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Menomonie district to offer CVTC Academy courses in 2019

Monday, February 04, 2019

Menomonie students will have the opportunity to earn free college credits this summer in a new partnership between the Menomonie School District and Chippewa Valley Technical College. Menomonie students will have the chance to take free dual-credit classes through the CVTC Academies program, beginning in June 2019, in topics like IT software development, culinary arts and health technology. CVTC has partnered with school districts in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, and is expanding its partnership with the Menomonie School District. Read full article. 
Is your company ‘Best for Vets’?

Friday, February 01, 2019

Do you work for — or know about — a company that goes the extra mile to recruit and support veterans? Make sure they get the credit they deserve! Military Times just launched our latest Best for Vets: Employers survey, which evaluates companies based on their culture, policies for military-connected employees and resources they devote to hiring veterans. The survey is open to for-profit companies, nonprofit organizations and government agencies — but only the best will make the cut and be named “Best for Vets”. Read full article. 
Cheese, beer, ice roads: These are 18 of the 'most Wisconsin' stories of 2018

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Many things define life in Wisconsin. We love cheese, beer and the Packers. We'll do just about anything to get outdoors. Sometimes turkeys take over our towns, and we create highways on frozen lakes.  Here is a (subjective) list of the most Wisconsin things that we wrote about this year. Read full article. 
Q&A with Wendy Baumann about Invest in Wisconsin

Monday, January 28, 2019

Invest in Wisconsin (IIW) partners deliver affordable business, community facility and consumer auto loan products throughout the state. IIW ensures impartial access to capital, which helps to reduce disparities and accelerate social and economic impact in minority and low-income communities. Wendy Baumann, president and chief visionary officer of Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC), shares how IIW provides resources to assist businesses in the state.   Read full article.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Shelley Nystrom started her soy wax candle business in earnest 14 years ago, crafting her wares in her kitchen and garage and selling them at craft fairs and farmers markets. Eco-friendly candles were just beginning to take off, and people quickly grew excited about Nystrom’s products, leading her to rent a space in Oshkosh in which she eventually opened a small retail space for her company, Eco Candle Co., before opening a second store in Neenah. When Nystrom grew tired of landlords raising her rent, she looked into buying a building in downtown Appleton, assuming she wouldn’t be able to afford it. She was pleasantly...
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Conagra’s Menomonie Plant Continues to Thrive

Friday, December 21, 2018

Pride. That one word describes the culture of Conagra’s Menomonie plant - pride in the quality of their raw ingredients, pride in the products they create, in the talent of their people, in the community and in their heritage. The Dunn County Conagra plant has existed on that same site for over 100 years and as Plant Manager Jeff Stevens put it, “We owe it to those that have gone before us and those who will be here long after to do what we can to ensure this plant will remain strong and be here to celebrate our 150th Anniversary...
After 70 Years, Market & Johnson is Proud to Call Western Wisconsin Home

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Since 1948, Market & Johnson (M&J) has been serving western Wisconsin as the region's’ premier construction management and general contracting firm. Having built or managed the construction of hundreds of properties throughout the area, their work can be seen in civic and municipal buildings, healthcare and manufacturing facilities, mixed-use and commercial projects, and more than 100 local schools. They have had seventy years of success because of their people, the quality of their work, and ties to the local community. Ultimately though, their strategic advantage lies in their workforce. Market & Johnson employs over 350 construction experts, most of whom...
Fulton's Workshop is the intersection of industry and art

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A mistake that’s easy to make is to frame business as one thing and art as its antithesis, the former a matter of efficiency and profit and the latter looser, but a new wing at the Dunn County Heritage Museum in Menomonie, shows the two are twined. The 15,000 square foot wing, called Holtby Hall, houses the museum called Fulton’s Workshop, which celebrates industrial arts. Industrial arts is descriptor from way back that still succinctly conveys the art in industry. Just as business can be bolstered by an artist’s touch, creativity can be parlayed into profit, and Fulton’s Workshop shows...
Local students explore careers at Manufacturing Day

Monday, November 26, 2018

On their way to visit the Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center in Eau Claire on Manufacturing Day, students from River Falls and Ellsworth high school stopped for a couple of other tours. “We were able to top at Schmitt Prototypes and Prototype Solutions in Menomonie on our way,” said Julie Winegar, tech ed teacher at Ellsworth High School. “It was great for them to see that manufacturing is not a dirty job and is pretty high tech. And at Prototype Solutions they work with Marvel Comics and make pieces of Iron Man suits for theme parks.” “We stopped at the...
UW System: A $24 billion impact on Wisconsin's economy

Friday, November 23, 2018

Janell Topczewski entered UW-Parkside as the third person in her family to attend the university. Janell’s brother Joseph graduated from UW-Parkside in 2007 and is now a chemistry professor at the University of Minnesota. Her brother Jeremy graduated in 2011 and is an art teacher in the Racine Unified School District. Janell also graduated in 2011 and recently joined CNH Industrial Capital as a credit analyst, after serving in various roles with Racine County Economic Development Corporation for seven years. Even though UW-Parkside is the youngest university in the UW System — celebrating 50 years of serving the region this year —...
Walker, Evers explain plans for job creation, economic development in Wisconsin

Thursday, November 22, 2018

MADISON, Wis. - Job creation and the economy are key issues heading into the Nov. 6 election in Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker appeared at an event for the state's biggest business lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, focused on Wisconsin's business climate. "My belief is, if you're an able-bodied working-age adult in this state, my expectation is you work at least 30 hours a week and that you're able to pass a drug test before you get assistance," Walker said in his keynote address.  His Democratic challenger, Tony Evers, sat down Tuesday for an interview with News 3. Evers said Walker's job plans focus too...
65 ways to get started with downtown revitalization

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Join the WEDC Connect Communities program (if you are not already) or consider joining the Main Street program if you’ve been participating in Connect Communities for a while and are ready to take the next step. Hold a downtown stakeholder meeting. Show PowerPoint presentations or videos available from Wisconsin Main Street or ask a member of the staff to make a presentation. Then figure out the strengths and weaknesses of your downtown and set some goals. Beat the streets … know your constituents and keep them informed! Learn the needs of your downtown businesses by communicating with them on a regular basis. React with appropriate projects. Publish a newsletter to keep primary stakeholders and...
WEDC accepting applications for Entrepreneurship Support Program

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

MADISON, WI.  – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations for a grant program designed to advance the statewide climate for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Support Program provides financial assistance of between $10,000 and $100,000 for projects that promote entrepreneurship and provide Wisconsin entrepreneurs with key resources, including training, mentorship, and business development and financial services. Launched in 2016, the initiative has provided nearly $1 million in grants to 17 organizations statewide to help fund activities such as prototyping assistance, legal services, and outreach to underserved entrepreneurs. Those grants have enabled organizations to provide services to...
Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs Grants

Monday, November 19, 2018

MADISON, WI.  – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for the fourth year of its Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand fab labs. The grant program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases for instructional and educational purposes in fab labs. Fab labs are high-tech workshops with the latest equipment, including computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers and computer numerical control routers. WEDC’s investment in the program puts fab labs within reach for schools...
Why a World-Class Medical Manufacturing Company Calls Dunn County Home

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

EirMed is a leading manufacturer of custom designed and engineered medical devices intended to improve patients’ lives. Located in Dunn County, they have an array of capabilities and use them to find solutions that often elude others. Their expertise is integrated into the creation of advanced medical devices for the following markets:  biotechnology, cardiovascular, dentistry, diagnostics, diabetes care, disposables, drug delivery, ear/nose/throat, emergency, home health care, in vitro, IV therapy, neurology, nutrition, ophthalmic, orthopedic, patient mobility, pharmacy, respiratory, spinal, surgical devices and equipment, sports medicine, urology, wound care, and more. They have chosen to do their manufacturing in Dunn County. We...
What Does it Take to Build a Culture of Environmental Stewardship?

Friday, August 31, 2018

Over 115 years ago Andersen Windows was founded on the banks of the St. Croix River. Having a desire to preserve this scenic waterway, and the beauty of the area, Andersen was born with environmental stewardship in mind. You could say that they were into sustainability before sustainability was cool. It’s just part of who they are. Still, the company realized that there was more they could do to reduce their energy usage, water consumption and waste. In 2013, they decided to tackle the issue and created some rather bold goals for doing so. Five years later, they are on...
Andersen Corporation Supports DEDC

Monday, August 27, 2018

The Anderson Corporation produces high-quality products and has a stellar reputation. Their windows and doors are sold throughout the country and North America. You can find them in homes, commercial buildings and public facilities like schools. You may even have them in your home. In Menomonie, the Anderson Corporation has a logistics and distribution center where they package their products for shipping and delivery. With a large distribution network throughout North America, this logistics center has become a hub of activity and a large employer in our community. We are privileged to partner with such an innovative and community-oriented company. You...
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...
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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 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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Get a Job in Manufacturing

Monday, March 19, 2018

Companies are realizing that there is great value in manufacturing goods in the U.S. With technology becoming prevalent in the manufacturing sector, many businesses are returning home and using the skills of employees who know how to operate high-tech machines and how to combine their labor skills and machine workmanship. These are not your standard manufacturing jobs but ones that require a greater level of skill and ability. You can learn those skills at Chippewa Valley Technical College. With a Manufacturing Training program, they are helping to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow. Even if you are...
Ideadvance Seed Fund pursues past and present UW System colleagues

Monday, March 19, 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...
WEDC business attraction director received Young Professional Award from Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Friday, March 16, 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...
Wisconsin, facing a worker shortage, pitches its benefits

Thursday, March 15, 2018

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 Development Corp. “We just essentially need more people.” Continue to full article. 
Get a Good Paying Job

Monday, March 12, 2018

Do you want to make $40 to $45,000 without a four-year degree? It’s possible when you go to a technical school. The Chippewa Valley Technical College offers students the opportunity to learn tangible skills that can immediately be applied in their chosen profession. A technical education centers around applied, hands-on learning so that students can hit the ground running and immediately transition into a job where those exact skills are required. Regional employers know what the programs entail so seeing the two-year program on a resume gives them confidence that an employee will meet their performance standards. Anyone who wants to...
Bringing Science and Tech Together at UW-Stout

Monday, March 05, 2018

Do you love science, math and engineering? If so, check out the STEM+M programs offered at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. They bring together science, technology, engineering, math and management in a symbiotic way. Students can major in a variety of programs designed to provide real-world skills. Simultaneously, students can access the latest equipment to try out new ideas, design solutions and unlock their true potential. This is where opportunities and possibilities come together to create the future. Students can earn a B.S. degree in things like Computer Engineering or Environmental Science, earn their Master’s Degree or a certificate to help with...
Start Designing with the Latest Equipment

Monday, February 26, 2018

Do you have an idea for an amazing product, piece of furniture or artistic design? Is there a concept in your head but no real way to make it a reality? There may be at the Fab Lab. Dunn County is fortunate to have a Fab Lab at UW-Stout and it is open to community members. You don’t have to enroll in classes or be a fulltime student to use it. Simply pay for a membership, take a course on how to properly use the equipment and start designing. This is an amazing opportunity for inventors and designers or even someone...
Do You Need Tools for Your Team?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Collaboration is critical when working on a team project and so is the ability to share information, ideas, and status updates. UW-Stout understands this since both faculty and students require the ability to collaborate on a near-daily basis. Wiki Projects is a tool they have been using to do that and more. According to students, Wiki Projects allowed them to share their vision with the team, get information on the details and concept of the project, see what needs to be done, and get updates on project milestones. These benefits can help any project to be successful. You can get more...
Visit the Newly Renovated Harvey Hall

Monday, February 12, 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Stout has just completed a renovation of their Harvey Hall. This century-old building needed a facelift and $28.3 million went towards the renovation, paid for through a combination of funding sources and private donations. As a historic building, it was important to preserve the character of the hall. This was done through careful planning and the selection of materials to enhance the historic character, while modernizing it in the important ways. The Contractor, David Voss III said, “The 100 years of history held within these hallowed halls was not taken lightly. Great care was invested into preserving the...
Put Up a New Building in Half the Time

Monday, February 05, 2018

Is your business growing? Do you need more space for employees or equipment? We can help you to put up a new building in half the time it would normally take. The DCEDC has created a Virtual Spec Building and gone through the design, land acquisition and approval process for you. This means that you can close on the deal and start constructing the property right away. The Community is even open to providing GAP financing or structuring the deal as a lease-to-own so that you don’t have to come up with all the cash right away. This means more money...
Community Foundation of Dunn County announces grant deadline

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Community Foundation of Dunn County is now accepting grant applications from area nonprofits, government organizations and community groups seeking support for 2018 programs or projects that benefit Dunn County. Eligible areas of interest include the arts, culture, health, heritage, the environment, recreation, education, basic human needs and other civic initiatives. Community Impact Grants allow organizations in Dunn County to meet critical needs and opportunities, while setting measurable objectives to demonstrate impact. Grants are made possible by CFDC funds created by local families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for the charitable investment in the community, which include: The Elizabeth Fenton Fund...
Virtual feedback: HSHS hospitals open new simulation labs

Monday, January 29, 2018

What’s 5’8”, breathes, bleeds, blinks and talks? While it sounds like typical red-blooded human, it’s also a simulation mannequin named “Hal” that’s part of the latest addition to HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals’ clinical education departments. Two mannequins, in fact, and multi-faceted simulation labs that mimic the clinical setting. The technology in the “sim labs” enables the hospitals’ clinical educators to assign mannequins numerous real-life health situations for recently graduated nurses and nursing veterans alike to detect, troubleshoot and treat. Situations such as cardiac arrest, an open wound, a seizure, neurological issues, allergic reactions and more. Though not new,...
We Love Our Students

Monday, January 29, 2018

Knapp is a small, friendly community in rural Dunn County. The youth play a vital role in the community and Knapp Elementary School is here to serve them. They are dedicated to “preparing all students to become lifelong learners, caring individuals and responsible students.” Recently constructed, this is a fantastic facility for students to learn in. The school even overlooks a beautiful pond at the village park. Students who go to school here are always part of the Knapp Elementary community and can even apply for the Heian Scholarship as high school seniors. If you are looking for a community with...
Chancellor: Polytechnic designation adds great value to diploma

Friday, January 26, 2018

The University of Wisconsin-Stout’s designation as a polytechnic university has come to life over the past decade, and “it really has become an integral part of who we are as an institution,” Chancellor Bob Meyer told about 750 graduates at two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16. Meyer told the graduates that the designation as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, granted by the UW System Board of Regents in 2007, was intended to “better define the historical ‘special mission’ that the university had within the larger UW System. Now 10 years later, it would be hard to imagine UW-Stout without this important designation.” Three tenets...
Partnership boosts quality at Phillips-Medisize

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

When it comes to the manufacturing of medical devices, the need for quality control takes on critical significance. That’s why employees of Phillips-Medisize are filling classrooms at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Menomonie campus. The quality technician workers enrolled in a 17-credit Manufacturing Quality program that leads to a technical diploma, all at company expense and on company time. For Phillips-Medisize, it’s an investment in hundreds of quality technician employees. For the workers, it’s a required step to advance. “We make complex life saving devices,” said Matt Jennings, Phillips-Medisize CEO and president. “Investing in our people to give them the tools to produce...
A Lot’s Happening in Colfax

Monday, January 22, 2018

Colfax is a beautiful rural town in Dunn County where citizens are actively involved in community activities. They have an incredible amount of civic organizations, including: Colfax Commercial Club, Kiwanis, Merry Mixers, Municipal Building Restoration Group, Woman’s Club, Colfax Snowmobilers, Red Cedar Pullers, FFA Alumni, American Legion Post 131, and the American Legion Auxiliary. If you want to live in a town where the community really cares about it and about each other, you should visit Colfax. Named the “Friendliest Little Town in Wisconsin”, Colfax is an excellent place to live or visit. Only eight miles from I-94, it is also...
USDA low interest rate commodity loans available

Monday, January 22, 2018

Farm Service Agency (FSA) has low-interest rate loans available to producers on their harvested production. Eligible producers may obtain a nine month commodity loan on their stored production using the crop as collateral. Commodity loans provide producers short-term financing while waiting to market or feed their crops. The December marketing assistance loan interest rate is 2.50 percent. Commodity loans are available to producers who share in the risk of producing a crop. Interested producers can still request a marketing assistance loan on their 2017 crops. Eligible crops include small grains (wheat, oats, barley), honey, coarse grains (corn, soybeans), and other oilseeds. To...
Hampton by Hilton in Menomonie now open

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hampton by Hilton, the global mid-priced hotel opened its newest property in Menomonie on Dec. 11. “At Hampton Inn & Suites, Menomonie guests will have everything they need to ensure a happy and memorable stay,” said Nick Rodolosi general manager about the new hotel, located just off Interstate-94 and minutes from downtown and University of Wisconsin-Stout. Owned by Keystone Hills, LLC and developed by Hoeft Construction, Hampton by Hilton Menomonie offers guests amenities such as free hot breakfast featuring waffles or On the Run™ Breakfast Bags for the on-the-go traveler as well as complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour business center and JumpStart Fitness...
Don’t get in the whey of Wisconsin’s true identity

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sometimes you have to acknowledge what you are and embrace it, even if part of you doesn’t like it. I might wish I were tall and famous and a candidate for People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. You might wish you had invented Google and appeared on the cover of Forbes. But that doesn’t change the fact that we’re regular schmoes from Wisconsin whose appeal has, to date, gone unrecognized by national periodicals. What are we to do, attempt to pass ourselves as something we’re not in hopes of getting attention? I could spend my days strutting about in pantaloons, munching on baguettes...
Visit Historic New Haven

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Haven, Wisconsin has a rich and interesting history. Arriving around 1860, the first settlers were mostly lumbermen who had to float their logs downriver to Menomonie. Once the land was clear it was open for dairy farmers to settle in the region. The town as it exists today has its roots with these dairy farmers. New Haven has a historic town hall that has been used for nearly 100 years for the community to be entertained, for events to be hosted, meetings to be held, and the local 4H to meet. This is a friendly and beautiful community in Dunn...
Making Wisconsin a workforce destination

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Local business leaders talk attracting millennials, veterans With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered one morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools. What they learned is that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach, the key is to get their story out to workers about what their workplace, and their community, has to offer. Organized by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, the event featured a panel discussion with industry experts, and was capped by a keynote address by Tricia Braun. The chief operating officer of the Wisconsin...
Snowmobile in Lucas

Monday, January 08, 2018

If you are looking for snowmobile trails, head to Lucas in Dunn County. This is an excellent place to plan your ride for the day and the Snowmobile Association has information on where to go, what trails are open and important facts on the town’s website. A popular destination in Wisconsin, Lucas is a winter hub of activity. Other recreation opportunities are also in Lucas, such as the Bjornson Education-Recreation Center. This is a 443-acre school forest, designed to allow students to enjoy nature the way that it should be enjoyed – wild and rustic. Students from all over the Menomonie...
UW–Madison retains 6th place in national research ranking

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The National Science Foundation released its 2016 Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey data, showing that UW–Madison retained 6th place in the national research rankings. Data on UW–Madison’s 2016 expenditures for research show the university remains a research powerhouse with nearly $1.16 billion in annual expenditures for research across all fields, about half of which comes from federal awards. Federal expenditures represent a 6.3 percent increase from the previous fiscal year, or totaling nearly $34 million in new additional spending. “The increase in expenditures and maintaining our ranking is good news for UW–Madison, showing that the needle is moving in the right direction...
Advance Your Culinary Career

Monday, January 01, 2018

Have you dreamed of being a chef, baker or owning your own restaurant? Learn the skills you need to do so by enrolling in the Chippewa Valley Technical College. Their Culinary Program offers students the opportunity to enhance their culinary skills by working in an industrial kitchen under the tutelage of talented educators. The program also provides students with the business knowledge they need to run a kitchen or a business. Things like budgeting and forecasting, operations, nutrition, menu planning, team work, health sanitation and safety are all taught as part of this two-year program. If you are ready to realize...
2017’s Most Charitable States

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

’Tis the season for giving. And the latest World Giving Index shows that Americans are among the world’s most generous people, ranking No. 5 out of 140 countries. U.S. donors in 2016 gave more than $389 billion to charity, with 72 percent of the funds coming directly from individuals, according to the National Philanthropic Trust. But Americans do more than reach in their pockets to help others. They also contribute their time — and plenty of it. Nearly 63 million people volunteer in the U.S., serving a combined total of 7.9 billion hours per year, the equivalent of $184 billion of service. Not everyone is equally...
Take the Bus. It’s Easy!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Taking the bus is easier than you may think. We have an excellent bus service in Dunn County that goes to places like the Farmer’s Market in Menomonie. Now, through a transit partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, more bus routes are opening. This is designed to give students more transportation options that do not involve driving a car. The new routes can help students and faculty to get around campus, head to the grocery or other stores, or even to get to Minneapolis. With so many options, students at UW Stout don’t need a car. Plus, some of these rides...
Attractive culture key for millennials, business leaders say

Friday, December 22, 2017

At the New North Summit in Green Bay, business leaders highlighted the importance of creating a company culture that’s attractive to millennials.  Such a culture involves developing a mission that goes beyond just making money, according to Mike Haddad, president and CEO of Schreiber Foods.  “It is the physical environment, it’s the social adjacencies, it’s the tools that they need to fulfill their potential,” Haddad said yesterday. “More and more today, people coming into the workforce want to know that their organization not only allows them to fulfill their potential, but are good stewards to the community, good stewards to the earth...
Available Dental Care for Families in Menomonie

Monday, December 18, 2017

If you live in Menomonie, you will have more options when it comes to receiving dental care. With a growing population, existing dentists have been busy and this can mean longer wait times. Now, patients will have more options. The Family Health Center of Marshfield Menomonie Dental Center will have five dentists and five hygienist providing treatment at any given time. The benefit of visiting a large facility is that everyone in the family can have their teeth cleaned and examined at the same time. Their building is located at 404 Red Cedar Street and you can learn more about its...
Menomonie is Getting a New Hotel

Monday, December 11, 2017

Do you have family or business colleagues coming to town? Shortly, they will have a new place to stay. Menomonie is getting a new hotel downtown on the corner of Main and Second Streets. The new building will take the place of the Heller Building. Once complete, it will become the new Cobblestone Inn. Since this is a historic area, steps are being taken to ensure that the new building matches the downtown architecture. This will be done by incorporating windows that look like an old storefront, canopies, overhangs, slate and cast stone coins. It will be a beautiful addition to...
Site Planners – Look Here!

Monday, December 04, 2017

As a site planner, you have an important job – picking the next location and making sure everything will fall into place without hiccups or delays. In Dunn County, we have made it easier than ever for you to make that decision. With our Virtual Spec Building, you get a regional location map, building site plan, building footprint layout and incentives that can all be presented to your client. With an entire binder at your disposal, making the presentation couldn’t be easier. Once a business has decided to locate here, building from the ground up will be easy because we have...
100 New Jobs in Menomonie

Monday, November 27, 2017

We’re growing in Menomonie as more companies are locating and expanding here. Phillips-Medisize is one of them. They are opening an 80,000-square-foot facility for their high-volume prefilled drug delivery systems. This will create 100 new jobs in the area. Their growth is due to signing a major contract and it is expected to remain consistent over time. For residents of Dunn County this is an incredible opportunity to join a growing company, work for a good wage, and enjoy the benefits of living in our beautiful county. Wisconsin is an excellent place to own and grow a business, something that Phillips-Medisize and...
ReforMedicine expands to Menomonie

Friday, November 24, 2017

ReforMedicine SC Direct Pay Family Medicine and Medical Weight Loss Specialists has opened an expansion location in Menomonie. The office is located at 1309 Stout Road in Menomonie, in space leased in a building shared with Optimum Therapies. The Direct Pay Family Practice Clinic will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be staffed by Nola Westphal, MD; Dana Toenies, NP; and Samantha Hill, CMA. For transparent pricing information, to learn more about ReforMedicine, or to schedule an appointment visit Continue to article.
Sit, visit, unwind: One woman’s dream comes true at Vino Cappuccino

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sometimes a spiritual and personal growth retreat is exactly what a person needs to drive home one’s purpose in life. For Dina Babb of Colfax, just such an immersion into self-discovery that brought her to conclude: “I have always created warm and inviting places where people feel valued and loved.” Her next step was to explore whether she could build a successful food, beverage and entertainment venue from this strength. In her mind and with the support of her husband Galen, “Vino Cappuccino” began to take shape. The sum of many parts “I was never consciously aware that I am an entrepreneur at heart,”...
Occupy a Brand New Building in Less than Six Months

Monday, November 20, 2017

If your business is growing, you need a new facility and fast. Don’t waste time hunting for a new location and working with engineers and architects to draw up plans. Instead, consider the Virtual Spec Building in Menomonie. We have done the legwork for you by purchasing the property, planning for construction, designing the building and going through various approvals. With no red tape to cut or designs to complete, we have made it possible to put up the building in six months. This is an incredible opportunity for your business to occupy a new facility within less than a year....
‘Tadpole Tank’ awards scholarship to local young entrepreneur

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tadpole Tank, the mini version of a certain popular TV show, was created for young women in the Chippewa Valley to scratch that entrepreneurial itch and win a scholarship up to $1,500. Submitting evidence of their endeavors as young business leaders, the applicants show their edge and desire for the piece of the American dream. They had to promote themselves through social media to gain votes on and whoever garnered the most votes emerged as the winner. Coming in first place as Tadpole Tank winner was Maiya Szotkowski, a senior at Menomonie High School and founder of Soap for Hope, a lightweight, biodegradable...
Do You Have What it Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? Consider This 5-Point Check List

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Are you thinking of setting up your own business? If so, it could prove to be the ideal career plan for you, but you’ll need to be sure you’re up to the challenge before venturing forth. When I first started on my journey as an entrepreneur, there were a few traits that I focused on heavily, just to confirm I was on the right path. Successful entrepreneurship calls for some personal qualities and skills, so consider these first to make sure you’re right for the role. If you can apply the five essential qualities below, the signs will look promising: A...
Tourism Equals Growth!

Monday, November 13, 2017

If you are a business in Dunn County, there is a good chance that you have been positively impacted by tourism dollars – either directly or indirectly. Whether you own a restaurant and serve the best pie in town or you supply the lumber being used by businesses adding on, the tourists that come to town poured $46.4 million into our economy in 2014 alone. Since tourism businesses rely on other local companies, this resulted in a gain of $79.1 million for Dunn County! As a result of tourism, 864 jobs were created and our communities have been experiencing steady growth....

Friday, November 10, 2017

Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced that WEDC is now accepting applications for the third year of its Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand fab labs. “Fab labs are a key part of our goal to make sure that every student in Wisconsin has the tools needed to succeed in school and beyond. That’s why our budget included $1 million in funding to continue to this vital program over the next two years,” said Governor Scott Walker. “As a result of our commitment, Wisconsin now has...
Export Development Grant Program can lead to international success

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Manufacturing & Logistics In November 2015, the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development partnership launched the Export Development Grant Program presented by JPMorgan Chase. The program provides financial assistance to small and medium enterprises – both those new to exporting and experienced exporters – to enter new markets by accessing resources, overcoming obstacles and seizing on opportunities internationally. The program provides matching funds of up to $5,000 per company. The funding can be used for a multitude of export-related purposes and may also be combined with grants offered by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Companies are asked to provide a narrative explaining how...
Get Updates from Dunn County!

Monday, November 06, 2017

Do you like to stay “in the know”? If so, you need to read Eric Turner’s monthly column on Dunn County. With the latest news, insights, tips, and analysis, he provides an inside look at what is happening in the county. Since Eric is intimately involved in economic development, he often gets information on new government programs and initiatives, who is moving into town, and things happening at UW-Stout, Chippewa Valley Technical College, and more. No one wants to be left in the dark or the last to hear the latest news. By simply reading Eric’s monthly column, you won’t be. Read...

Saturday, November 04, 2017

70+ events scheduled in 10 cities to assist startups, promote entrepreneurship Entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and community leaders will promote entrepreneurship and share advice and resources in more than 70 events statewide as part of the first-ever Wisconsin Startup Week from Nov. 6 to 12. Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Startup Week will feature free events that will build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the state. The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs discover resources in their communities, highlight the importance of startups to the growth of the state’s economy and showcase innovations developed by Wisconsin startups. The statewide event...
Biohealth entrepreneurs: Experts on federal grants convening in Milwaukee

Friday, November 03, 2017

Experts who have valuable insights for tapping into America's largest biohealth entrepreneurial seed fund will gather in Milwaukee Nov. 7-9. The national conference of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services highlights Small Business Innovation and Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. More than $920 million is available annually through the congressionally mandated fund.  Around 100 program managers from the two grant programs will descend on Milwaukee for the conference. Conference attendees will be able to meet one-on-one with the program managers to learn how to submit successful applications for Health and Human Services seed funds. he idea is to increase private-sector commercialization of innovations...
Room Boom in Dunn County

Monday, October 30, 2017

With tourism on the rise, increased traffic on Hwy 53, and a list of aging hotels, there is an increased demand for hotels and motels in Dunn County. Enter the room boom. New hotels are being built like the Hampton Inn and Cobblestone Inn. Others are being renovated or rebuilt entirely. This activity is due to an increase in demand but the relationship is symbiotic. As more tourists stay in local hotels, there will be an increased demand for services, entertainment, restaurants, etc. Small businesses can grow as a result, leading to increased economic prosperity for all. You can read more...
We Love Our Downtown Businesses

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Menomonie Main Street Program is promoting our local small businesses and encouraging growth. With fun activities and events, there is something going on downtown for much of the year. Whether you are looking for something to do for Ladies Night, want to attend a Community Cookout, or a holiday event – we have the event for you. The Main Street Program can help your business through promotional activities and by providing resources that are critical to your growth. If you are located in the downtown region now or would like to be, reach out and see how we can help...
Technology reboot: Dell equipment donation boosts computer networking lab

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To the untrained eye, they may not look like much — rows upon rows of sleek-looking metal boxes stacked high inside another metal box in a small room. To the students in the computer networking and information technology undergraduate program at University of Wisconsin-Stout, they represent the future of computer storage, networking and servers. That future arrived in early September when two Dell EMC employees from Eden Prairie, Minn., installed about a dozen pieces of high-tech equipment — new computer storage units with about 65 terabytes of space, servers, fiber channel switches and ethernet switches in part of the CNIT lab in...
Is Your Internet Fast Enough?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Let’s face it. We live in a connected world but without high-speed internet, you can feel like you’re trapped in the 1990s. Access to broadband is critical for being able to download and upload files quickly, stream your favorite shows on Netflix or have everyone in your family using their phones and tablets at the same time. Unfortunately, too many of our community members do not currently have access to broadband. We are working to change this. There is an active broadband initiative in Dunn County and Wisconsin in general. We need your feedback and participation to determine who needs broadband...
Workers wanted: Facing a worker shortage, more employers turning to robots

Monday, October 16, 2017

Cory De Buhr, 48, returned from college in 1994 to take over his family’s 240 acres, but his son left to work at a factory in Platteville and plans to go back to school to study diesel mechanics and his high school-aged daughter wants to work in health care. To milk his 70 cows he’s employed a few part- and full-time workers over the years. But hiring has become more challenging — there has been some decline in available immigrant labor and young workers too often spend time fixated on their phones, De Buhr said. “(Young workers) want more money and that...
2017’s Happiest States in America

Thursday, October 12, 2017

People determine their own happiness. But how content we are with life is not only and always a matter of perspective. And it’s certainly not about beauty, power or wealth — at least, not beyond an annual income of $75,000. Where we choose to live can also influence our level of happiness. In this study, WalletHub’s analysts drew upon the findings of “happiness” research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being and satisfaction with life. Previous studies have found that good economic, emotional, physical and social health are all key to a well-balanced and fulfilled life. Continue to...
These Are The 5 Brain Skills You’ll Need In The Future Of Work

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

“About 20 years ago, it was seen as really important to be strategic rather than tactical,” says neuroscientist Tara Swart. But advances in her field, combined with the shifting demands of modern employers, have begun to change that. “Now, I think an understanding of the cognitive sciences is going to be the thing that makes people thrive.” Indeed, as Swart points out, there’s a growing understanding that deeply human capabilities–the skills, including those rooted in emotional intelligence, that aren’t so easily automated–may be rising in value in the future job market. But from a brain-science perspective, she explains, many of those core skills have always been among humans’ most valuable evolutionary...
Are You Ready to Build?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Our Virtual Spec Building in Menomonie has everything you need in place to start building quickly. If you are looking for a new home in Dunn County, Wisconsin, this is one of the fastest ways to build from the ground up. We have the property, plans in place and even virtual drawings that you can see and customize. This makes it possible to create the right space for your business without wasting months working through the planning process. When time is money, consider our Virtual Spec Building. You can get started by viewing the building concept here or by contacting us...
To attract people, Wisconsin looks to transcend its cheesy reputation

Monday, October 09, 2017

Cheese. Cold winters. Packers. When people in other parts of the country think of Wisconsin, those are some of the main ideas that come to mind, according to a survey conducted last year by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Or, as one survey respondent from a neighboring state put it: "I thought it was just farms and bars." State officials counter that Wisconsin has developed far beyond its reputation as an agricultural rust belt state. "It's not only beer and cows," said Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in an interview. "We're biomedical. We're aviation and aerospace. And now (with the pending arrival of Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn) we're...

Thursday, October 05, 2017

MADISON, WI.  – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications from nonprofit and community-based organizations for a grant program designed to advance the statewide climate for entrepreneurship. The Entrepreneurship Support Program provides financial assistance of between $10,000 and $100,000 for projects that promote entrepreneurship and provide Wisconsin entrepreneurs with key resources, including training, mentorship, and business development and financial services. Launched as a pilot program in 2016, the initiative provided nearly $500,000 in grants to 11 projects statewide in its first year to help fund activities such as prototyping assistance, legal services, and outreach to underserved entrepreneurs. Because of the strong...
Bagging the Big One

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

How Wisconsin Landed Foxconn Remember the big one that got away? Wisconsin doesn’t. Landing the largest capital investment in state history has a way of erasing bad memories. In Wisconsin’s case, winning a $10-billion investment in a 20-million-sq.-ft. (1.8-million-sq.-m.) advanced electronics manufacturing complex from Taiwan-based Foxconn not only eclipses any other economic development deal in the Badger State’s past; it offers the potential to rewrite the state’s future. “The eagle has landed, it has spread its wings, and it is taking off again,” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said at the ceremony announcing the game-changing Foxconn investment at the famed Milwaukee Art Museum on...
Visit the Timber Frame Pavilion at the Farmer’s Market

Monday, October 02, 2017

Have you seen the new Timber Frame Pavilion in Menomonie? Volunteers came together to build the pavilion as part of our community effort to promote local farmers and the fantastic produce and goods they are creating on a daily basis. If you didn’t see all the activity, you can watch videos that show how the building was raised and talk about the various materials that were used. Produced by Tracy Lea Landis since last October, they have been viewed by thousands of people. Watch them here. We also encourage you to stop by the market to visit with your favorite vendors...
Building Made Easy!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Time is money! When it comes to constructing a building, no statement could be truer. Property owners and investors have a carrying cost associated with any property. If it takes too long to finish constructing or remodeling a building, money is lost since the property cannot start generating cash until it can be occupied. We have been working to shorten the time it takes to build through our economic development efforts. Here's how – there is a partnership in place to create a virtual building that will have renderings completed, a site selected, permits submitted, and approved. This way, a business...
Funding to Triple!

Monday, September 18, 2017

We love internet! Seriously, who can live without it? This is a question that many in rural communities have to ask and the answer is always - “give us broadband!” Well, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has heard the cries loud and clear. He announced a plan to triple the amount of funding that the state is putting into expanding broadband into rural Wisconsin. If you are a business looking to locate in Dunn County or the surrounding areas, this is excellent news. More money put towards broadband, means faster and easier internet access for all. Whether you take orders online or...
Connecting Wisconsin

Monday, September 11, 2017

In Menomonie and Dunn County, we know that staying connected is the key to being able to grow business. Let’s face it – nothing runs without internet and with more and more software moving to the cloud, even things like QuickBooks are hosted off of your computer. This makes having reliable broadband access critical. There is a statewide effort to ensure that broadband is readily available for all Wisconsin citizens, even those in rural communities. With playbooks developed in 2013 and the governor committing more funding in 2016, we are on track to becoming more of a wired and connected state. Read...
Communities Connect

Monday, September 04, 2017

Here in Wisconsin, we don’t wait for the government to do things for us. We take action, form partnerships, and work as a community to achieve our goals. This is exactly what is happening in cities throughout our state. With a pressing need for increased broadband access, Red Cedar township applied for a grant that could be used for broadband expansion. Colfax township has successfully done so by working with CenturyLink and West Wisconsin/24/7 is also working with cities and townships to expand broadband access. Grant information is listed here. As a business looking to expand or relocate here, this type of...
Industrial Space in Dunn County

Monday, August 28, 2017

Have you ever been excited to meet with a new consultant or industry expert? That’s how we felt in Dunn County when six members of the Site-Selectors Guild paid us a three-day visit. They toured Menomonie and the surrounding area, taking in all that Wisconsin has to offer. Read more about their visit here. At the end of the trip, they made recommendations regarding how we can prepare for additional growth and investment into our community. They mentioned the need for additional industrial space and we have taken this challenge to heart. The Greater Menomonie Development Corporation, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation,...
Bounce Your Ideas

Monday, August 21, 2017

Do you need someone to bounce ideas off of? Are you starting a business, looking to grow, or want to expand into new markets? As an entrepreneur, it can be challenging to take these leaps and even more challenging to succeed when you do. That’s why we all need mentors and friends that have taken these journeys, know what the path looks like, and can guide us along the way. That is exactly what you will find at the Entrepreneurs After Hours. Here, a group of entrepreneurs, successful business people, bankers, attorneys, accountants, members of SCORE, EDC organizations, development centers, and...
Visit for Labor Day

Monday, August 14, 2017

Are you looking for something to do on Labor Day? Head to Ridgeland in Dunn County. For 93 years they have been host to a fantastic Labor Day celebration. On September 2nd through the 5th, people will come from all over the state to celebrate with friends and family. Some of the events include a tractor pull, horse pullers, grand parade, DJs and a beer tent, demo derby, arts and crafts, farmer’s market, carnival games and rides, fun run, a street dance and more. This is fun-filled event for the entire family with non-stop activities. While the town of Ridgeland may be...
We Love Milk!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Wisconsin is the dairy capital of the country and we are proud of it! Not only do we produce 29.03 billion pounds of milk but we also produce a third of the nation’s cheese. In other words, if you like wine and cheese – this is the state for you. With over 600 varieties produced, you will never run out of a new cheese to try. In Menomonie, we are proud of all of our dairy farms, including local Alfalawn Farms. This family farm is a perfect example of why dairy is so important in Wisconsin. Creating jobs, educating local students, giving...
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Executive Director Opening: Pierce County Development Corporation

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Pierce County Development Corporation is inviting applications, nominations, expressions of interest and inquiries for the position of Executive Director. A detailed position description can be found here. We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a passion for business development and significant business experience. The position will require approximately 30 hours per week and part-time administrative support. Compensation will be commensurate with prior experience and consistent with the independent contractor status for the incumbent. Please direct all correspondence and questions to : Larry J Dokkestul PCEDC Board Chair C/O  Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services PO Box 420, Ellsworth WI 54011-0420 Direct:  715-273-2403 Fax:  715-273-2019 Applications should include a...

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Israel has a population of 8.6 million and one of the world’s most highly educated workforces: it ranks fourth in the world (behind Canada, Russia and the U.S.) in terms of the percentage of working age adults that hold at least a college degree. In spite of its location in a volatile political region, Israel has a growing, highly developed economy with a focus on innovation and technology. The economy grew by 4 percent in 2016, placing it among the fastest-growing economies in the world. Although Israel does not rank among the top U.S. export destinations, a free trade agreement...
Co-op partnership builds donation of healthy food to community

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Co-op partnership builds donation of healthy food Local food co-op customers, farmers, and vendors provide healthy, locally grown, and organic foods to local food pantry. Menomonie Market Food Co-op, in partnership with their distributors, farmer vendors, and customers finalized their 2016-17 fundraising in support of Stepping Stones Food Pantry. Co-op Customers raised more than $3,000 in cash, local farmers contributed pallets of organic produce, and distributors contributed the remaining pallets of healthy soups, broths and vegetables, for a total donation of $15,000. In total, the collaborative effort raised more than $15,000 worth of food to support the important work of providing healthy food...
Exploring the history of the Wisconsin Hop Craze

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

No matter where you look today, as we get smarter about making food choices, we see the movement back to real food. Whether it’s called whole, sustainable, locally sourced or fresh, it’s a good thing. Included in this renaissance of better living is the explosion of craft beer options. And part of craft beer is a spicy little rhizome called a hop. Rhizomes are underground stem systems that put out shoots that migrate upward to create vines. Robust perennials, hop vines are capable of growing up to 12 inches a day under ideal conditions. First appearing as a salad option nearly two thousand...
Farmers, processors reviving Wisconsin hops industry

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

ALGOMA - In the middle of dairy country, Russ Fulwiler had a different beverage on his mind when he went to plant crops. Dairy farming and related businesses generated $295.8 million of economic activity in Kewaunee County last year, accounting for almost two-thirds of the county’s agriculture industry.   Milk may be king in Kewaunee, but Fulwiler saw an opportunity to provide a key ingredient for Wisconsin’s other favorite beverage: beer. Since 2012, he has grown five acres of hops on his Birch Road farm just outside Algoma. “I didn’t know a quarter of what I needed to know at the time (I...
Wisconsin firms can visit Israel

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wisconsin businesses will have the chance to spend one week in Tel Aviv to establish or expand their global reach. From Oct. 26 – Nov. 3, businesses can build international relationships in Tel Aviv. During this time, participants will engage in Israeli culture and have meetings with potential partners in the market. Each participant will also receive an Israel market assessment specific to their company. The trip is sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. “One of the reasons WEDC selected Israel for this trip is because we have complementary strengths in the water technology industry. Israel is strong in desalination technology, while...
Looking for a Degree Program?

Monday, July 31, 2017

If you are ready to earn your degree, consider the Polytechnic University at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Here, students learn in an environment focused on applied learning, rather than theories. This is a liberal arts program that takes a unique and modern approach to learning. Students need to graduate and have the skills necessary to get a job and get to work. Theoretical learning cannot always provide the tools necessary for students to do so. This program does, using a variety of “hands-on” applications. If you are ready to learn real-world skills and earn a degree at the same time, click here.
Teeth Cleaning in Menomonie

Monday, July 24, 2017

Getting your teeth cleaned or a cavity filled, just became easier with Marshfield Dental expanding into Menomonie. No one wants do drive far for quality healthcare, especially with a terrible toothache! With over fifty locations throughout Wisconsin, Marshfield Clinic has you covered and now they are covering people in Menomonie as well. Dunn County Economic Development Corporation is focused on business growth throughout the region and we are proud that they have chosen to expand into this new 12,597 square-foot clinic and to provide easier access to dental care for all of our citizens, including those that are low-income. Read more.  
It’s Award Time!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Everyone loves award season, including people in Menomonie, Wisconsin. In Dunn County, we are proud of our local manufacturing company Vets Plus, Inc. and their nomination for Manufacturer of the Year. Learn more about the award. Vets Plus, Inc. manufactures food products that improve the health of food and companion animals. They have been in business for twenty years and are a vital part of our community. At the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, we are proud to support our local businesses, cheer them on, and work to create a positive business environment where they can thrive and grow – exactly what...
The Future of Training

Monday, July 10, 2017

The new FABLAB is the future of training for students who want to get a hands on experience with creating, designing, fabricating and even creating a prototype of their new project. For years’ students have had to wait at the back of the line to have their inventions created, or even to have a prototype of a great idea made. Today, with the technological training of UW-Stout and a specific set of programs, there is no need to wait. The FABLAB offers the students of UW-Stout the ability to dream, create, and fabricate all within the confines of the universities...
Mark R. Hogan Op-Ed: Investing in workforce of the future

Monday, July 03, 2017

Talk to business leaders throughout Wisconsin and you will hear a recurring theme: There is a real need for skilled workers to fill jobs in just about every industry and in companies of all sizes. A survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, for example, says 70 percent of state businesses are struggling to find qualified workers and some are delaying expansions because of the problem. That is why workforce development is a key component of Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year budget proposal and why the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., along with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and other state agencies, is...
UW-Stout Recognized Internationally

Monday, July 03, 2017

While people throughout the world know the names Harvard and Yale, many throughout Africa, also know of the University of Wisconsin. UW-Stout has been recognized internationally and given the prestigious honor of hosting the Young African Leaders Initiative for three years in a row! This is not a group of tourists but thought-leaders, innovators, and educators from throughout Africa that bring their thoughts and creativity to the United States. Working with local leaders in the U.S. and even being recognized by the President, the YALI Fellows are a fantastic addition to our university community and to Dunn County during their stay! See...
Festivals, More than Fun

Monday, June 26, 2017

In Wisconsin, we know how to have a good time! With harvest festivals for pumpkin smashing, some of the best equestrian events in the country, and parades for miles, there is always a fun festival planned here. Tourism plays a vital role in the economic development of Dunn County and we are proud to welcome visitors from throughout the country. Our businesses are friendly, our doors are open, and we make visitors feel right at home – something that keeps them coming back. If you haven’t been to Chippewa Valley or Dunn County, join us for an Oktoberfest event, holiday bazaar,...
Entrepreneur Love

Monday, June 19, 2017

We love entrepreneurs in Dunn County! Not only from an economic development perspective but because of the incredible ideas that are born in our local incubators or even garages. Our Entrepreneurs After Hours event is one way that we get to learn about and feature some of these amazing leaders. One of our Wisconsin entrepreneurs is Julie McFadden of Eco Urban Timber. Julie’s ingenuity allowed for urban logging using ash trees that are diseased. She found a way to take trees that were otherwise unusable and turn them into a beautiful material that can be used for signs in places like...
Borgerding: Rural health care workforce investments help 'Grow-Our-Own'

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wisconsin’s hospitals and health systems are essential components of the state’s economy. When employers are asked to rank the factors that are most important to them when determining where to locate or expand their business, access to good health care consistently is right near the top. Wisconsin is home to some of the highest quality health care in the country in both rural and urban communities, the result of dedicated hospital leaders, physicians and staff but also because of public policy that supports high-quality health care. However, Wisconsin is facing some critical workforce shortages. A hospital must be staffed 24 hours a...
Keyes celebrates enterprising tech grads

Friday, June 16, 2017

Keyes Chevytown is celebrating the accomplishments of several employees who have completed specialized training in their field. Dealer Joe Keyes and office manager Kami Keyes–Cleveland along with service director John Lynch congratulated auto technicians James Watkins, Bradley Ress and Matt Riste. Both Watkins and Riste recently graduated from GM’s Automotive Service Educational Program, hosted by Dakota County Technical College. They are the first candidates that Keyes Chevytown has sponsored for this program and their graduation marks a completion of about 80 percent of the GM training. Not to be outdone, Ress took it upon his own accord to complete early graduation from high...
Wahl joins Menomonie Chiropractic Center

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kristin Wahl D.C. recently joined Menomonie Chiropractic Center (3120 Schneider Ave, SE Suite 5,) as a new chiropractic physician. She is originally from Monticello, Iowa and moved to Menomonie last summer to be close to her husband’s family. She specializes in the treatment of headaches, spinal and extremity dysfunction with a passion for treating families especially children. Kristin has a bachelor’s degree in life science and Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic. She wishes to earn her diplomate in pediatrics in her near future and looks forward to treating patients in the Menomonie area. For almost 25 years, Menomonie Chiropractic...
Historic Charm in Downtown

Monday, June 12, 2017

Do you dream of the America from Norman Rockwell paintings? Can’t get enough of ice cream parlors, cafes, historic buildings, and small town parades? Then come to Menomonie, Wisconsin. Main Street of Menomonie Inc. has been working with local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce to preserve and enhance the character of our Main Street and all of downtown. They are working with businesses to design even more beautiful spaces and to attract new entrepreneurs to the charm that Menomonie has to offer. We invite you to visit downtown for a Ladies Night Out, Winterdaze, Flag Day or just to check out...
Grassroots Wellness celebrates year of growth, expansion

Friday, June 09, 2017

Since first opening its doors in April 2016, Grassroots Wellness Peer-Run Respite and Learning Community at 820 N Broadway Street in Menomonie has provided support in a home-like environment to more than 100 adults experiencing difficulties due to mental health or substance use-related issues. Workers at the respite provide support based on their own recovery experiences from times of crisis. With the success of its first year, the organization is expanding to a new space. Grassroots on Main: Community Wellness and Empowerment Center, at 305 Main Street East, will serve as a central office for Comprehensive Community Services (CCS). Peer supporters...
Wisconsin becoming national leader in hiring disabled workers

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

LAKE DELTON - When Nate Kube lost a long-term convention center job, he struggled to find work — and his place. Kube, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, got a new start through a program called Project Search. Last year, the 26-year-old front desk agent became associate of the year here among the 1,500 employees of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions.  "It made me feel like I had a sense of purpose again ... It was really hard for me to get back into the workforce. I almost wanted to give up, but coming into Project Search gave me a sense of purpose and it...
Job Diversity

Monday, June 05, 2017

Businesses hiring diverse candidates with backgrounds ranging from PhD’s to warehouse workers are typically hard to find but not in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Vets Plus, Inc. is a local manufacturer who has received numerous awards and has recently expanded their operations in Menomonie. As a producer of nutritional and nutraceutical products for animals, they employ microbiologists, nutritionists, veterinarians, pharmacologists, production chemists and more, while also employing a full staff of office, sales, production, and warehouse staff. It is easy to attract talent with the University of Wisconsin-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College located here. At the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, we...
Healthy Animals

Monday, May 29, 2017

What does it take to keep food and companion animals healthy? According to Vets Plus, Inc., it starts with what they eat. They manufacture nutritional, prebiotic, probiotic and nutraceutical products for animals and these products are being used throughout the country. Business is booming and Vets Plus, Inc. had to decide where they wanted to grow. 78,000 square feet is no small expansion and at Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, we are thrilled that Vets Plus, Inc. has chosen to expand so significantly in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their expansion is creating local jobs and it is an excellent example of how economic...
No Banks Needed!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Do you want money for your business? Are you lacking capital but have a great idea? This is a common issue with entrepreneurs and business owners but one that we helped to solve for Shape Products, a local manufacturer of window wells, window well covers, sheet plastic, glass, mirrors, and more. See their product line. Dunn County Economic Development Corporation helped Shape products to get the funding they needed for business growth. Secured through the regional business fund, money was available when they needed it, and without having to go through the bank. If you have been told that your business doesn’t...
FABLAB, The Name Says It All

Monday, May 15, 2017

Can you imagine a place where high-tech innovators and creative geniuses could go to design, prototype, and build their creations? A place where the only limits were those of the imagination? Well such a place exists, thanks to the University of Wisconsin in Stout. The FABLAB is just such a workshop which is designed to give students the access they need to the tools that can help bring their ideas to life. From computers to simulators to desktop manufacturing technologies, the FABLAB is a step into the future. With an open environment, the FABLAB removes conventional barriers to development by giving...
Land Your Dream Job!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Don’t go to college, worried that you won’t get a job afterwards. Wisconsin is hiring and students at the University of Wisconsin-Stout have a 97.3 percent placement rate upon graduation! That is incredible to land a good paying job. This success is due to a cooperative education program between the university, local employers, and students. The faculty at UW-Stout understands that the job market can be stressful, and treacherous, for students to navigate. It can also be complex for employers who are seeking the right blend of candidates that have the specific knowledge and skills needed for a particular position. In...
A Spotlight on African Leadership

Monday, May 01, 2017

Our university is thinking globally! The University of Wisconsin-Stout has taken a leadership role, in partnership with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, to bring some of the most talented young African students and leaders to study at our campus. This is a unique honor for UW-Stout and Wisconsin. The programs and will feature 25 fellows from 19 different countries and you can Read details here. The group will consist of leaders in business, government, and non-profit organizations from Sub-Saharan Africa, who have been specially selected to participate at this program. It is highly prestigious for a university to...
3D Printing

Monday, April 24, 2017

It’s hard to imagine a technology as revolutionary to manufacturing as 3D printing. With the ability to create an idea, use CAD/CAM software, and then have it printed before your very eyes, 3D printing is a thrill to watch. In Menomonie, we have an incredible prototyping business that has begun utilizing this technology on a regular basis. Schmit Prototypes works with businesses throughout the country to bring their ideas to life. Located right here in Wisconsin, they make it possible for businesses in the medical industry, consumer goods, and more to receive high quality prototypes without dealing with manufacturers overseas. Schmit...
Careers, technology on display at manufacturing show

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cole Hill knows what he wants to do in a future career. “I want to build motors – V-8s probably,” said the Colfax High School junior who spends time racing at the Red Cedar and Jim Falls tracks. But just what does one study to prepare to build big engines? Hunter Sullivan of Chippewa Falls, a Chippewa Valley Technical College Machine Tooling Technics student, had some ideas for him at CVTC’s annual Manufacturing Show Thursday, March 2. “He told me about their CNC (computerized numerical control) machines and the careers,” said Hill, who thinks he will eventually enroll at CVTC, but he...
Marine Credit Union comes to Menomonie

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On March 2, employees of Marine Credit Union gathered with the Menomonie Area Chamber and the Chamber’s Ambassadors for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new Marine Credit Union is located at 1320 Broadway, St. Suite 8 in Menomonie. Headquartered in La Crosse, Marine Credit Union is built upon the belief that its members are more than just a credit score. Committed to providing quality financial services and guidance to all members of the communities we serve — including those with past financial challenges, Marine Credit Union is a full-service financial institution serving nearly 60,000 members with office locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota...
CVTC adds program for library workers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

People with an interest or a current position working in libraries will be able to turn to Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) for training starting in August 2017. The creation of a Library and Information Services associate degree program at CVTC fills a void in higher education in Wisconsin, as there are currently no undergraduate programs in library science in the state. The program, delivered entirely online, will prepare people to work in public, academic, school, and corporate libraries for government, non-profits and private businesses. The program will provide opportunities for professional development for current library paraprofessionals, and prepare new people desiring...
Build Your Home Right

Monday, April 17, 2017

If you had to build a new home or add an addition would you want to use products sourced and manufactured overseas or ones locally grown in the good ole’ USofA? Well, if you live in Colfax, Wisconsin, your decision gets a whole lot easier. Right here, we have Timer Technologies, LLC. They provide building materials used by progressive builders throughout the state of Wisconsin and the country. This is a local business, owned by a local family, using locally sourced raw materials and employing local workers. They are a vital part of the economic development in Colfax and we have...
Third year in a row: Employment rate for Stout grads hits 97.4 percent

Friday, April 14, 2017

For the third year in a row, an increased number of University of Wisconsin-Stout graduates were working within six months of leaving campus, Chancellor Bob Meyer announced Tuesday, March 7, at a celebration of two historic developments in the university’s recent past. Meyer announced that 97.4 percent of the 2015-16 graduates were working or continuing their education within six months of receiving their diplomas, compared with the 2014-15 employment rate of 97.3 percent. The 2013-14 rate was 97.1 percent and the 2012-13 rate 97 percent. Continue to full article.
Startup Weekend Coming in April

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend Startup Weekend April 7-9 at University Research Park, organizers announced recently. Similar to past years, the three-day event will give entrepreneurs the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures, as well as the chance to network with other like-minded individuals. Participants will hear from industry leaders such as Rachel Robinson and Emily Purdom of DotCom Therapy and Emmanuel Buah of Airfordable. The pitch demos that conclude the weekend will be judged by Karen Hitchcock of HealthFinch and Molly Lahr of American Family Ventures. Continue to full article.
University again named a top school for vets, military members

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

UW-Stout again has been recognized by three organizations as a top U.S. school for veterans and members of the military. For 2017, UW-Stout has been named a Military Friendly School, a Best for Vets School and a Top Military School. The Military Friendly designation, for the seventh straight year, is by Victory Media, which recognizes the top 15 percent of 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved colleges, universities and trade schools. Victory Media publishes G.J. Jobs magazine, which is geared to veterans transitioning to civilian life. UW-Stout received a bronze ranking. The Best for Vets designation, by Military Times, ranked UW-Stout 96th nationally. It’s the...
Business Plan Contest entries reflect market trends — and state’s economic diversity

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest has always been a canary in a high-tech coal mine, chirping out alerts about the kinds of businesses emerging in the state’s economic sectors. This year’s contest, in which the pool of entries has been trimmed to fewer than 50 contestants, is no exception to the rule. The list of semifinalists reflects efforts to solve market and social problems, big and small, while also signaling the increasing diversity of Wisconsin’s economy. The survivors are a microcosm of Wisconsin innovation, with finalists pushing the envelope in traditional sectors — manufacturing and agriculture — as well as information technology,...
Event Scoop

Monday, April 10, 2017

Do you want to grow as a leader, business owner, entrepreneur or executive? Join us for our EDC learning lunches once or twice a month. You will get to meet other energetic entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders and managers, while getting valuable information that you can immediately implement at work! These are not boring or dry events. Instead, our speakers are lively and the conversation will get you thinking about all of the ways that you can make your business even more successful. The cost is affordable, at only $20 for members and $25 for non-members. To view our upcoming events, click here.
Veterans can earn up to $500 for entrepreneurship training

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Veterans and their immediate family members can receive up to $500 for the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s Entrepreneurship Training Program, thanks to a state grant and partnership with Bunker Labs Wisconsin. The opportunity is part of a larger, multi-organization effort made possible through a $238,000 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs that includes a "Muster Across Wisconsin" tour. Up to 36 veterans or their spouses/children are eligible for a $250 registration reimbursement and an additional $250 upon successful completion of the course and their business plan. Continue to full article. 
Prevea Menonomie welcomes family medicine nurse practitioner

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Prevea Health welcomes Kristin Rubenzer, APNP, FNP-BC, to provide family medicine care at the Prevea Menomonie Health Center(1125 N. Broadway, Suite 3). As a highly-trained family medicine nurse practitioner, Rubenzer provides care for people of all ages in all stages of life. She specializes in a variety of health care needs, including routine pediatric and adult care, preventive medicine and health maintenance, women’s care, sports physicals, depression, anxiety, acute illness, chronic conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, hypothyroidism and asthma. Continue to full article. 
Tom Still: Technology helps drive 'Holy Trinity' of Wisconsin economy

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the "Holy Trinity" of the Wisconsin economy and may always be so, given the state’s tradition of excellence in all three sectors. Technology increasingly drives each of those sectors, however, and is slowly building an impressive standing of its own in terms of the jobs and value it adds to the Wisconsin economy. Several recent reports make the case: An advance version of the “Cyberstates” report from CompTIA, the nation’s largest leading tech association, showed Wisconsin cracking the 100,000-job barrier in 2016 for the first time. The report, which draws upon a mix of public and private...
Learning Opportunities, for Teachers

Monday, April 03, 2017

The UW-Madison has opened the floodgates for teachers looking to bring more of an engineering feel to their math and science course. Every educator knows that the only way to stay cutting edge is to keep learning, and so this unique partnership by the UW-Madison offers teachers the opportunity to get hands on research experience in bioenergy and sustainable energy systems. This is an incredible opportunity that allows teachers to bring real-life experience back to the classroom! This is a collaboration between the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and the UW-Madison to provide teachers with lesson development plans, fields trips to...
Wisconsin Economic Innovation Flows Through International Collaboration

Friday, March 31, 2017

Katy Sinnott is Vice President of International Business Development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic development agency. Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a significant driver of Wisconsin’s economy, directly supporting 90,000 jobs across multiple industries. WEDC is dedicated to increasing FDI in Wisconsin by nourishing international connections and identifying new opportunities collaboration. This post is part of SelectUSA’s EDO Spotlight series, highlighting the work of EDOs around the country recruiting foreign direct investment, how that work supports jobs and economic growth across the United States, and how SelectUSA partners with EDOs to support economic development. Mindful of the boost...
Spring 2017 tourism grant cycle now open

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce announces that the spring 2017 tourism grant is now open to applicants. The purpose of the grant is to promote tourism activities within the Menomonie area that are most likely to result in paid overnight room stay and a positive economic impact to the region. First consideration will be given to new or expanding events. Eligible groups are non-profits, volunteer managed organization(s), individuals or non-exclusive social cooperations (for-profit business collaborating; cannot be exclusive). Continue to full article. 
Moving Made Easy

Monday, March 27, 2017

  Do you hate moving? Is the idea of finding a new home for your business stressing you out? At Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, we understand that running a business takes hard work and between meeting customer demands and managing employees, there is very little time left over to find the perfect location for your business to grow. This is why we are here to help you in selecting your next building or site to build. Our site selection services are available to you and we recently used them to help Specialty Pallet find a new home. They recycle used pallet...
Filling gaps for local entrepreneurs helps spur statewide economic development

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Startups, and the entrepreneurs that drive them, are a critical component of Wisconsin’s economic success. From the corner hardware store to the booming high-tech bioscience company, supporting each of these ventures is vital – not only for the state but also for the communities in which they are located. To facilitate an environment where all startups prosper, it’s important that statewide and local entities come together to provide the necessary resources. That’s the goal of the Entrepreneurship Support Pilot Program—a newly launched statewide initiative that helps identify and fill gaps in resources to ensure entrepreneurs from every corner of the state have the...

Monday, March 20, 2017

Are your customers looking for help or needing better customer service? While the term “customer service” is discussed on a regular basis, few people actually feel like they get good service on a daily basis. Your company could be different. If you are, you will build a loyal group of customers. Rather than simply doing business with people, you will become someone who they trust, someone who they turn to. During our EDC Learning Luncheons, we will be evaluating systems, tools, and ideas that you can implement to take your customer service team from ordinary to extraordinary. Click here to find...
ManpowerGroup survey says jobs outlook remains positive in Wisconsin, U.S.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Employers remain optimistic about hiring in 2017, according to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, and hiring in Wisconsin and Milwaukee is trending in a positive direction. Milwaukee-based ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN) said that for the second quarter, 22 percent of U.S. employers are planning to add staff between April and June, and only 3 percent expect workforce reductions. Of the 11,000 American employers surveyed, 73 percent expect no change in hiring plans. Continue to full article. 
More than Teaching

Monday, March 13, 2017

  If your business is in the energy sector, you need talented employees and you will find them coming out of Chippewa Valley Technical College. The Energy Education Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College goes beyond just teaching students about energy, conservation, and future technologies. Rather it has become a living model with which the students can interact on a daily basis. In 2016, Focus on Energy selected CVTC’s Energy Education Center as the Energy Efficiency Excellence Award Winner, while the US Green Building Council awarded the facility the prestigious Gold Certification for its ground breaking practices in energy management and conservation...
Sell More, Make More!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Are you looking for ways to grow your business? Have your current sales tactics or marketing plans fallen short? Perhaps it is time to implement new ideas and strategies both on and offline. With our sales and marketing lunch and learns, you can find out about best practices, what has worked with other Menomonie and Colfax businesses and some of the latest and greatest marketing tools that are available to try. The market is constantly changing and sometimes it requires an outside perspective to see how your business can take advantage of these shifts. With fresh ideas and new tools to...
Council saves city's oldest building

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Menomonie’s oldest standing structure in the downtown historic district will soon be relocated. The 1862 building was saved from demolition when the Menomonie City Council unanimously approved spending up to $10,000 to preserve the building by having it temporarily relocated on city-owned land below Fire Station #1 on Fourth Street. The motion to move the former Jill’s My Style building at 125 Main Street came just in the nick of time, as construction of the new Cobblestone Inn and Suites hotel at that location is ready to get underway next week. To continue reading, click here.
CVTC adds program for library workers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

People with an interest or a current position working in libraries will be able to turn to Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) for training starting in August 2017. The creation of a Library and Information Services associate degree program at CVTC fills a void in higher education in Wisconsin, as there are currently no undergraduate programs in library science in the state. The program, delivered entirely online, will prepare people to work in public, academic, school, and corporate libraries for government, non-profits and private businesses. The program will provide opportunities for professional development for current library paraprofessionals, and prepare new people desiring...
Your Success is Our Success!

Monday, February 27, 2017

We are here to serve the businesses in Dunn County. Whether you are new to the area, considering relocating or have made Wisconsin your home, Dunn County Economic Development Corporation can be your partner in building a successful business. Our team, led by Eric Turner, is here to assist in whatever you need to locate your business, expand, find trained employees, secure capital, and more. We have successfully helped businesses like Shape Products secure capital and others like Specialty Palettes to find the perfect business location. We understand that growing a business takes a significant amount of time, energy and effort....
Get Up to Speed

Monday, February 20, 2017

If you have ever tried to learn QuickBooks on your own, there is a good chance that you ended up having a sordid mess on your hands. QuickBooks can be your best friend when you know how to utilize it. If you make simple mistakes, however, you could end up paying your accountant a lot of money to sort out your books. We can help you to prevent common errors with a QuickBooks training. Dunn County Economic Development Corporation is here to help local entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders. With that in mind, we will not only show you how to...
Live the Future Today

Monday, February 13, 2017

If you enjoy reading about energy innovation and seeing what companies are coming up with, you need to visit for the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center. This 46,000 square foot facility is an advanced center where students can be fully immersed as they learn various aspects of the energy industry. And they will be doing it in a state of the art facility that takes into consideration all the modern advances of energy conservation. The students will interact with a building that is designed with energy focus in mind, where the heating and cooling is facilitated by a...
Science at the Center

Monday, February 06, 2017

If your child loves math and science, Wisconsin will keep them challenged. The State has created an opportunity, for those who love science, to get involved in some of the most innovative programs created and implemented by the Department of Workforce Development. We need chemists and engineers, and you need to be part of this push to train and hire chemists and engineers. As part of developing the sciences through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Wisconsin, in collaboration with Universities like UW-Stout, have created two youth apprentice pathways to choose from. These provide students with the core science they need,...
CVTC business, tech programs earn accreditation

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nine business and technology programs at Chippewa Valley Technical College have received accreditation, providing assurances of program quality and positive student outcomes. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) recently announced full accreditation for CVTC associate degree programs in Accounting, Business Management, Administrative Professional, Human Resources, Marketing Management, and Supervisory Management, plus the Information Technology Software Developer, Mobile Developer and Network Specialist programs. “We are only the third Wisconsin Technical College System school to have our business programs accredited through ACBSP,” said Lynette Livingston, dean of business and academic initiatives at CVTC. To continue reading, click here.
Craft Beer Yum

Monday, January 30, 2017

Do you love a good craft brew? Are the standards no longer doing it for you? Then head on over to Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Small batch brewing of IPAs, Blonds, Stouts, Pale Ales, a Bavarian-Style Weissbier, and more, make this an amazing destination for all of the beer lovers in your group. At Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, we have been working with Lucette by providing project assistance with their operations and expansion plans. In 2015, they opened a fantastic eatery featuring pizzas, calzones, and salads – all using local ingredients. Beer lovers and foodies unite! This is...
Got An Idea For A Technology-Based Business?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Get valuable early-stage feedback by entering the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest! The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital. Deadline for online entry is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 31. To get started, contestants must create a simple account at Contestants use their account to gain access to mentors throughout the process, as well as review the judges' comments and feedback. Give it a try - you've got...
Greater St. Croix County Valley Legislative Day Scheduled for February 8

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Leaders from Dunn, Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties will travel to the state capitol in Madison on Wednesday, February 8, for the annual Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day. A wide variety of representatives from business, industry, education, and civic organizations join together each year to discuss common issues impacting the region. Teams of 2-3 people will meet with legislators representing all areas of Wisconsin, to thank legislators for past support, and to discuss current issues of greatest concern to the St. Croix Valley. "The Greater St. Croix Valley Legislative Day is a great opportunity to engage legislators from all...
Nominations Open for 2017 Top Rural Development Initiative Awards

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Great things are happening in rural Wisconsin! Share your story with Wisconsin Rural Partners-now accepting nominations to recognize 2017 Top Rural Development Initiatives.   Any project, activity, or even a whole community in rural Wisconsin is eligible. Initiatives can be in agriculture, economic or community development, business, education, health, energy, environment, philanthropy, tourism, the arts or any other field. Visit the Wisconsin Rural Partners web site to nominate a project today! Nominations are due February 3. The Top Rural Development Initiative Program began in 1998, to help uncover and share the great things happening throughout rural Wisconsin and serve as a capacity building tool...
Youth + Science + Technology = YES!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wisconsin YES! (Youth Entrepreneurs in Science) is a statewide youth business plan contest modeled after the successful Governor's Business Plan Contest. Public, private and homeschooled students (middle- and/or high-school) across Wisconsin are eligible to turn their science- and tech-related ideas into business plans and compete for cash and prizes. The contest begins with a 250-word summary submitted through the website. Entries that advance to Phase 2 of the competition will expand their idea into a 1,000-word executive summary. To get started, student contestants will need to create a simple account. Students use the account to gain access to mentors throughout the process,...
Get to Know DCEDC!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Do you ever feel like you are alone on an island? For many business owners this is what life feels like as the responsibility of running a company, managing employees, helping customers, and planning for growth can seem incredibly isolating from the top. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. Dunn County Economic Development Corporation is here to assist you! We are focused on building relationships with local entrepreneurs and business owners. We can sit down with you, learn more about what you do and what your goals are, and then help you to plan for...
Find Great Talent

Monday, January 16, 2017

Every business is only as good as the talent that it employs. If you want to take your business to the next level, have the best sales team in the biz, work with the smartest and brightest, then you need to attract top-quality talent to come work for you. Once hired, you need to know how to retain them. During EDC Learning Luncheons in Dunn County, we can show you how to work with University of Wisconsin-Stout and Chippewa Valley Technical College to attract the brightest graduates while also expanding your talent search to seasoned professionals. Recruiting the best talent takes...
Create to Your Hearts Content!

Monday, January 09, 2017

Don’t dream about what you can create. Start creating it! UW-Stout has gotten ahead of the design game by allowing students to work on 3D printers and technology for research, prototyping, robotics, and developing concepts. This means that you can register for classes, come up with an idea, and bring it to life! Students are working with Stratasys machines which in helps to prepare students with real world experience, This experience is helping students to find work once they leave the safe confines of the college. Many of the students have found employment with Stratasys, which employees around 3,000 people...
Embracing a 3-D Future

Monday, January 02, 2017

Students don’t have to wait anymore! Prototyping used to take several weeks, if not months to complete. Now, the University of Wisconsin-Stout has a new tool in their belt that is allowing students to ride the wave of the future. 3-D printing technology is combing low-cost of production with an intrinsic design flexibility, and in so doing allowing the minds of the future to work faster on the problems of today. UW-Stout students and professors are literally riding the wave of the future with regular use of 3-D printers in a variety of fields. From engineering, to technology like robotics classes,...
Track Your Cash

Monday, December 26, 2016

Bookkeeping – something every business needs and many businesses fail to do. If you are a solopreneur or small company, you may not have the resources to hire a full-time bookkeeper to keep track of your account receivables, payables, payroll, tax payments, etc. The problem is that a lack of tracking and planning can lead to serious cash flow issues in addition to unintended late fees. Fortunately, we can help you to get your books under control by showing you how to utilize bookkeeping software and show you how to manage your cash flow in general. The Dunn Economic Development Corporation...
Mark Hogan's first year as WEDC CEO brings stability

Thursday, December 22, 2016

When Mark Hogan took the reins at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. last year, the state’s job-creation agency was under siege. Democrats were calling for an overhaul of the agency in the wake of reports that insufficient safeguards during the agency’s early years had resulted in millions of squandered taxpayer dollars. Republicans had removed Gov. Scott Walker as WEDC board chairman at his request, cut $32 million from the agency’s budget and begun to phase out the agency’s loan program. Click here for the complete article.
Phillips to expand to 80,000 square foot facility in Menomonie

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Phillips-Medsize Corporation announced Thursday it plans on opening a 80,000 square foot manufacturing building in Menomonie. “This expansion illustrates our continued commitment and investment in the design and manufacturing of drug delivery devices for biopharmaceutical companies globally,” said Matt Jennings, CEO and president of Phillips-Medisize. Click here for the complete article.
Rural Wisconsin closer to getting broadband

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rural America was thrown a Depression lifeline in the 1930s when the federal government rallied to spread electric power across farm country. Not long after came affordable rural telephone service, even if it was delivered through a black “party line” phone hanging on the kitchen wall. The modern equivalent is broadband, generally described as high-speed connections to the internet. After lagging in broadband capacity for years, rural Wisconsin may finally be poised to catch up. Click here for the complete article.
Wisconsin companies invited to explore international business growth in Canada

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is leading a global trade venture to Canada from April 30 to May 5, 2017, with stops in Toronto and Montreal. As a large, advanced economy with well-developed infrastructure, Canada is an ideal first market for new-to-export companies and one that seeks innovative, advanced technology product and service solutions. In Canada, Wisconsin companies will find a friendly market with many potential buyers for their products and services, especially if they offer innovations that solve problems for companies in their respective sectors. Click here for the complete article.
An Alphabet Soup partnership

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Several months ago, we began a multi-part story about the development of a Virtual Spec Building Technology Tool or VSBTT, a collaboration of the Greater Menomonie Development Corporation (GMDC), the City of Menomonie (CoM) and the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC). The three organizations took an innovative approach by creating a spec building that interested parties can view, study the complete plans and specifications, make necessary changes to and even have the opportunity to increase the size of the building — thereby getting exactly what the business requires and not just what a prebuild spec has to offer. Click here for...
Calling All Innovators: Governor’s Business Plan Contest Now Open for Entries

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The contest helps connect innovators throughout the state with resources, mentoring and prospective sources of capital to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage to set up shop in Wisconsin. Finalists receive more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. To enter, entrepreneurs must submit a preliminary 250-word idea abstract by 5 p.m. on Jan. 31. More than 70 judges in the finance, sales, marketing, research and technology sectors will score and provide feedback on the entries. After the preliminary stage, the judges will determine which startups should move on to subsequent rounds of the contest, which will require entrepreneurs to explain...
Governor Walker announces new rural economic development initiative

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A new grant program offering financial assistance for rural economic development has been announced by Governor Scott Walker. At his Northern Wisconsin Economic Development Summit last week, Walker announced the Rural Economic and Area Development Initiative (READI) as a three-part program with a total of $10 million to help rural areas grow economically. "We want to make sure while the economy is improving, it's improving in every part of the state," Walker said. Click here for the complete article.
Improve Your Skills!

Monday, December 19, 2016

If you are in the manufacturing industry, you may have some challenges locating and hiring trained workers. Since traditional workforce training initiatives have dwindled in recent years, a shortfall of workers can be created, even when people are here and ready to get started. If you find your company in this catch 22, you need training assistance and you can get it from the state of Wisconsin for free! The CVTC training grants can be used for your employees to be trained in 12 areas of manufacturing. Through the Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) and Critical Core Supervisory Skills (CCSS) WAT...
Calling All Engineers

Monday, December 12, 2016

Northwestern Wisconsin is calling out to all engineers and engineering students, with an amazing opportunity. As the area has grown and businesses have moved to Wisconsin, we are short engineers. While the University of Wisconsin – Stout, has around 500 engineering students in the pipeline, there is a much greater need. Employers and companies in the region know that they can absorb a significantly larger population of skilled engineers and are looking to actively recruit for their dwindling ranks. This means that if you are an engineering student, you are practically assured a good paying job upon graduation. The three university...
The Passionate Local Leader

Monday, December 05, 2016

Chancellor Bob Meyers is the seventh, and most recent, chancellor of UW-Stout but he and his family have called the university home for years. To say that Chancellor Meyers knows the campus is an understatement, given his long history with the university. Starting as a student, Chancellor Bob Meyers got both his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Education, and his Master’s Degree in Management Technology from UW-Stout. He also has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. The love of the area runs deep with the Meyers family, with Chancellor Bob Meyer’s wife holding two degrees from UW-Stout and his daughter Erica...
We’re Hiring

Monday, November 28, 2016

If you are in high school or college and worried about where you will work or whether or not you will get a job, your search can stop here! Chippewa Valley businesses are hiring and we need you! Whether you attend UW-Stout, CVTC, or want to go into a trade straight out of high school, Wisconsin businesses are hiring and there are many incredible opportunities right here at home. Also, since Dunn County Economic Development Corporation works with entrepreneurs throughout the area, we can help you to explore your options as a future business. By working in Chippewa Valley after graduation,...
The Energy Lab Experience

Monday, November 21, 2016

Can you imagine taking your first steps into the world of energy education surrounded by building, and grounds, that are designed to be a complete energy laboratory? Here at the Energy Education Center of Chippewa Valley Technical College, this is exactly what we have designed. Our students grab hold of futuristic technology, energy efficiency, and plant saving methodologies, all surrounded by one of the most energy-efficient and effect learning laboratories in the country. Learn more about the lab here, Regardless of the kind of energy program you want to go into, if you want to be immersed into the studies...
People first: Alumnus, business exec wants employees with right attitudes

Thursday, November 17, 2016

After 35 years of leading a company, Dale Evans knows what he’s looking for in an employee. Surprisingly, it’s not necessarily someone with all the right skills. “We hire first for attitude. You can train for skills,” Evans said on Oct. 27, at University of Wisconsin-Stout as he spoke to students, faculty and staff during the 32nd annual Cabot Executive in Residence program. Evans, a 1973 UW-Stout graduate in industrial technology, discussed the people-first working environment he has promoted as president of EVCO Plastics of Windsor, near Madison. EVCO has more than 1,000 employees at nine plants, including in Oshkosh, Georgia, China...
Free Money Here!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Who doesn’t love free money? This is not a sweepstakes or a one-in-a-million shot of winning the lottery but a grant that your business can easily obtain and use for training your workforce. Your existing employees can advance their skills by participating in these training programs and that will help you to increase productivity, without having to hire new workers. This can represent a significant cost savings both today and in the future! Applying for the grant is easy too. All you need to do is click here and follow the link to apply for consideration online. If you need...
WEDC Seeks Companies for China Trade Venture

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

To help Wisconsin Companies reach new markets MADISON, WI. Nov. 8, 2016–The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invites representatives from Wisconsin companies to join a trade venture to China March 18-25, 2017. The trade venture will include visits to Shanghai, Tianjin and Beijing, China’s three top cities for global business connections. With a greater metropolitan area population of 34 million, Shanghai is China’s business and financial hub. Located in eastern China at the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is home to the world’s busiest container port. Tianjin is China’s fourth-largest city, and one of its fastest-growing cities. Located half an hour...
Menomonie in Top 20 percent!

Monday, November 07, 2016

We are proud of our ranking in the top 20 percent of micropolitan areas in the United States. In other words, we have an incredible community! If you live, work, or want to go to school in Menomonie, you can benefit from our amazing university and community college, STEM programs, high quality of life, economic stability, cost of homes vs. the national average and more. All of these things were evaluated when ranking micropolitan areas and Menomonie, Wisconsin continues to come out on top. With a continued investment in economic development, we are confident that our area will continue to climb...
Milwaukee Biz Blog: How others view Wisconsin matters in a global economy

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

If you think you’re having trouble making sense of this year’s presidential election, imagine being a visitor to the United States this fall. About three-dozen people from Germany – members of the federal parliament, business leaders, academics and a few journalists – received a short but intensive course in American politics last week in a tour that passed through Wisconsin. By the time they reached the end of their journey Thursday, the group had heard enough about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. They wanted to talk about why companies should set up shop in Wisconsin versus the East or West coasts. It was...
Your Future is Here!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Getting a job in Chippewa Valley is easier than ever. Business is booming in Wisconsin and that means that we need you! Even while you are in high school or college, you can begin to prepare for your future by participating in an internship program with a local company. Many of them are paid and some offer college credit. Essentially, you can make money and receive credits at the same time for a win-win! There are also plenty of events you can participate in that will help you to either get ready for a job or to find one. For example,...
Training Tomorrow’s Heroes

Monday, October 24, 2016

Do you dream of standing up for the community or protecting those you love? If so, a career in law enforcement or the fire department could be right for you. The Chippewa Valley Technical College has specifically designed programs for those who have a heroic bend. With courses for future law enforcement trainees they offer classes geared to meet the certification requirements to become a Wisconsin police officer. The people who join this program come from many walks of life, including law enforcement officials from other parts of the country who are seeking to move to beautiful northwestern Wisconsin. The program...
Make Money After College

Monday, October 17, 2016

The entire goal of education is to make sure that you can have the skills, knowledge, and training necessary to get you into the job market and secure you a good paying job. Chippewa Valley Technical College offers a hands on two-year technical training program that is affordable, valuable, and is designed to get you the job you want quickly. As a matter of fact, there are already several local companies that take advantage of these programs to secure the brightest and best students. Companies like Cardinal Glass Anderson Windows  and Timber Technologies are already using collaborative efforts...
UW-Stout Preparing Tomorrow’s Workforce

Monday, October 10, 2016

You don’t have to leave for the coast to get a fantastic education! UW-Stout is Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University which offers students career-focused undergraduate and graduate programs that use a dynamic combination of applied learning with a liberal arts education. The students of UW-Stout have the advantage of the highest quality of education combined with a hands on approach to meeting the needs of employees, both in the local area and around the country. There has never been a better time to get a STEM based education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) at the gorgeous University of Wisconsin Stout’s campus. Visit the...
Big Small Town Living

Monday, October 03, 2016

The city of Menomonie has so much to offer and our citizens love it here! Recently the city ranked 109, out of a potential 576, micropolitan’s in a study done by Policon  The study took many factors into consideration when ranking the different cities, and Menomonie was highly viewed in many of the categories. One of the reasons we rank so highly is that the average home listing price in Dunn County is only $195,152! The city of Menomonie is only an hour east of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, which means it is easily within driving distance of one of...
Middle East Trade Venture Provides Opportunities for Wisconsin Companies

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will lead a global trade venture to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Doha in Qatar early next year, with a goal of connecting Wisconsin companies with potential buyers, distributors and other partners in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets. The countries that make up the GCC—Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE—are among some of the wealthiest in the world. Although much of the region’s wealth has accumulated thanks to oil and gas exports, world economic trends are forcing them to diversify their economies, and these countries are spending heavily to...
Idle Sites Redevelopment Program to Provide Grants for Abandoned or Underutilized Properties

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for a grant program to assist Wisconsin communities looking to revitalize and develop industrial and commercial sites that have been abandoned or require extensive improvements. The Idle Sites Redevelopment Program, created in 2013, will offer Wisconsin communities grants of up to $500,000 for implementation of redevelopment plans for large industrial or commercial sites that have been idle, abandoned or underutilized for at least five years. Up to $2.3 million in funds are available through the program this year. “The Idle Sites Redevelopment Program is an extremely effective vehicle for cultivating communities for...
WEDC Launches Grant Program to Advance Entrepreneurship Statewide

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is accepting applications for a new grant program designed to advance the climate for entrepreneurship throughout the state. The Entrepreneurship Support program is open to nonprofit organizations and communities for activities and projects that promote entrepreneurship and deliver key services and resources to Wisconsin entrepreneurs. While WEDC has a variety of programs to support the formation, development, growth and financing of technology-based and growth-oriented startup and early-stage businesses, the new initiative provides funding to organizations and communities whose efforts may not meet the eligibility criteria for existing programs. Click here for the complete article.
There is still time to make an impact on the future of your workforce.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

There is still time to make an impact on the future of your workforce. The State of Wisconsin, including our region, will see more people leave the labor force than enter it over the next decade. This restriction of the labor force will heighten the difficulties that employers are already having in finding enough qualified employees. Currently, most labor data is tied to national and state sources, which doesn't demonstrate the true needs of Chippewa Valley making it vital to collect local labor market information. As part of a larger regional workforce initiative for the Chippewa Valley, the Skills Gap Employer...
Dunn Energy breaks ground on solar facility

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dunn Energy Cooperative has partnered with SoCore Energy and Dairyland Power Cooperative in bringing locally-produced renewable energy in a large scale capacity to Dunn County. The 1.1 megawatt project is one of 12 renewable energy projects that were announced by Dairyland Power Cooperative to be constructed this year. Of the project, one megawatt will be fed into the grid locally through its Downsville substation. The remaining 100,000 kilowatts will be sold directly to Dunn Energy Cooperative members in 250-watt increments. Subscription units are still available for members to purchase. Click here for the complete article.
Local owners named Toppers franchisees of the year

Friday, August 26, 2016

Local owners named Toppers franchisees of the year At its convention in June, Toppers Pizza’s coveted Franchisees of the Year award went to Caro and Andy Johnson, local Dunn County franchisees who own locations in Menomonie, Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. The Menomonie restaurant also received The Bolt award, officially making it the fastest Toppers Pizza location in the country at taking and making orders, with an out-the-door time of 14 minutes. In 1997, the Johnsons became Toppers Pizza’s first-ever franchisees at age 24, fresh out of college. As an employee, Andy was familiar with the brand and Toppers Pizza Founder and...
Phillips-Medisize to be acquired by Molex LLC

Friday, August 26, 2016

Phillips-Medisize Corporation, a global leader in outsource design, development and manufacturing services for the medical industry announced Wednesday that it has entered into a binding agreement to be acquired by Molex LLC (Molex), a global manufacturer of complete interconnectsolutions. Headquartered in Hudson, Phillips-Medisize is a portfolio company of San Francisco, Calif.-based Golden Gate Capital, a private equity investment firm with approximately $15 billion of capital under management. Phillips-Medisize employs more than 4,300 people in 17 production locations throughout the United States — including Menomonie, Europe, Mexico and China. Molex designs and manufactures electronic, electrical and fiber optic systems and solutions. As one...
Youths learn to make “Thingamajigs” at CVTC

Friday, August 26, 2016

Brennen Zais was making his own fireworks show. The sparks flew as the Elk Mound High School freshman took a grinder to a metal plate that was to become part of a charcoal starter. It would be the third project Zais took on during the five-day Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Camp at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in late July. Zais said the camp was fun and the grinding was too, “I was trying hard to make it shiny,” he said. At the camp, a dozen area youth ages 13-18 learned entrepreneurial skills and gained exposure to the world of manufacturing. Click here...
Advertising with Social Media

Monday, August 22, 2016

Social media has revolutionized the way businesses, specifically small businesses that do not have the ability or funds to outsource their advertising efforts, the opportunity to maximize engagement with their customers, attract new customers, and increase their outreach at minimal cost.  Dunn County EDC will be providing Lunch-n-Learns for employers on this very subject. The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker.  Dunn County EDC will have 1-2 classes per month.  The cost for members will be $20 and $25 for non-members. Find out more here:
Latest developments: A sense of history, tourism and the future

Friday, August 19, 2016

No matter where we go, it is almost a 100 percent certainty that someone was there before us. And in many cases, what they encountered there was reason enough to stay there. Let’s take a look at Dunn County, as an example. Approximately 14,000 years ago, there is evidence that early humans hunting mammoth were in what is now Wisconsin. Fossil evidence shows that these early tourists continued to visit the area to hunt, fish and gather. Settlement began in earnest about 3,000 years ago when permanent villages began to appear. While using the same sorts of subsistence activities as before, only...
'Discover Wisconsin' launches photo contest

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, has launched its popular photo contest via social media. In partnership with Wisconsin Counties Association and Sargento, 12 fan-submitted photos will be published in Discover Wisconsin’s annual calendar, featuring images of Wisconsin destinations. The photo contest is accessible on the Discover Wisconsin Facebook page ( Entries will be accepted until Aug. 31. “Last year, we shipped a record number of Discover Wisconsin calendars. We also saw nearly a 20 percent increase in photo submissions from 2015 to 2016,” said Mariah Haberman, brand manager for Discover Wisconsin. “This photo contest, as well as our annual...
Acquiring firms staying longer

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The first time Steve Smith saw TermSync Inc.’s accounts receivable software product, he wasn’t impressed. Although it might have had potential to help credit managers in their work, the product was difficult to use and visually unappealing. "It was simply not ready at that time," said Smith, who runs Esker’s Madison-based U.S. division. Click here for the complete article.
Wisconsin public schools rank fifth in country, according to WalletHub

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wisconsin’s public school system has been ranked the fifth-best in the country by personal finance website The top public school system according to the website is in Massachusetts followed by New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont. School systems were ranked on several metrics including math and reading test scores, dropout rates, school safety, and average ACT and SAT scores. Wisconsin ranked No. 1 in the country in school safety based on the percentage of public school students in grades 9 through 12 who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property. Click here for the complete article.
Investing in People

Monday, August 15, 2016

Partnerships that work to invest resources in developing skills and abilities for a well-educated workforce reap numerous benefits.  A well-educated workforce allows a region to grow and attract high-wage employers, allows for an economy to become well-rounded and stronger through an educated populace finding business opportunities, and allows for a positive long-term benefit. The “Welcome to Your Future Chippewa Valley” website can help with this. It helps students find a connection between the classroom and the real world. It gives them an understanding of the local labor market and the ability to tailor an academic plan that lets them develop relevant...
Understanding QuickBooks

Monday, August 08, 2016

Utilizing an accounting software for your business can help you minimize burdens and allow you to become more aware of your business’s financial standing.  Dunn County EDC is hosting a Lunch-n-Learn on how to use Quickbooks and other bookkeeping issues. The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker on diverse topics.  Dunn County EDC will have 1-2 classes per month.  The cost for members will be $20 and $25 for non-members. Find out more here:
Marketing in today’s age

Monday, August 01, 2016

How do businesses market their products online in an age where there are many interruptions and other forms of online marketing competition to win over customers.  In an age where a customer’s attention is being pulled in many different directions, businesses want to know how to engage their customers and maximize their returns. Dunn County EDC is holding Lunch-n-Learns throughout the year on these very issues.  The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker on the topic.  Dunn County EDC will have 1-2 classes per month.  The cost for members will be $20 and $25 for...
Greater Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area

Monday, July 25, 2016

A micropolitan is where a county is based around a core city or town with a population of 10,000 to 49,999. A micropolitan area may consist of more than one county depending upon economic, social and cultural connections.  As of July 1, 2015, the Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area had a total population of 44,102 with a Median Household Income of $46,775. Good news is on the horizon!  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Menomonie, WI Micropolitan Statistical Area will see a 0.26%  population growth between 2015-2020 and a 3.05% growth in Median Household Income.
Finding your next building or site

Monday, July 18, 2016

One of the key areas that Dunn County Economic Development Corporation can assist retaining existing industry is through offering key growth services.  Aside from providing information on a qualified workforce, available financing and/or resources for growth, Dunn County EDC keeps an up-to-date database on available commercial and industrial properties and sites that allow for existing industry to grow, locally. Take a look at available sites and buildings that may be a great fit for your expansion project or a better location for your business to maximize revenue. Don’t see a property or site that fits your needs? Contact Dunn County EDC...
Improve your sales through customer service

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dunn County EDC is holding Lunch-n-Learns throughout the year.  The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker on the topic.  Dunn County EDC will have 1-2 classes per month. The cost for members will be $20 and $25 for non-members. Find out more here: One of the topics includes customer service. “According to a 2011 American Express survey, 70% of customers are willing to spend 13% more on average with businesses they believe provide exceptional customer service.”  Make sure to attend the Lunch-n-Learn regarding customer service so that your company can benefit from an increase...
Tradition of Excellence

Monday, July 04, 2016

The Greater Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area has ranked exceptionally well in Policom Corporation’s Micropolitan Area Rank over the years. Policom conducts a study of 536 Micropolitan Areas using data derived from 1994 to 2013 to produce the 2015 Economic Strength Rankings. The Greater Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area continues to rank in the Top 50% of the selected Micropolitan Areas under the study since 2006.  In 2014, the Greater Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area was within the Top 10%!!  From 2006 to 2015, the Greater Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area continues to be in the top one-third of all Micropolitan Areas that Policom studies....
Dunn County in Action

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dunn County EDC would like to invite everyone to view a virtual tour book of Dunn County, named Dunn County in Action.  This tour book provides a welcoming for viewers and information on Education, Quality of Life, Real Estate and Relocation, Tourism & Things to do, Economic Development, and Community Organizations. Take a look and learn more about Dunn County:
Gown works with town to revitalize communities

Monday, June 27, 2016

Two different worlds, divided by a gate: It’s a familiar scenario in any college town or urban neighborhood. The phrase “town and gown” is rooted in the notion that universities and the surrounding communities are naturally at odds. But forward-looking colleges and universities are finding deep value in blurring those lines, and instead are leveraging mixed-use developments to improve the community and campus alike. Click here for the complete article.
Dunn County EDC - Your Resource

Monday, June 20, 2016

Starting a business?  Looking to expand? Contact Dunn County EDC today to identify resources for your project.  Our goal is to promote economic growth and stability in Dunn County. We can support you in locating a commercial or industrial building or site, working with you to secure available financing or incentives for your expansion or relocation.  We also work in cooperation with local and regional entities to facilitate economic stability, growth, and diversity. Click here to contact our office today for more information: Our goal is to assist you with your efforts to succeed.
For business people, LinkedIn is critical

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mike Mallwitz is a no-nonsense executive who for years swore by an old-school communications method: picking up the phone and calling. Now, however, Mallwitz is increasingly relying on a different approach: LinkedIn. As president of Busch Precision Inc., a nearly 110-year-old Milwaukee machine shop and rebuilder, Mallwitz says he’s particularly interested in congratulating people for their accomplishments. Maybe he sees a customer featured in a news story, or hears about a former employee who got hired for a new job. Click here for the complete article.
Introducing Menomonie's newest leaders

Monday, June 20, 2016

Leadership Menomonie is designed to develop community leaders who have the skills to work together, be part of solutions, and accept ownership of community issues. These graduates have 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, as well as participating in networking and team-building activities designed to demonstrate the dynamics of effective leadership. Click here for the complete article.
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Latest developments: An alphabet soup partnership, continued

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In part one of An Alphabet Soup Partnership, we learned of the mission of the Greater Menomonie Development Corporation (GMDC) and the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) in relationship with city of Menomonie. Moreover, we received a hint as to something new on the horizon. So let’s discover what that is... In June 2015, six members of the 36-member Site Selectors Guild — the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants — were in the Momentum West region for a familiarization tour and a critical review of what the area has to offer. The GMDC, DCEDC and...
Promoting your business online

Monday, June 13, 2016

“If your business is not on the Internet, then your business will be out of business” - Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft.  This quote is exactly why the Dunn County EDC will be discussing the importance of an online presence for your business at a Lunch-n-Learn.  Being on the Internet is not enough anymore.  Maximizing your online potential is vitally important for businesses that do not have an IT person on staff to control their outreach and expand on their economic potential through e-commerce. The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker.  Dunn County EDC will...
Discovering the UW-Stout FABLAB Discovery Center

Monday, June 06, 2016

Established in 2009, the Discovery Center serves to advance UW-Stout through a commitment to quality and innovation and results-focused technical assistance to business and industry.  The ability to advance knowledge, add value to industry, enhance student education, and produce realized economic impact is the core responsibilities of the Discovery Center. The Discovery Center has impacted the regional economy through the creation or retention of 483 jobs with $21 million that has been invested in operations with a realized $19 million in new or retained sales. The focus of the Discovery Center is to have a collaboration in industry funded projects while using...
Data for your success!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Data that has been accumulated and categorized over time can be a vital resource for business intelligence measures just as it is important for economic development organizations and government.  If you are looking to expand your business, diversify your portfolio, or create new positions within your business than data regarding wages for those positions may help you better understand your costs before making the investment. Dunn County EDC partners with a variety of different sources to bring employers up-to-date information regarding employees and wages, unemployment data, census data, and much more.  All of this information can be found in the Resource...
Managing money and quality: The Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium approach

Monday, May 23, 2016

Developing world class programs for world class students have considerable startup costs and ongoing funding.  UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and UW-River Falls planned to develop the programs without additional state resources or taxing the taxpayers of Wisconsin. Identifying additional areas of financial support, such as the National Science Foundation grants and other private support, allow for the schools to equip their labs to maintain top quality.  Lastly, a large recruitment focus allows for the UW schools to continuously improve.  This recruitment focus begins with high-quality partnerships and relationships with area manufacturers, middle schools and high schools, and top students. Make sure to read...
FEATURED Digging in: Menomonie Sports Complex underway at last

Friday, May 20, 2016

After two years of fundraising and planning, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Menomonie High School Sports Complex on Wednesday. While construction began several days prior, Wednesday’s event served as an official recognition of the project and the efforts that led to its existence. Click here for the complete article.
2015 traveler spending up in the Greater St. Croix Valley; state’s tourism spending up 4.39% to $11.91 billion

Friday, May 20, 2016

The 2015 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased 6.03% to $99.7 million according to an annual analysis released April 29th by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. St. Croix’s $99.7 million from travelers resulted in total business sales of $166.8 million, reflecting a 5.41% increase from 2014. This spending supported an estimated 1,828 jobs (+4.56% from 2014) in St. Croix and generated $12.7 million in state and local tax revenues (+5.96% from 2014). Statewide, travelers spent an estimated $11.919 billion in 2015, a 4.39% increase from 2014. Total business sales from tourists were estimated at $1.929 billion (+4.42% from 2014). Tourism...
Bomar appointed dean of university’s new STEMM college

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chuck Bomar has been appointed dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management at the University of Wisconsin-Stout beginning July 1 following a national search, Provost Patrick Guilfoile announced. Bomar serves as dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The dean search was necessitated by the reorganization of UW-Stout’s colleges, resulting in the number of colleges being reduced from four to three. The reorganization saved taxpayers and students $360,000. Click here for the complete article.
Crops, cows; it's all in the details

Friday, May 20, 2016

Kevin Gilbertson is the fifth generation on a farm established by his family in 1875. An advanced dairy-production course during his junior year at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls cemented the decision to make farming his career. During that course students toured farms that were on the front end of a major expansion phase in Wisconsin’s dairy industry. Although farming tradition in his family was drawing him back, Gilbertson said exposure to other progressive dairies helped him see a long-term future in the industry. He graduated in 1995 from the university with a degree in agricultural business. Click here for the complete...
Going Global: Spotlight on Wisconsin Manufacturing in April

Friday, May 20, 2016

From the shores of California to Milwaukee’s downtown business district and onto Hannover, Germany, Wisconsin’s manufacturing prowess is on full display during the month of April. Global business leaders along with representatives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) have or will take part in three high-profile events this month including the World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment held in San Diego April 3 – 6, Chief Executive’s Smart Manufacturing Summit, which took place in Milwaukee April 5 – 7, and international trade fair Hannover Messe, taking place April 25 – 29 in Hannover, Germany. Click here for the complete article.
Momentum West tackles regional workforce shortage

Friday, May 20, 2016

From newspaper front pages to Facebook newsfeeds, the same images will appear in the coming weeks: smiling college graduates adorned in caps and gowns, flanked by proud parents. Unfortunately — especially in our part of the state — once the gown is back on the rack and dorm room contents are packed into the car, that car is often headed away from employers who need these graduates to stay. “Too many of our graduates go back to where they came from or larger metropolitan areas to start their careers,” says Steve Jahn, executive director of Momentum West, the organization charged with...
A look at Eco Urban Timber

Monday, May 16, 2016

Acknowledging business success is something that Dunn County EDC prides; which is why Julie McFadden of Eco Urban Timber has won contests for her work in turning unwanted urban lumber into locally produced well-designed wood products.  We invite you to “like” Eco Urban Timber on Facebook by clicking here: At Dunn County EDC, we love to see area businesses expand and to brag about their success. Entrepreneurs looking to expand or relocate their businesses may not always know about the resources and opportunities available to them. Whether it’s information about financial incentives, business development or locating a site, Dunn County...
Aligning Core Values

Monday, May 09, 2016

According to Forbes, “When your culture and values don’t align, your employees, customers and bottom-line business performance may suffer.”  Values are critically important for employees and customers to positively associate with the organization.  If values are not practiced and upheld by executives in the company, employees may feel less likely to respect and practice the values that customers depend on. This could reduce customer satisfaction and loyalty. Dunn County EDC is providing Lunch-n-Learns for employers on this very subject! The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch featuring a keynote speaker.  Dunn County EDC will have 1-2 classes per month....
CVTC - Energy Education Center

Monday, May 02, 2016

As demand increases and technological processes improve, renewable energy is becoming more and more important in the world.  The Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is committed to increasing and improving program offerings. The Energy Education Center will house renewable energy and energy efficiency demonstration, applied research, and a training facility supporting innovation and economic development.   The Energy Education Center was designed to be a learning laboratory in diverse programs and apprenticeships. The 54,000 square-foot facility is pursuing USGBC LEED® certification due to sustainable features that include, light pollution reduction, thermal comfort, on-site renewable energy, increased ventilation, and so much more....
The cost of turnover

Monday, April 25, 2016

The amount of turnover an employer has per year varies significantly between industries or even between businesses within the same industry.  Turnover costs include productivity losses during training, recruiting and lost work while a position is vacant.  This could be a costly expense and problem for human resource managers to mitigate to an acceptable level. Employee retention is one of the topics that will be discussed at the Dunn County EDC Lunch-n-Learns.  Come find out how to decrease unnecessary expenses, improve employee loyalty, and retain your most valuable assets - your employees.  The Lunch-n-Learns will be 1-2 hour classes over lunch...
Local Wisconsin Main Street Organizations Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Friday recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2015 at the 25th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center. Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, was on hand to recognize the efforts by Main Street volunteers and staff for the historic preservation and downtown economic development efforts of communities in Wisconsin. Click here for the complete article.
You’re inspiring!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Every entrepreneur has embarked on a journey that required greater than normal risk, difficult decisions that needed to be made, sacrifice, commitment, and above all perseverance.  That is why your story is an inspiration and that is why Dunn County EDC would like to assist you in any way that we can. Dunn County EDC would like to thank every business owner for embarking on that journey and for the continued work that they are doing.  Your perseverance is inspiring.  If you come across a difficult obstacle or would like to hear about resources that may be available to you, please...
Which regional careers are in demand?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Looking for a new career? The 2014 Chippewa Valley Skills Gap Survey provides great information on the Top 24 In-Demand Careers in a variety of industries. (Healthcare, manufacturing, STEM, Construction, etc).  This data on In-Demand jobs was produced by the Eau Claire Area EDC’s Critical Talent Committee, and is based on careers that would increase in vacancy due to retirement or through future hiring needs. Your Future provides details on the job description, required skills and education, the median annual wage, training availability, and which employers are looking for this position.  Your new career could begin here:
Power Partnerships allow graduates to stay local!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Three schools have created one partnership that will pave the path to address the needs for the region in a collaborative and supportive manner. UW-Stout, UW-Eau Clair, and UW-River Falls need to produce more engineers through their Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium, a unique collaboration program. The thought is that locally-educated engineers tend to stay local, thus helping businesses and industries with a greater pool of applicants.  Local concerns show that it’s difficult to attract engineers out of Madison, Milwaukee or even the Twin Cities. This partnership will allow for students to transfer credits between the three schools.  In addition, the consortium will...
Look here for the Local Labor Market Survey Results-Fall 2014

Monday, March 28, 2016

Thanks to a regional workforce initiative, the data that was derived from the Local Labor Market Survey provides an understanding of the demographics, hard-to-fill positions, retirement concerns, degrees held by employees, and other relevant and vitally important information.  Labor information is crucial for partnerships that strive to develop the workforce by narrowing the skills gap that exist for the current business environment, but also that may exist in the future to retain employers and to attract targeted industries. 300 employers in the Chippewa Valley Region, including manufacturing, education, healthcare and others, were emailed the survey.  Click on the link for more...
Meet Chancellor Bob Meyer

Monday, March 21, 2016

On August 16, 2014, a native of Port Washington, Wisconsin became the new chancellor for UW-Stout.  Before being named UW-Stout chancellor by the Board of Regents, Bob Meyer, was the president of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Chancellor Meyer holds a PH.D in industrial engineering from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. in management technology, and a B.S. in industrial education, both at UW-Stout. Chancellor Meyer is married to the former Deb Klein and has two daughters, Erica and Melissa. The Meyer family likes to spend their free time in a cabin close to the Boundary Waters Canoe...
Wisconsin Small Business Development Centers: Working for your success

Monday, March 14, 2016

As an entrepreneur, starting a business can be frightening.  The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is a great resource with regional experts that work to facilitate and improve small and emerging companies with no-cost consulting. 602 businesses between 2011 and 2013 have been started with assistance from the Wisconsin SBDC. Fortunately, there are multiple SBDCs in the region for entrepreneurs to utilize.  UW-Stout has a Manufacturer's Outreach Center, that focuses on product development, the Oaklawn Harmony Center business incubator, and the UW-Eau Claire SBDC, that focuses on business planning and operations. For more information on who to contact, follow the link:  
An inside look into Your Future-Chippewa Valley

Monday, March 07, 2016

Producing a well educated workforce has become increasingly important for any region’s business environment.  As such, it is imperative that partnerships with area economic development groups, educational institutions, government and community organizations, and most importantly employers come together to create an effective partnership aimed at narrowing the skills gap. With 16 school districts, 100+ business organizations, and 300 subscribers, Your Future works to identify and support those strategies to develop, attract, and retain a skilled, motivated, and responsive workforce.  There are many valuable benefits that companies,organizations, educators, and students will receive by participating in this partnership.  Take a look:  
What is STEPS for Girls?

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

UW-Stout has created a program to bolster excitement for science and engineering within 6th and 7th grade girls during a five-day summer camp called STEPS, which stands for Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS). STEPS provides an interesting look and preliminary engagement into science, technology and engineering by allowing young women the opportunity to have hands-on experience, access to outstanding professors, the ability to hone in their leadership and problem-solving skills, and participate in exciting recreational and development activities. STEPS activities look at analyzing, manufacturing and operating obstacle-avoiding robots, hands-on sessions in science and math, and the creation of multimedia content...
Discovery Center, class help farmer with fence cart invention

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Discovery Center at UW-Stout takes pride in helping entrepreneurs flesh out ideas for products or businesses. “We have a good process — an initial feasibility study — that asks people the right questions. We can get a good idea if it’s going to fly or not,” said Roger Gehring, a development engineer with the Discovery Center. Click here for the complete article.
Downtown Neighbors: Red Dragon Academy teaches more than martial arts

Monday, February 29, 2016

Among the antique stores, specialty shops and dining establishments of downtown Menomonie, there is also a location where you can learn how to do a round kick — Red Dragon Academy, an independent martial arts studio owned by Bobby McRaven. Following 18 years of martial arts experience that allowed him to exmaine the traits of successful studios, McRaven purchased Red Dragon Academy in January 2015. His studio at 438 Main Street focuses on four core values: honor, respect, discipline and self-defense. In the surroundings of his professional and welcoming studio, his daily goal is to “provide customers with the best experience...
Local FFA students participate in Farm Forum

Monday, February 29, 2016

Colfax and Boyceville FFA members were among the nearly 200 high school students who attended the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s FFA Farm Forum in Wisconsin Rapids on Feb. 19-20. “The Wisconsin Farm Bureau is proud to host this annual event with the FFA to help grow the next crop of agricultural leaders in Wisconsin,” said Jim Holte, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President. Click here for the complete article.
Prevea Health bring family care services to Menomonie

Monday, February 29, 2016

Prevea Health has joined the community of Menomonie to offer family medicine services. Former known as HSHS Sacred Heart Family Care, Prevea Menomonie Health Center is located 1125 N. Broadway, Suite 3. “Prevea Menomonie Health Center provides a wide variety of health care services for people of all ages and in all stages of life,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO at Prevea Health. Click here for the complete article.
Stout Stories: Faculty hails from all over the world

Monday, February 29, 2016

It is a long way from Romania. The faculty at a university are the key to ensuring that students learn what they need to be successful in their careers and life beyond campus when they graduate. UW-Stout has 272 faculty representing the wide range of subjects taught at the university. These faculty generally have earned the highest possible degree attainable — a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), or a Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)--and are experts in their respective fields. Click here for the complete article.
Pierce County EDC Annual Dinner Coverage

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Agriculture plays big role in Pierce's area economy; Helmer Printing, RiverWalk, Dairy Promotion group honored by PCEDC By Steve Dzubay on Feb 3, 2016 at 1:36 p.m. As images on the newly redesigned web site for the Pierce County Economic Development Corp. scrolled on a giant screen behind him, retiring UW-Extension Professor Greg Andrews offered persuasive arguments that photos depicting agriculture should be added to the visual mix. Click here to learn more.  
We help businesses in Western Wisconsin move forward

Monday, December 28, 2015

A 2014 report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor showed the highest rate of business startups since 1999. That’s the good news. The bad news is that only 1/3 of these new businesses will last a decade.   That’s why it helps to have support. Dunn County EDC offers assistance to help businesses expand and grow. We can meet with you to talk about your business needs, help you plan for growth, assist with personnel issues and locate the right space for your business. In addition, we can help you build important community relationships. Find out more about what we can do to help...
Wisconsin business making an impact

Monday, December 21, 2015

Schmit Prototypes is a great example of a Western Wisconsin business that is making a serious impact in the world. The rapid prototyping company serves the medical, military, and consumer product industries. Services include machining, casting, tooling, molding, design, and finishing.   The company and has been around for 30 years. Their 28,000 square foot Menomonie facility houses a state of the art workplace that employs over 30 people. And now Schmit Prototypes is working on a 75-foot by 110-foot metal building expansion. To learn more about what Schmit Prototypes, watch a segment about Schmit Prototypes on the Fox Business Network feature Manufacturing...
Relationships are vital to business success

Monday, December 14, 2015

Starting up or expanding a business is a difficult task. Funding is always a priority, as is site selection. Building relationships is also vital to long term success. Luckily, entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone.   Dunn County EDC exists to promote economic growth and stability by assisting businesses with some of these challenging tasks. We have a wealth of resources and insight to help you plan for business growth. Whether you need to locate a commercial or industrial building, build a commercial or industrial building, expand your company, or start a new business, let’s talk! We also work in cooperation with...
We help businesses thrive

Monday, December 07, 2015

Entrepreneurs looking to expand or relocate their businesses may not always know about the resources and opportunities available to them. Whether it’s information about financial incentives, business development or locating a site, Dunn County EDC strives to help.   One incredibly successful company we’ve assisted with business development and buildings is Vets Plus, Inc. The company has become an industry leader in animal health and nutrition products. They operate three facilities and have national and global distribution. Since 2012, Vets Plus has been headquartered in Menomonie, WI. They’re celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015. Learn more about this trailblazing company that’s dedicated to...
Incentives for business growth

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sometimes companies need financial incentives to grow. Wisconsin is fortunate to have some viable options for businesses. Timber Technologies in Colfax, WI received a Community Development Block Grant in 2003 for Economic Development. The program is designed to assist businesses as they expand or relocate to Wisconsin and create jobs.   The company, which manufactures structural timber products for post frame and pole barn construction, has since been expanding and succeeding. Their laminated beams, rafters, trusses, columns, and decking are cost-effective and quality sustainable building materials. Dunn County EDC coordinated Timber Technologies’ revolving loan funds and helped them to find space. Learn more...
Warm cookies + cold milk = happy customers

Monday, November 23, 2015

There’s nothing quite like a gooey, handmade chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven. Lisa Buhr is a mom turned entrepreneur in Menomonie, WI who understands this fact. She’s sweetening people’s lives each day with her cookie delivery business. “It is really fun to go and deliver and see the smiles on people’s faces,” says Buhr.   Dunn County EDC was happy to help Buhr locate the right space for her business. Red Cedar Cookie Company had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9. In addition to warm cookies, they deliver ice-cold milk. “Cookie Jar Accounts” with discounted pricing are available to help...
Meet Regional Business Fund, Inc.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

RBF, Inc. and the other two consolidated funds had a conference call with DOA this afternoon at which time they informed us that they anticipate having the contracts to us before Thanksgiving. RBF, Inc. had a total of 10 active Community Development Block Grant loans in the portfolio at the time of the 2012 HUD audit of the state’s program, and these are the contracts that will need to be amended. Staff will make contact with the county officials and business owners who will be asked to sign new amendments. This does include 5 loans that have been paid in...
The relevance of technical colleges

Monday, November 16, 2015

Technical education plays a vital role in our nation’s future economic health. Good technical colleges can help students see the relevance of their schoolwork and prepare them for jobs that are currently in demand.   Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin is a prime example of how valuable technical education can be. The college offers affordable two-year programs provide hands-on learning experiences, which translates to employable skills. Graduates have a 93 percent placement rate within 6 months and typically find jobs starting at $40,000-45,000. In addition, CVTC is willing to help tailor training for specific business needs. CVTC offers excellent academics,...
It takes resources to grow a business

Monday, November 09, 2015

Many entrepreneurs will agree that it’s tough to raise startup capital for a new business. But raising funds to expand an established business may be even more difficult.   At Dunn County EDC, we love to see area businesses expand and to brag about their success. Take Shape Products: a plastic and glass manufacturer and distributor for products such as window well covers, skylights, and mirrored closet doors. The company recently added a number of jobs at their local Menomonie plant. We assisted Shape Products with find finding funding for expansion and connecting them with a regional business fund to help them grow....
Harnessing the power of creativity and community with fab labs

Monday, November 02, 2015

There’s something innately satisfying about making things. The DIY ethic has enjoyed a strong resurgence in recent years, thanks in part to digital fabrication laboratories or fab labs. These DIY centers were introduced in 2002 as educational outreach for MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. In essence, they provide users with tools to make just about anything they can dream up.   The University of Wisconsin-Stout has a fab lab called the Discovery Center. Since July 2009, the center has facilitated dozens of collaborative projects, harnessing the creativity and technical skills of more than 300 students and faculty. Since its inception, 483 jobs...
Is a college education worthwhile?

Monday, October 26, 2015

These days, the transition from college into the labor market can be a difficult one. We’ve all heard horror stories of graduates with big debts who end up flipping burgers or working other menial jobs for minimal pay. It begs the question of whether a college education is worthwhile anymore.   Well, it just might depend on the college. The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie offers career-focused degrees based on active learning, applied theory and research. And they have an excellent placement record. An impressive 97 percent of graduates find jobs within half a year in their fields of study! UW-Stout’s Career Services...
Brewery capitalizes on consumer thirst for craft beer

Monday, October 19, 2015

The craft beer industry has experienced a tremendous boom in recent years. According to the Brewers Association, the number of brew pubs and microbreweries jumped from 1,521 in 2008 to over 3,200 in 2014.   Lucette Brewing Company in Menomonie, WI has benefited from the seemingly unquenchable thirst for craft beer. They started production in 2010 and went from selling kegs of beer to being one of the first craft breweries in the country to sell 16oz cans in a 6-pack. They’re working on a substantial expansion at the brewery, which adds another 4,000 sq. ft. Dunn County EDC provided project assistance to...
Find out how employees can be your greatest asset

Monday, October 12, 2015

“Employees are a company's greatest asset—they're your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company's mission.” ~Anne M. Mulcahy   As the former CEO of Xerox points out here, great employees are integral to the success of any business. The Dunn County EDC recognizes that hiring and retaining the best employees—and keeping them motivated—can be challenging. That’s why we’re holding the “Retaining Your Winning Team” workshop on July 16. You’ll learn about a process for defining your core values and rating team members...
STEM thrives at UW-Stout

Monday, October 05, 2015

Educating youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines has emerged as a national priority for a number of reasons. One of the major factors is maintaining our nation’s global competitiveness. But students will see big benefits from STEM careers as well. STEM jobs pay more than non-STEM jobs and are growing at a much faster rate.   The University of Wisconsin-Stout has prioritized STEM education. One of the premiere science competitions in the country will take place at UW-Stout in May of 2016, attracting more than 7,000 people from 50 states to Menomonie   The Science Olympiad is both an event and...
The value of K-12 STEM education

Monday, September 28, 2015

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is widely recognized as a critical area for improvement so that the U.S. can maintain global competitiveness. According to a report by the Joint Economic Committee in April 2012, “[despite] the clear demand for STEM talent by domestic employers, the U.S. is failing to produce an ample supply of workers to meet the growing needs of both STEM and non-STEM employers...” The Northern Wisconsin STEM Collaborative is working diligently to change that with programs like the STEM Youth Apprenticeship, a school-to-work initiative designed to take high school students beyond the typical classroom experience. Participants...
Local company an innovator in recycling

Monday, September 21, 2015

Wooden pallets are integral to the shipping and delivery of goods. But did you know that wooden pallets–along with wooden shipping containers–consume 44 percent of all the hardwood produced in the U.S. annually? Thankfully, the recycling of wood pallets has dramatically increased over the past 30 years.   Starting in 2006, Specialty Pallet aNd Crate (SPNC) in Menomonie began innovating in this arena, providing an outlet for used pallets. The company produces recycled and new shipping products as well as items like mulch and livestock bedding. Their wood pellets can even be used to heat businesses.   Dunn County EDC helped SPNC find a...
Investing in employees pays dividends

Monday, September 14, 2015

In order for businesses to survive and thrive in our ever-changing corporate climate, they need to invest in employee training. This training needs to happen not just in the beginning, but also continuously throughout their employment because employees appreciate opportunities to grow and learn. In fact, studies show that 39.3% of job seekers see growth as an important characteristic when considering a new job opportunity.   Dunn County Economic Development Corp can help area businesses with some of this. We've developed a lunchtime business educational series geared towards helping businesses and their employees grow. Topics include bookkeeping, social media, customer service, and...
Tailoring education to meet workforce needs

Monday, September 07, 2015

"The future of higher education is to provide some sort of applied connection either during or after the liberal arts experience. We need high-impact talent. There's an opportunity if we think creatively," ~University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross on the state’s talent gap.   UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-River Falls have partnered to create the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium. The plan is to offer new engineering programs to help to meet current and future workforce needs with local talent so that companies don’t move out of the state or recruit engineers from elsewhere because of lack of mechanical and electrical engineers.   Find...
Cultivating local entrepreneurs

Monday, August 31, 2015

Have you heard of economic gardening? It is an entrepreneur-oriented method of economic development focused on increasing the capacity of a region’s existing businesses. The idea is that working with businesses that are already in a community is more sustainable for long term economic growth than recruiting big corporations from elsewhere.   Dunn County Economic Development is embracing this “grow from within” strategy of cultivating and growing area businesses by helping develop an entrepreneur-friendly culture. Entrepreneurs After Hours is an example of a great program designed to help entrepreneurs succeed. This networking event occurs every other month and is open to current and...
Making the connection between education and career path

Monday, August 24, 2015

Eighty-one percent of high school dropouts say applicable, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in school. That’s why it’s critical for students to make a connection between education and their future career path. is a website that facilitates this. It enables students in Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin to seek out work-based learning opportunities and explore different career clusters. It gives students the chance to engage directly with potential future employers.   This partnership between Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire Counties is focused on helping develop a skilled workforce suited to the region’s current and future needs. Find out more about this resource....
Secure a good job right out of college

Monday, August 17, 2015

These days, collaborations between local industry and post-secondary education institutions have become more common. And that can ultimately translate to more graduates being placed in jobs.   The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers advanced degrees in manufacturing and other trades. They also have high-tech video game design and biotechnology programs. All have hands-on training opportunities, which boost real-world skills. When hiring, companies like Anderson Windows, Phillips Plastics, 3M and Vets Plus have learned to look to Stout for employees first.   “Many of our students have multiple job offers before they graduate. That’s what a UW-Stout diploma means: Exciting career options right out of the...
Facilitating business growth in Western Wisconsin

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wikipedia defines economic development as “the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area.”   The Dunn County Economic Development Corporation has taken on this critical role. We’re moving ahead for Western Wisconsin. Our goal is to promote economic growth and stability. Much of how we accomplish this is through building relationships—with entrepreneurs and companies but also in cooperation with local and regional allies. The idea is to facilitate economic stability, growth, and diversity in Dunn County.   Find out how we can assist you in: finding or building a commercial...
Education fuels the economy

Monday, August 03, 2015

“Economic prosperity and quality education for our children are inexorably linked.” This sentiment from politician and diplomat Jon Huntsman Jr. certainly rings true. A good education is the crucial starting point for success—not just for individuals but our nation as a whole. We want to give children access to the kind of education and resources that allow them to thrive in our society today.   The “Welcome to Your Future Chippewa Valley” website can help with this. It helps students find a connection between the classroom and the real world. It gives them an understanding of the local labor market and the...
The importance of STEM education

Monday, July 27, 2015

The U.S. economy could benefit from more workers who are knowledgeable in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Large numbers of STEM jobs are reportedly going unfilled.   And in 2013, Hart Research Associates surveyed several hundred employers and found the majority strongly supported higher education that engages students in hands-on learning activities, including “collaborative problem solving, internships, research, senior projects, and community engagements.” The University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie is a career-focused polytechnic university with a focus on STEM. UW-Stout provides an integrated learning environment with applied learning opportunities that mesh theory with humanistic understanding. The university places an emphasis on creativity...
Educating workers for the future

Monday, July 20, 2015

In Northwestern Wisconsin, a serious shortage of engineers prompted three University of Wisconsin system schools—Stout, Eau Claire and River Falls—to form a unique collaboration called the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium. The overarching goal of the Consortium is to graduate more engineers who are willing to stay in the local area. “There’s a great unmet need of almost 600 unfilled mechanical engineers in northwest Wisconsin and nearly as many unfilled electrical engineering positions,” says Robert Meyer, UW-Stout chancellor. UW-Stout has a phenomenal engineer job placement rate of 100 percent! Find out more about the Consortium’s proactive plan.
Developing a responsive workforce for the future

Monday, July 13, 2015

Attracting and retaining a skilled and motivated workforce is a difficult task for any region, particularly with the shifting nature of the economy and rapid pace of technological advances. The Chippewa Valley Skills Gap Project Partnership in Wisconsin is taking on this challenge with the “Welcome to Your Future Chippewa Valley” website. This partnership between Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire Counties aims to develop a skilled workforce that is suited to the region’s current and future needs. It connects major players like community groups, government, school districts, post-secondary institutions, and economic development groups. Welcome to Your Future Chippewa Valley is a fantastic...
Taking measure of local economic growth

Monday, July 06, 2015

We all know from national news reports that the U.S. economy has been sluggish for some time. But it’s very valuable to have measurements of how our local communities are faring. POLICOM Corporation examines the state of local economies by looking at their impact upon resident standard of living. They define economic strength as the long term tendency for an area to consistently grow in both size and quality. They measure factors such as: quality of life, education opportunities and cost of homes. The Greater Menomonie Wisconsin Micropolitan Statistical Area is bucking the national trend and showing positive growth. In fact, POLICOM...
New agreement will protect local watershed

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

By Barbara Lyon for the Dunn County News A new farmland lease agreement has the potential to reduce run-off from a local watershed into Lake Menomin — and provide students with valuable learning experience. This spring, students from Chippewa Valley Technical College’s agri-science tehnician and farm business production managements programs will be working with the Dunn County Conservation and UW-Extension departments to get real-life experience in the best practices of soil and water management. The initiative came into being thanks to a unique collaboration among CVTC, The Neighbors of Dunn County, and the newly-created Dunn County Soil and Water Health Partnership. Healthy start The land...
Congrats to Ellsworth Creamery and Spectrum Industries

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is one of seven Wisconsin companies awarded a prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. The winners were announced Thursday night at a black tie banquet honoring the 40 nominees.  With a high quality, wholesome product, a good reputation and loyal customers, they have continued to expand production to keep up with growing demand for their products. Today their Ellsworth facility is fondly known as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin, a title given by Governor Anthony S. Earl back in 1984. Paul Bauer, CEO/Manager of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, and also a member of the Momentum West board of...
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Downtown Neighbors

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rory Feddersen has a ‘simple’ dream: For his business to stand the test of time. Showing no signs of slowing down, he has done his part to do just that in the past 15 years since he opened Simple Sports, now located at 400 Main Street. Originally from the Midwest, Feddersen traveled the country before returning to settle in the Chippewa Valley. Once there, he began managing a bike shop in Menomonie under Jim Rolbiecki with Riverside Bike and Skate. This opportunity was the platform that he needed to gain valuable business experience, and Simple Sports opened three years later in...
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Knapp Woman Wins National Trucking Award

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mary Peterson Norton of Knapp has been chosen by the National Association of Small Trucking Cos. as a driver of the year. She received the award Nov. 8 in Nashville, Tenn. The association represents more than 4,600 trucking companies in the U.S. and Canada that employ over 65,000 drivers collectively. Click here for the complete article.
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Latest developments

Friday, April 01, 2016

Once upon a time, I had difficulty remembering the meaning of the word acronym. I constantly confused it with the word anagram. I mentioned my plight to an understanding acquaintance and asked for a simple way to keep the two separate. His reply, “Anyone can remember our name, you meathead.” I never had the problem since. Which leads me to the subject of this month’s missive. Because so many groups, businesses and organizations have long names, it saves ink, paper and breath to use the initials or acronym. We all know what USA, GM, NASA, NATO and a hundred more stand for...
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

For those involved with business, the greeting “how is business?” is probably substituted for “hello” more times than not. I was surprised recently, when the answer received was, “I used to think business was a good thing, but of late people have been proposing that business is bad because it earns a profit and some feel profit is inherently is evil.” That gave me pause to think. Where did notions like this come from — and how did it get to this point? For as long as I can remember, retail, service and manufacturing businesses were viewed as good things. Those...
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Thursday, January 07, 2016

As we welcomed the New Year, we were reminded that we are another year older. While that is apparent to us as individuals, it is easy overlook our regional workforce. It is aging as well and quicker than we might realize. During the 19-year period between 1946 and 1964, around 76 million people were born in the United States. We know this generation as the Baby Boomers. Many of you reading this are Boomers. The Silent Generation, those who were born before 1946, was much smaller with about 55 million. After surviving the Great Depression and then World War II, they went...
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Latest developments: Strategic design competition produces top notch results

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

It is interesting how far a little collaboration, along with viewing a problem from another’s perspective, can create change and innovation. Such a process began last year when Assistant Professor Dr. Meriem Chida at UW-Stout approached the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce to help identify the owner of a vacant downtown business. The Chamber connected her with the Main Street manager, who was able to make introductions to the business owner. Dr. Chida, along with several students, worked with the owner for the remainder of the semester to get the building open and a business operating. Click here for the complete article.
Home inventory dwindling in Wisconsin metro areas

Thursday, October 22, 2015

It’s been a strong year for home buying in Wisconsin — 2015 is on pace with pre-recession levels — and housing inventory in metropolitan areas, including Eau Claire, is declining. Wisconsin Realtors Association figures released Monday show sales throughout the state in 2015 were up 12.6 percent from January through September compared with the first nine months of 2014. Click here for the complete article.
Training key for Courtesy Corp.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hamburgers were 15 cents and an order of french fries cost a dime when Dick Lommen joined McDonald’s in the late 1950s. He began his career as a 15-year-old crew member for a La Crosse location that was the chain’s 141st. By the time he graduated from UW-La Crosse, Lommen was managing the restaurant. He eventually raised $90,000 to buy the single-store franchise and launch what would become Courtesy Corp., a business that owns and operates 57 McDonald's restaurants in the Midwest. Click here for the complete article.
Grocery store gets a facelift

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Things started to change the instant the new owner of the former Lammer’s Food Fest and L-Mart shopping center took possession on Oct. 5. In just a week’s time, the facade of Dick’s Fresh Market is sporting an entirely new look. The stone front topped with stenciled brick will eventually extend the length of the shopping center on Ninth Street in Menomonie. Click here for the complete article.
WEDC Appoints New Account Manager for Northwest Region

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has named Tim Weber regional account manager for Wisconsin’s 17 northwestern counties. Weber assumes the position after serving for in WEDC’s credit and risk department since 2013. As regional account manager, WEDC will work with business leaders and economic development partners to encourage and support business startup, attraction and growth initiatives. Counties Weber represents include Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor and Washburn. Click here for the complete article.
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Latest developments

Thursday, October 08, 2015

I always remember the old saying, “Many hands make for light work.” In the realm of economic and workforce development, it is truly the most effective way to attain a positive result. Collaboration is a process by which two individuals or organizations work together to realize goals they hold in common. It is worth noting the number of groups whose missions affect the economic, business and industry health of Dunn County and west central Wisconsin. Dunn County EDC is involved with many collaborative initiatives. These efforts may be with other economic development organizations, which like the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation, are...
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Latest developments

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

On the last day of July, Main Street Menomonie became the 35th municipality to become an official Wisconsin Main Street community. Having this designation has been started a new chapter for a program that stretches over the course of 25 years. The downtown commercial business districts of cities and villages are the traditional centers for business, commerce and government. They are also an indicator of the health of the community. When the heart of a town is preserved and revitalized, one can wager that the rest of the community is healthy as well. The Wisconsin Main Street program is a division of...
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

On June 24, a diverse group met at University of Wisconsin-Stout for the rollout of the Northwestern WI Collaborative for STEM. A group of well over 100 representing the fields of education, business, industry, workforce development, government and economic development, gathered at UW-Stout’s Jarvis Hall to address the need more for more education at all levels in northwestern Wisconsin in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) disciplines. There needs to be more instruction given in these fields at all educational levels, Kindergarten through 16 as well as with adult learners. This will have an incredible economic impact on our region,...
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The great thing about a toolbox is the creation, maintenance and repair of things that can be accomplished with the tools it holds — provided the correct guidance is provided. There may be different types of toolboxes; they all hold tools of one type or another. The toolbox and the tools of an oil rig worker look much different from those of an electrical technician. In economic development — particularly working with entrepreneurs, often our greatest tools are not inanimate utensils held in some a box or chest. They tend to be warm-blooded, flesh and blood individuals who have who have...
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Latest developments: Dunn County economic news

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Business and industry need the best and brightest worker to insure that the businesses will succeed. How can businesses find this type of talent? The UW-Stout Career Service’s program may be the answer. The number one recruitment tool at UW-Stout is the Co-op (internship) program. UW-Stout has an incredibly strong program with more than 900 students participating in this experience each year. Many employers collaborate each year with UW-Stout to find talented students who need a co-op experience in their field of study. These are paid positions in which the student receives real-world experience within their field. The employer determines the rate...
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Latest developments

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Every time we speak about workforce development, the question about seems to shift from what particular job title of category we are lacking in numbers to what skills, knowledge and interests do candidates for these vital careers need to possess before they can enter these fields. In an economy that possesses a strong manufacturing and technology base, this skill set includes those in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM disciplines. Just after the first of the year, the University of Wisconsin-Stout STEM College hosted the STEM Outreach Collaborative Planning Meeting with the purpose of forming a broad...
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Should you Google “regionalism”, the first definition to pop up is “the theory or practice of regional rather than central systems of administration or economic, cultural or political affiliation.” By definition and structure, the Dunn County Economic Development Corporation is a regional organization. Known to most of as Dunn County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau our region is the Menomonie Micropolitan Statistical Area, sandwiched between the Eau Claire Metropolitan Statistical Area (which is comprised of Eau Claire and Chippewa counties) and Pierce and St. Croix counties, which are the easternmost counties of the 16-county Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area. Click here...
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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Several months ago, this column addressed our need for engineers in the west central Wisconsin. Activities of the Northwest Engineering Consortium currently taking place will have lasting effects on our local economy and quality of life. Spearheaded by the chancellors from the three I-94 corridor universities — UW-Stout, UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire — along with the assistance of local industry, educators, organizations and economic development organizations, NWEC is championing the campaign to offer new engineering programs at the three institutions. Click here for the complete article.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sometime ago, I wrote about how money coming into a region from outside of the area for locally produced goods and services is considered “good money”. That money is an important addition to the local economy. If we remember high school social studies, we learned about “balance of trade”. Balance might be a misnomer as it rarely is a balance for any period. The balance of trade signifies the difference of exports and imports over a specified period, usually a year. If the cost of goods imported is more than the cost exported, it is referred to as a trade deficit. Conversely,...