Economy

A local computer network products company is closing, putting 62 people out of work in April. Emerson Network Power Embedded Computing, 8310 Excelsior Drive, plans to start laying people off April 6 and continue through April 20. Read full article>>...

Forward Wisconsin, which uses public and private funds to promote the state for business expansions, is ending 25 years of selling Wisconsin to out-of-state executives. Forward will transfer its marketing functions to the state Department of Commerce, which can do it more efficiently, Commerce Secretary Richard...

John Senne is one of the lucky ones. He got the news that his team at Torex, a global point-of-sale systems provider based in Chicago, was being eliminated in mid-January. Senne, who supported the sales group by building demos of POS systems for potential new...

How effective will all the infrastructure stimulus money be without best practices in place? Is every government agency or corporate entity that’s getting government money conscientious about spending it? Will government spending give you – the individual taxpayer – the incentive to buy a new car...

The U.S. House approves $819 billion emergency stimulus legislation that includes billions for broadband build-outs, health IT initiatives, smart grid investments, advanced battery technology, carbon capture and sequestration projects, and accelerated research in potentially revolutionary technologies with high job growth potential. Broadband build-outs to unserved...

No vendor program is perfect and every vendor has incidents of violating their boundaries with channel partners, but the recession is presenting extraordinary temptation to curtail channel efforts in favor of preserving direct revenues and profits. In the Channel Insider 2009 Market Pulse survey, they...

Just how effective will all the infrastructure stimulus money be without any best practices in place? It's a question worth pondering, notes columnist James Carlini in this edition of Carlini's Comments. Based on what he sees happening at the moment, it's much easier to find...

Declining worldwide demand has led to 200 layoffs at Hutchinson Technology Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Eau Claire, and company officials are not overly optimistic the trend will end anytime soon. "We believe the weakened demand we saw in the quarter resulted primarily from a decline in...