Help wanted. Now hiring. Signing bonus. Those are words that are all too common within any industry right now including manufacturing. These words are often signals of another word that is lingering in our vocabulary right now: overtime.

I don’t know of anyone whose business wasn’t affected at some level in 2020. Businesses were either on the COVID slump or the COVID bump.

Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests continues to be available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses this summer.

Savvy, competitive business owners know disruption is a constant. No matter the industry, it’s not a question of whether you must deal with disruptive forces — it’s when.

Of the seven members of the inaugural classes of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) psychiatry residency programs in Central Wisconsin and Northeastern Wisconsin who graduated in May 2021, six will be practicing in Wisconsin.

Like all human relationships, business partnerships have their ups and downs. When things are going well everyone is happy and business usually booms. When things are not going well even little disagreements can blow up into major disputes and business will often suffer for it. What are form…

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID19 vaccination rates are lowest among individuals ages 18 to 29. Reasons cited include vaccine hesitancy and convenience.

Like many investors, you may own shares of stock (or other assets like mutual funds) that have appreciated in value given the generally favorable environment for the markets in recent years. If the stock is held in a taxable account, it means that a decision to sell shares at some point in t…

Ayear ago, many businesses were struggling just to stay afloat, focusing on managing employee and customer safety and their cash flow. Long-term strategy was rightfully a secondary thought. Now, with the end of the pandemic in sight, it’s time to take stock and develop strategic initiatives …

People often take for granted the abundance of resources available to them and their fellow citizens. Foremost among those is electricity. It only takes one extended power outage to create a renewed sense of gratitude for this utility. L&S Electric, based out of Schofield, is dedicated t…

The time will come for most business owners when the lease for their building will end and they’ll need to make an important decision affecting the company’s future. Should your lease be renewed? Is it time for a move? What about construction of a new building? And given the current pandemic…

For most investors, it’s no surprise that markets are subject to up-and-down fluctuations over time. If you are investing with a long-term perspective, it’s pretty common for your portfolio to experience temporary declines in value. Given enough time, markets generally have shown an ability …

Digital marketing trends have evolved since the start of Covid-19 and those changes will continue through the year. It’s wild for even industry experts to see consumer trends change as fast as the platforms.

There’s no doubt that we live in a visual world. In fact, some things become news or sensations online simply because there’s video or a photo of what happened.

For years, Aspirus Riverviews containers for disposing of sharps (medical needles, syringes and finger-stick lancets) could only be used once before being disposed of by a medical waste disposal company.

I believe we can agree that COVID affected every company, every industry, and every marketplace, so relying on your gut when the future is still unknown is not the best decision.

I know that this is going to resonate with so many people and you will say “Hal, you are right about his.” I often receive an email asking me to tell the company that I just had a transaction with to fill out a short survey about my recent experience.

Growing industry concentration is a business reality. Most mature industries will have seen company counts shrink to the point where between two and maybe five companies account for seventy five percent plus of industry output. This is not all bad as economies of scale, access to funding, kn…

I t was a normal Wednesday morning. In fact, it was a normal weekday morning. We started to go around the room and the chorus of “I’m good” began to ring out from the group. After going around the room to hear from every member of the group as we do every day, we concluded our daily producti…

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GREEN BAY, Wis. and MANITOWOC, Wis., June 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCBS) (“Nicolet”) and County Bancorp, Inc., (NASDAQ: ICBK) (“County”) today jointly announced the execution of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Nicolet will acquire County …

North Central Health Care (NCHC) held a grand opening for Hope House Antigo on May 24. The eight-bed home provides a safe, sober living environment for women in recovery from alcohol or other drugs in Langlade County.

Aleading economist is recommending that business owners sell by 2024, but looming changes to the capital gains tax could drive sellers to the market sooner.

Free rapid-results COVID-19 tests will continue to be available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses this summer. The BinaxNow antigen testing, with results available in about 15 minutes, will be offered as follows:

With businesses allowing more employees to work from home using virtual private networks, or VPN’s, businesses need to be aware of the security risks VPN connections can cause if usage policies are not enforced. VPN’s have been the staple of remote working for quite some time, but the possib…

On March 23, 2021, the container vessel Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, grounded in the Suez Canal for nearly 5 days and blocked traffic through one of the busiest and most important commercial sea lanes in the entire world. The cost of this single incident is be…

The Keep Area Teens Safe (KATS) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon on June 15 to celebrate the official opening of Hillcrest House at 1115 Hillcrest Avenue.

Leah Knights’ believes that having a lot of different creative and community-based outlets is both what she is called to do and part of who she is.

There aren’t too many Wisconsin-based businesses that have roots that go back nearly 125 years. Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store, which has a location in Rhinelander, is part of that elite group. It has a total of 11 retail sites statewide including stores in Ashwaubenon and Appleton.

The demolition of the Wausau Center mall is underway. Work started with demolition of the old Sears building near Washington Street and 5th Street. The store was one of the original anchor stores when the mall opened in 1983 but later closed in 2016. Work will then will move west throughout …

Wisconsin is currently facing a huge workforce shortage. The inability of employers to find workers has reached a crisis level. This threatens the viability of thousands of businesses and the jobs they provide for workers. If immediate action is not taken, there is a great likelihood that lo…

Wausau Police and Fire Commissioners along with Wausau Mayor Katie Rosenberg are thrilled to announce the appointment of Robert Barteck as Fire Chief for the City of Wausau Fire Department.

Which one are you? Are you In Control or are you a Victim? We could write a book on this subject. Oh wait, there are hundreds already written. So many books written on the subject of management or leadership have the same premise. The great books already were written in the 1920s through the 1950s.

What are the top three areas you want or need to grow to live a better life — both professionally and personally life. I can guarantee you at least one of those growth opportunities is not an issue at work, but it comes to work with you every day.

While it’s too soon to guess whether President Biden’s tax proposal is more likely to become law this year or next, it’s reasonable to assume January 1, 2022 may be the effective date of a new tax regime.

I ’ve enjoyed a long and rewarding career in manufacturing. Mostly in metal work - ing, fabricating and machining. The opportunity to work for companies both large and small has allowed me to observe how different organizations deal with the issue of gender diversity and the changing workfor…

The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) announced a multi-year partnership with Novo Nordisk aimed at public awareness of obesity and improving clinical care for patients with obesity.

I n response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has issued a series of economic income payments, more commonly referred to as stimulus checks, starting with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) on March 27, 2020, and followed by the 2…

I t was March 12, 2020, when a State of Emergency was declared in the State of Wisconsin, and the stay-at-home order was issued March 25, 2020, in response to the COVID pandemic. At that time, face coverings were required, and all gatherings were banned.

Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are now accepting applications from eligible school districts to apply for grants to implement b.e.s.t. Universal Screening in the 2021-2022 school year.