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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."

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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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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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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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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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Milwaukeeans looking to start a business now have another funding source.

Wallpaper Comeback Gives Wauwatosa Shop a Boost

Feb 6, 2015
Erin Toner

A story of “what’s old is new again.” Wallpaper, the stuff you painstakingly peeled from your walls over the past few decades, is once again cool.

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We hear a lot about the effort to lure entrepreneurs to the Milwaukee area – and the challenges that effort faces.

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Earlier this week, the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce brought together a diverse group of business leaders to discuss how equality plays out in the workplace.

That’s an issue the Human Rights Campaign has worked on for a long time. One of the leaders of that effort is Deena Fidas, who heads the HRC’s Workplace Equality Program and directs its yearly Corporate Equality Index survey

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The city of Milwaukee’s license division is continuing to accept applications from prospective taxi operators. 

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Two local organizations focused on innovation and the Milwaukee economy are teaming up with nearly two dozen colleges and universities to create a seed accelerator.

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Late last month, leaders of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s parent company announced a merger with the E. W. Scripps corporation of Cincinnati.  The deal combines print operations into a 14-newspaper business called Journal Media Group.  It will also bring together broadcast media businesses into a separate company.

Since then, national and local analysts have been discussing what the merger will mean to the financial health of the companies, and what it will mean for local control of Milwaukee’s last daily print newspaper.

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Buzzwords come and go. According to the Global Language Monitor, which tracks English language usage and compiles a yearly list of the top 50 business buzzwords, 2013 was the year of proactive, monetize, transparency, and win-win, among others.  

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