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Business Day in Madison

March 1, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, Madison

Thanks for coming to Business Day in Madison, 2016!

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2016 Keynote Speaker: Larry Kudlow

KudlowLawrence Kudlow is CNBC’s Senior Contributor. He was previously host of CNBC’s primetime The Kudlow Report. He is also the host of The Larry Kudlow Show, which broadcasts each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media.

Mr. Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist. He is a contributing editor of National Review magazine, as well as a columnist and economics editor for National Review Online. He is the author of American Abundance: The New Economic and Moral Prosperity, published by Forbes in January 1998.

During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was the associate director for economics and planning, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he was engaged in the development of the administration’s economic and budget policy.

He was formerly chief economist and senior managing director of Bear Stearns & Company. Mr. Kudlow started his professional career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he worked in open market operations and bank supervision.

Mr. Kudlow was educated at the University of Rochester and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

2016 Featured Speakers

Stephen Hayes

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Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and author of two New York Times bestsellers: Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President and The Connection: How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America. He is a regular Fox All Stars panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier.

Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal’s Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. His work has appeared in the New York Post, the Washington Times, Salon, National Review, and Reason. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and C-SPAN.

A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and DePauw University, Hayes was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Charlie Sykes, Event Emcee

Charlie SykesCharlie Sykes hosts the political commentary and analysis show Midday with Charlie Sykes on WTMJ radio. His work can also be found on Right Wisconsin. Sykes is the author of seven books including most recently A Nation of Moochers — America’s addiction to getting something for nothing.

Ken Gronbach

kenneth ken gronbach smallerCome explore the common sense, but very counter-intuitive and fascinating realm of demography. Ken Gronbach will bring you into his world of counting people. He is a marketer who has immersed himself in nineteen years of proprietary demographic research and his understanding of worldwide demographics, fertility, migration, aging, immigration and dying have enabled him to forecast societal, political, economic, cultural and commercial phenomena with uncanny accuracy. What nations are demographically doomed? How will the workforces change? What is the future of communications? How will our children’s children get their education? Will big data change marketing and branding forever? What is the fate of mass media? What countries and continents are demographically positioned to excel.

Governor Scott Walker

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Governor Walker’s tenure has focused on five priorities: growing the economy, developing the workforce, transforming education, reforming government and investing in infrastructure. Wisconsin’s fiscal house is in order and since taking office, Governor Walker’s reforms saved Wisconsin’s hard-working taxpayers over $3 billion and Governor Walker’s leadership provided $2 billion in tax relief to Wisconsin families, farmers, seniors, and small businesses.

Thank you to Business Day in Madison sponsors!

Below are all the companies and organizations supporting Business Day in Madison. Contact Brittany Rockwell to secure your sponsorship, 608-661-6917.

Business Day in Madison is a program produced by the WMC Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization whose primary charitable purpose is education. Your sponsorship may be tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.


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American Transmission Company
Delta Dental
Focus on Energy
Hamilton Consulting
Johnson Timber
Kikkoman Foundation
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association


Catalyst Exhibits
Greenheck Fan Corporation
Manitoba Hydro
Mercury Marine
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Waupaca Foundry
Wisconsin Transportation Builders
Xcel Energy


Aurora Health Care
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Flexion Inc.
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Kramer Madison
Society Insurance
Wisconsin Hospital Association
Wisconsin Insurance Alliance
WPS Health Insurance

WMC Foundation Sponsors

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Business Day in Madison is a partnership between WMC, other statewide organizations and local chambers of commerce.


American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
Associated Builders & Contractors of Wisconsin, Inc.
Consumer Rights Wisconsin
Independent Business Association of Wisconsin (IBAW)
Midwest Food Processors Association
National Federation of Independent Business
Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association of Milwaukee
Wisconsin Association of Health Underwriters
Wisconsin Builders Association
Wisconsin Economic Development Association
Wisconsin Hospital Association
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
Wisconsin Paper Council
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Wisconsin Retail Merchants Association
Wisconsin Utilities Association

Chambers of Commerce

Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce
Black River Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce
Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of Commerce
Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce
Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce
DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce
Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce
Delavan-Delavan Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, Inc.
Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Forward Janesville, Inc.
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce
Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce
Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Green Bay Chamber
Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce
Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce
Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce
Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce
Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce
Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce
La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce
Marinette Menominee Area Chamber of Commerce
Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
McFarland Chamber of Commerce
Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Mequon-Thiensville Area Chamber of Commerce
Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Middleton Chamber of Commerce
Milton Area Chamber of Commerce
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center
Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce
Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce
Platteville Regional Chamber
Plover Area Business Association
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Portage Area Chamber of Commerce
Portage County Business Council
Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce
Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce
Rice Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce
South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
Sparta Area Chamber of Commerce
Stoughton Chamber of Commerce
Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce
Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber for Superior & Douglas County WI
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
Greater Tomah Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce
Verona Area Chamber of Commerce
Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce
Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce
Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc.
Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Waushara Area Chamber of Commerce
Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce
West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce
West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce
Whitewater Chamber of Commerce


March 1, 2017
7:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703 United States
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