Business & Industry

Through the end of the year
1:47 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

United Way Begins Annual Campaign With High Goals

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43 United Ways in Wisconsin are beginning their fall fundraising push, and the Northwoods United Way has set an ambitious goal.

Executive Director Nancy Sattler says the money raised in the Northwoods stays here to help local people...

"....we focus on things like education, income and health. As we always say, 'we always win collectively when one person succeeds in school, or when a family is financially stable and when people are in good health...."

Sattler says they have set an ambitious goal...

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Focus on Public-Private Partnership
3:01 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Workshop Spreads the Word About Broadband Grant Opportunity

Communities and service providers have about a month to apply for state funds to expand broadband service.

Jill Hietpas, Broadband Outreach Specialist for UW Extension, gave a workshop in Rhinelander Monday to talk about the half-a-million dollars in funds offered through the Public Service Commission. 

Hietpas says money aims to reach areas with little broadband access, and requires that communities partner with service providers.

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Vilas residents asked to step forward
3:27 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Vilas Vision Seeking New Leadership Candidates


A program to develop the next generation of leaders in Vilas county is looking for candidates.
Since it's inception in 2003, Vilas Vision has graduated more than 100 candidates. It is a cooperative arrangement between Vilas County UW-Extension and the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

UW-Extension agent Chris Stark says the program hopes to help people build a better future for themselves and the community...

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Urging Higher Wages
3:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Wausau Fast Food Workers Plan to Strike Thursday

Fast food workers plan to strike in Wausau on Thursday.  It’s part of a national movement calling for higher wages and the right to bargain collectively. 

  The nonprofit Wisconsin Jobs Now is organizing the rally in Wausau, but the group says fast food workers in over 150 U.S. cities also plan to walk off their jobs Thursday.

They’re asking for a $15 hourly wage and the right to form a union. 

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Growing Membership and Activities
1:00 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Minocqua Chamber to Add Space

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce is planning an expansion.

The project calls for building a new room about 900 square feet in size, which can be used for meetings and event preparation. 

As Board President Buck Drossart explains, the growing scale of chamber events and membership has been putting a strain on existing space. 

“We were outgrowing the available space that we had.  And we felt it was time to expand, and offer a much larger more conducive space to our staff, board of directors, and our membership.”

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Labor Day
4:11 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Enjoy The Day Off But Remember History Says Leader


It's Labor Day in the U.S. and a labor activist says it's perfectly o.k. to take the day off...

" is a break from work. That's the point. To recognize people who toil for a living. So enjoy the day!...."

That's Bill Brockmiller,  president of the western Wisconsin AFL-CIO. He says he hopes workers take a moment to recognize the things they have because of the effort of organized labor...

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Numbers back to pre-recession levels
10:41 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Lots Of Travelers This Labor Day, Gas Prices Down


There's more of us on the roads this Labor Day holiday weekend according to Wisconsin Triple-A.
Spokesperson Nick Jarmusz says expect to see many people with you on the roads...

"....we're going to have the highest travel volume since 2008. Nationally, that's going to mean about 35 million folks hitting the roads. Locally, here in Wisconsin were looking at 731,000 residents will be traveling...."

Jarmusz says nationally, it will be the highest travel volume since 2008. Jarmusz says stability in gas prices is also leading travelers to hit the roads...

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Business & Industry
3:38 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Leadership Oneida County Deadline Application Nears


A program that has graduated people trained to be the next generation of Northwoods has a deadline this week for the next class.
Leadership Oneida County began in  the fall of 2008 and has kept its format of a nine-month  course. It's designed to show participants what the county has as assets and where they could fit in as a leader.

The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is one of the sponsors. Director Dana DeMet says the idea is to bring out the next generation of leaders...

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Plans to Promote the Area
2:35 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Minocqua Chamber Welcomes Krystal Westfahl

Minocqua’s Chamber of Commerce has a new executive director.  Krystal Westfahl started the job last week, filling the position vacated by outgoing director Kim Baltus, who was there for three years.

Westfahl is an Appleton native, who spent time in the Northwoods growing up while visiting the Mellen area.  She says she’s excited to get to know Minocqua. 

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September 16 Stevens Point
10:20 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Employers, Job Seekers Invited To State Career Expo


Employers looking for help and job hunters looking for work are invited to a large career expo in Stevens Point next month.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson announced the fair last week. Newson says it will be the first in central Wisconsin.

Kristine Porter is the District Director of Workforce Development based in Wausau....

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