Ayear ago, I wrote a column titled “How Mind-blowing Technology Innovations Will Impact our Lives”. I had just attended for the first time the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and conference in Las Vegas and my mind was indeed blown. This year, the conference was all virtual, and as is…

Shopping local has always been important, but it became even more important in 2020.

Two emotions are likely to strike those who are nearing retirement — excitement and fear. Leaving the world of alarm clocks and offices and having time to pursue your own passions on a daily basis is liberating — but the apprehension of entering a new life stage can easily creep in. Although…

The Portage County Business Council named Eron’s Event Barn as the recipient of the 2021 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the Humane Society of Portage County was selected as the recipient of the 2021 Portage County Charitable Community Award.

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Kolbe Windows & Doors may well be in the markets of windows and doors, but it’s defined itself as more than a manufacturer by innovating and delivering what its customers want — including unique designs that are also of superior quality and custom craftmanship.

I love to make people cry, but it’s not what you think. I give a lot of speeches, and one of the best things I see or learn afterwards is that audience members are brought to tears or cried. To me, that means what I’m saying is resonating with the audience, and they are reflecting on or taki…

Do your organization’s financial reports provide accurate, meaningful information necessary for decision-making? Do those who need the data understand it? While not always the case, I have seen a common gap within businesses of truly understanding financial performance and the financial heal…

“Email is Dead.” It’s a headline you may have seen before as it tends to pop up from time to time. The bold proclamation is usually followed by breathless paragraphs extolling the virtues of some new, emerging technology that’s supposedly rendered email null and void. It’s a compelling concl…

For many people around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has meant a shift in where they work. Many are looking forward to the day when they will return to the office, but the pandemic may have a permanent effect on what offices and other workplaces look like and how they operate.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to adapt at a rate not seen in many years. It changed the way many businesses operate, and those changes may mean businesses do not revert to the old ways of doing things. While our society has changed the way it works, the way it has gone about adopti…

Most salespeople think that they’re great. Have you ever met one who said, “Hey, I stink. I just make things up as I go along, really don’t sell a lot and don’t even like people”?

For a year now, we’ve heard the same message over and over; “Social distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.” Although it’s very important, and yes, you should follow those guidelines, the message has been conveyed so frequently that many have grown tired of hearing it — to the point of be…

I started my career in manufacturing in the early 1970s. Yes, that is a long time ago. As I look back on those 50 years, I am astounded at the technological changes that have occurred in that time.

For the fifth consecutive year, Aspirus Health Foundation has awarded three medical students scholarships totaling $450,000 through its Aspirus Scholars Program.

Sometime, when we marketing a business for sale, it’s important to include a short note about why the business wasn’t transitioning to the owner’s kids. After all, if it’s such a great opportunity, why don’t the kids want it, right?

The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department and Mid-State Technical College have entered into a new 10-year collaborative agreement to expand local and regional training offerings in fire protection and emergency services. The training will take place at 2615 South Vine Ave. at the current tra…

I n the next few months, as a COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, many employers will be faced with a decision of whether to mandate vaccination for their employees. This consideration will raise a multitude of questions including:

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced a $6.1 million investment to support community-based organizations in raising awareness and access to the COVID-19 vaccine in communities that have faced both historical and current barriers to healthcare services and the COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest estimates of U.S. retail sales growth for the 2020 holiday season are around 3 percent. For the same period, large retailers such as Target, Amazon and Walmart have been reporting more than 30 percent growth in online sales. The end result is rapid digital transformation and what …

The City of Wausau has recognized Aspirus Health with the Wausau Sustainability Award for its work to help create a more sustainable and energy-smart Wausau.

As we begin the transition from pandemic to recovery, people will be adapting to some undefined combination of the changes caused by Covid 19 and the world we lived in as recently as the first quarter of 2020. For some, thoughts will turn to starting up a small business or nonprofit. 

We’ve all been there. At some point, you’ve experienced rushing a project out the door to meet a deadline or satisfy a client. It’s rarely a good feeling. Often, after the scramble, you’re left feeling disappointed that it didn’t reflect your talent, wondering if you missed something importa…

How many of us had to skip our annual health assessment this year due to the coronavirus?  I was lucky enough to get mine in last March just before everything shut down. But ever since, the predominant health thought in my mind certainly has been “not getting Covid is what matters.”  But can…

Before talking about the “dark” web, we need to review some basic understanding of the internet. There are three different areas on the internet and they are the “Surface Web,” “Deep Web” and the “Dark Web.” We will concentrate here on describing the “Dark Web.” Let’s start by defining what …

On Wednesday, Jan.27, I got my COVID-19 vaccination. Yes, I had my concerns about getting the shot, but within hours of hearing that I could make an appointment to get the vaccine, I did so. My healthcare provider was one of those providing the shots, and I was able to immediately log into t…

The best business managers are those who are capable of effectively managing risk. They have a repeatable method of assessing risk that guides them in deciding when to act and when to wait. 

In the past 80-plus years, there were tons of books written on the subject of balancing life and work. Many experts write about it, but I am just not one of them. 

During his campaign, President Biden proposed tax changes that could have a significant impact on business owners. Any business owner contemplating an exit in the next few years should consider how potential tax changes could reduce their net proceeds from a sale. 

Saving money. It’s the simple yet essential key to building and maintaining wealth and financial comfort. And a new year may be the best time to start. 

Manufacturers across Northeastern Wisconsin continue to struggle to fill vacancies. Nearly every manufacturing manager would hire a qualified employee on the spot if they could find them. Jobs that provide good benefits and a solid middleclass income go unfilled. All over the U.S., not just …

Marshfield Clinic Health System has announced creation of Community Corps, a program of AmeriCorps, that will place 80 fulltime staff across Wisconsin to support healthcare organizations, nonprofits and government agencies in addressing local health priorities. 

Marshfield Clinic Health System has acquired Oswald Counseling Associates Inc. at 2450 Vineyard Drive in Plover and will continue to operate the behavioral health practice as Marshfield Clinic Health System-Plover Counseling Center. 

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – launched a new initiative on Thursday to protect the business community from government entities that have overstepped their authority.

UW-Stevens Point reports that many students who are working toward degrees in nursing, clinical laboratory science and other health-related majors, are working full-time during the pandemic while taking full-time classes. 

Free rapid results COVID-19 tests are again available to community members at all three University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campuses. Testing began again on Feb. 1.

Aspirus Health has added its first all-electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet of company vehicles in Wausau, which is being used to transport lab specimens between Aspirus Wausau's testing center and a regional lab.

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau announced Jan. 21 what it is calling “a one-of-a-kind apprenticeship program that aims to help increase essential healthcare workers.” 

Astudy of 17 schools in south Wood County that implemented measures such as mask wearing to limit the spread of COVID-19 shows that cases among students and teachers who participated in inperson learning remained “very low.” 

For Mary Hansen, financial literacy and smart decision-making transcend both a several-decades-long career in banking and much of her volunteerism.