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Jessica Bell took a roundabout way to marry her passion for wine with her career. Bell studied economics at Duke and worked as a successful investment banker in New York City before a “quarter-life” crisis led her to move to Spain to work at a winery.

Despite the years it took her to make her career revolve around wine, Bell quickly realized it was a "natural fit."

There are not nearly as many strikes these days versus years ago, but a big one is playing out in Sheboygan. Hundreds of UAW members have been picketing the Kohler Company, while contract talks have stalled. The union reportedly wants Kohler to abandon the two-tier wage system it enacted years ago. Cheryl Maranto says the outcome will be telling, because unions don't wield nearly as much clout as they did years ago.

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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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The headlines have suggested that the third quarter of the fiscal year was not a bright one for Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson.

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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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Not too long ago, a friend could call you up and ask if you wanted to get together for dinner at the Bel Air Cantina and you would have known exactly where to meet.  However now you’d have to ask which of three Bel Airs she’s talking about.

And that restaurant is hardly alone.  Many of Milwaukee’s best-known local restaurants have become local chains.  Good for their bottom line, but what does it mean for people deciding where to eat dinner?  Dining contributor Ann Christenson helps tackle the questions and concerns the spread of chains presents:

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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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There are many businesses that have almost everything they need to get off the ground – except for enough money.

But sometimes, it’s a relatively small amount that can mean the difference. Several groups in Milwaukee help facilitate microlending. 

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There is a plethora of empty storefront space in Milwaukee and business leaders see potential in it.

The Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation and the nearby Fondy / North Economic Development Corporation are each trying to convince prospective business owners that their respective neighborhoods are ideal locations to open up shop.

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Von Trier has been a popular Milwaukee night spot for years – a bar on the east side which manages to be both vibrant and old world at the same time.  But the story of how Von Trier came to exist is an interesting one.

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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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Back in 2013, Buddy Herberg was wrapping up his college baseball career as a catcher with the Cardinal Stritch Wolves, and thinking about life after school.

Two years later, Herberg is playing semipro baseball and occupying the rest of his time with what used to be a hobby – making wooden baseball bats.

What first started in the basement of his dad's firehouse in 2009 has turned into a growing business that brings in orders of up to twenty-five bats a day.

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The 45th commemoration of Earth Day is tomorrow, and all week we’re spotlighting some Wisconsinites and Wisconsin work linked to the environment and sustainability.

Last week, the Wisconsin DNR named a Muskego company as the latest Wisconsin business to attain so-called Green Tier status. But that designation is only the latest manifestation of a larger green strategy for InPro Corporation, which makes building products.

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You may not be aware of it, but it’s Young Professionals Week in Milwaukee. It’s also Young Professionals Week in seven other cities across the state.

The event’s website describes it as a “weeklong platform for discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter among young professionals in Wisconsin.”

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