The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Wisconsin small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Prepared…

LinkedIn has quickly grown to 675 Million active users and now looks like Facebook for business professionals. Its revenue and profitability continue to grow, which is a sign of their steady and strong financial and user growth. So, what are so many people continuing to leverage the platform…

Doctors at UW Health in Madison became the first in the United States to treat a patient using a new medical-imaging device that allows physicians to see inside blood vessels and organs during surgery.

Coined in 2005, inbound marketing grew in popularity through the 2010s for one reason in particular … it works. Really well. In fact, the average cost per lead drops 80 percent after 5 months of consistent inbound marketing.

Marketers will sometimes talk about the four p’s (product, placement, price, promotion) of selling. Known as the “marketing mix,” the emphasis a company puts in each area can have a direct impact on sales and profits.

I n manufacturing you hear the word “lean” constantly. Companies everywhere are striving to reduce waste, labor, and costs while improving quality, but as they peel away at the onion, many manufacturers discover that leaning out their factories just isn’t enough to be competitive.

I recently had a once in a lifetime experience and thought this might be a good story to share. I do quite a bit of speaking, and in the course of my travels, I have met many people from all walks of life. We all encounter so many different types of people as we go through our respective liv…

Bone & Joint expanded its physical therapy services by opening a new 3,000-square-foot facility at 2106 Schofield Ave. in Weston. The new site increases the number of Bone & Joint physical therapy centers to three, with one in Plover, Wausau, and now, Weston.

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Ascension Medical Group Wisconsin has opened drive-through testing locations for COVID-19 in the region. Drive-through testing sites are available in Plover, Rhinelander and Crandon. Additional sites are currently in development.

Have you dreamed about opening your own restaurant? Automotive repair shop? Spa? Successfully starting a new business takes a combination of determination, market savvy, daring, resources and hard work. Your entrepreneurial endeavor could be pointless, if not based on a solid business plan.

Anyone who has purchased healthcare services in Wisconsin knows that the cost of healthcare is high. Study after study verifies this fact. What individuals may not know, unless they spend some time shopping around the country for health care, is that the cost of healthcare in Wisconsin is ro…

The Community Leadership Celebration Awards Dinner sponsored by St. Michael’s Foundation will be held 6-9 p.m., May 2, at SentryWorld in Stevens Point. Tickets are $65 per person and includes dinner.

CoVantage Credit Union plans to relocate its Rothschild branch and has purchased land at the corner of County Hwy XX and Trailwood Lane in the Village of Rothschild.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Wisconsin small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Prepared…

I n 2020, education, planning, preparing, and practicing for a ransomware recovery should be a top priority for all businesses. New age ransomware has dramatically changed and is not like the ransomware of recent past. Instead of encrypting as many files as possible as quickly as possible, r…

Marshfield, has earned five service quality awards for 2019 from Service Quality Measurement (SQM), a North American research firm that specializes in customer service improvement.

Does the CFO or Controller at your company complete a customary month-end closing process and then issue a large packet of financial information to the business owner and the management team? This process is followed by most companies as standard practice. What happens after that says a lot …

Growing up, Vanessa Lazarz was always “that” friend who others called to ask what they should wear. No one who knows her was surprised when she established Ana Blair’s Boutique, now at 820 E. 1st St., Merrill.

Lora Bladow’s community involvement is spurred by a sincere desire to be a part of something bigger than herself. That’s materialized in the impact she has in Wausau and Merrill alike.

The age at which a girl begins menstruating may be more significant than previously realized and may impact her risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure later in life.

The Aspirus Health Foundation’s Aspirus Scholars Program has awarded $550,000 to four medical students from the Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin campus in Wausau.

GREEN BAY, WI, March 2, 2020 – Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCBS) (“Nicolet”) and Advantage Community Bancshares, Inc. (“Advantage”) today jointly announce the execution of a definitive merger agreement, pursuant to which Nicolet will acquire Advantage and its wholly-owned banking subsi…

On Dec. 20, 2019, the federal government raised the federal minimum age of the sale of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. It is now illegal for a retailer to sell any tobacco product including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes/e-liquids to anyone under age 21.

Our economy continues to grow, and to maintain the momentum, international markets and the potential they provide for America’s businesses are crucial. Why? Because 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the U.S. and trade represents nearly 58 percent of the world’s $80 trillion ec…

Lately, it feels like everyone is talking about “employer branding” and whether they have it, need it or where they can go to get it. I have good news and bad. Unfortunately, “employer branding” isn’t just another cliché phrase you can ignore. Fortunately, done right, an employer brand can b…

Business owners thinking about exiting their business may be hearing the terms “platform” and “add-on” acquisitions. Understanding these terms, and knowing which category you might belong to, can help you prepare your business for a competitive, higher value sale.

We all know that staff turnover has a negative impact on a company’s bottom line. There’s the cost of recruiting, hiring and onboarding, not to mention paying other staff overtime in some cases to make up for the work not being performed by that vacant position. It all adds up to real dollar…

Sometimes, I feel like the commercial for the allergy drug Claritin. One of their commercials shows a person who is suffering from allergies and then they take a Claritin. Now, the backyard or park setting that they are in went from hazy to clear — or even sunny, and life is good again.

Research and development is critical to the growth of any modern economy. It is how businesses stay ahead of their competitors, how new goods — and even whole new industries — are created. Whether the business is a start-up or a century-old company, continuous improvement — innovation — is n…

The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin State Patrol and Wisconsin Department of Children and Families announced Jan. 21 they are working in partnership with the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (WPMCA) to increase understanding within the convenience …

Many parents have children who have accrued significant debt while they are in college. College graduates often have multiple loans — each one requiring its own payments on its own due date each month. Aside from parents giving money, there are steps they can encourage their child to take to…

Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were honored on Wednesday, January 29 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

During the last two years, I have been involved in several efforts to boost entrepreneurial activity in Northeastern Wisconsin. The emphasis of our efforts was on scalable businesses — those that can grow at an accelerated pace and hence are often funded via Venture Capital. Technology-power…

• St. Michael’s Foundation in Stevens Point is accepting applications for three $1,000 scholarships offered for the 2020- 2021 academic year to students pursuing healthcare careers. The application deadline is March 2. Qualified applicants are from Portage County and surrounding counties. Ap…

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities.

Hometown Manufacturing in Crandon is the only woman-owned transit vehicle manufacturer certified for government procurement in the United States. Kristina Pence-Dunow is the proud owner of this vintage trolley-bus and modern transit-bus manufacturing facility, but this opportunity came about…

Two Portage County businesses and two industry leaders were honored on Wednesday, January 29 at the Portage County Business Council’s Annual Dinner held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.

“Human Resources isn’t a thing we do, it is the thing that drives our business.” This quote speaks to a significant shift in mindset that has been taking place during the last 10 to 15 years in the field of Human Resources.

Mona Fox’s community involvement really grew roots when a local business owner, tapped her on the shoulder and said, “If not you, who?”