I t’s the New Year, that time when many business owners make a fresh resolve to develop their business. For some, that means updating equipment and driving sales. Others will focus on something more personal and possibly more pivotal: developing their leaders.

Marshfield Clinic and Gundersen Health in La Crosse announced Dec. 19 that after several months of discussions on a possible merger, they have decided to remain independent health systems.

During the last two years, I have been involved in several efforts to boost entrepreneurial activity in Northeastern Wisconsin. The emphasis of our efforts was on scalable businesses — those that can grow at an accelerated pace and hence are often funded via Venture Capital. Technology-power…

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For years, Ken Neff’s career was spent stopping crime. So, it was no surprise to those who know him in the Merrill community that he would contribute his know-how to the Lincoln County Crime Stoppers after retiring from the force.

One of Weber’s Farm Store’s more recent offerings is its Kefir, a cultured, fermented beverage that tastes much like a yogurt drink. It’s evidence of how the store has continued to keep pace with the needs and wants of its customers 64 years after its establishment.

How was your 2019? Was it what you had hoped and expected? Did you accomplish the goals that you set out to achieve?

Wisconsin had the nation’s second largest collection for a total of 60,472 pounds during the Oct. 26 biannual Drug Take Back Day, according to an announcement by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), which sponsors the event, Texas came…

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the United Way of Wisconsin announced that 5,594 people contacted the free Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline during its first year of operation.

Employees ask for many things, but one nearly everyone asks for is to be empowered. For most, the request is simple and requires no investment. And yet significant productivity and retention is lost because people don’t feel empowered and engaged. We often hear this as an expectation of mill…

The approach for identifying problems and their given solutions is an everyday occurrence. As humans we make mistakes, and if you haven’t heard we are not perfect. Errors may be the price we pay for having the cognition to walk, talk and breathe at the same time. But how do we deal with thos…

AbbyBank announced the closing of a definitive agreement under which State Bank’s assets and liabilities became part of AbbyBank as of October 25.

Serving on the board of a nonprofit can be a fulfilling experience, especially if the organization supports a cause dear to you. It’s a rewarding experience to serve on an efficient board when you know you’re making a difference for the organization and the mission the nonprofit supports. Bu…

WMC was contacted by multiple media outlets in early October to get our reaction to a Bloomberg report that said Wisconsin lost 5,200 manufacturing jobs between August 2018 and August 2019.

“Be Unbreakable: Brilliant Bones & Balance,” a free Aspiring Women Night Out, will be held at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. in Wisconsin Rapids from 5:30-7 p.m., Dec. 4.

Adding a blog to your company website can feel like a huge undertaking, but at the same time, it can be such a valuable marketing tactic. There’s a lot to consider before jumping in. Who will maintain the blog? Where will the content come from? How often do posts need to be added?

I n past columns I have written about technologies which will eventually replace many human activities, and as a result will lead to elimination of jobs. These are not just “too hard for humans” types of activities that we historically handed over to machines, but also many tasks that humans…

•Worzalla, a Stevens Point book manufacturer, began work on its $12.5 million modernization and expansion project at 3535 Jefferson St. It specializes in printing children’s books, movie tie-in books, and coffee-table books.

ThedaCare, Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin and Neuroscience Group have announced a collaboration to create the region’s first comprehensive Orthopedic, Spine and Pain Center at ThedaCare Health Campus-Encircle at 2500 E. Capitol Drive in Appleton.

With the rise of social media influencers and everyone trying to sell you something on social media, the pendulum has swung back from seemingly perfection to authenticity.When organizations first started to use social media, it was considered new and innovative to share content. Now, if your…

The Solo 401(k) should be an eye opener if you are an independent business owner. This savings tool has found its niche in the small business owner’s world. While the parameters are narrow, the savings opportunities are magnified, especially when compared with other retirement savings options.

• Marshfield Clinic Health System is now enrolling Minocqua area participants in the All of Us Research Program, a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to gather data from one million or more people to accelerate research and improve health. Other All of Us Wiscon…

Family Health La Clinica (FHLC), based in Wautoma, was honored by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health, a program of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, with the Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health Award in recognition of its services that enable rural residents acce…

A strategic plan is about building for the future, a future that is unknowable. Forecasts about business or the economy over coming quarters or years are really just guesses. Hopefully, an educated one but a guess all the same. Any one person is bound to get a forecast right and even a few i…

What began as Jerome Brickner’s simple auto dealership in the countryside north of Marathon City in 1945 is now in its third generation of ownership. When Brickner’s of Wausau recently cut the ribbon on its new 60,000 square-foot facility on Grand Avenue, it cleared the road into its future.

Recently, I was watching a TV show honoring the career of Don Rickles who had been a comedian for over 50 years. Maybe the young people who are under 25 years old do not know him but any - one over 40 does. He was on all the latenight talk shoes, been in a number movies and had a few TV show…

• Security Health Plan of Wisconsin has been recognized among the nation’s leading health plans by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2020. Security Health Plan received an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5 for its Medicare Advantage HMO-POS plans

With the new Terminator movie in theaters this November, it seemed appropriate to delve into how the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow may be reminiscent of the original Terminator movie.

Two area businesses received awards at the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards held at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild. The Chamber honored manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their business at the event

CoVantage Cares Foundation has announced the kickoff of their annual 2-week fundraising campaign.  The event will begin Tuesday, December 3, which has become known nationally as “Giving Tuesday,” and will end on December 17. Funds generated will be matched with up to $150,000 in contribution…

Leaders of the Tribune building redevelopment in Wisconsin Rapids have announced the appointment of the Tribune Steering Committee. The newly formed committee is comprised of national, regional, and local leaders across the diverse industries that are advising in the redevelopment of the Tri…

This is not meant to be a complaint but a reflection of the reality facing our dairy sector. “We” means all of us.

Worzalla, an employee-owned company specializing in printing high-quality children’s books, movie tie-in books and coffee table books, announced that it will be embarking on an extensive modernization and expansion plan to enhance the company’s production capabilities for its customers. Worz…

According to the League of American Bicyclists, colleges that invest in bicycling realize a decreased carbon footprint and a stronger community connection, with the added benefit of a healthier student and faculty population.

You have likely browsed the internet and stumbled upon articles that all have similar recommendations that you should apply to protect yourself from a potential attack. The articles will probably all say to regularly patch your systems, turn on multifactor authentication, and have strong pas…

Referral marketing is a structured, systematic process to maximize word-ofmouth potential. It is a unique marketing tactic that, if done effectively, allows the business and the client to collaborate for mutual benefit. The client is rewarded for referring a qualified lead, and the company r…

Owners of closely held businesses know their financial plans, retirement plans and estate plans are inextricably linked to the value of the business. Therefore, a well-constructed plan should minimize (or eliminate) events that can destroy business value.

When we hear about new disruptive technologies, it is often hard to imagine how anyone but the largest companies could benefit. Facebook just invested up to $1 billion into a company that hopes to someday allow people to control their devices with the power of their thoughts.

Matalco, headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, broke ground for its new $80 million aluminum recycling plant in the Rapids East Commerce Center in Wisconsin Rapids. The company first announced plans for the facility in January.