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St. Germain gains tranquility and health with Nagomi Yoga and Massage
St. Germain's newest business, Nagomi Yoga and Massage, offers a little extra health, tranquility and relaxation for the Northwoods. Owner Shanna Stein has spent the past three years building an imported tea business with her husband Nori and now she offers yoga classes and massages in the studio next door. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fed chooses not to raise rates
After a widely anticipated meeting last Wednesday, the Federal Reserve announced they have elected not to raise federal funds rate. In a statement after the meeting, Federal Open Market chairman Janet L. Yellen announced there is a case to be made for an increase but the committee wishes to wait for further evidence of economic growth. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Family Dollar begins construction
Lac du Flambeau is getting a Family Dollar across from the town hall. Construction began this month and according to Bryn R. Winburn, public and media relations manager for Family Dollar, the store should be finished in Dec. "This store is slated to open in the first quarter of next year," Winburn said. "Each of our stores employs between eight and 10 associates and we look forward to hiring from the communities we serve."
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

In-home services available for pet euthanasia
Making the decision to end a beloved pets life can be one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. Local veterinarian and owner of At Journey's End, Dr. Charlotte Shoup offers a more personal option when going through the process by providing in-home end-of-life services. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SBA deadline for private non-profits to apply for disaster loans is Oct. 11
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding eligible Private NonProfit (PNP) organizations in Wisconsin of the Oct. 11 deadline to submit disaster loan applications for physical damages caused by severe storms and flooding on July 11-12, 2016.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Card skimmers found in fuel dispensers at Wisconsin stations
It only takes seconds for a criminal to install a credit/debit card skimming device on a fuel dispenser, giving them instant access to future customers' financial information. Inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures Bureau have recently become aware of skimmers in gas dispensers at stations throughout Wisconsin.
Friday, September 16, 2016

New location for Lakeland Sign and Graphics
Longtime owner of Lakeland Sign and Graphics, Tom Nimsgern is moving the business from its location behind Marthaler's Chevrolet Buick to west State Highway 47 in Arbor Vitae.

With the new building comes a larger work space as well as increased efficiency and productivity. The new location is also closer to the highway and provides more exposure to passersby. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Study: Women request raises as often as men but find less results
News analysis

A new study released last week put an end to the theory women receive fewer raises than men because they don't ask for raises in the first place. The study - a joint effort between the Cass Business School, the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh - showed men are 25 percent more likely to receive a raise when requested. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Is the customer truly always right?
Too many times in the retail and service industries, we hear "the customer is always right." After holding management positions for better than 20 years, I came to realize the saying may be catchy, but it is definitely wrong. By believing the customer is always right, we are giving the tacit agreement that our employee is always wrong. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Under new ownership: Marthaler Chevrolet Buick of Minocqua
Lakeland area residents and guests might notice three new signs on the building of the Sedlak Chevrolet Buick dealership on the south side of Minocqua. In large block letters, the large signs read "under new ownership."

As of the beginning of August, the dealership is now under the care of Aaron Marthaler. (subscriber access)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Small business tip of the week: Suggestion boxes
Placing a suggestion box in a workplace can be beneficial the growth of a business as well as the employer-employee relationship.

It's often acknowledged workers feel a greater sense of pride in their work when they have a say in the decision-making process. They take ownership of their work and feel respected.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Tech Byte: Have you deleted your text messages lately?
When was the last time you deleted your text messages?

Did you know you can delete your text messages?

Deleting messages and shared files on your smartphone or mobile device can save storage space as well as help the device run more efficient.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Heavy Trans-Pacific Partnership lobbying to begin in September
The Obama administration will begin heavy lobbying next month in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - an extremely controversial agreement between a number of countries equating to roughly 40 percent of the global economy. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How small businesses across the U.S. use Pokémon Go
Most people have heard of Pokémon Go by now. The mobile game was released last month by a company called Niantic, Inc. and had more than 65 million players in the first week.

With all the various negative stories generated in the first week of play, the game has gained a negative image in the eye of some non-users.

For certain small business owners, however, the game has become a fantastic new marketing tool. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

SBA disaster assistance available to private non-profit organizations in Wisconsin
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced last week that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Wisconsin that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms and flooding on July 11-12, 2016.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Convenience store to multi-business: Coontail's growth in the Lakeland area
When Steve and Lisa Coon purchased a gas and service station in 1990, they hoped to transition the business into a modest convenience store. They didn't expect their business would branch into groceries, outdoor recreational equipment or three different Northwoods locations. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Safe practice: Island City Sport and Safety takes pride in keeping community safe
For Lisa and Jim Trombi, owning a business isn't just about turning a profit. It's about offering quality equipment for outdoor recreation and increasing safe practices throughout the community. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce reels in visitors with tourism grant
The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting anglers to experience the area's fishing and paddling opportunities at the 2016 Can-Yak Fishing Tournament and Festival on Sept. 2-4. With help from a $6,000 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Department of Tourism, the three-day event includes a fishing tournament, outdoor expo with workshops and demonstrations, build your cardboard Can-Yak contest, camping cook-off challenge, live music and family-friendly activities.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Redesigning the Northwoods
Although Timber Bay Homes has just started to build homes in Minocqua, their parent company, Benson Builders, has been servicing the Northwoods for quite a while.

"We're 40-plus years in Land O' Lakes under the Benson name," said Sean McClay of Timber Bay. (subscriber access)

Friday, August 5, 2016

Augmented reality has burst onto the scene this summer with the emergence of the Pokémon Go app on mobile devices. The app, which takes the popular creatures and projects them onto real-world environments, has taken the world by storm. Love it or hate it, augmented reality is here to stay. However, the technology won't just be used for games. Here are a few paths that AR can take in the not so distant future.
Friday, August 5, 2016

Autism aid for Lakeland area: Starlight Centers for Inclusion opens in Eagle River
The Lakeland area has seen an increase in autism awareness in recent months. With a charter school in the works and a now-constant line of communication among advocates in the community, the area can also open it's arms to one of Eagle River's newest businesses - the Starlight Centers for Inclusion. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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