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upcoming EVENTS \\ Ignite Your Inner Child

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 \\ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum 1100 Main Street (downtown) | Stevens Point, WI 54481

» REGISTER MAXimize Your Membership

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 \\ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Portage County Business Council, Foundation Room 5501 Vern Holmes Drive | Stevens Point, WI 54482

» REGISTER Small Business Breakfast

career expo 2012 04.10.12

Friday, May 4, 2012 \\ 7:15 am - 9:00 am BEST WESTERN Plover Hotel & Conference Center 5253 Harding Avenue | Plover, WI 54467

» CALL the office to register 715-344-1940 Small Business X-Change Wednesday, May 9, 2012 \\ 7:30 am - 8:30 am Portage County Business Council, Foundation Room 5501 Vern Holmes Drive | Stevens Point, WI 54482

» REGISTER Backstage Pass to Your Government Thursday, May 17, 2012 \\ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Portage County Public Library (Pinery Room) 1001 Main Street | Stevens Point, WI 54481

» REGISTER Business After Hours

Monday, May 21, 2012 \\ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 340 Division Street North | Stevens Point, WI 54481

» REGISTER Business on the Green Golf Outing

Monday, June 4, 2012 \\ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm Shotgun Start 9:30 am » REGISTER for SentryWorld » REGISTER for the stevens point country club

Almost 2,000 students from around Central Wisconsin had an opportunity to learn about what their future could hold at the 15 th Annual Partners in Education Career Exploration Day held on April 10, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center. The Regional Career Expo offered an opportunity for businesses, post-secondary institutions and community organizations to show high school students what type of

education and experiences are needed to enter the work force. Vendors were encouraged to share insight about their business or service, as well as the skills needed to attain careers in those fields. A great big THANK YOU goes out to all Career Expo sponsors, vendors and participants. Without you this event would not be possible. \\\\\

Limited Sponsorships Remain The Ambassadors Club of the Portage County Business Council will be holding their annual golf outing, Business on the Green on June 4, 2012 at two highly rated Wisconsin courses—SentryWorld and the Stevens Point Country Club. With over 280 golfers participating and additional business representatives attending the 19th Hole Networking Event, the 2012 event will be a great environment to expand your contacts. You have a great opportunity to be further involved in the event by taking advantage of a Sponsorship…only a few spots remain! Don't miss this! See GOLF SPONSORSHIPS / Page 5


BUsiness on the Green 06.04.12 \\ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm » REGISTER for SentryWorld » REGISTER for the stevens point country club Is Your Foursome Registered? Cost to golf \\ $120 / person The Ambassadors Club of the Portage County Business Council invites you to their annual Business on the Green golf outing. The event is scheduled for Monday, June 4th with a shotgun start at 9:30 am at SentryWorld and the Stevens Point Country Club.

and awards to entertain those attending. A special thank you to our Diamond/19th Hole Networking Sponsors to date: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Community First Bank, Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital and Sentry Insurance. Golfers in this year’s outing have the opportunity to choose from two highly rated Wisconsin courses. SentryWorld is a corporately owned public golf course and sports complex. The course, which opened in 1982, features one acre of flowerbeds, harboring nearly 45,000 flowers in the famous “Flower Hole.” The Stevens Point Country Club, a private course built in 1925, is an 18-hole Bent grass course and home of the 2000 Wisconsin State Open. $120 Per Golfer and You Receive: • • • • • • •

After the golf outing, golfers are invited to join us at the 19th Hole Networking Event taking place at SentryWorld, 601 North Michigan Avenue, Stevens Point beginning at 3:00 pm with a plentiful buffet style service featuring Grilled BBQ Chicken, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Roasted Red Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Butter Corn, Fresh Mixed Greens Salad served with Dressing Choices, Fruit Salad and Apple Turnovers with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for dessert, raffle prizes,

business BRIEFS \\

Plus 19th Hole Networking Event including: • Raffle Drawings • Hole Event Announcements • Golf Team Prizes • Cash Bar • Plus Much More

Not a Golfer, but want to join in on the fun? NEW to the 2012 Event: DINNER ONLY PACKAGE $25 / person

» REGISTER for Dinner only Plan to join us for an afternoon/evening filled with great food, friendly conversation, and an opportunity to win some great door prizes. 3:00 pm \\ Social, Cash Bar, Dinner Buffet and Prize Giveaways \\\\\

The Business Briefs column is an avenue to spotlight noteworthy business and professional accomplishments, recognition and awards among our Business Council members. Submit items of interest, in 100 words or less, to: admin@portagecountybiz.com by the 24th of the month prior to the next newsletter issue.

Central Home Improvements, Inc. was recently honored for being one of only 4 roofing companies in Wisconsin and 75 roofing companies across the U.S. and Canada to be recognized as a Tenured Member of the CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster credential. Qualifying for this credential requires Central personnel to prove their knowledge of shingle products, quality standards and satisfying customer objectives through testing and regular re-accreditation. \\\\\ Management leadership at NRG Media, home of Y106.5 WYTE-FM, The Big Cheese WBCV-FM, 103.3 WGLX-FM, and the all-new HOT 967.FM WHTQ-FM, names Ritch Cassidy to the position of Brand Director. Cassidy will oversee all programming and promotional execution on two of the cluster radio properties to include “Today’s Best Country” Y106.5 WYTE-FM and the all-new “Today’s Hottest Hits” “HOT 96.7 WHTQ-FM. \\\\\ LouAnn Schulfer of Schulfer & Associates, LLC Financial Professionals, was recently

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18 Holes of Golf (includes green fees) Motorized Cart Two Nonalcoholic Beverage Tickets Lunch on Course Golf Bag Hole Events Hole-In-One Event at SentryWorld to win your very own Can-Am Commander XT-1000 in Bright Yellow with Chrome Mag Wheels valued at $14,699, compliments of The Portage County Bank or at the Stevens Point Country Club to win an $11,000 Hawaiian Golf Vacation including 7 nights at the luxurious Hapuna Beach golf resort; located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Package includes accommodations in an oceanfront room, golf and airfare for two, compliments of Mark Motors Automotive. • Dinner ticket for 19th Hole Networking Event

nominated and approved as a Board Member to the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB). NCWWDB is a public/partnership between government and business that plans, administers and coordinates Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and training programs in the nine counties of Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood. NCWWDB provides policy, planning, oversight and funding for local workforce development programs and addresses workforce issues as they emerge within our region. \\\\\ In celebration of National Small Business Week 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service. The contest will raise awareness of the importance of SBA programs, and the impact the small businesses that use them have in their local communities. For more information, please visit www. smallbizvid.challenge.gov.

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\\\\\ WORZALLA – A print solutions provider located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin – today announced a new digital short-run print capability that will enable publishers to create new revenue streams by bringing out-of-print and backlist titles to the marketplace. WORZALLA is well-known in the publishing industry for its ability to produce award-winning and high profile books. With the introduction of the digital platform, the company is now capable of providing the same high quality books for short run quantities. \\\\\ In an effort to save lives and protect underground utility infrastructures, the month of April was designated as “Safe Digging” month nationally. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) wants to chime in and remind everyone the importance of calling 811 BEFORE you dig. \\\\\


Advertise in the Portage County Community Guide

our website at www.portagecountybiz. com, providing advertisers with additional exposure.

Every two years, the Portage County Business Council updates its’ Community Profile and Resource Guide. Once again, we are working together with CommunityLink and their team of professionals to produce a publication that proudly represents our community.

VIEW THE CURRENT ISSUE

Along with articles of current interest, the publication showcases business vignettes, demographic information and content pertinent for new businesses, newcomers and visitors. It captures an overview of daily life and vast opportunities in our area. Printed copies of the guide are distributed through various avenues including: • Portage County Business Council • Stevens Point Area CVB • Publication advertisers • Area Businesses • UWSP Student Orientation • Recruiting packets for businesses and employees (upon request) • Other distribution outlets by request

» CLICK HERE FOR AD SIZES & PRICING

» CLICK HERE TO Click above to see the variety of ad sizes and prices available to fit your budget. Then call Mary Jo Monday at 715-344-1940 or email to mmonday@portagecountybiz. com to reserve your ad space. The window of opportunity to purchase ad space directly through the Business Council runs until Monday, May 7, 2012. After that time, Eddie Hebron, Senior Marketing Consultant with CommunityLink will be in the area and handle all advertising sales for the guide. On behalf of the Portage County Business Council, we appreciate your interest and look forward to talking with you soon about this marketing opportunity. \\\\\

Volunteers are needed for painting at stations (artists needed!), concrete work and other tasks that will include work, and fun, for all skill levels.

Friday, May 4 \\ Excavation, grade work and setting up forms for the concrete pour the next day. No experience necessary. Saturday, May 5 \\ Pouring and finishing concrete. No experience necessary. previous day’s work. No experience necessary.

Leadership Portage County is seeking applicants

A 2-day retreat in August jump-starts the program and participants then meet once monthly from September through May. Each interactive session is packed with information from local experts, thought-provoking discussions and an opportunity to interact with a variety of area leaders. The interim

Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County will be installing a Born Learning Trail-a set of 10 interactive sites to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for young children-at Mead Park in Stevens Point this May and June as its annual community service project. Ignite encourages all community members to sign up for volunteer opportunities early and be part of creating this educational and entertaining trail for families in our community.

Sunday, May 6 \\ We will be cleaning up from the

The complete publication is available on

Take your leadership to the next level! Applications are now being accepted for Leadership Portage County (LPC), a dynamic educational series for those ready to commit to greater leadership roles in their organizations and the community. The ten-month LPC program combines interactive monthly sessions, leadership skill development, experiential learning opportunities, community awareness activities, and networking to help participants become more effective leaders.

Be a Part of the Born Learning Trail

Saturday, June 16 \\ Painting at each station. Artists and aspiring artists are needed this day! No experience necessary. Kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, June 23 \\ Final clean up, installing sign

assignments and class projects provide a way for participants to apply leadership skills, enhance community awareness and continue networking. More than 450 people have completed the program since it began in 1993. Both LPC participants and their employers have benefited from the skills learned, expanded business contacts and community networks made.

posts and general landscape work. No experience necessary.

» CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION MATERIALS

Learn more at Facebook.com/ IgnitePortageCountyWI. Ignite thanks the following Born Learning Trail project sponsors: United Circle of Caring, Ellis Stone, Alchemy Concrete, and Volm Bag Company.

Application materials and $250 tuition deposit are due to the PCBC office to secure your spot. Up to 28 participants are chosen based on their interest in contributing to the community in the future and their leadership potential. Each class includes a diverse mix of ages and backgrounds representing private businesses of all sizes, public institutions and nonprofit organizations. For more information contact Sarah at 715-3441940 or fdn@portagecountybiz.com. \\\\\

Visit VolunteersRock.org for more details and to sign up for these volunteer opportunities. You will first be asked to create a free account on this site. Please contact Jessica Hoerter at jhoerter@ unitedwaypoco.org or call 715-254-2185 with questions. Please visit UnitedWayPoCo.org to find out more about the Born Learning Trail.

Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County is a partnership between United Way of Portage County and the Portage County Business Council Foundation. \\\\\

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member of the MONTH \\

Each month the Active Voice features a PCBC “Member of the Month” selected from a list of members that begins with the same letter of the alphabet. May features a business that begins with the letter “E”.

Emmons Business Interiors 5225 Joerns Drive \\ Stevens Point, WI 715-345-8933 www.ebiweb.com Join Date \\ 07.31.1997

What they have to say \\ Your Space. Our Business. Sure it’s a catchy tagline, but it’s so much more… Emmons Business Interiors (EBI) has been dedicated to serving our growing and ever-changing business community since 1940.

Whether it is a home office or a corporate facility, EBI will provide a professional plan that is functional, aesthetically pleasing and unique to each individual customer. As an independent dealer we have an understanding of the community and have the flexibility to tailor solutions to your specific business needs. We provide individual attention to each client. We can provide options to you that are adaptable to the specific composition of your workplace. We encourage and support community based organizations. Emmons Business Interiors has been a member of the Portage County Business Council since 1997. Their commitment to the regional economy and local business is the reason we continue to renew our annual membership. \\\\\

EBI is a Wisconsin owned and operated contract furniture dealership headquartered in Stevens Point with offices in Appleton, Madison, Sheboygan and Wausau. We offer a complete line of high-quality and durable office furniture products, interior design services, installation, project and move management. At EBI, we believe in the preservation of our environment and have partnered with vendors who have committed to provide earth-friendly solutions. We are knowledgeable about current ergonomic research to provide you products and information for office worker health and safety including proper seating choices, computer support equipment and workstation design.

looking for committee Volunteers Are you looking for ways to increase your business connections with other Business Council members? How about within the community? Do you like to assist with event coordination? Then we encourage you to get involved with the 2013 Business Expo committee. To get a head start on next year’s event, planning for the 2013 Business Expo will begin in May. Monthly meetings will be held for the first 6 or 7 months and last approximately 1 ½ hours. As we get closer to the date of the Expo, meetings will take place every two weeks and then every week. It’s understandable that things come up and you can’t attend every meeting. However, your commitment and involvement is critical to the success of this event. You will be working with other seasoned, top-notch Business Council members including: Joe Fisher \\ Walgreens Tina Grezinski \\ Rasmussen College

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Mary Hansen \\ Community First Bank Julie Mouw \\ Harmony of Stevens Point Scott Rockman \\ Rockman’s Catering Lisa Sobczak \\ ABR Employment Services Doug Stingle \\ MREA If you have questions or are interested in getting involved with 2013 Business Expo committee, please contact Mary Jo Monday at 715-344-1940 or at mmonday@portagecountybiz.com. The deadline to volunteer is Monday, May 7, 2012. Thank you. \\\\\

our newest members\\ THE COFFEE STUDIO, LLC \\ John & Wendy Dolan Stevens Point \\ 715-341-3088 \\ coffee.studio@att.net Join Date \\ 04.17.2012


GOLF SPONSORSHIPS From Page 1

Diamond Level - $1,550 (Only 1 Remains) Corporate sponsor of 19th Hole Networking Event • Company logo on banner provided by Business Council hung at prominent location at 19 th Hole Networking Event • Company logo on registration brochure & event program • 3 months of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice

• Company logo displayed on Business on the Green webpage (including a "link" to company website) – prominent location • Company logo on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Verbal recognition at 19 th Hole Networking • 8 golfer passes at 18-hole event (4 at each location) – includes green fees, carts, 16 nonalcoholic beverage tickets & 8 lunches • 8 dinner tickets at 19 th Hole Networking Event • A company reserved table for preferential seating at 19 th Hole Networking Event

Gold level - $800 (Only 1 Remains) Corporate sponsor of 1 hole at the golf event on 1 course • Company logo on 24”x 36” sign provided by Business Council for hole on golf course • Company name on registration brochure & event program • 2 months of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice • Company logo displayed on Business on the Green webpage (including a "link" to company website) • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Up to 2 lunches for those staffing the hole during the outing • 4 golfer passes at 18-hole event - your choice of course – includes green fees, carts, 8 nonalcoholic beverage tickets & 4 lunches • 4 dinner tickets for 19th Hole Networking Event

• Company name on registration brochure & event program • 2 months of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice • Company name listed on Business on the Green webpage • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • 2 golfer passes at 18-hole event - includes green fees, cart, 4 nonalcoholic beverage tickets & 2 lunches • 2 dinner tickets for 19 th Hole Networking Event

• Company logo on 24”x 36” sign provided by Business Council for display at Snack Shops at 2 courses • Company logo advertised with each golfer lunch at 2 courses • Company name on registration brochure & event program • 2 months of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice • Company name listed on Business on the Green webpage • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • 2 golfer passes at 18-hole event - includes green fees, cart, 4 nonalcoholic beverage tickets & 2 lunches • 2 dinner tickets for 19 th Hole Networking Event

Putting Contest Sponsor - $350 (Only 1 Remains) Corporate sponsor of Putting Contest on 1 course Sponsor will be responsible to staff the hole during outing & provide prize valued at a minimum of $50 • Company logo on 24”x 36” sign provided by Business Council for putting hole on golf course • Company name on registration brochure & event program • One month of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice • Company name listed on Business on the Green webpage • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • 1 lunch for person staffing the putting hole during the outing • 1 dinner ticket for 19th Hole Networking Event

Other opportunities are also available…

Hole Event Prize Sponsors Corporate donation of prize(s) for special event games on golf course(s)

Corporate Sponsor of 1 hole at the golf event on 1 course

Raffle Prize Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor of all beverage carts at 2 courses • Company logo on decals provided by Business Council displayed on all beverage carts at 2 courses • Company name on all complimentary nonalcoholic beverage tickets at 2 courses

Diamond level Sponsors

Corporate Sponsor of Luncheon at 2 courses

Gold Level (2) - $400

Beverage Sponsor - $600 (Only 3 Remain)

*at time of print

Lunch Sponsor - $600 (Only 3 Remain)

• Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & signage at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Verbal recognition at 19 th Hole Networking Event • Buy 1 get 1 free golfer pass at 18-hole event if product amount values $1,000 or more - includes green fees, cart, 4 nonalcoholic beverage tickets, 2 lunches & 2 dinner tickets for 19th Hole Networking Event

• Company logo on 24”x 36” sign provided by Business Council for hole on golf course • Company name on registration brochure & event program • 2 months of promotion in Business Council newsletter, The Active Voice • Company logo displayed on Business on the Green webpage (including a "link" to company website) • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Up to 2 lunches for those staffing the hole during the outing • 2 dinner tickets for 19th Hole Networking Event

Thank you to our 2012 sponsors \\

Corporate donation of prize(s) for Business on the Green raffle • Company name displayed with donated raffle prize(s) at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Company name on raffle ticket (must meet print deadline) • Company name on signs during the event at 2 courses & at the 19th Hole Networking Event • Company name on event program if product amount values $1,000 or more • Buy 1 get 1 free golfer pass at 18-hole event if product amount values $1,000 or more - includes green fees, cart, 4 nonalcoholic beverage tickets, 2 lunches & 2 dinner tickets for 19th Hole Networking Event

This opportunity for sponsorship is on a first come, first serve basis. To confirm your sponsorship, please contact Karen Schanock at 715-344-1940 or kschanoc@portagecountybiz.com. We appreciate your consideration and support of this event.

Gold level Sponsors Anderson O’Brien Bull’s Eye Credit Union Central City Credit Union Citizens Bank CleanPower Commercial Roofing Inc Delta Dental of Wisconsin Donaldson Company Element Mobile Ellis Stone Construction Company Inc K-tech Kleening Systems M3 Insurance Solutions for Business Point of Beginning Inc Rettler Corporation RR Donnelley Global Turnkey Solutions Schulist’s Custom Cabinets Inc. Sentry Insurance Skyward Solarus Team Schierl Companies The Pineries Bank US Bank

Double Gold level Sponsors Marshfield Clinic Sentry Insurance

Gold Level (2) Sponsors ABR Employment Services BEST WESTERN Plover Hotel & Conference Center Figi’s Inc. Keller Inc Pat’s CARSTAR Rasmussen College Ski’s Meat Market Stevens Point Brewery Walmart Supercenter

Beverage Sponsors Mitchell’s Hilltop Pub & Grill Regnier Consulting Group Inc Veolia Environmental Services

Lunch Sponsors The Boldt Company

Hole In One Sponsors SOLD OUT Mark Motors Automotive Inc The Portage County Bank \\\\\

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Small Business Breakfast 05.04.12 \\ 7:15 am - 9:00 am Best Western Plover Hotel & Conference Center We Salute Our Sponsors

THank you to our Sponsors \\

Business Council members will help celebrate successes in Portage County at the May 4th Small Business Breakfast to be held at the BEST WESTERN Plover Hotel & Conference Center, 5253 Harding Avenue, Plover from 7:15 am – 9:00 am. The breakfast will be catered by Rockman’s Catering. Guest speaker for the event will be Jeff Ebel, Counselor for the Central Wisconsin Chapter of SCORE and 2011 Recipient of the Friend of Small Business Award. Jeff’s message at the event will be “The Age of the Entrepreneur”.

To register call the Portage County Business Council for availability at 715-344-1940.

Cost \\ $20 / person 2nd Breakfast is FREE for each Business Council Member Business with 25 or fewer full-time employees and with one paid admission from the same business. Additional reservations at $20/ person. For questions on the event contact Karen Schanock at kschanoc@portagecountybiz.com. \\\\\

The recipient of the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year award – Ski’s Meat Market, Owners Dave & Sandy Tuskowski and the 2011 Friend of Small Business award – Harry Ellefson (In Memoriam), SCORE Charter Member from 1982 - 2012 will be recognized for their substantial accomplishments in Portage County.

2011-12 PIE platinum INVESTORS \\

Business After Hours 05.21.12 \\ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm » REGISTER » MAP Host \\

After Hours hosted by the Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. www.stevenspointarea.com Please note earlier start time above. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and door prize giveaways. RSVP by Friday, May 18, 2012.

Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 340 Division Street North, Stevens Point

No Cost to attend! \\\\\

Join us to celebrate National Tourism Week and tourism in Portage County at Business

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small business x-change 05.09.12 \\ 7:30 am - 8:30 am pcbc - foundation room » REGISTER TOPIC Solar Electric Energy: Securing Your Future Energy Costs presented by Rob Peck, Design Consultant North Wind Renewable Energy

Rob Peck DETAILS Sponsor \\

> An understanding of the potential business benefits > An example of a simple financial summary of benefits of a solar electric system. After 24 years in manufacturing management, warehouse management and distribution management for a variety of Milwaukee businesses, Rob Peck found he was in need of a change. In 2008 he enrolled in the Renewable Energy Specialist program at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC). During his first year at MSTC, North Wind selected him for an internship, which has developed into his new career partnership. North Wind Renewable Energy is celebrating their 5th year of business in 2012. They are a full service solar energy installer, providing customers with over 30 years of renewable energy design and installation experience. > Continental Breakfast served > No cost to attend

Attendees of this Small Business X-Change will be introduced to solar electric energy, how it works and how it can show positive financial, visibility and environmental returns to a business. Attendees will leave this X-Change with: > A fundamental understanding of solar electric systems

ABOUT A SMALL BUSINESS X-CHANGE: A roundtable series of meetings that allows small business owners and their employees the opportunity to discuss pertinent topics, learn from local industry leaders and, most importantly, learn from each other. Small Business X-Change meets regularly throughout the year from 7:30 am - 8:30 am at the Portage County Business Council office. \\\\\

Promote Your Business To Incoming UWSP Students! The Business Council and the Ambassadors Club will sponsor a community information booth at the Dreyfus University Center during UW-Stevens Point’s New Student Orientation Program June 5 - July 12, 2012. The booth will be set up from 9:15 am - 11:00 am. The booth provides information from Business Council members and Portage County to new students and their parents. In past years, this booth has been a great success. Over 1,000 people have stopped to pick up information for new students and parents who will visit Portage County during the years that their child attends UWSP. Business Council members interested in displaying their brochures should drop off 300 copies at the Business Council office by Monday, May 14, 2012. For questions, contact Karen Schanock at 715-344-1940 or kschanoc@ portagecountybiz.com. \\\\\

Mark your calendars Women In Business luncheons 11:15 am - 1:00 pm Thursday, June 21, 2012 Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center Guest Speaker \\ Barb Sexmith, Owner, May Kay, Inc Presenting Sponsor \\ U.S. Bank & U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

Thursday, September 27, 2012 UWSP – Dreyfus University Center Alumni Room Guest Speaker \\ Sandy Tuskowski, Owner of Ski’s Meat Market Presenting Sponsor \\ Members’ Advantage Credit Union

Thursday, December 13, 2012 Memories Wedding & Banquet Hall with Rockman’s Catering Guest Speaker \\ TBA Presenting Sponsor \\ Ski’s Meat Market \\\\\

Worker’s Compensation Course Being Offered WMC, through its Safety Council, will be holding a Worker’s Compensation course May 7-10 in Wausau at the North Central Entrepreneurial and Education Center. The course is related to case management and workplace anatomy. This course has been approved for PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification.

» CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Janie Ritter or Barb Deans at WMC’s Safety Council, 800-236-3400. \\\\\

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l3: Lunch, Learn, Lead 04.26.12 Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County members attended, Lunch, Learn, Lead (L3), on April 26 with featured speaker, Brant Bergeron of Ministry Health Care. Brant dedicated his presentation to his ‘Thoughts on Leadership’. Attendees were asked to define characteristics of leaders while also considering which characteristics people dislike about leaders. He emphasized the importance of listening in a world that is full of distractions. Recognizing the importance of listening, and taking the time to truly listen, is a quality of great leader. Brant recommended three books to the group

as well. The first being “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, discussing credibility—Initial credibility (what do I bring to the table), derived credibility (what credibility have I earned) and terminal credibility (what credibility do I have when I leave an organization, friendship, family or business). His other recommendations included “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch and “Drive” by Daniel H. Pink. Brant encouraged the group with stories of others’ success in our area, many whose projects started over a cup of coffee and a conversation, and using their passion and leadership to create something for generations

to build upon. L3: Lunch, Learn, Lead is a program of the Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County. Luncheons are held every other month with various speakers at various locations. For more information on L3, or other Ignite programming, contact Sarah at fdn@portagecountybiz.com \\\\\

Business Council Hosts WCCE Spring Meeting The Portage County Business Council was chosen as one of six host sites for the Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives (WCCE) Spring 2012 Regional meetings. Chamber executives from Antigo/ Langlade County, Eagle River, Marshfield, Plover Area Business Association, Superior / Douglas County, Tomah, Waupaca and Wausau were in attendance. WCCE Regional Meetings are held twice annually to provide updates and training on topics ranging from social media and non-dues revenue to job descriptions and branding. The sessions are held in various communities across the state allowing chamber executives to attend the session that fits their schedule and is within a reasonable driving distance.

advertise with US \\ Like the new look? Be a part of it! » CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO For questions, please contact Heather at 715-344-1940 or admin@portagecountybiz.com. \\\\\

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WMC President / CEO Kurt Bauer kicked-off the session reflecting on his first year in office. Jim Morgan, Vice President, WMC presented on the following topics including: • Leading the Young Professionals - Introduction and overview of Ignite Leadership Network of Portage County presented by Sarah O’Donnell (PCBCF)

• Membership Retention • Chamber Executive Compensation • No Workers, No Jobs We look forward to having the opportunity to host another session in the future. \\\\\


2012 pcbc / foundation board of DIRECTORS \\

meetings & other DATES \\

Executive Board

May 2012

David McHone - President/President Elect, Central WI Managment Services, LLC Susan Placzek - Vice President, SentryWorld Sports Center Jeff Peterson - Past President, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Sue Wille - Treasurer, Ligman & Wille CPA LLC Sue Wilcox - Member at Large, United Way of Portage County Dave Worth - Member at Large, The Worth Company Lori Dehlinger, Executive Director, Portage County Business Council, Inc.

07 PCBC Office Closed 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Staff Training 16 Executive Committee Meeting - 7:30 am, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Board of Directors

24 Ambassador Visits - 3:30 pm, Sites TBA

Tom Altmann - Altmann Construction Company Scot Barton - Pointe Precision Dan Beighley - Wisconsin Public Service Corporation Margo Bronk - McCain Foods Lisa Bourget - Travel Guard, Inc. Kris Dragan - M&I Patty Dreier - Portage County Executive Rick Flugaur - Past President, Anderson O’Brien Scott Glinski - Skyward Andrew Halverson - Mayor, City of Stevens Point O. Phillip Idsvoog - Portage County Board Chair Lonnie Krogwold - Portage County Board Finance Chair Nyra Lind - Ambassador Representative, ABR Employment Services Richard O’Sullivan - Mid-State Technical College Mark Patrick - Notable Impressions Bernie Patterson - University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Al Pennebecker - Saint Michael’s Hospital Dan Schlutter - Village of Plover Lisa Sobczak - ABR Employment Services JoAnn Vosz - Community First Bank Attila Weninger - Stevens Point Area Public Schools Ward Wolff - First Weber Group Realtors Mike Williams - Sentry Insurance Gary Wysocki - Paragon Farms Robert Worth - Director Emeritus, The Worth Company

Board Advisors Sara Brish - Stevens Point Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Dan Mahoney - Village of Plover Michael Ostrowski - City of Stevens Point Steve Smith - Mid-State Technical College

10 Ambassador Club Meeting / Visits - 8:00 am, PCBC - Foundation Room 17 SalesNet Meeting - 11:45 am, PCBC - Foundation Room 23 Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30 am - 9:00 am, PCBC - Foundation Room 28 PCBC Office Closed - Memorial Day - Public Holiday

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Buy local Purchasing Portage County gift certificates continues to be a successful way to “Buy Local”. Portage County gift certificates makes great gifts. Gift certificates can be purchased at area banks, credit unions, the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau or at our office. They can be used at any business with a Portage County address and are available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $25, $50 & $100. The Portage County Business Council would like to thank everyone who participates for helping make the program successful. We would also like to thank M&I for their financial support of the gift certificate program.

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The Active Voice

Lori Dehlinger - Executive Director Mary Jo Monday - Director of Member Relations Karen Schanock - Director of Programs & Events Sarah O’Donnell - Director of Foundation Kari Thompson - Business & Office Operations Director Heather Nennig - Administrative / Marketing Assistant

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