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Do you want to be in-the-know at all times? Want to benefit from the latest free or low-cost business resources? Need to establish key business...
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Posted on Jun 26, 2017
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Do you have an amazing idea, invention, or business plan? If so, there are many challenges along the way from idea to running a successful...
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Posted on Jun 19, 2017
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Rice Lake is one of the top tourist destinations in Wisconsin because there is always something to do. Yes, this is a beautiful lake in...
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Posted on Jun 12, 2017
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Relax by the river, listen to music, and play at the park – all of this will soon be possible along the Chippewa River. The...
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Posted on Jun 05, 2017
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Incredible views, amazing food, delicious wines, and fun events are abundant in Pepin County. On the shores of Lake Pepin, you will find so much...
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Posted on May 29, 2017
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Do you love trying new restaurants or attending grand openings at local stores? If so, you’re in luck because the old K-Mart building in Menomonie...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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The construction of a spec building can be an expensive proposition with significant risk involved.  It can also be burdensome to the property owner, developer...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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EAU CLAIRE — Tara Holm’s favorite part of her old job at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport was raising herself up in a bucket truck...
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Posted on May 22, 2017
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ELLSWORTH—Buying local isn't just a sales pitch to help out local businesses. Dan Harrington, a leader of the project to upgrade the Ellsworth scoreboard at Bob...
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Posted on May 21, 2017
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GLEN FLORA — Gordon Dukerschein was about 8 years old when he and his siblings helped as their parents started a fledgling apparel operation out...
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Posted on May 21, 2017
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Discover Wisconsin will be making another round of trips to Hudson to feature the city on its tourism show. After filming a show here in 2014,...
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Posted on May 20, 2017
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Like the ghost towns left behind after the California gold rush fizzled, many of the frac sand mines dotting western Wisconsin sat dormant a year...
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Posted on May 20, 2017
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Way-finding signs were installed throughout Osceola the first week in May. The Osceola Area Chamber of Commerce hopes they’ll help tourists and locals find gems...
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Posted on May 19, 2017
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Visitors spent more than $12 billion in Wisconsin last year, marking the seventh straight year of tourism spending growth, according to...
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Posted on May 18, 2017
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Whether you want to go Little House on the Prairie and participate in Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, attend the Flyaway Film Festival, or grab a...
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Posted on May 15, 2017
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While construction work is beginning on the new Red Wing Bridge project this month, people can now watch what the finished product is expected to...
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Posted on May 15, 2017
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After eight years of operation, North Ridge Hearing Company has moved to a new location in Hudson at 900 Crest View Drive. Previously the company's...
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Posted on May 15, 2017
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Rain held off as a crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in the River Falls Sterling Ponds...
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Posted on May 10, 2017
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Menomonie (WQOW) -- UW-Stout will offer new opportunities for its students next fall, with the help of a nearly $2 million donation from the Charles Koch...
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Posted on May 09, 2017
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If 250 miles of snowmobile trails, camping, hiking, and fishing, make you want to pack the car and hit the road – then head to...
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Posted on May 08, 2017
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After 20 years of growing their River Falls language translation business Sajan from a small startup in their home to a global competitor, Shannon and...
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Posted on May 08, 2017
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Depending on what’s measured, Wisconsin can rank as one of the nation’s worst states for entrepreneurial activity – or one of the best. Sometimes, those extremes...
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Posted on May 06, 2017
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The exceptional quality of meat products produced by JM Watkins of Plum City was recognized at the 78th annual Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors convention...
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Posted on May 06, 2017
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When we say a product is made in Wisconsin, that’s saying more than just where it was produced—it speaks to the attributes of the product...
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Posted on May 05, 2017
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CELEBRATING AND INSPIRING INNOVATION. Wherever. Whenever. INNOVATION, IT’S WHERE WE LIVE. Wisconsin is an innovative state. Although discussions of  “innovation” are usually directed toward internet startups and...
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Posted on May 04, 2017
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Polk County is only fifty miles from Minneapolis but it feels like a world away with a friendly, hometown feel everywhere that you go. This...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a future career. “I want to build motors – V-8s probably,” said the Colfax High School...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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America's Dairyland stayed true to its name in 2016 as the state set another record for total milk production. The latest government figures from the...
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Posted on May 01, 2017
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Andrea Myklebust of Black Cat Farmstead in Stockholm, has recently been awarded a $14,587 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education...
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Posted on Apr 27, 2017
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For the 13th year in a row, CEOs weigh in on what each of the 50 states has to offer your business. While there is a...
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Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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Barron (WQOW) -- The need for health care employees extends into animal health care as several Wisconsin counties are faced with a veterinarian shortage.  The United States...
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Posted on Apr 26, 2017
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Madison – Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and key state leaders traveled throughout Wisconsin to present more than 20 public school districts with a total...
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Posted on Apr 25, 2017
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If you want to be treated like family by your bank, consider switching to Bremer Bank. Unlike the big financial institutions, Bremer Bank is owned...
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Posted on Apr 24, 2017
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Dr. Carl Calabrese wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t even decide he wanted to become a...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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Motel and hotel room building-wise, the Chippewa Valley has been pretty sleepy since the eighties, but there’s been a room building boom recently. In the movie...
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Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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Sláinte. A fitting saying for the Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. It means “health” in Irish Gaelic. Paired with the word mhaith, it translates to “good...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is teaming up with young professional organizations throughout the state on an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Kristo Orthodontics and C&M Properties and Construction won business of the year awards from the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce. The two local companies were...
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Posted on Apr 19, 2017
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Startups, and the entrepreneurs that drive them, are a critical component of Wisconsin’s economic success. From the corner hardware store to the booming high-tech bioscience company,...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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As a family owned business, the success of The Purple Tree is shared by two generations of the Bruch family of Hudson. "We opened our store...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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Rama Hoffpauir is an accidental cheesemaker. After years of cultivating vegetables, she and husband Josh Bryceson began talking about making their Turnip Rock Farm in...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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Just a few weeks after the Mills Fleet Farm distribution center was approved, the city of Chippewa Falls and Chippewa County find themselves in the...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) is hosting the 13th Annual Jump-Start Downtown Business Competition. “Jump-Start Downtown” is a business plan competition for entrepreneurs interested in opening...
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Posted on Apr 18, 2017
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West Wisconsin and the Hudson area is growing, so is the company who supplies much of our energy – Xcel Energy. They needed a new...
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Posted on Apr 17, 2017
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Last year marked the third-highest value for building construction announced in Eau Claire’s history, based on a report released by the city. Builders took out permits...
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Posted on Apr 16, 2017
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High-value building projects are starting 2017 off to what could likely turn into a record-breaking year for new construction in Eau Claire. By the end of...
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Posted on Apr 16, 2017
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Never has job hunting been easier. Everywhere the 375 eighth grade students at Chippewa Falls Middle School looked in the school’s library was a booth for...
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Posted on Apr 15, 2017
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Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend Startup Weekend April 7-9 at University Research Park, organizers announced recently. Similar to past years, the three-day event will give entrepreneurs the basics...
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Posted on Apr 13, 2017
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ELMWOOD—The sign may say Big Dick's outside, but there's a new bar and grill in Elmwood. On Nov. 15, Josh and Steph Kern purchased Big Dick's...
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Posted on Apr 12, 2017
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A woman’s longtime dream has been made into reality with the opening of a sweet shop on the corner of Knapp and Third streets in...
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Posted on Apr 12, 2017
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The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has always been a canary in a high-tech coal mine, chirping out alerts about the kinds of businesses...
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Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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A year ago at 2:34 p.m. Feb. 15, fire departments from nine communities responded to a fire at 128 Main St. in Somerset, General Sam's Sports Bar...
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Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Halloween fun, an annual tree lighting, dancing, festivals, and more can all be found on any given weekend in downtown Eau Claire. You can even...
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2016 at the 26th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony held at Hotel Mead...
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Posted on Apr 10, 2017
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John is worried that his larger ad in the Yellow Pages is not drawing customers to his small business on Main Street, even though he...
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Posted on Apr 09, 2017
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Fans of San Pedro Cafe now have a new option for dining with the opening of Pedro's Del Este. Owner Pete Foster said the new lounge-style...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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The Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is seeking self-motivated, high-achieving individuals to strike out on a nine-month journey of self-examination, to self-improve...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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Plans to one day expand the Watershed Café took a step toward manifestation last Tuesday when the village board approved the sale of 930 square...
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Posted on Apr 07, 2017
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Veterans and their immediate family members can receive up to $500 for the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, thanks to a state grant and...
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Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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Baldwin After a year of construction, Nilssen’s Foods in Baldwin celebrated a grand reopening Friday, March 31 after adding 15,000 square feet. The grand reopening showcased the...
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Posted on Apr 06, 2017
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Osceola business owners got a crash course in branding, design and retail display in late March when Lyn Falk, a specialist in merchandising and branding,...
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Posted on Apr 05, 2017
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Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the "Holy Trinity" of the Wisconsin economy and may always be so, given the state’s tradition of excellence in all...
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Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Loved by marketers, vilified by media, millennials are at once the most popular and unpopular generation alive. They’re the largest, too, giving them an outsized influence...
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Posted on Apr 04, 2017
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Are you tired of paying sky-high prices to live in Minneapolis or a major city? You can find your dream home in St. Croix County...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds   MADISON, WI. March 30, 2017 – The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Mills Fleet Farm to Construct New Distribution Center in Chippewa County, Wisconsin   Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) today announced the Ryan Companies purchased 70 acres...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Careers, Technology on Display at Manufacturing Show CVTC annual event showcases modern industry   Eau Claire, WI – Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Seminar:  Foundations of Food Exporting Thursday, April 20, 2017 Join Food Export–Midwest and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to become a more experienced...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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As part of Momentum West’s agreement with the Ignite WI board of directors, Momentum West is offering $1,500 grants to each of the ten counties...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name brand family shoes stores, launched its grand opening and ribbon cutting in Menomonie on March 23. Located in...
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017
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The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) recently honored Phillips-Medisize Corporation for its commitment to technical college education. The WTCS...
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Posted on Apr 02, 2017
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The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for...
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Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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It’s too early to tell.  That’s a lot of what we know thus far about a proposed hotel along the Apple River Flowage in downtown Amery....
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Posted on Mar 29, 2017
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Over the last few months we’ve focused on the progress being made with our regional talent initiative.  Things are still moving ahead with almost all...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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WITC offers construction class in response to industry plea As part of its 50-year commitment to the communities it serves, WITC-New Richmond is responding to a...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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New CVTC Mechanical Design program approved Two apprenticeship programs also given nod by state WTCS board Eau Claire, WI – Mechanical Design will be making a comeback...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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Wisconsin Senate Levels the PLA-ing Field: Passes Bill to Minimize Cost of Public Works Construction Projects On February 8th, the Wisconsin Senate, along strict party lines...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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WiFab Retreat: July 17-21, 2017 A retreat for educators, innovators and makers. Get inspired! 278 Jarvis Hall UW-Stout Menomonie, WI 54751   Learn more about this event here. For more information, contact Terese...
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Posted on Mar 07, 2017
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All eight strategies developed as part of the regional talent initiative are off and running.  I’d like to acknowledge some of the folks that have...
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Posted on Feb 07, 2017
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has accepted five new municipalities into its Connect Communities Program, an initiative that works with communities to advance downtown...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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Expansion of high-speed broadband in Wisconsin is ramping up under the newest phase of the Connect America Fund, a federal program that attempts to shift...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that 11 organizations have been awarded nearly $500,000 in grants to help develop or expand innovative programs...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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Mount Horeb company tests groundbreaking product at CVTC Frying hamburgers were left unattended on a stovetop until they began to burn, with alarms going off and...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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Public has chance to explore careers, catch the latest Ryan Bone of Chippewa Falls and Cody Hemenway of Eau Claire drew crowds of onlookers when they...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, for the annual Greater...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Get valuable early-stage feedback by entering the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest! The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor's Business Plan Contest. Public, private and homeschooled students...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Great things are happening in rural Wisconsin! Share your story with Wisconsin Rural Partners-now accepting nominations to recognize 2017 Top Rural Development Initiatives.   Any project, activity,...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

As an Employer, do you need help: Recruiting skilled workers? Training current and new employees? Retaining employees? Downsizing? We have services available to assist employers with employment, retention and training...
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Posted on Jan 29, 2017
Category: Polk Newsletter

Several months ago, we began a multi-part story about the development of a Virtual Spec Building Technology Tool or VSBTT, a collaboration of the Greater...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News, Eric Turner

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a global trade venture to Canada from April 30 to May 5, 2017, with stops in Toronto...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The contest helps connect innovators throughout the state with resources, mentoring and prospective sources of capital to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage to set...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The former St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson may be the site of a Northwoods League baseball stadium as well as multiple business and...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The unemployment rate in Polk County fell in September to 3.4 percent, down from August’s rate of 3.8 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. At his Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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When Mark Hogan took the reins at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. last year, the state’s job-creation agency was under siege. Democrats were calling for an...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Barron County’s Teresa Marker was selected the winner of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Agriculturist (YFA) Excellence in Agriculture Award at the...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Phillips-Medsize Corporation announced Thursday it plans on opening a 80,000 square foot manufacturing building in Menomonie. “This expansion illustrates our continued commitment and investment in the...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Christmas trees vendors in Wisconsin said returning customers have helped keep their businesses running as usual while the number of trees sold nationally declines. The state’s...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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Being an employee of a Family Friendly Workplace offers employees just what it says — a place to work that understands that family comes first...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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The road leading into the Pierce County Solid Waste Department was lined with trucks and trailers Monday, Dec. 5 as farmers waited to get a...
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Category: Regional News

On November 15th CREC, Momentum West and numerous regional partners rolled out the eight recommended initiatives for us to address current and pending talent challenges. ...
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Posted on Nov 29, 2016
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When Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) announced a year ago that its River Falls campus would be offering the first year of its Automation Engineering...
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Posted on Jun 02, 2017
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With five large music festivals each year and a major cultural center in the works, the Eau Claire region is hitting the right notes when...
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Posted on Feb 01, 2017
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Posted on Dec 22, 2016
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