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Craft Beer Week Is Under Way In Dane County

 

Madison Craft Beer Week is under way.

The 10-day countywide festival promotes Dane County's craft beer culture and beer appreciation.

Craft beer lovers can take part in beer dinners, beer walks and even brewery parties.

Staff at the Great Dane in downtown Madison spoke with WISC-TV about the festival.

"We get people coming in from out of town saying, 'You know, we heard this place is really great. Madison's having Craft Beer Week and we really just want to check it out.' So we get to enlighten a lot of outsiders about the coolness of Madison's beer scene," said Reese Railling, a manager at the Great Dane.

Craft Beer Week runs through May 13.

For more information on Craft Beer Week events, go to: http://www.madbeerweek.com/event-guide2

Deaf-communication pioneer to receive honorary degree at UW

Deaf-communication pioneer to receive honorary degree at UW

On May 18, Rob Engelke, chief executive officer of Ultratec, Inc., will receive an honorary doctorate at a commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Engelke was cited for creating extraordinary advances that have enabled deaf and hard-of-hearing people worldwide to communicate via telephone.

In the 1970s, Engelke was building computers and selling them to campus researchers. At about the same time that Apple's founders were making computers in the garage, Engelke had already moved on.

Realizing that deaf people could not use the telephone, he decided to make a teletypewriter that could communicate via text. Although some deaf people were using clunky, costly teletypewriters cast off by newspapers, their supply was finite.

Madison area business leaders, professionals convene to celebrate workplace diversity

Madison area business leaders, professionals convene to celebrate workplace diversity

Given a choice, would talent choose you? This thought-provoking theme, among other important questions, will launch the conversation as professionals from across the Madison area meet at the Urban League of Greater Madison’s upcoming Workplace Diversity & Leadership Summit and Awards Luncheon.

The keystone event to support ULGM’s Workforce Development programs, the summit is a showcase of the what’s, why’s and how’s of building, retaining and growing a diversified workforce.

Registration is open at www.ulgm.org/summit. The registration deadline is May 13 at 5 p.m.

Expanded from a half-day event in its inaugural year, the full-day summit will offer workshops, presentations and networking opportunities for everyone from young professionals to CEOs.

Bartz to address graduates at spring commencement

Bartz to address graduates at spring commencement

Carol Bartz, the former CEO and president of Autodesk and Yahoo!, is returning to her alma mater to deliver the charge to the graduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's four commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at the Kohl Center.

The ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on both of those days.

"I'm so happy to be back in Madison as a commencement speaker," said Bartz in a news release. "I missed my own graduation ceremony here in 1971 so I'm really going to enjoy this with the class of 2012."

Bartz received a bachelor of arts degree in computer science from the university. She has extensive experience in leading complex global technology companies and is known for her strong leadership style. She is regularly listed as one of "Fortune's Most Powerful Women."

Ivory Room Piano Bar Named 2012 Small Wonder Bar Of The Year!

Ivory Room Piano Bar Named 2012 Small Wonder Bar Of The Year!

Ivory Room Piano Bar named the 2012 Small Wonder Bar in the U.S. by Nightclub Bar Magazine & nightclub.com.

Inspired by a multitude of piano bars in Chicago, co-owners Jack Sosnowski and Julie Stoleson, wanted to bring a classy yet cozy feel to the Madison area. The duo hit the right key with The Ivory Room Piano Bar. The intimate 900-square-foot space is a classic piano bar featuring both local and national acts nightly.

Located right off of Capitol Square, it’s hard not to be drawn inside, as patrons can see and hear the entertainment as they pass by the window. This unique spot offers daily and happy-hour drink specials as well as a Martini of the month.

Filled with regulars who sing along to classic tunes as well as random adventurers, the Ivory Room welcomes anyone who is in the mood for a great melody.

Council Awards Construction Contract For Central Library

Council Awards Construction Contract For Central Library

J.H. Findorff and Son has been awarded the contract for the construction of Madison's Public Library's Central Library project.

Findorff was one of four firms that submitted bids for the project. They won the contract with a low bid of $18,501,000.

"I am very pleased that the reconstruction project can get under way very soon," said Mayor Paul Soglin in a news release. "The downtown library is an incredible asset to our city, and the new and improved facility will be very welcome. I applaud the Madison Public Library Foundation for all their work. It’s been a great partnership."

Construction is expected to start mid-March 2012.

Madison Public Library’s Central Library is currently operating at an interim location at 126 S. Hamilton St. until the new Central Library is completed in 2013.

Local Startup, Cafe Launch App To Replace Loyalty Cards

Local Startup, Cafe Launch App To Replace Loyalty Cards

A locally created smartphone app is designed to revolutionize customer loyalty programs by replacing the coffee shop punch card.

SnowShoe, a Madison start-up company and Cupcakes-A-Go-Go Cafe, a new bakery and cafe on Mineral Point Road have teamed up to release “App-A-Go-Go”, an iPhone app that uses new technology to replace the punch cards.

The app is the first to use a patent-pending technology, the SnowShoeStamp, to record and authenticate customers’ purchases.

SnowShoe was founded in 2010 by three UW-Madison graduate students as a competitor in the Climate Leadership Challenge -- an innovation competition for student ideas to address environmental issues. They recently raised more than $200,000 dollars in early stage financing from a group of local Angel investors.

For more information, go to www.cupcakes-a-gogo.com.