Teams is Microsoft's solution to a chatbased communication for businesses and is their option to competing platforms such as Slack and Zoom. In its simplest form, the service allows users to set up a “Team,” which is essentially a hub for group messaging. Within the Team, organizations can c…

Thomas Gibson, who served as vice president for student affairs and vice provost at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, has been named the 15th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, which has campus locations in Stevens Point, Wausau, and Marshfield.

With Election Day almost here, investors are understandably wondering — and maybe even anxious — about how the U.S. presidential election will affect the stock market. Election years often come with increased market uncertainty. And this year, COVID-19 and a fragile economy have added new di…

The magic question is a must for any person in sales. The problem is that most people don’t even know about it since they were never trained on the subject. I would venture to say that few salespeople even know what the magic question is, let alone have one to use.

I n my previous column, the two topics explored were how to improve your ability to adapt rapidly through having a system of experimentation, and the importance of pursing breakthroughs in becoming better at being better. This part will focus on building the culture and systems, along with t…

Business owners tend to think about selling when things aren’t as much fun as they used to be. Running a business in the COVID era is anything but fun, and owners are being particularly responsive to acquisition inquiries right now.

Retirement planning, like many things in life, is more of a marathon than a sprint. You want to maintain a steady pace toward the finish line, and you definitely don’t want to hit a detour. Many individuals who have been planning for retirement may find themselves approaching a potential det…

We already know generating visibility and engagement is challenging to begin with. So, if you care about generating results and building momentum, it’s time to build some habits into your routine that will help your organization create purposeful content with a compelling narrative. I’m talk…

While it is too early to reach conclusions on the direction any business or the economy will take coming out of the pandemic, it is never too early to take stock of what has happened to date and think through potential long-term impacts.

The Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health has announced publication of a new fact sheet on disparities in youth justice and what communities can do to make a difference. It can be found at children.wi.gov.

UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are among the first sites in the country to study whether an investigational vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Each day across the United States, an average of 20 veterans or active military members die by suicide. In Wisconsin, the most recent report on the impact of suicide found that, from 2013 to 2017, veterans accounted for almost one out of every five suicide deaths.

Peter, Paul and Mary have done well for themselves. Each has a nice home, a seasonal residence, and a large IRA. Coincidentally, each also has an additional $11 million worth of real estate, savings, brokerage accounts, and closely-held business interests.

Aspirus has named Jeff Wicklander as the new president of Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Central Region. He assumed his role on Oct. 26 and reports directly to Matthew Heywood, president and CEO of the Aspirus system.

Ascension, Aspirus and Marshfield Clinic Health System have issued a joint statement, encouraging the community “to take the steps we know can reduce the spread of COVID19,” encouraging community members to follow “the guidance of public health agencies by wearing a face covering, practicing…

For Bob Dumke of the Cobbler’s Closet Shoe Store in Shawano, fitting and selling shoes is just a portion of his community involvement.

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In an ironic twist, Jeff Dirks moved into the largest available office space the Dirks Group has ever had just months before working from home became a new norm.

It seems that these days fear is the emotion everyone is talking about. Many children and teachers are reported to have anxiety about returning to school. Politicians on both sides are drawing dark images of a future America that is governed by the opposing side to motivate their followers, …

I grew up in a small rural county known primarily for growing tobacco and, occasionally, hockey players. However, its most famous export was the economist John Kenneth Galbraith almost 100 years ago. He wrote dozens of bestselling books on economics, many of which are still referenced and qu…

I recently read something that should be the mantra for anyone who has a meeting. It does not matter if it is an intimate group of people or even a larger staff meeting.

Intellectual Property (IP) is commonly defined as a group of legal rights that provide protection over things people create or invent. It might sound straightforward, but there is a lot of confusion over what can actually be protected and what can not.

Forward! It’s the state motto of Wisconsin where I work to help manufacturing companies improve their operations and processes. It’s one simple word that holds a lot of meaning and relevance. It’s what I want companies I work with to embrace, practice, and execute. This motto and mindset can…

When it’s time to sell your business, you may have multiple buyers to choose from. You could receive offers from strategic, financial and individual buyers.

COVID-19 is having a profound effect on household finances across the country. Many Americans have been laid off or required to accept reduced hours on the job. Parents who continue to work find themselves in a childcare bind due to closed schools and daycare centers.

After a two-month renovation project this summer, agriculture students at Mid-State Technical College now have a dedicated agriculture lab on the College’s Marshfield Campus, prominently located in one the first classrooms visitors encounter when walking down the main corridor.

A common aspect of a new website build that often gets overlooked is regular website maintenance. Just like the operating system or apps on your computer or smartphone, this software needs to be kept up to date for security and performance reasons.

UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health are among the first sites in the country to study whether an investigational vaccine developed by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca can prevent COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

You don’t have to look very far or listen very long before the tenor of divisiveness in our country becomes evident. In the midst of it all, I long for conversation, real conversation, to find out why we are at such odds. My premise is that communication — open communication with respect for…

Marshfield Clinic Health System is now welcoming patients to Cattails Cottage, a home on the Marshfield Medical Center campus in Marshfield for oncology patients to stay while undergoing cancer treatments.

US News and World Report announced its annual list of Best Hospitals for 2020. Of the 146 Wisconsin hospitals it evaluated, 15 hospitals met what US News and World Report describes as their “high standards.”

With the uncertainty of when the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 will cease to affect the day-to-day operations of businesses around the world, those especially in the construction industry can reduce their risks of breaching new contracts by addressing the coronavirus pandemic head on wit…

Retirement. Finally. I retired from Kinziegreen Marketing Group in Wausau on Sept. 1 after owning the company for 34 great years — and the sense of tranquility is both wonderful and shocking.

ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca has been recognized as a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the nation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The recognition was announced at the virtual National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Critical Access Hospital Conference, held Sept. 23-25.

Mental Health Unit in Stevens Point is the 2020 recipient of the Providing Hope Award from the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County. It is awarded annually to individuals or agencies that provide hope to the community for people who struggle with mental …

Wisconsin small business owners are invited to register for the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Academy conference. The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 6 -7 and from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Oct. 8.

Lara Barbour was raised in a family that ingrained in her that everyone has to do their part. Today, that’s led to involvement in many children- and family-oriented causes in the Greater Rhinelander community.

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board and Mid-State Technical College have honored Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics in Wisconsin Rapids with the 2020 Futuremaker Partner Award.

The vision for the future of ReVision Eye Care, LLC is clear — to grow. To that end, work began in July on the company’s new clinic at 3341 S. 8th St. S., Wisconsin Rapids. It will be the eye clinic’s first new location since 1981.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc. urges Wisconsin residents who have lost their health insurance in 2020 to see if they qualify for the recently-announced national emergency special enrollment period (SEP). It is available to any Wisconsin resident who qualified for a SEP in 2020 but mi…

Unfortunately, there are many businesses that invest substantial time, effort and resources into their social media yet see declining, or minimal no results. Why is that? In most cases, it’s pretty simple. It’s because they’re lacking in both the social and media aspects of social media. 

You and your board have decided it’s a perfect time for strategic planning. To help you get the best response, here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing a Request for Proposal (RFP). 

Red Daisy Girl, 130 N. Central Ave. in Owen,  recently held its grand opening. Carey Hargot and husband Travis recently purchased and renovated the old NAPA building that now is Red Daisy Girl.