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Get insights on technology, the economy and politics through "Inside Wisconsin," a weekly column by Tom Still.

Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Innovation Network. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.

Still serves on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and “We the People/Wisconsin," the UW-Madison College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and the WiSys Technology Foundation Advisory Board, among other civic and business groups. He moderated the Wisconsin Economic Summits (2000-2003) and "Inside Wisconsin" appears regularly in 24 publications. He is a lecturer in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Still is the co-author of “Hands-On Environmentalism,” published by Encounter Books, New York.


American Family helping set standard for ‘big company’ role in emerging economy

March 27, 2015

Long known for its attention to customers and community involvement, American Family has emerged as a prominent example of a company that values innovation – not only within its own walls, but inside companies in which it may invest or otherwise take an interest.

Milwaukee's culture for emerging companies is stronger than ever

March 22, 2015

Working with more than 100 businesses in southeast Wisconsin, BizStarts is an example of a growing array of services for emerging companies in the region. Some are focused on start-ups and some work with more mature companies seeking to scale their operations. Others are tied to specific industry clusters such as water or energy, and some work mainly with campus-based entrepreneurs.

Keeping the pipeline filled with engineers essential for Wisconsin business

March 20, 2015

If you want to know why engineering appears once again on the rise as a career choice, just check out Education News and its “Career Path” database for average salaries for engineers.

Portals for doing business abroad are wide open for Wisconsin companies

March 13, 2015

TLX, which makes electromechanical solenoids, adjusters and control valves for the automotive industry and other industrial sectors, is a prime example of a Wisconsin-based company that has cracked into emerging foreign markets in recent years.

True freedom, dedicated funding key to UW System Authority proposal

March 9, 2015

Much criticism of Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System has focused on the $300 million in cuts envisioned for the coming two years. Much less attention has been centered on the likely benefits of creating a UW System Authority as well as a long-term mechanism for providing state tax support.

Cities that try to block ‘shared economy’ risk missing an innovation trend

March 6, 2015

Whether the phenomenon is called the “shared economy” or the “on-demand economy,” companies that capitalize on making more efficient use of people and their possessions are changing some traditional business models.

Inside Wis: Internet access battle far from over in Congress

February 27, 2015

“Net neutrality” is one of those buzzwords that inspires populist support, but it’s not as simple as the big guys conspiring to shove mom-and-pop websites into the Internet’s slow lane.

Inside Wis: When does ‘right to choose’ on vaccinations hurt others?

February 20, 2015

I asked a top infectious disease expert at the National Institutes of Health the other day for his take on why some parents are choosing not to get vaccinations for their kids. His answer was simple enough: Those parents have no memory of why such vaccinations became a public health standard in the first place. They lack any first-hand knowledge of the serious, sometimes fatal, nature of the diseases in question. 

Evolution and religion can coexist – although détente may depend on which religion

February 16, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker’s dust-up over Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution began with what was essentially a non-answer.

In the 114th Congress, tech issues could unite Republicans, Democrats on growth

February 12, 2015

Even in a city where partisanship is a way of life, there are glimmers of hope that 2015 will be a year in which Congress gets down to work on issues that drive the nation’s $1 trillion information technology economy.

Still in Journal-Sentinel: Walker's wake-up call to a Wisconsin institution

February 7, 2015

There's more to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to slash the University of Wisconsin budget than dollars and cents. It's about sending a message, Draconian or otherwise, to an institution he wants to change. Read Still's Journal Sentinel column. 

Inside Wis: Options for state transportation financing range from novel to complex

February 6, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal calls for about $1.3 billion in borrowing over the next two years to meet the state’s transportation needs, from building or repairing roads and bridges to supporting mass transit to improving ports, airports and more.

Company ‘speed dating’ aimed at producing business opportunity matches

January 30, 2015

If you have ever gone on a “speed date,” and even if you haven’t, you probably get the concept: A short meeting in which both parties exchange a bit of information about one another and break the ice, with the goal of moving to the next level… or simply moving on with no regrets. That’s the concept behind the second Wisconsin Tech Summit, which will be held March 23 at the GE Healthcare Institute in Waukesha.

Still in JSOnline: Governor's Business Plan Contest helps turn ideas into reality

January 26, 2015

What do these three companies have in common - Vector Surgical, RevolutionEHR and Fishidy? They’re all past finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a multi-stage competition that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs since its inception in 2004. The 12th annual contest is open for entries through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

Inside Wis: Coming debate over UW funding, structure deserves public attention

January 26, 2015

The stage is set for a state Capitol debate over the future of the University of Wisconsin System, from its smallest two-year campus to its flagship research powerhouse in Madison. Here’s hoping the debate is an honest effort to improve the performance, accessibility and accountability of the state’s largest higher education system, not a political exercise driven by perception rather than fact.

Low gasoline prices ideal for consumers; major challenge for alternative fuels

January 16, 2015

With gasoline prices hovering around $2 per gallon or less for regular grade across Wisconsin, drivers are saving money every time they fill up their tanks. The story for producers of alternative fuels and researchers seeking to unlock next-generation biofuels is very different. Their tanks are running on vapors.

Still in JSOnline: Risk-averse Milwaukee makes raising money difficult

January 12, 2015

Tom Schuster, a seasoned corporate executive and turnaround expert who is now the managing general partner for the Wisconsin Super Angel Fund, spoke Thursday at a meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network in Wauwatosa. He outlined the investment goals for the $9 million fund while pointing out just how hard it is to raise such a fund in a financial risk environment that may be too cautious for its own good.

Inside Wis: Cybersecurity talent shortage matter of economic and national security

January 12, 2015

Consider Wisconsin’s major business sectors: They include financial services, insurance, health care and retail chains, all of which can be prime for cyber-attacks. And yet, most C-level leaders in those sectors would admit there aren’t enough trained hackers of the honest variety to go around.

That problem deserves attention in Wisconsin, which is behind the curve in producing, attracting and retaining the kind of cybersecurity talent needed by companies and institutions of all sizes.

Biz Plan Contest offers ‘treps pathway to grow – even if plan changes over time

January 2, 2015

RevolutionEHR. Vector Surgical. BioSystem Development. What do these three companies have in common? They’re all past finalists in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest, a multi-stage competition that has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs since its inception in 2004. The 12th annual contest is open for entries through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at www.govsbizplancontest.com.

Still in JSOnline: Time to crack the state's shortage of cybersecurity talent

December 29, 2014

Today's weapons of choice for those who would attack U.S. interests are Trojan horse programs, denial-of-service attacks and password-cracking tools used to steal or corrupt digital data.

Skating to the puck: Policymakers should keep eye on emerging sources of jobs

December 23, 2014

As members of the Wisconsin Legislature suit up for the start of their 2015 session and a budget debate that is likely to last until summer, they should skate toward the “puck” of predicted economic growth rather than chasing prosperity where it was years ago.

Holidays perks list includes naughty and nice in Wisconsin politics

December 17, 2014

A source close to the toy industry has once again leaked a copy of Santa’s perks list for Wisconsin politicians and newsmakers. Here’s what the good boys and girls in Madison and Washington will reportedly find in their stockings this Christmas. But they better not pout and they better not cry if an alert district attorney asks why gifts were delivered down chimneys after midnight.

Inside Wis: In the tech world, ‘right-to-work’ laws aren’t a factor in either direction

December 12, 2014

If you ask the typical technology company executive or worker what they think about “right-to-work” laws, which say workers cannot be forced to join a union shop and pay dues as a condition of employment, you may get a blank stare for an answer.

High-tech on the gridiron: How Camp Randall went from dead zone to hot spot

December 4, 2014

At the close of the third quarter during the Wisconsin Badgers runaway football victory over Nebraska, a new entry went into the record books… and not just Melvin Gordon’s single-game rushing record of 408 yards. It marked the first time that Camp Randall Stadium experienced what telecommunications experts call an “inversion,” which means more data was leaving the stadium in the form of photographs, videos and other digital information than was being received inside by fans, press and staff.

Public perceptions of science, tech often filtered through values versus data

November 29, 2014

So why do elected officials sometimes hide behind the “I’m not a scientist” line, or a close variation, when it comes to approaching major issues? The answer may have less to do with what they know about science and technology than what they think their constituents know, feel and believe.

Milken science and tech index reveals strengths, challenges in Wisconsin

November 29, 2014

Coastal-centric flaws aside, the Milken index offers a glimpse at what’s right about Wisconsin’s science and tech economy – which ranked 25th among the 50 states – and revealed serious challenges that deserve the attention of business, academic and government leaders.

Still in JSOnline: Collaboration among states key to jobs growth

November 17, 2014

It’s called the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, but the state’s oldest venture conference – launched in Madison 30 years ago – has taken on a decidedly Upper Midwest look.

Net neutrality debate can be resolved without return to 1930s regulation

November 11, 2014

By any standard, the Internet ranks as one of the leading innovations of our time. It has revolutionized everything from commerce to medicine to entertainment, all within the confines of a generation. Better yet, it has done so largely without government regulation. So, why would President Obama think now is the time to turn back the clock to Depression-era rules written when all telephones were black, hard-wired and hung on a wall?

Inside Wis: Investors captured voter imagination; What does it mean for state?

November 7, 2014

Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to President Obama, weathered no small amount of campaign heat over the alleged “vulture capitalist” practices of his private equity firm, Bain Capital. Romney was accused of building Bain’s portfolio on the backs of the working poor, a charge tied to the company’s merger and acquisition business far more than its venture capital investments. Roll forward to the 2014 mid-term elections and private equity investors such as Romney are political darlings versus objects of derision.

Inside Wis: On professional school tuition, UW needs freedom to compete on price

November 3, 2014

An emerging dilemma at the UW-Madison involves state government’s two-year ban on raising tuition, not only for in-state undergraduates, but for out-of-state students of all descriptions as well as professional school students in fields such as medicine, veterinary science, business and pharmacy.

Still in JSOnline: The answers from gubernatorial candidates that voters never got

November 3, 2014

With only two days to go to Election Day, here are a few questions that weren’t fully answered – or, in some cases, even asked – during Wisconsin’s campaign for governor.

Inside Wis: State’s economic development structure in place: How best to use it

October 24, 2014

Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke have staked out major differences in their approach to job creation and economic growth, but the candidates appear to agree on one significant item: Reinventing the state’s flagship economic development agency was the right thing to do.

Inside Wis: Venture capital is a roller-coaster, and Wisconsin is along for the ride

October 20, 2014

The good news: Venture capital dollars invested in Wisconsin through the first three-quarters of 2014 is already double all venture investments last year, and the number of deals is approaching an all-time annual high for the state.

The sobering news: Wisconsin still lags 23 other states in deals reported during the third quarter of 2014, and falls behind 25 states in total dollars invested during those three months.

Inside Wis: Solving Wisconsin’s startup puzzle – one piece at a time

October 10, 2014

During his “Rise of the Rest” tour stop in Madison, venture capitalist and AOL.com founder Steve Case said Wisconsin’s capital city would rank among the top 20 communities for startups in the United States — “barely” — and if entrepreneurs continue to work hard, it could be among the top 10 within a decade.

Still in JSOnline: Building a workforce for the digital age includes cybersecurity

October 6, 2014

Wisconsin is behind the curve in producing, attracting and retaining the kind of cybersecurity talent needed by companies and institutions of all sizes.

Inside Wis: Stagnant federal spending on R&D could lead to big problems later

October 3, 2014

Yoshi Kawaoka is known worldwide for his work on avian influenza viruses, the likes of which wiped out 40 million people in 1918. This talented UW-Madison researcher has also spent time studying strains of the Ebola virus, which has now found its way to the United States from West Africa, where thousands have died from its devastating effects. Trouble is, Kawaoka’s Ebola research is largely in the past tense because federal funding for the project ran out just as some promising results were reported.

Inside Wis: History of venture conference reflects growth of state’s tech sector

September 26, 2014

Along with 11 other companies, mostly in their early stages, Promega was one of the first presenters in a conference format that has endured in various forms since 1984. Known the past 10 years as the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, it was previously the Madison Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Fair, the Wisconsin Venture Conference and the Wisconsin Life Sciences Venture Conference. By whatever name, the annual match-making event has introduced up-and-coming companies to prospective investors and contributed to Wisconsin’s high-growth economy.

Still in JSOnline: New UWM school foments 'revolution' in freshwater technologies

September 22, 2014

Opened in mid-September with tours, science demonstrations and a community celebration, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences represents the continued development of Milwaukee's water cluster. It also symbolizes the potential for economic growth, jobs and revitalization that can flow from partnerships that apply high-end research to solving real-world problems.

Inside Wis: As health care evolves, so does need for smarter, cost-effective tools

September 19, 2014

Envisioning, designing and manufacturing medical devices – which range from robots to sensors, and from surgical instruments to software that allows devices to communicate with one another – was the topic of a recent conference in Chicago.

Inside Wis: Multiple centers for research will help state’s high-growth economy

September 12, 2014

The UW-Madison is one of the nation’s leading research universities by several measures – dollars invested, patents produced and ideas licensed or otherwise transferred to the market – but it was Wisconsin’s only academic R&D center for more than 100 years. However, the past decade or so has brought change.

Still in JSOnline: Colorado offers economic growth lessons for Wisconsin

September 9, 2014

While Wisconsin can't offer mountain vistas, the story of Colorado's economic performance offers some potential lessons for the Badger State — as well as affirmation of trends already underway.

Inside Wis: Foreign direct investment plays growing role in Wisconsin’s economy

September 5, 2014

Exports and foreign direct investments are flip sides of the same coin. They represent Wisconsin’s ability to build, produce and grow what the world needs – and to attract investment from other markets that understand Wisconsin’s strengths.

Inside Wis: Biotech back in favor? Not entirely, but funding drought may be ending

August 29, 2014

For much of the Great Recession and beyond, biotechnology was out of favor among angel and venture capitalists. Software and Internet deals became the shiny object for investors who wanted faster returns with fewer dollars risked.

Still in JSOnline: Wisconsin's 'gazelle' start-up population making gains

August 25, 2014

Wisconsin is often dinged for being a state with relatively low numbers of start-up companies, which is true given the mix of start-up flavors that are counted in such surveys — from mom-and-pop stores to lifestyle businesses to the "gazelles" that aspire to land angel and venture capital.

If the measure is focused on fast-growing gazelles, however, there are indications that Wisconsin is turning the corner on producing the kind of companies that attract investors and produce significant numbers of jobs.

Inside Wis: Campaign for governor may hinge on new answers to old question

August 22, 2014

The race for governor in Wisconsin may come down to how voters answer “are you better off?” questions from Republican Scott Walker, who was elected in 2010 and who weathered a recall challenge less than two years later, or Democrat Mary Burke, his challenger in an apparently tight race.

Inside Wis: Diverse workforce challenges require a mix of strategies for Wisconsin

August 18, 2014

Workforce development means different things to different people – which is why the term carries emotional and political weight across Wisconsin, from its small towns to its major cities. It also explains why policymakers must aspire to devise a balanced approach to meeting Wisconsin’s diverse workforce needs.

Still in JSOnline: Spate of deals could provide fresh start for Wis. newspapers

August 10, 2014

For reasons that include the Great Recession, the rise of the Internet and the changing reading habits of Americans, general-circulation newspapers have been in survival mode for a decade or more. However, the spate of just-announced deals that feature media companies spinning off their publishing arms may yet produce a promising future for newspapers – in Wisconsin and nationally.

Inside Wis: Two research engines helping state’s manufacturing base remain strong

August 7, 2014

Innovation in manufacturing across a mix of sectors is essential for Wisconsin to retain its manufacturing “market share.” Two recent announcements demonstrate that commitment.

Inside Wis: Technology becoming fifth “T” in North Woods economic portfolio

July 30, 2014

The Lake Superior region’s economy will likely always rest on some traditional pillars – timber, transportation, tourism and taconite ore – but technology is becoming a fifth “T” in the jobs creation lineup. At the Aug. 8 Lake Superior Business and Technology Conference, a collection of communities, educational institutions and business leaders will drill down into the economic bedrock of Ashland, a city of about 10,000 people on the shores of Lake Superior.

Stil in Journal Sentinel: 'Inversion,' outsourcing worth studying

July 29, 2014

While President Obama and others are right to worry about the long-term implications of American companies effectively renouncing their citizenship, the larger issue facing the White House and Congress is American competitiveness in a global economy. Tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes such as inversion should be the answer.

Inside Wis: Why ‘outsourcing’ is a permanent (and necessary) part of the modern economy

July 23, 2014

The increasingly curious exchange between incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke over the “outsourcing” of jobs illustrates how political campaigns and economic realities seldom mesh.

Inside Wis: The hidden immigration crisis -- keeping foreign-born talent here

July 18, 2014

America graduates about 40,000 foreign-born students each year who have earned master’s and doctoral degrees in science, engineering and technology – and promptly kicks many of them out of the country to return home and compete against us.

It’s a largely unseen side of the immigration debate that affects Wisconsin’s ability to compete in the global economy, as much or more than border-hopping. The reasons are directly tied to economic dynamism and Wisconsin’s long-term demographic challenges.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin sees influx of tech jobs and start-ups

July 14, 2014

The City of Milwaukee's latest economic development plan identifies five industry clusters primed for growth: water technology and research; food and beverage processing; headquarters and business services; finance and insurance; and industrial controls, automation, power and energy. If the city wants to embrace one more candidate for growth, however, it should consider adding information technology and software to the short list. The Milwaukee area arguably has precisely what the IT and software sector needs.

Inside Wis: With talent and vision, tech companies can grow in mid-size cities

July 14, 2014

Speaking recently to the board of directors for the Wisconsin Technology Council in Eau Claire, Zach Halmstad of JAMF Software described a company that has grown sharply since 2010 by focusing on customer service and employee retention through pay and benefit packages that attract and grow talent.

Inside Wis: Supreme Court’s cellphone decision keeping with ‘digital privacy’ trends

July 3, 2014

One such example of consensus among the jurists who make up the nation’s highest court was the 9-0 ruling that police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. It’s a decision that is likely to apply to searches of tablets, laptops and other connected devices, as well.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin's other industries peek out of the woodwork

June 30, 2014

Most people outside the Wisconsin borders have been trained to think of the state as a place defined by cows, cheese, beer, lakes and the Lambeau Leap. There's not much room in their collective subconscious — yet — to think Wisconsin may also lay claim to a well-rounded, 21st century economy. But here are some examples of excellence beyond our historic brands.

Inside Wis: Can’t find skilled workers? Businesses can often shop close to home

June 26, 2014

The push-pull between tech colleges and four-year colleges is nothing new, but many Wisconsin employers say the shortage of skilled workers is becoming more intense. Still, some of those employers seem unaware that training programs that can meet their needs are often just a short drive from their plants and offices.

Inside Wis: What makes a successful 'trep? Advice from those who’ve been there

June 23, 2014

Two corporate leaders who made their marks in very different industries offered their views on what it takes to start and grow a business at the recent Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference, an annual gathering that offers hands-on ways for young businesses to learn more. Featured speakers included Craig Culver, who co-founded the Sauk City-based Culver’s restaurant franchising system that includes about 510 stores in 23 states, and Jack Lynch, CEO of globally recognized Renaissance Learning in Wisconsin Rapids and a veteran of several high-growth software companies.

Still in Milwaukee JS: Flu flap shows perils of science communication in digital age

June 16, 2014

As news about scientific breakthroughs has migrated to online formats, public discussion about research and innovation has been simultaneously democratized and distorted. Read more in Tom Still's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column here.

Inside Wis: In a post-coal era, energy options include wind from the west

June 11, 2014

As the state Public Service Commission weighs the pros and cons of the Badger-Coulee line, another factor may rule over both clans: The need to wean Wisconsin from its coal habit.

Inside Wis: Wisconsin’s business startup figures - which companies matter most?

June 9, 2014

With a fresh crop of winners in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, some enthusiastic out-of-state investors and more than 500 people buzzing about the latest trends, you would never have guessed from last week’s Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference that the state lags in company startups. The anecdotal evidence of Wisconsin’s progress as a place to start a company, especially high-growth companies, is persuasive

Tom Still in Journal Sentinel commentary: More out-of-state investors seen here

June 1, 2014

In his Sunday Business section column for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Tech Council's Tom Still writes about trends uncovered in the annual Wisconsin Portfolio report -- including a trend toward more out-of-state investors taking an interest in Wisconsin companies.  

Inside Wis: Higher education still has economic value, although debt tests credibility

May 30, 2014

Americans once believed in commanding numbers – 80 percent or more – that a college degree was a good investment. Recent public surveys suggest confidence has plummeted, in part because the average debt for graduates is growing ($28,102 for Wisconsin college graduates, according to CNN Money) at a time when the economy is still struggling to produce enough high-wage jobs.

Inside Wis: Biz Plan Contest finalists reflect market trends, startup teamwork

May 22, 2014

By the time the annual Governor’s Business Plan Contest boils down to its “Diligent Dozen” live presenters, a result of five months of judging and mentoring, a series of tough cuts throughout the competition has yielded the best of the best. 

Inside Wis: Pat Lucey used bully pulpit of governor’s office to make tough choices

May 13, 2014

He was a governor who angered many in the education establishment, who sought to exercise more control over the state bureaucracy, and a politician who redefined his party yet seemingly didn’t care if he won by one vote or thousands. Gov. Scott Walker? Perhaps so, depending on your point of view, but the description also fits former Wisconsin Gov. Patrick J. Lucey.

Inside Wis: Co-investing trend in Wisconsin can help startups in search for money

May 9, 2014

The Wisconsin Technology Council and its Wisconsin Angel Network annually chart the state’s angel and venture deals. In 2012 and 2013, 160 such deals involved startups that raised a few thousand dollars to companies that attracted tens of millions of dollars. Nearly 70 of those 160 deals involved at least one investor from outside Wisconsin, and sometimes outside the country.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin schools add programs on entrepreneurship

May 4, 2014

Tim Keane, Golden Angels Investors, has now joined with six other entrepreneurs to create The Entrepreneurial Journey, a 200-hour, four-month short course sponsored by Carroll University. The first class of 24 students — now being recruited through an application process that will remain open for a few more weeks — will begin study in September and earn a 15-credit graduate certificate from Carroll.

Inside Wis: Better broadband can create economic ‘highways’ in rural Wisconsin

May 1, 2014

Carl Ruedebusch is a veteran businessman who understands how high-speed Internet connections can make or break economic opportunity – depending on where you live in Wisconsin.

Inside Wis: Dairy innovation alive and well as industry adapts to change

April 25, 2014

Fostering innovation is the goal of a new project within the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, one of the world’s leading centers for discovery within an industry that has become international in every way.

Inside Wis: Why ride-sharing apps frustrate government reach

April 22, 2014

In a city that prides itself on being among the nation’s most “techie,” there has been a decidedly un-techie reaction to the arrival of two ride-sharing companies that have challenged the status quo of traditional taxi services.

Still in Journal Sentinel: Wis. Center for Dairy Research aims to foster innovation

April 22, 2014

Fostering innovation is the goal of a new project within the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, one of the world's leading centers for discovery within an industry that has become international in every way.

Inside Wis: With company life spans growing shorter, young companies help fill gap

April 11, 2014

The increasingly dynamic nature of the economy means that while workers themselves may be living longer, companies are not.

Inside Wis: Getting behind the numbers on why new company creation is important

April 4, 2014

Small businesses account for 65 percent of net, new private-sector jobs, according to federal figures, and businesses between one and 10 years old create 40 percent of all jobs. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., which follows entrepreneurship nationally, has also attributed most net new jobs to young companies. It’s why the debate over company creation in Wisconsin will command attention as the election year gathers steam.

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