ThedaCare has announced its Community Commitment and Financial Stabilization plan following suspension of services recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in order to devote resources to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I ’m starting this column out with the grim fact that according to a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh survey, 35 percent of small businesses could shut their doors after months of COVID-related struggles. Now that we have the stark reality out there, I want to remind small business owners of …

Dale Carnegie said it in his best sell - ing book written in 1936, “How To Win Friends And Influence People,” and what he said couldn’t be any truer today: “Find Want,” he wrote.

I f Dorothy never heard about the yellow brick road, would she ever have been whisked back to Kansas? Would the tin man have found his heart? The lion his courage? The straw man his brain? The yellow brick road is a powerful metaphor connecting to something deep in the human psyche. It repre…

I magine you are spending a day at the beach, your feet in the water, looking at your family on the shore. Someone calls out: “Hey, have you heard about that big wave everyone is talking about? And you are thinking, well yes, but not here, that is never going to happen here.

Great leaders have used amazing one-liners during crisis. Straight talk with a call to action from the top has the power to inspire us. Calm us. And motivate us to be more than we thought we could be.

The year started out strong with the economy projected to have slow but continued growth, continued low unemployment, and overall, 2020 looking like a fairly good year in all respects. Then, COVID-19, or better known as the coronavirus began impacting the global economy. Starting with intern…

...was named a top-10 school in Nursing Schools Almanac’'s 2020 rankings of the best nursing programs, earning its place at number six in the list of best associate degree nursing programs in the state, out of 20 institutions evaluated. The designation adds to the top-10 ranking the program …

Papermakers and converting operations throughout Wisconsin continue to do their part to assist in the fight against this deadly pandemic. Papermakers and converters throughout the state are working diligently to produce and often donate critical medical and personal hygiene products for Wisc…

Following the longest expansion on record in the U.S. and S&P returns of over 30 percent in 2019, economic uncertainty and market turbulence are now making headlines. Coronavirus (COVID-19) fears continue to impact our economy and appear to be the primary reason for recent stock market v…

Amidst all the controversy and uncertainty around businesses reopening during the COVID-19 crisis, one thing is certain: at some point in the future all businesses that have survived the crisis will have to operate in the post-crisis world. This column focuses on some of the employment law i…

With the health and safety of patients and team members a priority, all of the area’s major healthcare providers are resuming various in-person services and elective procedures as they continue to assess the prevalence and impact of COVID-19.

I n these challenging economic times, many worthwhile charitable organizations find themselves in a precarious financial position. Meanwhile, they are experiencing unprecedented demand, especially those charities that provide basic needs like food and shelter.

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Self-professed foodies and sisters Amber Haemer, Jennifer Zaffke and Krystle Guerrero grew up in a small business environment. When the time was right, they broadened the offerings at 109 W. Redwood Street in Edgar, Wis., to include some pretty amazing artisanal coffee with the establishment…

With uncertainty of in-person networking due to COVID 19, manufacturing salespeople have even more of an opportunity to start nurturing leads on LinkedIn. Some of these may seem like common sense and some are more advanced tactics, but, regardless, they each have their place in a lead-genera…

I mplementing lean manufacturing principles in large size companies (more than 1,000 employees) have been well documented within several different industries to include aerospace, automotive, electronics and healthcare. In each case, the story has a familiar theme that encompasses several ma…

Every small business in Marathon County has been impacted negatively by the COVID-19 pandemic. The small business with less than ten (10) employees along with independent contractors and sole proprietors normally did not qualify for any of the funding programs from the federal government or …

Ireally was so excited to write this column. It made me think about high school. The only real contact I had ever had with principals was being called to their offices when I was in junior and senior high school. Trust me, it wasn’t to tell me what a wonderful example I was setting for other…

The recent enactment of the SECURE Act, which took effect on Jan. 1, dramatically impacts IRAs, Roth IRAs and qualified plans (retirement assets).  One of the most significant changes brought about by the SECURE Act is how quickly a retirement account must be liquidated by a beneficiary afte…

Pfefferle Management, which represents developer Viegut/Ohde/Riveron, announced that The Apartments at Riverlife, a market-rate apartment building, is now more 50 percent complete having recently completed the roof and starting of the building facade, according to a news release by the offic…

If we choose, we can learn important lessons which, after this coronavirus crisis has passed, can encourage and inspire future generations of leaders facing their own crises.

Most successful businesses are built around top-notch service. There are a variety of factors that define what that looks and feels like. What’s most important is a customer’s first impression or their first experience with your company. It’s a big part of the equation when it comes to a cus…

Some media outlets, commentators and business organizations have expressed concern that as they return employees to work, employers may have potential liability on a variety of fronts. This came true for employers who have “first responders” in an important provision of the coronavirus relie…

“As families stay safe at home, there are more middle, high school and college-aged students who are providing care,” said Brandy Breuckman, dean of Northcentral Technical College’s School of Business, Community Services & Virtual College. “We need to equip those who are watching over ch…

Ascension Wisconsin is reminding Central Wisconsin residents not to delay seeking emergency care, emphasizing that their hospitals are equipped to safely protect patients from potential exposure to COVID-19. “We are seeing a concerning drop in the number of people coming in for serious non-C…

In March our world was turned upside down with this global pandemic and since then, we have only experienced more turmoil as our healthcare and economic systems work to adapt.  On the economic side, tens of millions of people are newly unemployed, many businesses are shut down or operating w…

Marshfield Clinic Health System, was awarded $143,490 by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in Wood County families as a result of parental stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some UW-Stevens Point employees found their jobs shift recently to do work that supports healthcare providers and first responders needing protection from COVID-19. 

The app COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect has been launched by the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies at UW-Madison in partnership with statewide government, academic, medical, business and community organizations.

As younger generations flood the workforce and dominate the ranks, they often hold the same titles their parents and grandparents did, but how they work differs greatly from previous generations. A younger, more global workforce does not develop and maintain business relationships the same w…

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) of the Medical College of Wisconsin has awarded $4.8 million in funding to 17 projects designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact across Wisconsin. This includes one specifically for Central Wisconsin and 11…

Aspirus health system announced has temporarily furloughed or reduced work hours of some employees because of the organizational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This primarily impacts employees who do not work in direct patient care. 

Marshfield Clinic Health System is now doing in-house COVID-19 testing, currently focusing on patients who need to be hospitalized and healthcare workers. 

Retirement typically means leaving one’s job and ceasing to work. Apparently, Linda Krebsbach didn’t get that memo — and it’s been to the benefit of the Rhinelander community and many of its causes ever since. 

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act provides approximately $2.2 Trillion of economic relief and stimulus designed to help the United States economy and its citizens endure the shutdowns and hardsh…

One of your customers had a bad experience with your company and is feeling pretty heated about it afterward. Your hope would probably be to have an in-person conversation or phone call to properly resolve matters and deescalate the situation, but these days, that doesn’t happen so often. Un…

I n these new, strange times of social-distancing, self-quarantining and remote working, businesses that leverage digital marketing are going to be the ones that thrive. More business is moving virtual (read – online) and people are spending more time consuming digital content as they are is…

The modern world has never faced a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic before. Lost is our ability to unite together, and instead, we are forced to isolate. Such challenging times call for the emergence of leaders on all fronts; calm, steady strategists who lead a path forward and maintain a s…

The buzz today in manufacturing is all about Industry 4.0 and the changes that will come to the world of manufacturing because of it. Industry 4.0 itself is still evolving and will continue to evolve over the coming years. The only certainty within Industry 4.0 is that Industry 4.0 will impa…

I don’t like to dance. I am not talking about dancing to music at weddings, benefits, bars or anywhere there is a band or a DJ. I am talking about meeting people in a simple con - versation. Too many people dance and just do small talk and never get to a real conversation.