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As a business owner, have you ever wondered how financial institutions determine if a loan will be approved? Financial institutions are in the risk business, Every time they make a loan they need to calculate the risk and verify that the reward outweighs the risk. But how is risk measured, w…

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.

Outstanding area business leaders who helped shape the area’s economy in past years will be honored this spring at the 12th Annual Champions of Business Dinner established by Junior Achievement of WisconsinNorthcentral District. A panel of independent judges selected John Ringle, David Graeb…

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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…

WAUSAU — The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, working closely with business leaders, K16 education leaders, professional day care organizations and youth-serving organizations in the region, has developed a new childcare resource on WausauChamber.com. This resource was built to serve thos…

In this time of great uncertainty because of the COVID-19 situation, one thing is certain: the need for communication. Communication with your employees, your clients, your vendors and other stakeholders.

Marion Body Works in Waupaca County, a national manufacturer of fire & emergency apparatus, announces its partnership with Municipal Fire Apparatus Specialists of McAllen, Texas. Municipal Fire Apparatus Specialists now is an official Marion Body Works dealer.

Dreams can be hereditary, and it was the visions of Armin Baumann that have come to life for Russell Utech and Debbi Koch.

According to a new poll released by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), 53 percent of Wisconsinites say that their property taxes are too high, with only 2 percent of voters thinking their property taxes are too low.

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.

If you really want to get to know people, stick them in a room together for an hour or so and watch them try to solve a problem.

WAUSAU — Six Wisconsin companies were awarded the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards on February 20 in Milwaukee. In a testament to the strength of the manufacturing industry in central Wisconsin, three of the six award recipients in 2020 are members of the Greater Wausau Chamber of C…

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Most business owners would give virtually anything to see the future, but at 51 Auto Body, Dave Koziel sees tomorrow working right alongside him today.

Wausau, WI— MCDEVCO, Inc. would like to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Vicki Resech effective March 1st, 2020.  Ms. Resech has been the Interim Executive Director of MCDEVCO since June 1, 2019, and the Director of Operations since 2015.  

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…

As the owner of a family business, you're likely concerned about the future of both your family and your business. You probably want to see the next generation carry on not just the business, but also the values you hold dear and have used to build your company. But, how do you best transfer…

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.

Converters Expo will return to Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on April 29-30 to connect converters and packagers of paper, film and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists and suppliers. More than 700 attendees and 141 exhibits are expected.

The Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin’s largest dairy lobbying group is calling the recently signed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) a vital deal that will bring broad benefits in the long term for the dairy community.

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…

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has announced the availability of the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) grant program for 2020. Wisconsin farmers and businesses seeking to grow their local markets need to apply for the grants by noon, February 28.

What’s intriguing is not how much the shoemaking process has changed over the decades but how much it remains the same within the walls of Weinbrenner Shoe Company.

Converters Expo will return to Lambeau Field Atrium in Green Bay on April 29-30 to connect converters and packagers of paper, film and nonwovens with industry buyers, specialists and suppliers. More than 700 attendees and 141 exhibits are expected.

WAUSAU, WI (Jan 29, 2020) – The Badger State Games’ Winter Games are celebrating 31 years of bringing Olympic-style sporting events to Wisconsin, allowing athletes of all ages and abilities to “Go for the Gold”.  Those who medal with a Gold, Silver or Bronze are then eligible to compete in t…

Time Federal Savings Bank recently merged with River Cities Bank to expand the bank to have nine locations, offer secondary market loans, add business products and services, upgrade their technology and more.   Because of this transition, Time Federal Savings Bank will be changing their name…

Golfers in northern Wisconsin have gotten used to finding a safe space where their clubs can hibernate until about April.

More than $4 million in patronage was deposited into accounts of members who borrowed and saved with CoVantage Credit Union. Patronage is a concept of giving back that originated among cooperatives years ago. Most have abandoned the practice, but at CoVantage, patronage has been paid to memb…

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) received a $2 million gift from the Sentry Insurance Foundation. The gift will establish the Sentry Deanship at the MCW-Central Wisconsin campus in Wausau. It is the largest charitable commitment to the campus and will provide the resources needed to ex…

Sentry Insurance has extended its commitment as title sponsor of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, agreeing to continue the tournament and support to the Maui community in Hawaii through the 2029-30 PGA Tour season.

Forty-five years after its establishment, Melody Gardens Restaurant & Skateland is as much a family destination as it was when “The Loco-Motion” ranked number six on the Billboard Hot 100 list.

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.

Whether Andrea Larson is dashing through the wilderness in a 100-mile foot race or cranking out miles on a fat-tire bike, she’s far more concerned about hydration and navigation than about economic development.

Wausau, WI (January 10, 2020) – As the 2020 Badger State Winter Games draws closer to opening their 31st season, they are excited to announce a Snowmobile Torch Ride from Wausau, WI to Eagle River, WI.  The Torch Ride will involve 12 snowmobile clubs, 4 counties, and over 150 miles of snowmo…

Employers in the Wausau area have a new website, www.greaterwausau.org, to help recruit employees to fill their vacancies thanks to the Greater Wausau Prosperity Partnership and Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce.

Through a partnership with Chamber travel experts, Citslinc International, the Portage County Business Council (PCBC) is offering a trip to China. The trip, slated for Oct. 13-21, 2020, includes stops in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou with opportunities to visit historic sites such a…

WAUSAU, WI (Dec 19, 2019) –The Badger State Games’ Winter Games are kicking off the 31st year Winter Games by sponsoring the 2019 U.S. Ski & Snowboard USSA Opening Giant Slalom Series of Races on December 21-22, 2019 at Granite Peak Ski Area. Approximately 300 racers are expected to comp…