Have you ever driven through a business district and noticed a building that stood out, but not in a good way? Many communities throughout the country have that one building that just doesn’t quite fit. Yes, you might say it’s memorable but, if it’s for the wrong reason(s) and it’s your buil…

Years ago, at the moment when the internet was emerging and the potential for personal money transactions intersected, there was an immediate fear and mistrust among many people. “Is it secure; will I get ripped off?” was the chief concern that led significant numbers of the first generation…

A dedication ceremony was held Aug. 7 for the new Riverlife Park along the Wausau East Riverfront area north of Wausau on the Water (WOW). The park officially opened June 28.

For centuries people have agreed that gold is very valuable. Men risked their lives trying to find it, banks built massive vaults guarding it, and we all have heard of Fort Knox, the most secure place in the world, where the U.S. Government is keeping its gold reserves.

For Erin Witucki, community involvement wasn’t an option when she moved to the Wausau area after college. It was simply a matter of what she was going to get involved in.

Leaders of Portage-based Divine Savior Healthcare (DSH) and the Sisters of the Divine Savior have signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Aspirus Health Care in Wausau.

I hear this often from other advisers and business owners, “I thought you were an accountant. I didn’t realize you did all of this other stuff.” What they mean when they say “other stuff ” is the people, the process and the messiness of emotions that go far beyond the business.

It’s not uncommon for visuals to be scarce in public relations and corporate communications. Most professionals are strictly trained in “words.” However, the importance of images and video cannot be understated —and in 2019, this is truer than ever before, given how much better visual conten…

It’s a fallacy to assume that all businesses can succeed in a rising economy. While it’s the case for most, some companies, no matter the size, struggle and may even fail in a strong economy. In most of those cases the source often is internal. The issue is not as economic as it is strategic…

You will not read this column and say “That is some new stuff Hal is talking about now.” You have heard or read it all before, but now is the time to put all this into action.

(MCW)-Central Wisconsin held its white coat ceremony to formally matriculate its third class of incoming medical students on July 11 in the James F. Veninga Theater at the University of Wisconsin Center for Civic Engagement in Wausau

Believe it or not, most members of the class of 2019 college graduates are not Millennials. The newest group heading into the workforce are members of Generation Z — individuals born between 1995 and 2010. 

Search engine optimization (SEO) — the process for optimizing a website’s content in hopes that the site will be more findable and rank higher among search results — has been around for 20-plus years. But even as the concept has evolved and businesses continue to get a better sense for how s…

Recognizing the needs to expand access to public transportation services in the Northwood’s, Ascension Wisconsin recently gave $10,000 to Northwood’s Transit Connections as a sponsorship.

 Aspirus Medford Foundation donors have provided funding to replace and enhance the emergency medical services (EMS) radio which had been in service since the 1970s and was experiencing coverage gaps from the field.

Both students and the community will benefit from a new scholarship partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Marshfield Clinic Health System that aims to support, educate and train aspiring rural healthcare professionals in Central Wisconsin.

Timing isn’t everything, but it means a lot. When you’re ready to sell your business, timing the market matters more as your business size increases. During the last six years, multiples (an industry metric for business valuations) in Main Street have stayed pretty consistent within a 10 per…

With lean, the ultimate goal is to provide the customer with the greatest value while minimizing an enterprises’ waste in the development of ‘said’ product. The use of lean and applying several strategies and principles in the traditional manufacturing setting has been proven. However, does …

A combination of workforce challenges, inadequate Medicaid rates, and facility closures or downsizings are jeopardizing the future viability of Wisconsin’s nursing facilities and access to high quality care and services in Wisconsin. 

Companies regularly find themselves in the position of having to invest in equipment that will allow them to continue growing their businesses. If those businesses are startups, the need is sometimes more urgent, as they require capital-intensive equipment just to get their operations up and…

Since 1927, Marshfield Clinic Health System and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have collaborated to educate future generations of medical providers.

Barb LaMue, a 23-year economic development professional in Wisconsin, became executive director of New North Inc. on June 10. The organization’s founding leader, Jerry Murphy, will move into a strategic role, leading the expanded entrepreneurial efforts as part of his transition toward retir…

Business leaders often talk about creating a culture of innovative risk taking but many fail in accomplishing the goal. Most struggle to understand why so few people are willing to challenge the status quo or think beyond well-established boundaries. The key question to ask is, “How do you p…

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)-Central Wisconsin graduated its first class of doctors at ceremonies May 31 at the Rothschild Pavilion in Rothschild. The college matriculated this first class of medical students in July 2016. 

In his 25-year career in healthcare, Terry Lawrence has never worked in an environment quite like the one at Bone & Joint. 

Most everyone in Merrill knows who Sue Kunkel is, and that’s an asset for Kunkel as she goes about her community volunteering. 

I’ve often wondered… Why are so many well-known (not to mention the rest of the less-well-known) company mission statements so blatantly self-focused, self-serving, undifferentiated, and ultimately uninspiring for their customers or even the people who work there?

Information Technology and related software capabilities are advancing at an incredible rate. A key differentiator two years ago is a required capability this year, creating opportunities and threats for small business owners. A good business strategy can set direction for the technology pat…

While I sit in Detroit airport on a Sunday afternoon after being delayed out of Green Bay at 7 for more than 6 hours, missing my connection to Washington D.C., Dulles Airport, and missing many of the conference activities I was planning on attending, I can’t help but think about Grit.

I am sure that if my parents were still alive they would get a kick out of this column because they would be saying, “I knew it all along, that you would be in sales or teaching sales, etc.”

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the filing of a lawsuit May 16 against Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., and Richard S. Sackler, Purdue's former co-chairman and president, for alleged misconduct in marketing and sales of opioids that contributed to the opioid epidemic.

Protecting a business from complex modern cyberattacks, advanced hacking methodologies, email attacks, and employee social media usage is requiring a more advanced appliance for a business’s internet edge.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System, has received three Certification Seals from the

ThedaCare, which serves more than 600,000 people throughout Northeastern and Northcentral Wisconsin, has announced launch of an opioid awareness campaign developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called “It only takes a little to lose a lot.”

If your business has an enterprise value of $10- million or more, it’s a good idea to get a quality of earnings report before putting your business on the market. A quality of earning (QoE) report reviews the earning power of the business to determine those earnings are accurate and sustainable.