Facing an increasingly unsteady nationwide blood supply, The Community Blood Center (CBC), based in Appleton, has helped found a first-in-thenation partnership to prepare for emergency situations when blood needs are high.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has enhanced the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, g…

I t would be a fallacy to say it will be “business as usual” in higher education. It’s not, and there’s opportunity galore because of it.

E-commerce has certainly elevated the sales landscape, especially for small businesses. In this day and age, when it is so easy to spend a few minutes researching a product on the internet, and a couple of clicks can get that product to your doorstep in days, is there even a need for special…

Arewarding aspect of hosting a small business radio show and mentoring business owners in Northeast Wisconsin is learning about the incredible variety of businesses in this area. Most have growth plans and we enjoy learning of or helping with. However, there is an innovative and driven subse…

I n the fall, many employers offer an open enrollment period — a window of time to select your benefits package for the coming year. It’s easy to overlook this opportunity and maintain the status quo, but this could be a costly mistake given the significant role benefits play in your financi…

A mindset Melissa Kampmann helps to establish in female soccer players is also one for approaching life: Be a leader and practice good sportsmanship.

When I was little, my family would move from our Brookfield home into a cottage on Nagawicka Lake in Delafield as soon as school was out. I spent my summer vacation swimming, fishing, boating, butterfly hunting, annoying my four older sisters, and enjoying massive cookouts with our extended …

As a team full of active community members, we have been working hard to organize several vaccination clinics throughout our region to ensure COVID vaccines are available to all. We do this work on behalf of the Multicultural Communications Committee (MCC) that I started last fall. The goal …

As much as most businesses hate hearing the word “regulations,” it’s been music to the ears of the Nieuwenhuis family that founded REI Civil and Environmental Engineering in Wausau.

You’ve spent hours formulating your idea for print, social or even broadcast and are ready to have it presented to your audience. Will it have an impact? Is the topic something your audience truly cares about?

We plan for so many things in our life. We have a retirement plan, health insurance plan, diet plan, workout plan, vacation plan, you may even have a plan for your day. Businesses may have a strategic plan, financial plan, sales plan and marketing plan.

Green Bay-based Nicolet Bankshares Inc., the parent company of Nicolet National Bank, completed its acquisition of Mackinac Financial Corp., parent company of mBank, on Sept. 3. mBank had 28 branches in Northcentral Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

I was lucky. We don’t get to choose our family and definitely not our parents. My parents were not only great people who provided a wonderful home with love, but they taught me so many magnificent things that still come back to even as an adult.

How does succession planning go in your organization? If it is like most, you start at the top of the organization chart and make a plan for each person — stopping with the leadership team. That’s a pretty normal and pretty standard approach including the use of a range of talent assessment …

Employees. Finding them. Keeping them. It’s on everyone’s mind right now, and for the company or person who buys your business, it just may be their number one concern.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Aug. 17 it is collaborating with three healthcare providers to pilot a new “hub and spoke” approach to treating eligible BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid members who have substance use disorders and at least one other health condition.

Ownership is one of the key traits that define a manager. Managers have accepted responsibility for more than just their job. All of the traditional rules and priorities of being an employee go out the window for managers. Nine to five? Not likely. Carefully defined work instructions for you…

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, most of our region was beset by shutdown orders, quarantines, and either governmental or selfimposed travel restrictions. Now, the public at-large appears to be bursting at the seams to either make up for cancelled travel plans, renovate the…

All area healthcare systems are encouraging individuals not vaccinated for COVID-19 to do so, especially in light of the Delta variant and the Federal Drug Administration's (FDA) full approval Aug. 23 of the Pfizer vaccine.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca has announced The Joint Commission has reaccredited the hospital for its safety and quality care practices. A voluntary process, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest healthcare accrediting body.

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches on Sept. 11, VA mental-health officials say they are preparing for an uptick in veterans seeking help as veterans come to terms with their service and as the Afghanistan withdrawal comes to completion.

Aspirus Health has acquired seven Ascension Wisconsin hospitals, 21 physician clinics, and air and ground medical transport services in north and central Wisconsin.

Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and the satirically named Dogecoin have seen increased news coverage in recent months. The 24-hour high value of Bitcoin on August 1 was $46,691.09. But what, exactly, is cryptocurrency, and how can you incorporate it into your estate plan?

As more economic stimulus has been poured into the economy over the last year in an attempt to stave off the worst effects of the pandemic, an increasing number of economic professionals have warned against a coming spike in inflation.

Most products and software that are used in day-to-day operations have a lifecycle. Vendors feature type updates for their products before they discontinue patching for critical security problems, but not all of them follow the same process. There are different lifecycle programs for both ma…

Dr. Amy Stuber's email signature includes a quote by Tony Robbins that says, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” She and her chiropractic practice are a testament of that.

The common “wisdom” is that you should wait to start withdrawing from your IRAs until you are required to do so. That used to be in the year you turned 70-½, but that has now been changed to the year you turn 72.

The premise is simple, but the “how” is anything but. Yet, the Community Partners Campus continues to inch closer to reality thanks to the diligent work of president and co-founder Brian Gumness and vice president and co-founder Kevin Noel.

COVID-19 changed the way we do business, but one thing that has not changed is the need for small business disaster plans and preparation. This summer, Wisconsin is already facing an elevated wildfire threat and severe storms could cause flooding and other damage. Cybersecurity disruptions a…

First State Bank is building a new 15,363- square-foot branch office at 5500 Carrie Frost Drive in the Portage County Business Park just west of County Road R/Brilowski Road.

I don’t know about you, but I do not necessarily want to go back to normal. When I take a step back and look at what we accomplished since the beginning of the pandemic despite the odds as a woman-owned small business, I’m proud of how we adapted to the situation at hand. We kept the busines…

s (DHS) is co-hosting five visits to home lead abatement projects through October to raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning and what can be done to prevent it. The second visit was held in Wausau on July 27. One of the major sources of lead poisoning in children is lead-based paint, fou…

I t’s July of 2021 – 18 months of uncertainty, fear, upheaval, challenge, opportunity, and change, just to name a few of the emotions we’ve been experiencing on the personal and business fronts, are now in the rearview mirror. As we begin to see glimpses of normalcy starting to appear with p…

Sales is a process and it always has been. It was done in open air markets, businesses, and even in homes. It was simple. If you had something to sell and there was a person who wanted to buy it, a sale happened. The transaction was made, and hopefully a relationship began for future busines…

The military spends a lot of time planning, updating plans, scrapping plans and replanning. If you’ve ever served, you can attest to the amount of time and effort required to nail down every variable that is considered and planned for to achieve an objective.

The recently passed state budget includes $96 million in funding for the full replacement of Albertson Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Schedules are hard to manage, yet they are the lifeblood of a manufacturing plant. Scheduling should be a simple concept nowadays with all the programs available to help us with it. There is a date that we need to have an order ready for our customer. We know the steps and time that it takes…

I f you work in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), you can take a class on how to take advantage of people. It’s true. Buyers can go through mergers and acquisitions training at some of the most prestigious universities and learn how to pay has little as possible for a family-owned business…

Today, more than ever, business owners seem to face possible lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) regarding whether their website is properly accessible to persons with disabilities. Title III of the ADA forbids “places of public accommodation” from discriminating again…

The Oneida County Health Department is the recipient of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Futuremaker Partner Award for its close working relationship with Nicolet College in Rhinelander during the COVID-19 pandemic. The award recognizes the collaboration between an organizatio…

On Dec. 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”) was signed into law, which became effective in January 2018. The TCJA made significant change to the estate and gift tax exemption, increasing the lifetime gift tax exemption for an individual from $5.49 million to $11.18 million per person.

For those who are currently enrolled in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for their health coverage but have not yet taken advantage of the opportunity to reevaluate their current coverage, the deadline is Aug. 15.