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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 lfalk@retailworksinc.com, 414.840.1244 Kim White Display Director Display Artist Interior Designer Color Specialist kwhite@retailworksinc.com, 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...
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...
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, donna.gilson@wi.gov Bill Cosh, Communications Director, 608-224-5020, William2.Cosh@wi.gov    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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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.