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The World’s Most Successful Caviar Entrepreneur Is A Scrapyard Operator In Wisconsin

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A long State Road 35 on the Wisconsin side of the Mississippi River, there’s a junkyard filled with old boats, cars and refrigerators, where 20,000 pounds of aluminum gets melted down every day. A handwritten sign tacked onto the front door reminds all those who enter: Put Shirts On. Inside sits Bill Holst, the 69-year-old blue-jeaned, third-generation corn farmer who started this scrap-metal business 12 years ago. “I see value in things that other people don’t see value in,” he says. “I’m more of a risk-taker.” Click here for the complete article.
Artesian Ice Sculptures in Maiden Rock

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

When Roger Nelson purchased land with an artesian well on it, he realized one thing. An artesian well doesn't shut off during the winter. He directed the water to one area, and it formed an ice rink. He decided to experiment and made a little fountain. The next year, "I tried making one a little bit bigger. Then I made two, and then 10, and then 20, and then 30," he explained with a hearty laugh. Nelson has buried 1,200 feet of pipe underground, and he stretches 2,000 feet of garden hoses around the area to reach all the sculptures. "The artesian well is...
Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) applications now accepted!

Friday, February 08, 2019

Rural Development is now accepting applications for the 2019 Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program! This competitive program supports technical assistance, training and other activities that help develop or expand small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Eligible applicants include towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofit corporations, tribes, and institutions of higher education. Application materials and the governing program instruction 7 CFR Part 4280, Subpart E, can be found by visiting our website at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants/wi. Applications must be submitted and/or delivered by March 29, 2019 to the Rural Development State Office at 5417 Clem’s Way, Stevens Point, WI 54482. If you have questions...
East End Gifts is new draw in Ellsworth

Monday, January 07, 2019

A new surprise is waiting amid the workout zone and creative space for visitors to the shared Brush Strokes and Country Fit building. East End Gifts, located between the two businesses in their building at 273 N. Morse St., is operated together by the separate owners, Kayleen Jakes and CJ Young. The gift shop offers a variety of home decor and homemade items, all from local vendors. Continue to full article
RiverTown Multimedia celebrates excellence in sales

Thursday, January 03, 2019

RiverTown Multimedia recently held its annual Advertising Sales Department Awards recognizing multimedia sales representatives and their achievements this past fiscal year. Steve Engelhart, RTM advertising director, and Jean Brown, RTM sales manager, presented awards to the following: 1st place Salesperson of the Year: Donna Kauffman 2nd place sales: Nancy Knudsen 3rd place sales: Nancy Long Special awards were also given to: Top Specialty Digital Sales: Scott Thompson Top TV Week Tab Sales: Joni Juliar Top Special Sections Sales: Joanne Heebink Each sales professional is dedicated to learning, listening and assisting clients with their print, digital and special marketing needs. Continue to full article
Aldi opens in River Falls

Friday, December 28, 2018

More than 150 people lined up to be some of the first shoppers at the grand opening of Aldi grocery store off Main Street near Highway 35 on the morning of Monday, Nov. 19. Aldi Division Vice President Matt Lilla said Aldi is excited to be a part of the River Falls community. “We've had a lot of success with our Hudson store and customers were telling us for years that they wanted to have an Aldi store in town and we're extremely excited we could bring the newest, latest, greatest Aldi store to the community,” Lilla said. The grand opening event offered...
Five reasons entrepreneurs are starting their businesses in Wisconsin

Thursday, December 27, 2018

udging from the crowds at Startup Wisconsin Week earlier this month, Wisconsin is home to a booming entrepreneurial community. The excitement and innovation on display at more than 150 events in 12 cities across the state lived up to a recent study ranking Milwaukee as a top 10 city for young entrepreneurs and a report highlighting Madison as a top 10 tech city. Wisconsin is home to many startup success stories, including larger, more mature companies like Exact Sciences, Epic Systems and Promega, and younger companies like Jamf, Fasetto and TAI Diagnostics. Continue to full article for five reasons why Wisconsin’s startup scene has taken off in recent years.
Is your company ‘Best for Vets’?

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

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”. Continue to full article
New ‘Mission Wisconsin’ initiative provides state employers with unique opportunity to recruit military veteran

Monday, December 24, 2018

Initiative will help Wisconsin companies fill workforce needs by engaging with service members about to return to civilian life State officials today unveiled a new initiative to help Wisconsin companies recruit workers by enabling them to engage with military personnel around the country before they return to civilian life. The “Mission Wisconsin Talent Pipeline” is the next phase of the state’s $1.9 million national marketing campaign to encourage transitioning military personnel and their spouses to live and work in Wisconsin once they leave the service. The campaign is a joint effort of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Wisconsin Department of...
PIERCE COUNTY TOURISM LAUNCHES RESEARCH PROJECT WITH HELP FROM TOURISM GRANT

Monday, December 10, 2018

Grant funds will go toward research to uncover the area’s tourism brand Pierce County Economic Development Corporation receives a $13,144 check from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. RIVER FALLS, Wis. (Dec. 10, 2018) – Pierce County Economic Development Corporation is launching a research project to identify the county’s tourism brand with help from a $13,144 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Data collected from the project will help Pierce County establish a new brand and develop marketing materials to attract travelers to the area. “We are excited to support Pierce County in their efforts to create a new...
2019 Govs Business Plan Contest open for entries

Monday, December 03, 2018

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2019 entries through Jan. 31, 2019 The 16th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2019 competition until 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019.   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. Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. In 2018, finalists shared in more...
EPA Opens $50M+ FY19 Brownfield Competition for Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grants

Monday, December 03, 2018

Over 100 grants and $50 million in brownfield grant funding is expected to be awarded in the next round of EPA's storied and successful real estate redevelopment program. Submission deadline: January 31, 2019. Today, November 28, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new Request for Proposals & Application Guidelines to officially open the FY 2019 Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, and Cleanup Grant competition. Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum. In last year's brownfield grant competition, EPA awarded $54.3 Million in...
Join Us for Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Pierce County

Monday, December 03, 2018

The holiday season has kicked off in Pierce County and now is an excellent time to join family and friends as we gather to celebrate and create new memories. Our vibrant community events are one of the many reasons community members enjoy living and working here. In December, there are several fun events planned. Here is what you and your family can look forward to – Christmas in the Park – Ellsworth Date: December 2nd Time: 4:30 – 6pm Join us in Ellsworth's East End Park for a free family-friendly holiday celebration on Sunday, December 2, from 4:30pm-6:00pm. Santa Claus will arrive at 5:00pm...
Petition Period Opens for 2020 Ag Enterprise Areas

Monday, December 03, 2018

Petition Period Opens for 2020 Ag Enterprise Areas Media contacts:    Donna Gilson, (608) 224-5130. [email protected]                                 Bill Cosh, Communications Director (608) 224-5020. [email protected] Please note:  Although the petition deadline is not until June 21, 2019, the petitions typically require months to prepare. MADISON – Communities interested in being designated as agricultural enterprise areas in 2020 can submit petitions until June 21, 2019, to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Agricultural enterprise areas, or AEAs, are blocks of land that are used primarily for farming and for businesses...
Support Pierce County Charities on Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

We are fortunate to work with local charities making a difference in the lives of Pierce County residents. November 27th is Giving Tuesday, a day where people throughout our community, and the world, donate to the causes they are passionate about. This is a global day of giving and unlike other special days, like Black Friday, this one is all about community togetherness. It encourages us to look beyond the busyness of the holiday season and to consider those in our community who may need our help and support, along with the charities that are standing in the gap to...
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Minn.-based company tackling Pierce's internet needs

Monday, November 05, 2018

NorthfieldWiFi, a Northfield, Minn.-based internet provider, is expanding throughout the county — with its eye on a November buildout in the town of Clifton — in hopes to capitalize on and fulfill a glaring need for high-speed internet. And while fiber-based internet is faster, Pierce County's harsh terrain and low resident density create high capital costs with low returns, disincentivizing large companies from expanding to the area and creating an opportunity for Northfield's wireless service. "Nobody is willing to invest millions of dollars to put the cable down," said Sherry Keller, a county resident. Pierce County has faced expensive and slow internet...
Celebrate National Women's Small Business Month in Pierce County

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pierce County is home to many small businesses owned and operated by women. This year, the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCDC) will be acknowledging the success of women business owners by creating an annual Women in Business Award. October is National Women’s Small Business Month, so in anticipation of “award season” this is an excellent time to celebrate the success of our county’s women entrepreneurs.   Here are just a few of the Pierce County companies owned by women – Cultural Cloth Co-owner Mary Anne Wise is making a difference throughout the world by working with indigenous women who are expert craftsman. From...
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Inside Design Ellsworth's Three Day Flurry

Monday, October 22, 2018

Todd Johnson, University of Wisconsin - Extension land use and community development specialist, tries not to use the French term charette to describe the Design Wisconsin program. But it might be the best word to describe the somewhat frenzied three-day community-planning process they run about twice a year. The 19th century French word charette refers to deadline-frantic architecture students who, near the end of the academic term, would have to toss their final semester work on a cart, or charette, for grading. Sometimes, Johnson claims, students would leap into the cart to finish their work. Charette now acts as design jargon for a...
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PACE Financing Now Available To Pierce County Businesses

Thursday, October 18, 2018

At their October meeting the Pierce County Board of Supervisors moved to adopt provisions that make Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing available to Pierce County businesses. This program is a financing tool businesses can use to obtain up to 100% financing for energy improvements. PACE Financing is sourced from an open lending market and secured through a voluntary PACE Special Charge, repaid directly to the lender. Like property taxes, PACE Financings may be transferred to the next property owner if the property is sold. Businesses may access this program through one of a number of preapproved lenders or ask...
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Swinging Bridge Brewery Promotes Growth in River Falls

Monday, October 15, 2018

Swinging Bridge Brewery is a River Falls gem. They are a local brewery that sources regional ingredients, supports local philanthropic efforts, promotes River Falls wherever they go, and most importantly, has become a gathering place for the community. Their mission is to be a “Community-focused brewery that tries to provide the freshest, high-quality product that we can, while being an asset to our community. Our whole brewery is founded on the community supported brewery concept” said co-founder Dustin Dodge. We had the pleasure of speaking with Dustin about how he and his partner Mike started the brewery, their mission, and...
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Family-Owned Nilssen’s Foods Has Expanded After 100 Years in Business

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Nilssen’s Foods is a full supermarket that offers deli, bakery, produce, meat, beer, wine, liquor, etc. Known for their Nilssen’s award-winning smokehouse meats, they have established a reputation across the state of Wisconsin for high-quality food products. Nilssen’s meats have beat over 1,000 competitors to win multiple awards at the State level, including the Grand Champion Award for their bacon and chili cheese brats. Of course, for those lucky enough to live in Pierce County, Nilssen’s is simply their family grocer. The history of Nilssen’s Foods dates back to 1903 when Carl Nilssen first opened a general store in Clear Lake....
Part local football star, part entrepreneurial woodworker

Monday, October 08, 2018

Two days after Ellsworth High School's 20-13 win over Baldwin-Woodville High School, Logan Melstrom was an hour late for work. He was sore from battling an injury all week before being cleared to play in Friday's homecoming game, where he scored two of the team's three touchdowns, and didn't head to his family's garage until closer to 9 a.m. He had a wood patio set to make. "I try to get out here every day," the 18-year-old high school senior said. "I've always been a hands-on guy, it's just the way I am." He planned to work the whole day, with only breaks...
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The National Ombudsman’s Mission – Giving Small Business a Voice

Friday, September 21, 2018

Businesses operate in an environment surrounded by regulations.  The regulations or rules a business needs to understand, apply and follow come from all levels of government- federal state and local. We as small business owners may be left with a feeling of helplessness and frustration as they are  applied in a manner we believe to be unfair or excessive in regulatory compliance or enforcement actions (such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation by federal agencies).  Where can you turn? Fortunately at both the federal and state level there are processes in place to assure fairness and to reduce regulatory...
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Pierce County textile artist, former winner Small Business Of The Year recipient co-authors Rug Money How A Group Of Maya Women Changed Their Lives Through Art and Innovation describing her work with Maya women in Guatemala.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

          Mary Anne Wise of rural Maiden Rock Township and her co-author Cheryl Conway Daly of Cato, New York, offer a poignant memoir of their 8 year long journey working with Maya women in the highlands of Guatemala. Recognizing the dire need for more income-generating opportunities, Wise, an accomplished textile artist volunteered to teach a weekend long rug-hooking class. What follows is a surprising and heartening story about artistry, creative economies, and how access to opportunity truly does change lives.  In Rug Money’s moving narrative, Mary Anne describes how she created a curriculum for teaching art and design based on her Maya...
Extension plan emerges for part-time ag agent

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Plans to restore part-time UW-Extension agriculture agent services were among personnel proposals that moved forward at Monday's Pierce County Finance and Personnel Committee meeting. Committee members approved initial plans Sept. 10 for a shared position that Area Extension Director Kristen Bruder said would bring Pepin County ag agent Mike Travis to Pierce County on a limited basis. She said funding to cover the 0.20 position in Pierce County would come from redistributing horticulture educator funds. The need for those funds will be lessened through a new horticulture outreach educator position, which will service multiple western Wisconsin counties. Finance and Personnel Committee members...
Not Giving Up on Making Vino in the Valley

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As the sun sets on the valley, lights turn on over diners and at the hands of guests at the bar, a fire heats the cooler night air, horses take off on a wagon ride, live music floats through the air; pizza, pasta, and of course, wine, makes its way to tables on the patio, and guests laugh and chat while gazing out at the vineyard and canopy of trees that surround them. Enjoying the full experience, from the food and drinks to the valley view, is what it's all about at Vino in the Valley. But one thing is missing —...
Wisconsin roundup: Walker proposes tax credit for Wis. college graduates; more state news stories

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a new tax credit for college graduates as he campaigns for re-election. Walker's so-called “new graduate tax credit” of up to $1,000 per year for up to five years is aimed at keeping college graduates living and working in Wisconsin. This proposal is in addition to Walker's plan to freeze in-state tuition for another four years. The proposed tax credit is featured in a new campaign TV ad. Original story found here. 
Have You Been to Reuvers Nursery Yet? You Don’t Want to Miss this Local Gem.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bryan and Cindy Reuvers opened Reuvers Nursery in rural Pierce County and are now sharing their love of nature and all things beautiful with the greater community. Their garden store and landscaping business is a destination for people throughout the area and the Twin Cities who are looking for native plants, unique varieties, and personalized recommendations. Larger chain nurseries may carry similar plants but they do not offer the level of customer service and personal attention available at Reuvers. Here, customers can receive recommendations, instructions for how to plant and when, plus the setting is truly beautiful.  Their mission is...
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Resources for Your Business Startup

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Wanting to start your dream business but struggling on how to go about putting it together.  You’re not alone.  Fortunately there is a wealth of resources, tools and assistance available which itself can be overwhelming. Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) has a checklist to guide you through the business development process.  It can be found on our website at www.pcedc.com and selecting Business Startup Checklist from the Business Toolbox drop down.  You will also find a link to the St. Paul SCORE Chapter recently released resource guide that simplifies the process of navigating and finding appropriate resources and tools to...
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Planning for the Future of Your Business

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A large portion of the businesses I mentor and counsel are startups. Our focus is on how we get the business enterprise up and running.  The question of the exit strategy is lost in the process. That question, however, needs as much consideration as those focused on a successful launch of the business. How will the business operate if a key member passes on or exits the business in some manner? Have you been managing the business to optimize its value? Buyers will want to examine the financials.  They are most interested in the bottom line.  A strategy to minimize taxes...
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Wisconsin Cheese Day Overview

Monday, June 25, 2018

On Monday, June 25, as part of National Dairy Month activities, Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, WEDC Secretary Hogan, DATCP Secretary Harsdorf, Tourism Secretary Klett, Revenue Secretary Chandler and more than 50 other dairy industry and government leaders will tour 13 Wisconsin cheese producers in every region of the state to celebrate the second annual Wisconsin Cheese Day. The goals of Wisconsin Cheese Day are: Highlight the importance of the cheese/dairy industry to the Wisconsin economy Celebrate the recent success of individual companies – focusing on those that have expanded their operations, added new product lines, achieved extraordinary success in exporting or otherwise...
A Global Business Makes Its Home in Maiden Rock

Friday, June 22, 2018

There are moments in time that change you forever - the birth of a child, an accomplishment, a traumatic event… these moments, these encounters leave an indelible mark that changes everything. For MaryAnne Wise, that moment came in 2006 when she visited Guatemala for the second time. She traveled to a village that had recently been decimated by a horrific mudslide - a mudslide that claimed the lives of 1,400 people. “Jody Slocum and I walked into something we couldn’t pretend that we hadn’t seen.” It turns out that Mary Anne and Jody are two women who, when moved by...
DEVELOPING LOCAL TALENT: THE 'INSPIRE' PROGRAM

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Connect with your future workforce and keep our talent local! This school year, all Wisconsin public school district middle school and high school students are participating in academic and career planning.  Called Career Cruising, this software allows students to input information to help identify interests and potential careers that tie to those interests. The second part of this software, called Inspire, provides an opportunity for employers to connect with students on potential careers within their organizations and provide information on existing work-based learning and career-readiness programs making it easier for students’ to engage in those opportunities aligned to the careers and career...
Linking up with your future workforce.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

“Our Ellsworth middle school and high school students are participating in academic and career planning along with schools throughout Wisconsin.  Career Cruising enables them to identify their interests and careers leading to those interests”, said Jon Dodge, Principal, Ellsworth Middle School. A part of this career exploration process is connecting students to employers within their community on potential careers, obtain information on existing work-based learning and career-readiness programs.  This connection, called Inspire, with local employers will make it easier for students to engage in opportunities aligned to the careers and career pathway areas of interest. “Inspire provides an opportunity for employers to...
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Pierce County Revolving Loan Fund - Affordable business financing when the bank loan does not cover the need.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

As a business owner or entrepreneur seeking capital to start, purchase, or grow your business venture, your financing request to your conventional lender falls short of meeting your capital needs. Your lender is willing to provide for a portion of those needs but not the full amount.  You can demonstrate through a well-documented and supported business plan/proposal your needs and the ability to repay the proposed loan. Where do you turn to fill the gap? For Pierce County based ventures the Pierce County Revolving loan fund may be a financing tool to enable you to meet your needs. The Pierce County...
A Destination for the Perfect Day

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Every now and then, it is possible to have the perfect day. A day where the sun is shining, the views are spectacular, the food devine and every sip of wine transformative. These are the days we live for and they are easy to come by at Vino in the Valley. Nestled in the heart of the Rush River Valley, this outdoor dining experience is more than a restaurant. It’s an experience and a destination. Owners Larry Brenner and Julie Karlstad love to entertain, welcome guests and share all that they love about their corner of Wisconsin. They had a vision...
New campground to have sites available by June

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Camping is one way many people relax and enjoy the Wisconsin weather and outdoors. After six years of planning, John Grabrick (Big Dog Daddy), owner of Big Dog Daddy's Roadhouse in Bay City, has begun construction on Big Dog Daddy's Resort. The resort is approved for 42 campsites and 24 cabins. Grabrick said they will also be making a bathhouse and pavilion during the construction. "We will be moving at fairly rapid speed to get the first 17 [campsites] in," Grabrick said. "Get online sometime in June if not before." Of these first 17 campsites, Grabrick said 14 will be seasonal spots. The...
Duffy visits Hudson, River Falls projects

Thursday, May 03, 2018

By Rebecca Mariscal and Mike Longaecker Today at 12:01 p.m. U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, left, tours continued construction at the Hudson High School with Superintendent Nick Ouellette on Tuesday, May 1. The new space will provide new features for learning and security. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2 School safety was a highlight as U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy toured the construction work at Hudson High School, one of several stops he made Tuesday in Hudson and River Falls to view the communities' recent projects. The new high school in Hudson will have a variety of different safety measures in its design, Superintendent...
Retail Merchandising Workshop Proven Display Tactics & Visual Merchandising Techniques

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Proven Display Tactics & Visual Merchandising Techniques Ellsworth, Wisconsin, April 19, 2018 Presenters: Lyn Falk, Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer Associate Member, International Interior Design Association National Main Street Consultant Strategic Partner - Redevelopment Resources President, Retailworks, Inc [email protected], 414.840.1244 Kim White Display Director Display Artist Interior Designer Color Specialist [email protected], 262.853.8708  Your Brand! Aka: Signature Look Image, Identity Store Personality Uniqueness Factor YOUR story Your brand represents everything about your business. It's a customer’s emotional and cognitive interpretation of what he/she sees and experiences while in your business. It begins with your store's name and identification system, is reinforced through your business's website and social media outlets, and is communicated through...
Fresh ideas for area business owners offered through workshop

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

Friday, April 06, 2018

EAU CLAIRE — CCFBank announces the addition of a new location at 218 N. Broadway in Ellsworth. Pending regulatory approval, the new location will be open for business in May. "The CCFBank team is really excited to join the business community in Ellsworth," East Region President Tyler Tomesh said. "Having grown up in, and being based in northwest Wisconsin, it's very rewarding for me to see CCFBank help serve and support similar sized communities within this region." CCFBank currently has 21 locations throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. "We are putting together a great team of bankers to serve the Ellsworth community. With...
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A Conversation with Joe: Impacting Your Profits Through Effective Use of Your Accounting Software

Friday, March 30, 2018

How have you defined the role of your bookkeeping and accounting system in your small business or farming operation? Have you elevated it to be an integral part of your business management toolset or is it just a means to cover those payroll and tax duties? Do you generate periodic financial statements from your accounting system on a regular basis and not just when you need them for your banker? Effective use of the information gathered by your accounting system can improve your bottom line. Start with regular preparation of your financial statements consisting as a minimum of your balance sheet,...
Downtown Prescott adds new restaurant in Lucille's

Thursday, March 29, 2018

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

How have you defined the role of your bookkeeping and accounting system in your small business or farming operation? Have you elevated it to be an integral part of your business management toolset or is it just a means to cover those payroll and tax duties? Do you generate periodic financial statements from your accounting system on a regular basis and not just when you need them for your banker? Effective use of the information gathered by your accounting system can improve your bottom line. Start with regular preparation of your financial statements consisting as a minimum of your balance sheet, statement...
Plum City helps students advance early on

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

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

Monday, March 26, 2018

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018

  Thanks to Bill Rubin and others for pointing out this opportunity and for Amy Peterson and Joe Folsom for nominating River Falls. The RF census tract nominated/recommended is west of Main Street from Division to Cemetery. The Governor included one of the three nominated in his recommendations.  From the Leader-Telegram: Nine of 120 Economic Opportunity Zones Gov. Scott Walker wants to create in Wisconsin are in west-central Wisconsin, including three in the city of Eau Claire. The zones are a designation allowed under the new federal tax law designed to spur development in low-income areas by creating a tax incentive for investment by businesses...
UW-Madison To Offer Free Tuition For Families Making $56K Or Less A Year

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

State sets new record in exports to Mexico and China as shipments of industrial machinery, electrical machinery, vehicles, and plastics are up worldwide MADISON, WI. – Wisconsin businesses exported $22.3 billion in goods and services to 202 countries in 2017, a 6.1 percent increase over 2016. Wisconsin’s export growth in 2017 was generated by significant increases in shipments to Canada, Mexico, and China, the state’s three largest export destinations. Exports to Canada grew by 4.3 percent to $6.9 billion, driven by increases in the export of miscellaneous mineral products and electrical machinery. Exports to Mexico were up 4.8 percent to a record $3.2 billion,...
Hub 70 Design & Print is Promoting River Falls, One Business at a Time

Monday, March 19, 2018

Hub 70 Design & Print was born rather organically. When you find something you love, it flows and suddenly an idea can become a business. For Nancy Williams, owner of Hub 70, she found that she had a passion for designing and printing marketing materials. As the former owner of a gift shop, she spend much of her time designing her own promotional materials and then helping other businesses with their design needs as well. As she continued to focus on this as a hobby, she realized that what she loved could actually be a viable business opportunity. She was...
Ideadvance Seed Fund pursues past and present UW System colleagues

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Obtaining the necessary financing can often be a challenge for a small business or entrepreneur, particularly one that is a startup.  The reasons can be many and include such factors as credit quality of the owners, the risk inherent with the nature and type of business, management experience of the owners, or even the size of the request.  Need $10,000 to $50,000 of capital to finance your business venture and unable to obtain your needed credit from traditional lenders such as banks and credit unions? A microloan from Impact Seven or WWBIC may be a source of financing.  Impact Seven and...
WEDC business attraction director received Young Professional Award from Wisconsin Economic Development Association

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Blake Brenner will be opening Brenner Lumber the week of March 12. He is excited to serve the community with a lumberyard since the town has been without a lumberyard for awhile.  Pictured (left to right) Kinsley Brenner, Blake Brenner, Rachael Brenner, and Adeline Brenner.  A local Ellsworth man looks to serve the community with his new business. Blake Brenner of Ellsworth said he plans to open Brenner Lumber the week of March 12, located just outside of Ellsworth (W6345 Highway 10) where his dad, Barry Brenner, had Brenner Builders. Brenner gained experience in construction as he worked at the family business building custom...
Wisconsin, Facing a Worker Shortage, Pitches Its Benefits

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Farmers Market Promotion Program The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. All applicants under FMPP must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa,...
Industrial Hemp License Applications Now Open

Friday, March 02, 2018

Media Contacts:Donna Gilson, 608-224-5130, [email protected] Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, [email protected]    MADISON – Industrial hemp licensing applications are now available for Wisconsin’s research pilot program, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will begin accepting applications immediately. The deadline to apply for the 2018 growing season is May 1. People who want to grow or process industrial hemp in Wisconsin will need to apply for a license, and at the same time, register their intentions to grow or process hemp in the state this year. They can do both online, or download printable forms, at datcp.wi.gov. “We know that many Wisconsin...
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A Conversation with Joe: Developing a successful financing request for your small business

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Preparation and homework are keys to presenting a financing request to your lender for your small business regardless if you have been in business for some time or just launching your dream venture. Current financial statements and a sound business plan form the foundation along with a good credit score and positive cash flow. Utilize the free resources available to you on the SCORE (www.score.org) and Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov ) websites.  The online business planning tool (www.sba.gov/tools/business-plan/1 ) on the SBA website is great if you have never done a business plan.  The SCORE Financial Projections template (www.score.org/resource/financial-projections-template ) is...
A Career of Your Dreams

Monday, February 26, 2018

What do you really want out of life, out of your job, out of your career? An education is the key to opening the doors to these dreams and to a future with more opportunities. Chippewa Valley Technical College has been giving students the skills they need for a brighter future but they don’t stop at graduation. With comprehensive career services, they help graduates to find quality employment throughout the region. As a business, you can benefit by hiring highly-skilled Chippewa Valley Technical College graduates and receiving recruiting assistants. With staff on-site to help and a robust alumni network, this is...
Annual PCEDC Meeting and Dinner held at UWRF (Part I)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Organization confers Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year awards By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Heather Hines, Pierce County Economic Development Corporation At the 2018 PC EDC Banquet (L to R) are Heather Hines, Ann Schwebach, Don Jackelen and former PC EDC Executive Director Paul Schwebach. Photo by Paul J. Seeling-Gateway News RIVER FALLS, WI – The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PC EDC) held their Annual Meeting and Dinner on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the University Center Riverview Ballroom on the beautiful University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF) campus. There was a hospitality social hour for members...
Annual PCEDC Meeting and Dinner held at UWRF (Part II)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

  Organization confers Small and Large Business and Ag Champion of the Year awards Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:01 AM  The Ag Champion of the Year Award is presented to the CAFES at UWRF. Accepting the award from Joe Folsom (far right) are (R) Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and (L) Gary Onan, Chair of the Animal and Food Science Department. Photo by Paul J. Seeling The Ag Champion of the Year Award is presented to the CAFES at UWRF. Accepting the award from Joe Folsom (far right) are (R) Dale Gallenberg, Dean of the College of...
Ross & Associates, Ltd. recognized with statewide construction award

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  For immediate release: February 20, 2018 For more information, contact: Kasey Roatch Ross & Associates, Ltd. recognized with statewide construction award MADISON, WI – Ross & Associates, Ltd. was recognized as completing some of the most impressive and unique construction work in 2017. Ross & Associates, Ltd. received a Gold Projects of Distinction Award by Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Wisconsin for the Cimarron Bend Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance Building in Minneola, Kansas.  Cimarron Bend Operations and Maintenance Building is a design/build project for the operations and maintenance of more than 300 wind turbines on 40,000 acres operating 1.1 GW.  The building...
SBA Loans

Monday, February 19, 2018

Receiving an SBA loan is easier than you may think. These business loans are issued by a local bank but they are partially guaranteed by the government. This makes them easier to receive than a traditional bank loan. There are several types of SBA loan programs and you can click here to determine which one may be right for you. Next, you need to prepare for your meeting with the bank by gathering your business and personal income information, data on any collateral, cash flow projections, and a plan for how you will use the funds. The banker will review this...
Pierce County EDC attends Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dan Lytle CVTC, Joe Folsom PCEDC, Brian Elwood Xcel Energy Pierce County EDC attends Legislative Day in Madison! The economic development corporations (EDCs) and chambers of commerce from St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties traveled to Madison on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to promote legislative priorities for the Greater St. Croix Valley. Attendees from business, industry, local government, and private citizens were invited to participate. The annual event is free to anyone willing to travel to and from Madison for meetings with legislators, aides, committee chairs, cabinet secretaries, and policy advisors.
Free Business Consulting

Monday, February 12, 2018

Faster, sustained business growth is possible with the help of experienced business consultants. Unfortunately, paying for them can be expensive, but not if you participate in Wisconsin’s’ SBDC Network. Here, you can receive one-on-one business coaching that can help you to take your great ideas and turn them into a successful company. By leveraging the power of local universities, the SBDC Network brings experience to the table for local entrepreneurs needing to learn how to start, manage, and grow a business. Plus, you receive access to money and opportunities. Businesses working with the SBDC in 2014 received $47 million in loans...
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Local businesses recognized by PCEDC

Friday, February 09, 2018

The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) held its annual meeting Jan. 30, 2018, to recognize local businesses for their contributions to Pierce County. PCEDC Board of Directors President Michael Fronmueller welcomed everyone to the event, held at the University Center at UW-River Falls. PCEDC Executive Director Joe Folsom spoke to attendees about his return to the area and being ready to help Pierce County. He wants to have open communication with the public and be able to collaborate on ideas for the betterment of the county and its entrepreneurs. Click here for the complete article and video of the event.
Watch for Construction!

Monday, February 05, 2018

Keep an eye on the roads this year as you drive around Wisconsin. This is a year for infrastructure projects which means that you are bound to see road work and highway projects underway. That’s a good thing because it will mean better access, less traffic, and infrastructure that will support Wisconsin’s growth. These investments in infrastructure also create jobs throughout the state – something we support at Pierce County Economic Development Corporation. To find out what road projects are happening or slated for the near future, visit the Pierce County Highway Department. You can stay up to date or contact the...
Apply Now for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

MADISON – Farmers, groups and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for grants now available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program. Since its inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated more than $9.4 million in new local food sales. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions. “Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a...
Emergency Plans

Monday, January 29, 2018

Does your business have an emergency plan in place? What would you do in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack? Would you continue operating and if so, how? Small businesses are critical to our economy and staying operational will help the community to rebound faster. If you create an emergency operations plan today, your business can become a valuable community asset after a disaster or attack. Your plan should include how to communicate with employees and customers, where you will operate from, backup transportation solutions, and more. For tips on how to create a comprehensive emergency plan, click here.  
Questions Answered

Monday, January 22, 2018

Incredible opportunities often give rise to a lot of questions. Selling to a new client, expanding your operations or growing into your own location are all incredibly exciting. To make sure that you are growing in a way that is sustainable and low-stress, get help and support from the SBDC Business Assistance program. Experienced business consultants are here and ready to assist you at no charge. You can go over your plans, discuss new opportunities and ask questions about how to grow your business. Since there is no cost to you, it is easy to take advantage of resources like various...
Wisconsin Active Together Application Due Feb 1

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Please help spread the word: WEDC Downtown Development Program Manager Darrin Wasniewski has been working with UW-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Heath healthTIDES Active Communities Committee. They have developed a program called Wisconsin Active Together that is designed to highlight the work already being done to promote activity in communities with the goal of influencing policy change at the local level. The link provides more information about the program, some resources/suggestions, and the opportunity for you to apply to have your community/district/downtown/neighborhood recognized as a Wisconsin Active Together partner. We encourage you to read the information on the website and submit an...
Brush Strokes Paint Party Provides Entertainment in Pierce County

Monday, January 15, 2018

Pierce County has a new option in entertainment - Brush Strokes Paint Party. Kayleen Jakes founded Brush Strokes in 2014 and has been hosting paint parties ever since. Having grown up in Maiden Rock, WI and going to school in the Ellsworth School District, she and her husband have deep roots in the community. They enjoy how quiet and peaceful the area is, along with the connections they have to family and friends. Still, Ms. Jakes knew that there needed to be more fun indoor activities in the community. She had a dream to bring something fun to the area...
Free Business Support

Monday, January 15, 2018

Save money by getting the support you need directly from University of Wisconsin River Falls. The Center for Innovation and Business Development is launching a business incubator, helps with business development, and has several innovation initiatives.    Undergraduate and graduate students can learn how to utilize the Lean Startup Methodology and compete to win $30,000. Competitors work with a mentor, make presentations, interview people about their ideas, and refine their business plans throughout the competition. This provides support and resources that can turn entrepreneurial ideas into viable companies. Even those who don’t win are better prepared to run a business once...
Biggest Event of the Year

Monday, January 08, 2018

If economic development, business and community growth, or opportunities excite you, don’t miss Wisconsin Economic Development Association’s annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development. You can register for this dynamic three-day event here. The most pressing and important economic development issues are addressed, speakers provide educational information, and there are numerous networking opportunities. Very often, closing a business deal requires the right connection, as does recruiting the right talent or taking advantage of a unique opportunity. The Governor’s Conference on Economic Development gives you the chance to make those connections. This year’s conference will be February 8-10 at the Hilton Milwaukee City...
How can we revitalize Ellsworth's downtown districts?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

"Envision. Enhance. Enjoy. With your input, these three simple words can take on a new meaning for the Ellsworth, WI community. From the business and restaurant options you wish for, to the recreation, activities, and events that would draw you to downtown—This is a space to share your ideas for strengthening our downtown, leveraging our community's assets, and creating enjoyment for all."  That is the introduction for the "Ellsworth: Envision. Enhance. Enjoy!" group created by the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce in connection with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's Connect Communities program. Connect Communities provides technical assistance, access to financial and technical...
Chamber presents check for EHS FabLab

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $4,000 to the Ellsworth High School to assist in meeting their FabLab grant matching funds. The donation from the chamber was made possible through their various fundraising activities throughout the year including the Cheese Curd Festival and the Salute to Education Luncheon. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation awarded the district a $25,000 grant in April. Phase 1 of the FabLab expansion will be complete by March 2018. Phase 2, with a targeted completion date of January 2019, will include the purchase of a larger laser engraver, a 3-D printer and a...
Grant helps market foodie event in Ellsworth

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

By Sara Tischauser on Jan 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  Matthew Beranek of River Falls flips jalapeno poppers during the 2017 Cheese Curd Festival in East End Park. His booth called Smokey Treats BBQ was one of the many food options at the event.  As plans for the 2018 Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival are already underway, the promotion of the event will once again have funding from the Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Kim Beebe, member of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce administrative team, said this is the second year they have received funds to help promote...
‘A Butchery Shoppe’ now open in Spring Valley

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

SPRING VALLEY, WI – “We had a fabulous Opening day,” said co-owner Fadra Greene about the newest business venture in downtown Spring Valley, Wisconsin. After welcoming the press, family, friends, Village dignitaries and some curious passers-by to a soft weekend opening Open House on Sunday, December 17.  The “A Butchery Shoppe” is now officially open for business in the community with a fantastic first day opening reception from everyone who has come to the new butcher shop and more on Monday, December 18, 2017. Master butcher Kevin Olson and his partners Fadra Greene, Dale Volkert and Robert Kramer opened their new venture...
Advancing Workforce

Monday, January 01, 2018

The world has changed and manufacturing has changed with it. While there are still some traditional manufacturing jobs left, many companies are using technology in ways that blends or combines traditional blue and white collar jobs. While working at a plant, you may be on the floor but working behind a computer and guiding the equipment along, rather than completing physical tasks by hand. To support these workers and the businesses employing them, Manufacturing Works was established. This is a volunteer organization promoting Gold Collar Careers – advanced manufacturing. We support manufacturing companies in Wisconsin and there continues to be a...
BX Mexican Cuisine is family-friendly with late night eats in River Falls

Monday, January 01, 2018

River Falls' Main Street has a new eatery with the opening of BX Mexican Cuisine and Bar at 106 Main St. Owner Tito Ortiz held a soft opening of the new restaurant on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and its now open for regular hours. "From what we heard yesterday our food is pretty good," son Juan Ortiz said about the opening. BX is a family venture for the Ortizes, something they all enjoy. "We've been always in the restaurant business," Juan Ortiz said. "It's something we all, most people in our family, want to do." For the Oritzes, the building along Main Street was a great...
Main Street on any street: Businesses making homes their offices

Monday, January 01, 2018

Though small communities often turn to main street for local businesses, many business owners have a different location — their street. With technology and connectivity advancements, some area businesses are setting up shop at home, turning their houses into offices and meeting clients where they are. The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy reported in 2016 that about 50 percent of businesses nationwide are home-based. Information on Wisconsin numbers was not immediately available from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, or the St. Croix or Pierce counties' economic development corporations. Home-based businesses can be found...
Glauses reopen Bittersweet Bakery and More

Friday, December 29, 2017

By Sara Tischauser on Dec 29, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  Gwen Glaus, owner of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC, said her homemade caramel rolls are one of the staples she has every day for customers to enjoy. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3 Plum City residents have welcomed back the original owners of Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC as they re-opened the bakery on Dec. 8. Gwen Glaus and husband Todd originally opened Bittersweet Bakery and More LLC in 2004 and retired from the business in 2016. However, when the opportunity arose for them to reopen the bakery they seized the opportunity. "We...
Local businessmen recognized at national convention

Friday, December 29, 2017

Andy Wieser, president of Wieser Concrete Products, headquartered in Maiden Rock, was presented with the Robert E. Yoakum Award on Oct. 14 at the National Precast Concrete Association's 52nd annual convention in Atlanta. Mark Wieser, vice president of Wieser Concrete Products, was also elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Precast Concrete Association. Andy was presented the award, the association's most prestigious honor, for his steadfast devotion to the betterment of the industry and the association. The award is named after one of NPCA's founders, Robert Yoakum, who was set to host the first...
Governor's Business Plan Contest accepting entries through January 31

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The 15th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2018 competition until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. 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. Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. For their initial entries, contestants will...
Site of old St. Croixdale Hospital may be new assisted living

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

By Sara Tischauser on Dec 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 13 Hearth Development is looking into the possibility of tearing down the old St. Croixdale Hospital and building an Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care building. Sara Tischauser / RiverTown Multimedia The old St. Croixdale Hospital building on Court Street in Prescott is once again being considered as the site for a new facility. Greg Johnson, CEO of Hearth Development, in a letter to the City of Prescott dated Nov. 13 outlined his company's desire to make a 50-60 unit Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care building where the current St. Croixdale...
Hemp haven: That’s what a Pierce County entrepreneur envisions for Wisconsin

Monday, December 25, 2017

Ken Anderson aims to help state farmers become national leaders in industrial hemp production By Heidi Clausen | APG News Service Published on Dec. 25, 2017 con-Hemp-1-122017-1A combine harvests a field of industrial hemp near McVille, N.D. Corn and soybean farmers shouldn’t need to invest in any new equipment in order to grow hemp. PRESCOTT — If Ken Anderson has anything to say about it, Wisconsin farmers will emerge again as national leaders in industrial hemp production, and it won’t take long. “The forward-thinking individuals and farmers in Wisconsin are very refreshing,” said Anderson, president and founder of Legacy Hemp, who has led the...
New Incubator Launching

Monday, December 25, 2017

Incubating your business is much like hatching an egg. It takes time, care, warmth and a little tenderness – things you won’t find on your own but you will have when working with a business incubator. The point of a business incubator is to grow and nurture businesses to the point that they are ready to leave the proverbial nest and make it on their own. Now, a new incubator is launching in the St. Croix Valley. A total of $1.65 million in grant money has gone towards the incubator and it will be used to house 24 small businesses, provide...
Enough Evergreens To Go Around?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Parts Of US Face Christmas Tree Shortage, But Not Wisconsin Some areas of the country are seeing a shortage of Christmas trees this year. However, Wisconsin tree farmers say there are enough evergreens to go around this holiday season. Christmas trees take around eight to 12 years to grow, said Doug Hundley, spokesman for the National Christmas Tree Association. Hundley said many of the 45,000 small tree farmers across the United States didn’t sell or harvest trees when the Great Recession hit in 2007. With fewer trees planted then, there’s a tighter market now, especially for states that supply the rest. "That’s Oregon, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania," said Hundley. "These...
UW–Madison retains 6th place in national research ranking

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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...
Compete to Win!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Business competitions can be a lot of fun, especially when prize money is involved. As an entrepreneur, your ideas may sound fantastic in your head, and they probably are, but what are you missing? What holes do you have in your business plan? Are you forgetting about a key competitor or barrier to entry for your product? These issues can become headaches for a startup company. You’re better off if you can identify and avoid these pitfalls early. Competing in the UW-RF Center of Innovation and Business Development Innovation Initiatives/Challenge gives you the opportunity to do so. Each competitor must present...
NEW REPORT HIGHLIGHTS IMPACT OF WEDC ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS

Monday, December 18, 2017

More than 300 businesses generated $385 million in new capital in 2016 Startups and early-stage companies receiving direct assistance from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) entrepreneurship programs attracted nearly $300 million in new funding and generated more than $85 million in revenue in 2016, according to a report released. The 314 companies receiving direct assistance from WEDC’s Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs supported 2,133 full-time jobs and 717 part-time jobs in Wisconsin and paid $111 million in wages, the report said. The $385 million in new capital generated by those companies is a 17 percent increase over the $328 million reported in...
SCORE St. Paul Launches the 2018 “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Small Business” Workshop Series

Monday, December 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 18, 2017 SCORE Contact: Joe Folsom, Branch Manager 651.983.5272 SCORE St. Paul Launches the 2018 “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Small Business” Workshop Series St. Paul, MN – SCORE (https://stpaul.score.org/), mentors to America’s small business, in partnership with Canon, introduce the 2018 business planning workshop series to aid start-up entrepreneurs.  SCORE is committed to creating 1 million small businesses by 2020 and the SCORE Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Series is an integral part of achieving this goal by helping entrepreneurs test their business idea and begin to plan their start-up effectively. This SCORE program includes the “Start-up Basics” workshop followed...
Dreams to Reality

Monday, December 11, 2017

Do you have dreams of launching a business? Taking those dreams from concept to reality is no easy task. It is thrilling, hard work, and often requires outside help. Finding that help is a lot easier when you work with the Innovative Foundation of Western Wisconsin. This non-profit organization was established to help entrepreneurs take their dreams to the next level by providing them with educational tools, resources, and assistance. The work they do is dynamic and based on your individual needs. Rather than running you through a set program, they will discuss your ideas, plans, and chart a path forward...
EDCs and Chambers Announce February 13, 2018 as Legislative Day in Madison

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Legislative advocates from the Greater St. Croix Valley were in the capitol rotunda last February. The economic development corporations (EDCs) and chambers of commerce from St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties will travel to Madison on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 to promote legislative priorities for the Greater St. Croix Valley. Attendees from business, industry, local government, and private citizens are invited to participate. The annual event is free to anyone willing to travel to and from Madison for meetings with legislators, aides, committee chairs, cabinet secretaries, and policy advisors. St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise the Greater St. Croix Valley....
Meet County Board Supervisors

Monday, December 04, 2017

Have you met the Pierce County Board Supervisors yet? The last election was held in the Spring of 2016 and we have an incredible group of dedicated community advocates serving. There are seventeen Board Supervisors and you can find their full names, address, phone number, and email addresses here. Any time that you have a question, problem, concern or idea related to the County, you can contact them to make your voice heard. The Board is here to represent and support you so don’t be afraid to reach out. That’s one of the advantages of living in a smaller community. Everyone...
How can we revitalize Ellsworth's downtown districts?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

By Sarah Nigbor on Nov 29, 2017 at 1:53 p.m. One of the visions of the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce's Connect Communities Committee is to build a boardwalk/interpretive trail connecting the Creamery to the East End and Uptown business districts.  "Envision. Enhance. Enjoy. With your input, these three simple words can take on a new meaning for the Ellsworth, WI community. From the business and restaurant options you wish for, to the recreation, activities, and events that would draw you to downtown—This is a space to share your ideas for strengthening our downtown, leveraging our community's assets, and creating enjoyment for all." That...
Business Success Story: Cultural Cloth, Maiden Rock, WI

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mary Anne Wise’ has written a book is being published by, Thrums, headed by Linda Liggen. She created a textile periodical empire spanning over 40 years, sold Thrums and started publishing the works of women she’s followed; stories of folk art, indigenous textile traditions. She contacted Mary Anne and convinced her to write the book. It will be distributed in September 2018. Please watch our website for the release! Mary Anne wanted to include her business partner, Jody Slocum in this story. This is the kind of work that neither one of them could do alone. It’s an amazing partnership. Jody...
Connect with Investors

Monday, November 27, 2017

Do you need capital for your business or are you an investor wanting to expand your network? If so, the Wisconsin Angel Network is the place for you. They are an organization comprised of local angel networks, individual investors, and early-stage funds. Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their ideas, distribute proposals, and connect with angel investors that would never advertise that they are interested in investing. The Wisconsin Angel Network is beneficial for investors because they provide access to regular, quality deal flow and beneficial to entrepreneurs because they can be a source of capital. This is a perfect...
Pierce County Economic Development Corporation announces new Executive Director

Monday, November 20, 2017

FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE Ellsworth, Wis. - Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) is pleased to announce that Joe Folsom has been hired as the next Executive Director of the PCEDC replacing retiring Executive Director, Paul Schwebach, effective Dec. 1, 2017. Folsom’s long-tenured work experience and involvement with economic development includes more than 27 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving in various staff and leadership roles within the Rural Development and the Farmers Home Administration areas. Following his time at USDA, Folsom served as District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Iowa. For the past few years, Folsom has...
Space to Grow

Monday, November 20, 2017

Are you tired of searching for the last space in a crowded city or hoping that prices and lease rates will be affordable? If so, leave the Twin Cities behind and search for business sites in West Wisconsin. We are around an hour from the Twin Cities but there is plenty of space to grow, it’s affordable, and our quality of living is high. You get all the amenities and benefits you need but without the city-headaches or taxes. On the Momentum West website, you will find a full listing of properties for sale and lease that includes raw land, warehouse...
Zimmerman announces bid to succeed Harsdorf in Senate

Friday, November 17, 2017

By Mike Longaecker Today at 11:11 a.m. Rep. Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, announced Nov. 13 that he will run as a Republican in the special election to fill former Sen. Sheila Harsdorf's seat after she was appointed to Gov. Scott Walker's cabinet. File photo A second western Wisconsin lawmaker has thrown his hat in the ring to succeed Sheila Harsdorf in the state Senate’s 10th district. Rep. Shannon Zimmerman was the latest to announce his candidacy for the seat, vacated Friday, Nov. 10, when Harsdorf resigned to become the next secretary of the state’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. She was...
Building Wisconsin

Monday, November 13, 2017

Is there an interstate or road project underway in your neighborhood? If so, we’re not surprised. Wisconsin is investing heavily in infrastructure and you can see both small and large projects happening throughout the state. This investment is good for the community, creates jobs, and paves the way for future growth and development in Wisconsin. To find out what projects are going on or slated for your area, you can visit the Department of Transportation and Highway Conditions Projects and Studies page. As a business owner, you may be interested to learn about infrastructure projects that are being studied near your...
Governor Walker Appoints Sheila Harsdorf to Serve as Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Friday, November 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 10, 2017 Contact: Tom Evenson, (608) 266-2839 Governor Walker Appoints Sheila Harsdorf to Serve as Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Harsdorf becomes the first woman to lead the agency in its 88-year history MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced the appointment of State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls) to serve as secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Senator Harsdorf will become the first woman in the agency’s 88-year history to serve as its secretary. “Sheila’s experience as a highly-respected, dedicated legislator and dairy farmer make her an excellent fit to lead...
Beyond Energy

Monday, November 06, 2017

What do you think of when you consider sustainability or green energy sources? If you live in Pierce County, Wisconsin you should think about Xcel Energy. They are more than a provider of energy services to keep the lights on. They are innovators and pioneers in utilizing green energy sources to power communities. Whether you want to discuss energy policy, new innovations or community endeavors, people like Xcel’s Brian Elwood are always willing to strike up a conversation. As a Board Member, Brian is a valuable contributor to Pierce County Economic Development Corporation and this is just one of the ways...
Proposal Emerges to Restore FUnds for Ag Agent Post

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

By Mike Longaecker Today at 8:00 a.m. 6 1 / 2 Pierce County Board members will consider a plan to restore funding for a vacant agriculture agent position amid an outcry from local agriculture leaders and others. A portion of funds would be diverted from the Land Conservation Department's cost-sharing program to pay for a UW-Extension ag-agent, according to a proposal outlined Oct. 24 by County Board Supervisor Mel Pittman. He offered the possibility after Pierce County farming community leaders spoke up at the meeting in support of the vacant position. They included Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee Chairman Peter Kimball, who described to board...
It’s Awesome Here

Monday, October 30, 2017

If you are looking for a new home for your family or your business, you want to live somewhere truly awesome, truly spectacular. Wisconsin is it and for so many reasons. Nature is still plentiful here and you are never more than a few minutes from somewhere quiet, pristine and peaceful. The business climate is friendly and we make it easy to get started without all the red tape. There are numerous incentives, tax advantages, and even grants available, plus we are offering plenty of relocation assistance. In fact, if you want help with selecting a new site, let us know...
Working Together

Monday, October 23, 2017

We share borders, common ideals and goals. Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa businesses have been working together for centuries and now the 7 Rivers Alliance is dedicated to making it easier. As an economic development council working to promote trade, partnerships, development and growth, the 7 Rivers Alliance is bringing people together. By leveraging both private and public resources, they help entrepreneurs and established businesses to become more successful by taking advantage of growth or funding opportunities. You can join in on the fun by becoming a member or attending one of their events. You can also contact them for support with...
Business Competition

Monday, October 16, 2017

Everyone loves a good competition, especially when prize money is involved. Students at UW-RF can compete to see whose business ideas and plans are the best. Students start the competition by creating a brief business plan that is reviewed by the judges. Finalist will then present their ideas in person before a group of judges and panelists. One of the factors for judging is how well an entrepreneur adapts after receiving feedback. Winners will receive thousands in prize money and the chance to compete for a $25,000 prize. The money can be used to launch their amazing business idea so this...
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...
WEDC to discuss supply chain options with FoxConn

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provided an overview of supply chain (contract vendor) opportunities associated with Foxconn Technology Group on Sept. 18 at the Cashman Conference Center, WITC-New Richmond campus, 1019 S. Knowles Ave. Tricia Braun, WEDC's chief operating officer, provided details on Foxconn, its economic impact, and how local businesses may become involved in the supply chain. Braun brings nearly 20 years of economic development leadership experience at WEDC. Prior to her current position, she served as WEDC's vice president of economic development and regional development and attraction director. She is a graduate of UW-River Falls and former executive director...
Investing Locally

Monday, October 09, 2017

Do you have an interest in helping local businesses succeed? So do the founders and investors in Hill Capital Corporation. This is a publicly reporting company selling common stock to create a larger investment pool that can invest in local companies and entrepreneurs. This is local investors, putting into local companies, to strengthen the local economy – teamwork at it’s very best. James Hill once said, “Few things are more worthless or uneasy than capital unemployed.” In this spirit, the team from Hill Capital hits the road, inviting others to join in discussions about what it means to invest locally. Their...
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...
Apples, any way you like 'em

Friday, October 06, 2017

Apple Crisp, Golden Delicious, Gala, just to name a few. These apples can be found on the 30-acre farm in El Paso Township, where new ownership has taken over Rush River Orchard & Bakery. Joe and Jill Zawierucha are transplants to the area, coming from North Carolina, looking to grow apples and deliver delicious treats. Their grand opening was Aug. 26. The couple first visited the farm eight or nine years prior to purchasing it in September. The couple would've moved sooner, but they couldn't uproot their family with four children to a one-bedroom home. The Zawieruchas met while at North Dakota State University where...
Bar bites and breakfast: Prescott Roadhouse is open

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Street tacos with shrimp, pork belly, fish, steak, or chicken. Bacon cheeseburger wontons. Smoked brisket. And we haven't even gotten to breakfast yet. These are a few of the items off the menu of Prescott Roadhouse, a new bar and grill on Broad Street in Prescott. Cousins and co-owners Yuan-Ting Boutsquath and Maelei Catt opened the restaurant Friday, Aug. 18. Catt first saw the location over a year ago while on a motorcycle ride. "We thought it would be really cool to do together," Boutsquath said. Prescott Roadhouse is located in a building built in 1890, according to Boutsquath, who said its first incarnation...
WEDC ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT PROGRAM

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...
Tools for Success

Monday, October 02, 2017

Do you have the next great idea? Have you launched a company and are looking to grow? Getting off the ground can be difficult but with the right help, your company can thrive. WEDC Business Assistance for Entrepreneurs is exactly what you need to get from the drawing pad to becoming a viable company. They can help by connecting you with sources of capital like grants and micro-loans. With the cash you need to grow, hiring, purchasing equipment and expanding operations is that much easier. On the other end, they provide coaching and assistance to ensure that you have the tools and...
Data You Need

Monday, September 25, 2017

Are you thinking about making major business changes, relocating to Wisconsin or opening a new facility? Making these decisions is not easy and a mistake can be costly. This is why you need to have current data in front of you. Whether you need to review current demographics, zoning information, or want to know about future plans for the area, Forward Wisconsin is the resource you have been looking for. For over thirty years, they have been providing key data to businesses looking to start a business, expand or open a new location. By visiting their website, you can engage their...
Back for more: Pittman running for Senate District 31 seat

Monday, September 18, 2017

By RiverTown Newsroom Today at 8:57 a.m. PLUM CITY — Mel Pittman, a Plum City dairy farmer and member of the Republican Party, has announced that he is running for Wisconsin Senate District 31. Pittman is running to bridge the gap between social divisions and to empower citizens to build the best communities for tomorrow's children. His record of service, both past and present, exhibits his desire to engage others in community building. His plan will implement ideas that make communities stronger and more resilient so they may engage the challenges that lie ahead. This is not the first time Pittman has run...
Skills to Own a Business

Monday, September 18, 2017

Launching a company is exciting but it is also a lot of hard work. If you have no experience doing so, it can be easy to get trapped in the daily details that bog a business down. Rather than tossing the dice, you can prepare for a life of entrepreneurship by attending the Chippewa Valley Technical College Entrepreneurship Program. You will learn how to write a business plan, project your costs, get a business license, and more. Since classes are held online, you can do all of this from your couch on the weekends and after work. Participating in this program can...
Tax Credits for Investment

Monday, September 11, 2017

Raising capital has just gotten easier in Wisconsin. If your business qualifies for the Qualified New Business Venture Program (QNBV), anyone who invests in you can receive tax credits equal to 25 percent of their equity investment. Wow! That’s money directly off their tax bill, making investing in your company an endeavor that can be profitable today while investors wait for potential profits in the future. After all, who doesn’t want to pay less in taxes? To qualify as a QNBV, you need to be a local company who has at least 51 percent of your employees in Wisconsin with fewer...
Concrete Growth

Monday, September 04, 2017

You never know when the family business will create a legacy but that’s exactly what’s happened with Wieser Concrete. Joseph Wieser founded the company in 1965 in Maiden Rock, WI and it has grown to employ more than 100 people! They supply precast concrete products throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico but are still rooted in Wisconsin.   Dan Wieser is on the Board of Directors for the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation, they donate to the banquet and help to support the PCEDC and other local organizations. They are a valuable asset to our community, a popular local employer, and...
Ross & Associates, Ltd. Named Accredited Quality Contractor by ABC

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

River Falls, Wisconsin, August 21, – Ross & Associates, Ltd. of River Falls, Wisconsin today announced that its status as an Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) has been renewed by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).  “Ross & Associates, Ltd. is proud and grateful to receive this award and I am thankful for the talent and dedication that our team contributes daily towards excellence and their commitment to safety.  When you hire Ross & Associates you will know that you have made the right choice!” – Daniel Ross, President “Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor Ross & Associates, Ltd. with Accredited...
Business Help

Monday, August 28, 2017

Do you need help with your business? Are your plans stalling due to a lack of capital or resources? If so, turn to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. They are in existence to help businesses succeed so you will be working with a passionate advocate. Their programs are incredibly diverse and include access to a wide variety of grants, tax credits, business loans, industrial revenue bonds, and more. They also have a SEED accelerator program, can issue you a qualified new business certification, and help you to prepare for global trade opportunities. This can be one of your main destinations for assistance with...
Legislating Business

Monday, August 21, 2017

You can make a difference in the state legislature! You don’t need to be an elected official to impact what happens at the state level. Simply attend WEDA’s Legislative Day. Held on March 29th, this is your opportunity to meet with legislators, explain your position on important things like workforce development, and advocate for what will make it easier for you to do business. This is your chance to make your voice heard. Some of the topics being covered this year are tax credit improvements, TIF enhancements, funding opportunities for young businesses, workforce development and more. The day includes a briefing...
Minnesotans who work in Wisconsin to receive tax credits

Monday, August 21, 2017

Associated Press, August 20, 2017  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota is giving up efforts to reach a tax reciprocity agreement with Wisconsin, a move that will give Minnesota residents who work in Wisconsin a tax break. The tax credit, which is meant to make up for the higher Wisconsin taxes, will go into effect for 2017. It is estimated that it will cost the state more than $8 million. Minnesota lawmakers passed legislation this year allowing the tax credits to kick in if a tax reciprocity agreement couldn't be reached. "This is a great day for Minnesotans that work in Wisconsin," said House Taxes...
Supply Chain Marketplace: Ready for companies seeking to do business with Foxconn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

8/15/2017  Paul Jadin, [email protected], 608.571.0401 MadREP invites companies to showcase capabilities with free, statewide online tool Madison, WI – The Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace, facilitated by the state’s Regional Leadership Council (RLC), has unveiled a Foxconn-specific directory for companies seeking potential business opportunities with the manufacturer. Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP) invites businesses from the eight-county Madison Region to take advantage of this tool to make the state and Foxconn aware of their products and/or services. The goal of the Supply Chain Marketplace is to connect suppliers with buyers. It allows companies to find new customers and to reach new markets by highlighting their...
WEDC, regional organizations launch statewide initiative to address workforce development needs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WEDC, regional organizations launch statewide initiative to address workforce development needs Statewide expansion of web-based platform will enable local employers to engage directly with students and help build talent pipeline MADISON, WI. Aug. 15, 2017 – In an initiative aimed at addressing Wisconsin’s workforce development needs, all nine of the state’s regional economic development organizations are teaming up to develop a statewide platform that directly connects local employers to students. The regional organizations, with support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), will expand the use of a web-based platform called Inspire that virtually connects area businesses to their future talent pool through online...
FOXCONN IN WISCONSIN

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Greetings, economic development partners!   The news that Foxconn will  build a $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing facility in our state – the first facility of its kind in North America – is generating a tremendous amount of interest across Wisconsin.   Not only will this project create 13,000 direct jobs and 22,000 indirect and induced jobs, but it is a transformational development that represents the future of manufacturing – and Wisconsin will be a U.S. leader.   This project is expected to have a positive economic impact in every region of the state and will benefit businesses in numerous industries.    Because of the great...
Local Energy Solutions

Monday, August 14, 2017

Who keeps the lights on? In Pierce County, it’s the Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services. They provide energy solutions to our local community as a member-owned cooperative. This means that instead of charging high prices to go towards corporate investors, they can keep the cost down for members – a true win for the local community. Providing affordable energy services is only one way that they help the community. They host family fun nights, a child ID program, award scholarships, give out community service awards, and more. Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services is also a contributor to the PCEDC. Read more about their community involvement.  
River Falls company will microchip volunteer employees

Monday, August 14, 2017

Employees of Three Square Market of River Falls have a chance at a new way to work with optional implanted chip technology starting Aug. 1. For those who volunteer, an RFID chip will be implanted in their finger and will allow them to make purchases in their break room "micro market," open doors, log in to computers, use the copy machine and more. The company expects about 50 employees to participate. Three Square Market is working with Swiss chip company BioHax International. The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in the chips uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information. The chip implant...
Farmers, processors reviving Wisconsin hops industry

Friday, August 11, 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...
THE MERLIN PITCH & REPLAY RETURNS

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Musical chairs for entrepreneurs … but the music doesn’t stop and no one is cut out of the process.  20 tables, 20 entrepreneurs. The Pitch & rePlay has proven to be an extremely successful event, as several local startups have used this forum for their initial pitch to the startup community. The intent of the pitch and re-play is to give entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their idea in a non-competitive environment and get immediate feedback on their idea from multiple people. The competitive environment of most pitch events limits the feedback to a few questions from the judges and focuses almost...
Your Source for Wisconsin Internships

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

SEARCH FOR A WISCONSIN INTERNSHIP Recruit interns on WisConnect to enhance your skilled talent pipeline. Create an employer profile, post internships, search for Wisconsin college students and find resources to build or expand internship programs. Seek internships to gain valuable job skills and launch your career. Create a professional profile, upload your resume, and search for internships with Wisconsin employers. Continue to search for a Wisconsin internship. 
Cardinal Events seeks to find niche market in event planning

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Almost everyone can relate to the stress in throwing a big party. Buying every item that's necessary, the planning and even the worrying makes it almost impossible to manage everything. But a new business in Prescott is trying to let people enjoy their important events. Cardinal Events and Occasions is attempting to make life easier by providing a quality way to organize gatherings and events. Owner Casey Johnson started the company in January with plans of capitalizing on a missing component in the area. "Basically, the idea is to create these experiences and be the one that does the work so that...
CONNECT COMMUNITIES

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

WHERE THE PATH TO REVITALIZATION BEGINS Downtowns and historic commercial districts play an important role in their communities and in Wisconsin’s overall economy, functioning not only as prominent employment and business centers, but oftentimes as the historic foundation of the municipalities they serve. Successful commercial districts don’t just happen. They need to be planned and nurtured. Their prosperity requires interest and action from many stakeholders who share a vision for the community. Connect Communities helps local leaders leverage the unique assets of their downtowns and commercial districts, providing access to resources and networking opportunities to local leaders interested in starting a district...
Manufacturing in USA

Monday, August 07, 2017

We are proud to be Americans and believe that in America, we can manufacture and produce the highest quality goods in the world. If you are tired of outsourcing or cheap products being made overseas, join the club. Fortunately, Diversified Manufacturing in Prescott is changing things. They are a local manufacturing company that is relocating to a 190,000-square foot facility in Prescott. This move will allow them to hire an additional 80 people while significantly ramping up their manufacturing capabilities. Diversified Manufacturing creates all types of household products. Additionally, their research and development division works with businesses from throughout the country....
Representatives Duffy & Zimmerman to visit St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center TODAY

Monday, August 07, 2017

Ross & Associates, General Contractor for the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center being built in the Sterling Ponds Business Park, will be hosting a visit by US Representative Sean Duffy and WI State Representative Shannon Zimmerman TODAY (Monday, 8-7) at 5:30 PM at the building site in Sterling Ponds.  You are invited to join us in this brief opportunity to visit with Representatives Duffy & Zimmerman.  There is also a fundraiser at Belle Vinez tonight at 6 PM. Flyer.
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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 [email protected] Applications should include a...
Building Faster

Monday, July 31, 2017

Have you been searching for the perfect building site for your business? Is looking at land and worrying about zoning or utilities causing stress? You can skip the hassle by purchasing a Momentum West Wisconsin Certified Site. These sites have been designated by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as being shovel-ready. In this area of Wisconsin, we have the Lake Wissota Business Park in Chippewa Falls, the Menomonie Industry Park in Menomonie, and the Eagle Ridge Business Park in Prescott. Choosing a certified site means that you are buying something considered ready for development, allowing you to skip some of the...
River Falls company will microchip volunteer employees

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

By RiverTown Newsroom on Jul 24, 2017 at 1:23 p.m. Employees of Three Square Market of River Falls will have a chance at a new way to work with optional implanted chip technology starting Aug. 1. For those who volunteer, an RFID chip will be implanted in their finger and will allow them to make purchases in their break room "micro market," open doors, log in to computers, use the copy machine and more. The company expects about 50 employees to participate. Three Square Market is working with Swiss chip company BioHax International. The radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in the chips uses...
Support for Organic Farmers

Monday, July 24, 2017

Food the way that it is supposed to be grown – naturally, from the earth, and free from harmful chemicals. Organic used to be the only way but now most food is exposed to toxic chemicals and farming is not being conducted in a sustainable manner. That’s changing in Wisconsin thanks to partners and advocates like MOSES. MOSES supports and promotes organic, sustainable farming throughout the state. They offer classes and certifications to teach farmers and local gardeners how to grow food that is free from pesticides and better for you. You can join the organic revolution or sign up for a...
Room for Your Business!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Are you looking for a space that can accommodate you today and in the future? We have room for your business in Wisconsin. With business parks in Spring Valley and Ellsworth, everything you need is already in place. Utilities, internet, easy-access, streets, parking and more, make these business parks a shovel-ready destination. View the Spring Valley Business Park. Some of the amenities include being an hour or less from the Twin Cities, low property and business taxes, and affordable prices. You can speak directly with the Village of Ellsworth Clerk about current availability by contacting Peggy Nelson here.  
Schwebach will retire from Pierce County EDC

Saturday, July 15, 2017

By Rebecca Mariscal on Jul 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Paul Schwebach is retiring, again. Almost four years ago, Schwebach retired from Royal Credit Union. Three days later, he started working again, this time as the executive director for the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (EDC).  The position was a good fit for Schwebach, who has also been a part of the River Falls EDC and the St. Croix EDC over the years. "Which EDC are you working for today?" Schwebach said people would ask him. Through his work as director, Schwebach said he had the opportunity to get to know a lot of people...
America's Top States for Business 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A scorecard on state economic climate We score all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, developed with input from a broad and diverse array of business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council, YPO and the states themselves. States receive points based on their rankings in each metric. Then we separate those metrics into 10 broad categories, weighted based on how frequently each is used as a selling point in state economic development marketing materials. That way, our study ranks the states based on the criteria they use to sell themselves. This year some...
Executive Director Schwebach of PCEDC announces retirement

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:01 AM  PCEDC Executive Director Paul Schwebach welcomed everyone to the 2017 Annual Dinner. Schwebach has announced that he will retire by the end of the year or sooner if a replacement is found. Photo by Paul J. Seeling PCEDC Executive Director Paul Schwebach welcomed everyone to the 2017 Annual Dinner. Schwebach has announced that he will retire by the end of the year or sooner if a replacement is found. Photo by Paul J. Seeling Submitted by PCEDC RIVER FALLS, WI -- Paul Schwebach, Executive Director of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC), has announced he will retire as...
Make It At Home

Monday, July 10, 2017

We like to make things in Wisconsin. Whether it’s your favorite brew or artisan cheese, Wisconsin is known for filling the grocery aisles. That’s only some of what we manufacture right here at home. Wisconsin is home to all types of innovators and companies like Kenall Manufacturing – a provider of energy-efficient lighting. Quincy Bioscience is making dementia medication here. WiscoLift manufactures high quality lifting product. American Orthodontics products are used by orthodontists throughout the country. The list of our local manufacturers is long and the bench is deep. If manufacturing offshore is the thing to do, no one told us...
WEDC Announces Ideadvance Awardees

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in conjunction with the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC), announced recently it is awarding up to $200,000 in Ideadvance funding to five startups in Wisconsin. Forsythe & Storms Technologies of Oak Creek and VetNEX of River Falls will receive up to $25,000 in Stage 1 funding, while High 5 Academics of Oshkosh, Pivot Interactives of River Falls and Northern Star Fire of Eau Claire will receive up to $50,000 in matching stage 2 funding. “By helping entrepreneurs turn their ideas into new businesses, Ideadvance is a high-impact component of Wisconsin’s innovation climate,” WEDC VP of Entrepreneurship...
Innovation Leading the Way

Monday, July 03, 2017

Some companies stick with the status quo while others innovate and create new opportunities, FairmountSantrol is one of them. They are pioneers in resin-coated proppant technology. That means that they make it easier to produce more energy through hydrocarbon production, energy we need and use throughout the state of Wisconsin and the entire United States. Energy is the lifeblood of our economy and without the ability to keep the lights on, factories going, schools lit, etc., everything would come to a standstill. Innovative companies like FairmountSantrol make sure that ever happens. You can read their story or learn more about alternative energy...
New group will fight for craft brewers' interests

Friday, June 30, 2017

6/27/2017  A new trade group, the Wisconsin Craft Brewers Association, has been formed to fight for the interests of craft beverage producers in the state.  This not-for-profit group will be made up of the Wisconsin Winery Association, the Wisconsin Brewers Guild and the Wisconsin Distillers Guild. The three trade groups in the coalition represent over 300 small, independent businesses that have a combined economic impact of over $2 billion in Wisconsin.  The coalition will push for state legislation which is less restrictive of craft wineries, distillers and brewers. It will start with SB 311, a bipartisan bill that would free up wineries to...
Prettiest Drive

Monday, June 26, 2017

Follow the path of the Huffington Post to the “Prettiest Drive in America”, or as we know it – the West Coast of Wisconsin. It’s gorgeous here no matter what time of year it is. Nestled along the shores of Lake Pepin, you can drive the Great River Road along the West Coast of Wisconsin, visiting quaint towns along the way. Beautiful views, galleries, fabulous restaurants, shopping, and entertainment await you in this tucked away part of America. A road less traveled, this is Americana as we remember it. The locals are friendly, nature still speaks for itself, and you may...
Road paved with doubt: Immigrant farm workers in Pepin County make painful decision to return home to Mexico

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Dairy State’s immigrant farm workers see Wisconsin and President Trump in their rearview mirrors as they return to Mexico. And farm owners scramble to find employees. By Alexandra Hall, Wisconsin Public Radio Published on June 23, 2017 con-immigration4-062517-2Doug Knoepke, center left, owner of a large dairy farm in Pepin County, hugs Miguel Hernandez on May 31 as Hernandez prepares to leave with his family to return home to Mexico after 16 years at the farm. “I don't know where the industry would be without (immigrant labor) right now,” Knoepke says. Hernandez, his assistant herdsman and the farm’s “right hand,” has proven...
Wisconsin roundup: State budget deal won't be reached in time; 9 more state news stories

Monday, June 26, 2017

Posted Today at 8:56 a.m. Members of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, shown here during a 2017 visit to Ellsworth, haven't completed their work as the July 1 deadline nears. Lawmakers expect to send the budget to Gov. Scott Walker next month. File photo MADISON — Friday is the deadline to get a two-year, Wisconsin state budget package approved, but there's not enough time left to get it done. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos calls it an artificial deadline anyway. If the packages aren't approved, the state keeps going on the previous tax and spending agreements until the new ones are approved. The budget...
2017 Cheese Curd Festival

Friday, June 23, 2017

By Matthew Lambert on Jun 25, 2017 at 8:17 a.m. The 2017 Cheese Curd Festival was held on June 23 and 24 in East End Park in Ellsworth. The Festival had everything from live entertainment to, of course the namesake of the festival itself, delicious cheese curds. There was live music such as Brooke Thoen, The Swamp Kings, CCC4, Papa Dweeb and Claire, Chaunté Shayne, and many more. Children could play on haystacks, play on the jungle gym, and even roll around in a box full of corn kernels that would have normally been filled with sand. Local foods like the West Wind Supper Club...
How do they do it? Making the perfect cheese curd

Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Matthew Lambert on Jun 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. It starts with milk. Not just any milk. The best milk. For years, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has been making some of the best cheese curds in the world; the secret is the milk. CEO Paul Bauer said the Ellsworth Creamery gets 1.9 million pounds of milk per day between its two plants (the other is located in Comstock). "We don't have a lot of milk holdover," Bauer said. "Literally it could come off the truck and be in a milk vat in the same hour." The creamery runs three shifts a day, every day of...
Wisconsin businesses made $21 billion from foreign exports last year – here's who's buying what we make

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wisconsin companies exported $21.2 billion worth of products to sellers outside the United States in 2016, a dip of about 6 percent from the previous year. Despite the state's identity as the Dairy State, manufactured goods are far and away the top Wisconsin exports, including the top five product categories. The top category, industrial machinery, comprises nearly a quarter of the total and includes heavy equipment like fire trucks and other specialty vehicles made by Oshkosh Corp., mining equipment from Milwaukee's Joy Global and cranes from Manitowoc Co. Dairy products, including eggs and honey, made up just 1.18 percent of state exports...
Plan for Retention

Monday, June 19, 2017

Keeping businesses here in Wisconsin is one of our objectives at the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation. Our goal is to stimulate the economy by attracting new businesses, retaining existing ones and creating jobs. We share this mission with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA). One of their recent events was a conference on retention, teaching people how to use data to run analysis and how to recognize red flags that a company may be looking to move. If you are interested in economic development or strengthening the local economy, WEDA conferences are a “must-attend” and we highly recommend them. View...
iPhone manufacturer Foxconn eyes Wisconsin for new plant

Friday, June 16, 2017

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn eyes Wisconsin for new plant Foxconn, assembler of iPhones, eyes Wisconsin for plant SCOTT BAUER Associated Press  Jun 15, 2017   Apple Event Apple CEO Tim Cook appears with the iPhone 7 last year. A Taiwanese company that assembles them is in negotiations to bring a plan to Wisconsin. Associate Press file photo A Taiwanese company that assembles Apple’s iPhones and other electronics is considering building a plant in Wisconsin that could employ thousands of people and give Gov. Scott Walker a huge political boost as he prepares to run for re-election. A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who was not authorized to...
Bank Local

Monday, June 12, 2017

Do you dread going to the bank? Is your vision of a banker some guy in a tight suit staring his nose down at you? That may be the way of big corporate banks but it is not what you’ll find at Security Financial Bank. They are a local, community business bank that has been helping dairy farmers and Wisconsin businesses for over eighty years. You don’t have to change your boots or put on a tie to visit Security Financial Bank. Just come as you are and expect friendly services. John Lisowski is a Board Member and the River Falls...
Connect with Us!

Monday, June 05, 2017

We all like new friends and you can become one of ours. The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation is online and on social media. Like our Facebook page to get regular updates on what is happening in Pierce County and individual communities. We are always on the hunt for new information, tips, tools, resources and programs that can help local businesses. Very often, that information will show up on our social media feed first. If you want to be the first to know about something exciting, are looking for events to participate in, or want to stay informed, click http://ow.ly/Od4Q306G4PB to...
Having Fun in Wisconsin

Monday, May 29, 2017

Looking for your next vacation spot? If you aren’t from Wisconsin, consider vacationing in our amazing state. Wisconsin is a special kind of fun and to help promote it is the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and the WI Governor’s Council on Tourism. Made up of those who love our state, the council includes political representatives, CEO’s of Chambers of Commerce, museum directors, the historical society, restaurant owners, theater companies, hotel owners, and community members. We want you to vacation here and the council on tourism works with the government to create fun and exciting reasons to do so. Check out this dynamic group.
WISCONSIN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST STATES FOR BUSINESS

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thanks to the state’s growing economy and positive business climate, Wisconsin was named among Chief Executive magazine’s 10 Best States for Business for the first time.    According to the magazine, Wisconsin has had the steadiest ascension in the rankings for the past five years, jumping from number 41 in 2010 to the top 10 in 2017. Chief Executive’s rankings are calculated from a survey of CEOs around the country, which is based on their opinions of each state’s business opportunities.   The magazine hailed the state’s central location, business-friendly policies, skilled workforce and dedication to building an effective economic development network as reasons...
BLS Data: Wisconsin's April Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.2%, Lowest Since February 2000

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revisions for March and preliminary estimates for April covering employment and job statistics for the state of Wisconsin. In brief, the seasonally adjusted estimates show… Click here to view the complete PDF press release.
Healthy Food: Healthy Life

Monday, May 22, 2017

Good health begins with what you eat. If you want to increase your energy levels, feel better in general or load up on the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals you need – eat natural foods. UNFI has been connecting farms and families, delivering natural foods directly to grocery stores, for more than forty years. In Wisconsin, they are a valuable partner of local farmers and the work they do makes it possible for families throughout the country to eat healthy and natural foods. Focused on innovation and giving customers choices in how and what they eat, UNFI started the cool organic movement...
St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center Groundbreaking!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The official groundbreaking of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park was held on Wednesday, May 10.  The project is slated for completion in January of 2018.  Offering office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and established companies, while also providing work spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of new businesses, jobs and growth. In support of that goal the Small Business Development Center will also be housed in the facility and will offer...
Meeting the Governor

Monday, May 15, 2017

As a business owner, there are plenty of opportunities for you in Wisconsin, many of them created by incredible government-led initiatives. In September, WHEDA hosted a Small Business Summit where business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs were able to meet with and hear from Governor Scott Walker and his leadership team. State cabinet leaders were present and providing businesses with information regarding various programs, initiatives and ways they can work with the government. Contracting opportunities can generate significant amounts or revenue for a small business and this event is one to open those doors. Learn more and participate next year.  
Business Incubator Breaks Ground

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

By Rebecca Mariscal on May 10, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. Rain held off as a crowd gathered for the official groundbreaking of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in the River Falls Sterling Ponds Corporate Park on Wednesday, May 10. With office and manufacturing space, the business incubator is designed to serve 10 new and existing businesses including start-ups and existing companies while also providing work spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs. Its goal is to provide resources for the development of new businesses, jobs and growth. “After countless meetings, grant applications and even a trip to Milwaukee we are proud to be...
Lawmakers Reauthorize WEDC Loan Program, Increase Funding For DNA Testing Kit

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

JFC Also Approves Additional Money For Drug Treatment Programs Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:45pm By Laurel White Wisconsin's economic development agency would once again have the power to give loans to businesses under a measure that cleared the Legislature's budget committee Tuesday. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's loan authority was suspended two years ago after a critical audit outlined problems with loan distribution and tracking. "They have made significant strides; anything that's been pointed out in past audits, they've adjusted to and corrected," said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette. "So, we have nothing but faith in the leadership that if there's any shortcomings in future audits,...
CEOs Rank 2017 Best & Worst States for Business

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

For the 13th year in a row, CEOs weigh in on what each of the 50 states has to offer your business. Click here for the complete rankings. While there is a level of constancy when it comes to the very best and very worst states for business as ranked by CEOs, there is plenty of jockeying for position within the ranks, and even some leaping and plummeting. Because of how CEOs view business climates, because states themselves have varying priorities and because of the slow pace of change in many state governments, the same states have held top five spots for six...
Construction will begin mid-May on new Red Wing bridge

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

By Kit Murray Today at 5:38 a.m.  Construction on the Highway 63 bridge is scheduled to begin this month. (Photo illustration courtesy of the project’s Visual Quality Manual) RED WING -- Residents gathered Wednesday, May 3, to listen and ask questions about the early stages of the Red Wing Bridge Project. Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Red Wing and Wisconsin Department of Transportation hosted the event and provided an hourlong slideshow overview of what the project’s five stages will entail. The new $63.4 million Mississippi River bridge will replace the existing Highway 63/Eisenhower Bridge connecting Red Wing and Wisconsin’s town of Trenton. The...
2016 Traveler Spending Up in the Greater St. Croix Valley

Monday, May 08, 2017

State’s Tourism Spending up 3.28% to $12.31 Billion The 2016 traveler spending in Pierce County increased 4.05% to $25.9 million according to an annual analysis released May 5th by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Pierce County's $25.9 million from travelers resulted in total business sales of $49.9 million, reflecting a 4.16% increase from 2015. This spending supported an estimated 421 jobs in Pierce County and generated $3.1 million in state and local tax revenues (+%1.72% from 2015).  Read additional information here regarding Tourism's economic impact in Wisconsin!
2017 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

Monday, May 08, 2017

CELEBRATING AND INSPIRING INNOVATION. Wherever. Whenever. INNOVATION, IT’S WHERE WE LIVE. Wisconsin is an innovative state. Although discussions of  “innovation” are usually directed toward internet startups and biotech companies, creative innovation in Wisconsin involves many industries including manufacturing, the paper industry, sustainable agriculture, life sciences, education, nonprofits, and health care information. The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) seek to celebrate and inspire innovation. The WIA highlights and honors the development of groundbreaking and innovative ideas. If it is a transformational idea we want to celebrate it.  Continue to full article to apply or nominate by June 1. 
Ready to Build!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Are you expanding? Do you have a fantastic idea for a hotel, retail business, office park or warehouse facility? If so, you are going to need room to build and we have plenty of it in Wisconsin. The key is finding a property that meets your needs, has the right zoning, utilities, no environmental risks and is essentially shovel ready. Momentum West created a Gold Shovel Ready Sites designation that is given to properties who meet this criterion. As someone looking to grow or build, this allows you to search through a list of available properties that are ready to go....
Made in Wisconsin

Friday, May 05, 2017

When we say a product is made in Wisconsin, that’s saying more than just where it was produced—it speaks to the attributes of the product itself. It’s a reflection of the high quality of our natural resources and the honesty, hard work and innovative minds of our people. When something is produced in Wisconsin, it is a point of pride for those who had a hand in its creation. That’s because our lives and our work are deeply intertwined. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created a logo for companies to use to proclaim their products’ Wisconsin origin. The Made In Wisconsin logo...
River Falls Sajan acquired by European company

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

By Rebecca Mariscal on May 2, 2017 at 9:59 a.m. After 20 years of growing their River Falls business Sajan from a small startup in their home to a global competitor, Shannon and Angel Zimmerman are selling to Luxembourg-based Amplexor International. The acquisition is set to close around July 2017, after Sajan shareholders vote on it. It is valued at about $28.5 million, and will represent a 46 percent premium for Sajan common stock shares. A language translation company, Sajan started small in 1997, but has grown rapidly since then. Last year it was listed as No. 8 in North America and in...
ELLSWORTH SERVES UP 16TH YEAR OF CHEESE CURD FESTIVAL WITH HELP FROM TOURISM GRANT

Monday, May 01, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristina LeVan, Wisconsin Department of Tourism  608-266-0458; [email protected]   Russ Korpela, Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.  715-273-6442; [email protected]  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ELLSWORTH SERVES UP 16TH YEAR OF CHEESE CURD FESTIVAL WITH HELP FROM TOURISM GRANT  Grant funds will go towards marketing efforts to attract new festival-goers ELLSWORTH, Wis. (April 27, 2017) – The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors to enjoy a true Wisconsin classic at the 16th annual Cheese Curd Festival with help from a $25,900 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Taking place in the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin”, the festival honors the popularity of Wisconsin...
Get the Scoop

Monday, May 01, 2017

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Wisconsin roundup: Finance panel to begin rolling up its sleeves; Wisconsin about to set dubious record; 10 more state news stories

Monday, May 01, 2017

MADISON — The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee will start writing its own version of the next state budget Monday afternoon. The panel will take about two months to propose spending and revenue levels to the full Legislature, and the most controversial items are normally among the last to come up. That means it will probably be a while before the 12 Republican and four Democratic finance members act on Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close a $1 billion shortfall in road funding without raising taxes — increase public K-12 school aid by $650 million the next two years — and cut...
Wisconsin Sees Record Home Sales In First Quarter Of 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Strong Home Sales, Limited Housing Supply Drive Wisconsin Housing Market Monday, April 24, 2017, 3:10pm By Brady Carlson The latest Wisconsin real estate figures show continued growth in home sales and upward pressure on home prices. The March report from the Wisconsin Realtors Association shows March’s existing home sales were up more than 7 percent compared to March 2016. The median home prices rose to $163,000, a year-to-year increase of 5.2 percent, due largely to limited supply. The March sales bumped up the flat sales figures of January and February, creating a record first quarter of sales since 2005, when the WRA began tracking homes sales...
Caring for Animals

Monday, April 24, 2017

Whether you can’t live without your dog and best friend or you depend on livestock for your livelihood, animal health and wellbeing is important. MAI Animal Health has been an innovator in animal health for three decades. Owned by vegetarians with field experience, the leaders at MAI know what it is like to be in your shoes and how important it is to help animals remain as healthy as they possibly can. MAI Animal Health is a Wisconsin manufacturing company that is dedicated to innovation, finding tomorrow’s solutions, high quality and producing health solutions that really work. We are proud to have...
BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 15th in Nation in Manufacturing Growth Rate Year-Over-Year, Outpacing All Neighboring States

Friday, April 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, April 21, 2017    BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 15th in Nation in Manufacturing Growth Rate Year-Over-Year, Outpacing All Neighboring States MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement following today's U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release showing Wisconsin outpaced all neighboring states in rate of growth for manufacturing jobs over the year ending in March 2017, finishing the year with the 15th best manufacturing growth rate in the nation. "Wisconsin's economy continues to grow under Governor Scott Walker," Secretary Ray Allen said. "Today's rankings show Wisconsin continuing to be one of the nation's leaders...
Find it, fix it, leave it alone: New chiropractor comes to Prescott

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dr. Carl Calabrese wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. In fact, he didn’t even decide he wanted to become a chiropractor until he was an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. When Calabrese was a high school student in Spring Valley, Minn., he suffered an injury while pole vaulting for his school’s track team. Calabrese said after hurting his back he went to see a chiropractor, who helped him be able to finish the season for Spring Valley. “When I got to River Falls, I did track here as well, I did decathlon,” Calabrese said. “When...
A new bill at the state Capitol would let robots take to the sidewalks to make customer deliveries across the state.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A new bill at the state Capitol would let robots take to the sidewalks to make customer deliveries across the state.  An Assembly committee meeting yesterday on the bill featured a 35-pound cooler-shaped and Estonia-made delivery robot from the European company Starship Technologies, whose representatives spoke in favor of the bill.  That legislation, SB 148, would help show Wisconsin is responsive to new business technologies, identify the state as a national tech leader and encourage entrepreneurs to experiment with "innovative solutions," GOP bill authors Sen. Chris Kapenga and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch said.  Kuglitsch, R-New Berlin, said because the delivery robots don't pose a...
Keeping it local: Swinging Bridge opens today

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Sláinte. A fitting saying for the Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. It means “health” in Irish Gaelic. Paired with the word mhaith, it translates to “good health,” a common toast used by the Irish and present at the company as well. Dustin Dodge owns the brewery located in downtown River Falls, and said he and his brewmaster, Mike O’Hara, have Irish backgrounds they celebrate. That’s why their opening day is March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, to give the people of River Falls a unique beer-tasting experience. Swinging Bridge is a throwback to old community gathering places, according to Dodge. A place for people to...
YPWeek Wisconsin initiative aims to attract, retain young professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WEDC supports efforts to promote Wisconsin as a great place to work and live The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is teaming up with young professional organizations throughout the state on an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young talent in Wisconsin. The statewide initiative, YPWeek Wisconsin, will run from April 22 to 29. YPWeek, created by the Milwaukee-based NEWaukee in 2012, is a weeklong platform of discovery, adventure and meaningful conversations about the issues that matter to young professionals. YPWeek Wisconsin has achieved statewide reach with the support of WEDC since 2015, and its participants have collaborated with the agency on a...
Filling gaps for local entrepreneurs helps spur statewide economic development

Tuesday, April 18, 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...
Area employers seek ways to attract, retain workers

Monday, April 17, 2017

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The good news is Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is about 3.7 percent, said Ray Allen, secretary of the state Department of Workforce Development.  The bad news is employers continue to struggle to find qualified and well-trained employees, and be able to retain them. RELATED Voice of the People 04/18/17 Allen spoke to 25 employers Thursday at Advanced Laser Machining in Chippewa Falls and heard some of their concerns in finding and retaining staff. “Workforce development is economic development,” Allen said. “We are really focused on talent development, with a big focus on youth apprenticeship.” Allen said more school districts in the state are...
Liberal Arts Meets Economics

Monday, April 17, 2017

If you hear “economics” and immediately think about crunching numbers, visit the University of Wisconsin River Falls. They have made economics so much more by combining the best of a liberal arts degree with economics, accounting, business administration, marketing, management and finance to create dynamic degree programs that prepare students for today’s business world. It is not enough to get an education. You need the right education and students at UW-RF are graduating prepared and ready to join or dominate the workforce. They even have innovative programs that encourage entrepreneurial success among students – two of whom just won $25,000 in...
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.
Veterans Employment Grant Program

Thursday, April 13, 2017

?Veterans Employment Grant Program The State of Wisconsin works to connect veterans with good, family-supporting jobs. One way we do that is by supporting those businesses that hire veterans. The Veteran Employment Grant is an incentive program to support businesses hiring honorably discharged veterans with a 50% or more service-related disability. The Benefits of Hiring a Veteran Veterans have qualities that every employer is looking for: leadership, the ability to work as a team leader and a team member, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines, the ability to give and follow directions, planning and organizational skills, commitment to working safely,...
New owners, same great place

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ELMWOOD—The sign may say Big Dick's outside, but there's a new bar and grill in Elmwood. On Nov. 15, Josh and Steph Kern purchased Big Dick's Bar and Grill on Main Street in Elmwood. The Kerns had to wait only one day, then could get to work. The couple had been wanting to own their own restaurant for around a year and decided that being their own bosses sounded like a good idea. Josh still works for the Village of Elmwood and does maintenance at the restaurant, while Steph handles the day-to-day operations. Continue to full article. 
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,...
Somerset restaurant rises from the ashes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A year ago at 2:34 p.m. Feb. 15, fire departments from nine communities responded to a fire at 128 Main St. in Somerset, General Sam's Sports Bar & Grill. The fire closed Main Street for five hours and when the last truck departed at 10:30 p.m., Somerset Fire chief Travis Belisle declared the building a total loss. Feb. 16, 2017 a phoenix rose from the ashes when General Sam's, version 2.0, opened at its new location just feet from the banks of the Apple River. Following the fire, members of the Montpetit family were not exactly sure where they were going to rebuild. "We...
Local Wisconsin Main Street organizations recognized at annual awards ceremony

Monday, April 10, 2017

WEDC salutes volunteers and staff at event in Wisconsin Rapids. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recognized the best downtown revitalization projects of 2016 at the 26th Wisconsin Main Street Awards ceremony held at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, and other WEDC leaders were 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. “A vibrant downtown is critical to a community’s overall economic development as well as the quality of life of its residents,” Hogan said. “Main Street staff...
You're Hired!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Do you need a job? Are you looking to hire but can’t find the right talent? The Jobs Center of Wisconsin is here to help. They connect skilled workers, veterans, and the unemployed with local businesses looking to grow their workforce. Wisconsin is a state on the move. We growing, business is expanding, and filling those job openings with the right people can be challenging. Simultaneously, most job seekers don’t know where to look for the best local jobs. The Job Centers of Wisconsin solves the problem by connecting the two and offering assistance with things like training. Use their services.  
Big plans as business incubator construction to start

Friday, April 07, 2017

By Gretta Stark on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:29 p.m.       The St. Croix Valley Business Incubator will be located in Sterling Ponds Corporate Park.  RIVER FALLS -- The River Falls Economic Development Corporation has a history of trying to foster business incubation to help startup companies get off the ground, says City Administrator Scot Simpson, also the RFEDC executive director. The EDC, city, UW-River Falls and Chippewa Valley Technical College have been working in tandem for six years to create the St. Croix Valley Business Incubator. A ceremonial groundbreaking is planned for 1 p.m. May 10 in Sterling Ponds Corporate Park. But Simpson said,...
Nilssen’s Foods celebrates grand reopening

Thursday, April 06, 2017

After a year of construction, Nilssen’s Foods in Baldwin celebrated a grand reopening Friday, March 31 after adding 15,000 square feet. The grand reopening showcased the new 37,000 square foot location that now offers a fresh salad bar, liquor and wine departments and a Caribou Coffee Shop. The grocery store also expanded their fresh departments and added more gluten free and speciality items. This location was first purchased in 2006 by Jason and Teresa Nilssen, the first of five locations in Wisconsin. Continue to original article. 
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. 
2017’s Best & Worst States for Millennials

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Loved by marketers, vilified by media, millennials are at once the most popular and unpopular generation alive. They’re the largest, too, giving them an outsized influence on American culture and consumerism. Today, these late-teens-to-early-30-somethings who are often depicted through negative stereotypes — entitled, parentally dependent, deludedly invincible — 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 the shadow of the...
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...
Local Printing Done Right

Monday, April 03, 2017

Do you need flyers created for your business? Are you looking for business cards, banners for a grand opening, direct mail pieces, or other marketing materials? If so, Helmer Printing can help. We love this local business. They have been in operation since 1940 and have helped small businesses, Fortune 500 companies and everything in between. With a graphic artist on hand, they can even design the materials that you want printed out. This makes it easier than ever to ensure that the end-product looks perfect. Helmer Printing is a local company, hiring local people, that helps local businesses. They are...
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016 (Third Estimate) Corporate Profits: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2016

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 (table 1), according to the "third" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the third quarter of 2016, real GDP increased 3.5 percent. The GDP estimate released today is based on more complete source data than were available for the "second" estimate issued last month.  In the second estimate, the increase in real GDP was 1.9 percent. With this third estimate for the fourth quarter, the general picture of economic growth remains largely the same; personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased more than previously estimated (see "Updates...
Twin Ports Look To Be More Competitive With New Rail Partnership

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Backers Say Deal With CN Will Open Up New Markets For Regional Businesses Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 8:00am By Danielle Kaeding Members of a new cargo partnership in the Twin Ports say their deal with a railroad company will make them more competitive and provide businesses with more cost-effective access to new international markets. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority and Lake Superior Warehousing have partnered with Canadian National Railway to ship containers across North America via rail. On Tuesday, a rail car mover pulled the first six shipping containers that arrived in the Twin Ports on CN’s rail network. Vanta Coda with the Duluth Seaway...
WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WEDC assistance to help Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery ramp up production of its world-famous cheese curds State tax credits support expansion of co-op in Wisconsin’s “Cheese Curd Capital” MADISON, WI. March 30, 2017 – The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which produces 80 tons of cheese curds a day, is getting a boost from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for the expansion of its facility in western Wisconsin. The creamery, which was founded in 1910, has been authorized by WEDC to receive up to $175,000 in state tax credits for the 28,500-square-foot expansion of its plant in Ellsworth, which is known as...
March 2017 Dashboard for St. Croix Valley Released

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The March 2017 edition of the St. Croix Valley Economic Dashboard has been released by the Center for Economic Research (CER) at UW-River Falls, in partnership with St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC). The Dashboard is a snapshot of economic conditions in labor, consumer, agricultural and housing markets for the seven county St. Croix Valley, which includes the Wisconsin counties of Polk, St. Croix, Pierce, and Dunn and the Minnesota counties of Chisago, Washington, and Ramsey. It presents the latest available data in one convenient package (note: most regional data is available with a one or two month delay). Click here...
Quartet honored for Spring Valley impact

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Waverly Grade School (grades 1-8 with 36 students) is where Harriet Lansing spent her early years. When rural schools were consolidated in the late 1950s, she headed to Spring Valley, where she graduated high school in 1963. After attending Wisconsin State University - River Falls for one year, she transferred to Macalester College in St. Paul, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1967. In 1970 she graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. Her resume is impressive and extensive. She has served as staff counsel for the St. Paul Housing and Redevelopment...
Educational Opportunities

Monday, March 27, 2017

Are you looking to expand your knowledge? Do you want to grow as a business owner, executive or individual? Sometimes the best educational opportunities come from the business sector. Both the Federal Reserve of Chicago and the Wisconsin Economic Development Association host regular educational events that provide information, tools, resources, and tips on everything from hiring to selecting the right site for your business. These conferences and events bring together the greatest minds in business and economic development to help you become even more successful. Take this opportunity to educate yourself and reach for greater heights with your business. http://ow.ly/ljjg306G0Fe
Wisconsin’s Rise in STEM Grads Boosts State’s Status as a Tech Hub

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Across the U.S., the talent wars are being won by states that invest resources in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and have workforces with strong STEM capabilities. It’s encouraging news, then, that the number of graduates from Wisconsin technical colleges’ and universities’ STEM programs has been rising in recent years, both at the bachelor’s and at the advanced degree level. The marked progress Wisconsin has made in this area in the past five years bodes well for our employers. Wisconsin has a number of key industries that depend on having a solid supply of talent with training in the STEM...
Puttin’ on the Ritz: Ellsworth Chamber ‘dolls up’ for annual awards

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce annual awards dinner resembled a scene from the Roaring 20s — fitting, as the theme was “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The event, held Monday, Feb. 20, at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls, drew 135 area business people and their guests. Chamber Director Russ Korpela highlighted the more than $60 million in capital investment happening in the community this year, including the new elementary school, the fire hall and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery additions and the new Pierce County Jail. Continue to full article. 
Faith, Business, and Jobs

Monday, March 20, 2017

There is a lot of work available in Prescott, Ellsworth, and Pierce County as a whole. What’s lacking is enough skilled workers to fill these positions. The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation in combination with local business, political and faith leaders are working together to fill the gap. This program would create opportunities for unemployed workers in the Twin Cities to find employment in Pierce County. Training, interview coaching, and transportation would be provided, along with emotional and spiritual support. The goal is to help people find meaningful work while assisting local businesses in recruiting key talent. This community project is...
“Idea Fund of La Crosse” to Invest $8 Million in Wisconsin Startup Companies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

La Crosse… The Idea Fund of La Crosse I, LP (IFOLC) announced today that it has held the initial close of its fund and that it will begin actively reviewing investment opportunities in startup companies throughout Wisconsin. IFOLC intends to invest $8 million in Wisconsin companies over the next several years. “We are extremely excited to begin investing in Wisconsin startup companies. Our fund will help entrepreneurs build and expand their companies, create good jobs and help build Wisconsin’s economy,” said Jonathon Horne, Managing Director of the Idea Fund of La Crosse. The Idea Fund of La Crosse was established in 2016...
Toolbox for Business

Monday, March 13, 2017

You may never use a hammer and nails at your business but you will need other tools to get set up, manage your company, and grow. Knowing what is required and how to get going can be a challenge which is why Pierce County Economic Development Corporation is offering a business toolkit you can use. Access to business consultants, financing solutions, information on taxes, local programs and incentives are all included. You can even receive introductions to angel groups and local funding companies. Best of all – you can receive help that you didn’t even know you needed, all in an...
Travel Wisconsin: Unveils new marketing campaign

Monday, March 13, 2017

3/13/2017  Kristina LeVan, Wisconsin Department of Tourism [email protected]; Work Cell: 608-332-4551  Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism [email protected]; Work Cell: 608-445-0267  Travel Wisconsin is taking its brand of "real fun" to the next level in a new marketing campaign unveiled today by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Two new summer commercials put a spotlight on playful traditions and Wisconsin fun with a family that has been vacationing in the state for decades. New for fall, drone footage captures autumn activities and spectacular fall foliage in destinations across Wisconsin. The three ads debuted to approximately 900 people from the state's tourism industry at the Wisconsin Governor's...
Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.9 Percent

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Rate Is Lowest Its Been Since 2001; National Rate For January Is 4.8 Percent Thursday, March 9, 2017, 3:40pm By Shawn Johnson Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in January, the lowest it’s been since 2001. Preliminary numbers show the total number of people employed in Wisconsin increased, while the number of people unemployed went down. Wisconsin's unemployment rate also compares favorably to the national rate, which was 4.8 percent in January. The unemployment rate comes from a monthly survey of households. It provides an immediate snapshot of Wisconsin's economy, but it has a wide margin of error. A separate monthly survey of employers...
Certified Sites Program Now Accepting New Applications

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Certified In Wisconsin® Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Deloitte Consulting, is accepting new applications from property owners. The program is open to industrial properties 20 acres or larger in Wisconsin. A Certified Site designation indicates that a wide range of concerns have been considered—environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning, property rights—and that the site is ready for industrial development. Certified In Wisconsin sites also benefit from WEDC’s comprehensive marketing strategy, including a dedicated webpage and print piece offering details about each individual site, and inclusion in a database that allows...
More Cheese!

Monday, March 06, 2017

Do you like cheese? If so, you may have eaten cheese produced by Ellsworth Creamery. A booming local business, they produce everything from artisan cheeses to cheese curds used in restaurants. Now, they have outgrown their current space. With a 28,000-square foot expansion, Ellsworth Creamery is growing exponentially. What does that mean for the local community? Primarily, more jobs. Construction crews are already on site erecting the new structure and once built, the expansion will lead to permanent jobs at the creamery itself. They are doubling the production line so anyone looking for a new job should head on over and...
Wisconsin businesses made $21 billion from foreign exports last year – here's who's buying what we make

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Wisconsin companies exported $21.2 billion worth of products to sellers outside the United States in 2016, a dip of about 6 percent from the previous year. Despite the state's identity as the Dairy State, manufactured goods are far and away the top Wisconsin exports, including the top five product categories. The top category, industrial machinery, comprises nearly a quarter of the total and includes heavy equipment like fire trucks and other specialty vehicles made by Oshkosh Corp., mining equipment from Milwaukee's Joy Global and cranes from Manitowoc Co. Dairy products, including eggs and honey, made up just 1.18 percent of state exports...
In Small Wisconsin Towns, Paved Roads Return To Gravel

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Communities Feel The Pinch Of Construction Costs And Budget Cuts Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:25am By Shawn Johnson There's a road in the western Wisconsin town of Northfield that used to be completely covered in pavement, but in the last few years, a lot has changed. "This is where we ran out of money two years ago," said Richard Erickson, standing on a line that divides paved road from gravel. Erickson has been Northfield’s town chairman for more than three decades. Two years ago, the community of about 600 in Jackson County repaired the intersection where this road starts. Northfield ordered new blacktop and told...
Wisconsin Private-Sector Quarterly Wages Grow By 7% Year Over Year; 25,608 Private-Sector Jobs Added During Year Ending in September 2016

Thursday, March 02, 2017

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the state's Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) covering the third quarter of 2016. The QCEW data is compiled quarterly based on Unemployment Insurance records from some 96% of Wisconsin business establishments. Highlights from the actual job counts, when compared to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) published data for 2015, include: Quarterly wages by covered private-sector employers grew by 7 percent year over year. Total wages grew by 7.5 percent over the year. Wisconsin added 29,486 total jobs and 25,608 private-sector jobs from September 2015 to September 2016. DWD Secretary Ray...
Bringing startups’ ideas to market

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

To launch a successful technology startup, entrepreneurs are often faced with a series of challenges. They must secure funding, create a business plan and tap professional resourcing, all while developing and prototyping their product or service. Fortunately for early-stage companies in Wisconsin, the Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is available to help entrepreneurs with these efforts. The CTC is financially supported by a collaborative network of resources, including the University of Wisconsin-Extension, WEDC and the Small Business Administration to aid companies in the commercialization process. Since its inception in 2005 as the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network, CTC has attained more than $100...
28th MOSES Organic Farming Conference draws thousands

Monday, February 27, 2017

La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - It's the country's largest educational event on organic agriculture.  Lauren Langworthy, Events and Education Specialist and Conference Coordinator at MOSES said it's vital that farmers continue to learn. "We're a group of people who like to keep learning, we like to keep expanding our world view and every year in farming you learn something new that you want to improve on your own operation," said Langworthy. More than 3,000 people, about 170 different vendors and 66 workshops over the course of three days, including two key note speakers are the various elements that comprise the 28th Annual MOSES Conference...
Certified Sites Program now accepting new applications

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Development-ready property designation helps attract new commercial projects MADISON, WI. Feb. 14, 2017—The Certified In Wisconsin® Program, offered in partnership by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Deloitte Consulting, is accepting new applications from property owners. The program is open to industrial properties 20 acres or larger in Wisconsin. A Certified Site designation indicates that a wide range of concerns have been considered—environmental and geological factors, transportation access, utility and infrastructure capacity, zoning, property rights—and that the site is ready for industrial development. Certified In Wisconsin sites also benefit from WEDC’s comprehensive marketing strategy, including a dedicated webpage and print piece offering...
Gov. Scott Walker is proposing the renewal of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. loan program

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WEDC is currently authorized to issue loans under its Business Opportunity Loan Fund, though that authority will go away in June under the 2015-17 budget.  Walker's budget proposal would establish a loan program at WEDC and require the agency to use money it's already recovered instead of pumping new state dollars into the program, giving WEDC officials "a real incentive to recoup" dollars it loans out, Walker said Tuesday.  WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan has said he'd be open to re-establishing the agency's loan program. He said WEDC was pleased to see the loan program included in the guv's budget.  "It provides...
Broadband bill would target underserved rural areas

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state. MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers are circulating a bill to expand broadband service in underserved parts of the state. The bill made public Tuesday is sponsored by Rep. Romaine Quinn and Sen. Howard Marklein. It would allocate $15.5 million in grants for rural areas. Almost a quarter of Wisconsinites live in rural areas and around 40 percent do not have broadband, or high-speed internet access, at home.   Quinn and other Republican lawmakers focused on improving life in rural Wisconsin plan to hold a news conference Tuesday...
Happy, Hippy Feet

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

By Youssef Rddad on Feb 13, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Everyone needs socks, but for those who are homeless, a new pair can sometimes be hard to come by when shelters run short. Seeing this need is what drove Woodbury native Michael Mader, 23, to launch his sock company called Hippy Feet last fall, which donates one pair of socks to local homeless shelters for every pair sold. The socks Hippy Feet sells feature colorful designs and funky stripes at various lengths. They’re also made in the U.S. using sustainably sourced materials. Since launching in September, Hippy Feet has donated more than 1,500 pairs...
WEDC loan program returns under Scott Walker's budget proposal

Monday, February 13, 2017

Two years after phasing out the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.’s loan program in the wake of a scathing audit and several bad deals, Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to reinstate agency loans in his latest budget. The new loans would come with a few new stipulations — they can only be funded with repayments of existing loans, they can’t be forgivable and they must adhere to commonly accepted commercial lending practices. WEDC spokesman Mark Maley said the loan program would provide the agency with additional flexibility in its work with businesses and complement its grant, tax credit and other programs. “We look forward...
State DOT Vastly Underestimated Project Costs, Audit Finds

Monday, January 30, 2017

Audit Found Cost Of 16 Ongoing Projects Has Increased By $3B Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:45am By Laurel White An audit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation released Thursday found 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased in cost by about $3 billion since they were approved by the state Legislature. The report, written by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau, also found 19 major highway projects completed from 2006 through 2015 cost about $1.5 billion, an increase of $772.5 million from the department's estimates when the projects were approved. The cost overages occurred because the department failed to account for inflation in its project cost...
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 govsbizplancontest.com. 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...
Wisconsin Bankers Optimistic About Economic Growth In 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Survey Shows A Majority Expect Bullish New Year Thursday, December 29, 2016, 3:50pm By Kyla Calvert Mason Wisconsin bankers are optimistic the state's economy will grow in the first half of 2017. In the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s latest Economic Conditions Survey, 57 percent of respondents said they expect the economy to grow at the start of the new year. It’s the first time since 2014 a majority of bankers expected growth for the state’s economy. Those expectations are based on strong demand for loans through 2016 and what bankers are seeing in their customers, according to Rose Oswald Poels, the association’s president and CEO. "Bankers...
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,...
Annual Meeting Roundup: Pierce County EDC Honors Three Longtime Businesses

Thursday, January 26, 2017

All kinds of encouraging news regarding the local business economy was presented Tuesday night to attendees at the annual meeting of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation. Businesses in the county, for example, had a net increase of 280 jobs in 2015. That number could easily jump in 2017 if the St. Croix Valley business incubator can open in September as is hoped. Other good news? According to data from youreconomy.org, sales/revenue at Pierce County businesses totalled $3 billion 2015, an increase of $1 billion from 2010. Click here for the complete Pierce County Herald article.
Legislation would pay Minnesotans for Wisconsin tax Losses

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Legislation would pay Minnesotans for Wisconsin tax losses By Don Davis, Superior Telegram, Jan. 17, 2017 at 4:53 p.m. ST. PAUL—The Minnesota House Taxes Committee chairman is tired of dealing with Wisconsin about income taxes. So Chairman Greg Davids, R-Preston, drew up a provision he plans to insert into his tax bill this year that would reimburse Minnesotans who pay higher taxes working in Wisconsin than if they worked in Minnesota. For decades, the states had an agreement that made tax time simpler—and in many cases cheaper—for people living in one state and working in the other, but efforts to reinstate that have failed. "Working...
Wisconsin Business Leaders Optimistic About U.S. Economy, Trump Presidency

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

January 3, 2017 Survey predicts uptick in hiring, profitability during first half of 2017 MADISON – Wisconsin business leaders begin 2017 very optimistic about both the direction of the U.S. economy and what a Donald Trump presidency means for the business climate, according to a survey conducted in November and December by Wisconsin’s largest business association. Sixty percent of the 270 Wisconsin business leaders surveyed by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) say the U.S. economy is heading in the right direction, a sharp reversal from just six months ago when 84 percent said the U.S. economy was headed in the wrong direction. Not...
Ag plastics recycling program takes off

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The road leading into the Pierce County Solid Waste Department was lined with trucks and trailers Monday, Dec. 5 as farmers waited to get a free dumpster to bring home. For farmers wondering what to do with used bale wrap, ag/grain bags, bunker covers, oxygen barrier films, used irrigation tape and tubing, greenhouse or hoophouse coverings, fumigation and other cover films, Revolution Plastics offered an opportunity. Click here for the complete article.
Not just a treasurer: Beastrom set to retire

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

By Matthew Lambert Today at 7:33 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- Phyllis Beastrom might be one of the hardest working people in Pierce County.   She’s a mother, a wife, an organist, a leader among women, a teacher, a property lister, a secretary, an office manager, and a clerk to name a few roles. Most notably, people in the community will likely recognize her as the Pierce County Treasurer.   Beastrom is set to retire in less than a week and reflected on her time, more than 27 years, in government where she made quite an impact.   Beastrom was raised on a wheat farm in north-central Montana and...
Prescott City Council approves plans for Vista Croix, DMC

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Construction plans for both the proposed Vista Croix development and the new plant of Diversified Manufacturing Company (DMC) were approved by the Prescott City Council at its monthly meeting Tuesday evening. The council unanimously voted to approved the site plans for both developments which included plans for landscaping, water and sewer, traffic flow and power. There was some objection to the slopes of the landscape of Vista Croix plan. The developement is located on the site of the former Steamboat Inn right along the St. Croix River. The DNR gave its approval so long as the plan fit with conditional use permits...
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.
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.
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...
Doose Aquaponics offers fresh produce year-round

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Two rural Ellsworth residents are reopening a produce business that started because of one thing: boredom. After previously leasing a greenhouse in Prescott for a couple of years, Tim and Shawn Doose took their business, Doose Aquaponics, and moved to a farm west of Ellsworth (W9203 Highway 10) to expand their passion for gardening. Tim, a heavy machine operator for County Line Aggregate, a gravel pit company in Rosemount, Minn., found himself looking for ways to fill his time in the winter. From November to April, Tim is laid off due to weather and decided to look into aquaponics. Click here for the...
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.
Baseball park would anchor redevelopment of Hudson dog track

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Nick Halter, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, Dec 19, 2016, 3:45pm (See Correction/Clarification at end of article) The former St. Croix Meadows Dog Track in Hudson, Wis., could be turned into a 131-acre mixed-use development anchored by a baseball park. Klint Klaas, a former minor league baseball player turned commercial real estate developer, has the vacant dog track under contract and expects to close on the sale at the end of January. The 150,000 square-foot St. Croix Meadows dog track building is part of a planned redevelopment in Hudson, Wis. He will present conceptual plans for his project at a City Council meeting Monday night (Dec....
Energy dollars would fund broadband vouchers

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Thomas Content , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 12:04 p.m. CST December 3, 2016 Nearly 100,000 rural Wisconsin residents will be receiving $50 vouchers from the state if they sign up for new highspeed internet service or upgrades, under a proposal that would be funded by the state's electricity customers using money that's supposed to be spent promoting energy savings. The $50 incentives, approved this past week by the state Public Service Commission, would cost $5 million and are part of more than $60 million in utility customer funds that Gov. Scott Walker's administration wants to reallocate to expand broadband in rural areas of the state. The broadband vouchers have...
http://newscenter.purina.com/featured-content?item=905Nestlé Purina Delivers in a Big Way with Donation in Wisconsin

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Surrounded by members of the Malone Student Council, Malone Parent Group and Prescott School District Employees, Representatives from Nestlé Purina’s Hager City, Wisconsin manufacturing facility presented a “big check” representing their $19,000 grant.  This generous donation provided the final funding for the recently installed age-appropriate playground equipment at Malone Intermediate School. The project was spearheaded by Malone Parent Committee and Prescott School District in September.  Through fundraising, community and business support, and grants, less than $20,000 of the $62,000 equipment cost remained to be funded by the end of October. That’s when Nestlé Purina stepped in with a community grant for...
WEDC board to revisit policy on job outsourcing reports

Monday, December 12, 2016

Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to be discussed Tuesday by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board. The proposal from Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, expands on a policy adopted two years ago when the agency came under fire for giving out awards to companies that later sent jobs to other countries. A Wisconsin State Journal review at the time found at least 10 cases over the previous decade of companies receiving a state award and then later sending jobs abroad. “There’s a sense that...
WEDC board to revisit policy on job outsourcing reports

Monday, December 12, 2016

Companies that get public assistance and then cut or relocate jobs outside the state would be subject to stricter reporting requirements under a proposal to be discussed Tuesday by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board. The proposal from Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, expands on a policy adopted two years ago when the agency came under fire for giving out awards to companies that later sent jobs to other countries. A Wisconsin State Journal review at the time found at least 10 cases over the previous decade of companies receiving a state award and then later sending jobs abroad. “There’s a sense that...
Representative Petryk named "Legislator of the Year" by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce

Friday, December 09, 2016

Representative Petryk named "Legislator of the Year" by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce   From left to right: Lee Markquart, Jeff Smith (Owner at Erv Smith), Mark Seyer (Vice President of Commercial Lending of Peoples Bank Midwest), Noel Smith (Owner at Erv Smith), Jason Culotta (Sr. Director of Government Relations at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce), Luke Hanson (Executive Director for Chippewa Valley Economic Development Corporation), State Rep.Warren Petryk, Tim Pabich (VP of Project Development for Royal Construction), Mark Rometti (Asst General Manager of Midwest Manufacturing), Kyle Seyer (Midwest Sales Representative at Just Tape and Converting)   Rep. Petryk is honored to be named a Legislator...
Layoffs in Wisconsin see sharp drop from 2015

Monday, December 05, 2016

12/5/2016  Though economists warn against reading too much into the figures, the number of people getting laid off in the state has dropped sharply from last year.  Last year, mass layoffs in Wisconsin neared 10,000 for the first time since 2009, a spike several observers attributed to the global economic slowdown and decline in commodity prices. But barring several large announcements in the next month, the state won't come close to that level this year. So far this year, the state has had about 7,000 such layoffs announced.  Economic analysts caution the layoffs figures aren't a solid economic indicator, saying they more often...
Wisconsin Technology Council: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2017 entries through Jan. 31, 2017

Thursday, December 01, 2016

11/30/2016  Contact: Tom Still or Angela Schlobohm at 608-442-7557  To learn more, visit: www.govsbizplancontest.com   MADISON – The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2017 competition until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.    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.   Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in...
Wisconsin Bankers Association: Statement on FDIC 3rd quarter numbers 11/29/2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Contact: Eric Skrum, Wisconsin Bankers Association 608/441-1216 or (c) 608/445-6430 [email protected]  "Wisconsin banks continue to show confidence in the economy through stable, steady growth according to the latest FDIC quarterly numbers. Despite a modest decrease in commercial and industrial loans, overall lending grew to over $76.5 billion, a 4.6% increase when compared to the same timeframe in 2015. Wisconsin banks continue to move forward despite a wide variety of obstacles challenging the industry, including: · A prolonged low interest rate environment  · Compliance and technology costs escalating every year  · Competitive pressures  · The number of bank mergers in Wisconsin continuing to increase (twenty mergers were announced in...
Federal Judge Sides with Wisconsin, Prevents Implementation of Overtime Rule

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Nov 22 2016 MADISON, Wis. – This evening, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in the Department of Labor Overtime Rule case, enjoining the enforcement of the rule. In September, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel joined a bipartisan coalition of 21 states in asking the Court to prevent implementation of the Rule on December 1, 2016.   “I’m incredibly happy the Court agreed the rule should be put on hold,” said Attorney General Schimel. “There’s no greater honor than representing millions of Wisconsinites in the continuous fight for the return of power to...
Scammers Dangle Gift Cards as Clickbait

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

DATCP NEWS RELEASE: Scammers Dangle Gift Cards as Clickbait Release Date:  November 23, 2016 Media Contact:  Jerad Albracht, Senior Communications Specialist, 608-224-5007 or Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020 Editor's Note:  This release was included in the DATCP Holiday Release Package distributed on November 15. MADISON – Compact, versatile, available everywhere and easy to give – gift cards will again be at the top of many holiday shoppers' lists this year.  So if you run across a way to get free or steeply discounted gift cards, you should go for it, right?  Not necessarily.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks shoppers...
Herald hits a homerun in new sports reporter

Sunday, November 20, 2016

If he’s lucky, he won’t have to work a day in his life. At least, that’s how the saying goes and that’s what the Pierce County Herald’s new sports reporter is hoping. When he was growing up in Poynette, Jalen Knuteson’s aunts told him that as teachers, they never went to work -- they were always going to school. He made up his mind then that he’d pursue a career he enjoyed as much as they loved theirs. Click here for the complete article.
Pierce County salutes its dairy industry

Sunday, November 20, 2016

“Agriculture plays a big role in Pierce County,” said Pierce County Dairy Promotion Committee chairperson Dale Hines. “There’s a strong infrastructure in Pierce County for dairy, which ties together a lot of area businesses. It’s not just dairy farmers alone. It takes them all to make it a success.” More than 200 people attended the 66th annual Pierce County Dairy Banquet and program Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Elmwood Auditorium. The event was emceed by Hines and 2017 chairperson elect Amy Bechel of Maple Grove Dairy. Click here for the complete article.
Seasonal fruits and veggies made into year round products

Sunday, November 20, 2016

For the past three years, Lisa Mueller has been mixing produce and turning ingredients from her farm into popular recipes to enjoy. After farming for 22 years and growing pumpkins, squash and other assorted produce, Mueller realized over time that it wouldn’t work to make a living simply from farming and gardening. She utilized the preservation process and started turning her tomatoes, peppers and fruits into preserves. Before the new business, Mueller focused on selling her mixed, fresh produce locally. Click here for the complete article.
Something to smile about: Dentist details new building plans

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dr. Dan Connors considers himself not just a lucky man, but one who has been richly blessed by Spring Valley and surrounding communities. The dentist recently bought part of the former Spring Valley nursing home land along Highway 29, and plans are well underway to build a new 3,500-square-foot office. “Our business has grown beyond what I thought we ever would and we now need more space to accommodate that growth,” Connors said. “We always try to work emergency patients into our schedule the same day, but for non-emergency care, many patients have had to wait several months to get in for...
Wisconsin has second-busiest small business activity

Friday, November 18, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A new report says Wisconsin is the second most active state in the nation for small business activity, one place higher than last year. The Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City has come out with its annual "Main Street Entrepreneurship Index" -- and it found that about 700 of every 1,000 Wisconsin businesses are well established small companies with 50 employees or fewer, and have been open for at least five years. The report also says a little more than half of businesses that open in the Badger State make it through their first five years -- there's a...
New business in Prescott is Diversified Manufacturing Inc.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Prescott City Council gave final approval to plans for new business to re-locate in the TIF No. 5 district on the outskirts of Prescott in the Hwy. 10 and Hwy. 29 triangle during its meeting Monday evening. Diversified Manufacturing Corp. (DMC) will occupy a 190,000-square foot, two story facility on Hwy.  10 and Dexter St. next to UNFI. The council also unanimously approved a certified survey map to build a service road through the property. DMC has its headquarters in Newport, Minn. and its plant in Cottage Grove, Minn. As the company is growing its business, DMC decided to build a...
Wisconsin is Working

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wisconsin is Working YouTube Video Wisconsin is working. In fact, more people are employed this year than at any time in the history of our state. That goes back all the way to 1848! Our unemployment rate is at a 15 year low – nearly half of what it was when we first took office. The percentage of people working in Wisconsin is also one of the highest in the country. On top of that, we made it more affordable to live in Wisconsin. Since 2011, we’ve provided nearly $5 billion in tax relief. Both property and income taxes are lower today than they...
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...
Western Wisconsin poised for growth as Minnesota companies cross border

Thursday, November 03, 2016

By Lisa Erickson, Falcon News Service, UW-River Falls, November 2, 2016 Three counties in western Wisconsin are among the fastest growing in the state, and they are attracting interest from businesses based in Minnesota. “These are our fastest-growing counties based on percent growth,” said Coleman Peiffer, the business and investment attraction director of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The population of St. Croix County, for example, is expected to grow by as much as 41 percent through 2040, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration. “Businesses are looking to expand and consider multiple states before making their decision,” Peiffer said. “We have...
A & E Designs are ‘simply wearable’

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

“Simple wearables” is how Anita Otteson describes the handcrafted jewelry she designs in her Prescott studio. A & E Designs, located at 720 St. Croix St. Suite 106 in the old Jacques Seed Building, is a jewelry lover’s dream. Light glints off beads, pearls, silver, copper and gold. Otteson held her first retail sale Oct. 7-9 in the space she normally uses as her crafting studio. “Normally I show at arts and craft fairs, but this seemed like a good opportunity,” Otteson said. “Maybe it’s something I’ll do on a regular basis.” Click here for the complete article.
Dentist’s office site plan taking shape

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

While the vice-presidential debate was going on, the Spring Valley Village Board trustees had their own debates Tuesday, Oct. 4. First, Cedar Corporation outlined the site plan for W500 State Highway 29, the new site of Spring Valley Dentistry, which will be built on the land formerly occupied by the Spring Valley Care Center. Rerouting traffic in and out of the dentistry’s new location needs to be more safe and less confusing, Cedar Corp representatives said. After discussion about traffic coming off Highway 29, it was determined that a sign currently posted at Cleveland Street’s intersection with 29 could be confusing. Also,...
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...
Prescott Food Pantry eyes new location; application sent back to Planning Commission

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

A special use permit application for the Prescott Food Pantry’s potential new location was the talk of the night at the Oct. 10 Prescott City Council meeting. The general consensus of folks who came to voice their opinions was “not in my backyard.” While the majority claimed to support the food pantry, they feel the proposed location at Wacota Street and Highway 35 is less than ideal. Food pantry director Peter French confirmed the nonprofit pantry has entered into discussions with property owner Greg Harris, in hopes of purchasing the parcel in order to build a larger food pantry in order to...
Project AirGig Aims to Deliver the Internet Over Power Lines

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Preparing for a future when broadband becomes nearly as commonplace as electricity, AT&T envisions high-speed internet delivered over power lines in rural Wisconsin. Next year, the company said recently, it will conduct field trials of technology that could enable anyone on the electric grid to also get internet service. The new technology, called Project AirGig, would use inexpensive plastic antennas and other devices along power lines to send broadband signals to homes and businesses — without the need for additional costly fiber-optic cable buried in the ground. Click here for the complete article.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces $1.5 Million to Expand Apprenticeship Opportunities Across Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced $1.5 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards’ (DWD/BAS) to expand apprenticeship opportunities across Wisconsin.  This announcement comes after Senator Baldwin sent a letter of support for DWD/BAS’ grant application. “Apprenticeship initiatives are one of the most effective vehicles for responding to the workforce readiness needs of business and industry,” said Senator Baldwin. “This funding will help us invest in Wisconsin’s workforce to help us raise incomes and strengthen the middle class.” DWD/BAS aims to use the funding to create...
Wisconsin dairy farmers hold out hope for Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press  MILWAUKEE — As the trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership has taken a pounding on the presidential campaign trail, at least one group is holding out hope for the stalled pact: Wisconsin dairy producers. They see nothing but advantages from the deal negotiated by the Obama administration that could increase exports at a time when their cows are producing more milk than ever in a domestic market that doesn’t have room for all of it. “When I look at it through the lens of the dairy industry, I don’t think there’s a negative to it,” said Mitch Breunig,...
Job Center of Wisconsin

Monday, October 24, 2016

Whether you’re a worker looking for employment or an existing business looking for employees, you shouldn’t have to search alone - let the Job Center of Wisconsin help. The Job Center of Wisconsin works in three major parts. They first allow employers to place job postings that matches skilled workers with available positions. Second, they provide market information and research to keep businesses up to date on changes in the labor force. Last, the Job Center helps match businesses with worker training programs that allow both new and expanding businesses an affordably skilled and developed workforce. To learn more about the Job...
A Blueprint for Success

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation exists to help new and expanding businesses grow, develop, and succeed. In turn, the success of businesses will bring about growth and development for the local communities. But it can work the other way too - through the development of a skilled workforce. By creating rewarding jobs and skilled workers, organizations like Workforce Resource can bring the two together to create a blueprint for success. Whether you’re a skilled worker or a business owner, take a few minutes of your day to learn more about Workforce Resources, found here: http://www.workforceresource.org/home.php And for more information on the...
Prescott City Council approves spending in TIF District No. 5 for new business

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Prescott City Council approved spending in TIF (Tax-Incremental Financing) District No. 5 during its most recent meeting Monday evening to help a business located there. The votes were taken after the council came out of closed session discussing the new business proposal to go in the Eagle Heights area where UNFI and the new Ptacek's store are located. The council approved spending $86,000 for a contract with city engineering firm Cedar Corporation of Menomonie for design, engineering, permit applications, bidding, construction engineering, administration, staking and observation. They also approved $5,000 contract with Cedar for grant writing a TEA grant in the...
Hogan: WEDC working to 'figure out a way' to help startups

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark Hogan says a big focus of the agency in his second year on the job will be trying to "figure out a way" to boost entrepreneurship.  There are exciting things happening in the state, Hogan said in an interview, noting the state's dead-last ranking in startup activity the past two years "doesn't reflect" many of those activities.  But there is -- and always will be -- room to improve, he said.  "My tagline around here has been 'continuous process improvement,' and it doesn't stop when all of a sudden you feel like you're in the top 10 for...
WisBusiness: The Show - WEDC's Aaron Hagar

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Welcome to a new episode of "WisBusiness: The Show," a twice-a-month Web show covering state business news and issues.  MADISON – This episode of “WisBusiness.com: The Show” features an interview with Aaron Hagar, who leads entrepreneurship and innovation programs at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, who describes a new effort to encourage startups. Tom Still talks about Wisconsin’s efforts to set up more ‘fab labs,’ a trend that’s good for local schools and the communities they serve, and Cassidy Wartenweiler presents this week’s Tech Metrics, which chart key indicators in the Wisconsin economy.  The show is produced by Red Arrow Production of...
Small Business Administration: Economic Injury Disaster Loans available in Wisconsin following disaster declaration 10/6/2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Contact: [email protected] 404-331-0333  Atlanta - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations located in Wisconsin as a result of the severe storms and flooding on July 11-12, 2016.  The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, Vilas and Washburn in Wisconsin.  “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same...
UW System President Ray Cross announces new Business Council 10/7/2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

A new UW System Business Council is one of the outcomes from a Board of Regents meeting in Eau Claire.  UW System President Ray Cross made the announcement yesterday, pointing to the importance of higher education, strategic investing and outreach in the development and retention of critical talent for the state.  The meeting also featured a discussion on these key points, as industry leaders spoke about the need for increased communication and collaboration.  These issues are important, said Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still, because the state needs to “maintain an edge” in an increasingly competitive global economy.  One way to do that is...
WEDC: 4 Wisconsin metro areas among top 25 best places to work in manufacturing

Monday, October 10, 2016

Contact: Mark Maley, 608.210.6706 [email protected] Wisconsin leads the nation with most metro areas on study that evaluates employment growth, income MADISON – SmartAsset, a national personal finance technology company, included four Wisconsin metro areas on its new list of the top 25 best places to work in the manufacturing industry – more than any other state. Marinette was ranked sixth in the study, Watertown-Fort Atkinson was eighth, Appleton ranked 17th and Wausau was 23rd. SmartAsset calculated the rankings by analyzing U.S. Census Bureau data on income and employment for manufacturing workers in 398 of America’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas. The data include one-year and five-year...
Wisconsin Workforce

Monday, October 10, 2016

For new or expanding businesses, the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation has partners in site selection, financial aid, and networking - but what about workforce development? While Pierce County has multiple partners that deal in resources and developing workers, the State of Wisconsin runs the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The Department of Workforce Development can help both workers and employers alike, providing training, benefits, and recent job postings. To learn more about either the Pierce County EDC, or the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, visit the links below: PCEDC: http://www.pcedc.com/pierce Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/
Financial Needs

Monday, October 03, 2016

When looking for a personal loan, it’s possible to find special packages depending on what you need the loan for - school, a car, or something else altogether. The same can be said for businesses. With over 10 financial partners, new and expanding businesses can easily find the financial support they need through Pierce County Economic Development Corporation. Understandably so, shopping through each partner to find the package right for you might feel daunting - but the PCEDC can help. All you need to do is let the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation know what kind of financial support you’re seeking,...
From plastic jugs to robotic milkers, World Dairy Expo evolves over 50 years

Monday, October 03, 2016

As winner of the first and only “Cinderella of the World” pageant in Madison 50 years ago, Cheryl Johnson Ludecke was lavished with gifts including an entire new wardrobe, hobnobbed with dignitaries for a week and was photographed countless times with prize-winning cows. Ludecke’s Cinderella of the World duties in September 1967 were to promote a new dairy industry show called the World Food Exposition, which sponsored the pageant. She traveled the state by DC-3 airplane to drum up interest and popped out of a big box as Cinderella wearing her sparkling new evening gown just after another woman wearing ragged...
WEDC: Wins international award for economic development

Monday, October 03, 2016

WEDC: Wins international award for economic development 9/29/2016  Contact: Mark Maley, 608-210-6706 [email protected]  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has received two awards of excellence from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest economic development organization.  WEDC received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for the development of a micro website that promotes foreign direct investment in Wisconsin and a Silver Award for its role in advancing NEWaukee’s YPWeek initiative, part of an effort to attract and retain young professionals in Wisconsin.  In addition, The Water Council received a Gold Award for The BREW, a seed accelerator program for water technology startups that...
New nano-brewery opening on Main Street in River Falls

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIVER FALLS -- A new face will be coming to downtown River Falls. Construction begins in October at 122 S. Main Street for what owner and founder Dustin Dodge hopes will become a gathering place for the people of River Falls. The feature to fill this ambitious goal is a nano-brewery by the name of Swinging Bridge Brewing Company. Dodge is not native to River Falls, but hasn’t been able to tear himself away after attending school at UW-River Falls about four years ago. The appeal of the unique locality that kept him in the area was the same one that attracted...
Is the West Coast of WI the new Door County?

Monday, September 26, 2016

By Sarah Young MAIDEN ROCK/STOCKHOLM -- Two of the most creative villages along Wisconsin’s Great River Road are combining their artistic forces for a special “Meander & Stroll” event 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.     The “Maiden Rock Meander” and the “Stockholm Art Stroll” have each become popular evening events, bringing in regional artists to meet the public and show new work. During the event, both villages will open their doors for the combined “Meander & Stroll,” an extravaganza of artistic, musical and culinary festivities.   “The area has always been a magnet for artists, but there’s an artistic boom going on right now,” said...
Social Word of Mouth

Monday, September 26, 2016

When it comes to marketing, one of the best methods of spreading information is through word of mouth. But unless you are personal friends with The Flash, spreading information physically is much slower than digitally - through social media. While the majority of Pierce County Economic Development Corporation’s information can be found on their website (http://www.pcedc.com/pierce), social media allows the PCEDC to reach a broader audience. Their Facebook page (http://ow.ly/t1jF303tPdt  posts stories about the local community, as well as local businesses, while their Linkedin page (http://ow.ly/9lZ9303tPb6) provides broader information about PCEDC’s purpose. So whether you’ve stumbled upon the Pierce County EDC or...
Utilities' moves expand wind, natural gas

Monday, September 26, 2016

 Thomas Content, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  Moves to shift more power generation in the Midwest from coal to cleaner alternatives advanced Thursday with separate announcements in Minneapolis and Beloit. Xcel Energy announced a plan projected to cost more than $2 billion to greatly enhance its generation of wind power for utilities serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the Dakotas. The company issued a request for proposals that would increase its wind power generation by 60% over the next four years. That would include the utility company's Eau Claire utility. Those moves are part of Xcel's broader energy plan for the next 15 years that...
History in the making: Ellsworth breaks ground for new elementary

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Site work begins this week at the site of the new elementary school in Ellsworth -- a day many in the district have been waiting for. The school district invited staff, community members, village and township officials, parents and students to a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, Sept. 12. The event was well-attended. One new elementary school will house all 4-year-old kindergarten through grade five students along with administrative offices “not to exceed” a cost of $31.9 million. The building will be able to house 800 students comfortably. It will be located near the high school and the existing Hillcrest Elementary School, with access...
It’s a ‘bittersweet’ goodbye, but a brand new hello

Thursday, September 22, 2016

While a changing of the guard has taken place at Plum City’s beloved bakery, customers can expect the same favorites they’ve enjoyed the past 12 years, plus some new creations that will tantalize the tastebuds. Gwen Glaus sold Bittersweet Bakery and More to Allen and Jennifer Crisp of Plum City Aug. 24. The name will remain the same -- almost: Crispy’s Bittersweet Bakery and More. Nebraska native Jennifer Crisp (a.k.a. Mrs. Crispy) has entrepreneurship running through her veins. Her parents, uncle and cousin have all owned their own businesses, and she operated a sports and college memorabilia e-store while living in her...
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...
Organic farming nonprofit names new director

Thursday, September 22, 2016

John Mesko has been hired to head the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), a nonprofit in Spring Valley that is nationally recognized for hosting the country’s largest annual organic farming conference. Mesko currently is the executive director of the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) in Minnesota. He will join the MOSES staff at the end of this month. “The players, pressures and policies within America’s food system are changing rapidly, and the ever-increasing demand for certified organic foods is both opportunity and challenge,” said Sylvia Burgos Toftness, president of the MOSES Board of Directors. “We believe John brings the experience and...
State aims for small-town entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wisconsin's job creation agency says a new grant program will boost entrepreneurship throughout the state, especially in small to medium sized places. The state's Economic Development Corporation has announced a pilot program to give grants to nonprofit groups and communities that provide key resources for entrepreneurs -- but do not fit criteria for the state's existing efforts. The new program will give grants of $10,000 to $100,000 for groups to give new entrepreneurs things like training, mentors, and business and financial development services. Click here for the complete article.
Fund to pump millions into faster broadband connections in rural Wisconsin

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel Three telecom companies will receive more than $570 million in government subsidies to expand fast Internet service in rural Wisconsin through 2020, with a goal of reaching about 230,000 households. The money is from the Connect America Fund II program administered by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC says it plans to spend more than $10 billion nationwide to subsidize broadband expansions through 2020, using money that telecommunications customers pay as part of the $4.5 billion-a-year Universal Service Fund. Wisconsin is second only to California in the dollar amount allocated to states from the CAF II program,...
Inside Wisc: Broadband expansion is connection to rural Wisconsin’s prosperity

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

By Tom Still MADISON – A creative provision in the Assembly Republican “Forward” agenda released in early September is the pledge to provide every high school freshman with a computer or tablet to connect them with the internet. “We understand technology is changing the way our schools operate,” the Assembly GOP plan reads. “Students use fewer textbooks and have more online assignments and readings.” It’s an ambitious idea, especially given the cost of equipping about 65,000 high school freshmen per year with a laptop or tablet. The harder trick is reliably connecting those students and their freshly minted computers with the internet. That’s especially...
Fund to pump millions into faster broadband connections in rural Wisconsin

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

By Rick Barrett of the Journal Sentinel Three telecom companies will receive more than $570 million in government subsidies to expand fast Internet service in rural Wisconsin through 2020, with a goal of reaching about 230,000 households. The money is from the Connect America Fund II program administered by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC says it plans to spend more than $10 billion nationwide to subsidize broadband expansions through 2020, using money that telecommunications customers pay as part of the $4.5 billion-a-year Universal Service Fund. Wisconsin is second only to California in the dollar amount allocated to states from the CAF II program,...
Inside Wisc: Broadband expansion is connection to rural Wisconsin’s prosperity

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

by Tech Council | Sep 9, 2016 | Featured, Inside Wisconsin, NEWSROOM, Tech Council News | By Tom Still MADISON – A creative provision in the Assembly Republican “Forward” agenda released in early September is the pledge to provide every high school freshman with a computer or tablet to connect them with the internet. “We understand technology is changing the way our schools operate,” the Assembly GOP plan reads. “Students use fewer textbooks and have more online assignments and readings.” It’s an ambitious idea, especially given the cost of equipping about 65,000 high school freshmen per year with a laptop or tablet. The harder trick...
Healthy Sand

Monday, September 19, 2016

When a discussion about going green happens, the most frequent topics are cutting back on emissions. While, at its core, that is what going green is about, it stands for something greater - it stands for health, safety, and protecting the future of our communities. The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) is an organization that was formed in 2012 to promote safe and environmentally responsible sand mining standards. With friends and partners across the United States, WISA aims to work with local and state governments to bring about a healthy future for an industry that employs thousands. To learn more about WISA,...
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.
Report: State's job climate has returned to pre-Recession levels

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It has taken nearly a decade, but Wisconsin’s job picture has finally returned to levels it had reached before the Great Recession began in late 2007, a report says. Wisconsin has 2.94 million jobs — more than ever before — and unemployment has fallen to 4.2 percent statewide as of July, down from a peak of more than 9 percent in 2009, the report by the UW-Madison Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS) said. “The long shadow of the Great Recession is finally lifting in Wisconsin,” said COWS. But long-term inequalities continue, the report said. Among them: Black people in Wisconsin are three times as likely...
UW-River Falls to offer Entrepreneurial Training Program

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-River Falls will be offering an Entrepreneurial Training Program beginning Oct. 12 to prepare potential entrepreneurs to start their own business and owners of existing businesses to improve or grow their business. The ten-week program will be held Wednesday evenings at the UWRF Hudson Center, 2501 Hanley Road, Hudson. Topics will include: The Lean Start Up method, business plans, finances, record keeping, legal issues, marketing, social media and human resource topics. ADVERTISING Sessions will last from 6-8:30 p.m. and will include subject specialist guest speakers, instruction and coaching. At the end of the ten weeks, students will...
Badgerland Financial's merger plans include a bigger, and better, company

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If a proposed merger of Prairie du Sac’s Badgerland Financial and two other financial associations focused on agriculture and rural interests is approved, it would create one of the largest Farm Credit organizations in the country. What’s more important to Badgerland president and chief executive officer Diane Cole is how the extra service and other opportunities formed by the combined strengths of Badgerland, 1st Farm Credit Services, of Normal, Illinois, and AgStar Financial Services, of Mankato, Minnesota, will benefit all of their members. “Our goal is not to be bigger, it is to be better,” she said. That’s almost guaranteed for a new...
A Partner in Pierce

Monday, September 12, 2016

When looking for a region for your new or expanding business, there are a number of factors to look into - one of those factors is the partnership qualities of the region’s EDC. The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation has been working hard to create long lasting relationships not only through their region, but the state. Their list of business partners include over thirty companies and the PCEDC works closely with over 20 other EDCs, educational centers, and government agencies. These partnerships prove that not only can the Pierce County EDC provide your business with an extensive network overflowing with professional...
UWRF seeks career fair exhibitors

Thursday, September 08, 2016

By Pierce County Herald newsroom on Sep 5, 2016 at 12:05 p.m. RIVER FALLS -- The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is seeking employer involvement for the Fall Career Fair to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 in the University Center on campus. The Career Fair gives students the opportunity to meet and network with potential employers. Students can learn about internship and career opportunities with employers who relate to their area of study. “I gained an invaluable experience speaking with professionals in my field of interest, gaining a better understanding of the jobs which are available to me and...
Creamery plans second expansion in 3 years

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

ELLSWORTH -- The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery recently announced an expansion to the Ellsworth production facility will soon get underway and continue through early 2017. Construction trailers have already arrived at the facility and foundation work began after Labor Day.   CEO/Manager Paul Bauer said the 28,000 square foot expansion will increase capacity at the facility by adding additional cooler and dry storage space, some of which has been designed to be  converted into cooler space in the future, if needed. In addition, new production space will allow the facility to better keep up with “value-added” product demand. The term value?added refers to the...
Teamwork

Monday, September 05, 2016

What do a professional football team, the Avengers, and the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation have in common? They all use teamwork and partnerships to accomplish incredible tasks. While the PCEDC has a long list of partners (found here: http://www.pcedc.com/pierce/partners), there are a few that are incredibly important to the regions economic success:  WEDC, WEDA, and WHEDA. Each organization brings an extensive network, as well as tools, information, and programs to help businesses across Wisconsin succeed. To learn more about the Pierce County Economic Development Group or their partners, visit the websites listed below: WEDC: http://inwisconsin.com/ WEDA: http://www.weda.org/ WHEDA: https://www.wheda.com/
Bending Metal for you

Monday, August 29, 2016

Bend, roll, and mold metal to fit your needs - or at the very least, hire J & S Machine, Inc. to do it for you. Created in 1998 to meet requests for machine service, upgrades, retrofits, and new machine control package designing, J & S Machine, Inc. has a history of exceptional customer service. Open at all hours for both inhouse repairs and over the phone service, J & S prides themselves on their ability to help customers regardless of their needs. Located in Ellsworth Wisconsin places them less than an hour from MSP airport, and they welcome customers and...
Electric Propane

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hank Hill here with your propane and propane accessories. Okay, not Hank Hill, but Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services. Based in Ellsworth Wisconsin, Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services offers electric services to homes and businesses throughout Pierce, Pepin, St. Croix, and Buffalo Counties. They also offer propane services through their subsidiary, making them a leader in providing reliable energy for local communities. To become 1 of over 6,600 members in the Pierce Pepin Cooperative, be sure to visit their website (https://www.piercepepin.com/content/about-us) or the Pierce County EDC partners page, here: http://www.pcedc.com/pierce/partners/?item=13767
Phillips-Medisize to be acquired by Molex LLC

Friday, August 19, 2016

Phillips-Medisize Corporation (Phillips-Medisize), a global leader in outsource design, development and manufacturing services for the medical industry announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement to be acquired by Molex LLC (Molex), a global manufacturer of complete interconnect solutions. Phillips-Medisize is a portfolio company of San Francisco, CA-based Golden Gate Capital, a private equity investment firm with approximately $15 billion of capital under management. Molex designs and manufactures electronic, electrical and fiber optic systems and solutions. As one of the world’s largest interconnect companies, Molex employs over 40,000 people in more than 40 countries. “Molex and Phillips-Medisize share a similar...
'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 (facebook.com/discoverwisconsin). 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.
Are students ready for life after school?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Are students these days ready for the real world when they graduate high school/college? Do they know how to balance a checkbook, pay bills, make a budget or realize what things cost? Do they know the ramifications and costs of substance abuse, having children or buying a new fancy car while working an entry level job? The answer in most cases is no. That is where Reality Check comes in. Ellsworth Middle School principal Jon Dodge and school board member Katie Feuerhelm have been working with Mary Wood, the UW-Extension family living agent of Pepin/Buffalo counties, who implemented Reality Check in 2005. Click...
Area eatery featured on 'Discover Wisconsin'

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Eight unique dining destinations celebrating Wisconsin’s agricultural diversity will be featured in an upcoming episode of the nation’s longest-running tourism TV Show, Discover Wisconsin. “Destination Dining” airs Aug. 6-7 and was produced in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) and Discover Wisconsin. The program airs Saturday, August 6 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Visit http://discoverwisconsin.com/broadcast-guide/ for local airtimes. “Destination Dining” may also be streamed online. “Wisconsin is well-known for its award-winning cheese and beautiful scenery,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, director of local market communications for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. “The destinations featured in this episode provide unique local...
Hines celebrates 50 years on the job

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Joe Hines had no idea a lifelong career would follow a request from his father to lend some help to the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery in 1966 following its cheese production expansion. Back then, the 18-year-old Hines was working in construction and helping out on farms in the area. The creamery called Hines’ dad one day and asked if he knew anyone interested in working at the newly-expanded creamery. The dairy farmer volunteered his son, who that day was out helping a neighbor on his farm. “I was out bailing hay for a neighbor,” Hines recalled. “He comes and says, ‘I’ll finish bailing....
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 WalletHub.com. 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.
Equalized values released by Department of Revenue

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) has released its annual Equalized Value Report. The report shows that Wisconsin’s total statewide equalized property value as of Jan. 1, 2016, was $505 billion, a 3 percent increase over the prior year. Equalized Values are based on data from Jan. 1, 2015, to Jan. 1, 2016. Wisconsin residential property was valued at $354 billion as of Jan. 1, 2016, an increase of 2.9 percent, or $9.9 billion. The 2.9 percent increase marks the third consecutive year of positive gains in residential home values. The DOR report also shows construction activity continues an upward trend. Wisconsin added $7.1 billion...
Demand for broadband: Fill out a survey!

Monday, August 15, 2016

MADISON -- State officials are asking area residents to take another survey concerning high speed internet access. The State Broadband Office at the Wisconsin Public Service Commission announced the release of its “High Speed Internet Access Demand Survey” Aug. 2. This is a chance for those frustrated about lack of or poor quality internet and broadband services in this area to voice their opinions. “The goal of the survey is to help state planners and policy makers better understand consumer demand for internet access in Wisconsin,” a press release states. State officials at a broadband meeting held at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services July 13...
Near Future

Monday, August 15, 2016

It’s often said that children are the future, and in your near future, college graduates will be your next employees or running a new businesses near you. In either case, the Center for Innovation and Business Development allows your business to begin working with the near future now. With programs to work alongside both undergrads and grad students, your business can find advice, assistance, and support from the generation that will soon be entering the workforce. For a full list of details on how to contact the Center for Innovation and Business Development, or how they might aid your business, head on...
Changing for the Future

Monday, August 08, 2016

As the businesses of Pierce County continue to grow, develop, and expand, the PCEDC is able to grow, develop, and expand. The most recent changes to the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation have been online - through our website (http://www.pcedc.com/pierce). Created to be organized and easy to use, the website offers new and expanding businesses a convenient location to find financial incentives, shovel-ready sites, business partners, information on local communities, and even post job offerings. But expanding online isn’t our only sign of growth - we’ve recently moved into the south hall of the University of River Falls. Close at hand to...
Take a Tour

Monday, August 01, 2016

Whether you’re a business dedicated to tourism or simply enjoy out of town customers, it’s easy to see that the more tourists there are, the better Wisconsin does. In order to discuss changes and award exceptional performances for tourism-based businesses, the state of Wisconsin holds an annual conference dedicated to tourism. Held every march, the Governor’s Conference on Tourism looks to bring businesses together through recognizing current success while planning for the future. To learn more, visit the WIGCOT2016 website (https://wigcot.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/wigcot2016/wigcot2016), or to learn how the Pierce County EDC can help your business, visit their website here: http://www.pcedc.com/pierce
Raynee Farrell celebrates 40 years at Bank Mutual!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

By Sarah Young Today at 8:32 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- It’s just another day as Bank Office Manager at Bank Mutual in Ellsworth for Raynee Farrell. “It seems like a blink of an eye since I was standing here in July 1976 as a teller in this office,” Farrell said as she celebrates her 40th year with the bank. Only eight months after starting in the position, Farrell got engaged and married her husband Tom in 1977. She moved on from Bank Mutual, having already made good friends, but said her goodbyes after a brief time with the bank. However, she was back to work...
A Bartender’s Advice

Monday, July 25, 2016

Television would have you believe that when you’re down on your luck and in need of advice, the best place to go is a bar, where you can find a nice cold beer and expert life advice. While that may not always be true in real life, it is true that at Common Man Brewing Inc., you can find a nice cold beer. As an added bonus, the owner and founder is Russ Korpela. Russ has over 20 years of experience in marketing and special event management, working as a director for both Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce and Momentum West. Now,...
As workforce challenges grow, ‘family friendly’ companies may have edge

Monday, July 25, 2016

TOM STILL | Wisconsin Technology Council president Jul 24, 2016  When Mark Tyler thinks about the future of Wisconsin’s economy, he worries there won’t be enough workers to keep it humming. “We’re transitioning from a ‘skills gap’ problem to what is now a ‘people gap’ problem, meaning the number of working-age people in the workforce is starting to retract,” said Tyler, who co-founded OEM Fabricators Inc. in Woodville and heads a statewide task force on workforce innovation. “We must do the most with what we’ve got, and not leave any talent on the sidelines,” he said. That’s why Tyler and other business leaders in...
BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 49,900 Private Sector Jobs Year- Over-Year, including 10,900 in June

Monday, July 25, 2016

State unemployment rate holds at a 15-year low of 4.2% and is 0.7 percentage points below US rate MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revisions for May and preliminary estimates for June covering employment and job statistics for the state of Wisconsin. In brief, the seasonally adjusted estimates show: Place of work data: Based on preliminary data, the state added a statistically significant 49,900 private sector jobs from June 2015 to June 2016, including a one-month gain of 10,900 jobs in June. Other significant changes include monthly and year-over-year increases in manufacturing at 2,300 and...
State Awards $2.3 Million to Communities to Help Redevelop Idle Industrial Sites

Monday, July 25, 2016

Green Bay, Madison, Oshkosh, Kimberly, Muskego to receive funding to assist in spurring new development on vacant, abandoned parcels MADISON, WI. July 21, 2016 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today announced that five communities will receive $2.3 million in state grants to help redevelop abandoned industrial sites throughout Wisconsin. Madison, Kimberly and Muskego each have been awarded $500,000 under the state’s Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program. Green Bay will receive $425,000, and Oshkosh has been awarded $375,000 under the program, which is administered by WEDC. “Some of these vacant sites have been eyesores for over a decade and have stood in...
UW-RF Small Business Development Center serves Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties

Monday, July 25, 2016

By New Richmond Newsroom on Jul 22, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. Danielle Campeau, Julie Fronmueller and Katherine Fossler. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Small Business Development Center offers no-cost consulting services for entrepreneurs and established small businesses in Polk, St. Croix and Pierce counties. “Business development needs are continuing to grow in the St. Croix Valley and I’m thrilled about the team we have to support continued economic growth in our thriving region,” said Danielle Campeau, director of the Center for Innovation and Business Development that houses the Small Business Development Center at UW-River Falls. “The Small Business Development Center is an invaluable resource...
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary's Message!

Monday, July 25, 2016

  SECRETARY'S MESSAGE Hello Friends,    Last week, the northern counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn, along with the Bad River Tribe, experienced massive flooding due to severe storms. We continue to hear stories of neighbors helping neighbors, business owners going above and beyond and real acts of heroism in these communities. The Department continues to encourage visitors to move forward with their vacation plans, and we’ve shared contact information for local tourism organizations, visitor centers, the DNR, and road conditions on TravelWisconsin.com and on the Travel Wisconsin Facebook and Twitter accounts.    In late June, I had the pleasure of...
Nutrition nonprofit brings healthy food, cooking confidence to food pantries

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

By Molly Kinney on Jul 18, 2016 at 4:36 p.m. When Karyn English got the idea to start Better Bites, she wasn’t sure which group of people to focus on. All she knew is there’s a tremendous need for healthy food options for disadvantaged people in western Wisconsin. Better Bites Saint Croix Valley was founded almost a year ago in July 2015 in Hudson. It’s dedicated to bringing healthy food options to people and families who use food pantries, where fruits and vegetables are not usually the most plentiful offerings. The organization is open to distributing throughout St. Croix, Pierce and Polk...
Plum City referendum given green light

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

By Sarah Young on Jul 19, 2016 at 11:08 a.m. PLUM CITY -- Plum City School District voters will have two referendum questions on the Nov. 8 ballot after resolutions were passed Monday night by the Plum City School Board. The board will ask voters two questions: To authorize the school district budget to exceed revenue limits by $300,000 per year for five years for non-recurring purposes. To authorize the school district to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2 million. “We have attempted every means to balance the budget, be conservative in spending and make cuts,” Baier said Tuesday. “We...
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board Elects Officers, Welcomes New Members

Monday, July 18, 2016

STEVENS POINT, WI. July 14, 2016 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board of Directors today elected new officers at its meeting at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  Lisa Mauer, CEO of Rickert Industries in Milwaukee, who has more than 25 years of private-sector management experience, was elected president of the board. She replaces Dan Ariens, president and CEO of the Ariens Co., who was elected vice chairman.  Nancy Hernandez, president and founder of ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing and Communication, was re-elected secretary, and David Drury, a partner with Milwaukee-based Wing Capital Group, was re-elected treasurer.  Mauer is the former owner of three...
Agency Actions: Dairy Farm Expansion Underscores Importance of Strong Financial Institutions

Monday, July 18, 2016

As part of our Cabinet on the Road in Western Wisconsin, where over 100 events were held in ten counties over the course of two days, Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Deputy Secretary Jay Risch received an up-close look at the Benitz Farm LLC dairy operation. Benitz Farm, located near Maiden Rock, recently expanded and modernized its operations with financing assistance from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) and Security Financial Bank of Durand. Security Financial Bank requested WHEDA provide $1.3 million in loan participation, on a one-year $3.3 million construction loan. WHEDA approved the loan, which allowed for a...
Genesis

Monday, July 18, 2016

Are you a new or expanding business that is looking into going international but you’re not sure how to do it? Try asking the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation to help you get in touch with Genesis Industries, Incorporated. Originally a Wisconsin based company built to create and manufacture high-quality plastic containers for veterinarians, Genesis Industries has grown exponentially over their 30 years of operation. Now with locations in both England and Australia, Genesis Industries continues to develop high-quality products with fast delivery, competitive pricing, and technical innovation. For more information on Genesis Industries, or how the PCEDC can help your new...
Slow road to rural broadband continues

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

By Michael Brun on Jul 11, 2016 at 6:35 p.m. Wisconsin Chief Information Officer David Cagigal outlines the state’s broadband strategy Monday July 11, 2016, at a discussion hosted by Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services in Ellsworth. (photo by Michael Brun) ELLSWORTH — State technology officials offered no quick solutions Monday for bringing broadband connections to rural communities, but restated their commitment to address the longstanding problem. There are plans in motion to expand access to high-speed internet service across the state, Wisconsin Chief Information Officer David Cagigal told a gathering of government and business representatives at Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services — though he...
Small Business, Big Heart

Monday, July 11, 2016

Raising a small business from the ground up is like raising a child - you put your life, money, and heart into it, and if it fails, you’re left with nothing. The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation exists so that you don’t have to worry about your small business failing. With partners across Wisconsin, they can help you find funding, a shovel-ready site, potential business associates, and advice from experienced business owners. One of the organizations Pierce County can help you contact is the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. The Center provides entrepreneurs with information,...
Ellsworth Chamber joined the WEDC Connect Communities Program!

Thursday, July 07, 2016

CONNECT COMMUNITIES WHERE THE PATH TO REVITALIZATION BEGINS Downtowns and historic commercial districts play an important role in their communities and in Wisconsin’s overall economy, functioning not only as prominent employment and business centers, but oftentimes as the historic foundation of the municipalities they serve. Successful commercial districts don’t just happen. They need to be planned and nurtured. Their prosperity requires interest and action from many stakeholders who share a vision for the community. Connect Communities helps local leaders leverage the unique assets of their downtowns and commercial districts, providing access to resources and networking opportunities to local leaders interested in starting a...
Shifting gears, truck driving school expands to Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

By Ricky Campbell on Jul 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. TOWN OF MARTELL -- Hoping to target aspiring Wisconsin truckers, Interstate Truck Driving School, based in South St. Paul, is looking to expand its course offerings to a new site in the Town of Martell near the intersection of U.S. Highway 63 and state Highway 29. An existing building at N8143 Highway 63 will serve as the school’s classroom and two semi-trailers are expected to be brought onto the site, which is just northwest of the Red Barn store. After getting the green light to offer professional tractor trailer manual transmission courses...
A Bright Future

Monday, July 04, 2016

One of the most convincing reasons to enter into a partnership with organizations like the PCEDC is knowing that your business’ future is being looked after. To maintain a successful future for your business, PCEDC attends conferences year round that help them stay in touch with local communities, as well as state and federal representatives. One of these conferences, the Governor’s Small Business Summit, brings small business owners and entrepreneurs together with the Governor to discuss current topics of interest. For more information on the WHEDA and the Governor’s Small Business Summit, follow this link (http://www.wheda.com/smallbizsummit/). And to contact the Pierce County...
A new report blasts the state's manufacturing and ag tax credit for going over cost estimates while doing "little to promote job creation."

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A new report blasts the state's manufacturing and ag tax credit for going over cost estimates while doing "little to promote job creation."  The report, from the Wisconsin Budget Project, found the tax credit will cut revenues by $284 million when it's fully phased in next fiscal year. That's more than double the $129 million the Legislative Fiscal Bureau had projected for FY 2017 when the tax credit passed in 2011.  The credit reduces the amount of income taxes businesses or individuals have to pay for any manufacturing and ag activity. The report calls it a "boon for the wealthy," finding 78...
Another data point helping UW's argument came through a new Money Magazine report, which ranked UW-Madison in the top 10 for the number of Fortune 500 CEOs it's produced.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Another data point helping UW's argument came through a new Money Magazine report, which ranked UW-Madison in the top 10 for the number of Fortune 500 CEOs it's produced.  UW-Madison was one of three public colleges to make the list, which the magazine said is "little surprise" given the university's strong business and engineering programs and its reputation as a top state flagship campus.  UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the ranking shows the university prepares people for the world's top jobs, which require "nimbleness across a wide set of skills."  The alumni named in the list include: Kimberly-Clark's Thomas Falk, Halliburton's David Lesar,...
Footprint Outlined for New Elementary School

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

By Sarah Young on Jun 22, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- The new centrally located elementary school design in Ellsworth is beginning to take shape. Ellsworth School Board members were presented a preliminary schematic design for the new building at the June 13 board meeting. The schematic design phase is the “big picture,” or “footprint of the building,” said Matt Frisbie of Ayres Associates. “It identifies the spaces within the building. We will be whittling it down with more detail. We are still shooting for this fall to be pushing dirt.” The proposed two-story building will house grades 4K-5, each grade with a...
Travel Center opened at Flat Pennies in Bay City, WI!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Flat Pennies Ice Cream opens new Travel Center in caboose! Stop down and find interesting brochures, fun tourism ideas and pick up a hot dog, hot beef sandwich, or an ice cream while you are looking! Flat Pennies website can be found here.  
UW System President Ray Cross says he and other higher ed leaders need to do a better job partnering with industry to build support for the state's colleges.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UW System President Ray Cross says he and other higher ed leaders need to do a better job partnering with industry to build support for the state's colleges.  That's because, Cross told a Wisconsin Innovation Network luncheon yesterday, the economic benefits that higher education brings are often not well understood by the public or politicians. That includes the life-changing research breakthroughs and the intellectual property that generates hundreds of millions of dollars, spurs new companies and adds thousands of jobs.  Even less appreciated, he said, are efforts by universities to not only train students for existing jobs, but to teach critical thinking...
Make a Sandwich

Monday, June 27, 2016

The five step process for making a sandwich is rather straightforward. Find some bread – preferably two slices. Find some meat and place it between the bread. Include a vegetable or two. Add a sauce of some kind. Cut the sandwich in half. Lunch prepared! Starting a new business venture can be slightly more complicated. According to entrepreneur.com, there are five important steps to consider before beginning a new business: awareness of new ideas, creating a business plan, finding appropriate funding, searching for a suitable location, and preparing for the right customers. While there are only five steps, they can all seem...
Trinity Steel

Monday, June 27, 2016

Have you ever seen a train, or a construction site, and wondered who makes all the steel that goes into our infrastructure? Well, you’re in luck! Trinity Industries, Inc. is a leading manufacturer in nearly everything to do with our infrastructure. With the recent purchase of Thomas and Betts in Hagar City, Trinity industries has established a local location that focuses on steel structures. In the past few years, the business has already produced steel for multiple projects that span North and South Dakota, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin. Trinity Industries isn’t limited by one location, though, as they have business...
Elmwood plans treatment plant open house

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By Lorna Ross Today at 10:49 a.m. ELMWOOD -- The public is invited to an open house at the Elmwood wastewater treatment plant 1-5 p.m. Friday, June 24 where tours of the new facility will be given. Representatives from the DNR, Staab Construction, Foth Engineering and Elmwood Public Works will be hand to answer questions. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. All are welcome to attend this free event. Only a few more approvals and changes are needed for the wastewater treatment plant to be on its own, reported Elmwood village officials at the June 13 meeting. A draw request for Staab Construction and...
Diving In

Monday, June 20, 2016

Every line of work requires appropriate preparation before leaping off the diving board. There is a required level of awareness about when to jump, what form to follow on the way into the water, as well as the knowledge about how to swim once in the water. According to entrepreneur.com, there are five important steps to consider before starting a new business: awareness of new ideas, creating a business plan, finding appropriate funding, searching for a suitable location, and preparing for the right customers. Each of these steps is equally important, all with their own issues to be handled. Together, it can...
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.
International Experience

Monday, June 20, 2016

How many people do you know that are 150 years old? How about businesses? An international corporation based out of Germany, Henkel employees over 50,000 employees across 120 nations. What does that have to do with Pierce County, Wisconsin? Recently, Henkel acquired The Bergquist Company, a local leader in thermal products. With 150 years of experience across the globe, Henkel brings their innovation, performance, and customer satisfaction to Pierce County. Partnering with the Pierce County EDC gives new and expanding businesses a potential ally that brings an immense amount of success and experience to the table. For more information on Pierce County...
Wisconsin Adds 45,900 Private Sector Jobs Year Over-Year including 9,700 in Month of May

Monday, June 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 16, 2016 CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722 On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WIWorkforce On Twitter: @WIWorkforce BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 45,900 Private Sector Jobs YearOver-Year including 9,700 in Month of May The state's unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, its lowest rate since March 2001, and the number of unemployed dropped to its lowest point in 15 years MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revisions for April and preliminary estimates for May covering unemployment and employment statistics for the state of Wisconsin. In brief, the seasonally adjusted estimates show: Place of work data: Based on preliminary data, the...
Counties for Economic Development

Monday, June 13, 2016

For years, the government of Wisconsin has been working towards economic development that will lead to a dependable and stable economy for everyone across the state. Multiple non-profit organizations have been funded throughout the years, many of which are still functioning today. In 1971, the counties of Baron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, and St. Croix created the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission under the Wisconsin State Statute 66.0309. The organization has worked towards many of the same goals as Momentum West, striving to make these counties a community that is desired by both businesses and workers. Now, as Momentum...
Handmade

Monday, June 13, 2016

Do you prefer handmade clothes, or factory made? What about rugs? The success of Etsy, and websites like it, proves that there is a large market for people who prefer handmade items. In fact, that market reaches across the world. Two denizens local to Wisconsin, Mary Ann Wise and Jody Slocum came together to found Cultural Cloth. The business finds and works with nonprofits and independent artists across 17 countries to develop and produce handmade, distinctive home decor and personal accessories. Cultural Cloth works to support women in developing countries, bringing much desired products to the market at large. To learn more...
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...
Tech college grads find quick employment as salaries grow

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tech college grads find quick employment as salaries grow June 2, 2016 By Erin Eagan Let’s be honest, parents. You love your children, but that doesn’t mean you want them living at home well into their 20s. You want them to learn the skills for today’s job market. In a recent survey, Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges asked parents of middle and high school students what they wanted for their kids once they graduated from high school. According to the Parents’ Perception Research study, in which more that 600 parents across all 72 Wisconsin counties were surveyed, the number one thing parents want for their children...
Meet your hosts for the Pierce County Dairy Breakfast!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

ELLSWORTH -- With a statewide initiative to promote the dairy industry in June, Pierce County is doing its part by hosting a “Dairy Breakfast On The Farm” June 18. This year’s host for the breakfast is the LeAllen Huppert Farms, located just west of Ellsworth on State Highway 10. Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Bring your appetites to enjoy Dad’s Belgian Waffles, sausages, ice cream, deep-fried cheese curds, milk and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 6-12, free for 5 years old and under. Watch for directional signs to guide you. ADVERTISING A highlight...
Wisconsin Receives National Award for Economic Development

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

WISCONSIN RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Area Development magazine ranks Wisconsin one of the top states for job creation MADISON, WI. June 7, 2016—Area Development, a leading national publication covering site selection and facility planning, announced that Wisconsin is a recipient of its 2016 “Silver Shovel Award,” which recognizes excellence in economic development. SilverLogo “It is an honor for Wisconsin to be recognized as a leader in job creation,” said Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). “The 2016 Silver Shovel Award underscores the sound strategy we have in place to drive economic development in Wisconsin.” Area Development’s Shovel...
Education in the Workplace

Monday, June 06, 2016

For many, the word education refers to our school system - elementary through university. But the actual definition of education refers to teaching and learning - something that happens constantly in a work environment. As the world changes and develops, so does the workplace, and Pierce County Economic Development Corporation works to keep your business prepared for these changes. In conjunction with the WEDA and the WEDC, the Pierce County EDC participates in annual conferences that encourage the exchange of information, skills, and the preparation of individuals to bring about statewide economic development. To learn more about what these conferences specifically entail,...
As Long-lasting as Concrete

Monday, May 30, 2016

When starting a new business, there are so many immediate issues to tackle that it can be difficult to think about the future - but Wisconsin has proven that new businesses in the area can survive and succeed for years to come. In 1965, John H. Wieser founded Wieser Concrete. The organization has grown and developed from a single employee to over 100 employees that service customers across North America. In 1999, Dan Wieser took over the company, continuing the legacy that the company was built upon. Furthermore, Dan Wieser is a member of the board of directors for Pierce County...
AmericInn project looking for investors

Thursday, May 26, 2016

By Sarah Young on May 25, 2016 at 8:39 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- The AmericInn Hotel brand is committed to building in Ellsworth, said franchise development manager Michelle Vander Vegte Monday night. Local investors are needed to get the project off the ground. AmericInn development representatives addressed potential hotel investors and the Village of Ellsworth Parks, Recreation & Development Committee members at a Monday night meeting. After a seemingly stagnant period, the project is ready to move on to the next step, which is looking for investors’ level of commitment, Vander Vegte said. “The city (village) didn’t feel like it was moving anywhere,” Vander Vegte said...
Wild Side: It's hard to be a bee in Wisconsin

Thursday, May 26, 2016

By rfjnews Today at 9:04 a.m. Pierce County was once famous for its beekeepers and honey production. Hives around here averaged more than 80 pounds of honey each year. Light basswood tree flower honey was particularly prized. Hayfields with clover provided plenty of forage for bees. Fruit orchards were buzzing during blossom time and pollination was not a problem. Now both domestic and wild bees are in trouble. Last year the honeybee colony die-off rate in Wisconsin was among the highest in the nation, over 60 percent. In addition to the domestic honeybee there about 500 species of wild bees in Wisconsin...
Locating a Location

Monday, May 23, 2016

The more success your business finds, the more your business needs to expand, and as your business expands, you’ll find yourself repeating the steps you went through as a new business. Find financial aid, find partners, and most importantly, find a location. Pierce County is prepared to help both new and expanding businesses find a shovel ready site as quickly as possible. With a long standing partnership with the Site Selectors Guild, the PCEDC can provide interested businesses with the most up-to-date information on the best locations. To learn more about the SSG, the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation, or to view...
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...
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...
Xcel Energy donation pushes Confluence fundraising near goal

Friday, May 20, 2016

A $250,000 donation from Xcel Energy announced Tuesday will kick off a final push that local officials hope will bring private fundraising for the Confluence Arts Center to the $15 million goal by the time construction is scheduled to begin in September. “We’re on the last leg of our local fundraising,” said Wally Rogers, fundraising coordinator for the public-private partnership behind the Confluence Project. “We’re aiming for 100 contributions from 100 local businesses in the next 100 days.” Click here for the complete article.
Resident Offers Land Compromise to Village Officials

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BAY CITY -- “I’m willing to give up something for the village to have something nice,” said Bay City resident David Meixner. “I’m not opposed to a trail, but I don’t want to give up everything.” Meixner said this to the Herald Monday, five days after he made the Bay City Village Board an offer, in hopes of settling a months-long dispute concerning his 3.75 acres of land along an inlet of the Mississippi River in Bay City. In April, village board officials approved a measure to develop a 1.1-mile walking trail along that inlet, through land owned by Meixner, a nature...
Counting on your County

Monday, May 16, 2016

Momentum West is dedicated to the economic development of the Western region of Wisconsin. It is their desire to bring companies, counties, and businesses together to develop something successful and sustainable. They are here to help, and with their aid, Western Wisconsin is on an up-swing. Yet, M West is but one piece of a whole. The United States is one country out of many – Wisconsin is but one state out of fifty. While Momentum West strives to make Wisconsin a productive, developing region, they would not be able to do it without the support of the counties throughout the...
So Cheesey

Monday, May 16, 2016

Are you ready for a cheesy one liner? How about a pun full of cheese? Maybe you would prefer some of the best made cheese in the United States? With two locations in Wisconsin (Ellsworth and Comstock), The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has been manufacturing dairy products for over 100 years. With the primary business focusing on cheese and cheese curds, The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery sells their product on location seven days a week, online, or through local grocery stores. To learn more about the cheesy deliciousness of The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, visit their website (http://www.ellsworthcheese.com/Home) or take a look at their Pierce...
2015 Chief Executive Best & Worst States for Business

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The results of our 11th annual survey clearly show that CEOs favor states that foster growth through progressive business development programs, low taxes and a quality living environment. See how your state fared below. Click here for the full state listing.
Partners

Monday, May 09, 2016

The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation works hard to provide local businesses with the resources needed for success, growth, and development. Their main approach? Partners. One of the main goals of the PCEDC is to create a consistent and supportive relationship between businesses and local communities. They have partners across Wisconsin, both in the form of businesses and government agencies. As an added bonus, they are apart of larger organizations that extend the reach of the Pierce County businesses, both in the form of Momentum West and St. Croix Valley Alliance. To learn more about the Pierce County EDC partner’s, supportive organizations,...
WISCONSIN TOURISM EXPERIENCES NEARLY $1 BILLION INCREASE IN 2015

Monday, May 09, 2016

WISCONSIN TOURISM EXPERIENCES NEARLY $1 BILLION INCREASE IN 2015     Pierce County, Wis. (May 9th, 2016) – For the travelers that helped Wisconsin  achieve a nearly $1 billion increase in tourism economic impact in 2015, it’s all about the fun and memories. For the state’s tourism industry, it’s big business. And for taxpayers and residents, it’s all about jobs and tax revenue those travelers generate. A study conducted by Tourism Economics shows the impact of tourism on the state’s economy was $19.3 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.4 percent from the previous year. Below is a graph four the St Croix Valley showing the four county breakdown...
Wisconsin Tourism Experiences Nearly $1 Billion Increase in 2015

Monday, May 09, 2016

For the travelers that helped Wisconsin achieve a nearly $1 billion increase in tourism economic impact in 2015, it’s all about the fun and memories. For the state’s tourism industry, it’s big business. And for taxpayers and residents, it’s all about jobs and tax revenue those travelers generate. A study conducted by Tourism Economics shows the impact of tourism on the state’s economy was $19.3 billion in 2015, an increase of 4.4 percent from the previous year. Below is a graph four the St Croix Valley showing the four county breakdown and unfortunately a decrease in Pierce County. Click here to...
Momentum West tackles regional workforce shortage.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Momentum West tackles regional workforce shortage JUDITH MUNSON Chippewa Valley Business Report  May 2, 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...
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....
Live and Learn

Monday, May 02, 2016

As long as we live, we learn. We learn through school, our friends, the internet, and most importantly, work. In Pierce County, the PCEDC continues to expand your knowledge by expanding their own. Members and partners of the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation attend events, conferences, and trade shows to continuously develop and learn so that they might continue to support you, your business, and your employees. To learn more about these events, visit the PCEDC website (http://www.pcedc.com/pierce), or follow the links provided below: Site Selectors Guild: http://www.siteselectorsguild.com/conference WEDA: http://www.weda.org/ WEDC: http://www.weda.org/?page=Gov_Conf Governor's Conference on Tourism: https://wigcot.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/wigcot2016/wigcot2016
The Innovation Foundation

Monday, May 02, 2016

Momentum West prides themselves on their ability to create partnerships among new and expanding businesses. With a goal of economic development across Western Wisconsin, it is essential to create quality communities willing to work together to create an innovative environment. Wisely, Momentum West knows that creating partnerships among other companies isn’t the only answer. With many partnerships of their own, M West leads by example, doing everything they can to help their clients succeed throughout Western Wisconsin. One such partnership exists with Innovation Foundation and other regional financiers to promote entrepreneurship. This means that regardless of the needs of a business, Momentum...
Broadband: will it go rural?

Thursday, April 28, 2016

“I don’t want to promise you fiber where fiber is not going to come,” said Kent Disch, AT&T Wisconsin external affairs director, when speaking to Ellsworth, Wisconsin, community leaders. Pierce County business leaders and elected officials gathered with telecommunication-company representatives and local cooperatives to push for resolution to Internet problems. Business leaders asked companies why they would not or could not bring services to businesses that were more than willing to pay. A concrete company owner said his company is growing but lack of good broadband “is a bottleneck.” Broadband is needed to prosper. Click here for the complete article.
Lawton bar owner preserves bar, store history

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Receipts from Sather’s Cash Store, orders for Lawton Creamery scratched onto a notepad, photos of people posing in front of the old Coke sign plastered on the northern face of the general store, drink tickets luring visitors to pick them up, news articles, a memo from the old box factory. Where can you find all these items saved from Lawton’s history? Displayed beneath a protective clear coating on the bartop at Kenny’s Lawton Bar in the town of Ellsworth at the corner of County Road N and Highway 63. Click here for the complete article.
Pierce County taps River Falls nonprofit to lead criminal justice initiative

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A coalition of agencies, law enforcement and judicial officials is turning to the St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice (SCVRJ) program and its chief, Susan Capparelli, for guidance, hoping to improve the quality of criminal justice issues in Pierce County. Pierce County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) hired SCVRJ for its administrative prowess and ability to better coordinate ongoing initiatives, Capparelli said. Click here for the complete article.
UW System schools fear loss of top-quality faculty

Thursday, April 28, 2016

UW System schools fear loss of top-quality faculty Catch-up raises for profs are needed, UW-Stout chancellor says at forum MENOMONIE — UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said the UW System is at a “tipping point” and a wage increase is needed to catch up with other universities and keep quality faculty. UW System Board of Regents President Regina Millner and Regent Ed Manydeeds attended a forum Wednesday at UW-Stout’s Memorial Student Center on budget cuts at the university. UW-Stout has had to slash $5.3 million a year over this biennium to meet state cuts. Fifty-five positions were eliminated, said Provost Patrick Guilfoile. Nearly 10 of...
AmericInn hopes to locate in Prescott

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

AmericInn hopes to locate in Prescott By Sarah Young Today at 11:58 a.m. Looking for a place to stay in Prescott? A hotel may soon be a reality for this River Road community. A planned AmeriCinn hotel project is looking for investors to finance a 50-room, three-story hotel on one of two sites along Highway 10 in Prescott. Click here to learn more.
Strong values lead to business success

Monday, April 25, 2016

When Dan Weiser started his concrete business 50 years ago, he never dreamed it would evolve to employ 140 people across three states. But he built the company on strong principles that helped contribute to the company’s longevity, like great customer service, cultivating good employees, and being open to learning and adapting. Weiser Concrete began as a one-man concrete company in a small Wisconsin town. Now they’re a nationally recognized supplier of precast concrete. A fine example of entrepreneurial success, the Pierce County EDC named Weiser Concrete “Large Business of the Year” in 2015. Learn more about this successful homegrown Wisconsin business!
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.
A business that gives back

Monday, April 18, 2016

When textile artists, Mary Ann Wise and Jody Slocum founded Culture Cloth in Maidenrock, Wisconsin they were thinking about more than their business’ bottom line. Culture Cloth’s mission is to economically empower women to transform themselves, their families, and communities through the sale of their unique, handcrafted goods. The company offers handmade, fair trade goods from around the world. They collaborate with independent textile artisans from 17 different developing countries. The partnership helps provide artisans with much needed income and an opportunity to reach international markets. The Pierce County EDC named Culture Cloth “Small Business of the Year” in 2015. Learn more...
Wisconsin brewery boom

Monday, April 11, 2016

Though Wisconsin is certainly no stranger to beer production, the craft beer boom is a relatively recent development. Data from 2013 put the impact of Wisconsin's craft beer industry at $856 million—that’s 13th in the nation. The Badger State is now home to 114 craft breweries. Common Man Brewing in Ellsworth is one of the more recently opened, founded in July 2014 by Pierce County EDC board member and former Momentum West director Russ Korpela. Russ has over 20 years experience in marketing and special event management. He’s also an avid home brewer and foodie. We’re sure his many skills will translate...
It’s official: shovels break ground for new jail

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Ground was broken at the project site of the future Pierce County Jail and Sheriff’s Department Thursday afternoon at 555 Overlook Dr., Ellsworth. The mood seemed playful as Pierce County Sheriff Nancy Hove, Chief Deputy Jason Matthys, Lt. Steve Albarado, Pierce County Board and Jail Ad Hoc Committee members, County administrator JoAnn Miller and other county employees and law enforcement donned hard hats and tossed snow into the air before the official groundbreaking. Click here for the complete article.
Local dining destination featured on Discover Wisconsin TV April 2-3

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Eight unique dining destinations celebrating Wisconsin’s agricultural diversity will be featured in an upcoming episode of the nation’s longest-running tourism TV Show, Discover Wisconsin. “Destination Dining” airs April 2-3 and was produced in partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) and Discover Wisconsin. The program airs Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. on WQOW 18 as well as Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. on Fox Sports Wisconsin. “Destination Dining” may also be streamed online after Saturday, April 2. Click here for the complete article.
Websites key to economic development

Monday, April 04, 2016

It’s critical today to have a website that’s up to date and easy to navigate. A good website not only transmits information, it engages people. Believe it or not, websites are key in driving economic development. A recent study showed that on a given day, the average economic development organization website has 98 visits—which converts to about one conversation every other day with a potential new business. That’s part of why PCEDO recently upgraded and redesigned our website. Our aim is to improve the environment for area business and job growth, and ultimately sustain and improve the quality of life in Pierce...
Area jobless rates are up

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Area jobless rates are up slightly By rfjnews on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:15 p.m. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary January unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties – St. Croix’s was 5%, up from 4.6% a year ago, and Pierce’s was 5.4%, up from 4.7% a year ago. Click here to learn more.
It's about time you escape to the country.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

It’s ‘About Time’ you escape to the country. By Sarah Young on Mar 16, 2016 at 10:15 a.m. TOWN OF UNION -- Isn’t it About Time? That’s what Phil and Mary Roberts thought when they made the decision to open their spacious town of Union home as a bed and breakfast. Click here to learn more.
CHANGES TO WEDC’S BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FAQ:   CHANGES TO WEDC’S BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF What has changed with reference to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC’s) Business and Community Development Field Staff?  WEDC’s field staff coverage is now organized into 10 regions. Instead of having both a regional account manager and a community account manager, except for the Milwaukee and Madison Regions, each region will be served by a single regional economic development director. Why were these changes made? By dividing the state into smaller regions, each of the new regional economic development directors is responsible for a more limited geographic area, thus allowing the directors to...
Two-year window request for county-wide broadband access

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Two-year window requested for county-wide broadband access By Sarah Young Today at 9:18 a.m. ELLSWORTH -- “We’re coming to the end of our term. This is as fine of a county board as I’ve ever served on,” said Pierce County Board Chair Jeff Holst at the March 22 meeting. “I’ve really appreciated the hard work you’ve put forth. It’s been a privilege.” There will be some new faces on the Pierce County Board after the April 5 election. Supervisors Jim Ross (District 10) and Cecil Bjork (District 5) chose not to run for re-election, while Ken Snow (District 9) is facing challenger Steve...
Training workers for the future

Monday, March 28, 2016

Recent research indicates the US doesn’t have a job crisis, it has a skills crisis—45 percent of US employers indicate that lack of skills is the primary reason for entry-level job vacancies. In order to meet state’s need for skilled workers, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development launched the Wisconsin Fast Forward program. The initiative is geared towards meeting the training needs of businesses. It has made $15 million in grants available for employer-led worker training. In addition to worker training grants, the program includes resources to develop cutting edge online tools to help connect job seekers with employers. Find out more...
University of Wisconsin River Falls is the Real World

Monday, March 28, 2016

While stories spread endlessly about the difficulty in finding a job after college, the average unemployment rate for college grads stands around 6%. While not a high number, colleges and businesses are doing what they can to lower these numbers. (For more information, click here: http://ow.ly/YTOn1 ) University of Wisconsin River Falls (UWRF), in particular, has invested in Momentum West so that they might show their interest in the local economy. Likewise, UWRF prides themselves on their Tissue and Cellular Innovation Center which is intended to link bio-tech research with real world applications. For more information about how UWRF is focused on creating...
FDR's plan to electrify rural America

Monday, March 21, 2016

One of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's significant accomplishments was to establish the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in 1935. The Executive Order establishing the REA and the passage of the REA Act a year later were integral to bringing electricity to rural areas through a public-private partnership —electric cooperatives. The Pierce-Pepin Electric Cooperative was formed with a $330,000 loan through the REA. The initial 318 miles of line would serve 932 farms. For over 75 years, Pierce-Pepin Cooperative Services (PPCS) has provided reliable and affordable energy services to homes and businesses throughout Pierce County and parts of Pepin, St. Croix, and Buffalo...
30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Cautious Optimism Reflected

Monday, March 14, 2016

30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Cautious Optimism Reflected New facility and expansion plans are up slightly on a year-over-year basis, although finding skilled labor is once again top of mind. Nearly half the respondents believe the U.S. economy is on a continuous growth track. Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016) Click here for graphs and charts of all survey results. For full story click here.  
A company is built on its workers

Monday, March 14, 2016

“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 The former CEO of Xerox’s words ring true. Hiring and retaining quality employees is the foundation to a successful business, but it’s no easy task. Thankfully, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development can help. Their Job Center of Wisconsin site is a one-stop portal with helpful information about employment, recruitment, retention and training. The mission is to help you grow and support your...
Aiming for continuous improvement

Monday, March 07, 2016

“There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you've been in the business.” ~Oscar De La Hoya To survive in today’s tough market, businesses need to continuously improve and evolve. That’s why we work in conjunction with the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) and various other state and federal offices to sponsor educational forums related to economic development. WEDA hosts basic economic development courses and networking events. “Business Ready Wi” is an example of a wonderful annual networking event to help business professionals, public administrators, and community leaders connect and learn about tools and tips for economic development. Find out...
Annual PCEDC dinner educates about Ag impact on county

Thursday, March 03, 2016

  Annual PCEDC dinner educates about Ag impact on county Greg Andrews’ informative talk preceded 2015 awards presentations RIVER FALLS, WI - The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC) held their well-attended annual dinner banquet on Thursday evening, January 28, 2016 in the beautiful University Center Riverview Ballroom at teh University of Wisconsin-River Falls.   Click here to learn more.                
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.
Made in Wisconsin - WEDC

Monday, February 29, 2016

Made In Wisconsin® When we say a product is made in Wisconsin, that's saying more than just where it was produced - it speaks to the attributes of the product itself.It's a reflection of the high quality of our natural resources and the honesty, hard work and innovative minds of our people. When something is produced in Wisconsin, it is a point of pride for those who had a hand in its creation. That’s because our lives and our work are deeply intertwined. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) created a logo for companies to use to proclaim their products’...
Western Wisconsin, a great place to do business

Monday, February 29, 2016

There are clear pros and cons to both big city and small town life. But Pierce County Wisconsin offers the best of both worlds.   Businesses can take advantage of the convenience of being located close to the vibrant Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area while enjoying rural Wisconsin’s cost-effectiveness, well-trained workforce and favorable tax rates. It’s rare to find a vital metro area in such close proximity to a rural area with such outstanding schools and natural beauty. Residents enjoy a great quality of life and recreational opportunities—with world class trout streams, golf courses and more than 5000 acres of public parkland. Find out...
Crossing Meadows Business Park - A Golden Shovel Ready Site!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Crossing Meadows Business Park - A Golden Shovel Ready Site! 502 W Lucase Lane, Ellsworth, WI 54011 .45-12.47 acres Ready to develop business park, with all public and private utilities in place. Community will look at land write down depending on type of investment and quality of jobs being created. Click here to learn more.  
Ellsworth Chamber gala celebrates award winners

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ellsworth Chamber gala celebrates award winners By Sarah Young on Feb 23, 2016 at 4:31 p.m. The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce bestowed awards upon area businesses at its annual awards gala Thursday, Feb. 18 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls. A new category was introduced this year, called “Best of Awards 2016.” The public was invited to vote for its favorite “Best of” contestants in seven categories on the chamber’s website. Nearly 6,000 votes were cast in two rounds of voting. Click here to learn more.
Cultivating local businesses, building the economy

Monday, February 22, 2016

Did you know that for every dollar spent at a local business, an average of 73 cents stays in the community? But, if you shop at non-local companies, only 43 cents stays in the community.  Think for a moment about the significance of that difference.   When local businesses thrive, they fuel the community. That’s why the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation has made local business recruitment, expansion, and retention a priority. We support area businesses by helping arm them with resources and opportunities for growth. Our new executive director, Paul Schwebach, brings 44 years of banking experience to our organization. Paul will...
Next step for Red Wing bridge project?

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

What’s the next step for the Red Wing bridge project? By Michael Brun on Feb 17, 2016 at 3:56 p.m. RED WING -- With design work on the new Highway 63 river bridge winding down, Minnesota and Wisconsin transportation departments are looking for input on construction staging and timing. Project representatives will be on hand to answer questions 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Click here to learn more.
Growing a business entails risk

Monday, February 15, 2016

Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else? ~Alex Noble   Mark Anderson, D.V.M., graduated from Iowa State University and enjoyed 10 years as a practicing veterinarian and owner of three clinics in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In 1985, he founded Genesis Industries, Inc. because he noticed a need within the animal health care industry for high quality plastic containers. Genesis Industries was founded in Spring Valley, WI but has grown into an international company with customers around the globe and facilities...
Chamber ‘scores’ with 37th annual dinner

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Chamber ‘scores’ with 37th annual dinner By Sarah Young on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:33 a.m. PRESCOTT -- The 37th annual Prescott Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and awards were celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 3 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club in River Falls with a football “game time” theme. The emcee for the evening was high school teacher Jeff Ryan, who couldn’t help but rib Packer fans (he is a Vikings fan) dressed in their green and gold garb. Vikings fans were well-represented also. Click here to learn more.
Circuit board manufacturer sees expansion, new ownership

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  Circuit board manufacturer sees expansion, new ownership By Sarah Young on Feb 10, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. PRESCOTT -- Henkel Electronic Materials LLC, located on Prescott’s eastern edge along Highway 10, has undergone many changes in the last year that the general public may not realize. For instance, the name. Henkel acquired The Bergquist Company on Nov. 1, 2014. Mike Maxson, Henkel’s Prescott location general manager, said Bergquist had been in business for 50 years when it was acquired by Henkel. Click here for the full story.
Empowering Wisconsin’s workforce

Monday, February 08, 2016

One of the best ways to grow the economy is to ensure individuals have the education and skills to get good jobs in industries that are growing in your area.   The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development is tasked with providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work. In addition, it works to connect employers with skilled employees.   Some of the Department’s innovative initiatives include youth apprenticeships and school-to-work programs to train young workers for in-demand careers and help bridge the current skills gap. They also have programs to train workers with disabilities and connect veterans with job opportunities....
Pierce County EDC announces award winners for 2015

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Pierce County EDC announces award winners for 2015 Awards to be presented at annual banquet this evening. RIVER FALLS, WI - The Pierce County Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce the selection of the 2015 the Small Business of the Year, Riverwalk Art and Antiques, the Large Business of the Year, Helmer Printing Inc., and for the first time the Ag Champion of the Year, the Pierce County the Dairy Promotion Committee, these organizations will be honored at the EDC’s annual dinner held this evening, Thursday January 28, 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Below is a brief history of...
Pierce County EDC Annual Dinner - Shopper Free Press Articles

Saturday, February 06, 2016

      First Ever Outstanding Ag Award Presented to Dairy Promotion Committee http://www.shopperfreepress.com/article.php?id=1454343351401596 Helmer Printing named Large Business of the Year http://www.shopperfreepress.com/article.php?id=1454343430601279    
We want to help businesses grow

Monday, February 01, 2016

Sustainable economic growth is a challenging task. Businesses need information and incentives to grow. That’s where the Pierce County Economic Development Corporation comes in.   We’re charged with helping meet the development needs of your business. We can help connect you with valuable resources and information. In 2014, we helped four communities establish facade and micro-loan programs to offer businesses low, fixed-rate loans for exterior improvements and other needs. We assisted six existing businesses with financing, expansion, and employee training. We also work with the regional business fund to promote entrepreneurism. Find out more about how we can help you boost your business:...
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.  
Working together for growth

Monday, January 25, 2016

James Cash Penney said “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” The founder of JCPenney’s observation rings true for economic development—concerted action from many stakeholders is crucial to grow the economy.   The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is a good example of such coordinated action. The association of 420+ member organizations aims to assist and educate economic development professionals. Their première event is the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development, a three-day conference that covers the state’s most pressing economic development issues. The 21st conference takes place on February 3 - 5, 2016 at the Monona...
What’s inside that device?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Two-thirds of American adults these days own smart phones. Many people own laptops and tablets too. Electronic devices have become so ubiquitous that we barely stop to think about the ingenuity behind them. But a great deal goes into producing these increasingly complex and tiny devices.   Bergquist Companies has a long history of innovation in designing and producing insulating materials for electronics products. Their three divisions include: thermal products, membrane switches, and touch screens. Their 95,000-square foot facility in Prescott, Wisconsin is the only facility in the world dedicated to the production of Insulated Metal Substrates (IMS™). Learn more about this pioneering...
Helping you build a robust workforce

Monday, January 11, 2016

Did you know that 40 percent of employees leave their positions within a year due to poor job training? That’s an alarming statistic. From a business standpoint, turnover is expensive. When done right, employee training and development is an investment that can pay dividends.   Workforce Resource, Inc. (WRI) is a nonprofit that has been providing local businesses with workforce development assistance in the West Central Wisconsin area for over 29 years. WRI is a valuable community and business asset. They can help businesses access important labor market information as well as assist with hiring and training. WRI operates the Workforce Innovation &...
Visit Wisconsin, we’ll entice you to stay!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Tourism is important for our economy. Visitors to Pierce County, Wisconsin spent $25 million in 2014.   Longwoods International, a leader in tourism research, found that for every $1 Wisconsin spent on its 2014 summer and fall advertising campaigns, $6 in tax revenue was returned to state and local governments. That’s a great return on investment! In addition, the study found that travelers who have recently visited Wisconsin rate the state much higher than those who have not visited on qualities such as: good place to live, start a business, attend college, or purchase a retirement home.   Clearly, tourism boosts the state’s...
Social media can fuel economic development

Monday, December 28, 2015

Many of us use Facebook to share photos of our kids and pass around silly memes. But it’s not just fun and games; it’s also a powerful platform for promoting business and economic development. Not to mention, it’s relatively inexpensive (the main cost is staff time)—and when done well, it can be extremely effective in engaging stakeholders.   Pierce County Economic Development Corporation has stepped up our social media marketing efforts, which allows us to promote events, feature available sites, brag about our local business success stories, and raise awareness about the state of our regional economy. Have you checked out our Facebook...
A mecca for cheeseheads

Monday, December 21, 2015

We all know Wisconsinites love their cheese. Ellsworth, Wisconsin, known as the “Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin,” is home to the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, which has helped the town become a tourist destination.   The Creamery has existed for more than a century. It started as a milk and butter cooperative and began producing cheese in 1966. The business now attracts thousands of visitors each year—mostly from outside the area and has achieved national recognition for its tasty, one-of-a-kind white cheddar cheese curds. The Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery has been experiencing tremendous growth—15-20 percent annually over the past five years. They were recently awarded...
We’re stronger together

Monday, December 14, 2015

A wealth of community and regional partnerships are necessary to help provide the resources required for sustainable business growth. That’s why the Pierce County EDC works in conjunction with area chambers and community clubs.   Because of such partnerships, area businesses can access a revolving business fund and tax increment financing districts in multiple communities. They can find business startup and expansion help as well as training through the county, CVTC and UW-River Falls. Such resources help start up businesses and they help existing businesses grow. We work with government (city and county), business associations, as well institutes for higher education http://ow.ly/RBniw
Tourism boosts the economy

Monday, December 07, 2015

Travel and tourism can help drive economic growth. Tourism helps to generate jobs and tax revenue. Promoting a region as a travel destination can help attract potential residents and businesses. This ultimately improves quality of life of residents.   In 2014, Wisconsin’s tourism economy was worth $18.5 billion; $47 million came from Pierce County alone. That’s a serious chunk of change! We do our part in attracting visitors with our 5,000 acres of public parkland, excellent outdoor recreation opportunities and extraordinary trout fishing streams. The 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism is an important annual tourism promotion event that takes place March 13-15 at...
Encouraging small business success

Monday, November 30, 2015

Let’s face it. Having a great business idea doesn’t automatically translate to success. It’s only a first step. You also need skills, resources, and connections translate your idea into action.   Thankfully, there are organizations specifically designed to help new and existing businesses succeed. The Small Business Development Center at UW-River Falls is a prime example. It’s a resource for entrepreneurs and businesses in Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties offering free business advising sessions as well as entrepreneurial training and courses in key areas like accounting and human resources. If you have questions about marketing, budgeting, planning, financing, and more, the Small...
We’re ready for business

Monday, November 23, 2015

A region can’t attract new business and industry if it’s not prepared. More and more, states are initiating programs to certify that specific commercial or industrial sites are “shovel ready”—which means a site has undergone the requisite surveys, planning, zoning, and environmental studies and is ready for business.   Having shovel ready sites is key to economic development because it increases the ability for businesses to get up and running fast. Momentum West offers the Gold Shovel Ready sites certification program in coordination with area partners. Pierce County, Wisconsin has a variety of shovel ready sites, let us help you locate one today!...
Wisconsin’s mining boom

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wisconsin has mined sand for more than a century. Industrial sand has a variety of important applications. It’s used in making a range of materials: it’s the primary component of any glass-based materials and is used in ceramic and metals and paint production.   In recent years, the sand mining industry has been booming due to hydraulic fracturing—a new form of oil extraction which uses sand. Wisconsin has been compared to the Sahara due to its vast supply of fine sand particles that are ideally sized for this process. The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association was formed to promote safe and environmentally responsible standards...
Fueling innovation at UWRF

Monday, November 09, 2015

Students are typically open-minded and eager to learn. At their best, colleges and universities offer a wonderful creative environment that empowers students, inspiring learning and encouraging new ideas. Many institutions of higher education have established business incubators and entrepreneurial programs to help harness this energy.   The Center for Innovation and Business Development (CIBD) at UW-River Falls is a terrific resource for businesses in the St. Croix Valley region. The center connects businesses with skilled graduate students and faculty. The resulting hands-on business projects benefit students and businesses alike. Find out more about how CIBD supports the region’s business community and how they...
Young companies have a big impact

Monday, November 02, 2015

According to a National Bureau of Economic Research study, companies less than 5 years old create the most jobs. This finding illustrates the importance of cultivating business startups and entrepreneurism.     The Governor’s Small Business Summit, which took place for the fifth time this year in September, recognizes how crucial small businesses are to Wisconsin’s economy. This unique opportunity connects small business owners involved in job creation with other entrepreneurs, innovators, and state agencies. It provides an update on top issues related to Wisconsin's business climate and economy. The summit even includes lunch with Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch! Learn more...
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A Farm in the Middle of Town

Thursday, May 07, 2015

PRESCOTT -- The saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of The Borner Farm Project and a celebratory photo on its Facebook page, that is certainly true. The group, led by executive director Diane Webster, posted a photo on its Facebook page showing volunteer AJ Meulemans, along with equally ecstatic interns Meggie Exner and Melinda Wilder, leaping with joy into the air. The reason for their joy?  A special use permit, along with a beer and wine license, for the Borner Farm Project was unanimously approved by the Prescott City Council on Monday, April 27. All was not...
2015 National Small Business Week

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

May 4th through the 8th marks the 52nd National Small Business week in the United States. Small business week celebrates and promotes the 28 million small businesses that exist across the United States. One small business person of the year is selected from nominations across the United States. The finalists attend a national reception in Washington, D.C.  In 2014, the state of Wisconsin housed 441,093 small businesses contributing 1,200,082 jobs to the Wisconsin economy (Source: Wisconsin Small Business Profile). Small businesses also impact our sense of place in the community. Restaurants, clothing, and artisan shops make up a majority of the...
5 Things to Know about Economic Development

Monday, May 04, 2015

Economic development can mean a lot of different things for businesses, states, and local governments. Momentum West is here for you and your community to help guide you through economic development policy and programs. The five things you need to know about economic development that we can help you with are: 1. Economic development is different from economic growth - economic growth is concerned with job creation, tax base growth, and product output growth. Economic development creates quality communities and work environments, increases business competitiveness, and allows for entrepreneurial spirit and innovation. 2. Economic development is about regional, not national, focus - Each...
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Visitor Spending in St. Croix Valley up 5.3 Percent YOY

Monday, May 04, 2015

The 2014 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased 6.54 percent to $93.8 million according to an annual analysis released May 1 by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. In nearby Pierce County, spending on products and activities related to tourism rose more than 3 percent. St. Croix’s $93.8 million from travelers resulted in total business sales of $158 million in the county, reflecting a 6.18 percent increase from 2013. This spending supported an estimated 1,748 jobs (up 3.37 percent from 2013) in St. Croix and generated $12 million in state and local tax revenues (up 6.50 percent from 2013). In Pierce County, tourism...
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Solid as Concrete – Fifty Years Strong

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TOWN OF SALEM -- Joe Wieser never dreamed 50 years ago when he moved his family to a peaceful valley in the Town of Salem that his fledgling concrete business would grow from a one-man operation to employing over 140 workers and encompassing operations in three states. Wieser Concrete Products, Inc., manufactures precast concrete products for the agricultural, underground, highway and commercial markets. The company specializes in manure storage systems, bunker silos, highway median barriers, pavement slabs, septic tanks, sanitary manholes, underground box structures, L-Panel retaining systems and fuel containment vessels. “You know, when I started, I thought I was confined by...
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4 Tips for Buying A Business

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Many individuals enter entrepreneurship by starting their own business. Others, like myself, receive the opportunity to buy an existing business. Buying a business is a huge responsibility. You are taking the reins from its previous owner as the company’s new leadership. There are certain perks that come with buying an established business, such as transferring over existing intellectual property and having a built-in customer base. However, plenty of hard work still needs to be done before and after the purchase. Let’s start with the ‘before’ part of the conversation. Ready to buy a business? Don’t make an offer until you have carefully followed...
Science and Technology Innovation Center project at UWRF gains UW System board approval

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted Thursday to include the new Science and Technology Innovation Center at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the approved 2019-21 biennial budget request. Regents included the request of $110.9 million in enumerated funding for the new building in the capital budget request that will be considered by state legislature and the governor. The Science and Technology Innovation Center will be designed to support modern science education at UW-River Falls and meet industry demands in STEM fields. In addition to increasing undergraduate research opportunities, the facility will play a vital role in supporting...
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Sailer's in Elmwood awarded grand champion status for meat products

Monday, July 16, 2018

MADISON — The governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction is back at the Wisconsin State Fair celebrating its 27th year on Aug. 7 in the Case IH Colisum. Stars of the evening will include the grand champion, first reserve champion and second reserve champion meat products from all categories of the 2018 Meat Products Contest, as well as the 2018 Best in Show product. Best of Show is selected from entries across the state that were judged and is announced at the auction. This year, Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing in Elmwood was awarded grand champion in two categories — dried...
State representatives celebrate local impact of cheese industry

Monday, July 02, 2018

Gov. Scott Walker and other state representatives traveled throughout Wisconsin to 13 different cheese companies and facilities to celebrate Wisconsin Cheese Day on June 25. In conjunction with National Dairy Month, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary Sheila Harsdorf visited the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery to speak at the event and present CEO Paul Bauer with a certificate of appreciation from Walker. Representatives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Dairy Business Association and Wisconsin Farm Bureau also spoke briefly before a crowd of people outside the front doors of the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery. The group was then given the...
Pierce County Dairy Breakfast: A 'dairy' good time

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rain didn't deter crowds from turning out for the annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast Saturday, June 16 at the Colbenson Family Farm near Spring Valley / Elmwood. Original story here.   
9th annual pierce county dairy breakfast

Sunday, June 17, 2018

EL PASO - Despite stormy weather Saturday morning that damaged a tent and constant rain throughout the day, sizeable crowds still attended the ninth annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast held at the Ti-Shi Dairy Farm near El Paso on 290th Ave. in eastern Pierce County. The Ti-Shi Dairy is owned by the Colbenson Family and milks 240 cows and grows crops on 350 acres of land. The farm is been in their operation since 1993. The dairy breakfast is one of many held throughout the state of Wisconsin during June Dairy Month. Besides the breakfast of Belgian Waffles, sausage and cheese curds...
Cooperatives & Community Housing Free Webinar

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Free webinar: Cooperatives and Community Housing Needs Date:  June 21, 2018 Time: 12 - 1 p.m. CDT Communities often face challenges in providing housing options that meet resident needs. This webinar will highlight the use of cooperative model to bring the benefits of home ownership to manufactured home residents, and to provide viable housing options for seniors. This webinar is the second in a series that explores cooperative solutions to meet the needs of rural and urban communities. Who should attend? Economic and community development professionals, cooperative developers, and interested community members.   PRESENTERS: Warren Kramer, Executive Director. Northcountry Cooperative Foundation (NCF) Warren joined NCF in July 2002 and has...
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Pierce County family looks forward to sharing their farm

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Spending a day out on the farm and learning about farm life while enjoying a great breakfast is exactly what everyone is invited to do at the ninth annual Pierce County Dairy Breakfast at Ti-Shi Dairy, Inc./Colbenson Family Farm on Saturday, June 16. Tim Colbenson said he and his wife Shirley bought the farm in 1993 and moved with their children to Pierce County. Previously, they farmed on a rented place in southeast Minnesota. "It was a farm that was not being milked at that time," Tim said about their current farm. "It was an opportunity. The farm brought us here." While Tim...
Small Business Development Center receives statewide honor

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Submitted by UW-River Falls The UW-River Falls Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received statewide recognition as the Center of the Year at the Wisconsin SBDC Network Conference in Milwaukee May 3. In 2017, the SBDC assisted in 19 local business starts containing $3 million in capital infusion. Presently, the center assists 46 clients on a long-term basis, has provided support to 122 local clients and has graduated 20 local entrepreneurs from its 10-week Entrepreneurial Training Program. "It is an honor to be selected as the SBDC Center of the Year in the state of Wisconsin," said SBDC Director Danielle Campeau. "Our office has...
Export Strategy Development Opportunites

Thursday, May 26, 2016

MADISON – Nearly 95 percent of consumers are located outside of the United States, creating great potential for Wisconsin businesses in foreign markets. With recently ratified trade agreements, and others being negotiated, this is a great time to consider growing foreign markets. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), in partnership with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center, FaB Wisconsin, 7 Rivers Alliance, and Madison Region Economic Partnership, is providing a customized export strategy development opportunity for food and agricultural companies.  ExporTech™ is funded in part by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and consists of three...
‘Diligent Dozen’ selected to present live June 7 at Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Finalists representing diverse tech-based sectors in Wisconsin’s startup economy will present live to judges in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest during the 14th annual The 13 contestants (the total includes one tie) have emerged from three rounds of judging in the contest organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council, which produces the contest in conjunction with its partners and sponsors. The contest began in late January with about 200 entries; about 3,350 entries have been received since the contest began in 2004. This year’s finalists will deliver seven-minute pitches on their business ideas beginning 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, during the conference. Winners will...
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.
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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Glen Park

Located in River Falls, Glen Park is home to trails connecting to the White Pathway to the north, River Hills Park to the south and the Kinnickinnic River; a public swimming pool; many large trees; grass and several types of recreational activities.