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Show off your MESBA love on your website
MESBA would not be able to work to propel the Monona East Side business community forward without our members who are committed to being community partners by providing funding for our initiatives, event programming and staffing. We appreciate all of you and are thrilled that we so often get requests to show some MESBA love on your websites by featuring our logo. You can download the logo here if you want to join the ranks that are showing some MESBA love! 
Monona Grove operational referendum announced for April 5
The Monona Grove School District has proposed an operational funding referendum for April 5 asking district taxpayers for up to an additional $2.6 million for each of the next five school years. Funds would be used for costs associated with sustaining or updating curriculum, technology, personnel, equipment purchases, and facility maintenance. If approved by voters on April 5, residents would pay an additional $137/year for every $100,000 of property value for the next five years. 

WHAT IS AN OPERATIONAL REFERENDUM?
An operational referendum asks voter permission to exceed the state imposed revenue limit for the purpose of funding annual school operations. It is not a referendum to incur debt for construction of new schools.

WHY NOW?
Our community values quality schools, retaining highly qualified teachers to support student achievement, and protecting a tradition of excellence.

The District has already reduced expenses, cut $2.9 million in the last five years, and saved $3.3 million by refinancing debt. We cannot continue to provide essential programs and curriculum, effective class sizes, upgrades for technology infrastructure and equipment, and attract/retain teachers within the District's allowable revenue limit.  The state limits the amount of revenue we can raise annually. Our allowable revenue has not kept pace with inflation since 2011 and state per pupil funding is at 2008-2009 funding levels.

Alliant Energy Center development opportunity
Dane County owns and operates the Alliant Energy Center (AEC), an impressive set of facilities serving as a gateway to the south side of Madison. The AEC hosts countless entertainment, sporting, conference and trade show, and agricultural events in our community each year.  As you may have read recently, there is a lot happening at the AEC.
2015 marked the first full year of operation for new pavilions constructed in partnership with the state and private sector, creating 300,000 square feet of new show and exhibition space. These new buildings are helping to book more business and bringing in more visitors.
We are modernizing and improving the Dane County Coliseum and looking to partner with a sales and management firm that a market study estimates will bring in a dozen more concerts and family shows each year. 6,500 people recently attended Brad Paisley's concert and an upcoming performance of Mumford and Sons sold out within minutes.

That's why this week county government is taking the rare step of making part of our AEC property open for new business development. We have identified four areas of the AEC campus with prime frontage along the John Nolen, Rimrock, and Olin corridors, totaling just under 7 acres.

We are requesting proposals from those looking to bring their business to the AEC. We want projects that compliment both the AEC campus and the neighborhood. Projects showcasing local businesses, creating local jobs are a priority.

Canoecopia--world's largest paddlesports expo March 11-13
Want to stand-up paddle on local ponds? Considering an expedition? Thinking about fishing from a kayak? Join over 20,000 paddling enthusiasts from beginners to experts to experience Canoecopia! Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, with more than 250,000 sq ft of kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, outdoor equipment and clothing, and over 110 seminars and clinics. Canoecopia is presented by Rutabaga Paddlesports at the Alliant Energy Center, Friday:  4pm-9pm, Saturday:  9am-6pm
Sunday:  10am-5pm.
WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!
President's Club Member
Contact Person: Jon Lica
149 Waubesa Street | Madison, WI 53704
(608) 241-1574

Contact Person: Tom Peplinski
2418 S. Stoughton Road | Madison, WI 53716
(608) 824-1000

Contact Person: Julie Wood
975 University Ave., #3260 | Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-2221
EVENTS THIS WEEK!
200 River Place, Monona 

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For our first BA5 in 2016 we'll visit the offices of Josh Lavik & Associates and Croak, Gonzales, Eckerle & Martinson at River Place.
Create new relationships by networking in a relaxed setting that offers appetizers, door prizes and refreshments.This event is free and open to all professionals who want to network and make connections with the Monona East Side Business Alliance members. Door prizes include gift cards to Mr. Brews Taphouse, Jeng's Asian Kitchen and free passes to the world's largest paddlesports expo, Canoecopia! Play the Scrabble networking game to get entered in the drawings and meet new people easily. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
Lussier Family Heritage Center
3101 Lake Farm Road, Madison 
 
Good Morning Monona has become one of our most powerful and popular networking events! Save the date when the Wellness Coordinator at WPS Health Solutions illustrates how WPS began their wellness program, will explain best practices and demonstrate how it has grown into an extremely valued benefit for their employees.

If you're a new member since December 2, you'll be introduced to the membership at this event. Hope you can join us!
SPONSORS
  

ONLY 10 BOOTHS REMAIN! EMAIL US TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE FOR $95 (members only)

Thursday, April 7, 4-7pm
Harley-Davidson of Madison
6200 Millpond Road, Madison, WI 53718
 
Mark your calendars for our second annual EXPOtential! EXPOtential is our best attended event to date. It's a phenomenal networking event where Alliance members can purchase a booth for $95. If you still need to reserve your booth, don't delay.  Contact us today!

The event is open to the public and over 200 attendees will come to learn about exhibitors.  Numerous sponsorship opportunities exist if you'd like to help us create a phenomenal event that gives you positive brand exposure.

There's still time to live up to your New Year's resolution of getting more fit! Join our Biggest Loser Community Challenge where you can work on getting fit and win some great prizes including an all-expense paid trip to Hollywood for the season finale! This online fitness challenge starts Feb. 29. Sign up today! USE PROMO CODE MEMBERGIFT FOR 15% OFF when you register before February 26! 
Teams of four cost $100 and weekly prizes will be awarded including:
  • Personal Training with Dolvett Quince!
  • Trips to the Finale of The Biggest Loser!
  • Week long stays at a Biggest Loser Resort!
  • Garmin Vivofit fitness trackers!
  • Signed copies of Dolvett's 3-1-2-1 Diet Book!
  • Biggest Loser Bootcamp online subscriptions!
Watch for the grand prizer winner announcement at the end of the challenge at the end of April. 
The Key to Becoming Successful at Anything
by Justin Bariso, Inc.com

How do you define success?

For some, it could be building a sustainable business. For others, it means finding more time to spend with your loved ones. How about filling your spiritual need or finding a higher calling? (If you're like me, you find all three of these important--in varying degrees.)

B ut here's the thing: No matter what your goals, there's a key that will help you achieve them: creating habits.

Think about it: If you've ever been successful at anything, you know there's hard work behind the end result.

LeBron James and Stephen Curry may be physically gifted, but they didn't become the greatest basketball players in the world without thousands of hours of practice. Bill Gates built one of the most successful companies on the planet-- by establishing practices that guided him along the way.  read the full article