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Familiar faces take over Urban Olive and Vine

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Those who have stopped into Urban Olive and Vine over the last few months may not have noticed a difference at the restaurant, and new owners Carol and Chad Trainor are fine with that. "Nobody will be shocked when they come in," Carol said. Carol and Chad took over in January after working there as server and chef, respectively, for many years. "We figured we were here all the time anyway so might as well buy it," Carol said. The two previously owned another restaurant before it burned down, and had talked about owning another one again after their kids were grown. "We wanted a...
Osceola grad lands fellowship with Timberwolves, Lynx

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

An Osceola graduate has earned a glimpse beyond the basketball court, into the business side of Minnesota’s Timberwolves and Lynx teams. As a fellow with the teams’ business organization, Kailey Ekstrom is learning about everything from public relations to ticket sales in eight six-week rotations through various departments.  The fellowship started the last week in February. Ekstrom, who graduated from OHS in 2013, headed first to the public relations department. She learned the PR ropes, communicating with media outlets and coordinating with players on game nights. “We figure out who needs to talk to whom and organize press conferences,” she explained. “It was...
‘Rumor Has It’ opens in former Cascade

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Serving food and nonalcoholic beverages only, Rumor Has It opened in the former Cascade Bar & Grill. The business’s owner, Dana Schone, remains hopeful that the establishment will one day be permitted to serve alcohol.  In mid April, the Osceola Village Board denied Schone a retail liquor license. Because she had already begun remodeling parts of the interior, Schone said Friday that she had no choice but to open without the license.  The village board denied the license based on the findings of Osceola police chief Ron Pedrys, whose report was released to the public at the board’s April 16 meeting. In it,...
New development breaks ground on Maxwell Drive

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Gerrard Corporation has officially broken ground on a new mixed-use development called "The Maxwell," located at 2000 Maxwell Drive. Project highlights include 36 senior housing units and more than 3,000 square feet of commercial space. The Maxwell is phase one of a multi-phase 17-acre housing community. The building offers easy access to a walking and biking trail and is located off Carmichael Drive within walking distance of several shops and services. One- and two-bedroom apartments will be available when the facility opens in October. Each unit will have its own stove, refrigerator, microwave, washer, dryer, and dishwasher. Rent includes in-floor heat, water, sewer,...
Dresser financial health improving, says auditor

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Dresser’s long-term financial position seems to be improving, according to accountant Brock Geyen of CliftonLarsonAllen. Geyen presented the results of the village’s audit last week, noting that the village is no longer running its water service in the red. “The utilities are slowly paying back what they borrowed from the general fund,” he said. The village’s assets total $1.3 million, according to Geyen.  The reserved fund balance is $566,000.  “That’s money you can’t spend,” Geyen explained. “That’s advance money from other funds. You have to wait until that comes back.” Continue to full article. 
Wisconsin’s exports on the rise

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WEDC is poised to help companies grow their exports further Wisconsin’s exports grew by 6 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year, reaching a total of $22.3 billion in goods and services exported to 202 countries around the world. The state’s top trading partners are Canada, Mexico and China, and all three of these destinations saw significant increases of Wisconsin exports in 2017. Exports to Canada grew by 4.3 percent, to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical machinery. Exports to Mexico were up 4.8 percent to a record $3.2 billion, mostly because of...
Missy Austreng joins Mason Jar

Monday, June 18, 2018

As a passionate planner and positive motivator, Missy Austreng joins the Mason Jar team at 511 2nd Street, Suite 108, Hudson. Missy is known for elevating clients brands through authentic relationships and thinking big. At Mason Jar, Missy will oversee content marketing and website projects. We welcome Missy to the team! Connect with her at masonjarmarketing.com.
Joseph Gebert is Growing His Career as a Bank Manager in Ladysmith

Monday, June 18, 2018

Joseph Gebert is the Branch Manager for the Wells Fargo in Ladysmith. As a young professional, he chose to grow his career in Ladysmith because he enjoys the area and appreciates the opportunity he has to be a resource for community members seeking information, help and support with their financial needs. As the Branch manager, he manages all functions of the bank branch, serving his customers total financial service needs. Simultaneously, he creates, trains, and coaches a successful team of tellers, bankers, service and operational support members while developing and administering budgets, business development, performance objectives, staffing models, schedules and...
Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach

Monday, June 18, 2018

Supporters of Wisconsin’s statewide startup ecosystem understand the key to success is delivering the right resources to the right entrepreneurs at the right time and in the right place. Wisconsin’s industry development strategy leverages a versatile investment tool—the Targeted Industry Project Program administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)—to support catalytic initiatives in industry sectors with the greatest potential for significant job growth. Participants in such projects include private business, industry consortia organizations, educational institutions and economic development stakeholders. One example of such an industry-focused investment is the establishment of a center of excellence that acts as an anchor for education, R&D,...
Plantables launches Kindness Kampaign

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Plantables, a Hudson worker-focused business providing environmentally friendly products, launched the "Plant Kindness Kampaign — Every Seed Matters" in partnership with other Hudson businesses. The event took place April 16-22. Participating businesses handed out plantable seed paper or seed bombs, manufactured by the Plantables team, to their customers, employees and clients as an act of kindness. Participants (those who give and receive) were encouraged to note acts of kindness all around them and share using Facebook or #plantkindness on Twitter and Instagram. Proceeds from the Kindness Kampaign went to support the Hudson Area Backpack Program, which provides healthy, nonperishable, child-friendly food items...
Bell newspapers presented awards at state convention

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bell Press newspapers in Ladysmith, Chetek and Barron were presented awards during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison. Competing among newspapers of “medium-circulation,” the Chetek Alert captured first prize in the breaking news coverage category for its work in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that struck Barron County on May 16, 2016. Staff member Carl Cooley was the writer and photographer for the coverage. Chetek sports editor Tyler Florczak was recognized with a first place award for his feature photo of a chickadee landing next to a cardinal on a bird feeder. Competing among large-circulation weeklies...
Microloans can assist small businesses

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Obtaining the necessary financing can often be a challenge for a small business or entrepreneur, particularly one that is a startup. The reasons include credit quality of the owners, the risk inherent with the nature and type of business, management experience of the owners, and size of the request. Need $1,000 to $50,000 of capital to finance your business venture and unable to obtain your needed credit from traditional lenders such as banks and credit union? A microloan from Impact Seven, WWBIC or Women Venture may be a source of financing. Impact Seven and WWBIC are both U.S. Small Business Administration...
Maple syrup season

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

As the temperatures warmed up and spring arrived, maple syrup producers were out in the woods working to make that sweet treat so many enjoy. Lindsey Baris and her husband Ryan Browne own Rising Sun Farm outside of River Falls and have begun their maple syrup production for the 2018 season. Baris described their operation as a middle-size operation; they produce maple syrup to sell on their farm and at farmers markets. "We have a strong following," Baris said. "We always sell out by next year." Rising Sun Farm has been in operation for 40 years. Prior to Baris and Browne taking over...
New Plum City restaurant planned to open later this year

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

People may have noticed a lot of work happening in the building that used to be Dean's Bar and Grill in Plum City. New owners are getting it ready for their new restaurant and bar. Robin and Jeremy Kannel closed on the property at the end of February, and Jeremy said they actually started tearing things out in the middle of February. The plan is for them to open Beaves, which will be a bar and restaurant. He said they will for sure be open by the third weekend in July, but hopefully they will be able to open sooner depending on...
Maple syrup producer uses technology to improve process

Monday, June 11, 2018

A local producer said making maple syrup is a craft, just like making a craft beer or wine. And the making of maple syrup, he said, is the fun part of the operation where memories are made. Steve Wood, owner of Wood's Maple Orchard near Elmwood, will be retiring soon and his son and grandson will take over the business. Wood learned the business from his dad and was happy to continue the tradition with his son and grandson. "My dad, he was my teacher," Wood said. "He liked really fancy maple syrup." Wood said they have about 15,000 taps out in the...
CCFBank announces new location to open in Ellsworth

Sunday, June 10, 2018

EAU CLAIRE — CCFBank announces the addition of a new location at 218 N. Broadway in Ellsworth. Pending regulatory approval, the new location was open for business in May. "The CCFBank team is really excited to join the business community in Ellsworth," East Region President Tyler Tomesh said. "Having grown up in, and being based in northwest Wisconsin, it's very rewarding for me to see CCFBank help serve and support similar sized communities within this region." CCFBank currently has 21 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. "We are putting together a great team of bankers to serve the Ellsworth community.  Continue to full...
Fresh ideas for area business owners offered through workshop

Friday, June 08, 2018

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is bringing an exciting workshop to Ellsworth for the benefit of all storefront small businesses in the region. "Attractive Storefronts and Interior Spaces" will be presented by Lyn Falk of RetailWorks, Inc., an award-winning branding, design and display firm headquartered in Milwaukee. Falk's expertise in retail design, business, science, consumer behavior and environmental psychology help her build healthy, purposeful and productive spaces that move hearts, minds and merchandise. "As much as we might not want to admit it, first impressions are everything," said Kim Beebe, Ellsworth Chamber executive...
New business looks to spark creativity in Ellsworth

Thursday, June 07, 2018

For the artistic and creative or those who wish they were more so, a new business in Ellsworth may help people get in touch with their creative side. Kayleen Jakes, owner of Brush Strokes Paint Party, opened a related business in Ellsworth called Brush Strokes Art Supply in March. She held a grand opening celebration Thursday, April 5. Some in the area may be familiar with Jakes' painting party business. She said she started that business about four years ago. After listening to her customers, she decided to branch out into an art supply store. "Mainly I get feedback from customers at painting...
ExporTech™ An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

ExporTech™ is the only national export assistance program that offers a structured, yet customizable, process that guides companies through every aspect of export growth. At the completion of the program, each company will have developed its own international growth plan and accelerated their export sales process. ExporTech™ was designed specifically for manufacturers who need innovative ways to grow, and see international sales as part of the answer. The program provides executive leaders with a systematic approach for entering or expanding in global markets.  What can ExporTech™ do for me? Provide your company with a systematic process for entering or expanding in global markets Connect you with the...
Wisconsin's Sizzling Economy Has Created a Crippling Labor Shortage. A Team of Productivity Experts Will Solve It

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

They are boosting the middle market's long-term profitability. And it's really smart economic policy. I have a thing for Wisconsin. If I'm not exactly in love with the state, I've been a pretty heavy flirt. Especially with its cultural mainstays: Madison's hockey team, rye cocktails and a comedy ode to the snowmobile suit. And a couple of weeks ago my old flame announced the best economic development news I have heard anywhere. No, not the Foxconn initiative--where, in exchange for state tax incentives, a Chinese manufacturer will open a flat-panel plant. That is the kind of tangible economic news that political folks find it easy to highlight, even as the...
2018’s Best & Worst States for Millennials

Monday, June 04, 2018

Loved by marketers yet vilified by media, millennials are at once the most popular and unpopular generation alive. They’re soon to be the largest, too, giving them a huge influence on American culture and consumption. Today, these early-20-to-early-30-somethings who are often depicted through negative stereotypes — entitled, parentally dependent, emotionally fragile — are responsible for 21 percent of all consumer discretionary spending in the U.S. And yet, despite their trillion-dollar purchasing power and higher educational attainment, millennials are economically worse off than their parents. Why? The financial crisis remains a big part of the reason. Millennials have come of age and entered the workforce in...
Wisconsin’s exports on the rise

Sunday, June 03, 2018

WEDC is poised to help companies grow their exports further Wisconsin’s exports grew by 6 percent in 2017 compared to the prior year, reaching a total of $22.3 billion in goods and services exported to 202 countries around the world. The state’s top trading partners are Canada, Mexico and China, and all three of these destinations saw significant increases of Wisconsin exports in 2017. Exports to Canada grew by 4.3 percent, to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical machinery. Exports to Mexico were up 4.8 percent to a record $3.2 billion, mostly because of...
Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach

Friday, June 01, 2018

Supporters of Wisconsin’s statewide startup ecosystem understand the key to success is delivering the right resources to the right entrepreneurs at the right time and in the right place. Wisconsin’s industry development strategy leverages a versatile investment tool—the Targeted Industry Project Program administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)—to support catalytic initiatives in industry sectors with the greatest potential for significant job growth. Participants in such projects include private business, industry consortia organizations, educational institutions and economic development stakeholders. One example of such an industry-focused investment is the establishment of a center of excellence that acts as an anchor for education, R&D,...
Hundreds flock to Wisconsin's first Hemp Expo

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Milwaukee (WISN) -- Hundreds turned out to learn about business opportunities that legalized hemp can bring to Wisconsin. "My product contains zero percent THC, will not make you fail a drug test," said Rachel Cartwright, of CBD Therapeutics of Wisconsin. Cartwright makes therapeutic oils and gummies using hemp. Hemp is a variety of cannabis, but it lacks THC -- the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. "You could smoke a joint of hemp the size of a log, and you still wouldn't get high," Cartwright said. Cannabis activist Jim Naumann fought to legalize hemp. Now, he's set his sights on legalizing marijuana. "This is not the evil we...
Careers, technology on display at Manufacturing Show

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The instruments began belting out the opening bars of the rock classic “Smoke on the Water,” but the musicians were nowhere to be found. A computer program was the conductor, and various mechanical devices strummed the guitar strings, tapped on the drums, played the keyboard and plucked at the base strings. The automated rock band was one of the attractions at the annual Manufacturing Show March 1 at Chippewa Valley Technical College, and Melissa Rasmus of Chippewa Falls pointed out to her son, Sean, that this was a far more elaborate version of a toy they had at home. Should he...
Governor recognizes Indianhead Enterprises

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Governor Scott Walker recently issued certificates of commendation to 23 Community Rehabilitation Programs across the state in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Wisconsin Rest Area Maintenance Program. Among them is Indianhead Enterprises, Inc. which has been involved with the program since the rest stops on Interstate 94 near Menomonie opened their doors. Since 1987, the state has benefited from a valuable partnership with local community-based rehabilitation programs, like Indianhead Enterprises, whose workers oversee the daily maintenance activities at Wisconsin rest areas, certain waysides, park and rides and safety and weight enforcement facilities. Indianhead Enterprises is responsible for the two...
DATCP seeks Wis. Milk Marketing Board district director for Dunn County

Monday, May 28, 2018

MADISON –The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites Wisconsin dairy producers who are interested in serving the state’s dairy industry to submit a nomination to represent their district as a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director. DATCP oversees the nomination and election process. Eight out of 25 districts are currently up for election, including District 5 which covers Dunn and St. Croix counties. To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who sells milk into commercial channels and lives in the represented district up for election. Each potential candidate must acquire at least five signatures from active...
Students compete, learn at CVTC Ag Skills competition

Friday, May 25, 2018

With a long plastic sleeve over her arm, Cadott High School senior Vanessa Hanson reached into the back end of a cow, all the way up to her shoulder. This time, it was just a simulator at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center during the annual Ag Skills Competition, but Hanson is prepared for the real thing. “I want to be a veterinarian, so most likely I will do that for real,” she said. Hanson was one of 97 students from 10 high schools attending the Tuesday, March 6, Ag Skills Competition, which included tours of CVTC’s Energy Education Center...
Downtown Neighbors: Comics store welcomes (Super)heroes

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Growing up in Glenwood City, John Hansen had two goals in life, to own a house and to own his own comic book store. At the age of 35, Hansen had already accomplished both goals. Heroes Welcome, Menomonie’s premiere comic book shop, is set to celebrate its three-year anniversary as a member of downtown this month. Hansen says he “can’t believe it has been three years already. Menomonie has been very accepting of the business.” So, why comic books? After moving to the Twin Cities, Hansen remembered visiting the now-defunct Shinders comic book and baseball card stores that were scatted throughout the...
Osero family begins new chapter with sale of Dynatronix

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Osero family announces that they’ve officially sold Dynatronix, a manufacturer of power supplies for the surface finishing and semiconductor industries started by family patriarch Norm Osero in 1979. Dynatronix products are distributed to the likes of Texas Instruments, Boston Scientific and Intel. The company’s humble beginnings started like many success stories, in the basement of now 79-year-old Osero. Osero and his partner, Vern Albrecht, harnessed their Fabri-Tec experience and combined their initials to found NOVA Tran in 1971. The startup company quickly grew and moved to Clear Lake by 1972. As product lines diversified and opportunities expanded, Nova Tran sold...
True Health: Naturopathic clinic in St. Croix Falls changes lives as it grows

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Acid reflux, anxiety, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, restless legs: A handful of the medical issues treated at True Health Naturopathic Medicine in St. Croix Falls. There, Dr. Tricia Paulson and others have helped hopeless patients turn their health around. Wendi Lindenmuth, Courtni Gondreau and Jennifer Lutz help patients transform their health at True Health Naturopathic Medicine in St. Croix Falls. The Sun editor@osceolasun.com In fact, the clinic started with such a case. Jennifer Lutz, who helped found the St. Croix Falls office, initially visited the naturopathic doctor at her Osceola practice. “I became a patient of hers and really had a personal health transformation,”...
Small steps, big dreams

Monday, May 21, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Julia Sandberg has always been drawn to the kitchen. She taught herself to cook at home but, through an apprenticeship at the Watershed Cafe, has expanded her skill set. Carter Rasmuson, another apprentice at the popular Osceola restaurant, jokes that he’d been working with his parents since age 12 and finally decided to get credit for it. The joke works best if you know that his parents, Rita and Steve Rasmuson, were restaurant industry veterans even before they opened the Watershed in 2014. Sandberg and Rasmuson, both 17 years old and seniors at Osceola High School, work at the cafe through...
St. Croix EDC honors bests businesses

Friday, May 18, 2018

Leaders and members of the St. Croix Economic Development Center came together on Thursday, Feb. 22 to recognize the 2017 winners for business of the year. Ciro, LLC of Hudson was honored as the 2017 Emerging Business of the Year. The award is presented to companies based in St. Croix County that have been in business for five years or fewer. Ciro designs products for power sports enthusiasts, including accessories for motorcycles such as LED lighting, holders and more. Founder Aero Rudd accepted the award. The Small Business of the Year award, with 29 or fewer employees, went to Skycoat LLC of the...
Hudson Chamber hosts Spring Showcase

Thursday, May 17, 2018

About 80 businesses set up shop at the Hudson Sports and Civic Center on Sunday, March 18 for the annual Spring Showcase Business Expo held by the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. In addition to booths for local businesses, the day also featured kids crafts and activities and performances throughout the day including a mascot dance off, the Hudson High School swing choir, The Phipps Dance Company and more. "It was a successful event," said Andrea Jorgensen, director of communications and programs at the chamber. Continue to full article. 
Harel Chiropractic Welcomes New Acupuncturist

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Harel Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture welcomes David R. Sullivan Lac. Mac., Dipl. Ac. David is a licensed acupuncturist in Wisconsin. He attended Northwestern Health Sciences University graduating with a Masters of Acupuncture in 2004. David has additional certificates including Clean Needle Technique, Facial Renewal, Tai Chi. He was a Certified Cardiographic Technician from 2008-2013. David worked as an acupuncturist at St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center, 2007-2017. David treats a variety of conditions including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, depression, anxiety, arthritis, and diabetes. David will be available at Harel Chiropractic, Massage and Acupuncture Open House Saturday, March 24th, 2018, from...
Student interns now in 85 businesses

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rice Lake High School teachers Kelly Orr and Chuck Carr updated the Rice Lake School Board on its internship program on Feb. 26. With the teachers were two student interns and two from local businesses who have been involved in the internship program since its start 7 years ago. The teachers said the internship program started on a pilot in the 2011-2012 school year. Since then, it has increased to include 85 partnerships in Rice Lake and the surrounding area. Students in the program complete a cover letter and resume and have an interview. They take part in 70 hours of job shadowing, complete...
Industrial hemp seminar set in Ladysmith

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rusk County Development and the Rusk County Farm Bureau hosted a seminar on the return of Hemp to Wisconsin, and the opportunity to grow Industrial Hemp.  The seminar was held on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Ladysmith High School Auditorium.  The session was open to anyone and was free of charge.  It was held in conjunction with the Rusk County Farm, Home & Garden Show which also was held at the Ladysmith High School. With prior changes at the Federal level and now within the State of Wisconsin, the opportunity exists to farm industrial hemp on a Pilot Project basis.  Licenses...
Meet Nick Jackson, a Young Professional in River Falls

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Nick Jackson, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, is a financial advisor for Edward Jones in River Falls, WI. He was born and raised in River Falls and has a strong connection to the community so, after completing his education, he knew that he wanted to build his career here. Nick has a strong sense of obligation to give back to the community of River Falls by helping families to create a more prosperous financial future. His career is thriving. We wanted to learn more about his success and why he chose to build his career in the Momentum West Region. Here is...
Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates project completion

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mayo Clinic Health System at 1222 E. Woodland Ave., Barron, held a ribbon-cutting and open house Monday afternoon, March 19,  celebrating the completion of its new medical-surgical unit. The project replaces the outdated hospital wing built in 1982. Construction was completed in 1 year and added 13,685 square feet to the facility. The Medical-Surgical unit now covers a total of 8,640, square feet with an additional 5,045 square feet to be used for a future update of its Family Birth Center. The Medical-Surgical project includes 10 new patient rooms, each room nearly twice the size of the previous rooms that were clustered...
Another option for morning coffee in Ellsworth

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Not only does the new coffee place in Ellsworth offer a place to get great coffee but it offers a fun, friendly atmosphere for the entire family. Matt Bronk opened The Twisted Oak Coffee House on Broad Street in Prescott in December 2014; his second location recently opened on Main Street in Ellsworth in February 2018. Bronk said Ellsworth made a great choice for his second location; so far he has been happy with the decision to open his second coffee house in the county seat. "I think Ellsworth really needed some good coffee," Bronk said. Bronk said the opportunity to join with Mike...
New pizza place offers homemade pizza, relaxing atmosphere

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Homemade pizza, craft beer, wine, arcade video games and a relaxing atmosphere are some of the features of the new Papa Tronnio's in Ellsworth. Mike Truttman, co-owner of Papa Tronnio's (also known as Papa T's) said they are still using the original recipes from the Papa Tronnio's that he and co-owner Tim Murphy received when they purchased the original Papa T's in Prescott 4.5 years ago. When the owners of Papa Tronnio's in Prescott were selling the business they had had for more than 40 years, Truttman said it was the opportunity he and Murphy were looking for. Buying the existing business...
Rio Loco Cantina opening in downtown Hudson

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

An old downtown building has new life since Rio Loco Cantina opened Monday, March 12 at 417 Second St. The former Ellie's location has a new look thanks to the work of new owners Mike Tupa and Tom Tomaro. The Mexican restaurant has a 75-foot bar, a wealth of seating, a garage door window and an outdoor patio that's also heated. "You've got a nice view of the river, a nice view of Main Street," Tomaro said. "Those are both big pluses." Creating the new space took some time, more than 2 years from purchase to opening for Tupa and Tomaro. "A year of...
Heritage of Elmwood getting closer to remodeling

Monday, May 07, 2018

Heritage of Elmwood is in the final stages of approval before remodeling of the municipal nursing home begins. Dolores Radtke, Heritage of Elmwood Board of Directors president, said she expects remodeling to begin in about three weeks. Radtke said they had made some minor changes to the original plan, such as moving a window or a wall for an office, so they needed to resend plans to the state for final approval. She also said since the bids for the project are a year old they have sent the project to be re-bid. Both the state bid approval and re-bid process shouldn't...
Developing a successful financing request for your small business

Friday, May 04, 2018

Preparation and homework are keys to presenting a financing request to your lender for your small business regardless if you have been in business for some time or are just launching your dream venture. Current financial statements and a sound business plan form the foundation along with a good credit score and positive cash flow. If you are an existing business you will need to include the most recent thre years of financial history. Be prepared to include copies of the last three years tax returns. A lender will likely request additional information depending on the nature of your business and financing...
New lumberyard to open in Ellsworth

Thursday, May 03, 2018

A local Ellsworth man looks to serve the community with his new business. Blake Brenner of Ellsworth said he planned to open Brenner Lumber the week of March 12, located just outside of Ellsworth (W6345 Highway 10) where his dad, Barry Brenner, had Brenner Builders. Brenner gained experience in construction as he worked at the family business building custom homes. He also went to Chippewa Valley Technical College for wood technics and was in the carpenter's union for eight years. Brenner admitted he had thought he would one day have his own business since his family has experience with entrepreneurship. "It was always in...
Downtown Prescott adds new restaurant in Lucille's

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Prescott residents and visitors will soon have another food option in town, but that comes with a transition. One door closes, another one opens, as the saying goes. Kimberly Braun plans to open Lucille's where the Brickyard Pub and Eatery is currently located at 216 Broad St. The Brickyard served its last meal Saturday, March 10. Braun said plans were made to open Lucille's by April 3. The name Lucille is one that is very close to Braun's heart. "Lucille is my maternal grandmother's name," Braun said. "She worked in the kitchen and my grandfather was a chef. She passed when I was...
Opportunity zones listed for region

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Nine of 120 Economic Opportunity Zones Gov. Scott Walker wants to create in Wisconsin are in west-central Wisconsin, including three in the city of Eau Claire. The zones are a designation allowed under the new federal tax law designed to spur development in low-income areas by creating a tax incentive for investment by businesses and individuals. The Republican governor on Wednesday released the recommended list of zones he is sending to the U.S. Department of Treasury, which will make the final designations that will be in effect for a decade. The suggested zones are in 44 counties across the state, including urban,...
About Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Wisconsin may be the home of the "Butterburger" and "Cheeseheads," but this leading dairy producer with a long history of fur-trading, heavy industry, beer and big-time football also has a storied political tradition as the home of the modern "progressive" movement in politics. Milwaukee, situated on the western shore of Lake Michigan, is the largest city, with about 600,000 residents. Situated on a large lake inland, Madison is the state capital, home of the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin and counts about 250,000 residents. Green Bay, at the base of a deep bay opening to Lake Michigan and home of the Green Bay Packers...
Wisconsin is the 5th best state for women, according to study

Monday, April 30, 2018

Minnesota is the best, Louisiana is the worst In honor of Women's History Month, WalletHub released a report of 2018's Best & Worst States for Women. Wisconsin ranked as the 5th best state on the list. The states were ranked in two categories; Women's Economic & Social Well-Being and Women's Health & Safety. The Badger State ranked 2nd in Women's Economic & Social Well-Being and ranked 15th in Women's Health & Safety, landing the state 5th overall. The two categories considered numerous factors such as earnings for female workers, unemployment rates, friendliness toward working moms, female homicide rates, share of physically active women, and more. Wisconsin's high percentage of...
On the shoulders of giants: Innovation and the Wisconsin Idea the old-fashioned way

Friday, April 27, 2018

More than a century ago, Wisconsin served as the birthplace for a series of blue chip industrial giants. The likes of Harley-Davidson and Johnson Controls, or engine makers like Fairbanks Morse and Briggs & Stratton, were the bold startups of the day. We believe that living the Wisconsin Idea is about using our skills at the university as inventors and engineers and in the trades as machinists, electricians and other specialties to revitalize this industrial heritage in a modern context. We believe that to achieve that it is a priority to teach our local children, and to encourage them to pursue...
3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 Is A Great Year To Start A Startup In The Midwest

Thursday, April 26, 2018

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018. Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to getting fit this year. Sounds like fun! But maybe 2018 is also the year that you should start the small business you’ve always been dreaming of. Whether you know exactly what kind of business you want to open, or if you just long to be your own boss someday, you should know that 2018 is a particularly good year for starting a business. Why is that? There are a lot of economic reasons that starting a business in 2018 will give...
CONGRATS TO THE 2017 WINNERS

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Christine and Elizabeth Hlavacka, both 10th graders at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, were the 2017 grand prize winners. They presented their idea, WeWorkBiz at the 2017 Entrepreneurs’ Conference June 7. PAST WINNERS As the 2012 Grand Prize winner, Tyler Ebert of D.C. Everest High School presented his winning plan at the 2012 Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee. WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CONTEST “It was fun coming up with the idea of a product, but it was also interesting to get into the mindset of an entrepreneur… It was a great learning experience” – Sara Linderman, 2013 Grand Prize winner. The contest helps middle-...
Manpower Hiring Forecast Carries Good News For Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Wisconsin is tied for first among states in a national hiring forecast from the Milwaukee-based temporary services firm ManpowerGroup. ManpowerGroup says 32 percent of Wisconsin employers surveyed plan to add workers this spring. Only 2 percent expect layoffs. ManpowerGroup calls that a 30 percent "net employment outlook," tying Wisconsin for first with New Hampshire. ManpowerGroup Wisconsin Regional Director Amber Laurent says reaching 30 is rare. "You don't have to be in the staffing industry to know that employers all over have job hiring signs," Laurent said. "You know, employers obviously have positions to fill, and we know they're struggling to find the people with the right skills to...
Wisconsin companies invited to take part in global trade venture to Germany in June

Monday, April 23, 2018

MADISON –The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is inviting Wisconsin companies seeking to establish or expand their exporting efforts to participate in a global trade venture to Germany from June 23-30. Wisconsin businesses exported more than $700 million in goods and services to Germany in 2017, a 13 percent increase over 2016 and significantly higher than the U.S. increase of 8.4 percent. The country is the state’s seventh-largest export destination and top export product categories include industrial machinery, medical and scientific instruments, and aircraft/spacecraft parts. “Germany is considered the powerhouse of the European economy, and the increase in state exports to the...
Wisconsin Phase II SBIR/STTR awardees eligible for up to $75K in SBIR Advance matching funds

Friday, April 20, 2018

MADISON – UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is offering a matching grant of up to $75,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a Phase II project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This is the 11th round of SBIR Advance funding dedicated by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since SBIR Advance began in 2014. “This funding opportunity is unique in that it is open to Wisconsin Phase II SBIR/STTR winners who have identified specific business goals and milestones to help them commercialize their product.  We hope to...
Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Supporters of Wisconsin’s statewide startup ecosystem understand the key to success is delivering the right resources to the right entrepreneurs at the right time and in the right place. Wisconsin’s industry development strategy leverages a versatile investment tool—the Targeted Industry Project Program administered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)—to support catalytic initiatives in industry sectors with the greatest potential for significant job growth. Participants in such projects include private business, industry consortia organizations, educational institutions and economic development stakeholders. One example of such an industry-focused investment is the establishment of a center of excellence that acts as an anchor for education, R&D, talent...
Middle school students gets taste of work in Chippewa Falls

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nearly 400 Chippewa Falls middle school students learned about careers and work readiness through a Junior Achievement program. 12 area business leaders presented the JA in a Day program at Chippewa Falls Middle School. Local entrepreneur Heather Mishefske, owner of Eau Claire dog day care, training, grooming and massage business emBARK, gave the keynote presentation. Dozens of area businesses also participated in a career expo that gave students information on jobs available in the Chippewa Valley and skills needed to get them. Junior Achievement, an organization that teaches work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to students, sponsored the event. Continue to full article. 
Artisan Forge wins Paragon Award

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A recently expanded Eau Claire studio with rental units and gallery space for artists has been named winner of this year’s Paragon Economic Impact Award. Artisan Forge Studios, 1106 Mondovi Road, has been selected as winner of the award presented by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp. and sponsored by RCU. Greg Johnson, owner of Artisan Forge Studios, will be presented with the award on Tuesday afternoon at his business. Candidates for the awards were nominated by peers in the business community, and they were evaluated for several criteria. Nominees were judged on job creation, expansion, contribution to the tax base, education...
Getting an early start: Apprenticeship program grows as employers struggle with worker shortage

Monday, April 16, 2018

Dylan Bush held a small electronics board in his hand in early January and pointed out all its tiny, colorful knobs and wires. With ease, he explained how the object — called an Arduino — can help tinkerers build devices that interact with the physical world. It’s become a favored tool of his throughout his work as a youth apprentice at Machine Tool Camp in Chippewa Falls. At 16 years old, Bush is getting a firsthand look at how the manufacturing industry operates. Where other high schoolers might be earning cash in retail or fast food, Bush is learning computer coding and how to make...
Assembly adopts $6.8 million package to attract millennials

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Assembly approved a $6.8 million advertising campaign to attract young workers to Wisconsin. The funding expands a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. advertising campaign from Chicago to other Midwestern cities. Part of the package would fund a nationwide effort to recruit veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce. Republicans backed the advertising campaign as necessary given the state’s worker shortage with more than 100,000 job openings. Democrats have railed against it as being less effective at recruiting Millennials than having appealing state policies, such as good roads and schools. The bill passed 67-28 with seven Democrats joining Republicans. The bill now heads to the...
CVTC to expand OSHA training services

Thursday, April 12, 2018

CHIPPEWA FALLS — Area business and industry will be able to obtain a higher level of training on Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) compliance issues because of new agreement that names Chippewa Valley Technical College as a host site for the National Safety Education Center (NSEC). CVTC will now offer OSHA-recognized training courses through their association with NSEC. The agreement, in partnership with the Northern Illinois University College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, which is the location of the NSEC offices, was announced Thursday, Feb. 8 at the start of the annual Safety Day, hosted by CVTC’s Business and Industry...
Bakke Norman announces new shareholder

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bakke Norman Law Offices announces its newest shareholder (partner), Kathleen R. Avoles. Avoles is a 2007 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. After five years as a criminal and civil litigator in Eau Claire, she joined Bakke Norman, practicing primarily in the areas of family law and criminal defense. She is a co-author of the Divorce and Actions Affecting the Family section of the Wisconsin Attorney’s Desk Reference and a voting member of the St. Croix County Community Justice Coordinating Council. She is also on the boards of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Croix Valley Bar...
And the winners are...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Accompanied by videos of each honoree, an additional nine awards were presented at the 79th annual Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. The two who were not in attendance and not pictured are Honorary Lifetime Member Sandy Ott and Joe Holland who was named the Chamber’s Friend of Tourism. Ott has been a Chamber member since the 1970s. She first owned a shoe store in town with her late husband, then ran a successful ladies clothing store for 20 years prior to retiring. She has been an advocate for local commerce and given her time and talents for many years, one of which was serving as...
Employment rate for UW-Stout graduates hits 98.2 percent

Monday, April 09, 2018

New graduates of University of Wisconsin-Stout enjoyed even greater success in the job market than last year, according to a new employment report announced on Feb. 8, by Chancellor Bob Meyer. The 2016-17 Annual Employment Report prepared by the Career Services office showed 98.2 percent of the 1,593 graduates were employed or were furthering their education within six months of leaving campus. That compared to the 2015-16 rate of 97.4 percent and is the fourth year in a row the rate has increased. “Employers know that when they hire a UW-Stout graduate, they are getting an employee who is ready to make...
Main Street recognizes special downtown supporters

Friday, April 06, 2018

Main Street of Menomonie hosted its 27th annual meeting and awards presentation at The Raw Deal on Jan. 25. The meeting covered accomplishments of 2017, upcoming 2018 goals for downtown, an awards ceremony, live music by Andy Hanson, with snacks provided by The Raw Deal, Eau Galle Cheese Factory and Menomonie Market Food Co-Op. To honor those who have been involved in strengthening the vitality of downtown Menomonie, awards were given to the following: Downtown Revitalization: The Cobblestone Inn & Suites Spirit of Giving: Bremer Bank  Spirit of Excellence: University of Wisconsin-Stout  Preserving Our Heritage: Vintage Sign Shop, with recognition of the restoration and transformation of the former...
Serenity Home seeks help in finding future location

Thursday, April 05, 2018

The future location of Serenity Home Shelter has been in question since spring 2017.  The Polk County Board of Supervisors voted to extend the county’s lease with the shelter for three years. After that time, the shelter will likely have to move. Currently, Serenity Home is located in the old Polk County Jail and can house 18 homeless men and women. The shelter opened in 2008 and is the only mass shelter in Polk County. Serenity Home staff and advisory board members asked the public’s help in their effort to secure a new location, raise funds for the move and more. The...
New Clayton Businesses

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

CLayton Village President Joe Berghammer presented welcome certificiates of appreciation to two new Clayton businesses. Sara Bahgat of Fur-r-r-y Fashions pet grooming and Joey Monson-Lillie of Joey Monson-Lillie Photography each opened their businesses this January on Olson Street, next to the laundromat adjacent to Highway 63.  You can reach Fur-r-r-y Fashions by calling 715-419-2007. Learn more about Joey Monson-Lillie photography at joemonsonlilliephotography.com. Continue to full article. 
Concept plan for 301 River Street evolves to include park

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Development plans for multifamily housing where the old hospital stands, 301 River Street, have been tweaked with the intention of maintaining the street’s integrity, according to LAD Properties developer Bernie Desmarais.  Desmarais briefed the Osceola Plan Commission on evolving plans for the site. The plan is still in the concept phase. “We’re talking about long range plans and want to give an idea about what we’re thinking and how we can make this property be the best it can be,” Desmarais said, “as well as some other ideas we think might pose some tax revenue generating opportunities for the village.” Since unveiling initial...
Hudson Chamber celebrates its 2017

Monday, April 02, 2018

Hudson community members gathered in person, and remotely, for the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Jan. 25 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course. Each year the event distributes five awards for 2017 — Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year, Community Volunteer of the Year and the prestigious Marie Blakeman award. This year Ciranda was recognized as the Large Business of the Year. This award recognizes outstanding achievements of businesses with more than 20 full-time employees. A supplier of organic, non-GMO, free trade ingredients, Ciranda was originally owned by Han...
Hudson diners: Want to eat in an igloo?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Cold temperatures won't keep Pier Five Hundred guests from enjoying the restaurant's popular patio this winter. Instead diners can enjoy the warmth of - an igloo. "We have such a wonderful patio in the summer that sits empty in the winter," manager Tom Hommes said. He said Pier Five Hundred was inspired by other restaurants that have done the same. The igloos went up about a week before Christmas, and will be around for the rest of the season. Before opening the igloos, Pier Five Hundred worked with city staff to make sure the project was up to their approval. "We just want to...
Escape Salon offers space rentals in Hudson

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Area stylists have a new option for salon space, one they can call their own. Owned by Darcie and Dave Rochon, Escape Salon Suites at 2421 Hanley Road offers stylist spaces for lease. "Each one of the stylists that are here are their own individual business," Darcie said. They set their own prices, Darcie said, and they run their businesses in their own way. Darcie said the salon is an option for stylists to move out on their own, or ones who live in Wisconsin and work in Minnesota to have a space closer to home. The salon officially opened at the end of...
Plum City helps students advance early on

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Providing the next generation of students with a solid educational foundation is what the Plum City Head Start Program is trying to do for students. The Plum City Head Start program started in the 2017-18 school year and Plum City 4K-12th grade principal Mike Kennedy said Plum City's Head Start program is unique. While in most schools, Kennedy said the Head Start Program is a separate class for children who qualify, Plum City has integrated the program into its 4-year-old kindergarten classes. Students that qualify for the Head Start Program go to Head Start two days per week and 4K the...
What do you want for the elementary building's future?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Spring Valley Elementary School is showing its age, said District Superintendent Dr. Donald Haack. At a Feb. 5 special meeting, the school board went over the schedule for its planning process and reviewed some of its options for the elementary school. Haack said it's important to the board to find out what the community wants. "We want to get all the feedback we can, find out what people want," Haack said. "And hopefully, we can give people what they want." So far, Haack said, the board has had some very preliminary looks at the school; an architect assessed the facility last summer. The board...
Farm Center: We're here for WI farmers

Monday, March 26, 2018

Falling prices, rising input costs and a never-ending stream of dreary commodity outlook reports only add to the stress of being a farmer nowadays. USDA's Economic Research Service on farm household income indicates that for the past 21 years, more than half of farm households are losing money from farming. So, what's a farm family to do? The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) wants farmers to know that Farm Center staff are available to help them navigate the ups and downs of agriculture. "We know that stress is high right now for dairy, livestock and crop farmers alike," said...
Walker addresses the Wisconsin Economic Development Association Governor’s Conference

Friday, March 23, 2018

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker attended the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) Governor’s Conference on Feb. 1 to discuss rural economic development, workforce development, and job creation. “We must continue to develop our workforce to meet the needs of the modern economy especially since we have more people working than ever before with record low unemployment,” said Governor Walker. “As part of our Ambitious Agenda for 2018, we are proposing investments in our rural communities through our Rural Economic Development Fund and in workforce development through our Career Creator Program. We are focused on developing our workforce in order to continue...
3 Reasons (Backed By Data) That 2018 Is A Great Year To Start A Startup In The Midwest

Thursday, March 22, 2018

You likely already have plans for what you’ll be doing in 2018. Maybe you’ve already bought tickets for an epic trip or committed yourself to getting fit this year. Sounds like fun! But maybe 2018 is also the year that you should start the small business you’ve always been dreaming of. Whether you know exactly what kind of business you want to open, or if you just long to be your own boss someday, you should know that 2018 is a particularly good year for starting a business. Why is that? There are a lot of economic reasons that starting a business in 2018 will give...
UW-Madison To Offer Free Tuition For Families Making $56K Or Less A Year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

'Bucky's Tuition Promise' Expected To Cover 800 Incoming Freshman Annually The University of Wisconsin-Madison has unveiled a plan to offer free tuition to students whose families make $56,000 or less a year. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Thursday her goal is to ensure anyone who is admitted to the state’s flagship university can afford to be a Badger. "Bucky’s Tuition Promise" is a UW-Madison pledge to cover four years of tuition and segregated fees for new, incoming freshman who come from households in Wisconsin with an annual adjusted gross income that is at or below the state’s median family income of $56,000. Transfer...
Wisconsin exports up 6% in 2017

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

State sets new record in exports to Mexico and China as shipments of industrial machinery, electrical machinery, vehicles, and plastics are up worldwide MADISON, WI. – Wisconsin businesses exported $22.3 billion in goods and services to 202 countries in 2017, a 6.1 percent increase over 2016. Wisconsin’s export growth in 2017 was generated by significant increases in shipments to Canada, Mexico, and China, the state’s three largest export destinations. Exports to Canada grew by 4.3 percent to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical machinery. Exports to Mexico were up 4.8 percent to a record $3.2 billion,...
Ideadvance Seed Fund pursues past and present UW System colleagues

Friday, March 16, 2018

MADISON, Wis. – Innovators with current or past ties to the UW System are invited to apply to the Ideadvance Seed Fund with business ideas that could contribute to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy.” The Ideadvance program provides business funding and mentoring toward a scalable, profitable business model. Grant dollars are earned by teams after they demonstrate key learnings toward their commercialization goals. Past awards have gone to a range of ideas, including an app that incorporates physical activity into schoolwork and a small, simple tool that could save a firefighter’s life. The deadline to apply is April 27. Diverse teams from all parts of Wisconsin are invited to...
WEDC business attraction director received Young Professional Award from Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Coleman Peiffer played key role in attracting Foxconn, HARIBO to Wisconsin MADISON, WI. – Coleman Peiffer, business and investment attraction director for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has received the 2018 Young Professional Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). WEDA’s award programs, which were established in 1985, recognize the recipient’s exceptional contributions to the economic vitality of Wisconsin. Recipients are selected based on creativity, leadership and positive results toward economic development goals and objectives within Wisconsin. Peiffer, who has been with WEDC since June 2016, was selected in part because of his role in attracting the Foxconn Technology Group and HARIBO...
Wisconsin, Facing a Worker Shortage, Pitches Its Benefits

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Beer. Cheese. The Packers. That’s what many people think of when they hear “Wisconsin.” But the state wants to add a new word to the list: jobs. The Badger State has an abundance of job openings, but not enough workers to fill them. Now, elected officials and businesses are hoping to woo residents from nearby states by pitching a low cost of living, short commute times and what they say is a high quality of life. “It’s great to have more people working in Wisconsin than ever before, but it creates a challenge,” said Tricia Braun, chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Economic...
What Communities Need to Know About Attracting Millennials to the Momentum West Region

Monday, March 05, 2018

It’s hard to know what to believe about Millennials; the overall impression is that they are lazy, entitled, and killing American culture one day at a time. If this is the case, then why do so many communities work to attract them? In truth, we know that there is a lot more to Millennials than what floats around in popular culture. We know that they can be a vibrant addition to any community and want them here. To attract them, it is important to dig deeper and learn more about what makes Millennials tick. Every week there’s a new ground-shattering...
Sacred Heart's new leader brings record of growth

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sheboygan hospital expanded size, scope under his leadership With Andrew Bagnall as its leader, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan grew in size and scope during the past eight years, competing with Aurora Health Care and other major providers in eastern Wisconsin.  Now Bagnall hopes to bring those strategies to Eau Claire, where he plans to help HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital remain a major player in a Chippewa Valley health care sector that is growing increasingly competitive. With Andrew Bagnall as its leader, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan grew in size and scope during the past eight years, competing with Aurora Health...
Gastroenterologist joins MCHS in Eau Claire

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Deepti Jacob, M.D., recently joined the Gastroenterology Department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Dr. Jacob completed medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She completed residencies in internal medicine and gastroenterology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She completed a fellowship in gastrointestinal motility at Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus. Dr. Jacob is board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and board-eligible in gastroenterology. She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. She is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and American Medical Association. Dr. Jacob’s...
UW-Stout chancellor aims to raise enrollment

Monday, February 26, 2018

MENOMONIE — UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer told faculty and staff that the university will focus on increasing enrollment in 2018. “I’m making enrollment one of my top priorities this year,” Meyer said in his speech before the start of spring semester. Enrollment fell this school year, and Meyer said preliminary numbers for 2018-19 are not showing improvements. Last fall’s enrollment was slightly above 9,400, according to Doug Mell, executive director of university communications. The 2016-17 enrollment was more than 9,600. He said the goal for the university is to get back to 9,600. Meyer said he doesn’t see the enrollment drop as a...
Local retailers keeping our community safe

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Across Wisconsin, agencies and coalitions partner with local law enforcement in using a state-wide campaign, called WI Wins, to support the decline of tobacco related diseases. The research-based campaign aims to reduce youth access to tobacco with a positive reinforcement strategy for businesses and clerks that not sell tobacco and nicotine products to minors. WI Wins (www.wiwins.org) contracts with local partners to conduct county-wide investigations of retailer compliance with the law and congratulate local clerks who do not sell tobacco to youth, while providing education to those who do. Arbor Place, Inc., based in Menomonie, is the WI Wins contractor for Dunn...
Downtown Neighbors: Leissa's longevity comes as no surprise

Saturday, February 24, 2018

What if I told you that the third oldest business downtown Menomonie is Leissa’s Hair Studio & Day Spa? Owner Leissa Berenschot would tell you she is not surprised that her business has been a staple of Menomonie for so long. From a small town, Leissa wanted to “find herself” which she did after putting herself through cosmetology school. Her affinity for downtowns came from her time living in Minneapolis. Leissa explains herself as “an uptown girl who loves downtown.” Located at 226 Main Street, Leissa wanted to create something more than just a place to get a haircut, but rather a destination for...
STEM, creativity hallmarks of new CVTC program

Friday, February 23, 2018

Trent Fransway of Chippewa Falls found a familiar face when he started classes in Chippewa Valley Technical College’s new Mechanical Design program at the start of the fall 2017 semester. Dr. Tim Walter, a retired physician and advisor to a robotics club that Fransway was a member of at Chippewa Falls Middle School, was enrolled in the program as well. Fransway, a 2017 Chi-Hi graduate, likes familiar surroundings — and he likes to tinker. “As a kid, I liked to take things apart and put them back together — a lot of stuff, from remote-control cars to lawnmowers,” he said. “I want...
CV hospitals, clinics added to The Alliance network

Thursday, February 22, 2018

In response to employer requests, The Alliance has added three major health organizations in the Chippewa Valley to its provider network. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls; and 12 Prevea Health clinic locations (including Menomonie, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls) became part of The Alliance provider network was effective Jan. 1. The expansion enables employers with headquarters or facilities in the Chippewa Valley to join The Alliance, a not-for-profit cooperative of employers who self-fund their health benefits. The Alliance already has contracts with many other major health care providers in the Chippewa Valley, including Marshfield Clinic and...
WITC will open satellite campus in Polk County

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is preparing to open a satellite campus in Balsam Lake, thanks to an initiative spearheaded by county board member Chris Nelson (District 4, Balsam Lake). The county board also rejected a proposal to have inmates demolish the county grandstand, and started a countywide trail planning process. WITC After months of increasingly formal discussions between county representatives and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, the county and college have come up with a plan to bring a satellite campus to Balsam Lake. According to that plan, WITC would lease the county’s former library building (400 Polk County Plaza) at a...
Draxler looking forward to next chapter in life

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

When the new year began Dan Draxler wasn’t in the office on the second floor at Bremer Bank. After 34 years with the bank, the President of the Northwest Wisconsin region of Bremer Bank is retiring and entering the next chapter of his life. Draxler reflected on his career during a recent interview. The Glenwood City native was set to going into farming with his father and brother after getting his degree in Dairy Science when fate intervened in the form of a posting on the job board at the ag science building. “During my last semester, there was a job posting for...
Clark County Benefits from an Ignite Grant

Monday, February 19, 2018

Clark County, Wisconsin is a beautiful rural community with many small communities located with in. In the center of agriculture and food production businesses, Clark County is the “Hub of the Harvest.” Though their population and budget may be small, they are at the center of it all, full of fantastic ideas, and ready to market their community. All they needed was an infusion of capital - something they received through an Ignite Grant. Momentum West asked Clark County Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Director, Sheila Nyberg, to share information about the projects they are funding with the grant and how...
Site of old St. Croixdale Hospital may be new assisted living

Monday, February 19, 2018

The old St. Croixdale Hospital building on Court Street in Prescott is once again being considered as the site for a new facility. Greg Johnson, CEO of Hearth Development, in a letter to the City of Prescott dated Nov. 13 outlined his company's desire to make a 50-60 unit Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care building where the current St. Croixdale Hospital structure stands. In the letter, Johnson said they had their structural engineers and architects look at the property, which his company has a purchase agreement to buy. "Our structural engineers have processed the information and determined we would need to...
Glauses reopen Bittersweet Bakery and More

Friday, February 16, 2018

Plum City residents have welcomed back the original owners of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC as they re-opened the bakery on Dec. 8. Gwen Glaus and husband Todd originally opened Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC in 2004 and retired from the business in 2016. However, when the opportunity arose for them to reopen the bakery they seized the opportunity. "We didn't want the building to sit empty," Gwen said. "Didn't want to see business in a small town close." Gwen said before they reopened, they got new cases and revamped the bakery. She is confident her previous customers will come back. While Gwen is...
New store offers consumers fresh, local products

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The small town of Spring Valley has welcomed the owners and workers at A Butchery Shoppe into their community as the new business opened its doors Dec. 18. A Butchery Shoppe is owned by Fadra Greene, Kevin Olson, Dale Volkert and Robert Kramer. Greene said they have already been well received in the community, calling response "great." "The outpouring of support from this community and the surrounding communities this week [week of opening] has been amazing," Greene said. "Word travels fast in small towns and there is quite a buzz right now." Starting their business in Spring Valley brought Olson back to where...
Wisconsin State Fair seeking Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home applicants

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Julie Hines, Register of Deeds for Pierce County, announced that applications are now available at the Register of Deeds Office, as well as the UW Extension Office of Pierce County for the 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to Wisconsin farming for 100 or 150 years. The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair will take place on Thursday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug.12, 2018 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis. To qualify for the award, families are required to provide proof of continuous family ownership of a property in...
'Best of' voting in Ellsworth is about to start

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the public to recognize the best that the business community has to offer. The 2018 "Best of" Awards will kick off on Friday, Jan. 19, with voting taking place on the chamber's website. "This will be the third year of this award program," said Ellsworth Chamber Board President Paul Bauer. "It's a way the community can have a voice and acknowledge their favorite local businesses, recognizing them for their contributions and service to their customers and our community." Each member of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce qualifies for the "Best of" Awards, with...
Croix Chordsmen want to serenade your Valentine

Monday, February 12, 2018

Looking for a unique Valentine gift for your loved one or friends? Look no further than a Singing Valentine from the Croix Chordsmen. You may have seen them loaded into cars, dressed in fancy tuxedos, popping into businesses and homes to serenade unsuspecting Valentines. The Croix Chordsmen will send a barbershop quartet, appropriately attired, to sing your Valentine at home, office, classroom, restaurant or just about anywhere on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The group will serenade your spouse, sweetheart, or friends and bring a rose, box of candy, a personalized card and take a photo of the occasion. The Singing Valentines quartets will...
Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year: Nominations announced

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award Nominees Announced  Madison - Twenty-three Wisconsin manufacturers have been nominated for the 30th Annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards.  The nominees showcase the pride Wisconsin has in its manufacturing sector, which provides high-wage, family-supporting careers. The industry employs nearly 500,000 Wisconsinites and creates $56 billion in annual economic output. In fact, Wisconsin is the second-most manufacturing intensive state in the nation.  The MOTY program recognizes the state's top manufacturers of all industries and sizes for their commitment to good business practices, innovative processes and productivity enhancements that help drive Wisconsin's economy. A total of four...
Which State in the U.S. Is Most Polite?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

FreshBooks is the #1 accounting software in the cloud for self-employed professionals and their teams. Our new series Paid in Full uses big data to help small business owners earn their worth and run a successful business. We’re sharing proprietary data to demystify the uncertainties that surround working for yourself. Where do the most polite business owners in America live? New research from FreshBooks reveals Oklahoma, Alabama and Ohio have the most polite small business owners in the country. FreshBooks recently analyzed customer data to uncover which small business owners (by state) are the most likely to use please or thank...
2018 Bubbler Awards

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

2018 Bubbler Awards: Best Places to Work for Young Professionals in Wisconsin The Bubbler Awards shine a light on the companies who have made great strides to accommodate the interests of a shifting workforce. A lot of attention is paid to the picture of Millennials as discontent or disinterested in traditional forms of employment. We are eager to showcase the reality of how many Wisconsin-based companies are allowing young professionals to call this state home. The Bubbler Awards is an example of how YPWeek Wisconsin highlights the young professional voice.  Additionally, the nomination and selection process establish a framework for existing and...
WEDC now accepting applications for Certified In Wisconsin Program

Monday, February 05, 2018

State’s development-ready property designation has helped Wisconsin communities attract more than $389 million in new development The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for its Certified In Wisconsin® Program, which designates industrial parcels of 20 acres or more as being “development ready.” The program has played a key role in helping communities throughout the state attract new companies by providing independent certification that a wide range of concerns have been evaluated—environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning, and property rights—and that the site is ready for industrial development. Wisconsin has 17 certified sites, with 21 development projects...
Bagnall to be new leader of HSHS Sacred Heart

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The leader of a hospital in Sheboygan will be the new CEO and president of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and the HSHS Western Wisconsin Division. Andrew J. Bagnall was appointed Monday, and starts his new job Monday, Feb. 5. Bagnall replaces Julie Manas, who left the Sacred Heart job on Jan. 9. The Western Wisconsin Division of the Hospital Sisters Health System includes HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. Bagnall has worked for HSHS since 2010. He engineered the financial turnaround of HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, oversaw major capital projects and the growth of the hospital’s patient services. “I...
Foxconn, Kwik Trip top list of state’s largest economic development projects of 2017

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WEDC-supported projects expected to create, retain nearly 30,000 jobs across Wisconsin MADISON – Governor Scott Walker and WEDC announced today that 2017 was a record year for economic development with 59 companies from Wisconsin and around the world agreeing to locate to or expand in Wisconsin. These projects are expected to create or retain nearly 30,000 jobs and result in more than $11.6 billion in capital investment across the state. “When it comes to economic development, 2017 has been a historic year for Wisconsin as global companies such as Foxconn, Haribo and Nestle decided to establish operations in our great state after looking...
New HSHS Sacred Heart CEO anticipates smooth transition

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The new leader of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire and the HSHS system’s western Wisconsin division, including HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, was appointed to the position and informed about the transfer just the week before. Andrew J. Bagnall will officially begin as CEO and president of the Eau Claire hospital Feb. 5, and called the Chippewa Falls hospital—which he will also oversee—a “critical component” to the system’s future. “Taking care of people in (Chippewa County) will continue to be a priority for us, as we grow and expand across the region,” Bagnall said in a Tuesday phone...
Rusk County store reopens with help of warm welcome

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Couple new to town supported after destructive fire HAWKINS — When Valentine’s Village Store was severely damaged in a fire last fall — one year to the day after Pat and Alicia Valentine took it over — many people wondered if a local staple would be gone for good. But residents of this rural Rusk County community rallied around the Valentines, then relative newcomers to northern Wisconsin. With their neighbors’ support, the couple never doubted they and their store would quickly recover. "Something I learned through all of this is that people in the community were here to help us, and we hadn’t...
Chamber annual banquet Jan. 29

Monday, January 29, 2018

Barron Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend the Chamber’s annual Dinner Meeting and award banquet on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at Rolling Oaks Restaurant & Lounge. The event begins with a 5 p.m. social hour, a 6 p.m. buffet-style chicken and ham dinner, a business meeting and door prizes. Reservations were taken through, Thursday, Jan. 18. For information or to reserve a seat, email barronchamber@barronchamber.com. The event will include a presentation of the Chamber’s “Distinguished Service Award” for 2018. Nominees for the award were taken through Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. The award is presented annually to someone who is a current Chamber member, supports...
Gander Outdoors Opening Store in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Monday, January 29, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, will be reopening in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin market this spring. Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC's The Profit, bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May 2017 and is beginning to reopen many of the chain's stores to serve customers who are passionate about hunting, fishing, marine and water sports, camping, and active and shooting sports. Gander Outdoors is owned by Camping World Holdings, and will provide outdoor enthusiasts with regionally and seasonally relevant products and services that are competitively priced. Plans are in place for the long-anticipated and eagerly-awaited...
State of Wisconsin launches $1 million marketing campaign aimed at young professionals in Chicago

Monday, January 29, 2018

First-of-its-kind campaign to utilize Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, mobile phone apps to highlight key reasons why millennials should consider relocating to Wisconsin MADISON, WI. Jan. 10, 2018 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched a $1 million marketing campaign to encourage young professionals in the Chicago area to consider living and working in Wisconsin. The campaign, which places an emphasis on reaching millennials via popular social media platforms they use every day, began this week and runs through June 30. It includes ads on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pandora, and popular mobile phone apps. The unprecedented campaign is part of...
Agency leaders outline details for proposed $6.8 million talent attraction campaign

Friday, January 26, 2018

Part of Governor Walker’s Workforce Agenda, initiative would create a mobile jobs center and attract veterans transitioning to civilian life Leaders of four state agencies today outlined the details of a proposed $6.8 million national talent campaign that would focus on attracting transitioning veterans to Wisconsin and providing a new mobile job center to provide workforce support services within and outside of the state. The initiative, part of Governor Scott Walker’s Workforce Agenda, also would expand upon a campaign launched this week aimed at attracting Midwestern millennials and Wisconsin alumni. Testifying before the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy, key officials with the Wisconsin...
Supply Chain Marketplace ready for companies seeking to do business with Foxconn

Thursday, October 05, 2017

CREATE A PROFILE Statewide, online sourcing tool is free and allows opportunity to showcase full capabilities The statewide Supply Chain Marketplace has unveiled a Foxconn-specific directory for Wisconsin companies seeking to be part of potential business opportunities with the manufacturer.  Foxconn Technology Group announced on July 26 that it planned to invest $10 billion by 2020 to build a world-class manufacturing campus in the state. Since then, New North Inc., the Momentum West equivalent in the northeast part of the state, has been working closely with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and other partners to build a supply-chain directory tailored specifically to...
Fireball Run is Kicking Things off in Eau Claire, WI

Monday, September 11, 2017

Eau Claire has been selected to be the Green Flag City - or starting point - for the 11th season of the FIREBALL RUN, a 26-episode adventure-travel competition series distributed by Amazon Instant Video. Destinations in the Fireball Run are selected based on their economic viability, community engagement, and overall aesthetic qualities. The Fireball Run is the story of 40 rally teams as they compete in a legendary 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game. To win, they take the road less traveled in an epic quest re-discover America in search of unique places and obscure historic artifacts. All just for bragging rights, a...
Regional Organizations Launch Statewide Initiative

Monday, September 11, 2017

In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s workforce development needs, all nine of the state’s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop a statewide platform that directly connects local employers to students. Regional organizations, such as Momentum West, which covers Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties in west central Wisconsin, with support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), will expand the use of a web-based platform called Inspire that virtually connects area businesses to their future talent pool through online profiles, virtual...
Western Wisconsin braces for opening of St. Croix Crossing bridge

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Spur for development Three Wisconsin communities could be affected by the bridge. The bridge enters the Wisconsin side at St. Joseph, with its rolling farmland dotted by elegant executive homes that hug the river bluff. "Obviously, there is going to be some change, but it's probably not as drastic as some people would think," said Thomas Spaniol, St. Joseph town chairman. "Our new housing construction went up 60% this year ... from 12 to 19," Spaniol said. "But if we look before the 2007 housing crash, we were building 40 to 50 houses a year. We aren't going to see that kind of boom again....
Regional Report: August 2017

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Momentum West Nominated for Economic Development Award   The Lower Chippewa Valley in western Wisconsin is primed for growth.  Located immediately adjacent to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the region offers a wealth of amenities to companies at a fraction of the cost in one of the Midwest’s fastest growing regions.  However, area businesses are not finding the talent they need to fill jobs and grow.  While this is a common national problem, west central Wisconsin area leaders are becoming increasingly concerned that this talent shortage may impede the region’s future economic prosperity.   To help solve the workforce shortage problem, Momentum West (along with...