Women will rule corporate world in 40 years
There was a palpable tension in the room when Bob Chernow began his recent speech to Tempo Milwaukee by telling the women that the original title for his talk was, "The Future of Women in Business, or, There Ain't Nothing Like a Dame." But Chernow put the women more at ease by telling them, "My projection is that women will dominate the management of business within 40 years."
Northwestern Mutual chooses designer for new lakefront high-rise
Northwestern Mutual announced the design team today that will create its new Downtown high-rise office. Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc. will be the archietct of record while Connecticut architects Pickard Chilton will design the exterior of the building.
Girl Scouts launch drive-through cookie booth this weekend
The booth, visible from I-94, will be stocked with thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for hungry commuters and will be staffed by local Girl Scout troops. Friday, by the way, is National Girl Scout Cookie Day.
Office Max to undergo major renovations
The Office Max inside the Shops of Grand Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., will undergo a complete upgrade. The new store experience will be focused on the local small-business customer.
I don't understand the online used book business
I'm using my own book as an example in this posting, but so you don't think it's merely for shameless self-promotion, I won't use the title. But, seeing copies of the book for sale online has me wondering how this online used bookselling game works.
Barter your way to a better life
If you want it or need it, God knows it's gotta be on Craigslist. I think of it as another way to save money, to consume less, to recycle and reuse. For all of that and a feeling of camaraderie with my fellow penny pincher, the shining star of the 'List is the "Barter" area.
IQ Awards accepting nominations
BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its 2013 Bravo! Entrepreneur and IQ (Innovation Quotient) Awards. The awards salute southeastern Wisconsin's boldest, most dynamic and innovative companies and corporate leaders.
Will Kohl's be bought out?
The common stock shares for Kohl's Corp. rose 56 cents Thursday amid growing Wall Street speculation that the Menomonee Falls-based retailer could be a prime target to be acquired by a private equity firm in 2013.
Small business execs weigh in on Obamacare
Regardless of the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the members of the board of directors of the Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) are remarkably bullish about their prospects for 2013.
One more chance for Grand Avenue?
I almost can't believe I'm writing this, but I think major retailers should give one more shot at saving the Grand Avenue mall. Guess what: There are lots of people at the Grand Avenue mall. Not tons, like I remember it in the '80s, and they're not necessarily shopping at the pre-paid wireless stores or nail salons. They're eating lunch or meeting at the Stone Creek Coffee or working out at the YMCA or scouring T.J. Maxx for bargains.
Bed bugs: Chicago's No. 1, Milwaukee 19
Orkin has once again ranked the top 50 cities with the highest bed bug populations. It was compiled in 2012, and our neighbors to the south, Chicago, are sitting at the top of this itch-inducing list.
Awww, cute and rare jaguar cubs stream online from Milwaukee County Zoo
The Milwaukee County Zoo has its first jaguar cubs since 1975. The cubs were born Nov. 13 and introduced, via webcam, on Dec. 13.
Report foretold of Sandy's destruction
A September research report by Ceres, a Boston-based business sustainability advocacy organization, was eerily prescient. Ceres published the white paper titled, "Stormy Future for U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers: The Growing Costs and Risks of Extreme Weather Events."
Local mom heads to Hollywood
Kelley Legler sent one of her Baby Jack Blankets to Tori Spelling as a gift, and the next thing she knew, she was invited to the Boom Boom Room Pre-Golden Globes Celebrity Gifting Event in Hollywood.
The East Side loses its bagels
On Friday, the Bruegger's bagels location at 2045 E. North Ave. closed.
Mayfair Mall needs a makeover
I realize that this may not be a popular opinion, but I believe that Mayfair Mall needs a complete makeover.
Employers need navigation for Obamacare
We'll leave the intentions of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, for others to debate. However, BizTimes will make a targeted effort to provide editorial content and live event programming about the practical implications of the law in your real world in 2013.
The $1,490 Milwaukee boot
French fashion designer Isabel Marant is out with a new boot called "Milwaukee." And, it can be in your closet for only $1,490.
Local kids nab national award for HoodiePet invention
With the help of their mom, Alexia and Seth Kempe invented the HoodiePet. Hasbro and the Chicago Toy and Game Group nominated the children for a "Young Inventors of The Year" TAGIE award that recognizes toy and game inventors from around the world. And they won.
Southridge Mall completes renovation, adds new shops for 2013
Southridge Mall has finished a large-scale renovation and announced the arrival of four new stores and eateries joining the property in 2013.
Milwaukee Brewing Company is going solar
Milwaukee Brewing Company announced today that it plans to install a solar hot water system at its brewing facility. The solar project will reduce the brewery's energy costs and showcase the company's commitment to sustainable brewing practices.
Lexus has it wrong
I've noticed the new Lexus spots. They're well done, creative and stand out in the current clutter of Christmas and holiday hoopla. But, Lexus has it wrong.
Nordstrom opening at Mayfair
Today, Nordstrom announced plans to open its first full-line store in Wisconsin at Mayfair, the largest mixed-use shopping center in the state. The store is scheduled to open in fall 2015.
How I visited Grand Avenue and got a nice surprise
Certainly, it doesn't appear to be doing 1985-era business again yet, but, I had the definite feeling today at the mall - for the first time in a long time - that it's too soon to write an obituary for The Shops of Grand Avenue.
MODify moves to Tosa and goes online
The resale and art shop, MODify, recently closed its doors at 222 E. Erie St. in the Third Ward and has moved the business online and to 7217-A W. North Ave., in Wauwatosa.