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Annual Meeting recap New Members Member News Rebranding contest

We’re recognizing Manufacturing Excellence By David Eckmann, President/CEO


s we approach the month of October, the Chamber is preparing to celebrate our area’s manufacturing sector. Governor Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in 2013. Since then, communities throughout Wisconsin celebrate the rich tradition of manufacturing which has contributed to Wisconsin’s economy for over 150 years. According to Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state’s manufacturing sector employs over 450,000 workers, producing $55 billion of economic output. In Marathon County, the manufacturing sector accounts for 16,500 jobs with average annual earnings of $62,088. In addition to jobs and earnings, manufacturing in Marathon County accounts for 22% of the total economic activity producing $1.5 billion in gross regional product. I could go on with more facts which support the importance of manufacturing in our region. The bottom line is this: Dollars generated from the

manufacturing sector provide a high quality of life for thousands of families in the Wausau Region. The monies they spend spillover to retail and commercial businesses, the health care sector and to our governmental units to support the public good we all enjoy. On October 4, 2016, The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the region’s manufacturing community with the first Manufacturing Excellence Awards. S. Mark Tyler, President of OEM Fabricators, will be the keynote speaker at the event and will share his vision for connecting industry with education, workforce development and economic development. This inaugural event will also offer an opportunity for you to meet and network with regional manufacturers and those businesses which serve as suppliers to the sector. Given past experience in these activities, there is tremendous value in attending this event. With the finalists for the award identified, it is sure to be an exciting evening. Please join us to honor the recipients of the Manufacturing Excellence Awards and to learn about the tools that the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is developing to support and enhance the manufacturing sector in central Wisconsin.


Chamber News

Annual Meeting highlights new vision for the Chamber

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce held its 104th Annual Meeting on September 22 at City Grill: An American Bistro in Wausau. The Annual Meeting celebrated the previous year’s accomplishments and recognized individuals who have dedicated their time and talent to further the Chamber’s mission and bolster the business community and region. The event included the introduction of the Chamber’s new President/CEO, Dave Eckmann, as well as the new Chairperson, Don Bohlin of Wisconsin Public Service Corp, and the members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The event also recognized the outgoing Chairperson, Melissa Kampmann of Ruder Ware LLSC. “There are three key themes that will set the course for our organization this year,” said Dave Eckmann, President/ CEO of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber will focus on enhancing commerce, meeting the talent and workforce challenge and building a stronger Chamber for our membership and community.” The meeting included the announcement of the recipient of this year’s Ruder Ware Innovator Award. Kevin Eichelberger of the Red Eye Brewing Company was awarded the Ruder Ware Innovator Award in Memory of G. Lane Ware. The award was established in 2015 by Ruder Ware LLSC. The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce also honored James Gabower of Proactive Tactics Wealth Management as the Ambassador of the Year, Dean Grube of Greenwood Hills Country Club and Restaurant as the Diplomat of the Year. Nicole Williams of QPS Employment Group was the recipient of the E3YP Excellence Award. Miron Construction was the presenting sponsor for the Annual Meeting, along with platinum sponsor The Dirks Group, gold sponsors, Ruder Ware LLSC, Solarus and Wipfli LLP, silver sponsors Advanced Pain Management, Aspirus and Hermening Financial Group LLC, bronze sponsors EO Johnson Business Technologies and MBE CPAs and location sponsor City Grill: An American Bistro

Kevin Eichelberger of the Red Eye Brewing Company was named the recipient of the Ruder Ware Innovator Award at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting held on September 22.

Dean Grube. left, was named Diplomat of the Year and James Gabower, right, Ambassador of the Year at the Chamber’s 2015-2016 Annual Meeting.


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Coming up on our calendar: Oct. 1: Kick-off event for The Branch’s fall cohort Oct. 3: Young Entrepreneurs Academy class begins Oct. 4: 10 Strategies for Crushing Sales in Your Business Oct. 4: Manufacturing Excellence Awards Oct. 12: Ribbon Cutting: QPS Employment Group Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration spoke to a group of business and community leaders on September 13.

Obama cabinet member for small business visits Wausau Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the voice of small business on President Obama’s Cabinet, was joined by city officials during a visit to Wausau on Sept. 13. Following a meeting with the mayor and downtown tour, she hosted a

roundtable discussion with community and business leaders. Stops on Contreras-Sweet’s tour included Evolutions in Design, Downtown Grocery, Janke Book Store, The Mint Cafe and Jalapenos Mexican Restaurante & Bar LLC.

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Chamber News Finalists for 2016 ATHENA Leadership Awards® announced The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the organization’s 2016 ATHENA Leadership Award® and 2016 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award®. Finalists for the 31st annual ATHENA Award® are: Suzanne Buska-DeSautel, Buska Retirement Solutions Inc, Barbara Ermeling, Village of Weston, Kimberly Fischer, Central Beer Distributors Inc, William Hsu, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises Inc, Meleesa Johnson, Marathon County Solid Waste, Heather Martell, Peoples State Bank, Debra Pagel, Schenck SC, Kari Solomonson, Peoples State Bank, Mary Thao, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Maysee Yang Herr, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Finalists for the ninth annual ATHENA Young Professional Award® are: Rose DeHut, Center for the Visual Arts, Beth Goetsch, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin, Janelle Gokey, Domtar Paper Company LLC, Katie Hamel, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Nora Hertel, Wausau Daily Herald/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, Allison Liddle, Allison Liddle Consulting, Prosper Wealth Management, Amanda Murphy, footlocker.com/Eastbay, Kristina Neyrinck, Forward Service Corporation, Laura Scudiere, North Central Health Care, Erika Van De Yacht, footlocker.com/Eastbay, Nicole Williams, QPS Employment Group and Shanna Yonke, Ruder Ware LLSC. The ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award® are presented to women or men in recognition of their professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. These awards will be presented at the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program at noon on Wednesday, November 2 at the City Grill in Wausau. People interested in attending can register online or by calling the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce at 715-845-6231. For more information about the Awards, visit WausauChamber.com. The ATHENA Leadership Award® Program’s presenting sponsor is O’Malley Cadillac Honda, the gold sponsor is WAOW, the silver sponsors are Associated Bank, BMO Harris Bank, Schenck SC and Wisconsin Public Service Corp, the bronze sponsor is EO Johnson Business Technologies and the location sponsor is City Grill: An American Bistro.


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Chamber sponsors science and engineering festival The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is proud to be among the sponsors of a science and engineering festival to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northcentral Technical College’s Wausau campus. The event is open to the public. The Michigan Technological University’s Mind Trekkers STEM Road Show brings the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the hands and minds of students. The Mind Trekkers team is made up of undergrad and graduate students. Both exhibitors and volunteers are needed for this Road Show. For more information on this event, visit the NTC website or contact Katie Metko at 715-803-1242 or via email at ntc.stem.festival@ gmail.com. This event is also sponsored by Church Mutual Insurance Company, Connexus Association, The Dirks Group, Domtar, Greenheck, Northcentral Technical College, the Northcentral Technical College Foundation, Packaging Corporation of America, Marshfield Clinic and REI Engineering Inc.

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Chamber sponsors Heavy Metal Tour The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is proud to be among the sponsors of the 2016 Heavy Metal Tour. The Heavy Metal Tour offers eighth grade students in ten counties in central Wisconsin the opportunity to explore pathways in manufacturing on Wednesday, October 5. The goal of the Tour is to educate, grow, develop and retain a pipeline of skilled laborers to foster growth in the regional economies. More than 4,000 students from 20 school districts will be involved in this year’s Tour and will each visit a few of the 60 participating manufacturers. Participants will also be joined on the tour by legislators, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the media. Businesses participating in the Wausau region include Agra Industries, Applied Laster Technologies, AROW Global Inc, Blount International, County Materials Corporation, Crystal Finishing Systems Inc, G3 Industries Inc, Goetsch’s Welding & Machine Inc, Gordon Aluminum, Greenheck, Imperial Industries Inc, J & D Tube Benders Inc, Jarp Industries, Kolbe & Kolbe, L & S Electric Inc, Linetec, Marathon Electric Manufacturing Corporation, Merrill Iron & Steel Inc, Norlen Inc, Northwest Tool & Manufacturing Company Inc, Ryan Manufacturing, Schuette Inc, Siemens Energy Inc, Sulzer Machine & Manufacturing Inc and Wausau Window & Wall Systems. The Tour is coordinated by the North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board in collaboration with

Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturer’s Alliance (CWIMMA), Marathon County Development Corporation (MCDEVCO), Mid-State Technical College, Nicolet Technical College and Northcentral Technical College. The tour began in 2011 with 350 students and has grown into the largest tour of its kind in the country. The Heavy Metal tours were developed to serve as a unique solution to Wisconsin’s workforce crisis. At a national level, the United States anticipates a shortage of 18 million skilled trade workers by 2020. With birth rates at the lowest level since 1929 and an outbound talent migration rate that ranks seventh worst in the nation, Wisconsin is poised to be one of the hardest hit areas in the country in terms of workforce shortages, particularly in the area of manufacturing. A 2015 regional survey of 29 central Wisconsin manufacturers revealed that these companies alone estimate a need of more than 1,500 machinists/welders in the next three years. Through the Heavy Metal Tour, students are introduced to the realities of modern manufacturing in an increasingly technologicallyadvanced, globalized economy. In turn, they become more likely to pursue a manufacturing career path as they begin planning for high school and beyond. For more information on this event, visit NTC’s site or contact Derek Heikkinen, business services director with the North Central Workforce Development Board at 715-204-1640 or via email at dheikkinen@ncwwdb.org.


Chamber announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has been named for 2016-2017. The Board of Directors represents the entire membership of the Chamber and the Wausau Region’s business community. Their duty is to set the long term vision of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce in response to members’ needs. Chairperson: Don Bohlin, Wisconsin Public Service Corp Chairperson Elect: Cory Heckendorf, Wisconsin Kenworth Treasurer/Secretary: Craig Timm, Domtar Paper Co LLC Immediate Past Chairperson: Melissa Kampmann, Ruder Ware LLSC President/CEO: Dave Eckmann, Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Director at Large: Kim Fischer, Central Beer Distributors Inc Director at Large: Dr. Jeannie Worden, Northcentral Technical College Directors include Cole Bruner, Thomas Felch, Tom Frank, Rebecca Frisch, Bill Gleason, Robin Hegg, Laura Hughes, Paul Jones, Karen Katz, Gretchen Kray, Al Lancaster, Darrell Lentz, Michael Loy, Alfred Nakhla, Tammy Pestka, Scott Stefan, Craig Timm and Dr. Kathleen Williams. Affiliates include Jeff Zriny of MCDEVCO Inc


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Member News The Marathon County Fill A Backpack Fill A Need program had drop locations at AbbyBank through August 15. The collection boxes at all AbbyBank locations in Abbotsford, Wausau and Weston helped local students to receive backpacks filled with needed school supplies for the upcoming school year. AbbyBank teamed up with Peace Lutheran Church in the Town of Frankfort this year. “We wanted to partner with Abby bank because they are a local business and the proceeds from this drive will stay local. We feel it is important to do whatever we can to help the youth in our local schools because they are the future of these small communities. When small groups work together for a common goal, amazing things happen!” stated Kris Belanger, President at Peace Lutheran Church. “We were very excited when Peace Lutheran contacted us this year to participate in collecting for our local school districts. We share the same community minded vision which makes for a great partnership,” said Natalyn Jannene, Assistant Vice President of Marketing for AbbyBank. Becher-Hoppe Associates Inc is pleased to announce that Daniel Gerling and Neil Belanger recently passed the Principles and Practices of Engineering Examination and are now registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin. Gerling and Belanger specialize in transportation engineering, primarily working on Laura Lee Wisconsin DOT and municipal road projects. The company also announced the addition of Laura Lee as Operations Coordinator. Lee, a Michigan native, has a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University and 20 years experience in the construction industry.

in the greater Wausau area. “Our Business Development role is very important at Boson. We are confident that Jodi will assume a leadership role and make a significant contribution to the success of our company.” said Kurt Boson, Vice President of The Boson Company. The Center for the Visual Arts will present ‘Ancestral Women: Elders from Wisconsin’s 12 Tribes by Mary Burns’ and the CVA Volunteer/Student Exhibit in the Loft Gallery through November 12. The Opening Gallery Gala is scheduled for Friday, September 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mary Burns of the Manitowish River Studio, will speak about the exhibit with one of the featured women in the exhibit. There will be live music performed by The Strawberry Moon Singers. Support for this exhibit was given from the Nancy Frawley Fund within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin. Guests will be able to take an informational brochure on the exhibit with them in partnership with SUN Printing and soon listen to oral histories about each woman recorded by relatives of the women or tribal members on individual iPods. Support for this project was provided through the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Community Foundation and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. The CVA will be leading a one-day coach bus trip on Sunday, October 30 to visit Mary’s Manitowish River Studio for a demonstration and to view her jacquard loom. Brenda Mallek has recently been named Commercial Lines Account Manager for Compass Insurance Services working in their Stevens Point location. Mallek joins Compass Insurance Services with over 26 years of insurance expertise in account management and sales with the St Paul Companies, Traveler’s Insurance and Spectrum Insurance Group.

The Boson Company Inc headquartered in Marshfield has named Jodi Nelson-Claeys Brenda Mallek as Business Development Manager. Jodi joined Jim Parilek, Senior Project We Want to Hear from You! Manager, in their downtown Wausau office at City Square Office Center, 500 Please submit your stories and photos to Brian Otten at N. Third St., Suite 321. Jodi’s experience botten@wausauchamber.com. in business development, as well as Jodi Nelson-Claeys marketing and sales accomplishments will Use of the stories will be at the discretion of the WRCC and may be shortened to fit the appropriate platform. Only stories from members in good standing with the WRCC will broaden The Boson Company’s efforts to be used. The information you submit may be used in the Chamber marketing materials, The Business News and on social media. expand their Collaborative Construction Management services


Member News EO Johnson Business Technologies announced that Jason Morris has joined the company as Account Executive in the Wausau office. In his new position, Morris will focus on EO Johnson copier/printer customers, introducing EO Johnson’s complete product offerings and assuring their business technologies needs are met. He will cover the Wausau, Minocqua, Eagle River, Rhinelander, Antigo and Crandon territories. “The opportunity to join a well-recognized, and well respected organization in northcentral Wisconsin is a great for me and my family. I look forward to bringing 25 years of business-to-business solution sales to my new territory and in helping customers maximize their resources to most effectively manage their business,” said Norris. The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to Capt. Rachel Petri-Rose and her family for Operation Fan Mail during this month’s Packers game vs. the Lions. Petri-Rose, originally from Racine, enlisted in the Army in 1994. Petri-Rose is currently stationed in Madison, where she teaches ROTC at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Solutions will host a family at each 2016 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. Interested families, or friends of eligible families, are encouraged to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan should be saluted. Essays can be sent to Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628 or submitted online. Independent Printing won three Gold Ink Awards in the Commercial Printing: Brochures, Sheetfed category. A bronze award was printed on behalf of Neenah Paper. Two pewter awards, or honorable mentions, were printed on behalf of Appvion. “We are really pleased to be recognized in this way,” said Bill Ziemendorf, Independent Printing president and CEO. “Everyone at Independent is committed to producing the best pieces possible for our clients – from our sales staff to our service reps to our print shop employees. We all take great pride in the work we do because we know how important it is for our customers. While our customers are our ultimate judges of the

work we do, it’s also great to be recognized by our peers in the industry.” This year’s Gold Ink Award winners were chosen from nearly 800 entries submitted within 49 different categories. Presented by Printing Impressions magazine and sponsored by Canon, the Gold Ink Award winners were showcased in this month’s issue of Printing Impressions. Winning pieces were chosen based on print quality, technical difficulty and overall visual effect. The Marathon County Historical Society will host ‘A Slice of Marathon County: Tours of Marathon Park’ from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, at Marathon Park. Costumed re-enactors will tell stories about the park in the middle of our city, and its historic buildings. Visitors can enjoy a slice of pie after their tour, and an outdoor concert in the park’s band shell will end the day at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10, or $5 for children 12 and younger. The Marathon County Historical Society will present ‘Genealogy 101: Beginning Your Family History Search’ as its next History Speaks topic at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. Gary Gisselman will lead participants in the first steps of researching their family histories. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. The Marathon County Historical Society hosts Dorothy Swazee at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, at the Woodson History Center. Her story spans the past century, including the Great Depression, World War II, Vietnam, and up through current times. At 100, Dorothy Swazee of Dorothy Swazee Rothschild has a perspective on life that not many people can claim. There is no admission fee; however, donations are appreciated. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750. Empower Me – Cultured Pearls is a free wellness event Saturday, Oct. 22, hosted by Marshfield Clinic open to those who have an interest in healthy lifestyle management. This event in Marshfield Clinic’s Froehlke Auditorium, 1000 N. Oak Ave., Marshfield, will allow participants to take home new ‘pearls of wisdom’ and fun ideas to empower their wellness. Lunch and resource materials will be provided. Register online or contact Mindy Gribble at 715-221-7687.


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Wausau East a finalist in $100,000 Challenge Public voting throughout October to determine winners

broadcasting shows and educational videos supporting school behavior goals and interventions. Community members can also learn basic editing skills and technology using the new equipment. The proposal recognizes that the explosion of Wausau East High School’s proposal ‘Plugged In, Engaged, digital technology puts the power of immediate information and Informed: Ownership of Learning through Video in students’ hands. Understanding the ethical and legal Production and Journalism’ is one of 15 finalists nationwide, responsibilities of communicating in a digital world and the and the only finalist in the state of Wisconsin, for the Farmers importance of accuracy and discernment are critical life-long Insurance Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Teacher skills. Challenge. Six of the 15 finalists will win $100,000. Public voting throughout the month of October will determine the Wausau East High School needs the public’s help to move winners, which will be announced in early December. from finalist to winner by visiting ThankAmericasTeachers. com and voting for East High’s proposal summary video once East Librarian Paula Hase and teachers Elizabeth Kysely, a day, each day, during the month of October. Those with Graphics Department; Kris Mela, WETV News; and Kurt more than one email address are encouraged to vote daily with Hornby, WETV Sports, collaborated on the proposal that each account. Principal Dr. Brad Peck said, “Being awarded seeks to upgrade the school’s abandoned analog broadcasting this Farmers Insurance grant would provide our students, studiowithastate-of-the-art21stCenturydigitalbroadcasting their families, and members of the Wausau community an space for students to create live and prerecorded multimedia amazing learning experience in photo and video journalism!” Marshfield Clinic Health System has appointed Edward (Ned) Wolf chief administrative officer (CAO) for its Marshfield hospital. Wolf, who has been CAO for Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake the past 22 years, also was interim Marshfield hospital CAO since June 2015. “When we launched plans in Ned Wolf 2014 for a hospital in Marshfield, Ned Wolf agreed to be our lead on the project and used his extensive hospital expertise to help coordinate this effort,” said CEO Dr. Susan Turney. “As our plans evolved from building a hospital to purchasing the existing hospital, he was a guide for the business of hospital care delivery to best serve our patients and the community.”

Dr. Kristie Guite, a Marshfield Clinic radiologist who specializes in mammography. “For that reason, Marshfield Clinic now offers three-dimensional (3-D) mammography and molecular breast imaging (MBI). These are advanced imaging techniques that improve detection and treatment of breast cancer.” The other recent advance in mammography – MBI – finds more cancers. MBI calls for injecting a small amount of radioactive material into the bloodstream. “It finds two to three times as many cancers than regular or 3-D mammography,” Guite said. “The likelihood of missing a breast cancer is almost none.”

Marshfield Clinic now offers patient comments, in addition to provider scores based on patient surveys, publicly on their website. The Clinic is one of a small number of health care organizations in the U.S., and one of two in Wisconsin, to share Press Ganey patient-based provider scores and comments New breast imaging technology now available at Marshfield publicly. “We’re excited to be a market leader in providing Clinic makes it possible to find breast cancer more easily so more information that allows patients and potential patients to make women have a better chance of recovery. Mammography is the the right health care decisions for them and their families,” said main test used to screen for breast cancer in women who have Dr. Brandon Parkhurst, Patient Experience medical director, no known history of cancer. Conventional mammograms are Marshfield Clinic. More than 1,000 patient comments two-dimensional images taken of the breast. “Basic screening currently on the Clinic website are based on surveys from April, mammograms decrease mortality, but they aren’t perfect,” said May and June, and will be updated monthly.


Member News In the spirit of Disco Cures Cancer, WIFC teamed up with Wausau Homes Inc and Übr Water to raise funds for local non-profit cancer treatment centers. A chip-timed 5K/10K/ Half-Marathon was held on September 24 with all proceeds helping to fight cancer locally. Each participant received a t-shirt, a bottle of water, one free beverage and other great prizes from local sponsors. Sponsors included Jonnee Bauer - American Family Insurance, Bull Falls Brewery LLC, Astia Health LLC and Rib Mountain Health Care. This month, the healthcare system of Ascension Wisconsin– Ministry Health Care (including Affinity Health System) was among the first in the country to formally adopt and transition to using the Ascension name. Ascension is the largest notfor-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. The unified name is expected to be fully implemented in Wisconsin, including facility signage changes, over the next 12-18 months. “The transformation of Ascension’s national structure and local identity to the Wisconsin hospitals, clinics, care sites and other subsidiaries will better connect all Ascension aspects of care and innovation.” said Bernie Sherry, senior vice president, Ascension/ Wisconsin ministry market executive. Ascension Wisconsin is composed of 24 hospitals, 111 medical clinics and other care delivery sites stretching from Racine to Eagle River. Omni Glass & Paint Inc announced its commercial glass division will be part of Cloverbelt Credit Union’s new corporate headquarters in Wausau. The 21,000 square foot office building will be adjacent to the east riverfront development projects already underway. Omni will install the curtain wall, windows, doors, and the glass canopy. The project is expected to be completed by spring 2017. The company also announced its commercial glass division will be part of the expansion at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Wittenberg. The Wittenberg expansion includes an 84-seat restaurant and bar, an 86-room hotel and other additions to the gambling areas. Omni will install windows, doors and the curtain wall as well as the glass shower doors in the hotel rooms. USDA Rural Development State Director, Stan Gruszynski, named Peoples State Bank a recipient of the 2015 Million Dollar Lender Award. The Award is presented each year to lenders who have partnered with, and made a significant contribution to, supporting Wisconsin rural residents looking to become homeowners through the USDA Guaranteed Rural Housing Program. In 2015, Peoples State Bank utilized more

than $1 million of GRH program funds by financing home purchases to help moderate income families in Wisconsin. Peoples helped 25 families purchase a home, many in the Northwoods, through this program. “This shows we have a lot to offer our communities, especially in the Northwoods, and we are committed to helping people achieve the dream of homeownership right in our own backyard,” said Jeff Saxton, VP Mortgage Lending for Peoples State Bank. Jason Christopherson, Environmental & Safety Consultant, of REI Engineering Inc recently attended ‘Process Safety Management (PSM) – Back to Basics’ presented by the Wisconsin Safety Council. The professional development seminar provided a foundational understanding of OSHA’s PSM standard and rule applicability. The PSM standard contains requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes which involve highly hazardous chemicals. SC Swiderski LLC is pleased to announce that Amber Anderson has joined the company as Senior Accountant. In this role she assists with the financial management of the company including audits, budgets, accounts payable and receivable, corporate income taxes and draws to ensure accurate projections Amber Anderson for projects. Anderson has bachelor degrees in Accounting and Public Accounting as well as a background in record management, accounting and real estate. The company also announced that Jason Czech has joined the company as the Purchasing and Estimating Manager. Czech has 12 years of experience with purchasing and a background in Jason Czech construction including seven years of architectural design, estimating, project management and sales. In this newly created role, he will build and maintain construction budgets, develop new purchasing strategies, and negotiate contracts with subcontractors and suppliers. He has a degree in Architectural Residential Design and is a Certified Professional in Supply Management. “I am excited to join the S.C. Swiderski team during a time that they are expanding their footprint in the construction and property management field and to be a part of bringing the vision for the company to fruition.” said Czech.


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(In Case You Missed It) A Business PM networking event was held at the Center for the Visual Arts Inc on September 15. To view more photos from these and other events, ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.

Daily Herald Media and its sponsoring partners invite you to attend the fourth annual 20 Under Forty recognition program on Nov. 16 at The Grand Theater. A panel of community judges select the 20 top nominees. Peoples State Bank is again the premier sponsor for the event and the United Way of Marathon County is the Daily Herald’s event partner. Nomination sponsors are Cornerstone Information Technology, Greenheck, Northcentral Technical College, Office Enterprises Inc, Ruder Ware LLSC and Wipfli LLP. Christine Kadonsky, Wausau West High School Social Studies teacher, participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities ‘The Legacy of the Civil War: Changing Memories Over Time’ workshop at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Kadonsky also studied ‘Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century’ at Mount Vernon, home of George and Martha Washington. Kadonsky received a scholarship provided by Anne Neal Petri and Thomas E. Petri to attend the George Washington Teacher Institute Summer Residential Program. Kadonsky also participated in two sessions, Standard Setting and Exam Item Review, for the new Tenth Grade Social Studies Forward Exam facilitated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Senior students from Zhangjiagang, China, are attending school this year at Wausau West through the District’s new Wausau International Student Program. The students plan to graduate in June before returning home to China for the summer. They hope to return to the United States the following year and enroll in one of the UW system colleges.

Professional Learning Academy graduates Jason Smogoleski, from left, and Christine Giebel were recognized by School Board President Lance Trollop, PK-12 Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Mike Schwei and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Williams. The Wausau School District Board of Education recognized teachers as Professional Learning Academy graduates. Congratulations to Jason Smogoleski, John Muir Middle School, Curriculum Writing Teacher Leader Academy and Christine Giebel, Lincoln Elementary School, Curriculum Writing Teacher Leader Academy & Professional Learning Community Teacher Leader Academy.







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Church Mutual Insurance Company hosted How to Lead with Emotional Intelligence on September 16.

E3YP members head north to learn about leadership E3YP members gathered at Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill on September 16. The program was led by Scott Names and focused on leading through emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.





SPONSOR OR MAKE A DONATION 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. If you are ready to get involved with The Branch, contact Brian Otten at botten@wausauchamber.com or visit TheBranchWI.com

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Ribbon cuttings Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at (clockwise from upper left) Chase Outdoors LLC on Sept. 9, Holiday Station Store and Lamb’s Fresh Market on Sept. 12, ClarCorp Industrial Sales and EXIT Greater Realty on Sept. 16 and Ascentives on Sept. 27. To view more photos and video from ribbon cuttings, ‘like’ our Facebook page and follow our Twitter account.



the AWARDS | 2016 This year’s finalists: Small to Medium Manufacturers (1 - 299 Employees): AROW Global Inc J & D Tube Benders Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats UAS Laboratories LLC Vortex Tool Inc Wilson-Hurd Mfg Large Manufacturers (300+ Employees): County Materials Corporation Domtar Paper Co LLC Greenheck Linetec Wausau Tile Inc Wausau Window & Wall

Join us for our first annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards as we recognize and celebrate area manufacturers that demonstrate excellence in the following areas: Contributions to growing Quality jobs the region’s economy Supply chain Operations management Innovation Workplace culture

Commitment to the region

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Cellcom’s Tech Tip: Wi-fi security Wi-Fi hotspots in public places are convenient, but often not secure. If you connect to a Wi-Fi network and send information through websites or mobile apps, it has potential to be accessed by someone else. Encryption is the key to keeping your personal information secure online. Encryption scrambles the information you send over the internet into a code so it’s not accessible to others. When you’re using wireless networks, it’s best to send personal information only if it’s encrypted, either by an encrypted website or a secure Wi-Fi network. An encrypted website protects only the information you send to and from that site. A secure wireless network encrypts all the information you send using that network. The Federal Trade Commission offers these tips to protect your information when using public Wi-Fi: • When using a hotspot, log in or send personal information only to websites you know are fully encrypted. To determine if a website is encrypted, look for https at the start of the web address (the ‘s’ is for secure). Look for https on every page you visit, not just when you sign in. If you think you’re logged in to an encrypted site but find yourself on an unencrypted page, log out right away. • Unlike websites, mobile apps don’t have a visible indicator like https. Researchers have found that many mobile apps don’t

encrypt information properly, so it’s a bad idea to use certain types of mobile apps on unsecured Wi-Fi. If you plan to use a mobile app to conduct sensitive transactions — like filing your taxes, shopping with a credit card, or accessing your bank account — use a secure wireless network or your phone’s data network. If you must use an unsecured wireless network for transactions, use the company’s mobile website rather than the company’s mobile app, so you can check for the https at the start of the web address. • Many web browsers alert users who try to visit fraudulent websites or download malicious programs. Pay attention to these warnings, and keep your browser and security software up-to-date. • Consider changing the settings on your mobile device so it doesn’t automatically connect to nearby Wi-Fi. That way, you have more control over when and how your device uses public Wi-Fi. Once you are all done with your web browsing, make sure to log off any services you were signed into. Then, tell your device to forget the network. Visit www.cellcom.com/security for additional mobile security tips. Cellcom is a wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with nearly 70 retail and agent locations.

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Chamber Connection, September 2016  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.

Chamber Connection, September 2016  

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's monthly e-newsletter.


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