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Study shows federal minimum wage hike would harm small business
Discussion of raising the federal minimum wage is frequently a hot topic, particularly among small business owners. Small businesses tend to rely on labor willing to work for entry-level pay and oftentimes cannot afford a higher minimum wage. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Polyurethane Foam expands with new ownership
Jim Ives bought an existing and established business in Minocqua less than a year ago and he is already putting his own spin on it.

Ives, a construction worker and carpenter since high school, bought Polyurethane Foam Insulation, LLC in February and is already looking to expand his new business.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Bargain Rack provides new option for clothing in Ironwood
There is a new option for shoppers in Ironwood. The Bargain Rack, opened roughly a month ago by owner Natasha Morton, provides a new and different outlet for those in need of clothes.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A natural for Minocqua
Natural Reflections, a local nail salon owned by JoAnn Kumbier, opened this summer in Minocqua and received a warm welcome from the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Natural Reflections is located at 313 East Front Street. Pictured, from left, is Bob Prehn, Jan Santarius, Rick Jelmeland, Vickie Abraham, Kumbier, Joanne Krueger, Jody Peterson and Tammie Buhs.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

In recent weeks, Samsung has received a lot of focus for their recall of the Galaxy Note7 smartphone.

The phone has been known to overheat and spontaneously combust even when it has been powered off.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Headwaters Restaurant and Tavern: 90 years of history
Less than a mile north of Boulder Junction, sits a piece of local history. Situated next to the Manitowish River, Headwaters Restaurant and Tavern has provided the area with a comfortable place to sit, eat and enjoy the company of others for the past 90 years. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

'Summer look, fall buy' real estate trend continues in Northwoods
In the Northwoods, homebuyers traditionally shop the market during the summer and make their decision in the fall. This year has proven no different.

According to data released by the Northwoods Association of Realtors (NAR), real estate sales over the past quarter - July through Sept. - have continued their positive outlook. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Data shows national poverty rate declined yet again in 2015
The U.S. Census Bureau announced last month the national rate of poverty decreased from 14.7 percent to 13.5 percent and the national average income increased from $53,718 to $56,516 in 2015. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Iron Ink offers unique setting among tattoo, piercing industry
Bruce Schwartz and Amanda Coombs of Ironwood are providing a distinct experience most tattoo and piercing fans might not be used to.

Where tattoo and piercing parlors have a certain stereotype revolving around their image - harsh lighting, gruesome images on the walls, angry music playing - Iron Ink prides itself on offering a light, homey atmosphere. (subscriber access)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

SBA Deadline for Wisconsin private non-profit organizations to apply for Physical Damage 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, October 4, 2016

Remember When welcomed by BJ Chamber
Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce welcomed on Sept. 6 newest member, Remember When Vacation Rental. Remember When is a private lodge and guest house on Boulder Lake. The recently renovated lodge offers three bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen and scenic deck overlooking the lake.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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

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