Recently, my Spotify account was hacked. Someone, many people or BOTS were logging in from all over the world. Now, I know I have some bumpin’ playlists, but what was the point?

These past few weeks for me have been filled with budgeting tasks for the upcoming fiscal year, which is what many of us in manufacturing are focused on this time of year.

The tight labor market is enticing many people to evaluate options to start a new career. If you’re among those who plan to quit your current role in search of a better opportunity, it’s important to consider how doing so could affect your finances. Here are some things to think about before…

WAUSAU, Wis. – Wisconsin River Partners continues to expand its portfolio of regional businesses. That now includes Witmer Furniture, a solid wood furniture manufacturer that sells to retailers across the nation.

Children’s Wisconsin, ThedaCare and Bellin Health have announced a pediatric joint venture in Central and Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

While Wisconsin’s economy continues to bounce back and rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a number of indicators that are promising while others are deeply concerning.

The impetus behind Robin Hegg’s community involvement is: “This is my community.”

Fire holds a sacred place in Native American cultures, gathering wise, experienced leaders and fostering visionary discussions. It’s with that amalgamation of tradition and progression that Greenfire Management Services strives to write its own chapter in Northcentral Wisconsin.

Years ago, when I worked for a food-manufacturing company, we developed a clearly differentiated strategy. However, we experienced consistent people issues that limited the growth we could achieve. This led us to the question of who owns talent in our company?

Even before the Biden Administration promulgated its now-in-legal-limbo vaccination/testing mandates, the COVID-19 pandemic had brought health-related and religious-related matters to the forefront of the employer-employee relationship, perhaps as never seen before. As a result, employers of…

I t is third and 8 for the Green Bay Packers defense and pressure is needed on the opposing offense to stop what would be a game tying drive, what does the defensive coordinator do? Call a blitz of course. Make the opposing team uncomfortable and exploit their weaknesses through structured a…

Networking can be a key part of the learning plan for any organization and growing a knowledge base to complete successfully is a core component of business strategy. Networking can be defined as the development of business relationships with others, inside or outside of an organization. Yet…

Supply chain issues are a big concern for businesses right now. Forced shutdowns, crisis forecasting, labor issues and logistics all played (or are still playing) a part in the current shortages. Business has not snapped back to normal.

I f you ask a manufacturing executive to describe their biggest challenge, they will probably say it’s attracting and retaining labor. The labor shortage has proved to be a significant concern for all manufacturers, but the struggle probably is felt most acutely by manufacturers who were res…

One of the most commonly used estate-planning documents is a revocable trust. What makes using a revocable trust as the main document in an estate plan so popular? The main reason is because a revocable trust is a flexible arrangement that allows for continued access and control of assets an…

I wanted to host a gathering at an area business recently and was told they couldn’t accommodate my event because they were short staffed. Fortunately, I was able to find an alternate location, but that theme is all too common today.

I f you own a home, chances are your net worth has shot up in the last year. According to a new report, skyrocketing home prices caused by a pandemic-fueled real estate frenzy have led to a scenario where homeowners in the U.S. are sitting on a record $22.7 trillion worth of home equity1.

Culture comes up a lot in conversations lately. Business owners and leaders want to ensure their employees are fully engaged so they don’t lose their top talent. Most are surprised when told that process improvement techniques are a phenomenal way to build a positive culture.

When I die, I told my wife that this is very important to me. I want my headstone to say: Hal Becker1954 - (fill in date) “If I didn’t call you back, this is the reason why!”

The information technology and medical industries have a lot in common. We both put a lot of importance on privacy, we’re both snazzy dressers and we both have many specialty areas. You wouldn’t generally see a proctologist for an ankle injury, at least without a little explanation, and you …

• The University of Wisconsin System announced Nov. 17 that 70 students were selected through a random drawing to receive $7,000 scholarships under the system’s Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign.

Rhinelander’s Hodag Park improvement project recently got a $15,000 boost from a donation by Peoples State Bank. The money is earmarked for a new amphitheater and entertainment area to be built on the edge of Boom Lake within Hodag Park.

In business, many situations require you to share sensitive and confidential information with another individual or company. To ensure the other party respects the confidentiality of this information, a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, is often used. But when is the right time to utilize an…

The information-technology (IT) industry is experiencing substantial supply shortages, as are all industries. In the IT sector, the shortage of semiconductors (sometimes called microchips) has made acquiring networking equipment, PCs and laptops nearly impossible and certainly more expensive…

Construction of a 3,400-square-foot ambulance base at Marshfield Medical CenterMinocqua is underway to house the Marshfield Clinic Health System transport service, which began in December 2020.

Heartland Business Systems, an information-technology business, opened its new offices at 815 South 24th Avenue, Suite 400, in Wausau

It was a first for Nicolet College in Rhinelander — the staging of a simulation exercise funded by the Wisconsin Northern Highland Area Health Education Center that brought together students from the law enforcement, emergency medical services and nursing programs as well as social services …

The hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other facilities that joined Aspirus Health on Aug. 1 from Ascension Wisconsin have assumed their new names. Most hospital names now reflect their geographic locations.

Like many others, Katie’s Felch’s community involvement dates back to volunteering with her Girl Scout troop in elementary school. It became a stronghold in her life in junior high and high school and has accelerated to where it is today.

The last two Christmas Eves were particularly meaningful for me: my day started off by giving one of the most important gifts you can ever hope to give another person — the gift of blood.

If you’re looking to step into a Christmas wonderland, there’s no need to travel to the North Pole. All it takes is a trip to Tricia’s Treasures with locations in Neenah, Crandon and Rhinelander

Nicolet College in Rhinelander is building a new Public Safety building that will both expand and improve training opportunities for individuals dedicated to providing protective and emergency services.

How old are your key employees? This is becoming one of the key issues buyers care about when acquiring a business. It’s not a case of agism -- buyers would love for your senior employees to stay. It’s about risk and how soon the business’s pivotal people are going to retire.

Although holiday shopping can be stressful, especially during a pandemic, there are ways you can stay safe and secure while focusing on your longterm financial goals.

My first jobs after graduating were for companies with diametrically differing operating philosophies. One relied on standard processes and agreed-upon work practices. The second was smaller and much freer with the how-to. At the time, it was a lot more fun to work at the smaller company and…

Let’s start off by stating that great salespeople, who are not in the majority, sell properly and utilize skill-based selling methods.

With Manufacturing Month now behind us, we must continue to celebrate all things manufacturing and all of the people involved in the manufacturing industry.

With federal tax laws potentially changing in the near future, it is more important than ever to review your succession plan and/or exit plan to determine when and if now is the right time to transfer your business ownership. While it is important to not let taxes alone drive how and when to…

Dickinson County Healthcare (DCH) in Iron Mountain, Mich., and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) have signed a Letter of Intent for DCH hospital and clinics to join Marshfield Clinic.

Aspirus Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) were among the health systems that recently received grants totaling more than $550,000 from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to support education and training to assist rural healthcare in filling “high need, high d…