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Is a half percent all that bad? End of special sales tax in Brown County gives cause to reflect on the loss of potential local government revenue by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher

When the Brown County Professional Football Stadium District stops collecting the half-percent sales tax it’s gathered for the past 15 years at the end of next month, it will put a halt to annual revenues of more than $23 million.

And while most of the approximately $300 million in total collected through the special tax since 2001 helped finance improvements and continuing maintenance to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, it’s also helped support improvements to the Resch Center and other community endeavors. An excess balance collected beyond the financial obligations for which the special sales tax district was initially created will be redistributed to towns, villages and cities later this year. More than 90 percent of Wisconsin counties have some sort of a special sales tax above the state-imposed 5 percent applied to most non-grocery products and services sold throughout Wisconsin. Those seven that don’t – and remain at a flat 5 percent sales tax – are all concentrated in northeast Wisconsin, including Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Menominee, Outagamie, Sheboygan and Winnebago counties. Brown County will join that list Oct. 1. Few sane taxpayers willingly want to be taxed any more than they already are paying. But the sentiment of a half-percent sales tax being relatively nascent evokes the question of whether such a tax makes sense to support local government services in an environment where other new revenue sources are elusive to help offset increasing expenditure mandates and unavoidable annual payroll and benefits growth to maintain the level of local government service. It’s a question elected county officials are asked about regularly. But county supervisors’ positions on the issue aren’t likely to change much in the short term, even after witnessing what occurred in the laboratory of Brown County during the past decade and a half. Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson said the topic hasn’t come up with his county board during the four years he’s been in office, and he doesn’t expect it will as the county’s existing revenue stream is in sound shape to support its recent budgets, in which taxes and spending have remained relatively flat, he explained. Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris said he did attempt to introduce the idea of sales tax into two of the 10 previous executive budgets he delivered to his county board since taking office in 2005, but the idea was quickly dismissed by supervisors in both instances. In each occasion Harris specified revenues generated from the proposed 4 | August | NNB2B 4 | August 2015 2015 | NNB2B

half-percent sales tax would be appropriated directly toward property tax relief, but he noted that aspect of the proposal was largely ignored. Like Nelson to the north, he indicated there’s no interest in adopting a separate sales tax in Winnebago County at this time. Further south in Fond du Lac County – one the most recent counties in Wisconsin to adopt a half-percent sales tax when it did so in 2009 – the experiment has offered a positive experience in boosting economic development resources with almost no ongoing complaints from county residents, according to Allen Buechel, who’s served in the role of county executive there since 1993. At the time the half-percent county sales tax was adopted by the county board, Mercury Marine faced difficult decisions involving possibly uprooting much of its local workforce. Revenues generated from the sales tax helped provide a no-interest, partially forgivable loan to Mercury Marine to enhance its equipment and facilities in Fond du Lac if it maintained and added to its local workforce. As Fond du Lac County’s largest employer, the initiative to save Mercury Marine jobs was a much easier sell to residents. In the first year of Fond du Lac County’s half-percent sales tax, the half penny provided $6.2 million in total revenues. Last year, the half-percent sales tax provided nearly $7.3 million in additional revenues – of which an estimated 25 percent was paid by others not from the county, Buechel said. By the way, the same estimate in Brown County is that nearly half of its $23 million county-sales tax revenue is supported by visitors. Altogether, proceeds from Fond du Lac County’s half-percent sales tax have been put into the Fond du Lac County Revolving Loan Fund to help businesses create more than 1,500 jobs in the county and retain thousands more, according to Buechel. Beyond the $50 million loan originally provided to Mercury Marine, it also provided a $6 million loan to Alliance Laundry in Ripon and dozens of smaller loans to other growing employers across the county. He noted the economic impact of the development assistance provided through the loans registers in at about a half billion dollars annually. “I personally feel the county sales tax was the better way to go,” Buechel told B2B this past month, comparing the options of increasing property tax to provide the same assistance to local companies or even losing them altogether. Fond du Lac County’s sales tax is set to expire by 2021, but Buechel wasn’t so sure county residents will want to forego the revenue it generates, or that it would be in their best interest to do so. After six years already of paying an additional 20 cents on a $40 dinner bill or another $100 on a $20,000 new vehicle, he said residents haven’t complained much in recent years about the sliver of a cost to boost economic development. Perhaps the rest of northeast Wisconsin wouldn’t find that same half percent to be so bad, either? n

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Since We Last Met

Since We Last Met

Since We Last Met is a digest of business related news occurring in the Greater Green Bay, Fox Cities, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac areas in the one month since the previous issue of New North B2B.

June 26 Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert accepted the petition from a substantial portion of the Town of Menasha to incorporate into the proposed Village of Fox Crossing. That action allows the Wisconsin Department of Administration to review the town’s qualifications for incorporation before eventually putting the matter up for referendum among residents in the affected area on the west side of the town. June 26 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reopened the Appleton Road/WIS 47 interchange on U.S. Highway 10/ WIS 441 after it had been closed since April 13 for a complete reconstruction. Improvements included widening the U.S. 10/ WIS 441 overpasses to accommodate six lanes, adding turn lanes at ramp and crossroad intersections, and constructing two roundabouts on Appleton Road with the eastbound and westbound entrance and exit ramps. The interchange reconstruction is part of the larger project to improve a sixmile stretch of U.S. 10/WIS 441.

2002 August 9 – The state kicked off its SeniorCare Prescription Drug Assistance Program, a $100 million initiative to make prescription medication more affordable to the elderly on fixed incomes. 2006 August 1 – The Oshkosh Plan Commission approved a plan to purchase about 40 acres of land for $400,000 to expand the city’s Southwest Industrial Park. The land is adjacent to Clairville Road and 20th Avenue in the town of Algoma. 2007 August 2 – City of Appleton officials proposed creation of a $2.1 million tax incremental finance district on the city’s south side which would include the former Valley Fair shopping mall currently under demolition, Secura Insurance Co. headquarters, Memorial Florists & Greenhouses and a handful of other adjacent properties in the area.

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June 26 Grede announced it will close its foundry in Berlin by the end of the year, effectively laying off 157 employees beginning in September. The state Department of Workforce Development is preparing staff from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board to deliver job search, career planning and resume assistance as well as job training to affected workers. June 29 Strategic Fundraising suddenly closed its call center in Oshkosh, effectively laying off 153 employees. No reason was provided for the sudden closure. The state Department of Workforce Development is preparing staff from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board to deliver job search, career planning and resume assistance as well as job training to affected workers. July 1 Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corp. modified its Fond du Lac County Revolving Loan Fund program

2009 August 12 – Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in 41 counties suffering from drought conditions, including Outagamie County. The declaration expedites requests from farmers for temporary irrigation permits to divert stream or lake water to irrigate crops. 2010 August 2 – The U.S. Postal Service announced it will abandon a plan to close its Green Bay mail processing facility, all following a 9-month study on the potential efficiencies such a merger would provide. Rather, the post office plans to conduct a similar study assessing the impact of moving Oshkosh’s processing to Green Bay. Overall, the USPS is looking at measures to trim expenses and improve efficiency while mail volume decreases. Across the entire USPS system, mail volume dropped from 202 billion pieces in 2008 to 177 billion pieces in 2009. 2012 August 21 – Outagamie County received approval from the governor’s office to join the Bay Area Workforce Development Board and leave the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board from where it had been a member since its inception. Outagamie County officials requested the change after the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board came under fire earlier this year for alleged financial mismanagement.

to offer businesses scaled interest rates as low as 1 percent. Interest rate reductions are based on factors that include tenure of the business, credit risk of the business, and hiring levels of low to moderate-income positions. Manufacturingrelated loans may offer higher balances per job created or retained. Loans from this fund are available to qualifying businesses in Fond du Lac County, except for those within the City of Fond du Lac where other loan sources are available. July 2 The U.S. Department of Labor reported 223,000 new jobs were created in June, decreasing the national unemployment rate to 5.3 percent. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, retail trade, financial activities, and in transportation and warehousing. July 3 Health insurance giant Aetna announced plans to acquire Humana Inc. in a deal valued at $37 billion. Humana ranks as the largest employer in Brown County, according to the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with an estimated more than 3,100 employees in the region. While no specific plans have been announced related to combining the operations, Aetna expects to achieve savings of $1.25 billion a year by 2018. After the proposed acquisition closes in the second half of 2016, the combined company would serve the most seniors in

the Medicare Advantage program and would be the secondlargest managed care company in the U.S. July 6 The State Department of Transportation closed the southbound Interstate 41 off-ramp to westbound U.S. Highway 10 for 30 days to reconstruct a portion of the ramp where it ties into westbound U.S. 10 in Winnebago County. The work is part of the larger total reconstruction of the I-41 interchange with U.S. 10. The ramp is expected to reopen by August 5. July 6 The Wisconsin Department of Transportation closed the northbound Interstate 41 on-ramp from Velp Avenue in Howard for approximately four months as part of the interchange reconstruction project associated with the larger I-41 expansion in Brown County. The ramp is expected to reopen by the end of October. July 7 The City of Neenah Plan Commission approved recommending a nearly $9 million tax incremental finance district to redevelop its west side Downtown Gateway District and Arrowhead Park at the foot of Little Lake Butte des Morts. The proposal includes $3.5 million for developer

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Since We Last Met assistance, $4.8 million for additional parking, $300,000 to continue developing the lakefront recreation trail, and funds to continue cleaning up the site of the decommissioned former Fox Valley Energy Center. July 7 State transportation officials awarded $2.2 million in Lift Bridge Aids to four cities to cover costs incurred in 2014 for maintaining and operating lift bridges, including $319,926 to the City of Green Bay for the Main Street Bridge crossing the Fox River. The Lift Bridge Aid program is funded through state-collected highway user fees, motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees. July 7 Batra Hospitality Group announced plans to purchase and redevelop the former Park Central building in downtown Appleton into Class A office space. The three-story, 45,916sq. ft. former nightclub at 318 W. College Ave. in Appleton will continue to house Subway on the ground floor and KK Billiards in the lower level. Work on the building renovation is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Batra Hospitality is the same development group which purchased the Riverwalk Hotel in downtown Neenah in December 2014.

July 8 Lawrence University in Appleton received a $1.5 million donation from Dwight and Majorie Peterson to establish an endowed professorship in innovation. Dwight Peterson graduated from Lawrence in 1955 and worked 38 years at 3M Corp. He served on the Lawrence Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2013. Adam Galambos, associate professor of economics, will be the first holder of the professorship. July 13 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker formally declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, becoming the 16th Republican to seek the party’s nomination. Walker, 47, is in the first year of his second four-year term as the state’s top elected executive. July 13 The state Department of Transportation began work on the $1.7 million project to reconstruct the WIS 32/57 and County Road X intersection in De Pere as a single-lane roundabout. The intersection will be closed to traffic during construction, which is expected to be completed by midOctober. During the construction project, the De Pere East Industrial Park can be accessed from the east using County Road PP.

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July 13 Officials from the Port of Green Bay reported year-to-date shipments through the end of June were 706,000 metric tons, up 4 percent above the same period in 2014. The increase was driven by strong imports of cement and coal, including a 69 percent increase in year-over-year coal shipments and a 75 percent increase in cement cargo compared with a year ago. July 21 The University of Wisconsin Colleges announced a new regional leadership approach it expects will reduce overhead costs in the aftermath of its largest budget cut ever from the state. Under the new model, the 13 UW Colleges campuses will be grouped into four regions, with a single executive officer/dean for each region. One associate dean will be located on each campus and will oversee day-to-day operational needs. The northeast region will consist of UWFond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley in Menasha and UW-Manitowoc. The plan also includes consolidating or reorganizing various administrative functions, including human resources, finance, university relations, physical plant, and general administrative support. UW Colleges expects to eliminate the equivalent of about 83 fulltime positions statewide, largely in campus administration. UW Colleges’ portion of the UW System state budget reduction for the 2015-2017 biennium was nearly $5 million. n

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1 - 330 N. Peters Ave., Fond du Lac Society of St. Vincent de Paul Store, a 15,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing retail building.

5 - 545 W. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac Mercury Marine, a 45,000-sq. ft. addition to its paint facility. Project completion expected in January 2016.

2 - 46 S. Rolling Meadows Dr., Fond du Lac Mi Tech Services, a 3,900-sq. ft. addition to the existing office and warehouse building. Project completion expected in August.

6 - 250 Camelot Dr., Fond du Lac Grande Cheese Company, an 87,000-sq. ft. new corporate headquarters and research center. Project completion expected in early 2016.

3 - 77 N. Pioneer Road, Fond du Lac Hampton Inn, a three-story, 73-room hotel. Project completion expected in September.

7 - Industrial Parkway, Campbellsport Swenson Tool & Die, a 16,250-sq. ft. industrial facility and offices. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

4 - 255 County Road K, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs Academy, a 92,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing high school campus.

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8 - 2247 Ryf Road, Oshkosh Castle-Pierce Printing Co., a 12,250-sq. ft. addition to the existing printing facility.

15 - 2875 Atlas Ave., Oshkosh 4imprint, an addition to the existing distribution facility and training center.

9 - 3500 N. Main St., Oshkosh Bemis Healthcare Packaging, a 162,790-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility and office complex. Project completion expected in late fall.

16 - 2301 Universal St., Oshkosh Multicircuits, a 28,162-sq. ft. addition to the existing manufacturing facility and offices. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

10 - 2200 N. Jackson St., Oshkosh DADL LLC, a multi-tenant retail building.

17 - 2450 Badger Ave., Oshkosh Curwood Inc./Bemis Specialty Films, an addition to the existing tandem coater building.

11 - 1074 N. Washburn St., Oshkosh Panera Bread, a new restaurant building. Project completion expected in early fall.

18 - 2340 State Road 44, Oshkosh Taco John’s, a new restaurant building.

12 - 1005-1015 N. Washburn St., Oshkosh Dick’s Sporting Goods and Petsmart, a multi-tenant big box commercial retail building.

19 - 1423 Planeview Dr., Oshkosh Barr Warehousing, a multi-tenant office/warehousing facility. Project completion expected in September.

13 - 530 N. Koeller St., Oshkosh DFB Wealth Planning, a four-unit multi-tenant office building. Project completion expected in late fall. General contractor is R.J. Albright Inc. of Oshkosh.

20 - 4991 South U.S. Highway 45, Oshkosh Lakeside Elementary, an addition to accommodate seven new classrooms. Project completion expected in August.

14 - 1522 S. Koeller St., Oshkosh Ross Dress for Less and Sports Authority, a 37,000-sq. ft. retail center. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

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Fox Cities 1 - W6490 Greenville Dr., town of Greenville Wolf River Community Bank, a 3,350-sq. ft. new financial institution branch office. Project completion expected in fall. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 2 - 5401 Integrity Way, town of Grand Chute Costco Wholesale, a 154,497-sq. ft. wholesale club store and fuel station. 3 - 1271 N. Casaloma Dr., town of Grand Chute Discount Tire, a 9,554-sq. ft. automotive and tire service center. 4 - 4201 W. Wisconsin Ave., town of Grand Chute Bank First National, a 6,697-sq. ft. financial institution office. Project completion expected in late fall. 5 - 2 Systems Dr., town of Grand Chute Hooper Law Office, a 3,974-sq. ft. addition to the existing office building. General contractor is R&R Steel Construction Company of Appleton. 6 - 320 N. Westhill Blvd., town of Grand Chute Milwaukee PC, a 5,760-sq. ft. multi-tenant retail building. 7 - 4800 W. Prospect Ave., town of Grand Chute Werner Electric Supply Co., a 260,775-sq. ft. corporate office and distribution center. Project completion expected in late fall. General contractor is Consolidated Construction Company of Appleton. 8 - 430 E. South Island St., Appleton Neenah Paper Inc., a 44,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing specialty paper mill. Project completion expected in late 2016. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 9 - 225 E. Harris St., Appleton St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran School, a 17,182-sq. ft. addition and interior renovation of the existing school building. 10 - 1818 N. Meade St., Appleton Appleton Medical Center, a two-story, 7,500-sq. ft. addition to the existing hospital for a hybrid operating room. Project completion expected in fall. 11 - 3925 Gateway Dr., Appleton Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, a 60,000-sq. ft. cancer treatment facility. Project completion expected in late summer. 12 - 2500 E. Capitol Dr., Appleton ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center, a cancer treatment facility. Project completion expected in mid 2016.

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13 - 2911 W. Evergreen Dr., Little Chute Feeding America - Eastern Wisconsin, a 39,720-sq. ft. food pantry distribution center. 14 - 235 Allegiance Ct., Little Chute Sign Country, an 11,992-sq. ft. commercial building. 15 - 1915 Freedom Road, Little Chute Tom’s Drive-In, an addition to the existing restaurant for more dining space. 16 - 1500 Lamers Dr., Little Chute Building Services Group, a 4,960-sq. ft. addition to the existing warehouse. Project completion expected in September. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 17 - 804 Grignon St., Kaukauna Trinity Lutheran Ministry Center, an 11,888-sq. ft. addition to the existing church building. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is James J. Calmes & Sons Construction of Kaukauna. 18 - N8890 State Road 57, Brillion Prestige Auto, a 9,027-sq. ft. auto dealership building. Project completion expected in November. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna. 19 - N161 Eisenhower Dr., town of Buchanan Biolife Plasma Services, a 17,557-sq. ft. medical facility and offices. 20 - 2520 S. Kensington Dr., Appleton Crunch Fitness, a new fitness center. 21 - 1600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School, an addition and interior remodel of the existing school building. 22 - 1499 Appleton Road, Menasha Kwik Trip, a new convenience store, fuel station and car wash. 23 - 177 Main St., Menasha One Menasha Center, an eight-story, 100,000-sq. ft. multi-tenant office building to include Faith Technologies, Community First Credit Union and RLJ Dental. 24 - 912 Haase St., town of Menasha Stowe Woodward LLC, a 5,556-sq. ft. addition to the existing industrial facility for a new crane bay and new offices. 25 - 2215 Harrison St., Neenah Kuehl Electric Inc., a 4,320-sq. ft. addition to the industrial building. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Frontier Builders & Consultants of Kaukauna.


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26 - 201 E. Bell St., Neenah Morton Long Term Care Pharmacy Solutions, a 7,050-sq. ft. addition to the existing commercial office building. Project completion expected in August. 27 - 1257 Gillingham Road, Neenah Menasha Packaging Company, a 48,382-sq. ft. addition to the existing pre-print facility. Project completion expected in March. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay.

29 - 630 Muttart Road, town of Neenah N&M Transfer, a nearly 100,000-sq. ft. warehouse and loading dock terminal. Projects completed since our July issue: • multi-tenant industrial facility, 2900 Zuehlke Dr., Appleton.

28 - 1645 Bergstrom Road, Neenah Menasha Packaging Company, a two-story, 103,900-sq. ft. corporate office complex. Project completion expected in fall 2016.

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1 - 1751 Wildwood Dr., Suamico Wagner RV, a 7,700-sq. ft. addition to the existing vehicle dealership and service center. Project completion expected in August. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna.

5 - 205 N. Fisk St., Green Bay Chappell Elementary School/Green Bay Area Public School District, an addition to the existing school for more classroom space.

2 - 2673 Lineville Road, Howard Salvanz Enterprises, a new commercial office building. Project completion expected in August.

6 - 320 N. Broadway, Green Bay DDL Holdings/Titletown Brewing, an addition to the former industrial facility for a mixed-use retail and residential development.

3 - 2447 Lineville Road, Howard Dunkin’ Donuts, a 1,900-sq. ft. restaurant building. Project completion expected in August. 4 - 1524 Atkinson Dr., Green Bay Northeast Asphalt Inc., an addition to the existing industrial/ office facility. Project completion expected in August. 14 | August 2015 | NNB2B

7 - 201 Main St., Green Bay Hampton Inn/Fox River Hospitality, a complete refurbishment of the existing structure for a new 136-room hotel. General contractor is Consolidated Construction Company of Appleton.

8 - 301 E. Main St., Green Bay KI Convention Center, a 30,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing convention center facility. Project completion expected in late summer. 9 - 100 E. Main St., Green Bay CityDeck Landing, a six-story, mixed-use development to include 76 residential units and 7,000 square feet of first floor retail space. Project completion expected in fall. 10 - 314 S. Baird St., Green Bay Washington Middle School/Green Bay Area Public Schools, an addition for a new entrance to the existing school building. 11 - 1593 E. Mason St., Green Bay Grand Central Station, a 9,000-sq. ft. convenience store and fuel station. Project completion expected in December. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 12 - 1160 Kepler Dr., Green Bay Aurora Baycare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, a 39,400-sq. ft. addition to the existing orthopedic clinic for new offices and a separate 31,000-sq. ft. addition to the ambulatory surgery area. Project completion expected in early 2016. 13 - 1351 Ontario Road, Green Bay Willow Creek Behavioral Health, a 72-bed, 52,265-sq. ft. psychiatric hospital and substance abuse treatment facility. Project completion expected in late summer 2016. 14 - 3200 S. County Road P, Denmark Riesterer & Schnell Inc., a 12,000-sq. ft. storage facility. Project completion expected in the fall. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 15 - 2395 Holmgren Way, Ashwaubenon Gerbers Law, S.C., a 6,600-sq. ft. office building. Project completion expected in November. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 16 - 2500 Block of Holmgren Way, Ashwaubenon Prevea Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center, a 14,000-sq. ft. medical clinic. Project completion expected in late fall. 17 - 2561 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon Brown County Port & Resource Recovery, a 1,512-sq. ft. addition to the existing building. 18 - 2821 S. Oneida St., Ashwaubenon Van’s Honda, a 45,000-sq. ft. automotive dealership and maintenance shop. Project completion expected in November. 19 - 1001 Main St., De Pere Festival Foods, an 8,174-sq. ft. addition to the existing grocery market for a new wine and spirits department. Project completion expected in November. General contractor is Bayland Buildings of Green Bay. 20 - 506 Butler St., De Pere De Pere Christian Outreach, a 5,116-sq. ft. addition to the existing retail store. Project completion expected in late summer. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. 21 - 1900 Williams Grant Dr., De Pere Hemlock Creek Elementary School/West De Pere School District, a 24,000-sq. ft. addition to the existing school building for a new classroom and gymnasium. Project completion expected in September. 22 - 755 Scheuring Road, De Pere Syble Hopp Elementary School/West De Pere School District, an 18,285-sq. ft. addition to the existing school building. Projects completed since our July issue: • Seura, 1230 Ontario Road, Green Bay.

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Cover Story





Region’s young leaders find it important to enhance their communities

Profiles by Lee Reinsch Introduction by Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B Publisher

Our 2nd annual 3 Overachievers Under 30 program again promises northeast Wisconsin professionals that the future of the region’s economy and our communities is in capable hands. Just as in our inaugural year in 2014, New North B2B put a call out to our readers asking them to nominate some of the brightest, most enthusiastic 20-somethings already demonstrating a knack for leadership in our businesses and as stewards of our communities. This year we received nearly 25 nominations, just shy of last year’s pool, and once again found ourselves deeply impressed with the crop of young leaders from which to select our 3 Under 30. It was anything but an easy decision. Our team hemmed and hawed evaluating the merits of the candidates, scrutinizing their accomplishments in the workplace and the charge they’ve taken in advancing regional and community initiatives that extend beyond the scope of their job. We did a good deal of due diligence beyond the nomination letters to ensure we made worthy selections.

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In the end, we chose three 20-somethings who’ve accomplished extraordinary feats in their careers and in their communities – not at all because it enhances their resumes or because it affords them any prestige – but simply because they’re genuinely driven to make their workplace and their communities better. They’re perhaps too young to have learned the art of saying “no” from time to time, but meet each challenge head on with the enthusiasm and energy many of us recall having at that age.

On the run with Katie Braun Name: Katie Braun Age: 25 Lives: Green Bay Occupation: Marketing manager at Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay. Education: UW-La Crosse, bachelor’s degree in marketing and information systems. What’s on her playlist? Anything country; Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” A small illustration of her overachiever-ness: Chasing Katie Braun is a little like chasing fog. Even if you manage to reach her (and at an hour when the sun isn’t yet at its highest), you’re still her third or fourth meeting for the day, and there’s one right after you. Her day rockets early and often lands her in back-to-back meetings starting at 7 a.m. It’s enough to make a person yearn for a nap just thinking about it. She probably even runs eight miles before going to work, right? “When I’m training, I do,” she says. In addition to her fulltime job directing marketing for nine Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists in northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, the Seymour native volunteers as Northeast Wisconsin regional director for myTeam Triumph Wisconsin, overseeing staff to plan events while working with captains, volunteers and families as an able-bodied athlete.

The national nonprofit athletic mentoring program lets people with disabilities participate in races with the help of special wheeled race chairs and angels who push or pull them. Unlike Special Olympics, myTeam Triumph doesn’t create its own events but brings athletes to existing events. Executive Director Christian Jensen said each year myTeam gets athletes to 15 road races, walks and triathlons, such as the Bellin Run, Green Bay Marathon and Y to Y Run in Appleton. Running is her “me” pastime, Braun said. Three years ago her employer sponsored a myTeam chair in the Packers 5K run. “Being a runner, I always saw the red shirts running around and I always wanted to get involved,” Braun said. “They (myTeam) offered me the opportunity to come in and help plan an event and after that, it kind of led to my role. I fell in love with the organization.” Braun devotes hours after work and on weekends to myTeam, Jensen said. “It’s definitely a very time-consuming, intensive process,” Jensen said. “She definitely is someone who takes a lot on. She’s very dedicated and reliable.” And Braun does it with a smile. “She’s constantly positive. She’s someone that always searches for a positive solution, in any situation,” Jensen said. “Stuff is going to come up where, ‘Oh, man, this happened and how do we deal with this?’ but she’s always like ‘How can we have a positive energy, a positive vibe toward creating a solution?’” Braun chairs the steering and executive committees for the Greater Green Bay Chamber’s Current Young Professionals group where Current YP Program Manager Brian Johnson finds her irreplaceable. “I would be lost without her,” said Johnson. “Her leadership has been tremendous through a challenging transitional time, and she has been very impactful with securing support of additional members in a lot of critical areas.” Johnson called her “advanced beyond her years” and said she’s one of the most fantastic people he knows. Braun also finds time to be the corporate chair of the Walk to Cure Arthritis the last two years, and she and her family host the Ride to End Alzheimer’s equestrian event in Seymour. The latter cause is near to her heart, as her grandmother has the condition. The first year, the event earned more than $6,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Helping others is a way of life she’s always known. “I always remember my parents being involved in things, which got me involved,” she said. “My dad was a volunteer firefighter my whole life, and my mom’s been very involved in Green Bay. So that probably pulled me in at a young age. I thought it was normal.” So how does she do everything she does without going crazy? “You have to really like what you are doing,” Braun said. “If I was running a lot and didn’t feel a lot of passion in what I was doing, I would get burned out, but I really like what I am doing, whether it’s for myTeam Triumph or Current or work or whatever, I just really like what I’m doing. And I like what those organizations are about, so that keeps me from losing my mind.”

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Brad Cebulski: Creating the world he wants to live in Name: Brad Cebulski Age: 26 Lives: Appleton Occupation: Owner and founder of BConnected LLC, a social media management company based in Appleton that employs eight people. Education: UW-Eau Claire, bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurial management. What’s on his playlist? He has a large collection of Spotify playlists containing anything but pop: New-school R&B, soul, blues, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll, alternative, rap, electronic. “It really depends on the mood and time of year,” he said. A slice of his overachiever-ness: Cebulski says he’s nothing special. “I don’t think I do any more than anyone else,” he said. But from the sounds of it, he accomplishes more by noon than many others do in a week. Cebulski founded social media management firm BConnected LLC in 2011, a week after graduating from college. The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce presented the agency with its Rising Star Award in 2014. That same year, Cebulski was named one of the Pulse Young Professionals’ Fox Cities Future 15. He’s on the board of directors for the History Museum at the Castle and the leadership committee with the Fox Cities Chamber’s Pulse YP, where he also chairs its marketing committee. He’s also been active with the start-up Fox West Chamber of Commerce. But it’s Cultivate Fox Cities, where Cebulski serves on the planning committee, that strikes a chord with his approach to life. Cultivate is a full-day event with keynote speakers from outside the area and panel discussions with local business and organizational leaders. “The premise is that we’re all trying to cultivate the community we want to live in,” Cebulski said. “That’s my philosophy. I’m not going to sit around and wait for somebody else to create the kind of community that I want. I want to actively make it happen myself.” Cebulski started his own company because he saw an unmet need for businesses to contract out the management of their social media, rather than hire someone for the job or throw the responsibility on the plate of the marketing director. He felt he could help more businesses with BConnected than he could by joining an existing company. “I had some people that I really looked up to in my life that were entrepreneurial, so that really drove me (to develop) that sort of urge to create something that really makes a difference to people and helps people instead of just working on something that’s already there,” he said. “I’m really passionate about being able to create something new…. I combined my passion to create things with seeing a need in the marketplace and took advantage of that. There was that moment in college where I thought ‘Why don’t I do that? Why don’t I create a business out of it?’”

He and fellow entrepreneur Jess Dennis co-founded a brainstorming group called The Fox Den to gather like minds: young entrepreneurs who want to shape the face of the community. They’re also launching Appleton’s first Restaurant Week in August. “He’s very resourceful … he has really good rapport with people,” Dennis said of Cebulski. “People trust him. He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and his heart is always in the right place.” The projects Cebulski are involved in aren’t to bolster his own ego or reputation, Dennis said. “It’s really to build a better community and a place where people want to be. A lot of people want to help him and get behind him.” Yet another project he’s helping direct? He helped start The Alley Project on Kickstarter, raising more than $4,300 to beautify an alley in downtown Appleton with a bicycle-themed mural by local muralist Chad Brady. The project will launch during the city’s Mile of Music Festival in August. So does he have any time management secrets? It’s priorities, he said. “Everybody has the ability to look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘Do I want to spend time shopping tonight or do I want to spend that time calling some people and making something great happen? Do I want to spend time working out in the morning or are you going to a meeting at 7 a.m. because that’s the only time people can meet?’ One of my top priorities is to get involved and make a difference.” To decompress, Cebulski listens to eclectic music, from blues to electronic, and cooks. “It’s my creative outlet,” he said. One recent Friday found him making sockeye salmon and rosemary butter potatoes to 90s hip-hop. Another outlet: He’s a drummer in the HASband Jazz Band, composed of musicians connected to Hortonville Area Schools, his alma mater. NNB2B | August 2015 | 19

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Jon Dudzinski: Go big or go home Name: Jon Dudzinski Age: 27 Lives: Pickett Occupation: Portfolio manager and chartered financial analyst at Carl M. Hennig, Inc. in Oshkosh. Education: UW-Oshkosh, bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. What’s on his playlist? “Uptown Funk.” A glimpse of his overachiever-ness: A 45-minute conversation with Dudzinski quickly reveals that he does nothing in a small way. For example, the beekeeping he and his dad started with a few hives. Just a casual father-son hobby? Try 108 hives with plans to expand to 400, a yearly output of 7,500 pounds of honey and talk of exporting their bees to the West Coast. Or his involvement with giving bone marrow. He doesn’t just donate bone marrow – three years ago he started the UWOshkosh charter of Be the Match Foundation, which matches potential bone-marrow donors with leukemia patients through a national database. The young chapter has already had almost 1,000 people sign on to donate bone marrow when matches are found. Donating bone marrow has become faster and less painful than it used to be, and recovery time is quicker, thanks to medical progress. Dudzinski said he’s fortunate to have good genes and feels “morally compelled” to help others because of it. In fact, he even tried to donate a kidney. “Be the Match gives donors the ability to literally save a person’s life – not just temporarily and/or marginally improve their life – with ridiculously little cost on the donor’s part,” Dudzinski said. Dudzinski belongs to the board of the UW-Oshkosh Foundation and the Board of the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. In 2014, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce named him the Oshkosh Young Professional of the Year. The same year, the academic publication Journal of Investing published an article he wrote on his co-authored research on Warren Buffett’s Cigar Butt equity valuation technique, and he became an article reviewer for Institutional Investor Journals. He also mentored university students in the CFA Institute Research Challenge. In addition to managing portfolios at Carl M. Hennig, Inc., Dudzinski founded his own investment company, Lotnix. Even his leisure time isn’t small – no couch potatoing here. He sails, ballroom dances, exercises, runs, backpacks, kayaks and camps, is involved with Rotary International and sometimes leads student tours for Smithsonian Student Travel, which he’s been doing on and off since college. Oh yes, he’s a certified tour coordinator and event planner, too. “I go crazy when I’m not doing stuff,” he said. “My mind is very active and I can become very anxious if I don’t constantly give myself something to do.” This year, UW-Oshkosh gave him its Honors Alumni of the

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Year Award. Will Morrison, accounting and finance lecturer at UW-Oshkosh, said Dudzinski was the youngest person in recent history to pass all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam, which has a nationwide pass rate of just 3 percent. “It’s an extremely difficult exam. Even professors don’t always pass it the first time, but he went through it in record time,” Morrison said. Morrison, who is also UW-Oshkosh’s Be the Match program advisor, was impressed by Dudzinski’s energy and ability to get hundreds of potential bone-marrow donors signed up in a single day, including the college football team. “In addition to working hard, he works smart,” Morrison said. “He’s very intelligent and very motivated in what he does. He uses that strategy part of his brain, he thinks things through, and figures out the best way to get things done.” So how does Dudzinski do all that he does? He says his secret ingredient is passion for what he does. “Because if you don’t absolutely love what you do, if you’re not enjoying it, you’re not going to be willing to put in the countless hours and you’re going to give up,” he said. And another tip: Dudzinski delegates or hires out some of the tasks he doesn’t enjoy so much, such as lawn mowing, so he can devote his energy to things he truly loves. Like driving his truck and jamming out to Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk.” n Lee Reinsch of Green Bay worked 18 years at daily newspapers before launching her freelance business, edgewise, in 2007.

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Sustained Success

Business leaders are increasingly convinced sustainable business practices are key strategies – not just another feel-good fad.

Story by Rick Berg

“Environmental concerns should not be just another management fad. They are a strategic survival imperative.” – From The Green Baron by Steven C. Dunn and Richard R. Young When University of Wisconsin Oshkosh sustainability professor Steve Dunn and his co-author wrote those words in 2007, the whole concept of “green” business management was still tinged with a kind of “tree hugger” dismissiveness in some quarters. Dunn had just begun teaching sustainability at UW Oshkosh as part of his supply chain management curriculum at the UW Oshkosh College of Business Administration. He and Paul Linzmeyer, formerly CEO of Bay Towel in Green Bay and now sustainability leader at Appleton-based health system ThedaCare, were about to launch a sustainability consulting business called ISO Inc.

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“In today’s business climate, you need to increase the scope of what’s on your business dashboard to see where you’re going. You need a gauge instead of an idiot light that goes off when it’s too late.” Steve Dunn, professor of sustainability & chair department of finance & business law, UW Oshkosh “It’s easy to think when we’re talking about sustainability that it’s a touchyfeely kind of thing,” Dunn said at the time of ISO’s launch. “But we have a business model that shows exactly how your corporate goals tie into that. As a business leader, of course, you’re focused on the dollars, but you also have to know that in order to get there in today’s business climate, you need to increase the scope of what’s on your business dashboard to see where you’re going. You need a gauge instead of an idiot light that goes off when it’s too late.” The business world didn’t exactly beat a well-worn path to ISO’s door, but Dunn and Linzmeyer were obviously on to something. A handful of northeast Wisconsin organizations like Affinity Health System, Goodwill Industries and Faith Technologies were clients and were all-in on sustainable business practices. Before long, Dunn’s toe-in-the-water approach of adding sustainability to the supply chain management curriculum had blossomed into a full-blown minor in sustainable management from UW Oshkosh’s business school – one of the first universities in the country to take that focus. The stakes ramped up considerably in 2012 when UW Oshkosh and four other UW campuses (UW-Stout in Menomonie, UW-Green Bay, UWParkside near Kenosha and UWSuperior) launched a collaborative master’s degree in sustainability management, with Dunn one of the primary faculty members. One of the first participants in Dunn’s sustainability management program was Iqbal Mian, a Bangladeshi native who had also been an intern with ISO Inc. Today, Mian is the sustainability team leader at Ministry Health Care,

which acquired Affinity Health System in 2012. At Ministry, Mian coordinates a system-wide environmental management practice under the direction of Gary Kusnierz, Ministry’s vice president of performance excellence. Mian also oversees energy benchmarking for 15 hospitals and 46 clinics and works with teams to identify and execute conservation measures.

A step beyond standards

Among the first projects Mian and Kusnierz undertook was the construction of the new Fremont Tower at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, which opened earlier this year. Kusnierz had already overseen the construction of a new emergency room at St. Elizabeth, which repurposed existing facilities and significantly reduced costs. Kusnierz received HCD 10 honors from Healthcare Design Magazine for his work on this emergency room transformation. He and Mian were determined to make Fremont Towers the gold standard in sustainable business and construction practices. Fremont Towers was constructed to provide 38 percent water savings over a traditional building of its size and occupancy, as well as a nearly 17 percent energy savings over American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. Over 10 percent of the site’s material cost is composed of preand post-consumer recycled content. Building materials such as concrete, asphalt, steel, ceiling tiles and carpet contribute towards Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED certification. Regional materials

SUSTAINABILITY & STEWARDSHIP The recently completed St. Elizabeth Fremont Tower project has been noted for its commitment to sustainable design. Among the green highlights: Water reduction 38.1 percent water saving over a traditional building of its size and occupancy 286,000 gallons a year through low-flow toilets, ultra low-flow urinals, low-flow shower heads, aerators in private sinks and labs 10-20 percent pre- and postconsumer regional materials In order to reduce impact on virgin materials, over 10 percent of the site’s material cost is composed of both pre and post-consumer recycled content. Building materials such as concrete, asphalt, steel, ceiling tiles and carpet contribute towards LEED certification. Regional materials do not exceed a 500-mile radius from the site. Low VOC Low volatile organic compounds for paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants and flooring. 16.8 percent baseline energy savings over ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) 63 percent roofing made of high albedo (white coefficient) metals and vegetation LED exterior lighting

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Education do not exceed a 500-mile radius from the site. “The value is about cost avoidance,” Kusnierz said. “If you can reduce capital costs, energy costs and waste reduction costs, you are contributing to the bottom line.” “The idea of process improvement is to challenge the status quo,” Mian said. “If we end up saying we are doing this because we’ve always done it this way, we need to change.” The Fremont Towers project was designed to exceed ASHRAE and LEED standards. “That was the challenge Gary (Kusnierz) posed to us,” Mian said.

Lean and green

Lean business practices are already well-establish in the manufacturing and health care sectors. Dunn said sustainability is merely an extension of the lean philosophy. Lean, he said, is about reducing the cost of providing products and services. Green is about the same thing – reducing the energy and waste costs needed to produce those products and services. Kusnierz, a lean-certified, Six Sigma black belt professional himself, agrees. “It’s just a better way to do business,” Kusnierz said. “You’re not adding people, you’re not adding construction costs, you’re not adding energy costs. People are empowered to make decisions that make the most sense. When we repurposed the St. Elizabeth emergency room, we reduced the footprint by 3,000 square feet. Applying lean principles drives safety and efficiency, and values a team approach.” The Affinity project achieved LEED Gold certification because of the addition of a vegetative roof, as well as storm water management and cooling potential. The focus on energy conservation at St. Elizabeth led to a new central mechanical plant and the investigation of solar panels to be used for both

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heating water and to take electrical load off grid. With solar technology improving, return on investment is moving into a single-digit number of years, making solar a potential solution for Affinity.

“The value is about cost avoidance, if you can reduce capital costs, energy costs and waste reduction costs, you are contributing to the bottom line.” Gary Kusnierz, vice president of performance excellence, Ministry Health Care

Long-term vs. short-term

Dunn, who worked at Labatt Food Services and The H. J. Heinz Company before his tenure at UW Oshkosh, said he understands why sustainability and environmental issues are so perplexing to business leaders. “Here’s the challenge in a nutshell,” Dunn said. “The issues businesses face today tend to be long-term in nature, and that might seem like an eternity to a business person. We tend as business people to react to short-term problems and we want exact numbers to rely on. Those numbers aren’t necessarily there for sustainability. So, it’s a big challenge. But what’s getting better is that businesses are starting to be able to put some kind of cost to this. They’re starting to ask the questions about ‘why not start building sustainability costs and benefits into their location, product development and supply chain decisions.’” Kusnierz agrees, noting that organizations like Ministry Health and its construction partner base all of their strategic decisions not only on their own practices, but also on those of their supply chain partners. “We’re all looking for partners who have a similar culture and philosophy,” Kusnierz said. Putting environmental education into business curricula is a major step forward, Dunn said. “As we’ve done this at Oshkosh, we’ve seen how the issues overlap between business and science,” Dunn said. “There’s an element of risk management to this that our insurance department began to see. Environmental risk and social risk is huge. We also see how it impacts manufacturing and health care.

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TECH Women Start up organization brings together professional women from northeast Wisconsin working in IT-related careers

Story by Lee Marie Reinsch

Women in Technology Wisconsin President-elect Vicki Leinbach described herself as an 18-year-old as “one of those people who took calculus in college just because it was an easy A.” She said she always liked math in school and fell in love with her very first computer programming class her senior year of high school. This was back in the 1980s, in the dark ages of the COBOL system, with its Magic Marker-green screen and bland black typeface. “When you’re programming, you know if you’ve done it right or wrong, so I love the logic piece of it,” said Leinbach, all grown up now and chief information officer with outdoor power equipment manufacturer Ariens Co. in Brillion. She oversees information technology for the multi-national company. “I always liked things that gave me an answer.” Before Leinbach came to Ariens a year ago, she spent 15 years as CIO at office furniture-maker KI in Green Bay.

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What WIT is

WIT (Women In Technology) Wisconsin, Inc. is a still newish nonprofit with the threefold aim of: z Attracting, retaining and developing the current

generation of women in technology careers; z Encouraging college-age women to go into tech

careers (through its WIT OnCampus leg); and z Bringing tech enthusiasm to girls in K-12 grades

(via its WIT4Girls program).

At its first two meetings in April and May at Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton, some 200 women from 65 companies attended. They came from Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, the Fox Cities, Green Bay, Beaver Dam, West Bend and Oshkosh. Membership hit the 1,600 mark earlier this summer. WIT Wisconsin held its first annual meeting this past July 13.

Female CIOs few and far between

Danica Killam is applications services manager for Jewelers Mutual Insurance in Neenah. She manages a team of developers and specialists and works on programming projects for the niche market insurance carrier. For WIT Wisconsin, Killam is brand ambassador for Jewelers Mutual, which means she spreads the word about WIT at her workplace. Like Leinbach, Killam also was in high school when computers were making their way to the average person. Her parents had a big PC at home, and just for fun, Killam would program it. She developed programs for her manufacturing/sales-VP dad and his sales staff that helped determine his return on investment.

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“I thought that was so cool,” Killam said of the programs. “The logic of it and putting things together made a lot of sense to me. Working with him made it easier. My dad completely trusted me.”

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Killam said women comprise about half of her tech department at Jewelers Mutual. Nationwide, the ratio is less than one in four. Of the 4.3 million people in the United States who are employed in computer or mathematical occupations, more than 3 million are not women. That means women comprise a little more than a quarter of those employed in computer and math jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These jobs include computer and information research scientists, computer systems analysts, information security analysts, web and software developers and programmers.

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Technology In general, they’re jobs that often pay well. The national average weekly salary for all information technology jobs is $2,109 – or $109,618 per year – according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

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Finding like minds

The idea for a more regional tech network for women came from some on-the-job observations. As business development manager for Appleton-based Excelion Partners, WIT’s current president and co-founder Michelle Schuler works with IT departments from many companies.

from different companies weren’t talking to each other,” Schuler said. “I was surprised they didn’t know each other.” An informal tally found about seven women who headed the information technology departments of northeast Wisconsin companies. “They were interested in how do we meet, how do we start talking strategically and start sharing ideas together,” said Schuler’s co-founder, Kathy Fredrickson, a marketing consultant with iMark Consultants. So one of their aims in forming Women In Technology was figuring out how to bring women in tech careers together to collaborate, share ideas, disseminate knowledge, and learn from each other’s experience. And of course, spread their passion to girls and young women in school, too. “While they (the women CIOs in northeast Wisconsin) aren’t all in WIT yet, they’re interested in meeting each other and sharing things like leadership examples, succession plan advice, internet security tips, how to keep up with technology” and other topics, Fredrickson said.

Square root of friendship

Not many technology departments are heavily peopled by women, let alone headed by them, but something surprised Schuler about the few that were.

Schuler and Fredrickson are longtime friends who were roommates at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater more than 20 years ago, where Schuler majored in business and finance and Frederickson majored in business and marketing.

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Women In Management, becoming among the organization’s youngest members in the late 1990s, according to Fredrickson.

Mueller, corporate information officer with Thrivent Financial in Appleton. “The demand is growing but the workforce is shrinking in this field. Colleges and universities are graduating fewer people (with technology-related degrees) now than they did 10 or 15 years ago.”

“Even in the first years of our careers, we were attracted to organizations that would help us grow professionally and personally,” Fredrickson said.

He speculated that IT jobs still aren’t seen as overly desirable, despite the pervasiveness of technology in practically all areas of our lives.

That drive to develop in their careers hasn’t diminished by a byte. WIT Wisconsin aims to help women grow with and into their technology careers and rise in those careers so they don’t end up bailing out and going into another line of work.

“We’re continually trying to reinforce the benefits of a career in IT, create the appropriate training and educational opportunities, expose the job opportunities and the great internship programs, reach down into K-12 schools to get a groundswell of interest created so more kids are pursuing the field,” he said.

It’s about “How do we keep people in our companies, how do we make succession plans and personal development plans to make people want to stay in our organizations, and develop in those technology fields instead of going to the Chicagos, the Californias, the New Yorks of the world,” Leinbach explained.

Of the 475 IT employees at Thrivent’s Appleton and Minneapolis locations, 165 are women. Of the 300 at the Appleton location, 120 are women, Mueller said. Thrivent added 60 positions to its IT staff in 2014, and right now, it’s recruiting for upwards of 30 open spots in IT, Mueller said.

‘Dearth of talent’

Thrivent’s not alone in expanding its IT workforce. Ariens will be hiring 15 more IT staffers in 2016, according to Leinbach. Not all positions will be located in Brillion. Additionally, Neenah-based J.J. Keller & Associates announced in July that it plans to add 100 technology positions by the end of this year.

Many companies have voiced concern in recent years about the dwindling of technology talent in Wisconsin, especially northeast Wisconsin. The demand in those careers is expected to skyrocket, while some say the supply of those with technology savvy is predicted to drop.

Hundreds of positions in IT are expected to be added to area companies over the next decade, Schuler and Fredrickson indicated.

“There’s really a dearth of talent in this area,” said Paul

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Technology “It’s not a question necessarily that women are leaving in droves because they don’t have the opportunities – companies have the opportunities,” Fredrickson said. “We need women to get into them. We need to add to the pipeline, with women getting into their first career in technology, discovering it as either someone taking a traditional path where they discover it in high school, or even women who have been out of a career and are looking at what they can do with additional training to get back into the workforce.” Submitted photo

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Jewelers Mutual’s Danica Killam had never belonged to a professional organization before joining WIT Wisconsin this past year. She said WIT’s concentration on technology lured her. “This (group) seems a lot more driven with a very specific focus and mission that specifically relates to IT, and that really appealed to me, to network and relate to other women in the Valley who have similar goals in professional development ideas,” Killam said. Thrivent’s Paul Mueller said he thinks WIT is already adding value to the region. “I look at it as, ‘Is it assisting the overall expansion of IT in the region from a perspective of educating more people? Is it drawing more talent in, creating greater exposure to opportunities in technology? Is it creating more awareness?’ That’s how I look at the initiative,” Mueller said. “It’s a great

Kathy Fredrickson, left, of iMark Consulting and Michelle Schuler of Excelion Partners of Greenville are co-founders of Women In Technology (WIT) Wisconsin..

cohort. Anything that can be done to bring more awareness and bring more people into the information technology workforce – whether it’s a cohort specifically for women or other cohorts – I think is real appropriate. I think we probably don’t have anything specifically tailored to women in technology in this geography.” Based on participation and initial response to WIT Wisconsin, it’s being well received. “I think it’s being perceived as a value, based on the participants that are going to the meetings and the membership they’re being met with early in the development of WIT,” Mueller said. “I think it’s being embraced very well.” n Lee Reinsch of Green Bay worked 18 years at daily newspapers before launching her freelance business, edgewise, in 2007.



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Pulse on state’s entrepreneurial health

Why Wisconsin doesn’t fare well in most business startup rankings – and how to improve by Tom Still There’s something counter-intuitive about Wisconsin dropping to dead last among the 50 states in the latest business startup index published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Really? The Badger State has fewer entrepreneurs than Mississippi, West Virginia or Alabama, just to mention three states that often top America’s economic 9-1-1 call list? Incredulous or otherwise, Wisconsin has never fared well in Kauffman’s annual Index of Startup Activity, which began in 1997. This year’s fall to last place was not a high-board dive: Wisconsin was 45th the year before. In the recently released 2015 report, Wisconsin trailed Alabama, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and West Virginia among the bottom-feeders. Come to think of it, how did Minnesota make Kauffman’s Hall of Shame? In most side-by-side comparisons, Wisconsin often looks like a poor step-brother to our historically vibrant neighbors to the west. It all goes to illustrate a simple point about economic rankings. State-by-state rankings of economic activity depend on what’s measured and how. The Kauffman index ranks states in three categories: rate of new entrepreneurs, opportunity share of new entrepreneurs and startup density. The first category is a measure of business ownership, the second is an indicator of entrepreneurs starting a business because they spotted market opportunities, and the third is roughly a per capita measurement. Other surveys look at slightly different categories. The University of Nebraska’s Bureau of Business Research studies five components in its annual report: Net growth in business establishments, per capita growth in business establishments, business formation rate, number of patents per 1,000 people, and the average income of non-farm proprietors. The Nebraska economists say their rankings reflect key elements of an entrepreneurial climate: business startups and failures compared to population, innovation and income. So how does Wisconsin fare in the Nebraska index? It was 33rd among the 50 states in August 2014, the last time it was published. That’s not bragging-rights material, but neither is it dead last. Here’s a metric that matters: According to the Milken Institute’s State Science and Tech Index, Wisconsin has risen steadily in the net formation of high-tech businesses per 10,000 businesses. Wisconsin ranked 38th in its 2010 report, 24th in 2012 and 18th in 2014. It was also sixth in

the number of high-tech businesses growing faster than the U.S. average. Both measures are important because tech businesses are statistically likely to create well-paid jobs. Regardless of rankings, there’s no denying Wisconsin faces startup hurdles. Demographics don’t work in the state’s favor. The state’s population skews slightly older and it attracts fewer immigrants, who are much more likely to start a business than native-born Americans. Mom-and-pop businesses, often in service or retail, account for the bulk of all startups nationally, even if they are not high-growth businesses that create a lot of jobs. Wisconsin’s relatively low unemployment rate also works against more people starting a business. If you already have a job, you’re less likely to risk striking out on your own. Some industries, such as construction, have high rates of entrepreneurship during boom times. Wisconsin sees fewer construction startups for several reasons, which is why the Wisconsin Legislature debated lifting the “prevailing wage” requirement for local construction projects. The national entrepreneurship rate in construction is 12 times the startup rate in manufacturing. Speaking of manufacturing, the national startup rate for that sector is low. Wisconsin is still a manufacturing-heavy state, with about 16 percent of its private workforce engaged in manufacturing versus 9 percent nationally. Because manufacturing requires high capitalization, startups aren’t as common. There are some regulatory and tax hurdles, as well. Wisconsin treats startup companies pretty much the same as major firms in some critical areas, such as taxes on “paid-in capital.” Certain types of young, pre-revenue companies in Wisconsin pay a state tax on venture capital raised – a sore point for investors and unique among the states. And while the rate of business creation in Wisconsin is lower than in other states, the survival rate appears to be higher. Maybe that’s a credit to Midwestern work ethics combined with a culture of fiscal conservatism, but it’s also a tribute to a support structure that wasn’t in place 10 years ago. For Wisconsin to truly become a startup state, policymakers must confront the overall development strategy. Is Wisconsin more intent on raiding Illinois for business relocations or growing its own? So long as it’s the former and not the latter, expect to stay near the bottom in most startup rankings. n Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal.

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Capitol Expense

A cursory overview of the economic and workforce development highlights of the recently approved State of Wisconsin budget By Sean Fitzgerald, New North B2B publisher The work of hammering out the details of the recently passed 2015-2017 Wisconsin biennial budget appeared to endure longer than usual in the hands of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. Once the proposal arrived at lawmaker’s doorsteps at the end of June, both the state assembly and senate took about a week to finalize the two-year $73 billion spending package, up nearly 7 percent from the recently expired 2013-2015 biennial budget of roughly $68 billion. Perhaps surprisingly, Republicans in the legislature scaled back a handful of more grandiose proposals from Gov. Scott Walker. Among those was Walker’s plan to borrow $1.3 billion to improve transportation infrastructure, which at the end of budget deliberations appropriated $850 million in bonding for the Department of Transportation. Gov. Walker also proposed cuts of $300 million to the University of Wisconsin System, which was minimized to a reduction of $250 million in funds from two years ago. The budget added $600 million to Medicaid. It provided property tax relief in the form of increased aid to school district while at the same time limiting their ability to increase tax levies, which is expected to essentially hold a property owner’s cumulative property tax bill flat over the next two years. The budget also repeals the prevailing wage law which required local governments to pay construction workers minimum salaries on public projects. The following includes some of the economic and business-related highlights of the state budget signed by Gov. Walker on July 12, which covers the period from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017.

Economic Development Created the Business Development Tax Credit ($39 million available over the biennium) – Combines and streamlines the existing Economic Development and Jobs Tax Credit Program into a single refundable incentive program to be used for business development opportunities. This new credit will receive $17 million in 2016 and $22 million in 2017 to stimulate job creation, improve employee training and retention, and incentivize company investments in Wisconsin. The program includes the ability to carry forward unused credits as well as the ability to request reallocations through the qualified new business venture investment program allocation as needed. New economic development and jobs tax credits will only be awarded through Dec. 31, 2015. 34 | August 2015 | NNB2B

The budget increases the number of Enterprise Zones up to 30 from the current 20 such zones that have been awarded in previous years. Fabrication Laboratory Grant Program – Allocates $500,000 for WEDC to award grants of up to $75,000 for purchases of equipment used in fabrication laboratories for K-12 students. The Historic Tax Credit program is maintained from 2015 levels, and extends eligibility for Qualified Rehabilitation tax credits to the Northland Hotel project in Green Bay. Reduced the Manufacturing and Agricultural Tax Credit from 5.526 percent to 5.025 percent for Tax Year 2015, while allowing it to increase to 7.5 percent in Tax Year 2016.

Angel and Early-Stage Seed Investment Credits were combined into one pool of available credits with the total allocation reduced from $40.5 million to $30 million over the two-year budget period. Unused credits can be allocated to the Business Development Tax Credit program. The Brownfield Grant program simplifies the match requirements from a tiered system to at least 50 percent of the grant amount for all projects.

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Implements drug screening, testing and treatment mechanisms to increase workforce readiness of individuals receiving unemployment insurance or public assistance benefits in certain work-based programs at the Departments of Children and Families, Workforce Development and Health Services. Those who fail a drug test will be offered the opportunity to participate in drug treatment and given an opportunity for job training. Continues funding for Wisconsin Fast Forward at $15 million over the biennium. Continues the increased funding amounts for vocational rehabilitation and apprenticeship that were enacted last legislative session. These programs increase access to education and training programs for job seekers with disabilities.

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Professionally Speaking

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Therapy – Physical, Occupational and Psychological...who needs it? by Kathy Weaver, BBA of Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin 920.730.8833 As we contemplate the assets therapy has to offer, we must first understand the importance of what healing means to our daily life. Happiness and contentment are a few words that come to mind when I think of a healthy life. However, when life becomes inflicted with pain, our first instinct is to ignore it; the pain will subside. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Whether life tosses us trauma or situational incidents, we must grab hold and focus on alleviating the pain and getting back to a happy, content life – we must heal. At Hand to Shoulder Center our subspecialty trained surgeons work closely with the therapists to provide top-notch clinical and rehabilitation treatment. Fifteen of the 20 therapists at Hand to Shoulder Center are Certified Hand Therapists. A Certified

Hand Therapist, or CHT, is a therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience and 4,000 hours or more of direct practice in hand and upper extremity therapy, which includes the wrist, elbow and shoulder. All therapists display specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment by merging occupational and physical therapy theory and practice combining comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper extremity with function and activity. Although hands and arms may seem like a small part of the anatomy, an injured hand or arm is not a minor injury. In non-injured hands and arms, the bones are aligned precisely for ease of movement. When one or more of the bones are damaged, the entire alignment is out of position, causing pain, stiffness and loss of movement. Without proper treatment, pain and stiffness along with improper healing can cause major problems now and throughout your life.

As part of a full-service facility, we also offer pain management and psychological services for patients with chronic pain and lifechanging traumatic injuries. Doctors John Joseph, M.D. and Brad Grunert, Ph.D. offer individualized appointments at our Appleton location. When pain or injury strikes, properly healing one’s body, mind and soul is essential. At Hand to Shoulder Center we know how an injury can affect your physical being, your financial outlook and your mental health. It is our mission to provide cost-effective treatment while returning the patient back to their work and daily activities in the shortest time possible with the best possible outcome. To learn more on our services and the staff, go to or call 920.730.8833.

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Department of Labor unveils long-awaited proposed overtime rules by Bruce B. Deadman of Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.

On June 30, the White House unofficially released the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rules amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. The proposed rule is in response to President Obama’s directive to DOL to “simplify” and update FLSA rules. The proposed rule contains two significant changes to the current regs: v The current exemption floor of $455 per week, or $23,600 per year, would more than double to $50,440 per year; and v The exemption floor would rise annually by either the cost of living as established by the Consumer Price Index or some other pre-determined amount. Although the large increase in the exemption floor was anticipated, the annual adjustment 36 | August 2015 | NNB2B


proposal came as somewhat of a surprise to many observers. Many experts were also surprised that the DOL chose not to change the “duties” tests that help determine who is an exempt administrative, executive, professional or sales employee.

The proposed rule now enters a comment phase. DOL has indicated it is particularly interested in comments concerning how increases in the exemption floor should be calculated, and whether the current “duties” tests are working.

According to the White House and the DOL, it is estimated that in Year 1 (2015) some 4.6 million workers would lose their exempt status, resulting in a direct cost to employers of between $239.6 and $255.3 million per year.

It is expected the rule will be finalized by the end of the year. If adopted in anything resembling its current form, the rule will have a fundamental impact on many if not most employers, particularly those in the retail or service industries. All employers are advised to immediately consider the rule’s potential impact on their compensation practices.

DOL further noted that “….by reducing the number of workers for whom employers must apply the duties test to determine exempt status, this proposal is responsive to the President’s directive to simplify the exemption.” The proposed rule would also increase the highly compensated employee (HCE) exemption from $100,000 to $122,418 per year.

Bruce Deadman is Of Counsel with Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. in Green Bay. Mr. Deadman provides counsel to private sector employers on a wide variety of labor and employment law matters. Mr. Deadman can be reached at or 920.431.2228 for further information/advice.

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5 Benefits of FVSBank’s Business Online Banking by Tim Lamers of FVSBank


As a business owner, time is money. Online business banking can be a great solution for those who are short on time, but still need to be informed on his or her finances. 1. Manage accounts from home or the office Online business banking saves business owners a trip to the bank for everyday banking transactions. You are able to manage all of the accounts right from your home or office computer at times that are convenient for you. With online banking, business owners are not constrained to regular business hours to complete banking transactions.

2. Set up alerts and reminders Online banking allows you to set up alerts and reminders for various situations, including low balances or when bills are due. Business owners are able to stay on top of their finances right from their computer and not worry about missing a bill due date or overdrafting. 3. Easy transfers Easily transfer money from one account to another with fee-free online banking. Recurring transfers can also be set up with FVSBank’s Business Online Banking. Business owners will be able to select an amount of the recurring transfer and how frequently it should occur. 4. Manage and make loan payments Online banking allows you to manage

your business loans from your computer. Business owners can even make loan payments online. 5. Monitor account balances One of the best reasons for business owners to use FVSBank’s Business Online Banking is that they can monitor their bank account at any time of the day, from any location. As a business owner, you are managing many transactions daily, so it is important to be up to date on the status of your accounts. At FVSBank we strive to create a business banking experience that is personal and exceeds your expectations. If you have questions, call Tim at the Fond du Lac branch or call his cell phone at (920) 420-2681. He will return your call outside of “bankers” hours!

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New North B2B publishes monthly new business incorporations filed with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. Brown County

Diez Restaurants LLC, Paulo Diez, 3274 Barkwood Cir., De Pere 54115. CFO Services and Consulting LLC, Vicky L. Van Vonderen, 2645 Bildings Road, De Pere 54115. Lambrecht Dairy LLC, Jeffrey L. Lambrecht, 423 Grand Ave., Denmark 54208. Bay Center Therapy LLC, Deirdre M. Radosevich, 3336 Cottage Hill Dr., Green Bay 54311. Canadian Meds For You LLC, Leo Loeb III, 3158 Eaton Road, Green Bay 54311. Sani-Clean of NEW LLC, Mark Mazzoleni, 1272 Parkview Road, Green Bay 54304. Stir Fry 88 Green Bay LLC, David Keir, 210 Bay Park Square, Green Bay 54304. AB&C Cleaning Services LLC, Amber Swaer, 2124 Orrie Lane, Green Bay 54304. Destination Spa LLC, Yvonne Renne Ebinal, 2811 E. Pennwood Cir., Green Bay 54301. La Vid Fresh Market LLC, Maria Clara Linares, 1908 E. Mason St., Green Bay 54302. Becky’s Oconto Floral LLC, Becky Lynn Fahler, 2043 True Lane, Green Bay 54304. Sanford Advocacy Marketing LLC, Marcus Elliott Sanford, 1107 Scotney Castle Ct., Green Bay 54313. Inkspirations Art Studio and More LLC, Brandon Alexander Badeau, 2075A S. Oneida St., Green Bay 54304. Frozen Tundra Entertainment LLC, Austin Arbour, 1056 N. Taylor St., Green Bay 54303. Ieggroll LLC, Ying Vang, 1002 Clement St., Green Bay 54302. Studio Amalie LLC, Kory Murphy, 936 La Croix Ave., Green Bay 54304. The T Spot Yoga and Fitness LLC, Katherine

Torres, 444 S. Clay St., Green Bay 54301. Precision Lawn Care & Property LLC, Laura Gonzalez, 2822 Viking Dr., 1A, Green Bay 54304. Bay Cellular LLC, Steve A. Elias, 2040 Radisson St., Green Bay 54302. Industrial Waste Control of North America LLC, Joseph W. Carter III, 2256 Warm Springs Ct., Green Bay 54311. Nurse For Health LLC, Suzan T. Macco, 1138 Main St., Green Bay 54301. DC Lawn Care Specialists LLC, Evan Michael Bouche, 2867 Shelter Creek Ct., Green Bay 54313. Cooler Repair Tech LLC, Larry T. Kipfstuhl, 2556 Brookdale Ave., Green Bay 54313. John Nienow Fishing and Guide Service LLC, John Ray Nienow, Sr., 3226 Highland View Lane, Green Bay 54311. Concrete Sealers LLC, Johnathan A. Baker, 1178 Chicago St., Green Bay 54301. Solar Energy System Solutions LLC, Lisa Bosman, 817 Fredrick Ct., #3, Green Bay 54313. Little Monsters Daycare LLC, Christina Marie Heezen, 1164 Loch Dr., Green Bay 54304. Noble Roots Brewing Company LLC, Jordan M. Sullivan, 2620 Sage Dr., Green Bay 54302. Debra A. DeLeers Financial Services LLC and Debra A. DeLeers Legal Services LLC, Debra A. DeLeers, 3091 Voyager Dr., Green Bay 54311. GB Drywall LLP, Gary Biersteker, 1567 Cedar St., Green Bay 54302. Brook Street Automotive LLC, James M. Conard, 314 N. Danz Ave., Green Bay 54302. Jeremy’s Indoor Outdoor Maintenance LLC, Jeremy Dashnier, 621 Sunrise Lane, Green Bay 54301. M.G.S. & Son Construction LLC, Luke Schaefer, 1737 11th Ave., Green Bay 54304. Fitness Barre of Green Bay LLC, Brooke McMillan, 619 Pebblestone Cir., Hobart 54155. Bee Safe Trailer Rental Products LLC, Mark J. Basten, 3877 Luxemburg Road, New Franken 54229. Unleashed Construction LLC, Dylan Delveaux, 3591 Veterans Ave., Suamico 54173.

Coppens Property Management LLC, Alexa T. Coppens, 1381 Brown Road, Suamico 54173. Total Construction LLC, Joseph Mains, 2420 Longtail Beach Lane, Suamico 54173. Cut Studio LLC, Lindsay L. Theunis, 353 Main St., Wrightstown 54180. R & J Dairy Tile LLC, Roger W. Eiting, 404 Main St., Wrightstown 54180. Just Max Fitness Nutrition LLC, Joshua Myers, 453 Patricia Lane, Wrightstown 54180.

Fond du Lac County

Badger Zoo Constructors LLC, Susan P. Kaiser, 817 W. Main St., Brownsville 53006. Poseidon Hydro Excavation LLC, William J. Lietzke, Jr., W429 Lakeview Road, Campbellsport 53010. Launch Manufacturing Services LLC, Michael J. Wier, 352 Ladwig St., Campbellsport 53010. RLP Technologies LLC, Ryan Potratz, W7976 Treptow Lane, Eldorado 54932. Fond du Lac County Youth Archery Club INC., Haley Whitinger, W7276 Waterway Dr., Fond du Lac 54937. Reiki Rejuvenation LLC, Brenda K. Bickelhaupt, 393 S. Park Ave., Fond du Lac 54935. Legacy Truck and Trailer Repair LLC, Brandon Gerwin, W6974 County Road OO, Fond du Lac 54937. Dans Lawn Care LLC, Daniel Weber, N8439 Minawa Beach Road, Fond du Lac 54937. Steve Paul’s Handyman Services LLC, Steven D. Paul, N5356 Orchard Ct., Fond du Lac 54937. Zoch Auto Sales and Service LLC, Brennan R. Zoch, 513 S. Military Road, Fond du Lac 54935. Northeast Impressive Cleaning LLC, Christopher Jordan Leisses, 639 W. Scott St., Apt. 201A, Fond du Lac 54937. Strategic Health Insurance Partners INC., Larry D. Goebel, N5138 State Road 175, Fond du Lac 54937. Timz Heating & Cooling Service LLC, Timothy R. Rauls, 69 University Dr., Fond du Lac 54935.

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Bartelt Glass INC., Timothy Bartelt, 401 Hickory St., Fond du Lac 54935. Epic Asphalt LLC, Peter Frank, Jr., 601 Sunset Lane, Fond du Lac 54935. Legacy Welding & Fabrication LLC, Brandon Gerwin, W6974 County Road OO, Fond du Lac 54937. Decorating Den Interiors LLC, Sally Herre, 34 Hawks, Fond du Lac 54937. Tim’s Tool Sales LLC, Timothy Clyde Warner, N10241 Town Hall, Malone 53049. Larson’s Quality Services and Sales LLC, William Larson, 401 John St., Ripon 54971. Montey Welding and Repair LLC, Gordon M. Montey, Jr., N6999 Metovale Road, Ripon 54971. Green Collar Grooming LLC, Amber Lackey Rose, 818 E. Jefferson St., Waupun 53963.

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Hilt Architectural Services LLC, Nate Gary Hilt, 6725 N. Gullwing Ct., Appleton 54913. BAW Cartography LLC, Ben A. Wildenberg, W2646 Frontier Dr., Appleton 54915. Alliance Business Group LLC, John L. Marshall, 5581 N. Calmes Dr., Appleton 54913. CJ Roofing & Construction LLC, Vanessa M. Gracia Sanchez, 1730 S. Madison St., Appleton 54915. Supreme Process Service LLC, Cary Donald Meyer, 3032 E. Meadowlark Lane, Appleton 54915. DJ’s Guide Service and Tournament Fishing LLC, Dean Joesph Arnoldussen, N3760 Sharon Rose Ct., Appleton 54913. Mary Mason MD LLC, Joe Arnoldussen, 525 N. Richmond St., Appleton 54911. Wild Heart Healing Arts LLC, Amanda Marie Davie, 612 E. Longview Dr., Appleton 54911. Tilly Design & Graphics LLC, Jill Marie Butzin, 512 W. 4th, Appleton 54911. Encompass Home Inspections LLC, Jeffrey James Wippich, 185 Harrys Gateway, Appleton 54914. New China Moon II INC., Dan Dan Zheng, 2700 W. College Ave., Ste. #12, Appleton 54914. Western Badger Shop Equipment LLC, Jody Stout, 12 Spring Meadow Ct., Appleton 54914. Clare Home Inspection LLC, Monica Clare, 3825 E. Calumet, Appleton 54915. Intensity Storage LLC, Scott Fortune, 1000 N. Lynndale Dr., Appleton 54914. Santa Bob’s Smoky BBQ LLC, Robert Gerald Johnston, 3402 N. Richmond St., Appleton 54911. Swimdog Wellness Center LLC, Juanita Woulf, W5807 Skippers Lane, Appleton 54915. Weisgerber Concessions LLC, Todd J. Weisgerber, 1620 N. Viola St., Appleton 54911. Side By Side Contracting LLC, Wayne L. Hoffmann, 2700 E. Plank Road, Appleton 54915. Valley Social Dance Studio LLC, Jessica A. Spencer, 1331 W. Wisconsin, Appleton 54914. Jersey Bagel LLC, Kurtis J. Walgenbach, W2347 Valleywood Ln., Appleton 54915. Help W/ Marketing Technology LLC, David Miller, 4090 W. Spencer St., Appleton 54914. Erick James Design LLC, Erick Gyrion, 812 W. Roberts Ave., Appleton 54914. Friday’s Construction & Remodeling LLC, Jason Brad Bunnow, 603 N.Clark St., Appleton 54911. Jennerjohn Auto Sales LLC, Tracy Jennerjohn, 3303B W. College Ave., Appleton 54914. Dale Scharine DDS LLC, Dale Scharine, 315 W. Wisconsin, Appleton 54911. Salon Aura of Kohler LLC, James Benton Gill, 900 N. McCarthy Road, Appleton 54913. Tandem Wine and Beer LLC, George Hans Koenig, 1350 W. College Ave., Appleton 54915. A-1 Duct Cleaning LLC, Russell Gignac, 2329 Skylark Dr., Appleton 54914. Chopstix Food INC., Eric Chung, 2205 S. Memorial Dr., Appleton 54915. Fox Valley Brain and Spine LLC, Angela Rust, 100 W. Lawrence St., Appleton 54911.

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Who’s News POV Video Solutions LLC, Richard Lee Milanowski, 550 Cecelia St., Combined Locks 54113. Emergency Vehicle Dealer Support LLC, Timothy John Stutzman, 520 Jeffrey St., Combined Locks 54113. Murphy Concrete & Surfacing LLC, Kurt Murphy, W2933 Garvey Road, Freedom 54130. Alternate Marketing LLC, Ann L. Thielman, W6954 Rockdale Lane, Greenville 54942. Great Lakes Mechanical Insulation INC., Roy Jacobsen III, N962 Tower View Dr., Greenville 54942. Ernst Snow Removal LLC, Tyler Ernst, N1925 Bon Bon Ct., Greenville 54942. No Limits Personal Training LLC, Chris Weister, N1740 Baileys Harbor Ct., Greenville 54942. AB Converting INC., Kevin Loken, N1048 Technical Dr., Greenville 54942. Special Memories Zoo LLC, Dona Wheeler, W7013 Spring Road, Greenville 54942. Jay Dubb Property Management LLC, James Wolf, N2004 Greenville Dr., Greenville 54942. Gracys Auto Body LLC, Daniel J. Gracyalny, N1128 Redwing, Greenville 54942. Dale Welding CO., Norm Kopesky III, W9811 School Road, Hortonville 54944. U Weld It Kits LLC, Mitchell Mark Seidler, 909 Giese St., Hortonville 54944. Founding Father’s BBQ LLC, Jeremy Thyes, 2201 Wildenberg Dr., Kaukauna 54130. The Ryan Mahloch Agency INC., Ryan C. Mahloch, 1940 Crooks Ave., Kaukauna 54130. Breastfeeding Alliance of Northeast Wisconsin INC., Billie Verbruggen, 2101 Edgewood Ct., Kaukauna 54130. Stormy’s Workshop & Custom Wood Furnishings LLC, Diane Margaret Angeletti, N1206 Clune Road, Kaukauna 54130. Majestic Trucking LLC, Derek A. Hawkins, 2204 Crooks Ave., Kaukauna 54130. Clevelandodge Winery LLC, Richard Michael Magnuson, 801 Dodge St.,

Kaukauna 54130. Big Jim’s Construction LLC, John Stephen Elrick, 501 Appletree Lane, Little Chute 54140. House Special Yoga LLC, Susan Marie House, Ph.D., 144 Shady Dr., Oneida 54155. Sobieck Farm Services LLC, Michael Edward Sobieck, W659 Schevers Way, Oneida 54155. Central Snowmobile & Powersports LLC, Max Kehl, 6560 Old 29 Road, Seymour 54165.

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The Total Package Detailing Services LLC, Matthew Allen Norton, 1004 Lucerne Dr., Apt 2C, Menasha 54952. McCarthy Godlewski & Rosiejka LLC, Sally McCarthy Godlewski, 430 Ahnaip St., Menasha 54952. Lomeli Roofing LLC, Manuel Lomeli Martinez, 1173 Bartlein Ct., Menasha 54952. Shear Evolution LLC, Jennifer L. Pingel, 630 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah 54956. Knudson Performance Training LLC, Kyle Knudson, 1622 Remington Ct., Neenah 54956. Fitzgerald Flooring LLC, Julian Fitzgerald, 1801 Dublin Tr., Apt. 109, Neenah 54956. 10 Pin Tap LLC, Brett J. Jungwirth, 1309 Oregon St., Oshkosh 54902. Oshkosh Plastics LLC, Chad Lee Demler, 3281 Omro Road, Oshkosh 54904. Gomach Plumbing LLC, Luke Gomach, 318 W. Bent Ave., Oshkosh 54901. A To Z Exteriors LLC, Adam E. McKinney, 3541 County Road A, Oshkosh 54901. Mid-State Sign Service LLC, Gregory Dale Jens, 1414 Monroe St., Oshkosh 54901. R.P. Murphy Photography and Glass Services LLC, Ryan Patrick Murphy, 815 E. Snell Road, Oshkosh 54901. Fox Valley Entertainment LLC, Hanna Jane Griese, 1150 Jackson St., Oshkosh 54901. Gizmo Farms LLC, Marek R. Potratz, 1931 Knott Road, Oshkosh 54904.

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Building permits

B2B includes a monthly list of building permits (not to include residential projects) in excess of $400,000. Paper Converting Machine Co., 660 Cormier Road, Ashwaubenon. $729,678 to remodel offices in the existing industrial facility. General contractor is Huotari Construction Inc. of Medford. May 28.


Menasha Packaging Company, 1257 Gillingham Road, Neenah. $3,550,000 for a 48,382-sq. ft. addition to the existing industrial facility. General contractor is Bayland Buildings Inc. of Green Bay. June 2. Sign Country, 235 Allegiance Ct., Little Chute. $780,000 for an 11,992-sq. ft. commercial building. General contractor is Utschig Inc. of Greenville. June 2. Frankenthal Building, 130 N. Adams St., Green Bay. $625,000 for an interior alteration of the existing office building. General contractor is Frank O. Ziese Construction Co. of Green Bay. June. Lambeau Field, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay. $1,993,440 for various interior and exterior alterations throughout the stadium. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Neenah. June. DFB Wealth Planning, 530 N. Koeller St., Oshkosh. $900,000 for a four-unit multi-tenant office building. General contractor is R.J. Albright Inc. of Oshkosh. June 11. Fort Howard Elementary School/Green Bay Area Public School District, 520 Dousman St., Green Bay. $1,630,000 for various infrastructure improvements to the existing school building. General contractor is Immel Construction of Green Bay. June. Tank Elementary School/Green Bay Area Public School District, 814 S. Oakland Ave., Green Bay. $576,000 for various infrastructure improvements to the existing school building. General contractor is Miron Construction Co. of Neenah. June. Hampton Inn, 350 N. Fox River Dr., town of Grand Chute. $645,000 for various exterior façade and window improvements to the existing hotel facility. General contractor is Keller Inc. of Kaukauna. June 15. Biolife Plasma Services, N161 Eisenhower Dr., town of Buchanan. $3,000,000 for a 17,557-sq. ft. medical facility and offices. General contractor is WDS Construction Inc. of Beaver Dam. June 17. St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1506 S. Oneida St., Appleton. $1,601,000 for an interior remodel of the first floor cancer treatment center at the existing hospital. General contractor is Boldt Construction of Appleton. June 19. DDL Holdings, 320 N. Broadway, Green Bay. $850,000 for an addition to the former industrial facility for a mixed-use residential and retail development. General contractor is Smet Construction Services Corp. of Green Bay. June.

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Washington Middle School/Green Bay Area Public School District, 314 S. Baird St., Green Bay. $4,054,000 for an addition for a new main entrance to the existing school building as well as various infrastructure improvements. General contractor is IEI General Contractors of De Pere. June. Castle-Pierce Printing Co., 2247 Ryf Road, Oshkosh. $631,727 for a 12,250-sq. ft. addition to the existing printing facility. General contractor is C.R. Meyer & Sons Co. of Oshkosh. June 30. Tom’s Drive-In, 1915 Freedom Road, Little Chute. $415,000 for an addition

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to the existing restaurant for more dining space. General contractor is Roseneck Contracting of Appleton. June 30.

New hires

Planet Fitness, W3165 Van Roy Road, town of Buchanan. $532,500 for a renovation of the former retail space for new fitness center. General contractor is Innovative Construction Solutions of Brookfield. July 10.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay hired Ronald T. Pfeifer as its associate chancellor for external affairs and chief of staff. Pfeifer most recently served as associate general counsel for Schneider National Inc. in Ashwaubenon. He previously worked for 28 years as an employment law attorney with the Green Bay office of Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. In his role, Pfeifer will share administrative oversight for Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Office of Marketing and University Communication, Phoenix athletics and the Office of Adult Access.

Name changes UW Health Fox Valley Family Medicine in downtown Appleton changed its name to Mosaic Family Health. The clinic serves more than 6,000 patients through its joint sponsorship by Ministry Health Care and ThedaCare, and serves as home to the Fox Valley Family Medicine Residency Program.

New locations 44º North Advertising & Design moved to a new location at 600 S. Main St., Ste. 302 in Oshkosh. The agency maintains its telephone number of 920.426.1970 as well as its web address at

New products/services The Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District is re-launching its Downtown Oshkosh gift card program which includes more than 35 locally-owned downtown businesses. Gift cards can be purchased at select downtown retailers or online at

Business honors Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.


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Miron Construction Co. in Neenah hired Eric Marcoe as its dream coach, Marty Jensen as project manager, Dan Schneider as network manager and Christine Bohl as marketing coordinator. Marcoe previously served as an organizational development and service excellence consultant for Ministry Health Care in Menasha. Jensen has five years construction industry experience, most recently working for DeGroot Inc. in Green Bay. Schneider has 20 years construction industry experience, and most recently worked as technical coordinator for St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac. Bohl previously worked for The H.S. Group, Inc. in Appleton as a career management coordinator. McMahon in Neenah hired Garek Holley as an environmental scientist in its environmental and infrastructure department; Maxwell Lesatz as a structural drafter in its structural department; Courtney Williams as a CAD technician in its architectural department; Shawn Jandrey as a stormwater engineer in its environmental and infrastructure department; and Scott Manteuffel as a project manager in the firm’s construction services department. Manteuffel has 24 years of construction related experience. The Greater Green Bay Chamber hired Peter Zaehringer as vice president of economic development. Zaehringer has 15 years of business development experience, most recently serving as executive director at Erie County (Ohio) Economic Development Corp. He also established Zynergy Global LLC, a global business development firm to help increase economic activity between Europe and North America. EP-Direct in Fond du Lac hired Kathy Roehrig as a sales developer.

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Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic added obstetrician/ gynecologist Christina Calvello, M.D. and ophthalmologist Adam Strittmatter, D.O.

as a regional branch manager. Renteria has seven years experience in the financial industry, most recently as a district manager at Citizens Community Federal Credit Union.

Horicon Bank hired Bob Van Kirk as vice president of treasury management working out of the bank’s Fond du Lac office. Van Kirk previously held a commercial banking treasury management position in the Fox Valley.

Faith Technologies in Menasha hired Jim Mansfield as its new automation and process controls group manager. Mansfield has 28 years of industry experience, most recently serving as a manufacturing systems consultant with Barry-Wehmiller International.

Promotions with Pizzazz, LLC in Fond du Lac hired Patti Koehn as an account executive. Koehn has more than 30 years experience in the print and advertising industry.


The Neenah office of Associated Bank hired Jesse Nelson and Keith Peters as vice presidents and personal trust relationship managers, and hired Douglas Welter as a vice president and private banking relationship manager. Nelson previously worked nine years as investment manager with Schenck Investment Solutions in Appleton, while Peters most recently served as vice president and private wealth manager with Paul Hoffman and Company. Welter has 28 years of financial services experience.

Laminations in Appleton promoted Todd Hainer to account manager of north central states and Aaron Sass to new business development director. Hainer has been with Laminations since 2004, most recently serving as the new business development manager. Sass joined Laminations in 2014 as strategic accounts manager and has more than 15 years experience in sales. Appleton-based ThedaCare promoted Jim Matheson to senior vice president of strategic planning and marketing and appointed Jennifer Frank, M.D. as the senior medical director for ThedaCare Physicians. Matheson joined ThedaCare in 2008 and previously served as vice president of marketing. Dr. Frank has been a family medicine doctor at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah West since 2011 and was named an associate medical director for ThedaCare Physicians in 2012.

Omni Glass & Paint, Inc. in Oshkosh hired Melissa Schmidt as its human resource manager. Schmidt most recently worked at Alta Resources in Neenah as a recruiting specialist and previously served as a human resource generalist at Magnum Power Products in Berlin. The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce hired Mark Rahmlow as vice president of public policy. Rahmlow previously served as the senior field representative for Congressman Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI).

Individual awards

Green Bay-based Prevea Health added Dr. Lorraine Jackson as a geriatrician for Prevea Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Jerald Marifke as an endocrinologist at Prevea’s Allouez clinic, and Dr. Chris Nelson as a psychologist with Prevea Behavioral Care.

Sister Mary Mollison, vice president of spirituality at Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, was presented the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Catholic Health Association. Sister Mollison was instrumental in the creation of Agnesian HealthCare in 1996. Initially educated as a nurse, she helped form and guide Trinity Health of Livonia, Mich., the second largest Catholic healthcare system in the U.S. Sister Mary Mollison previously served as general superior of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, and twice filled in as interim president at Marian University in Fond du Lac.

Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity hired Rebecca Fairman as development director. Fairman worked the past 14 years with The Salvation Army in Green Bay. Neenah-based First National Bank – Fox Valley hired Dominic Renteria






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Business Calendar

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Sondra Norder, president and CEO of St. Paul Elder Services, Inc. in Kaukauna, was presented a Tomorrow’s Leaders Award by the Catholic Health Association.

Elections/appointments Regional economic development organization New North Inc. appointed Randy Van Straten and Mark Rourke to its board of directors. Van Straten is vice president of Bellin Health in Green Bay, while Rourke is president of truckload services for Schneider in Ashwaubenon. Gary L. Miller, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, was appointed to a three-year term as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

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August 4 Greater Green Bay Chamber Power Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 300 N. Broadway, Ste. 3A in Green Bay. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email members@ August 5 A.M. Oshkosh, a morning networking event from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, 7:45 to 9 a.m. at Trillium Salon, 200H City Center in Oshkosh. Cost to attend is $2. For more information or to register, call 920.303.2266 or go online to August 5 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Lillian’s, 27 S. Main St. in Fond du Lac. For more information or to register, call 920.921.9500 or go online to August 10 Explore Starting a Business seminar presented by the Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center, 6 to 9 p.m. at the college’s D.J. Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr. in Appleton. This free session provides an overview of planning and launching a small business. Registration is appreciated by calling 920.735.4798 or going online to August 11 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 8 to 9 a.m. at the chamber building, 101 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Kaukauna. Program on website optimization will be presented by Brett Belau of B2 Web Studios. For more information or to register, email

August 11 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Sales Club, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.303.2266 or go online to

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August 12 Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Business Connection, 5 to 7 p.m. at Waverly Beach, N8770 Firelane 1 in Menasha. No cost for members. For more information or to register, contact Pam at

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August 13 Women in Management – Oshkosh Chapter monthly meeting, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Sure’s Banquet Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. For more information or to register, go online to or email Lisa at

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August 18 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection, 5 to 7 p.m. at Partners by Design, N6449 S. Pioneer Road in Fond du Lac. For more information or to register, call 920.921.9500 or go online to August 20 Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. at Tanners, 730 S. Railroad St. in Kimberly. No cost for members. For more information or to register, email September 1 Greater Green Bay Chamber Power Networking Breakfast, 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the chamber offices, 300 N. Broadway, Ste. 3A in Green Bay. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.437.8704 or email members@ September 2 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Coffee Connection, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Fond du Lac Glass & Framing, 770 S. Main St. in Fond du Lac. For more information or to register, call 920.921.9500 or go online to september 8 Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Sales Club, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the chamber building, 120 Jackson St. in Oshkosh. No cost to attend for chamber members. For more information, call 920.303.2266 or go online to september 10 Women in Management – Oshkosh Chapter monthly meeting, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at La Sure’s Banquet Hall, 3125 S. Washburn St. in Oshkosh. For more information or to register, go online to or email Lisa at september 15 Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce Business Connection, 5 to 7 p.m. at Horicon Bank, 854 E. Johnson St. in Fond du Lac. For more information or to register, call 920.921.9500 or go online to n

Bank First National ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Borsche Roofing Professionals ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Business Success Summit ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Consolidated Construction Company ⎮ . . . . . . . 5 CR Structures ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Davis & Kuelthau, s.c. ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Dynamic Designs ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 EP Direct ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Epiphany Law ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 First Business Bank ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 First National Bank ~ Fox Valley ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . 9 Fox Communities Credit Union ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Fox Valley Savings Bank⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33, 37 Fox Valley Technical College ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Guident Business Solutions ⎮ . . 39 Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Keller Inc. ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Marian University ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Moraine Park Technical College ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . 29 Network Health ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 NEW Building & Construction Trades Council ⎮ . . . . . 38 NWTC Corporate Training & Economic Development ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 21 Oshkosh Public Museum ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Outagamie County Regional Airport ⎮ . . . . . . . . 18 Prevea 360 ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 R&R Steel Construction Company Inc. ⎮ SITE Landscape Architecture ⎮ 39 St. Norbert College MBA program ⎮ . . . . . . 46 Suttner Accounting ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 TEC ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Better Business Bureau New Members Businesses accredited through the Northeast Wisconsin office during June 2015 Appleton Auto, Grand Chute JD’S Affordable Lawn Care, North Fond Du Lac Lakeshore HVAC & Solar Co., Sheboygan Carpentry Unlimited, Sobieski Imperial Seamless, Oconto

Thomas James Real Estate ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30, 48 Valley Home Builders Association ⎮ . . 18 Verve, a Credit Union ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Waterfest ⎮ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Winnebago County Solid Waste Management ⎮ . 44 Wisconsin Fast Forward ⎮ . . . . . . . . . 9

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Key Statistics

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local gasoline prices

u.s. retail sales

Per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

july 19. . . . . . . . . . . . july 12. . . . . . . . . . . . july 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . june 28. . . . . . . . . . . july 19, 2014. . . . . . .

$2.68 $2.69 $2.70 $2.69 $3.59


$442.0 billion 0.3% from May 1.4% from June 2014

Source: New North B2B observations

existing home sales


homes sold median price brown cty . ....................409 ....................$155,000 Fond du Lac cty ............127 ....................$139,900 outagamie cty . ............277 ....................$150,000 winnebago cty .............275 ....................$135,000 WI Dept. Revenue Collections may

$1.155 billion 12% from April 2014

u.s. industrial production (2007 = 100) june


0.3% from May 1.5% from June 2014

air passenger TRAFFIC (Local enplanements) June 2015 June 2014 Outagamie Cty. ATW..........................N/A ...... 20,737 Austin Straubel GRB..........................N/A ....... 28,183

local unemployment may april may ‘14 Appleton ....... 4.4% ...... 4.0% ........5.1% Fond du Lac ... 4.8% ...... 4.2% ....... 5.2% Green Bay........4.7% ...... 4.4% ........5.6% Neenah ........... 4.3% ...... 4.0%.........5.6% Oshkosh . ....... 4.9% ...... 4.2% ........5.6% Wisconsin ..... 4.7% ...... 4.4% ........5.4%

natural gas prices Prices for small businesses using less than 20,000 therms. Listed price is per therm.

july............................. $0.326 june............................ $0.326 july 2014..................... $0.710 Source: Integrys Energy

ism index Numbers above 50 mean expansion. Numbers below 50 mean contraction. june. . . . . . . . . . . . . 53.5 may. . . . . . . . . . . . . 52.8

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