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.

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…

One of Weber’s Farm Store’s more recent offerings is its Kefir, a cultured, fermented beverage that tastes much like a yogurt drink. It’s evidence of how the store has continued to keep pace with the needs and wants of its customers 64 years after its establishment.

What began as Jerome Brickner’s simple auto dealership in the countryside north of Marathon City in 1945 is now in its third generation of ownership. When Brickner’s of Wausau recently cut the ribbon on its new 60,000 square-foot facility on Grand Avenue, it cleared the road into its future.

Ducks are known for gliding along the water with seemingly little effort, all the while paddling furiously just beneath the surface. Observers are none the wiser, appreciating the beauty while the serious work is done out of sight.

Gusmer Enterprises Inc. is growing — again. While that may pose some challenges for Vice President Chris Gusmer and his team in Waupaca,

Vital Industries, the forum for the creativity and artistic imagination of Brett Childs and Crystal Hank Childs, has grown from a small screen-printing business into a growing outlet for new techniques and art forms.

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

It took a few rounds of being downsized to help Joel Hynes find just the right size business opportunity.

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

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 …

Most families cruise through campgrounds looking for the perfect site to set up and relax for a break from real-world stress.Odds are there’s a Gajewski looking at the stickers on the back of the campers and RVs.And while folks gaze into their campfires thinking about nothing but unwinding f…

Leave it to a trained and experienced butcher to develop a business philosophy that cuts straight to the bone. It’s just such a straightforward approach that may help Lamb’s Fresh Market survive and thrive despite competition large and small.

At EGI Mechanical, with locations in Plover and Seymour, opportunities abound for motivated people who want to create a rewarding career for themselves. Project manager Ron Meyer, who has been with EGI Mechanical for more than 20 years, can attest to that.

Every day, millions of people throughout North America climb aboard public transportation.  For big city dwellers, it’s a way of life. For others, it can be a novelty. Travelers use buses to get to the big game, share experiences of all kinds, see the world, and even search for a better life…

Ki Mobility isn’t flashy. Co-founder Doug Munsey asserts as much in an open letter to customers. But a walk around the ever-expanding manufacturer of lightweight wheelchairs reveals more color than one might imagine.

A major topic of discussion in the business world today is the fate of traditional retail stores and what impact that has on the economy. While many traditional brick and mortar stores are seeing a decline in sales, other businesses are profiting because of this changing marketplace. One of …

When Karen and Leo Dillenburg bought the War Bonnet Bar & Grill in Keshena in January 2009, they knew they had some fixing up to do to serve their diverse customer base.

Kindhearted Home Care, LLC, started as a home care service rooted in values of sincere, warm and kind-hearted care. It has since grown to become a source of numerous health-oriented services, and its location at 120 S. Mill St. in Merrill is a popular community destination.

Central Wisconsin is home to an abundance of water-based amenities, and water is also at the heart of the innovative printing that has brough success for Identity Custom Imaging, LLC. Identity Custom Imaging, 10496 Stadt Rd. in Marshfield, started in the back of another business’s building.

Cole Ule, owner of Blown Black Performance in Chili, Wis., started following his passion early in life. Before he was even old enough to drive, he was ripping apart old motors, and figuring out what made them tick. Ule received an LLC status for his diesel shop in 2013, shortly after he turn…

The name Sierra Pacific Windows may not have a long tenure in the Merrill community, but the window manufacturer at 1815 Water Street, definitely has.