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Jessica Guyant has packed a lot of living into her 42 years, but whether it’s been as a boat captain in Hawaii, backpacking around southeast Asia or skiing in Colorado, her journey has been equal parts enlightenment and enjoyment.


Once symbolic of a failed Midwestern franchise, the empty hull of at least one former Shopko building will soon buzz anew.

Sometime, when we marketing a business for sale, it’s important to include a short note about why the business wasn’t transitioning to the owner’s kids. After all, if it’s such a great opportunity, why don’t the kids want it, right?

When COVID-19 forced closures of businesses from March through May 2020, the Rhinelander community was able to rally around its suddenly troubled economic engine.

(image Tuffy) Scott Dufrane, above, said he and his wife, Jessie, liquidated everything they had to purchase Tuffy Boats in 2018. Company sales have grown since then and new models are in the works.

A survey by the University of WisconsinOshkosh’s Center for Customized Research and Services found campaigns to shop locally during the holidays helped, but businesses are struggling with extra expenses related to COVID-19. Still, overall viability remains high, with nearly half of respondin…

The Marshfield community has been a study in resiliency during the past year. Just as the community was coming to grips with the closure of prominent long-time employer Figi’s in the opening months of 2020, along came COVID-19.

If you’re like me, you probably never want to think about 2020 again, but there is one lingering item from last year — your 2020 taxes.

With businesses and municipalities casting lures to families who might be considering relocation, the expansion of The Reserve at Greenwood Hills couldn’t be coming at a better time.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) – the combined state chamber, manufacturers’ association and safety council – launched a new initiative on Thursday to protect the business community from government entities that have overstepped their authority.

It’s not often one would willingly trade places with someone who’s rehabilitating an injury, but that’s the approach Tim Thorsen and Ben Solheim strive to take at Health in Motion. 

As 2020 left so many people and businesses wondering where to turn, a record number were turning to the Portage County Business Council (PCBC). 

Aspirus Health and Ascension have signed an agreement to transfer from Ascension to Aspirus ownership of seven hospitals, 21 physician clinics and air and ground medical transport services located in north and central Wisconsin. 

As businesses continue to search for answers to the questions inherent to COVID-19, the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce spent a good portion of 2020 trying to find answers.


When Amanda Franseen was a young girl doing small tasks in the shop at her family’s meat-processing business, she probably never imagined she would one day own it.

An area family foundation is making significant donations to support Wisconsinites in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Little Rapids Corporation-Egan Family Foundation, which has a paper mill in Shawano and manufacturing facilites in Green Bay, donated $210,000 this month to more than …

It’s safe to say 2020 was, at best, a mixed bag for most, but for Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, the year couldn’t have gone much better.

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) — the combined state chamber, manu - facturers’ association and safety council — has been recognized by its peer as the State Chamber of the Year.

The Greenheck Group has signed a letter of intent to acquire Metal Industries, a manufacturer of grilles, registers, diffusers, and air-terminal products used in commercial and institutional buildings. The addition of these products will complement and further expand the Greenheck brand’s pr…

Industrial 3-D printing has the opportunity to prompt the fourth Industrial Revolution in altering how companies conceive, design, produce, distribute and repair everything.


One advantage to dealing in a wide number of products or services is that you never know what might emerge as the winner.

IncredibleBank has been named a recipient of a $15,000 grant from The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago’s Target Impact Fund that provides members with grants to support relief efforts for populations hardest-hit by COVID-19 as well as to promote equity and opportunity for communities of color.

An additional $70 million of “We’re All In” grants awarded through the state government was added to the second round of grants to support small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic downturn. The second round will award a total of $120 million to businesses. …

“I did home economics classes in high school but I am not a good sewer,” said Freeberg, owner/designer of the Stevens Point business. “However, I am an embroiderer.”

Nineteen years ago, the unthinkable happened to the United States when planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. Americans were living in fear and anxiety in the days, weeks, and months following. The stock market and the economy plunged drasticall…

With in-person meetings suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the community, the Rotary Club of Stevens Point is using money that would have typically been used to pay for member lunches to purchase $4,000 in local gift certificates. The gift certificates were split in half and distri…

John Peterson, owner of Schuette Metals in Rothschild, made a name for himself and his business when he did a brief presentation at the Republican National Convention on August 25. He didn’t hold back when he described the challenges their business faced under the previous administration, th…

The power of relationships will lead to a fresh start on life for at least one Wausau-area family after Alex Forer guided Larry Meyer Construction to complete a Habitat for Humanity house over the summer.

More than half of all businesses responding to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s sixth monthly survey to monitor the COVID-19 impact in Wisconsin shows access to broadband internet is limiting employees' ability to work from home.

Jacoby Custom Cues, a master of cue-making with various woods is appropriately located in a community in Wood County.


While the COVID-19 shutdowns of spring caught most people and businesses by surprise, crews at the Grand Theater had a little more work to do than many.

Green Bay-based Associated Bank on Friday announced plans to close 14 bank branches in Wisconsin, including two in Northcentral Wisconsin: one at 625 Chippewa Street in Minocqua and another in Stanley. Associated also plans to open one new branch in Madison.

With many school districts reopening last month with various plans to protect children, their families and teachers, 43 percent of Wisconsin business leaders responding to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s fifth statewide COVID-19 economic impact survey administered from Aug. 6 to 21 bel…

Wisconsin small business owners are invited to register for the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Academy conference. The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 6 -7 and from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Oct. 8.

He related the story of one client from Illinois who had a vacation spot in the Northwoods. That client referred Kaiser to a colleague in Montana, and one in Utah.“I had no job,” he said, “but I had a customer list.”

As the owner of Lemke Industrial Machine in Marathon City, Dave Pflieger isn’t one to spend a lot of time watching TV.


A Rouman family cinema has been a fixture in Rhinelander dating back several generations. Current owner George Rouman is determined not to let the pandemic put an end to the legacy that’s almost 100 years in the making. 

Tweet/Garot Mechanical, a 122-year-old mechanical contracting and engineering company based in De Pere has acquired Mechanical Incorporated, a mechanical contractor in Tomahawk. 

Marion Body Works, a manufacturer of fire and emergency apparatus, commercial truck bodies, custom cabs, and defense vehicles, secured an order for eight custom pumpers for the Costa Rican Fire Department, Benemérito Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica.

A unique shopping experience awaits those looking for ready-to-wear casual and contemporary apparel at Tumbleweed in downtown Shawano. 

Businesses responding to the fourth statewide University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh COVID-19 economic impact survey showed gains on several key indicators but expressed extreme caution in their business and personal travel plans.