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Innovator Supports the Community

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rajiv and Swati Lall are innovators who have achieved great success through their company, Vets Plus. They have an in-house technical team that has developed innovative formulas for pet treats that are made to human grade pharm standards. By creating science-based solutions to improve the wellbeing of animals throughout the world, the company has shown how you can make quality animal food that can improve the health and performance of animals. Now, they are giving back to the community. The Lalls have made a major donation to UW-Stout that is being used to upgrade the equipment in their science lab. The...
The Right Opportunity to Grow a Career in Dunn County

Friday, August 17, 2018

Jesse Jenson, AVP/Ag & Commercial Lender for Independence State Bank, is building a career in Dunn County by serving the local business and agricultural community. Jesse assists customers in finding the right loan products that fit their operation’s needs. “Every operation, whether it’s a dairy farm or a retail store, will more than likely have a financing need. My goal is to always be the bridge that supports them along the way, so they can reach the goals they set out to achieve” said Jesse. Coming Home to Dunn County Prior to working for Independence State Bank, Jesse was employed for another...
Fairmount Minerals is Growing in Wisconsin

Monday, August 13, 2018

FairmountSantrol is a major employer in Dunn County and throughout Wisconsin. They are passionate about the environment and sustainability. They leverage innovation and technology to produce goods with minimal impact to the environment. They are a provider of sand-based products and high-performance sand used by the oil and gas industry in addition to working with companies involved in building products, water filtration, sports, recreation and glass markets. Now, they are growing. Thanks to a recent partnership with Cardinal FG and Anderson Windows they will be creating more sand/window products. This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Dunn County to apply...
Pickle-Lovers Wanted

Monday, August 06, 2018

Nothing beats the first bite into a cool crunchy pickle. If you love pickles, visit Picklefest in Boyceville. Held August 18th – 20th, this is an annual event that attracts pickle-lovers from all over the state. You can learn more about this fun festival by emailing Tillie at jamie058@centurytel.net. The village of Boyceville has more than Picklefest. There will be a variety of events held this summer at the municipal airport and even when there are no scheduled events, there is plenty to do in this charming village. With around 1,000 residents, this is the type of place where you can...
Chamber celebrates Leadership Menomonie graduation

Friday, August 03, 2018

On May 17, the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce held the 2017-2018 graduation for Leadership Menomonie at Pinewood Golf Club and Restaurant. Graduates completed nine full-day sessions, studying a wide variety of topics including education, business and industry, heritage, arts and tourism, media, government and law, health and human services, agriculture and environment. They also participated in networking and teambuilding activities designed to demonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership. The participants also completed service learning group projects that consisted of the following partnerships in the community. Continue to full article
MN: All Aboard: Plan Calls for Passenger Rail Between St. Paul and Eau Claire

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Earlier this spring, a group of boosters gathered in Eau Claire, Wis. -- heralded by some as an emerging "mini-Portland" -- and agreed on just what was missing from the western Wisconsin city's renaissance: passenger rail. They not only have a plan to restore long-dormant rail service to St. Paul's Union Depot, they insist it can be privately financed, too. The bold idea may seem far-fetched given the travails of publicly bankrolled transit projects in the Twin Cities, such as the $2 billion Southwest light-rail line. But the West Central Wisconsin Rail Coalition, an Eau Claire-based nonprofit group of representatives from business,...
Expanded program draws future industrial mechanics

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Earlier this year, Channer Schutts was back home in Menomonie and looking for a new direction to take. It was at a party where he ran into his fellow 2017 Menomonie High School graduate Evan Bauer that he found the answer. Channer, a big young man with a solid build, was a football star on the offensive and defensive lines back in the day, but a semester at St. Cloud State didn’t work out and he needed a reset. “I wanted some kind of schooling, but wasn’t sure what. I was at a party and Evan was there and he referred...
STEM Learning in K-12

Monday, July 30, 2018

In Wisconsin, we are always looking towards the future. It is widely known that future jobs will involve a great deal of science, technology, engineering and math. Preparing students for these opportunities in STEM is critical both from an exposure standpoint and for their future job prospects. They need to be able to think along these lines and to identify early if these are fields they wish to go into. With STEM learning in our public schools, they can. Northern Wisconsin STEM is working with educators to ensure that students have the opportunities they need to learn and grow. By hosting...
Workers are the new weapon as states go to extremes in the battle for business

Monday, July 30, 2018

Forequarter restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin, has managed to pull off a rare feat. Not only has it has stayed in business for six years, it is also still routinely referred to as trendy. On a recent visit, people were already showing up for dinner by 5:00 p.m. on a weeknight. Business is good, said owner Jonny Hunter, but it could be so much better. “We’re not open as much as we want to,” he said. The restaurant is open only for dinner, and it is closed on Sundays. Hunter said he would love to do more, if only he could staff the...
The economies of every US state and DC, ranked from worst to best

Friday, July 27, 2018

The US is a massive, complex economy, and so too are the component economies of the 50 states and Washington, DC, that make up the whole. Business Insider combined six measures of labor-market and general economic health for all the states and the District of Columbia. They are the unemployment rate, job growth, per-capita GDP, GDP growth, average weekly wages, and wage growth. By putting all those on a common scale and combining them, we came up with an overall score for each state's economy. 10. Wisconsin Wisconsin's April 2018 unemployment rate of 2.8% was tied for fifth-lowest among the states and DC, and its...
HOOKED ON A FEELING: UNIQUE EXPERIENCES HELP FILL WISCONSIN’S TALENT PIPELINE

Thursday, July 26, 2018

By all measures economists use to assess the quality of life a place offers—job availability, cost of living, commute times, recreation, etc.—Wisconsin stacks up pretty well. Very well, in fact. Problem is, people don’t consult economists when choosing the best place to pursue their passions. As CEO of NEWaukee, I devote my professional life and much of my personal life to promoting Milwaukee and Wisconsin as a career and lifestyle destination. My pitch has very little to do with the metrics you find in national rankings of “best places to live” and everything to do with what it feels like...
30 years of the Wisconsin Main Street Program

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

As we prepared to celebrate Wisconsin’s downtowns for #WIMainSt Day, we also celebrated 30 years of the Wisconsin Main Street program. Check out this video on what makes this program so special!
Scholarships for College

Monday, July 23, 2018

Chippewa Valley Technical College is now offering income eligible, hardworking students the opportunity to go to college for less. The Promise Scholarship can help to pay for your education, making it affordable to earn the skills necessary to enter the workforce and get a good paying job. It is designed for high school students who have a record of academic success. If this sounds like you, why not apply? It could save you a lot of money and make college far more affordable. You can learn more about the scholarship and how to apply for it by registering on the College’s...
WEDC, UW-Eau Claire launch marketing campaign to encourage out-of-state alumni to ‘come home’

Friday, July 20, 2018

UW-Eau Claire is one of nine higher-education institutions joining  state’s first-ever campaign featuring graduates who have chosen Wisconsin as their career destination Eau Claire — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire today unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at encouraging alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to pursue their personal and professional goals in Wisconsin. The campaign includes social media ads that link to videos featuring the perspectives of young people who have studied in Wisconsin and landed their dream jobs here, either right out of school or after leaving the state and deciding to return here. Continue to...
HR Training for Your Business

Monday, July 16, 2018

Every business owner and manager should have some basic knowledge when it comes to human resources. The HR practices of managers and owners can help a company to operate smoothly or it can lead to issues. HR laws are strict and it is easy for companies to be out of compliance by making very simple mistakes or not documenting things appropriately. Unfortunately, most people do not have the knowledge necessary to even know what they should be doing, let alone meet compliance standards. This opens businesses up to liability but it doesn’t have to be the situation with yours. By undergoing...
Learn Real-World Skills at UW-Stout

Monday, July 09, 2018

Do you want to earn a degree but hate the idea of going to college without learning the skills you need for real life? If you were the kid in class who always asked, “how will I ever use this?” then the Polytechnic University at UW-Stout is right for you. They combine a liberal arts degree with applied learning to create an environment where students learn critical thinking and how to apply what they learn in the classroom. With hands-on learning experiences incorporated into the classroom, the University is making it easier for students to earn the degree they need...
What’s a Fab Lab?

Monday, July 02, 2018

Have you heard of the Fab Lab at UW-Stout? This is a digital fabrication laboratory. They were first funded through an educational program coming out of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. Using open-source software and industrial-grade technologies, Fab Labs allow member-users to “define problems and prototype solutions.” In other words, if you have identified a problem with a piece of equipment, have a piece of art or furniture you want to create, or have an idea for an invention, this is the place to come. The Discovery Center FABLAB at UW-Stout is open to the public, so you don’t need...
Pitch Your Business Idea During HATCH 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Do you have the next great idea? Have you been working on a startup or have an idea for a business? If so, you could win the 2018 HATCH pitch contest. This pitch program gives local entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their idea, speak in front of business leaders, connect with investors, and gain exposure with a broader audience. Anyone with an idea for a new business is invited to apply to compete in one of the three local events. The winner will receive $2,000 to fund their idea! They also qualify to present at the regional finale and compete...
Firefighter and Law Enforcement Training

Monday, June 25, 2018

  Have you dreamed of serving the community as a firefighter or law enforcement officer? These are noble professions and ones that require a great deal of passion and training. You can receive that training at Chippewa Valley Technical College. They have programs that are designed to give people the skills they need to apply for and enter these professions. With this training on your resume, you will stand apart from other candidates that are applying fresh out of school. While on the job or location-specific training may still be necessary, these programs provide the foundation anyone would need to start...
Unique Opportunity for Students

Monday, June 18, 2018

Students attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout have an incredible opportunity to expand their skills and test out their ideas using the Discovery Center FABLAB. For anyone who considers themselves a problem solver, innovator or inventor, this lab offers the ability to test out ideas and build real prototypes. Students no longer need to feel stifled by the typical barriers with prototype creation. Hiring a manufacturer and raising money is no longer an issue. They can create a prototype of most things using the FABLAB’s technology and equipment. If you know someone who is in the middle of choosing a college to...
Buy Fresh from the Farmer’s Market

Monday, June 11, 2018

Visit the Menomonie Farmer’s Market to buy farm-fresh eggs, meat, and produce. You can even buy a loaf of artisan bread or homemade preserves. This is where you can go to find the most flavorful and fresh ingredients for your supper or to find something incredibly unique and delicious for a family picnic. You won’t get this quality or freshness at the grocery store because everything here comes straight from the farm to your basket. Located at Wilson Park and Raw Deal, they also have kids’ activities, entertainment and hot lunches, making this an afternoon that everyone in the family will...
Visit Beautiful Red Cedar

Monday, May 28, 2018

A rural town surrounded by rolling hills and vast farmland, the town of Red Cedar is a beautiful destination. Cyclists can enjoy the gorgeous views in the spring, summer and fall, while snowmobilers regularly visit for winter adventure. The town has a rich history and connection to the environment, something that is still evident today. Red Cedar is close to Menomonie for anyone needing additional services or activities, yet far enough away to maintain its own rural charm and quiet living. They are also only one hour from Minneapolis, making it possible to commute in for meetings or business activities. Learn more...
Business Training for Today

Monday, May 21, 2018

Improve your skills and perform better at work by leveraging the resources found at Chippewa Valley Technical College. They offer a variety of training programs and seminars including Business and Leadership Training, Human Resource Certification Preparation, Workplace Safety & Compliance Training, and more. Consider how much value you could bring your company by enhancing your skills or how increasing learning something new could make you a better candidate for jobs you are applying for. Taking the steps to expand your knowledge is incredibly easy. You only need to visit Chippewa Valley Technical College and sign up. You can explore their business...
Fortune names Xcel Energy among World’s Most Admired Companies for fourth year

Monday, May 21, 2018

Xcel Energy, headquartered in Minneapolis, has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies, the fourth consecutive year that the company has earned this distinction, ranking fourth this year as most admired electric and gas utility. Xcel Energy, a national leader in wind energy for more than a decade, is ranked highly for its innovation, social responsibility and long-term value when evaluated by peers at other utilities. The magazine surveys executives, directors and industry analysts about companies in their industry then ranks companies based on nine attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality...
Mayo Clinic Health System offers volunteer opportunities

Friday, May 18, 2018

April 15–21 was National Volunteer Week. It was a good opportunity to recognize the volunteers who perform countless valuable services within our community. In 2017, 696 volunteers served nearly 79,000 hours at Mayo Clinic Health System sites throughout northwest Wisconsin, saving nearly $1.9 million, according to Jennifer Loew, director of Volunteer Services. “We have volunteers from many backgrounds, including retired professionals, teachers, stay-at-home moms, students and others,” Loew says. “For anyone who is looking for more meaning in their life, to connect with others in our community, learn a new skill or looking for a sense of purpose, volunteering is a great...
State farmers showing strong interest in growing industrial hemp

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wisconsin farmers stressed by stagnant dairy and grain markets are showing strong interest in growing industrial hemp this year, but a state agricultural official is warning them not to count on the niche crop to solve their financial problems. “I’d say interest from farmers is almost extreme,” said Brian Kuhn, who heads the plant industry bureau of the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “The calls we take every day about hemp are very high, and our website hits blows away numbers for almost anything we’ve put on our website in some time,” he said. “We’re getting distinctly higher numbers...
Building a STEM Community in Wisconsin

Monday, May 14, 2018

We are building a community of STEM professionals, educators and students across Wisconsin. Science, technology, engineering and math are growing fields that require innovators along with educated and skilled workers. Jobs in these sectors are growing and without the proper skills, Wisconsin workers will be left behind. To ensure this doesn’t happen, there is a movement in Wisconsin to promote STEM and to bring people together so that resources can be shared and everyone has access to the tools and information necessary to advance in the field. This requires collaboration and community support. Join the STEM community by clicking here and...
ExporTech™ An Export Acceleration System for Achieving Profitable Growth

Monday, May 14, 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

Friday, May 11, 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, May 07, 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...
Visit the Discovery Center FABLAB

Monday, May 07, 2018

If you love to design furniture, unique parts or create solutions to everyday problems, you have to stop by the Discovery Center FABLAB at UW-Stout. This is a digital fabrication lab where designers can come to access the latest equipment and turn their ideas into a reality. Digital fabrication is amazing because it allows for unique designs to be created that may be otherwise difficult or impossible. The lab is here to remove barriers that would otherwise prevent inventors and innovators from moving their ideas forward. If you are in this category, you can use the FABLAB by paying a...
Wisconsin’s exports on the rise

Friday, May 04, 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...
Activities in Elk Mound

Monday, April 30, 2018

There is a new community center in Elk Mound. Community members can come together to enjoy the center as events and outreach activities are held here throughout the year. They will also be hosting a variety of educational events, activities and classes for all ages. The goal for the center is to provide a “vehicle for lifelong learning.” The community center is also available to rent out for family events or business meetings. This is just one reason that people love living in this small, hometown village. While it is close to major cities like Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, it...
Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach

Monday, April 30, 2018

Wisconsin’s cluster accelerators highlight innovative business development approach 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...
Tainter is an Important Part of Dunn County

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Town of Tainter was established in 1869 and is an important part of our history. Located in a beautiful part of the county, this rural community is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. They put out an annual community newsletter where you can get important contact information for everything from animal control to how to apply for a fireworks permit. You can also see the town meeting schedule so that you don’t miss any important updates. This is all available on their website along with town resolutions, ordinances, and their comprehensive plan. Learn all you need to...
Where to Go in Rock Creek

Monday, April 16, 2018

Rock Creek is a charming town in Dunn County where it is easy to enjoy a quiet lifestyle and the natural beauty that is part of everyday life here. The town recently built a new Town Hall that is ideal for meetings, get togethers and a variety of social events. You can even rent it out for a family event or reunion. With a park across the street, this is a convenient destination in Dunn County. Local, Offutt Park has a ball field, swing set, playground and even playhouses for children to enjoy. Families like living here and it is easy...
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...
Train to Work for Xcel Energy

Monday, April 09, 2018

In the next ten years, half of Xcel Energy’s workforce will be retiring. This creates an incredible opportunity for those looking to earn a good wage, receive benefits and work for a stable and growing company. The challenge has been that being a lineworker requires significant training and skill. To prepare job applicants, Chippewa Valley Technical College and Xcel Energy have come together to expand their lineworker training program. Over the course of nine months, students learn things like how to climb and maneuver polls and operate large equipment. They also learn how to safely work with electricity. This can be...
Criminal Justice Training

Monday, April 02, 2018

There is a great need for dedicated law enforcement officers throughout the country. Baby boomers are retiring and new, skilled officers are needed. This is an essential profession to all our communities and entering it requires a certain level of training. If you are ready to apply your skills and passions to serving the community an excellent place to start is with the Criminal Justice Training offered by Chippewa Valley Technical College. This is a hands-on program that provides real-life skills, rather than a broad learning experience. It is designed to train people to enter the law enforcement profession and to...
Farm Center: We're here for WI farmers

Tuesday, March 27, 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...
Have You Visited Grant Yet?

Monday, March 26, 2018

The town of Grant is located in Dunn County and a charming place to visit or live. Grant is a rural town with 92 percent of it being made up of agricultural or forest land. With the Red Cedar River flowing through the downtown, there is beautiful nature everywhere that you look. This, along with the friendly folks who live here, make Grant an excellent destination for those who are looking for a quieter lifestyle surrounded by natural beauty. They have a new website that can help you to plan your visit. Click here to see it and to learn more...
Walker addresses the Wisconsin Economic Development Association Governor’s Conference

Monday, March 26, 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

Friday, March 23, 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 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 students...