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Corporate giants enter Milwaukee startup game

Building block by building block, many players are creating a dynamic startup ecosystem in the Milwaukee region and Wisconsin as a whole. The latest entrants to this vital endeavor are Northwestern Mutual Life and Aurora Health. NML and Aurora have each committed $5 million to early stage investments. Those are breakthrough decisions, because large corporations, with the ...

Wisconsin escapes from ‘tax hell’

After two decades of shining a spotlight on Wisconsin as a high tax state, Todd Berry is retiring as president of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA). He is leaving on top. (Disclosure: I served on his board for a bunch of years.) Wisconsin is out of the “Big Ten” (the top 10) for taxes among the 50 ...

CROWE seeks answers for lagging state economy

Even though the Wisconsin unemployment rate is very low, its economic growth rate is stuck in low gear. How to improve on that long-term pattern? Fortunately, there is a new place to go for answers. Under the leadership of Noah Williams, a professor and researcher in the economics department at UW – Madison, the Center for Research ...

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When exploding health care costs threatened Serigraph's solvency, CEO John Torinus Jr. searched the country for solutions. Using his findings, Torinus applied innovative, cutting-edge strategies and cut his company's health care expenses well below the national average while improving his employees' care.