Business

Mitch Teich

The ancient Greek storyteller known as Aesop may or may not have really existed. The stories generally credited to Aesop are from the realm of the fantastic; they’re fables that seek to offer a lesson.

The employees of a Milwaukee manufacturing company recently might have thought they were hearing a fable. But it turned out to be a true story that was – for them – just as fantastic. And it goes by the name of ESOP, or Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

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If you work for a big enough employer, it's likely that you've been urged to participate in the company's wellness program. It could be an educational seminar or an office-wide weight loss competition, something that incentivizes healthier lifestyle choices. The idea is healthy employees increase productivity and save a company money. 

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No matter what our DIY aptitude, nearly all of us have a simple tool kit around the house to take on basic jobs. You probably have a hammer, a couple of screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, an odd assortment of hex keys for your IKEA and Target furniture and often, an adjustable wrench.

One of the main frustrations users have with the adjustable wrench is trying to keep it tightened down on the bolt they're working on.

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Clearing snow from your driveway or a parking lot seems like it’s one of those activities you’d never be able to turn over to an app, but now even snow plowing has entered the Digital Age.

Plowz and Mowz has been called the Uber of snow removal and lawn services. The New York company offers on-demand plowing and mowing, and is now into its second winter of operations in Milwaukee - one of its top growing markets.

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Back in the day, the notion of the family business was a part of our cultural vernacular. But a report in The Economist found that while the number of family-controlled businesses is still growing globally, it is diminishing in this country.

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Millennials make up the largest portion of Wisconsin's workforce, according to U.S. Census Current Population Surveys data. 

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India is known around the world for more things – Bollywood, curry, its textile industry, yoga and its growing tech sector. What you might not think of immediately is its automotive industry.

"Currently (Royal Enfield) makes 300,000 (motorcycles), and within two years they want to double that. So they see the U.S. and the European markets as a huge part of that," Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Olivia Barrow says.

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When you were around the age of ten, your business experience was probably limited to delivering papers or running a summer lemonade stand. Even if you had a sound business idea, there probably wasn’t much support available to help you realize it. But for young girls all over the country things have changed, thanks to a Milwaukee company called Fashion Angels.

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Almost exactly a month from now, the climate for grocery shopping in southeastern Wisconsin will see some significant changes.

The first two Meijer stores in the state – in Grafton and Kenosha – will open their doors. The 190,000 square foot stores will feature the sorts of products you’d find at both a supermarket and also a retailer like Target, following the supercenter model.

Meijer seeks to be a one-stop shopping center and hopes that their company's philosophies will appeal to Wisconsinites and their Midwestern values.

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A report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that the leaders of the Cultural and Entertainment Capital Needs Task Force are calling for a regional tax to support cultural institutions in the area.  That is reportedly in the draft of the final report the task force plans to issue.

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How important are small businesses to the state's economy?

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Entrepreneur Week kicks off Monday in Milwaukee. The city has helped plan more than a dozen events to help new businesses grow.

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Organizers hope The Commons, a new seed accelerator project, will spark more collaboration between the business community and higher education institutions in the Milwaukee region.

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Wisconsin may not be known for its entrepreneurial spirit, yet some investors are convinced the state holds potential.

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Over the summer on Lake Effect, Milwaukee financier and philanthropist Sheldon Lubar talked about the importance of a strong business school in the community - in this case, the one that carries his name.  

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