guest of honor, Santa Claus, the program will ignite a season of holiday cheer. Performers in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza include: local band, Charles Walker Band; ice-carving artist, Art Below Zero; Anita’s Dance Center; Hawaiian pop band, Ocean Rush; jazz singer, Jenny Thiel; soul pop singer, Lex Allen; Milwaukee Bucks Beats Drum Line and Bango. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the official switch-flipping ceremony, simultaneously lighting the holiday décor in Pere Marquette Park, Cathedral Square Park and Zeidler Union Square, as well as downtown’s street-level decorations. Preshow entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks spectacular will round out the evening. Following the ceremony, free Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer will operate from Pere Marquette Park to take guests past all the newly lit scenes. Tour highlights will include chandeliers…

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 will set the city aglow with the 19th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival, November 16 – January 1. The six-week celebration begins on Thursday, Nov. 16 with a switch-flipping ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave. Featuring spirited performances, musical numbers, warm holiday treats, an incredible fireworks show and the show’s guest of honor, Santa Claus, the program will ignite a season of holiday cheer. Performers in the Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival Kick-Off Extravaganza include: local band, Charles Walker Band; ice-carving artist, Art Below Zero; Anita’s Dance Center; Hawaiian pop band, Ocean Rush; jazz singer, Jenny Thiel; soul pop singer, Lex Allen; Milwaukee Bucks Beats Drum Line and Bango. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the official switch-flipping ceremony, simultaneously lighting the holiday décor in Pere Marquette Park, Cathedral Square Park and Zeidler Union Square, as well as downtown’s street-level decorations. Preshow entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and a fireworks spectacular will round out the evening. Following the ceremony, free Jingle Bus rides presented by Meijer will operate from Pere Marquette Park to take guests past all the newly lit scenes. Tour highlights will include chandeliers…

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WI credit unions’ economic Impact Nearly $4 Billion

With worldwide celebrations on Thursday, Oct. 19 for International Credit Union Day, there is good reason to celebrate these not-for-profit, cooperatively owned financial institutions right here in Wisconsin. Credit Union Economic Contributions: Estimates by State, Wisconsin – a report by the Credit Union National Association – estimates that credit unions contributed $4 billion to the state’s economy, 22,000 jobs, and more than $1 billion in employee earnings in 2016 alone. “The bottom line: if state residents are saving at and borrowing from credit unions in their states rather than regional or national banks, the money stays in the state, boosting the state’s economy,” the report noted. “On Thursday the credit union Movement celebrates how ‘dreams thrive here,” and these findings illustrate how true that is. Being local, member-owned institutions helps ensure that benefits stay here, on Wisconsin’s main streets,” said League President & CEO Brett Thompson. “The actual impact of credit unions is greater still. This report doesn’t take into account the millions saved each year by the 3 million members who choose credit unions,” he added. Since the start of the recession, credit unions helped keep more than $2 billion in the pockets of their member-owners, thanks to better…

With worldwide celebrations on Thursday, Oct. 19 for International Credit Union Day, there is good reason to celebrate these not-for-profit, cooperatively owned financial institutions right here in Wisconsin. Credit Union Economic Contributions: Estimates by State, Wisconsin – a report by the Credit Union National Association – estimates that credit unions contributed $4 billion to the state’s economy, 22,000 jobs, and more than $1 billion in employee earnings in 2016 alone. “The bottom line: if state residents are saving at and borrowing from credit unions in their states rather than regional or national banks, the money stays in the state, boosting the state’s economy,” the report noted. “On Thursday the credit union Movement celebrates how ‘dreams thrive here,” and these findings illustrate how true that is. Being local, member-owned institutions helps ensure that benefits stay here, on Wisconsin’s main streets,” said League President & CEO Brett Thompson. “The actual impact of credit unions is greater still. This report doesn’t take into account the millions saved each year by the 3 million members who choose credit unions,” he added. Since the start of the recession, credit unions helped keep more than $2 billion in the pockets of their member-owners, thanks to better…

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Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony Announces Its 2017-2018 Concert Season

Milwaukee – The area’s oldest performing symphony orchestra, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony (FCS), has announced its schedule for the 2017-2018 “Symphony Sundays—Classical Music for All Ages” series for general audiences and the “Pajama Jamboree” series for children, parents, and grandparents. In all, the symphony orchestra will perform seven concerts during the upcoming season. The 2017-2018 Symphony Sundays series will begin with the concert titled Thanksgiving Promises on Sunday, November 12, 2017, with uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks. FCS will feature rich and expansive music from four master composers: William Walton’s “Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire),” Jennifer Higdon’s “All Things Majestic: I. Teton Range,” Aaron Copland’s grand Suite from “The Tender Land,” and Antonín Dvořák’s graceful “Symphony no. 8, op. 88 in G.” On Sunday, January 28, 2017, at the conclusion of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, FCS will perform Saints and Heroes, a concert of majestic music conveying the inspiring spirit and faith of the composers. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture in F minor, op. 84,” Paul Hindemith’s “Noblissima Visione” celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi, and Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious “Symphony no. 5, op. 107 (Reformation).” Passion, Beauty, and Light is the…

Milwaukee – The area’s oldest performing symphony orchestra, Milwaukee’s Festival City Symphony (FCS), has announced its schedule for the 2017-2018 “Symphony Sundays—Classical Music for All Ages” series for general audiences and the “Pajama Jamboree” series for children, parents, and grandparents. In all, the symphony orchestra will perform seven concerts during the upcoming season. The 2017-2018 Symphony Sundays series will begin with the concert titled Thanksgiving Promises on Sunday, November 12, 2017, with uplifting compositions that evoke appreciation, wonder, and thanks. FCS will feature rich and expansive music from four master composers: William Walton’s “Prelude and Fugue (The Spitfire),” Jennifer Higdon’s “All Things Majestic: I. Teton Range,” Aaron Copland’s grand Suite from “The Tender Land,” and Antonín Dvořák’s graceful “Symphony no. 8, op. 88 in G.” On Sunday, January 28, 2017, at the conclusion of the 500th anniversary of The Reformation, FCS will perform Saints and Heroes, a concert of majestic music conveying the inspiring spirit and faith of the composers. The concert will feature Ludwig van Beethoven’s heroic “Egmont Overture in F minor, op. 84,” Paul Hindemith’s “Noblissima Visione” celebrating Saint Francis of Assisi, and Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious “Symphony no. 5, op. 107 (Reformation).” Passion, Beauty, and Light is the…

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A Few Economic Indicators To Watch The Rest Of 2017

According to the Washington Post, economic growth was slow in the United States during the first quarter of 2017, moving along at only 0.7 percent. The number is a big drop off from the 2.1 percent growth experienced by the nation in the final quarter of 2016 and a long way from President Donald Trump’s promise of 3 percent economic growth during his time in office. It hasn’t been all bad news on the economic front thus far in 2017. In the wake of what is turning out to be a volatile and unpredictable presidency, the stock market, which usually swings on every little tick of news – economic or not – has been quiet. In fact it continues the steady growth that it has shown for nearly a decade. Financial adviser Stephen Ng (www.stephenngfg.com) says he doesn’t know how long this strong market performance will continue, but does know it can’t last forever. “When the market is up, you have to be careful,” says Ng, author of the book 10 Financial Mistakes You Should Avoid. “You need to make sure you have strategies in place for when the market drops.” The stock market is one thing Ng will have…

According to the Washington Post, economic growth was slow in the United States during the first quarter of 2017, moving along at only 0.7 percent. The number is a big drop off from the 2.1 percent growth experienced by the nation in the final quarter of 2016 and a long way from President Donald Trump’s promise of 3 percent economic growth during his time in office. It hasn’t been all bad news on the economic front thus far in 2017. In the wake of what is turning out to be a volatile and unpredictable presidency, the stock market, which usually swings on every little tick of news – economic or not – has been quiet. In fact it continues the steady growth that it has shown for nearly a decade. Financial adviser Stephen Ng (www.stephenngfg.com) says he doesn’t know how long this strong market performance will continue, but does know it can’t last forever. “When the market is up, you have to be careful,” says Ng, author of the book 10 Financial Mistakes You Should Avoid. “You need to make sure you have strategies in place for when the market drops.” The stock market is one thing Ng will have…

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Snyder’s-Lance plans $7.8 million expansion of Baptista’s Bakery in Franklin

MADISON, WI. July 18, 2017 – Baptista’s Bakery LLC, a subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance Inc. and a leader in snack food innovation, is expanding its operations in Franklin to continue to meet the growing demand for its specialized products. The company expects to create 125 jobs and invest $7.8 million in building renovations, machinery and equipment as part of the expansion currently underway at the Franklin Business Park. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $300,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Baptista’s will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that time. “The company has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and has already doubled employment at its Franklin facility,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development corporation. “Baptista’s has already invested more than $100 million in its facility, and we are pleased to assist the company in the next phase of its growth.” Founded in 1999, Baptista’s Bakery has historically focused on contract and private-label snack food manufacturing, and is known for its flat pretzel crackers and dippable tortilla chips….

MADISON, WI. July 18, 2017 – Baptista’s Bakery LLC, a subsidiary of Snyder’s-Lance Inc. and a leader in snack food innovation, is expanding its operations in Franklin to continue to meet the growing demand for its specialized products. The company expects to create 125 jobs and invest $7.8 million in building renovations, machinery and equipment as part of the expansion currently underway at the Franklin Business Park. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $300,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Baptista’s will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that time. “The company has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years and has already doubled employment at its Franklin facility,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development corporation. “Baptista’s has already invested more than $100 million in its facility, and we are pleased to assist the company in the next phase of its growth.” Founded in 1999, Baptista’s Bakery has historically focused on contract and private-label snack food manufacturing, and is known for its flat pretzel crackers and dippable tortilla chips….

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Northwestern Mutual President Gregory C. Overland Named President Elect

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Repertory Theater is proud to announce that Joaquin Altoro(SVP, Town Bank), Ivor J. Benjamin, MD (Center Director, Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin),Marybeth Cottrill (Director-Private Wealth Advisor BMO Wealth Management), Amy Croen (Co-Founder, Co-President Geneva Capital Management, LLC), Sean Cummings (Senior VP, Global Demand for Harley-Davidson Motor Company), Bradley J. Kalscheur(Partner, Michael Best and Friedrich), Phoebe Lewis(Community Volunteer), and Gina Alberts Peter(Executive VP, Wells Fargo) have been elected to the Board of Trustees for a three year term starting July 1, 2017. Additionally three trustees were elected to new positions on Milwaukee Rep’s Executive Committee, including former Vice President of Trustees Gregory C. Overland (President, Northwestern Mutual) will become the new President-Elect, former Secretary Stacy P. Williams (Senior Investment Consultant, Robert W. Baird & Co.) will assume the role of Vice President of Trustees, and Catherine Robinson (Community Volunteer) will assume the role of Secretary. Joining them on the Executive Committee will be returning trustees Ed Seaberg (VP of IT Operations, Rockwell Automation) as President, Jane Chernof(Community Volunteer) as Vice President of Development, Patrick Gallagher (Vice President, CBRE Capital Markets) as Treasurer, with Judy Hansen (Broadway Producer) and Robert H. Manegold (Community Volunteer) as At Large appointments….

Milwaukee – Milwaukee Repertory Theater is proud to announce that Joaquin Altoro(SVP, Town Bank), Ivor J. Benjamin, MD (Center Director, Professor at Medical College of Wisconsin),Marybeth Cottrill (Director-Private Wealth Advisor BMO Wealth Management), Amy Croen (Co-Founder, Co-President Geneva Capital Management, LLC), Sean Cummings (Senior VP, Global Demand for Harley-Davidson Motor Company), Bradley J. Kalscheur(Partner, Michael Best and Friedrich), Phoebe Lewis(Community Volunteer), and Gina Alberts Peter(Executive VP, Wells Fargo) have been elected to the Board of Trustees for a three year term starting July 1, 2017. Additionally three trustees were elected to new positions on Milwaukee Rep’s Executive Committee, including former Vice President of Trustees Gregory C. Overland (President, Northwestern Mutual) will become the new President-Elect, former Secretary Stacy P. Williams (Senior Investment Consultant, Robert W. Baird & Co.) will assume the role of Vice President of Trustees, and Catherine Robinson (Community Volunteer) will assume the role of Secretary. Joining them on the Executive Committee will be returning trustees Ed Seaberg (VP of IT Operations, Rockwell Automation) as President, Jane Chernof(Community Volunteer) as Vice President of Development, Patrick Gallagher (Vice President, CBRE Capital Markets) as Treasurer, with Judy Hansen (Broadway Producer) and Robert H. Manegold (Community Volunteer) as At Large appointments….

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Economist grow wary

Ever since Donald Trump’s election as president in November, there’s been a stream of surveys showing that business owners and top executives are feeling more confident about the economy and their business prospects than they have in years. However, while the stock market has risen in what some call the “Trump bump,” there is also evidence that all these expressions of confidence are merely expressions and are not translating much into tangible actions. According to The New York Times, a historically-relevant measure of business confidence, mergers and acquisitions activity, belies a greater level of nervousness about the economy than those surveys indicate. Mergers, especially big, mega-deal mergers, are down, according to the Times, with M&A activity sitting at its lowest level since 2013. Teasing out why business leaders are behaving this way, though, is a difficult task. The Times quoted John Waldron, co-head of global investment banking at Goldman Sachs, saying corporate leaders are waiting for clarity on actions the Trump administration has said it would take. Uncertainty on taxes, infrastructure and deregulation could all be weighing on those decision-makers, Waldron told The Times. The Times also cited the Business Roundtable’s chief executive confidence index (released last week), which jumped…

Ever since Donald Trump’s election as president in November, there’s been a stream of surveys showing that business owners and top executives are feeling more confident about the economy and their business prospects than they have in years. However, while the stock market has risen in what some call the “Trump bump,” there is also evidence that all these expressions of confidence are merely expressions and are not translating much into tangible actions. According to The New York Times, a historically-relevant measure of business confidence, mergers and acquisitions activity, belies a greater level of nervousness about the economy than those surveys indicate. Mergers, especially big, mega-deal mergers, are down, according to the Times, with M&A activity sitting at its lowest level since 2013. Teasing out why business leaders are behaving this way, though, is a difficult task. The Times quoted John Waldron, co-head of global investment banking at Goldman Sachs, saying corporate leaders are waiting for clarity on actions the Trump administration has said it would take. Uncertainty on taxes, infrastructure and deregulation could all be weighing on those decision-makers, Waldron told The Times. The Times also cited the Business Roundtable’s chief executive confidence index (released last week), which jumped…

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Boerner Botanical Gardens, The Domes Celebrate National Public Gardens Day

MILWAUKEE – Boerner Botanical Gardens and the Mitchell Park Domes will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with special tours May 12. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to increase awareness of the educational resources public gardens provide to local communities. Local programming includes such topics as home gardening and landscaping, plant and water conservation, and preservation of green spaces. Boerner Botanical Gardens To observe the day, visitors to Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, may select from four tours—or take them all. Each tour, led by a staff horticulturist, will begin as a general overview but will emphasize different garden spaces. At 9 a.m. Lorrie Burrows will focus on the Rose and Perennial gardens. At 10 a.m. Peggy Gibbs Zautke will highlight the Herb Garden, Bog Walk, and Whitnall Park Rotary Circle. At 11 a.m. Ben Habanek will feature the Shrub Mall, Rain-Harvesting Garden, and Rock Garden. At 1 p.m., Jessica Cloninger will spotlight the Butterfly and Trial gardens. Also celebrating National Public Gardens Day, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will offer a $10 discount on annual memberships. The memberships, available in the gift shop, allow for free, unlimited admission to the Botanical Gardens, discounts in the gift shop and café, early notice and discounts on…

MILWAUKEE – Boerner Botanical Gardens and the Mitchell Park Domes will celebrate National Public Gardens Day with special tours May 12. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to increase awareness of the educational resources public gardens provide to local communities. Local programming includes such topics as home gardening and landscaping, plant and water conservation, and preservation of green spaces. Boerner Botanical Gardens To observe the day, visitors to Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, may select from four tours—or take them all. Each tour, led by a staff horticulturist, will begin as a general overview but will emphasize different garden spaces. At 9 a.m. Lorrie Burrows will focus on the Rose and Perennial gardens. At 10 a.m. Peggy Gibbs Zautke will highlight the Herb Garden, Bog Walk, and Whitnall Park Rotary Circle. At 11 a.m. Ben Habanek will feature the Shrub Mall, Rain-Harvesting Garden, and Rock Garden. At 1 p.m., Jessica Cloninger will spotlight the Butterfly and Trial gardens. Also celebrating National Public Gardens Day, Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens will offer a $10 discount on annual memberships. The memberships, available in the gift shop, allow for free, unlimited admission to the Botanical Gardens, discounts in the gift shop and café, early notice and discounts on…

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Changes Coming to GO Pass Program

Milwaukee, WI – More than 26,000 letters are being sent out this week to people with GO Pass cards informing them of updates to the program, including the end of free rides. These changes will support the viability of the GO Pass program while also helping to increase the sustainability of the transit system that provides 40 million rides a year to people to get to work, school, job training, medical appointments and activities across the county. Milwaukee County and MCTS worked with riders and advocates on changes to the program. In the two years since the GO Pass was launched, more than 13.5 million free rides have been given. By the time all the changes are implemented, an estimated 15 million rides will have been given. The changes to the GO Pass Program were approved in the 2017 Milwaukee County Budget. The changes are being rolled out in stages: A $5 card fee for all new recipients Began January 17, 2017 Financial means test that ensures people who need help the most receive it On June 12, 2017, riders who do not meet the requirements will have their cards turned off A $1 per day fare for eligible GO…

Milwaukee, WI – More than 26,000 letters are being sent out this week to people with GO Pass cards informing them of updates to the program, including the end of free rides. These changes will support the viability of the GO Pass program while also helping to increase the sustainability of the transit system that provides 40 million rides a year to people to get to work, school, job training, medical appointments and activities across the county. Milwaukee County and MCTS worked with riders and advocates on changes to the program. In the two years since the GO Pass was launched, more than 13.5 million free rides have been given. By the time all the changes are implemented, an estimated 15 million rides will have been given. The changes to the GO Pass Program were approved in the 2017 Milwaukee County Budget. The changes are being rolled out in stages: A $5 card fee for all new recipients Began January 17, 2017 Financial means test that ensures people who need help the most receive it On June 12, 2017, riders who do not meet the requirements will have their cards turned off A $1 per day fare for eligible GO…

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Scott Wille and Colleen Singh Join Network Health Leadership Team

MENASHA – Network Health’s experienced leadership team continues to grow with the addition of two new leaders. Scott Wille, previously of Trilogy Health Solutions, joins Network Health as vice president of network development. Colleen Singh, previously of Common Ground Health Care Cooperative in Milwaukee, joins Network Health as vice president of operations. “As Network Health continues to grow, it’s important that we install the right leaders to support our mission of enhancing the life, health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health president and CEO. “Scott and Colleen bring a combined 60 years of experience to our team here at Network Health. I look forward to working with them to provide an exceptional experience to our members.” Scott Wille, Vice President of Network Development Scott Wille brings over 25 years of health insurance industry experience to his new role at Network Health. He specializes in developing innovative relationships with providers and industry partners to create high-value health networks. As vice president of network development, Scott will grow Network Health’s respected network of providers and create outcome-based relationships with our physician partners. “Scott will work to guarantee that all Network Health members continue to have access…

MENASHA – Network Health’s experienced leadership team continues to grow with the addition of two new leaders. Scott Wille, previously of Trilogy Health Solutions, joins Network Health as vice president of network development. Colleen Singh, previously of Common Ground Health Care Cooperative in Milwaukee, joins Network Health as vice president of operations. “As Network Health continues to grow, it’s important that we install the right leaders to support our mission of enhancing the life, health and wellness of the communities we serve,” said Coreen Dicus-Johnson, Network Health president and CEO. “Scott and Colleen bring a combined 60 years of experience to our team here at Network Health. I look forward to working with them to provide an exceptional experience to our members.” Scott Wille, Vice President of Network Development Scott Wille brings over 25 years of health insurance industry experience to his new role at Network Health. He specializes in developing innovative relationships with providers and industry partners to create high-value health networks. As vice president of network development, Scott will grow Network Health’s respected network of providers and create outcome-based relationships with our physician partners. “Scott will work to guarantee that all Network Health members continue to have access…

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More People To Grow Their Own Food

MILWAUKEE — For the past 8 years, Victory Garden Initiative has installed raised-bed gardens across Milwaukee and beyond. From May 13-27, over 300 volunteers will join Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) for the nation’s largest garden-building event, the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ. Over these two weeks, volunteers will build approximately 500 4×8’ raised-bed gardens filled with healthy, organic soil in front yards and backyards all over the city, bringing the total number of gardens installed by VGI to over 3,500. The gardens, purchased by community members at an affordable price, are installed by volunteers and filled with organic soil from VGI’s local compost partner, Blue Ribbon Organics. Each garden also comes with a variety pack of 10 fruit, flower and vegetable seeds to help budding gardeners get started! Anyone can purchase a garden for their yard or business , and each year up to half of the BLITZ gardens go to low-income recipients at a reduced price. Residents of Washington Park, Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, the 53218 ZIP Code and any Targeted Investment Neighborhood are currently included in the subsidized program. Registration to purchase a garden is open now until May 1st. The BLITZ mobilizes hundreds of…

MILWAUKEE — For the past 8 years, Victory Garden Initiative has installed raised-bed gardens across Milwaukee and beyond. From May 13-27, over 300 volunteers will join Victory Garden Initiative (VGI) for the nation’s largest garden-building event, the Great Milwaukee Victory Garden BLITZ. Over these two weeks, volunteers will build approximately 500 4×8’ raised-bed gardens filled with healthy, organic soil in front yards and backyards all over the city, bringing the total number of gardens installed by VGI to over 3,500. The gardens, purchased by community members at an affordable price, are installed by volunteers and filled with organic soil from VGI’s local compost partner, Blue Ribbon Organics. Each garden also comes with a variety pack of 10 fruit, flower and vegetable seeds to help budding gardeners get started! Anyone can purchase a garden for their yard or business , and each year up to half of the BLITZ gardens go to low-income recipients at a reduced price. Residents of Washington Park, Clarke Square, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights, the 53218 ZIP Code and any Targeted Investment Neighborhood are currently included in the subsidized program. Registration to purchase a garden is open now until May 1st. The BLITZ mobilizes hundreds of…

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Google, Apple, Facebook y otras empresas se pronuncian con respecto a prohibición de Trump contra musulmanes

La bolsa de valores cerró el lunes a la baja por el caos generado entre las empresas por la prohibición migratoria de Trump. Los ejecutivos de varias empresas se pronunciaron contra la orden de Trump; entre ellos, los de Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla, Airbnb, Ford y Goldman Sachs, que tiene cada vez más influencia en el gobierno de Trump, con al menos seis consejeros principales y candidatos al gabinete, por ejemplo el jefe estratega de Trump, Steve Bannon, que tiene vínculos cercanos con el gigante financiero. Por otra parte, miles de personas han eliminado la aplicación Uber después de que la empresa bajara la tarifa para el aeropuerto JFK, de Nueva York, el sábado. Muchos consideran que esta medida era un intento de romper la huelga de la Alianza de Trabajadores de Taxi de Nueva York, que se negaba a recoger viajeros del aeropuerto JFK en solidaridad con las protestas masivas que habían surgido en el lugar en torno a la prohibición a la inmigración de ciudadanos provenientes de siete países dispuesta por Trump. La prohibición también pone en riesgo pedidos de aviones comerciales por valor de unos 20.000 millones de dólares que Boeing hizo a Irán…

La bolsa de valores cerró el lunes a la baja por el caos generado entre las empresas por la prohibición migratoria de Trump. Los ejecutivos de varias empresas se pronunciaron contra la orden de Trump; entre ellos, los de Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla, Airbnb, Ford y Goldman Sachs, que tiene cada vez más influencia en el gobierno de Trump, con al menos seis consejeros principales y candidatos al gabinete, por ejemplo el jefe estratega de Trump, Steve Bannon, que tiene vínculos cercanos con el gigante financiero. Por otra parte, miles de personas han eliminado la aplicación Uber después de que la empresa bajara la tarifa para el aeropuerto JFK, de Nueva York, el sábado. Muchos consideran que esta medida era un intento de romper la huelga de la Alianza de Trabajadores de Taxi de Nueva York, que se negaba a recoger viajeros del aeropuerto JFK en solidaridad con las protestas masivas que habían surgido en el lugar en torno a la prohibición a la inmigración de ciudadanos provenientes de siete países dispuesta por Trump. La prohibición también pone en riesgo pedidos de aviones comerciales por valor de unos 20.000 millones de dólares que Boeing hizo a Irán…

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