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Labor shortage changes immigration debate

The tightening labor market in Wisconsin has led some business leaders to ask politicians to rethink state and national policies on immigration. At a time when Republican presidential candidates, including Gov. Scott Walker, are veering to the right on immigration issues, businesses are being forced to constrain growth because they can’t hire enough people. One of the ...

Business climate up; major issues ducked

Governor Scott Walker

In terms of the pressing strategic issues of the state, it’s hard to know what to make of the Walker administration and last two GOP-controlled legislatures. On the big issues -- health care costs, university governance and organization, job creation and acceleration of the startup economy, poverty and crime in our major cities, collaboration on the ...

‘Valley of Death’ must be crossed on bank side

The so-called “Valley of Death” for launching high growth companies is very real in Wisconsin, at least on one side of the financing equations. The first financing for a new venture usually comes from “friends, families and fools.” The next investment is often called the “seed round” at, say $25,000 to $50,000, from the same people ...

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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.