Economy

Finance is not comedy, and when it becomes that, the last laugh is on you. When Comedy Central starts sounding more authoritative than CNBC in its sobering observations about how the market got messed up, it's time to change out some of the "talent" and...

Wisconsin officials say unemployment across our state has reached nearly nine percent. That's up from 7.7% in January and nearly four percent higher than a year ago. In light of those alarming numbers, we sat down with Madison's new Economic Director Tim Cooley to get an...

As the US newspaper industry’s future is gripped by uncertainty with the 150-year-old Rocky Mountain News publishing its final print edition on February 27th and the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer closing its print edition Monday, the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)...

Wisconsin companies are employing a small army of lobbyists to help them snag a piece of the massive economic stimulus package. Ministry Health Care, which operates clinics and hospitals throughout Wisconsin, hired a team of Washington lobbyists specializing in health care policy late last year as...

Speaking to a group of regional business and government leaders in the Northwoods, Wisconsin Department of Commerce secretary Dick Leinenkugel said said the federal economic stimulus plan includes provisions for five specific grant and loan programs designated for broadband development initiatives. "This is an...

What health care providers don’t know about the health information technology funding available under the financial stimulus law could hurt them financially, speakers at a Washington briefing said last week. At the same time, educating providers about all the health IT “carrots and sticks” in...

At a time when consumers are increasingly questioning companies that invest big dollars in sports sponsorships, Bank of America has defended its sports marketing activities. Multimillion-dollar sports marketing deals are worth the investment because for every dollar spent on sports marketing, the company gets $10 in...

Scientists create project proposals, equipment wish lists Dara Frank's experiments with bacteria at the Medical College of Wisconsin require isolating 20,000 cells - by hand. The tedious task takes about 160 hours and typically is done by scientists and students in her lab over two months. A...

Zappos.com Inc. credits its novel Web 2.0-based sales philosophy for much of its significant sales growth -- and continuing profitability -- during the current hard times. The online shoe and clothing store doesn't spend massive sums creating and implementing online or offline marketing and advertising campaigns,...