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Member Profile Member News New Members YEA! Wrap-Up ICYMI
Our Workforce Development initiatives: A Workforce Summit was held at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau on Tuesday, June 7.
Summit Highlights Techniques to Attract, Retain Workforce A Workforce Summit was held at the Center for Health Sciences Auditorium at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. The program was designed to provide businesses in the region with tips, tools and access to resources to improve their ability to attract and retain employees. Rene Daniels and Derek Heikkinen of the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board offered an overview of a recent â€˜Workforce Needs Assessmentâ€™ survey highlighting regional workforce trends. Tom Felch of J & D Tube Benders and CWIMMA, Kent Olson of Olson Tire & Auto and WATEA, Rich Poirier of Church Mutual Insurance Company, Kim Stitcher of Collaborative Consulting and CWITA and Hannah Vorpagel of Marshfield Clinic
led a panel discussion at the event. A panel of students also shared the factors that attracted them to certain jobs, careers or educational paths. Organizations featured at this event included The Branch, Central Wisconsin Information Technology Alliance, E3YP, Metal Manufacturers Alliance, Job Center of Wisconsin, Junior Achievement, the Reentry Unit of the Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections, Workforce Development Board, Wisconsin Automotive & Truck Education Association, The Workforce Hub, YEA! and Youth Apprenticeship. The platinum sponsor for the program was J & D Tube Benders. The silver sponsor was Greenheck. Centergy and the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board were supporting partners.
Workforce Hub: Provides a forum for collaborations between stakeholder groups and addresses challenges to workforce development, skills gaps and talent attraction/retention. YEA!: The Young Entrepreneurs Academy teaches middle and high school students how to start and run their own, real businesses. E3YP: Designed to help attract, retain, and meet the unique needs of young professionals throughout the Wausau region. The Branch: A skills accelerator that gives college students the training, connections and experience needed. Coming July 26: The Dept. of Workforce Development will provide an update on statewide efforts
Member Profile We feature members in Chamber Connection, like Executive Cleaning LLC in Wausau: NAME: Bob Schneider OPENED: January 2012 CHAMBER MEMBER SINCE: 2012 MISSION: To serve our clients with honesty and integrity by providing comprehensive cleaning services, floor refinishing, window cleaning, and Bob Schneider construction clean up in a timely and through manner. We are committed to provide an added personal touch to every facet of our work that provides ultimate satisfaction to our clients and services that are ‘a step above the rest.’ STORY ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS YOU REPEAT THE MOST OFTEN: I started the business in 2012 because I felt clients were not getting the service that they were looking for. I came up with doing business just by a hand shake and not locking our clients into contracts. I was taught that your word meant something and people would respect and want to do business with going back to the ‘old principles.’ Today we are 60 employees strong and doing 1 million in sales. We have been a partner with Cleaning for a Reason since November 2014. We currently are cleaning the homes of nine cancer patients. What we do is offer free cleaning services to people undergoing cancer treatment. This way they can focus on their health while we take care of cleaning their homes at no cost to them.
CHAMBER HIGHLIGHT: One of our highlights is that this past year we did the Chamber’s Business EXPO. It was great to connect with so many people, clients, and businesses. The amount of people that stopped at our booth was unbelievable to me and the connections we made for Cleaning For A Reason were very valuable. OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: We as a company are 1 out of 8 janitorial companies chosen throughout the U.S to test new products that want to be introduced on the market in 2017. We produce data and reports on the products and they go back to manufacturing to make the adjustments. We have seen packaging changes, fragrances, and other things because of our import. We are excited to see how this all will turn out and we can start implementing these new concepts into our company in 2017. BEST RECENT READ BOOK: A really good book I recently read is ‘Business by the Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for the Workplace’ by Larry Burkett. DREAM JOB WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP: My dream job was to be an airline pilot. I almost went to pilot school in Florida. FAVORITE SNACK: My favorite snack is salted cashews HIDDEN TALENT: The gift of discernment If you have a member you’d like to see profiled in this monthly feature, contact Brian Otten at botten@ wausauchamber.com.
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YEA! Class Wraps Up With National Competition Winners from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy National Saunders Scholarship Competition were announced on June 13 at the U.S. Chamber’s America’s Small Business Summit 2016. Maxx Stewart, of Tacoma, Washington won first place and was named 2016 America’s Next Top Young Entrepreneur. DCEverestHighSchoolsophomore Laney Hughes competed at the event and was in the running for up to $40,000 in college scholarship funding and business prize packages. Video of the entire competition is available online. DC Everest and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce have committed to running this program until at least 2018, but its longterm success lies largely with our local business community, whose engagement is critical. Volunteers and financial supporters are currently being sought to complete this year’s activities and begin preparations to launch the 201617 program. Contact the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce to learn more about how you can
support these young entrepreneurs and future business leaders. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy at DC Everest Senior High will expand for the 2016-2017 school year to include students from grades six to 12 and to include students from various schools in the region. Students that are home schooled are also invited to participate. Applications for the program are now being accepted. The application period will end at the end of the summer or when the program is filled, whichever comes first. During the course of the 30 week program YEA! students will work closely with business leaders, community leaders and educators to come up with a big idea, pitch for real seed funding, and actually launch their own real business.
June 22: eCertify Training & Information Session June 26: E3YP Family Fun: Sawmill Mini Golf June 27: Co-ed Chamber Golf Outing July 7: Business PM: Wausau Events July 14: E3YP & Emerging Leaders: Summer Mix & Mingle July 15: Nothing But Networking July 20: Women’s Golf Outing July 28: Business PM: City Grill An American Bistro August 2: Chamber ROI: Maximizing Your Membership August 18: Business PM: MBE CPAs
For more information or to register for these programs and events, visit wausauchamber.com.
A YEA DC Everest graduation ceremony was held at DC Everest High School on June 6. Browse more photos from the event here.
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(In Case You Missed It) A pair of Business PM networking events were hosted this month by the Wisconsin Woodchucks on June 2, clockwise from upper left, and by K-Tech Kleening Systems, Weston Lanes Inc and Forrest Goetsch Charities Inc on June 16. A New Overtime Rules Update was hosted by Ruder Ware at UWMarathon County on May 31. Erika Van De Yacht of Eastbay Inc, lead a program on Coaching Conversation Effectiveness in the Workplace on June 14.
Marathon County Farm Tour July 28th Tour Agenda: 10:15 Leave VFW Tour Van der Geest Dairy Lunch – Sponsored by United FCS Tour Agriculture Center of Excellence Tour Hsu’s Ginseng Operation Tour Bull Falls 5:15 Return to VFW Cost $25/ Person Space is limited to first 25 people Marathon County Farm Tour Register Online: https://goo.gl/AQEK9B or return form and check to : UW-Extension C/O Farm Tour 212 River Dr. Suite # 3 Wausau WI 54403: Name:______________________________________________ Phone:_______________________ Address:_______________________________ City:_________________________ ZIP:__________ E-Mail Address:__________________________Farm:_____________________________________
Member News technician, received the Service Technician of the Year Award and Jeff Lane, managed print services specialist, was named Administrative/Support Person of the Year.
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Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc announced the addition of Jed Mattmiller and the promotions of Chad Grundemann, PE, and Karl Kemper, EIT. Mattmiller will provide Civil 3D CAD, modeling, and technology development for the company. While attending college, Mattmiller was a seasonal intern for the company. Gundermann has accepted the position of project manager in the transportation service area and has been with the company since 2010. Kemper is now a project engineer in the airport service area and has been with the company since 2013. All three hold Bachelor of Science degrees in civil engineering from Michigan Tech. Culligan International recently awarded two Sterling Water Culligan dealerships with awards for revenue excellence in 2015. Sterling Water Culligan in Eau Claire and in Rothschild accepted the award at Culligan’s 80th Anniversary Bash in Huntington Beach, California in April. “We are so excited for the opportunity to accept not one, but two top dealer awards,” said Bret Tangley, president of Sterling Water Culligan. “The recognition epitomizes our commitment to serving our communities, as well as our pride in representing the Culligan name.” Awards are given to Culligan dealers based on revenue growth in their respective market size, either small, medium or large. The 25 dealerships in each of these categories to yield the highest growth year after year are chosen for the award. “We are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Sterling Water Culligan’s legacy of success,” said Darrell Sather, general manager and vice president of Sterling Water Culligan in Rothschild. “In addition to recognizing the amazing work of all employees involved, we also need to thank our dedicated and loyal Culligan customers.” EO Johnson Business Technologies recognized exemplary employee performance for 2015 at a banquet held in April. The company was proud to present the following achievement awards in its Wausau market: Bob Schmitt, account executive, was honored with Sales Person of the Year, Ben Nikolay, senior
Family Planning Health Services Inc has hired a new executive director, Jessica Scharfenberg. Scharfenberg’s duties involve managing 26 staff members and the operations at 20 sites. Jessica comes from South Dakota with a Master’s degree in public health and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. Previously, Scharfenberg was the public health regional manager for the South Dakota Department of Health, overseeing 12 counties. “Her background fits in well with FPHS’s mission and the nine counties that we serve” said Board member, Laura Scudiere. “During the interview process, the board was impressed with her professionalism and enthusiasm for public health.” Scharfenberg added, “I look forward to working with current community partners and creating new partnerships. Education and prevention are the keys to a healthy community, and through partnerships we can provide the needed resources to promote health within our community.” The agency had been recruiting a new executive director since May 1, 2015. Ruth Dayton, finance director, assumed the role of interim executive director during the search. The organization serves Marathon, Langlade and Lincoln counties, and reproductive health clients in Adams, Juneau, Portage, Sauk, Taylor, and Milwaukee counties.
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Member News Tim Knipper, installation specialist at Floorology, has successfully completed the Certified Tile Installer hands-on and written exams provided by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. Certified Tile Installers are the only installers recognized by the Tile Council of North America and the National Tile Contractors Association as having proven their skills and knowledge through standardized, hands-on testing. Floorology is one of five companies in the state with this certification. Kelly Knipper, president of Floorology, said, “To say that we are excited to receive this certification is an understatement. It differentiates Floorology from every other tile installer and flooring store in the state by validating the superior knowledge and skills of our installation team.” The Good News Project will host a Community Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event invites participants to explore and compete for cool prizes. Teams will start at the Good News Project warehouse located at 1106 Fifth Street and then follow clues as they race around town collecting items, photos, and points for a chance to win. Teams must have a smartphone, Instagram access and a vehicle to participate. Team registration is $60 before July 6th and $75 after. For more information visit goodnewswi.com or call 715843-5985.
Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance found that by 2017, more than 1,600 manufacturing jobs would need to be filled due to retirements and company expansions. To address this issue, the Wausau School District is developing high school manufacturing programs that are high-precision manufacturing learning labs designed to provide students with relevant, real-world experience in high-tech careers in manufacturing and engineering. “To ensure a skilled workforce, education, business and industry, and the community must work together to develop highly-skilled workers to maintain a successful, vibrant economy in central Wisconsin,” said Jon Winter, career and technical education coordinator for the Wausau School District. Greenheck made a $10,000 donation to sponsor the purchase of a 3-D printer for the program. Ten percent of the donation will go toward a scholarship for a student to attend a technical college for manufacturing. “The coming need for highly-trained manufacturing employees is startling. It’s great to see that Greenheck and the Wausau School District have teamed up to address this issue,” said Matt Spink, manager of recruiting at Greenheck. “A manufacturing career can be extremely rewarding. Simply put, the sooner we expose students to the exciting world of manufacturing, the better.”
Employees at Green Bay Packaging recently presented a $25,000 check to the Wausau School District to purchase equipment for the new and expanded manufacturing spaces at Wausau East and Wausau West high schools. Greenheck recently announced it has partnered with Wausau East and Wausau West High Schools to develop manufacturing programs for students. In Marathon County, 21 percent of all jobs are in manufacturing. A recent study by the Central
Keller Inc, a design/build general contractor with offices in the Fox Cities, Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau announced the hiring of Jake Miller as a project manager based out of their Milwaukee location. As a project manager he is responsible for project sales in the Milwaukee area along with management of those projects through completion.
Marshfield Clinic Health System announced its new ‘Caring for the Chippewa Valley’ plan to build a hospital with attached cancer care on land the Clinic has purchased near its Eau Claire campus. Officials said owning and operating a state-ofthe-art hospital in Eau Claire is an important move that allows the organization to offer the highest level of care locally while gaining more control over the cost and quality of care it has provided in the community for more than two decades. “Data from the Wisconsin Hospital Association shows residents in Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley face some of the highest health care costs in the state, and building a new hospital puts MCHS in a strong position to start to change that,” said Dr. Susan Turney, CEO. “Our ‘Caring for the Chippewa Valley’ program makes us a truly integrated local health care system.”
Member News Marshfield Clinic Sports Medicine offers a summer program for high school students interested in learning more about the field of medicine through athletic training. The course gives instruction and hands-on experience in sports medicine and provide an understanding of injury management and protection techniques. Students completing this course, who on their own supplement it with CPR and first aid courses, can assist licensed athletic trainers of high school sports teams during the school year. “A student athletic trainer is under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer,” said Jim Nesbit, sports medicine manager with Marshfield Clinic. “This experience gives students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience needed to enter any field of medicine.” The six-week student athletic training course is taught by Marshfield Clinic athletic trainers.
The June Dairy Breakfast organized by the Partnership for Progressive Agriculture was held at Scott and Ashlee Uekert’s Farm in Marathon on June 5. The event offered: face painting, Addie the interactive milking cow, a petting Zoo, an antique equipment display, a children’s pedal tractor pull, a tractor maze, Ag Olympics, a photo booth with a calf and more.
The Medical College of Wisconsin - Central Wisconsin invites businesses to join them in welcoming the inaugural class of medical students to the region. Organizations can participate by adding a welcome sign to public billboards for the July 6 start date, and providing material donations or gift certificates for welcome baskets for new students, sponsoring club activities, seminars, conferences or other educational opportunities. Contact the director of REI Engineering Inc and Northwest Petroleum Service Inc are development, Tanessa Klug, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920- raising awareness about programs in the greater Wausau area 664-0388 for more information. that provide support to children in poverty. REI and NPS’s team members celebrated Red Nose Day on May 26 with a Kyle K. Dickinson, CFP, of Midwest company-wide campaign in which team members took pictures Professional Planners Ltd recently wearing red clown noses and posted these on social media with received the Certified Financial Planner promotional messages about organizations in the Wausau area certification. Dickinson received this that are designed to help children in poverty. certification, as well as his BBA degree, with an emphasis in financial markets and Jade Fletcher, CAD technician, Jed Kosch, environmental financial planning, from the University of scientist, and Ethan Mercer, CAD technician, recently Minnesota–Duluth. joined the REI Engineering Inc team in Wausau. Fletcher is Kyle Dickinson a student at Midstate Technical College working toward her Eric L. Madson, ChFC, CRPS, CLU, Associate of Applied Science degree in civil engineering/ recently became a Director of Midwest highway technician and joins the land surveying team Professional Planners Ltd. Eric is a to provide drafting and CAD support. Kosch is a UWFinancial Consultant at the business Stevens Point graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree which he joined in 2006. Madson is a in hydrology and a minor in chemistry and joins the partner of Midwest Professional Planners environmental team as an environmental scientist. Mercer Ltd Financial and has been providing is a student at Midstate Technical College working toward financial planning, insurance, investment his Associate of Applied Science degree in civil engineering/ Eric Madson and retirement advice to the Duluth area highway technician and joins the civil engineering team to for more than 31 years. provide drafting and CAD support.
Summer Mix & Mingle Thursday, July 14* State Park Speedway 5711 N. Mountain Rd. Wausau, WI 54401
5:15 - 5:45 pm - Pit Tours $15 (includes VIP deck, pit tours, races, interaction with drivers and 6:00 pm - Qualifying Races networking with other young professionals) 7:00 pm - Races Begin Register at https://www.secure.unitedwaymc.org/summermix&mingle Arrive at your convenience; participate in pit tours or just come for the races
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Member News UAS Labs is proud to announce they have launched their UP4 Probiotics product line at Target stores nationwide. In addition to their own line of products, UAS Labs custom manufacturers brands for other top supplement companies and does business in over 40 countries, including South Korea, Canada, Israel and Russia. UAS Labs will hold an open house on Friday, September 16 at their location in the Wausau West Business Park.
Wausau School District human resources specialist Julie Mieska, SHRM-CP, recently earned certification as a Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management.
fellow’s school, were given to 100 teachers across Wisconsin at a recognition luncheon hosted by Herb Kohl. Additionally, the Board of Education bestowed Clark and Lawson with a Resolution of Commendation in May. The Wausau School District recently held their annual Twenty-Five Year Club & Retirement Banquet. Michael Cepress , a 1999 graduate of Wausau West High School, was inducted into the Wausau School District Hall of Fame. Cepress is a fashioner designer, artist and educator. Also, a group of employees Mike Cepress were recognized for attaining 25 years of service and those retiring were honored at the event. The full list can be found here. The Woodson YMCA announces the hiring of head swim team coach, Jon Wilson. Wilson will lead the Wausau Area Y Swim Team. Wilson was most recently the head coach of swimming at Oshkosh North High School. Wilson also has served as head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Ripon College, women’s head swimming and diving coach at Northern Michigan University and men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Paul Clark, social studies teacher at Wausau East High School, and Jena Lawson, fourth grade teacher at South Mountain Elementary School, received 2016 Teacher Fellowships by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. Fellowship recipients are educators chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. These $3,000 awards, along with matching grants to each
WoodTrust Bank of Wisconsin Rapids is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Kinsella and Tim Mancl to its board of directors. Kinsella is the founder, President and CEO of Pointe Precision, Inc. in Plover. Mancl is the President of Ron’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc. “Joe and Tim bring tremendous business, community and leadership experience to WoodTrust’s already outstanding Board,” said Steve Bell, WoodTrust Chairman. “Importantly, their commitment to our customers is front of mind and we look forward to benefiting from their valuable advice for many years to come.”
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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were recently held at, Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee on June 9 (top to bottom), Rib Mountain Eye Care in Rib Mountain on June 6 and at Periwinkle’s Coffee & Tea Shoppe in Rothschild on May 20. To view more photos and video from ribbon cuttings, ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account. ONLINE:
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Family Fun: Sawmill Mini Golf Date: Sunday, June 26 Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: Sawmill Mini Golf, Rothschild
Cost: $10 for E3YP members, $12 for non-members, free for children 15 and under golf with one paid adult admission
Put your putting skills to the test and join E3YP for a round of mini golf fun at the new Sawmill Mini Golf course in Rothschild, located behind the Cedar Creek Cinema. Enjoy 18 holes of golf, a cookout and some family-friendly outdoor fun! REGISTER TODAY AT WAUSAUCHAMBER.COM!
E3YP Hosts First Merrill Event at Sawmill Brewing Company E3YP started their summer with a night of food, friends and fun at the Sawmill Brewing Company in Merrill on June 1. The Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce announced a cooperative expansion of the E3YP initiative earlier this year and this event marked the first collaboration between the organizations.
Member businesses of the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce are now able to take advantage of reduced E3YP membership rates and more diverse networking opportunities with young professionals in the greater Wausau region. Over 34 corporate members currently contribute 2,500 young professionals
between the ages of 21-45 to E3YP and are involved in an effort to engage, empower and excite young professionals in the Merrill and Wausau region. For more information on E3YP, contact the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 715-845-6231 or the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce at 715-536-9474.
Gain access to premier local talent The Branch will provide participating businesses with the opportunity to retain the brightest collegiate students in Central Wisconsin, through the completion of corporate innovation projects. This program is an entrepreneurial skills accelerator that blends academic content with coaching, advice, and resources in a 10-week program. The Branch will provide structured professional development in a unique environment that will produce qualified candidates to feed the workforce pipeline and grow the region’s economy.
“By partnering businesses and fledgling entrepreneurs, The Branch will prepare entrepreneurs for success while solving real world problems.”
“What we have in The Branch is our future. The Branch will develop the future entrepreneurial leaders in our community.”
“When a student has a chance to work on a strategic project for a top 50 insurance company, you can bet that will be noticed on a resume.”
- Kimberly Reed, Northcentral Technical College faculty
- Dr. Lori Weyers, President of Northcentral Technical College
-Richard Poirier, President and CEO of Church Mutual Insurance Company
Who are we looking for? Hackers: Engineering, manufacturing, software development, computer science students Hipsters: Graphic and communication design, industrial design, UX/UI students Hustlers: Business development and strategy, marketing, sales students Handlers: Exceptional organization and communication skills to be project managers
The Branch participants will be paired with business mentors to innovate solutions to real-world projects. To become a sponsor of or to submit a project to The Branch, contact Brian Otten at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit TheBranchWI.com
More ICYMI: (In Case You Missed It)
E3YP hosted a program with Collaborative Consulting on Apps That Matter on May 24 at the Dudley Tower in Wausau. Attendees learned about the top apps that make the lives of busy young professionals easier and more productive.
Browse more than 200 photos from Business EXPO 2016
The Branchâ€™s first cohort presented the initial stage of their project to their mentors from Church Mutual Insurance Company on June 14 to great reviews! Additional corporate innovation projects are needed for this fall. Contact Brian Otten at the Chamber for more information.
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