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As Fed meets, key issues likely to stay unanswered
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve will likely end a policy meeting Wednesday with a lot of questions unanswered: When will it start tightening its benchmark short-term interest rate to make sure future inflation remains under control? How will it do so? And when will the Fed start reducing its enormous investment holdings — a move that will put upward pressure on interest rates?

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Wisconsin Energy Corp. reports 11.8% net income increase 07-30-2014
MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Energy Corp. reported a second-quarter net income of $133 million, an increase of 11.8 percent over $119 million a year earlier.
Rockwell Automation reports slight drop in 3Q profit  07-30-2014
MILWAUKEE — Rockwell Automation Inc. said its third-quarter profit fell 2 percent to $199.7 million, or $1.43 a share, from $203.7 million or $1.45 a share a year earlier.
Change in state tax credit law expected to benefit more companies 07-30-2014
MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has added a feature to its tax credit program that is expected to prompt more companies to utilize it, leading to additional growth and job creation throughout the state.
Shoe Carnival coming to Brookfield
07-30-2014
BROOKFIELD — Shoe Carnival, a footwear retailer, is opening in Brookfield on Saturday.
Sears again interested in West Bend 07-30-2014
WEST BEND - Sears wants back into West Bend, if someone will have it.
Voss Insurance moves to business park
07-30-2014
RICHFIELD - Voss Insurance Group has experienced great growth and consequently the business has leased 2,850 square feet of office space in Helsan Business Park.
Salty Toad manager: Friday Night Live helps improve clientele 07-30-2014
WAUKESHA - A local bar that’s struggled with its image may be getting a clientele upgrade, thanks to downtown weekly music festival Friday Night Live.
>>Related: Organizers, store owners tout Friday Night Live
Waukesha County Business Alliance signs Future Wisconsin Project resolution 07-29-2014
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance has signed a resolution supporting the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce’s Future Wisconsin Project.
Vrakas discusses 2015 county budget at town hall-style meeting 07-29-2014
WAUKESHA - Few specific numbers have been shared at this point, but Waukesha County officials are kicking off the 2015 budget-building season with a series of public meetings to discuss determining how programs will be funded.
Amended apartment plans back on Delafield Plan Commission agenda 07-29-2014
DELAFIELD - A proposal to build three apartment buildings with underground parking is again up for consideration in Delafield.
Passing of the toothbrush 07-29-2014
PEWAUKEE - During the 54 years he practiced dentistry, Dr. Robert Lynch got to know multiple generations of one family, which he didn’t take for granted - nor does Dr. Timothy Wall, who acquired Lynch’s patients.
Sweet re-lease 07-29-2014
WAUKESHA - Get your donuts downtown while you can - the staff at Sweet Perfections Bake Shoppe is preparing to move across town to 1501 Paramount Drive, Suite C, by early August.
Survey: Milwaukee’s small businesses give Wisconsin C+
07-28-
2014

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s small business owners gave Wisconsin a C+ for friendliness, according to a survey by Thumbtack.com and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Irgens acquires Brookfield restaurant
07-28-2014
BROOKFIELD — An affiliate of Irgens, a real estate development firm, has acquired Brookfield’s Venice Club, according to state records.
Reinhart launches food and beverage service group 07-28-2014
MILWAUKEE — Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. said Monday it has launched a food and beverage service group.
Day care dissent 07-25-2014
WAUKESHA — Tasha Brown opened her day care center to cater to first- and second-shift parents two years ago, but some neighbors believe Brown and the kids should also spend some time catering to them.
Sensient Technologies reports drop in net income 07-25-2014
MILWAUKEE — Sensient Technologies Corp. said its net income dropped 10 percent in the second quarter.
Study: SE Wisconsin hospital payments have grown at half the national average 07-25-2014
MILWAUKEE - Residents of southeastern Wisconsin have seen their hospital commercial payment levels grow at approximately half the rate of the national level, according to a study released Wednesday.
Danger on the line 07-25-2014
WAUKESHA - Telephones used to be a means for family and friends to keep in touch, even from far away, but now they have also turned into a vehicle for scammers to try and swindle people out of their personal information or hard-earned cash.
Wisconsin farmers set record for cranberry harvest 07-24-2014
MADISON, Wis.  — Wisconsin cranberry farmers increased production by 25 percent last year to harvest a record 6 million barrels.
Wisconsinites lead effort to start new med school 07-24-2014
JEFFERSON, Wis.  — Two former University of Wisconsin Foundation executives have teamed up to create an alternative medical school in Jefferson.
Aircraft parts company moves to Oshkosh 07-24-2014
OSHKOSH, Wis. — A customer aircraft parts company is making a move from Minneapolis to Oshkosh.
Waterstone Mortgage Corp. named Platinum Million Dollar Lender 07-24-2014
PEWAUKEE — Waterstone Mortgage Corp. said Thursday it has been named as a 2013 Platinum Million Dollar Lender by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Marcus reports increase in 4Q earnings
07-24-2014
MILWAUKEE — The Marcus Corp. said Thursday its fourth-quarter earnings increased 7.8 percent.
Cedarburg sisters to appear on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ 07-24-2014
CEDARBURG — Three Cedarburg sisters are headed to California for an appearance on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” which invites budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of potential investors.
>>View video of the Jahr sisters and their invention
Chilango Express’s authentic Mexican fare delivered from truck in Oconomowoc
07-24-2014
OCONOMOWOC - The southwestern corner of the parking lot at 212 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Oconomowoc is almost always cooking, regardless of whether the sun is scorching the blacktop or the winter winds are howling among parked cars.
$1.7 million grant slashes wait lists for popular WCTC programs 07-24-2014
PEWAUKEE - Waukesha County Technical College will now be able to slash wait lists and offer more class sections, thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Fast Forward program.
Shoppes at Fox River expansion moves forward 07-24-2014
WAUKESHA - A six-building, 180,000-square-foot retail expansion at The Shoppes at Fox River is moving forward, as the Plan Commission on Wednesday night unanimously approved final site plans for the next phase of the development at 1180 W. Sunset Drive.
Statewide unemployment increase hits county, city of Waukesha 07-24-2014
WAUKESHA - Waukesha County was not spared as unemployment numbers jumped up in cities and counties across Wisconsin in June.
NAI MLG Commercial announces recent transactions 07-23-2014
MILWAUKEE — NAI MLG Commercial, a real estate firm, has announced its recent real estate transactions. 
Sealed Air relocating headquarters to North Carolina 07-23-2014
STURTEVANT —Sealed Air Corp. is planning to move its global headquarters to Charlotte, N.C., relocating 1,250 employees to the new head office.
Storage Systems Midwest acquires Babush Material Handling Systems  07-23-2014
WAUKESHA — Storage Systems Midwest Inc., a provider of material storage solutions for commercial and industrial companies, has acquired Sussex-based Babush Material Handling Systems Inc.
Cottages at Cedar Run opens its doors
07-23-2014
WEST BEND - In the tranquil countryside on Scenic Drive in West Bend sits a 53,000-square-foot $14 million memory care facility called the Cottages at Cedar Run.
Great food, great service, great cause 07-23-2014
WAUKESHA - The shiny new commercial kitchen inside Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin’s Northview Road location is a source of pride for those who helped create it and for the many who will benefit from its use as a training facility and revenue source.
A.O. Smith reports increase in 2Q earnings  07-22-2014
MILWAUKEE — A.O. Smith Corp. said Tuesday its second-quarter net income rose 36 percent to $57.3 million, or 63 cents a share, from $42.1 million, or 45 cents, a year earlier.
Harley-Davidson 2Q profit increases 30 percent
07-22-2014
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. said Tuesday its net income rose 30 percent during its second quarter.
Does this idea have wings? 07-22-2014
CEDARBURG - It’s plausible Henry Ford would have created a Kickstarter campaign to fund his Model T if it were available.
State home sales increase as median prices stabilize 07-22-2014
MADISON - Existing single-family home sales in June saw positive gains for the first time this year, and median home prices were up slightly in Wisconsin.
WMC poll: Wisconsin to see steady economic and job growth 07-21-2014
MADISON — Steady statewide economic growth through the end of the year should lead to more hiring, according to a survey of state business leaders conducted by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.
Manpower reports 2Q increase in profits 07-21-2014
MILWAUKEE — ManpowerGroup Inc. said Monday its earnings increased 61 percent, which the company attributed to strong growth in the U.S. and parts of Europe, in addition to its efforts to reduce costs.
Roadrunner Transportation Systems acquires logistics firm 07-21-2014
CUDAHY — Roadrunner Transportation Systems Inc. said Monday it has acquired Kokomo, Ind.-based Integrated Services, ISI Logistics and ISI Logistics South, known as Integrated Services, for $13 million.
West Bend Dairy Queens auctioned off 07-20-2014
WEST BEND - The two Dairy Queens in West Bend were sold at a sheriff’s auction this week.
Plan Commission to take on final Shoppes expansion 07-19-2014
WAUKESHA - Shop-aholics rejoice: the Shoppes at Fox River is one step closer to starting its latest expansion as the Plan Commission will take on final site plans and an architectural review Wednesday.
WOW Workforce Development offering CNC bootcamp
07-18-2014
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Board’s Water Accelerator Program is holding a CNC Operator bootcamp from Aug. 20 through Dec. 16.
Johnson Controls 3Q profits fall 07-18-2014
MILWAUKEE — Johnson Controls Inc. said Friday that its third-quarter profits were lower compared with the same time last year.
Stewart-Peterson eyes sale of building  07-18-2014
WEST BEND - Scott Stewart wants to sell his downtown office building and stay put.
Attendance, revenue up for Summerfest
07-18-2014
MILWAUKEE - Neither fog, nor rain, nor cool temperatures could keep the people away from Summerfest 2014, as Milwaukee World Festival Inc. officials announced a growth in attendance and revenue for this year’s event.
Making another run at solving the skills gap 07-18-2014
WAUKESHA - Anyone who has paid attention to education and manufacturing over the last several years has likely heard the term “skills gap” repeatedly.
Laughlin Constable to continue with DOT 07-17-2014
MILWAUKEE — Laughlin Constable announced Thursday it has been named agency of record by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, continuing the partnership that started in 2009.
Anthem College’s Brookfield campus to close 07-17-2014
BROOKFIELD — Anthem College in Brookfield will close if it isn’t able to find a buyer or secure financing, according to a state notice.
Bank Mutual Corp. reports 35% net income increase in 2Q 07-17-2014
BROWN DEER — Bank Mutual Corp. said its second-quarter net income increased 35 percent, according to a company statement.
Stuff of memories 07-17-2014
TOWN OF OCONOMOWOC - The moments that spark a life’s passion are sometimes subtle.
Buca to replace Two Sisters Cafe 07-17-2014
OCONOMOWOC - Two Sisters Cafe, 515 E. Wisconsin Ave., which replaced Around the Lakes Family Restaurant, has closed down and will be placed with Buca, a restaurant operating under the leadership of Benny Islami.
Milwaukee Ale House could be on horizon for Brennan’s Marketplace 07-17-2014
OCONOMOWOC - What could be on tap for the Brennan’s Marketplace development grew a little clearer at the Common Council’s meeting on Tuesday, when aldermen approved revisions to the site plans for the property. 
A hot business opens 07-16-2014
WEST BEND - Kewaskum resident Ron Kusters took his 25-year experience in the hot tub and pool industry and opened the Hot Tub Factory Outlet on July 1 in West Bend. 
NAI MLG Commercial announces recently completed transactions  07-16-2014
MILWAUKEE — NAI MLG Commercial, a commercial real estate firm, has announced its recently completed transactions.
MGIC reports 2Q profit increase 07-16-2014
MILWAUKEE — MGIC Investment Corp. said Wednesday its net income increased during its second quarter.
Village of Pewaukee creates new TIF district 07-16-2014
PEWAUKEE — After several months of reviews, an economic plan aimed at spurring development in the heart of the village of Pewaukee is moving forward.
June home sales on par with last year 07-16-2014
MILWAUKEE — Single-family home sales in June were all but even with the same month a year ago in the four-county metropolitan Milwaukee real estate market, according to data released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Listing Service, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Two $1M gifts propel Marquette to break ground on new Jesuit Residence 07-15-2014
MILWAUKEE — Marquette University said Monday it has received two $1 million gifts, marking the completion of a nine-month, $15 million fundraising effort to build a 40,000-square-foot residence for its community of Jesuit priests.
Walmart donates $24.7M to Wisconsin organizations in ‘13 07-14-2014
MADISON — Walmart and the Walmart Foundation said Monday the company gave more than $24.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout Wisconsin last year.
Cedar Community’s new memory care assisted living opens 07-14-2014
WEST BEND — Cedar Community’s newly constructed Cottages at Cedar Run, which provides assisted living for men and women facing Alzheimer’s disease and related memory loss, will be open to residents beginning Tuesday.
Roundy’s to open new Mariano’s on Tuesday 07-14-2014
MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s Inc. said Monday it is opening its latest Mariano’s store in Shorewood, Ill. on Tuesday.
Madison company acquired by Minnesota-based Phillips & Temro Industries 07-14-2014
MADISON — Idle Free Systems Inc., a Madison-based company, has been acquired by Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Phillips & Temro Industries.
Aurora Summit receives high patient engagement ranking
07-14-2014
SUMMIT —  Aurora Medical Center in Summit ranks 10th nationally in patient engagement out of 100 hospitals listed as part of the inaugural Axial Exchange and Becker’s Hospital Review “National Patient Engagement Ranking.”
Report: Wisconsin 24th in energy consumption 07-14-2014
WAUKESHA — Wisconsin ranks in the middle of road for energy consumption in the U.S., according to a report from WalletHub, a personal finance social media network.
City of West Bend’s unemployment number shrinking
07-12-2014
WEST BEND - Unemployment figures are going down in West Bend.
Waukesha's Main 'Squeeze'  07-12-2014
WAUKESHA — The juice is loose in downtown Waukesha. 
New recycling plan could save county $200,000-plus annually  07-12-2014
WAUKESHA — A plan which will be brought before the Waukesha County Board this month could save the county hundreds of thousands in recycling costs, but may also lead to the closing of a local recycling facility. 

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Matt Andrews joins Ziegler’s West Bend office  07-30-2014
WEST BEND — Ziegler, a specialty investment bank and full-service brokerage firm, has hired Matthew J. Andrews as a senior vice president and financial advisor at its West Bend office.
Pewaukee residents are inductees to National Sailing Hall of Fame  07-30-2014
PEWAUKEE — The National Sailing Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that two Pewaukee residents, Olaf Harken and Peter Harken, were part of its 2014 class of inductees.
Johnson Bank taps Tan as company’s new CIO  07-30-2014
RACINE - Wealth for Johnson Financial Group announced Monday that Kevin K. Tan has been appointed as the company’s chief investment officer.
Mequon’s MSI gets Future 50 award  07-29-2014
MEQUON — MSI Data, a Mequon-based provider of mobile and cloud enterprise field workforce management apps, has been named a 2014 Future 50 award winner by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its Council of Small Business Executives as one of Milwaukee’s fastest-growing companies.
Rogers Memorial welcomes new vice president of operations  07-29-2014
OCONOMOWOC — Suzanne D. Harrison has joined Rogers Memorial Hospital’s administrative leadership team as the new vice president of operations for its Oconomowoc campus.
Lanser joins Cedarburg Cultural Center 07-29-2014
CEDARBURG —The Cedarburg Cultural Center has named Kathy Lanser as its talent buyer and digital media strategist.
Sommer’s Automotive wins prestigious GM award 07-29-2014
Sommer’s Automotive recently was recognized by General Motors as one of its Mark of Excellence dealers.
Mount Mary University appoints Cheryl Bailey as dean of School of Natural and Health Sciences 07-29-2014
MILWAUKEE — Mount Mary University said Tuesday it has appointed Cheryl Bailey as dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences.
New Hartland Chamber member welcomed
07-29-2014
HARTLAND - The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new member recently.
Vrakas/Blum announces new audit seniors 07-28-2014
BROOKFIELD — Vrakas/Blum S.C., an accounting and business advisory firm, said Monday that Melissa L. Karis and Paul A. Rothering have been promoted to audit seniors.
Johnson Controls appoints Michael Bartschat as chief procurement officer
07-28-2014
GLENDALE — Johnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat to the newly created position of chief procurement officer and a corporate officer.
Attorney Sarah Ponath opens general practice law office in Butler 07-28-2014
BUTLER — Sarah Ponath has opened a general practice law office in Butler, designed to meet the needs of small businesses and individuals.
Roundy’s CFO Karst leaving to join Rite Aid 07-25-2014
MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s Inc. has announced that its executive vice president and chief financial officer, Darren Karst, is leaving the company to join Rite Aid Corp. as its executive vice president and CFO.
Godfrey & Kahn attorney Peter Wilder appointed to WMBA Board of Directors 07-25-2014
MILWAUKEE — Godfrey & Kahn S.C. has announced that attorney Peter Wilder has been appointed to the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association Board of Directors for a two-year term.
Van Alstine named director of athletics at Cardinal Stritch University 07-25-2014
MILWAUKEE — Tim M. Van Alstine has been named director of athletics at Cardinal Stritch University.
MGIC Investment Corp. CEO to retire 07-24-2014
MILWAUKEE — MGIC Investment Corp. CEO and executive chairman Curt Culver will retire in 2015, according to a company statement.
Davis & Kuelthau s.c. name Kathy Nusslock as COO 07-24-2014
MILWAUKEE — Davis & Kuelthau s.c. has named shareholder Kathy L. Nusslock as the firm’s next chief operating officer.
Alverno appoints Eileen Sherman as business school dean
07-23-2014
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s Alverno College has appointed Eileen Sherman as the new dean for Alverno’s School of Business.
President of Children’s Hospital announces retirement
07-21-2014
MILWAUKEE — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin said Monday that Cindy Christensen, president of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and executive vice president of Children’s Hospital and Health System, will retire.
WaterStone Bank adds new community presidents, assistant vice president 07-21-2014
WAUWATOSA — WaterStone Bank said Monday it has added two new community presidents, as well as an assistant vice president of deposit servicing.
DUECO hires Bob Yevak as territory manager
07-21-2014
WAUKESHA — DUECO Inc. has hired Bob Yevak to be a territory manager for the Waukesha-based company.
Ozaukee County businesses of the year announced 07-17-2014
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development on Monday named businesses from Thiensville, Mequon and Port Washington as recipients of its Business of the Year award.
North Shore Bank promote Susan T. Doyle
07-17-2014
BROOKFIELD — Susan T. Doyle has been appointed senior vice president of retail banking at North Shore Bank, the company announced Thursday.
Wipfli elects two partners to Milwaukee office 07-17-2014
MILWAUKEE — Wipfli LLP, a national CPA and consulting firm, has elected two partners to its Milwaukee office.
Former commerce secretary to lead University Research Park 07-16-2014
MADISON — Aaron Olver, a former secretary of the state Department of Commerce and head of Madison's economic development division, has been hired as managing director of University Research Park.
Waukesha State Bank announces changes to mortgage lending staff 07-16-2014
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank has hired Josh Kotter, Terry Herder and John Gonzales to its mortgage lending staff.
Local state representative receives business award 07-16-2014
NEW BERLIN — State Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) was honored with the Working for Wisconsin award, presented by the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), outside of the New Berlin Redi-Mix building on July 9.
Local high school students place at national business conference 07-16-2014
WAUKESHA - Four Waukesha North High School students participated in and received honors for competing at a national conference against more than 10,000 other youth.
Waukesha State Bank promotes Flores to bank manager 07-15-2014
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank said Tuesday it has promoted Mondi Flores to bank manager at its Silvernail Road office in Pewaukee.
Grafton Lions install new board of directors
07-15-2014
The Grafton Lions Club swore in its officers for 2014-15.
Arandell names Joyce Feaster as vice president of human resources 07-15-2014
MENOMONEE FALLS — Arandell Corp. has hired Joyce Feaster as vice president of human resources of the Menomonee Falls-based company.
Concordia names new Nursing School dean
07-15-2014
MEQUON — Sharon Chappy will take over the top position in Concordia University Wisconsin’s School of Nursing on Aug. 1.
Columbia St. Mary’s names new president, CEO 07-15-2014
MILWAUKEE — Travis Andersen has been named president and CEO of Columbia St. Mary’s Health System in Milwaukee.
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