Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were honored on Wednesday, January 29 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

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…

• St. Michael’s Foundation in Stevens Point is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships offered for the 2020- 2021 academic year to students pursuing healthcare careers. The application deadline is March 2. Qualified applicants are from Portage County and surrounding counties. Ap…

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities.

Hometown Manufacturing in Crandon is the only woman-owned transit vehicle manufacturer certified for government procurement in the United States. Kristina Pence-Dunow is the proud owner of this vintage trolley-bus and modern transit-bus manufacturing facility, but this opportunity came about…

Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were honored on Wednesday, January 29 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

“Human Resources isn’t a thing we do, it is the thing that drives our business.” This quote speaks to a significant shift in mindset that has been taking place during the last 10 to 15 years in the field of Human Resources.

Mona Fox’s community involvement really grew roots when a local business owner, tapped her on the shoulder and said, “If not you, who?”

Aspirus Wausau Hospital was one of three Wisconsin hospitals named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2020 by IBM Watson Health.The study spotlights the topperforming cardiovascular hospitals based on publicly-available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metr…

For the first time in its 34-year history, Wisconsin will host the Veteran Golden Age Games. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the games provide eligible veterans age 55 and over with the opportunity to engage in rehabilitative sport and recreation competition.

I n the business world, it’s a simple concept: happy customers are more likely to become returning customers, but how do we know how customers really feel about our products and services without asking them? That’s where customer satisfaction surveys come in. They’ve long been a helpful way …

Members of CoVantage Credit Union are invited to attend the organization’s 67th Annual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 19. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Volm Theatre, Antigo High School, 1900 Tenth Avenue in Antigo. Member registration begins at 6:00 p.m.

I n the workplace, with few exceptions, employees want to be engaged. But all too often, we fail to give those employees something to engage with — a strong, compelling “why.” The purpose for which your organization exists. It’s even more of a shame when you do have that defined, but it gets…

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

Wine Time, a wine and gift shop opened at 3708 Rib Mountain Drive in Rib Mountain. It sells wine made exclusively at its Woodland Trail Winery in Lakewood

Businesses small and large throughout the area have shown their holiday spirit through generous donations and with coordinated volunteer efforts, but the holidays aren’t the only time for giving. For many of us, charitable giving is a year-round initiative at our businesses. In fact, through…

Success comes from opportunity and most industries have multiple options for a smart, adaptive business to be successful.

Three local communities are represented among the 26 students admitted to the next class for the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM). They are Antigo, Athens and Wausau.

I t’s hard to imagine that your work environment, and in particular, the nature of your leader can have an impact on your mental health, but it does. In our western culture we’re prone to spend more time at work than in our homes. The consequence is, for better or worse, the work environment…

Time Federal Savings Bank recently merged with River Cities Bank to expand the bank to have nine locations, offer secondary market loans, add business products and services, upgrade their technology and more.   Because of this transition, Time Federal Savings Bank will be changing their name…

I n today’s security landscape, a password alone may not be enough to protect sensitive information from hackers. Even passwords that meet the Windows 2016 default password requirements of:

One of the best and easiest ways to invest in your future is to stay up to date on your financial literacy. It’s important to stay current on financial trends and to constantly be aware of and reevaluate your financial situation. Knowing your current financial state helps you create a plan t…

Volunteers at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff were recognized with the Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE) by the Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association for their participation in the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), an internationally coordinated model of care…

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…

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.