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Sometimes the key to victory lies in an effective passing of the baton. One runner begins while the next takes it to its next length. Such is the transition to Michael Witte, new executive director of the Portage County Business Council (PCBC).

In the Wisconsin Bankers Association's recently released biannual Economic Conditions Survey of Wisconsin bank CEOs, 79 percent of respondents rated Wisconsin’s current economic health as “excellent” or “good.”

Each year, the World Championship Derby Complex in Eagle River draws 35,000 to 40,000 people to the Northwoods to participate in, volunteer at or to simply enjoy its series of winter snowmobile and UTV races. Maintenance and preparation crews work hard in the weeks leading up to the winter r…


Like any seeds buried under the Northcentral Wisconsin snow, it may take the warm thaw of spring to begin showing the bloom of prosperity.

Mid-State Technical College’s Wisconsin Rapids campus will offer Mid-State’s full associate in applied science (AAS) in Agribusiness and Science Technology starting in January. The change also expands the related Farm Operation and Agribusiness Agronomy Technician technical diploma programs …

Nicolet College and several regional economic development partners will have significant financial resources to serve entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Northwoods thanks to a $1 million grant the college received from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Bells jingle in crisp winter air as skis scratch a path through a fresh layer of snow. Soon, a group – family, friends, co-workers, a couple old or young – will climb down from the sleigh and sit around a crackling fire reminiscing while creating memories anew.

Walking into the Evolutions in Design store in downtown Wausau feels like stepping into an old-fashioned Christmas shop. Christmas carols play, lights sparkle, and ornaments dangle from the ceiling.


For more than four decades, Jim Frisch has been refining and nurturing poinsettias, those beautiful but persnickety Yule symbols, at his family-owned greenhouse in Antigo. He has helped develop new varieties, watched as trends changed from reds, pinks, and whites to now a starburst of colors…

Upon entry to the FreMarq Innovations headquarters in Merrill, people are greeted by the bark of a friendly, wagging dog. “We’re a family-oriented company,” said national sales manager Jeff Beyer. That shouldn’t be a surprise considering the owners of FreMarq are the husband-wife team of Tod…

WAUSAU – The Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award® and ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. The recipients were named during a program held on Wednesday, November 3 at the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rot…

“Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That adage, attributed to Mark Twain, can easily apply to Amanda Lauer.

There’s a scene in the 1999 film “Office Space” where the protagonists exorcise their innermost frustrations by beating the living daylights out of a problematic printer.


When Julie Berndt was hired by Johnson Electric Coil in 1991, she brought a strong work ethic and desire to learn that have been evident throughout her career,

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has enhanced the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a federal disaster relief loan designed to better serve and support small business communities still reeling from the pandemic, especially hard-hit sectors such as restaurants, g…

Arewarding aspect of hosting a small business radio show and mentoring business owners in Northeast Wisconsin is learning about the incredible variety of businesses in this area. Most have growth plans and we enjoy learning of or helping with. However, there is an innovative and driven subse…

A self-professed “artsy person,” Jennifer Hoffman’s introduction to ’til The Cows Come Home was in repurposing old barn wood into picture frames, signs and the like to sell in the store. Little did she know at the time that in 2016, she would purchase the store at 154 S. Main St., Shawano.

Wisconsin's 135 state-chartered banks continue to exhibit strong financial performance as of June 30, according to data released by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). State-chartered banks’ total assets increased more than $4.9 billion from June 30, 2020, and stand at …

A 17-month COVID-19 economic impact survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) collected feedback from 3,500 Wisconsin business leaders.

One thing’s for sure: If Jared Wesenick had won the title of Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin for 2021, he would have been able to make his own trophy.


For 75 years, Mel’s Trading Post has been helping people have fun.

Green Bay-based Nicolet Bankshares Inc., the parent company of Nicolet National Bank, completed its acquisition of Mackinac Financial Corp., parent company of mBank, on Sept. 3. mBank had 28 branches in Northcentral Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

They say when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Well, if life gives you an abundance of fresh flowers and you can’t open your flower shop to the public because of a pandemic, you make bouquets. That’s exactly what Bruce Walentowski and Joshua Jameson did.

If getting paid to watch sports is the dream, Jason Zaleski is living it, and Zaleski Sports is beaming memories to communities all around Northcentral Wisconsin.

If you’re a business owner or prominent member of the community, there’s a chance you may have the unfortunate experience of dealing with a sudden and tragic event. It’s difficult to know exactly what to do first when responding to a sensitive situation, and with the rapid-fire nature of soc…

Growing up in the food and catering business, Corrie Merklein saw the industry from a lot of angles, but even after a global pandemic shut down all types of gatherings, Merklein has a lot on her plate with CJ’s Catering.

Ownership of Wood County Solar Project is officially transitioning from Savion LLC to Alliant Energy. This comes on the heels of approval from the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) on Alliant Energy’s filing for 675 megawatts of solar. It also marks the beginning of construction …


Karen Steckbauer McCabe and Pat McCabe are builders, not just of houses, but of communities.

Northcentral Technical College (NTC) in Wausau is expanding customized training for area businesses due to $575,604 in grant awards. The grants are part of a $4 million investment by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) through Workforce Advancement Training grants, which support em…

Whether fresh out of school or several years into a professional career, managing money and planning their financial future are among the top priorities for young professionals., but given competing interests such as marrying or finding a life partner, repaying college debt, starting a famil…

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is organizing a virtual Global Trade Venture to Australia and New Zealand from Nov. 8-19 to help Wisconsin companies connect with export partners in these markets.


Gunkel’s Bakery in Antigo may be more than 100 years old, but they are cutting edge when it comes to offering healthy baked options for their customers.

It’s not often that forced closure can work in favor of a business, but working in the pizza business creates an opening to deliver.

For many year-round and summer residents, all trails in Langlade County lead north — to North Trail Store in Elcho.

A new survey of Wisconsin businesses indicates the state’s workforce shortage has become an emergency. According to the Wisconsin Employer Survey, 86 percent of businesses are struggling to hire workers.