If you are a business owner, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to understand the value of your business. A valuation helps shape your exit strategy, informs your financial planning, and can be critical to creating a contingency plan that adequately protects your family. But m…

On the surface safety can have an appearance of being a costly necessity with no real value additions to the customer. Thinking like that can be dangerous, in both relative-to-work functions and satisfying customer requirements. How do the two relate? Is there any benefit to customer satisfa…

With significant growth and expansion within its North American and global operations, Marten Machining is building a new 40,000-square-foot headquarters on 11.5 acres at 3017 Worth Drive in the Portage County Business Park, Stevens Point.

The labor shortage is the biggest challenge facing Wisconsin businesses and, thus, the Wisconsin  economy. As a result, state business leaders need Gov. Tony Evers and the legislature to include tangible measures to address the problem in the state budget, which is the only piece of legislat…

Receiving a sizable inheritance can make a significant difference in a person’s financial life. If you find yourself in the position of inheriting an individual retirement account (IRA), it may have added value in the form of tax advantages. The tax rules and considerations of IRAs vary base…

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of 25 academic institutions to receive five-year funding (2019 to 2024) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a Prevention Research Center, with the mission of improving the health of low-income women, infants and fa…

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MADISON, WI. May 9, 2019 – Advanced Composite Products and Technology Inc (ACPT), a manufacturer of composites, is establishing its first Wisconsin facility in Marathon County–a $5.2 million project expected to create 13 jobs over the next three years.

In recognition of its achievement and innovation in healthcare sustainability, Aspirus Wausau Hospital is recipient of the Partner Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare.

Whether to help others was never up for debate in Derek Boyd’s mind. The native Ohioan was raised by the Bible’s teachings, including Luke 10:27: “ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor…

The orders were coming in and business was growing ahead of schedule.

Construction/Real EstateS.C. Swiderski, Mosinee, named Jacqui Miller as business development manager. She has 21 years of real estate experience. She previously was a Realtor in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market where she was named Realtor Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 and honored in the RE/MAX H…

Gundersen Health System and Marshfield Clinic Health System are discussing how the two organizations might come together to collectively enhance the level of care across Wisconsin, northeast Iowa and southeastern Minnesota.

WAUSAU, Wis., May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PSB Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX: PSBQ), parent company of Peoples State Bank, Wausau, Wisconsin, announced that it has ranked for the tenth consecutive year in the American Banker Magazine’s “Top 200 Community Banks” list, as the 53rd top performing c…

Change is the only constant when it comes to branding your business on social media. A branding campaign that worked well just a year or two ago has the real possibility of falling flat today. This is because the algorithms, used by platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to determine who s…

Goals and expectations change over time, much like your Limited Liability Company (LLC). Similarly, your Operating Agreement warrants an annual review and potential amendment.

Every day, leaders in the education profession and government roles are faced with facility or operational needs. Some communities need to update their middle school or expand the high school; some communities have run out of space for their fire department or pub- lic works operations. It’s…

Many of you of may be familiar with the TV show Undercover Boss. It has a simple but powerful premise and message. It takes a CEO and puts them “undercover” in their own company. This way the employees do not know that this is the CEO, and in many cases, he or she is learning and doing menia…

Aspirus Inc. has been recognized on Global Healthcare Exchange's (GHX) “Best 50” supply chains in North America for 2018. To select the Best 50, GHX looked at the per- formance of more than 4,100 hospitals in the United States and Canada connected to the GHX electronic trading exchange. This…

What are you doing to grow, change, learn and prepare for the future? Every business can benefit from a focus on value creation, that is, building both tangible and intangible assets to provide maximum value.Whether you plan to sell your business in the near-term or stay in the business for …

Aspirus Medford Hospital and Clinics has donated $10,000 to the Our Village Playground project. It will be the first all- inclusive and handicap-accessible playground for children and families in Taylor County. It is anticipated the playground will be built dur- ing the upcoming summer in Me…

Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander is now offering Genius 3D mammography (breast tomosynthesis) for breast cancer screening.Breast tomosynthesis produces a three-dimensional view of the breast tissue that helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures wit…

Wisconsin’s business tax climate has seen marked improvements over the last eight years. Whether it’s CNBC (29 in 2010 to 17 in 2018), Forbes (40 in 2010 to 32 in 2018), the Tax Foundation (42 in 2010 to 32 in 2019), Site Selection Magazine (unranked in 2010 to 22 in 2018), or Chief Executiv…

The new Marshfield Clinic Health System YMCA at 410 West McMillan St. in Marshfield has opened.The newly constructed facility includes a Healthy Living Center with 24/7 access, strength-training center, multi-generational community room, welcome center and member lounge.Many areas of the exi…

Content marketing has strong value in generating leads that can be nurtured to future sales. And because manufacturers generally have a product or service with a higher price point, longer sales cycle, a longer contracted purchase life, and have more decision makers in the buying process, th…

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc. is investing $1,000 in the Chestnut Center for the Arts, 208 S. Chestnut Ave. in Marshfield, as part of its Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant program.Each month Security Health Plan awards a different charity or organization $1,000 that was nominat…

While home sales in much of the Northcentral region were down slightly, sales of existing homes statewide were up in February despite escalating prices and winter weather, according to the most recent analysis of the state housing market by the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA). Home sale…

In results posted from the U.S. Small Business Administration that tracks SBA lend- ing throughout the nation, River Valley Bank, and it's national online community bank, IncredibleBank, ranked as the 23rd largest SBA lender in the fourth quarter of 2018.River Valley was the only bank in Wis…

Foxconn Technology Group Ltd. said it plans to complete work on a new factory in Wisconsin to assemble liquid crystal display screens and start production before the end of next year.Foxconn said the next phases of factory construction will begin by this summer “and the facility will begin p…

The Wausau River District is one of three winners of the 2019 Great American Main Street Award, which recognizes communities for their excellence in preservation-based commercial district revitalization, Wausau River District announced today.Selected by a national jury of community developme…

When it comes to which investment strategies to employ, people generally fall into two camps: “bot- tom-up investing” or “top-down investing.” While both investment strategies have merits and drawbacks, incorporating them in tan- dem may help you achieve a balanced, diversified portfolio.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, based in Marshfield, has earned three service quality awards for 2018 from Service Quality Measurement (SQM), a North American research firm that specializes in customer service improvement.The awards will be presented May 7-9 at SQM's 20th Annual Customer …

The Portage County Business Council recently recognized community leaders and businesses who have made a significant impact.There were winners in four different categories.The 2018 Ambassador of the Year award went to Sarah Agena, who was recognized for being the most active and engaged volu…

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau has been named a top training college in North America by the Learning Resources Network (LERN).The 2019 LERN Contract Training Award for Excellence in Improving Client Productivity was presented to NTC during the 2019 LERN conference. LERN is t…

Aspirus has completed the purchase of WPS Health Solutions’ ownership stake in Aspirus Arise Health Plan of Wisconsin, making Aspirus the sole owner of the Wisconsin-based health plan.Aspirus Arise was created in 2016 as a joint venture between Aspirus and WPS and has experienced strong grow…

Few business owners have an office assistant who is willing to go outside to play fetch, but with all that’s on Duane Willman’s plate, the occasional break for his golden retriever Gus, who is always on hand to vet visitors, is a welcome diversion.The sole proprietor of Duane’s Cover It All …

The very first commencement ceremony for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW)-Central Wisconsin will be held May 30 at the Rothschild Pavilion, 1104 Park St. in Rothschild. Thirteen final-year students will receive their medical degrees that day.

Van Horn Automotive Group, which has tow dealerships in Stevens Point, was recognized by the Wisconsin Chapter of The ESOP Association as 2019 Company of the Year.The award is presented to a company that demonstrates a commitment to employee ownership as exhibited by involvement with the Ass…

For Pat Heier, giving back to the community he calls home just adds up.Take that literally and figuratively as Heier spends his days focused on managing money as the senior vice president, commercial banking group leader, Peoples State Bank in Wausau. He also recently was appointed vice pres…

HealthcareCarmen Quednow joined Aspirus Medford Clinic as clinic manager. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the primary care and walk-in clinics in Medford. Most recently, Quednow owned and operated Quednow Chiropractic Clinic in Medford. She also has experience in healthca…

For the past several years, the practice of “content marketing” has been all the rage. Many businesses are using content like blogs, infographics, videos or white papers to generate quality leads through their websites and social media pages.However, the way online audiences seek out and dig…

Organizational development professionals often say, "We hire on skills, but fire on attitude." If the saying is correct, then it would seem employees struggle more with attitude issues than with work skills. How can managers deal with attitude issues before they reach the firing stage? I’ve …

Gamber-Johnson, a Stevens Point-based sup- plier of mounting systems for fleet vehicles, public safety vehicles, forklifts, and other mobility applications, has been named the winner of the 31st Annual Manufacturer of the Year Award in the special category of Exceptional Customer Relations.T…

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced it is now partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention with the goal of preventing veteran suicide.

Aspirus Wausau announced it will begin renovation in July on a clinic near the hospital to create a “Family House” to serve as a home away from home for patients and families using their healthcare system. It is an anticipated $4.5 million project which will include 10 guest rooms and common…