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State Program Helps Manufacturers Find the Intersection of Sustainability and Profitability

April 24, 2013

It's probably the first question people like Randy Bertram hear every time they talk to a business about sustainability. Bertram is the director of the sustainability program at the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). When he tells the CEO or business manager about all the different ways the company canĀ ensure their sustainability and help the environment, he inevitably hears the same question thrown back at him. "Sounds great. If we invest in all that, are we going to get our money back?" In the past, some Wisconsin businesses said they had been burned on that question, losing money while trying to be environmentally aware. But in the last two years a terrific new partnership has developed in Wisconsin between the state government, the WMEP and the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center, resulting in more than 150 businesses getting business advice, diagnostic help, and financial backing to upgrade their equipment and facilities to be more sustainable. Read More

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Banks Used Small-Business Funds to Pay Off Bailouts

April 24, 2013

A recent inquiry by a government watchdog agency found that of the $4 billion disbursed by the federal government for smaller banks to increase small business lending, well over half was used by the banks to repay their federal TARP obligations instead of providing loans to small businesses. Read More