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Wright House campus expanding in Mequon 01-16-2018
MEQUON — A second phase of the Wright House senior living campus on Mequon Road is now under construction with a target opening date of June.
To TIF or not to TIF 01-16-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Tax incremental financing has become a prevalent development tool in the area, though how often and how the special tax districts are used is not always the same.
Blair Fire Protection to move into Butler building 01-16-2018
BUTLER — A 32,720-square-foot building in Butler was recently sold and part of it will be home to Blair Fire Protection.
Work begins on Racine mall revitalization project 01-16-2018
RACINE — Work has begun on a multi-million dollar transformation of a once-thriving mall in southeast Wisconsin.
Report: 2017 was best year for home sales since 2005
01-16-2018
WAUKESHA — Home sales in 2017 not only outperformed 2016, but last year was also the best for residential real estate since 2005, according to a report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Changes coming in Delafield: Tadpoles kids shop to close, Element Style to relocate 01-13-2018
DELAFIELD — Change is coming to longtime downtown Delafield businesses. Tadpoles, a Unique Boutique for Kids, will be closing after the owners announced their retirement and Element Style will move into their vacated space.
No one shows at Barnwood hearing
01-13-2018
TOWN OF LISBON — Town Chairman Joe Osterman was surprised — perhaps even shocked — as he gazed at a virtually empty Town Hall meeting room before a public hearing Thursday night relating to the controversial Barnwood residential development.
As Olympia closes, mayor anticipates future development
01-13-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Although Oconomowoc may feel the impact of a community sans Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, Mayor Dave Nold is optimistic that new plans will bring vibrancy to the Summit Avenue Corridor.
Waukesha considering purchase of blighted strip mall 01-13-2018
WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha has made an offer to purchase the long-blighted, vacant strip mall across from City Hall.
Downtown West Bend BID board talks upcoming marketing plan 01-12-2018
For two years, members of the Business Improvement District had been subsidizing advertising activities designed to promote downtown West Bend and the retailers that line the streets.
Village seeking developers for proposed Sugden Farms business park 01-12-2018
MUKWONAGO — Village officials have been actively searching for businesses to develop the village’s proposed Tax Incremental Finance District number 5 (TID #5) or Sugden Farms business park, which will be located on the Sugden Farms property just south of the Highway 83/43 interchange near Wolf Run and Dewey Drive, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.
Book World to close in West Bend 01-12-2018
WEST BEND — Book World’s West Bend location, 1602 S. Main St., will close Jan. 19, according to a news release from store manager Robert Burg.
Komppa Machinery Group acquired by private business owner 01-12-2018
BROOKFIELD — Greg Knight, a Milwaukee-based business owner, acquired Komppa Machinery Group Inc., a Brookfield-based manufacturer of roll forming machinery.
Walmart boosts starting pay, closing dozens of Sam's Clubs 01-11-2018
NEW YORK — Walmart, the world's largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour and handing out one-time cash bonuses.
CUW submits plans for new building
01-11-2018
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin will take its first formal step with the city of Mequon Monday toward a new building for its School of Business and other departments.
St. Paul Fish Co. joins Spur 16 01-11-2018
MEQUON — St. Paul Fish Co. will open its second restaurant this summer in one of the historic buildings in Spur 16, the planned second phase of the Mequon Town Center.
City of West Bend takes over grant to improve downtown store fronts 01-11-2018
West Bend business owners and retailers who want to improve or upgrade the appearance of their store fronts can petition city officials for the necessary funding.
Commission delays vote on proposed Casey’s 01-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — After fielding a litany of concerns from nearby residents, an Oconomowoc panel has tabled its review of a proposed gas station and convenience store near the city’s easterly gateway off Highway 16.
Image Makers to move from downtown Waukesha to Brookfield 01-11-2018
WAUKESHA — Image Makers Advertising will move from its home of nearly 20 years in downtown Waukesha to a building in Brookfield next month.
CycleBar to open in Brookfield on Monday 01-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Fast-paced indoor cycle classes will soon be offered at The Corners when CycleBar Brookfield opens Monday.
Sears’ Wisconsin store closings will affect 102 workers
01-11-2018
BROOKFIELD — Sears Holdings notified the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Wednesday that it will be closing its stores in Brookfield and Green Bay and 102 workers will lose their jobs.
Condo project pitched 01-11-2018
WAUKESHA — A local developer is hoping to transform a vacant patch of land near the northwest corner of East Main Street and Perkins Avenue into a six-condo development.
Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc to close 01-11-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Olympia Resort: Hotel, Spa & Conference Center in Oconomowoc is closing Jan. 31, management told the Oconomowoc Rotary Club Monday night.
Young professionals week expanding into Waukesha
01-10-2018
MILWAUKEE — The social architecture firm NEWaukee is expanding its program for young professionals in the Milwaukee area dubbed YPWeek into 28 new communities.
AT&T drops plans to carry Huawei smartphones after concerns raised over Chinese spying 01-09-2018
Chinese smartphone maker Huawei had been looking for a way to crack into the U.S. market, and it thought it had finally found a partner in Dallas-based carrier AT&T.
John Mielke leaves lasting legacy 01-09-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — Most of his work took place behind the public eye, but many of John Mielke’s accomplishments are readily recognizable.
One-of-a-kind selection 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG — Catherine Fleischer, owner of the newly opened Elements Unleashed in the former Rustic Palate, isn’t new to the boutique business, but she is new to Cedarburg. And there’s a little secret involved there.
PJ Piper purple awning perplexes
01-09-2018
CEDARBURG – On a split 4-2 vote, and against the recommendation of the Historic Preservation Commission, the Cedarburg Plan Commission voted last week to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the new PJ Piper Pancake House awning.
Cedarburg senior living campus moves forward 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG – Though the project first surfaced three years ago, plans for an approved senior living center on Wauwatosa Road moved forward last week with a new slate of developers.
Support for quarry expansion mixed 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG — With the seats filled and residents lining the walls, the Cedarburg Town Board last week listened to divided input during a public hearing on requests that would ultimately allow the Dawson Family Trust to expand the Jackson Quarry into Ozaukee County.
Casey’s General Store proposed for Oconomowoc 01-09-2018
OCONOMOWOC — A convenience store that also sells gasoline has been proposed for the northeast corner of East Wisconsin Avenue and Lapham Street in Oconomowoc.
Corix Utility Services changes name to Tribus Services
01-09-2018
WAUWATOSA — Corix Utility Services announced Monday it is changing its name in order to be able to expand its operations.
Business partners announce new wealth management firm 01-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Jannsen Wealth Management and R& R Insurance Services Inc. announced Monday that as of Jan. 1, Jannsen Wealth Management became R& R Wealth Management LLC.
Kohl's joins holiday party, dept. stores show staying power 01-08-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl's put up big sales numbers throughout November and December, joining other department stores in a much needed holiday rally for traditional retailers.
A different kind of cold brew 01-07-2018
WAUKESHA – Waukesha native Johnny Ferrell was about to start a new venture – a coconut-based nondairy creamer – when he decided to see what kind of preservation effect coconut oil might have on coffee beans.
Hitting the right note 01-06-2018
BROOKFIELD - In the months ahead, budding musicians will have a new venue to hone their skills alongside experts in the field.
US employers closed out 2017 with modest but steady hiring 01-05-2018
WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added 148,000 jobs in December, a modest gain but still enough to suggest that the economy entered the new year with solid momentum.
Prestwick drops assembly plant plans 01-05-2018
DELAFIELD - Citing changes in their business model, the Prestwick Group has withdrawn plans for a 63,000-square foot light assembly plant in Delafield and instead may be seeking in the near future twice as much manufacturing and storage capacity somewhere else in Lake Country.
West Bend officials vote to vacate areas near former brewery after request from developer 01-05-2018
West Bend officials are one step closer to jettisoning portions of the right of way in the northeastern part of the city, clearing one hurdle to allow future development at the location.
Inventory of housing options underway in Hartford 01-05-2018
The ribbon cutting for another new housing development in Hartford, along with other recently completed similar projects, have prompted city officials to begin an inventory of how many apartments are available in Hartford and at what rate.
Wisconsin Veterans Network named WaterStone Bank’s technology sponsor 01-05-2018
WAUWATOSA — A three-year commitment of $15,000 per annum by The Water-Stone Bank Foundation to Wisconsin Veterans Network as its new technology sponsor was announced Thursday.
Brookfield native opens chiropractic practice in hometown 01-05-2018
BROOKFIELD — Brookfield native Victoria Sandstrom has returned to the city to open a chiropractic practice at 21150 W. Capitol Drive, Suite 5.
Construction begins at The Parc on Lac La Belle 01-05-2018
OCONOMOWOC — Construction began on The Parc on Lac La Belle condominiums, 200 W. Wisconsin Ave., following a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Waukesha’s Gander Mountain to reopen in spring 01-05-2018
WAUKESHA — An “available” sign may still hang outside the empty Gander Mountain location in Waukesha, but the building will again provide outdoor enthusiasts with an array of products this spring.
Sears to close its Brookfield Square store in mid-March
01-05-2018
BROOKFIELD — Sears Holdings Corp. will close its namesake location at Brookfield Square in mid-March, company officials announced Thursday.
Pickups, SUVs and crossovers dominated strong auto sales in 2017 01-04-2018
LOS ANGELES — Robot vehicles might rip apart the business model of the car industry in the coming years, but for now, automakers are still selling lots of cars and light trucks.
Parcel eyed for business park 01-04-2018
GRAFTON — Movement may finally be happening on potential business park development in Grafton. Just over two years ago in December 2015, Grafton village officials hired NAI MLG Commercial to assist them in researching potential locations and feasibility for a new business park.
Janesville’s OfficePro purchases Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging 01-04-2018
JANESVILLE — Elkhorn Chemical & Packaging has been acquired by OfficePro in Janesville, according to an announcement.
Nothing Bundt Cakes to hold grand-opening events 01-04-2018
BROOKFIELD — New Brookfield business Nothing Bundt Cakes will hold several grand-opening events starting today.
Venturedyne acquires Lakewood Fab Tech 01-04-2018
PEWAUKEE — Venturedyne, Ltd., a holding company for eight manufacturing, sales, and service companies, announced it has reached an agreement to purchase Lakewood Fab Tech of Holland, Michigan.
Development in all sectors 01-03-2018
MUKWONAGO — Over this past year, Mukwonago has seen an influx in the number of businesses from big-brand names like Starbucks and Qdoba to mom-and-pop shops like the Green Rabbit and the Feather and Fringe.
Qdoba’s grand opening in Mukwonago 01-03-2018
MUKWONAGO — The new Qdoba at 885 S. Rochester St. in Mukwonago has been open since early December, but the official ribbon cutting will take place today at 10:30 a.m., according to the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hargarten: The artist behind Sprecher tapper handles 01-03-2018
CEDARBURG — When Mark Hargarten walks into a bar in southeastern Wisconsin, or rather any bar that serves Sprecher beer, he’s likely to see something familiar: a tapper handle that was conceived, designed and crafted in his own Cedarburg back yard, with his own hands.
Tourist rooming house proposed for downtown Cedarburg 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — Out & Out Custard owner Eric Fix is looking to expand his local business footprint to include a tourist rooming house.
Downtown stores in flux 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — With the start of the new year, a number of changes are taking place in Cedarburg’s downtown shopping district.
County may forgive Amcast taxes 01-02-2018
CEDARBURG — The county could forgive taxes to help Cedarburg’s efforts to have the Amcast property redeveloped.
Lake Shore Eye Care Professionals join Madison Medical Affiliates 01-02-2018
The doctors and staff of Lake Shore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon joined Madison Medical Affiliates Inc.
Gehl Foods’ expansion named a top project 01-02-2018
The expansion of the Gehl Foods facility in Germantown was named by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation as one of the state’s top economic development projects in 2017.
Small business owners say 2018 looks bright 01-02-2018
WAUKESHA — With a new year beginning, small business owners in Oconomowoc and Waukesha are reflecting on the year, a changing political landscape and new consumer trends.
Two more hearings required for Barnwood 01-02-2018
TOWN OF LISBON — Two additional public hearings have been scheduled for the controversial 52-lot Barnwood Conservancy residential development near the corner of Lake Five and Silver Springs roads.
A review: While different, each restaurant connected 12-29-2017
The Dec. 22 edition of the Daily News was the final installment of the 10-week look at the 10 recommended restaurants, as voted on by Daily News readers, in Washington County. It ended with a profile of The Poplar Inn in West Bend.
Bittersweet Gifts and Accessories to close 12-29-2017
DELAFIELD — After nearly eight years of operation in downtown Delafield, Bittersweet Gifts and Accessories announced via its Facebook page that it will close.
Small fire temporarily closes Sendik’s on Meadowbrook 12-29-2017
WAUKESHA — The Waukesha Fire Department responded to a report of a small fire at Sendik’s Food Market on Meadowbrook Road around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Cedar Crest building addition underway 12-28-2017
A crane towers above the new building under construction at Cedar Crest Ice Cream, 7269 Highway 60, in the town of Cedarburg.
Walker says tax change will be $2,508 cut for typical family
12-27-2017
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker's administration says the typical family of four in Wisconsin will see a $2,508 tax cut under the recently passed Republican tax overhaul.
Start small, think big 12-27-2017
For most people, owning and operating a small business, such as a bar and restaurant, is an all-consuming venture that symbolizes the accomplishment of a goal. For the owners and operators of a recently opened West Bend restaurant however, opening the establishment is the next logical step in a much larger purpose.
Pat’s Rib Place expanding, tripling seating area 12-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Alisha Hayes, co-owner of Pat's Rib Place, says much of what her business does comes after customers request it, like their plan to expand the restaurant's dining area and make space for live blues music on weekends.
Real estate industry enjoys strong November 12-26-2017
CEDARBURG — Ozaukee County, the greater Milwaukee area – and for that matter, all of Wisconsin – enjoyed a strong November home sales market, according to a news release from the Ozaukee Realtors Association.
Local food pantries reap benefits of holiday train 12-26-2017
HARTLAND — Food panties in Hartland and Oconomowoc collected nearly 9,000 pounds of food and more than $10,000 in cash as part of the Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train program this holiday season.
Tex-A-Consin coming to Waukesha
12-26-2017
WAUKESHA — Tex-A-Consin, a western-style mobile smokehouse and food truck owned by Waukesha County Technical College professor Todd Lewis and award-winning professional chef Terence Williams, is slated to hit the streets of Waukesha in mid-January, according to Williams.
Maysteel donates $20K to HUHS tech ed department 12-25-2017
A recent “very generous” donation will help Hartford Union High School make improvements in the school’s Tech Engineering Education Department.
'Something unique and different' 12-23-2017
THIENSVILLE - You might expect to find the just-opened Welltopia Pharmacy along a narrow shopping street in Italy, rather than smack-dab in the middle of downtown Thiensville.
Christmas arrives 'Under the Bridge' 12-23-2017
TOWN OF LISBON - A spontaneous outpouring of Christmas spirit in Waukesha and Washington counties is going to make the holiday season warmer and perhaps brighter for homeless people in Milwaukee.
Intimacy creates memories at Poplar Inn
12-22-2017
Memories are made at The Poplar Inn, 518 Poplar St., West Bend. A lot of memories for that matter, which was one of the reasons it was selected as one of the 10 recommended restaurants in Washington County by Daily News readers in an informal poll.
GE donates 3-D printers to local schools 12-22-2017
WAUKESHA — More than 400 schools, including 16 in Wisconsin, received 3D printers as a part of the GE Additive Education Program, reaching more than 180,000 students around the globe.
Wisconsin unemployment drops to 3.2% in November
12-22-2017
MADISON — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 1999.
US economy grew at solid 3.2 percent rate in third quarter
12-21-2017
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate from July through September, slightly slower than previously estimated but still enough to give the country the best back-to-back quarterly growth rates in three years.
City panel reviews pair of condominium projects 12-21-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Plans for two condominium projects — one residential, the other commercial — are set to proceed in the city of Oconomowoc, following a panel’s recent series of decisions.
Glad You Asked That: Why has Arrabelle construction not started? 12-21-2017
Q. I read with interest in the June 29 issue of the News Graphic concerning Arrabelle to be built in Cedarburg. The article stated that “there are several components in the works and the goal is to get started as soon as possible.” Do you have any idea why clearing of the land and construction has not started?
Tattoo parlor OK’d for downtown Grafton 12-21-2017
GRAFTON — Grafton could be home to a tattoo parlor as early as next month.
Walker announces WEDC support for Cintas facility 12-21-2017
WEST BEND — Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will provide Cintas Corp. with up to $575,000 in state tax credits to support the construction of a facility in the Town of Greenville in Outagamie County.
WEDC recognizes Generac, other county firms for expansion projects 12-21-2017
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems’ $86.8 million expansion this year has landed it the number six spot on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s list of the top 50 economic development projects of 2017.
Actuant beats Street 1Q forecasts 12-21-2017
MENOMONEE FALLS — Actuant Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $5.2 million.
Third Space Brewing expansion to double capacity 12-21-2017
WAUKESHA — With an expansion planned to start in the spring, Milwaukee-based Third Space Brewing will be able to double its capacity to 7,500 barrels annually.
raSmith opens new office in Mount Pleasant 12-20-2017
BROOKFIELD — raSmith, a civil engineering and surveying firm based in Brookfield, announced it opened a new office in Mount Pleasant, the community where Foxconn will build its new manufacturing facility.
Tax bill a boon for business, says IBAW 12-20-2017
BROOKFIELD — The head of the Brookfield-based Independent Business Association of Wisconsin hailed the passage of the federal tax reform bill on Tuesday, saying it will put more money in the pockets of small businesses and their employees.
OED seeks sponsors for Outreach Event 12-19-2017
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Ozaukee Economic Development is looking for sponsors for its 2018 Outreach Event, which will take place Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Shully’s Cuisine & Events, 146 Green Bay Road in Thiensville.
Mequon looks to Town Center housing 12-19-2017
MEQUON — As Mequon’s Town Center continues to evolve into an area that includes expanded housing in addition to restaurants and retail, the city has turned an eye toward future housing development.
Aurora Mequon site acquired 12-19-2017
MEQUON — The Aurora East Mequon Surgery Center has been acquired by a Tennessee-based owner of medical office properties.
Town of Cedarburg to consider quarry district 12-19-2017
CEDARBURG – The town of Cedarburg Plan Commission will be discussing a request to rezone portions of two parcels (45.55 acres and 25.6 acres respectively) from agricultural and conservancy zoning to a quarrying district.
What makes Cedarburg tick? 12-19-2017
CEDARBURG — When Steve Chandler came to town early last week, he met some charming ladies visiting from West Bend who were in town for lunch, he snapped a few photos and made a stop at Amy’s Candy Kitchen … and that was only in his first two hours of his multi-day visit.
Texa-con-sin, a mobile BBQ smokehouse trailer, coming to area 12-19-2017
WAUKESHA — The streets of Waukesha will be redolent with the odor of smoked meat when Texa-con-sin, a new mobile barbecue smokehouse trailer, hits the road come January.
Making Wisconsin a workforce destination 12-18-2017
WAUKESHA — With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered Friday morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools.
West Bend company sues Illinois company over forklift 12-17-2017
In 2015, Federal Tool & Engineering, a West Bend company, purchased a used fork lift from Illinois Lift Equipment Inc., which is now the subject of a lawsuit.
Opening nears for Two Brothers Wines in Richfield 12-17-2017
RICHFIELD — The three owners of Two Brothers Wines hope to have their business moved into a new location in the village in January with a grand opening possibly around Feb. 1.
Plane and simple 12-17-2017
As Andy Williams’ song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” For travelers, airline ones specifically, the holidays can be a stressful one. A program sponsored by TSA aims to lower those stress levels.
Home away from home 12-16-2017
WAUKESHA - The House of Guinness has been part of the lives of Ian Cliffe and his brother-in-law Keith Kucharski since it opened in 2000.
Grant to help West Bend improve downtown storefronts
12-15-2017
West Bend officials are preparing a process for assisting business owners and retailers who want to update the image they project to shoppers as they pass by.
Making the ordinary extraordinary 12-15-2017
COLGATE — Open less than a year, Joe Mama’s Bar and Grill, 4600 Highway Q, has quickly earned a following for its creativity on the menu.
Hartford marks opening of 84-unit apartment complex 12-15-2017
HARTFORD — A change in the city’s master plan in 2016 has allowed the construction of additional multi-family housing units in the city.
National Bakery & Deli comes to Brookfield 12-15-2017
BROOKFIELD — It’s a busy weekday morning at The Plaza shopping center in Brookfield.
Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind 12-14-2017
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off.
Construction exception sought for Summit subdivision 12-14-2017
SUMMIT — Building plans for the Lake Country Village subdivision were the subject of discussion at the Summit Village Board meeting this month, with trustees divided over whether to allow the developer to start construction with some infrastructure still in the works.
Dave’s Bagels’ last day is Saturday 12-14-2017
CEDARBURG — Dave’s Bagels will likely close its doors for good Saturday. Owner Dave Forrest said that is the day he is eyeing for his last day. He said it will be a difficult, but that he has no other choice.
Logemann dies a quick death 12-14-2017
MEQUON — For all the debate over the Logemann Center that consumed the Mequon Common Council for countless hours this year, the end was swift Tuesday.
Survey: Residents support downtown revitalization 12-14-2017
MUKWONAGO — A majority of residents in Mukwonago and surrounding municipalities have suggested that revitalizing downtown Mukwonago is important but any development projects should be paid for by public-private partnerships, according to an online survey created by the Downtown Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
New hotel in Hartford expected to open this spring 12-13-2017
Construction of the Cobblestone Hotel and Wissota Chop House is seen Tuesday in Hartford.
Wisconsin Foxconn plant may get $140M electricity project 12-13-2017
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. — A utility company is asking state regulators to approve a $140 million project to supply electricity to the massive Foxconn manufacturing complex in southeastern Wisconsin.
Stratford-Cambridge Group acquires
Hy-Brid Lifts
12-13-2017
RICHFIELD — Before the company was acquired by Stratford-Cambridge Group, Hy-Brid Lifts by Custom Equipment had already spread into the construction and industrial markets.
Retail jobs jump nearly 13,000 in November 12-13-2017
MILWAUKEE — Retail industry employment increased by nearly 13,000 jobs in November over October, according to the National Retail Federation.
Home sales rise 5.3% in metro Milwaukee during November 12-13-2017
WAUKESHA — Home sales were strong the month before Christmas in metro Milwaukee with an overall sales increase of 5.3 percent, according to data released Tuesday by the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Reilly promotes legislation to curb use of dark store theory 12-13-2017
WAUKESHA — Mayor Shawn Reilly is drawing attention to pending litigation statewide brought by big box stores under the dark store theory by promoting state legislation that would promptly end tax reductions for those businesses.
Qdoba opens in Mukwonago 12-13-2017
MUKWONAGO — Fast casual restaurant Qdoba is now open in Mukwonago.
Court: Park Bank not negligent in Koss embezzlement scheme 12-12-2017
MADISON, Wis. — A state appeals court says Park Bank isn't liable in a Koss Corp. executive's scheme to embezzle $34 million from the Milwaukee-based headphones manufacturer.
Ferrante’s plans 40th anniversary celebration 12-12-2017
MEQUON — Ferrante’s Restaurant has a full day of specials planned Sunday in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
Charter Manufacturing plans expansion 12-12-2017
MEQUON — Charter Manufacturing received approval from Mequon’s Planning Commission Dec. 4 for plans to expand its office building.
CUW restructures leadership12-12-2017
MEQUON — Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor will alter its administrative structure in order to take a more cohesive approach to the spectrum of student success, CUW President Patrick J. Ferry announced Tuesday.
Town considers options on Kohlwey development 12-12-2017
CEDARBURG — The Nov. 22 accident that ultimately took the life of a Grafton teacher also brought to the forefront one of the greatest concerns Cedarton Estates residents in the town of Cedarburg have regarding the newly proposed residential development on the former Kohlwey Farm: They were trapped.
Remembering longtime Little Swiss Clock Shop manager Gary Roman 12-12-2017
WAUKESHA — Several decades ago, Karen and Eddie White hired a house painter and were impressed by the work ethic of young Gary Roman.
New details on future uses for Sears site 12-12-2017
BROOKFIELD — The overhaul of Brookfield Square’s southeast corner continued to take shape Monday, following a panel’s recommendation to proceed with a proposal to raze most of the existing Sears building.
Richfield village officials react to comments about Scenic Pit case 12-11-2017
Richfield officials are responding to comments made by the managing partner of Scenic Pit LLC, Danah Zoulek, in an article in Thursday’s Daily News.
Walker to sign bill lifting mining moratorium 12-11-2017
MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker planned to sign a bill Monday lifting Wisconsin's moratorium on gold and silver mining, reversing his vote from nearly 20 years ago imposing the ban.
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Cedarburg resident joins dental practice 01-16-2018
WEST BEND — Dr. Alison Blegen Below, a resident of Cedarburg, has joined the practice at ForwardDental in West Bend.
raSmith promotes Cleary to director of land development services 01-13-2018
BROOKFIELD — David Cleary has received a promotion from assistant director of land development services to director of land development services at raSmith.
NABCO Entrances announces new president & CEO 01-12-2018
MUSKEGO — NABCO Entrances Inc. in Muskego announced recently that Yusuf Abu-Hatoum has been named president and CEO.
Business Alliance welcomes Oasis Senior Advisors 01-10-2018
WAUWATOSA — Located in Wauwatosa, Oasis Senior Advisors recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance as a member.
Paragon Marketing Group joins Alliance
01-10-2018
OCONOMOWOC — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Paragon Marketing Group, a marketing firm located in Oconomowoc, as a new member.
Reich Tool & Design becomes Alliance member 01-10-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Reich Tool & Design, a tool and die manufacturer in Menomonee Falls, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Jell-Tech Consulting joins Alliance 01-10-2018
GERMANTOWN — Jell-Tech Consulting LLC, located in Germantown, recently became a member of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Ozaukee Realtors Association supports Tailwaggers 911 at annual holiday party 01-09-2018
CEDARBURG — The Ozaukee Realtors Association recently selected Tailwaggers 911, a dog-rescue nonprofit based in Grafton, as the recipient of funds raised by its members.
Area Shorewest Realtors give back though several community efforts 01-09-2018
OZAUKEE COUNTY — Area offices of Shorewest Realtors gave back to their communities during the holiday season and in other events.
Murphy promoted to Waukesha State Bank manager 01-09-2018
WAUKESHA — Waukesha State Bank announced Monday that Jane Murphy was promoted to bank manager.
Nothing Bundt Cakes holds grand opening 01-09-2018
BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Nothing Bundt Cakes on Thursday to launch its grand opening weekend celebration.
Birch & Banyan Coffee gets Golden Hammer Award 01-05-2018
HARTLAND — The most recent winner of the Hartland Chamber of Commerce’s “Golden Hammer Award” is Birch & Banyan Coffee.
PR-PDQ celebrates six years of operation 01-04-2018
BROOKFIELD — PR-PDQ, a division of Murphy Associates, is celebrating its sixth anniversary of working with start-ups and small companies to obtain high-level public relations resources.
MSI General announces new senior architect
01-04-2018
OCONOMOWOC — MSI General, an architectural firm in Oconomowoc, announced Wednesday morning that Bert J. Zenker of the American Institute of Architects will become the senior architect in the company’s design department, according to a press release.
Lee joins ProHealth Medical Group 01-02-2018
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — ProHealth Medical Group has announced the addition of board certified dermatologist Brian Lee, MD, to its City of Pewaukee clinic located at N16 W24131 Riverwood Drive.
MSI General welcomes Kleinschmidt 01-02-2018
OCONOMOWOC — MSI General Corporation recently added Kim Kleinschmidt to its team as an administrative assistant within the Administrative Department.
THIEL Design adds brand ambassador 01-02-2018
MILWAUKEE — THIEL Design, a branding and marketing agency located in Milwaukee’s Third Ward, has added a new team member to meet the growing demands of its business.
Moore Construction Services hires Kwiatkowski 01-02-2018
MENOMONEE FALLS — Moore Construction Services has hired Joe Kwiatkowski as project superintendent.
Pierce joins IPS in Delafield 01-02-2018
DELAFIELD — Camille Pierce has joined IPS, a payroll and human capital management services company headquartered in Delafield, as a payroll specialist.
Kohler Credit Union is Ellie Mae finalist 01-02-2018
KOHLER — Kohler Credit Union has been named a 2018 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame awards finalist for business growth excellence, an honor given each year to Ellie Mae clients that have distinguished themselves in their use of Ellie Mae technology, according to a news release.
New board member for bank named 01-02-2018
PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has announced the appointment of Jeffrey W. Knorr to its board of directors.
New Fortune marks anniversary 01-02-2018
Members of the Phoa family celebrate the first anniversary of the return of New Fortune Asian Cuisine to Washington Avenue during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce.
Rustic Manor joins Business Alliance
12-27-2017
DELAFIELD — Rustic Manor is an elegant and rustic event location in Delafield. It recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Business Alliance welcomes McGuire Contractors 12-27-2017
SUSSEX — Recently joining the Waukesha County Business Alliance is McGuire Contractors in Sussex, a full-service general construction, construction management and design/build firm.
Summit Credit Union joins Business Alliance 12-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Summit Credit Union, a financial planning firm with locations through central and southeast Wisconsin, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Herus Group joins Business Alliance
12-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Located in Waukesha, the Herus Group is a staffing and human resourced firm that specializes in working with veterans.
Tribute Companies joins Alliance 12-27-2017
HARTLAND — Located in Hartland, The Tribute Companies specializes in cemetery ownership, development, expansion and revenue generation.
Waukesha firm joins Alliance 12-27-2017
WAUKESHA — Andaloro, Smith & Krueger, LLP is a certified public accounting firm located in Waukesha. It recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Business Alliance welcomes HeatTek 12-27-2017
IXONIA — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed HeatTek in Ixonia as a new member.
Accounting firm joins Alliance 12-27-2017
MILWAUKEE — BDO USA, an accounting, tax, audit and consulting services firm, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
National Bakery opens in Brookfield
12-22-2017
BROOKFIELD — The Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 11 to welcome National Bakery & Deli to Brookfield, which is located at the CVS Plaza on the corner of Bluemound and Calhoun roads.
Business Alliance welcomes Wellspring Construction 12-22-2017
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Wellspring Construction as a new member.
Legit Click Media joins chamber 12-22-2017
HARTLAND — The Hartland Chamber of Commerce welcomed Legit Click Media as a new member recently.
Miller leaving Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce 12-22-2017
OCONOMOWOC — Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Miller announced Thursday that she will leave the chamber to take a position with an architectural firm.
Business Alliance welcomes Affinity Chiropractic 12-20-2017
WAUKESHA — Affinity Chiropractic & Wellness recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Mortenson Safar Kim joins Alliance 12-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Mortenson Safar Kim, a marketing agency in Milwaukee, recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Mindful Staffing joins Alliance 12-20-2017
MILWAUKEE — Located in Milwaukee, Mindful Staffing combines education, personal development and data to place people with employers. The company recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Town Center apartment opening celebrated 12-19-2017
The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 29 at the new Artesa Apartments developed by Dermond Property Investments.
Port Washington State Bank announces hiring of marketing, public relations coordinator 12-19-2017
PORT WASHINGTON — Port Washington State Bank has hired Betsy A. Sauer as its marketing and public relations coordinator.
Brookfield Chamber welcomes Goldfish Swim School 12-15-2017
BROOKFIELD - The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Nov. 29 to welcome Goldfish Swim School to Brookfield.
Nashotah House appoints new interim dean, president
12-15-2017
NASHOTAH — The Board of Directors of Nashotah House has appointed Dr. Garwood Anderson as interim dean and president following the resignation of Steven Peay on Sept. 1, according to a press release.
Carroll names interim vice president of finance and administrative services 12-15-2017
WAUKESHA — Carroll University has appointed Yvonne Berry as interim vice president of finance and administrative services.
Batteries Plus Bulbs adds five to leadership positions
12-13-2017
HARTLAND — Batteries Plus Bulbs has added five people to franchise development, stores and real estate positions.
Wellspring Construction joins Business Alliance 12-12-2017
PEWAUKEE — The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Wellspring Construction as a new member.
Mequon financial planner Lori Gervais attends Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit 12-12-2017
MEQUON — Lori Gervais, a certified financial planner and director with The Gervais Group at Baird, again attended the Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit.
Physical therapist Erin Woody joins staff at Cedarburg Physical Therapy 12-12-2017
CEDARBURG — Erin Woody, a physical therapist, has joined the staff at Cedarburg Physical Therapy, the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin announced.
Vaklyes promoted to executive financial advisor with Waukesha Investments 12-10-2017
WAUKESHA — Waukesha Investments, located at Waukesha State Bank, announced the promotion of Joe Vaklyes to executive financial advisor.
Rheocast names Wright as VP of operations 12-07-2017
GERMANTOWN — Charlie Wright Jr. has been promoted to vice president of operations at Rheocast Company, a contract manufacturer of high pressure brass and aluminum die castings, at its Germantown facility.
Belman wins 2017 Builder of the Year award
12-06-2017
WAUKESHA — When David Belman, president of Belman Homes, Inc. was awarded 2017 Builder of The Year by the Metropolitan Builders Association on Friday, he represented the first-ever father and son to win this award in its more than 65-year history.
Wilson Center CEO Sprangers announces retirement 12-06-2017
BROOKFIELD — Lynn Sprangers, CEO and president of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, will retire at the end of the year.
Mequon resident recognized as Super Lawyer 12-05-2017
MILWAUKEE — Brian Smigelski, a Mequon resident, has been recognized in the 2017 Super Lawyer listings.
Ozaukee Realtors donate to disaster fund 12-05-2017
CEDARBURG — Ozaukee Realtors Association recently donated $1,210 to the Realtor Relief Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Village Pointe Commons marks opening 12-05-2017
Village Pointe Commons celebrated its grand opening in October with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception at the Grafton campus, 101 Walnut Circle.
 
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