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Knowledgeable networking 03-18-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - Networking is highly recommended for growing a business, but for a small business owner, finding the time or capitalizing on the opportunity can be a struggle.
$2.7 million bid approved for City of Pewaukee sports complex 03-18-2015
CITY OF PEWAUKEE - A proposed sports complex in the City of Pewaukee took another step toward becoming reality Monday night.
Retail development proposed for former Danceland in Sussex 03-17-2015
SUSSEX — Developer Roger Duchow has his eyes set on a busy corner in Sussex for a retail development, which is currently the site of a vacant building that once was home to Marchese’s Danceland.
Northwestern Mutual continues sponsorship of NCAA championship games 03-17-2015
MILWAUKEE — As March Madness heats up, Northwestern Mutual announced it will continue its partnership with the NCAA and will be the exclusive presenting sponsor of the First Four, Round 1 of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, taking place today and Wednesday.
Sargento Foods to expand Elkhart Lake technical center 03-17-2015
PLYMOUTH — Sargento Foods continues its facility expansions with the details being finalized for a larger technical center in Elkhart Lake.
Downtown districts can apply for revitalization help 03-17-2015
MADISON — Community leaders who are looking to revitalize their downtown or urban commercial districts can apply to be part of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Connect Communities program, an initiative that works with those organizations to advance revitalization efforts.
Tech Summit to offer info on available business resources
WAUKESHA - During the second annual Wisconsin Tech Summit in Waukesha on Monday, a series of workshops and discussions will be held regarding resources available through a variety of programs, initiatives and partnerships.
Underwater mortgages increase during fourth quarter 03-17-2015
IRVINE, CALIF. -  The number of  underwater mortgages increased by 3.3 percent during the fourth quarter of 2014, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider.
Miro Tool & Mfg. adds new equipment
WAUKESHA - Miro Tool & Mfg., Inc., a contract manufacturer specializing in metal stamping, fabrication and machining, has added a new Mitsubishi laser to its Waukesha facility.
Fitting into Mequon 03-17-2015
MEQUON - During a February meeting of Mequon’s Planning Commission, members took turns praising Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to build a clinic in Mequon.
Kelley’s Drive Thru Market to close 03-17-2015
CEDARBURG — After about a year and a half of successfully filling a convenience niche in downtown Cedarburg, Kelley’s Drive Thru Market is closing on March 28.
Campbellsport store carries drones 03-17-2015
Rural residents may soon hear the whir of rotors mixing with the guttering sound of sandhill cranes over Wisconsin fields.
Former Chinese restaurant gets makeover 03-17-2015
The ornate architectural Chinese details of Ching Hwa Restaurant at 1947 E. Main St. in Waukesha have been removed in anticipation of Solo Salons moving into the space.
Does Affordable Care Act get a passing grade so far? 03-17-2015
WAUWATOSA — Nearly five years since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, health organizations and industries connected to them are evaluating how the first years have gone and what the major effects have been.
Lake Country residents continue to slake thirst with microbrews 03-17-2015
OCONOMOWOC — With a desire to increase the awareness of its locally brewed beers, the owners of Leisure Brand Beer will open a brewpub this week in Oconomowoc — just as interest in small-batch beer hits an all-time high.
Midwest only region that sees builders’ confidence increase in March 03-16-2015
MADISON —Overall, builders of single-family homes across America felt less confident in the housing market in March, according to a report released Monday by the National Association of Home Builders; however, the Midwest showed a significant increase in builders’ confidence for the same period.
Pabst bottling building to be remade into educational, retail facility 03-16-2015
MILWAUKEE — The largest of the former Pabst brewery buildings has been sold and will be remade into a multi-purpose educational building.
Merrill awarded $400,000 grant from WEDC 03-16-2015
MERRILL — The city of Merrill was awarded a $417,250 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s Idle Industrial Sites Redevelopment Program, which encourages redevelopment on abandoned properties.
Businesses see more green for St. Patrick's Day 03-14-2015
HARTLAND - As St. Patrick’s Day has grown in popularity around the country in recent years, so have the opportunities for businesses to capitalize on the day when everyone can be Irish.
ITU AbsorbTech promotes old-fashioned values, current approaches 03-14-2015
NEW BERLIN - While ITU AbsorbTech Inc. may foster an old-fashioned feeling when it comes to its personal customer service, it has a much more modern feel when it comes to its sustainable practices; however, those energy-and water-saving aspects were part of the original business started in about 1908 by President James Leef’s grandfather George.
Journal Communications and Scripps to finalize transaction April 1 03-13-2015
CINCINNATI — E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications are expected to complete the spin-offs of their respective newspaper businesses and, with respect to Scripps, the payment of a special cash dividend April 1.
David J. Frank Landscape Contracting wins 9 state awards 03-13-2015
GERMANTOWN —David J. Frank Landscape Contracting announced it received nine awards from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association for its work on a variety of residential and commercial landscapes.
Harley-Davidson to lay off 169 people at Kansas City facility 03-13-2015
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Harley-Davidson will reducing its staff at its Kansas City, Mo. facility by about 169 people, according to a company spokeswoman Friday.
Reinders Green Industry Conference attracts record numbers 03-13-2015
WAUKESHA - Sitting in the driver’s seat of Toro’s GeoLink on Thursday morning, Dominic Frese was able to get a good sense of what it would be like to control the GPS-guided chemical sprayer at the Meadowbrook Country Club, where he works as assistant supervisor.
Plans to expand Pewaukee’s Horizon Elementary School on hold 03-13-2015
PEWAUKEE - With enrollment growth projected, Pewaukee school officials have pitched expanding Horizon Elementary School. Concerns about parking and landscaping, however, have stalled the project - for now, at least.
Home sales flat in area, up in Waukesha County 03-13-2015
WAUKESHA - While home sales in metro Milwaukee were essentially flat in February, Waukesha County saw a nearly 17 percent increase over the same time last year, according to data from the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors.
Ribbon-cutting planned for new Quintessa 03-12-2015
TOWN OF DELAFIELD — The third location of Quintessa Aesthetic Center has opened in Delafield and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration are planned for noon to 7 p.m. March 26.
Image Makers named agency of record for accessories business 03-12-2015
WAUKESHA — Image Makers Advertising in Waukesha announced Thursday it has been selected by Ooh La La … accessories as its agency of record.
Generac wants to make installation easier with new products 03-12-2015
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems announced this week that it has launched two new technologies with the intent of making installation of an automatic home backup generator easier and more affordable for homeowners.
Community meeting scheduled for proposed Bay View project 03-12-2015
MILWAUKEE —An informational meeting will be held 6 p.m. Monday on a proposed $40 million, 307-unit apartment complex that would be located on the former Sweet Water Organics site at 2151 and 2181 S. Robinson Ave.
ZBB Energy creates battery for the commercial and building market 03-12-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS — ZBB Energy Corporation announced it has created the ZnBr flow battery, which is designed to for behind-the-meter energy storage applications in the commercial and industrial building market.
Badgers coach Bo Ryan appears in Wisconsin ad 03-12-2015
MADISON —University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan stars in the most recent Wisconsin Department of Tourism TV commercial.
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Mequon clinic closer to a reality 03-12-2015
MEQUON — Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s plans to build a full-service clinic in Mequon cleared two significant hurdles Tuesday as the Common Council rezoned the property and lifted a deed restriction.
A shift in vision? 03-12-2015
MEQUON — The vision for the Mequon Town Center development took a detour Monday as the Planning Commission approved a request from the developer that city staff said abandons one of the Town Center’s primary goals.
City giving up on TIF District No.2 03-12-2015
CEDARBURG — With a unanimous vote at Monday’s Common Council meeting, members closed the city’s second tax incremental finance district, having to write off $190,000.
Magnetek’s sales increase 15 percent during fourth quarter 03-12-2015
MENOMONEE FALLS —During the fourth quarter of 2014, Magnetek reported net sales of $29 million, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same period in 2013, which the Menomonee Falls company attributes mainly to higher sales into material handling and elevator markets.
Comparable store sales increase for Bon-Ton in fourth quarter 03-12-2015
MILWAUKEE — Comparable store sales for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. increased in the fourth quarter and for the entire fiscal 2014 year, according to a report Thursday.
Mukwonago considering TIF district to promote development 03-12-2015
MUKWONAGO - In an effort to promote construction of mixed use and residential development of vacant and existing sites near the Main Street corridor, the village is considering creating a tax incremental financing district.
Going beyond local, national borders to expand businesses 03-12-2015
PEWAUKEE - As a small business owner, it’s easy to think in local terms, but during Wednesday’s Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Executive Director Nancy Waters encouraged business owners to look beyond the borders of the city and village of Pewaukee.
We Energies expects to sell Milwaukee County Power Plant this year 03-11-2015
WAUWATOSA — We Energies confirmed Wednesday that it is negotiations to sell the Milwaukee County Power Plant and the associated steam and chilled water distribution network.
Piala’s to hold job fair Friday 03-11-2015
TOWN OF WAUKESHA — In order to meet the continued growth of its landscaping division, Piala’s Nursery & Garden Shop will hold a job fair from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
Good Harvest to have job fair for growing business 03-11-2015
PEWAUKEE —As Good Harvest Market prepares to move into a larger store, it will host a job fair in order to fill up to 24 full- and part-time positions.
Wheaton Franciscan to offer Exact Science’s Cologuard 03-11-2015
MADISON — Exact Sciences Corp. announced Wednesday that Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is the first health care system in Milwaukee to offer its screening test for colorectal cancer called Cologuard.
Arby’s to be built in New Berlin 03-11-2015
NEW BERLIN — The third largest Arby’s franchisee in the United States plans to build a new location in New Berlin near the corner of Moorland and Beloit roads.
Unemployment rises in Waukesha, Milwaukee 03-11-2015
MADISON — While the unemployment rate was lower in Waukesha and Milwaukee in January compared to the same period a year before, it increased since December.
Shareholders approve merger between E.W. Scripps and Journal Communications 03-11-2015
MILWAUKEE — During two separate meetings held Wednesday, the shareholders for E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications approved previously announced spinoffs and mergers for the companies.
Northwestern Mutual awards $285,000 in grants 03-11-2015
MILWAUKEE — Northwestern Mutual announced Wednesday that it is donated $285,000 in grants through its foundation’s Community Service Award program.
Fruit of their labor 03-11-2015
HARTFORD — One of the newest restaurants in the city offers a bright friendly atmosphere and fresh homemade food.
Polk Town Board OKs permit for trucking company 03-11-2015
TOWN OF POLK — Town Board members approved a preliminary site plan and business use permit for Double J Transport trucking company during their Town Board meeting Tuesday night.
ProHealth Care announces new emergency department in Mukwonago 03-11-2015
MUKWONAGO - ProHealth Care announced an expansion into Mukwonago with a new emergency department that will open July 6.
Hartland hires firm to analyze TIF districts 03-11-2015
HARTLAND - The Hartland Village Board agreed Monday to hire Ehlers to review two tax incremental finance districts.
This story will self-destruct in 60 minutes 03-11-2015
WAUWATOSA - Many children - and yes, even a lot of adults - fantasize about going on a James Bond-style mission to save Queen and country.
Report: metro Milwaukee employers fourth in the country for hiring 03-11-2015
MILWAUKEE - A survey of employers in the Milwaukee area revealed they intend to hire more workers in the coming months, making it the fourth best employment outlook for a metropolitan area in the United States, a result that doesn’t surprise Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce Development Inc. Board President Francisco Sanchez.
Connecture reports 45 percent increase in revenue 03-10-2015
BROOKFIELD — On Tuesday, Connecture, Inc. reported that its full year 2014 revenue increased 45 percent to $84.6 million compared to $58.3 million in 2013.
Jelly Belly looks to sell Pleasant Prairie facility 03-10-2015
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The famous flavored jelly bean maker Jelly Belly plans to sell its warehouse in Pleasant Prairie and move distribution to Tennessee.
Main Street Business Workshop is Thursday 03-10-2015
WAUKESHA — A workshop targeting small downtown business owners will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in Waukesha.
Report: metro Milwaukee employers fourth in the country for hiring 03-10-2015
MILWAUKEE — A survey of employers in the metro-Milwaukee area revealed that 31 percent intend to hire more employees from April through June, while 3 percent responded that they will reduce payrolls.
SSM Health joins Brookfield-based Integrated Health Network 03-10-2015
BROOKFIELD —SSM Health, a network of hospitals and clinics, has joined Brookfield-based Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin, a clinically integrated network of major Wisconsin health systems and the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dousman to receive award from Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
DOUSMAN — The village of Dousman will be recognized for infrastructure construction work with the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award from Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., as well as a monetary award of $1,000 for the Dousman Area Chamber of Commerce.
Apples For A Cure campaign raises $40,000 for breast cancer research 03-10-2015
PEWAUKEE — The Wisconsin Hospitality Group LLC announced Tuesday that its 36 Wisconsin-based Applebee’s restaurants raised more than $40,000 for ProHealth Care’s breast imaging services and a genetic cancer research project.
Hartford home to a top exporter 03-10-2015
HARTFORD — American Exchanger Services Inc. was named the Small Business Administration’s Regional Exporter of the Year on Monday.
Hartford OKs Dunkin’ Donuts site plan change 03-10-2015
HARTFORD — Plan Commission members approved an amended site plan for the Dunkin’ Donuts on East Sumner Street that will modify the drivethru and remove an outdoor patio.
Racine’s DuraColor bought by out-of-state company 03-10-2015
RACINE — Large format digital and screen printer DuraColor has been acquired by California-based Federal Heath Sign Company, LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Walker signs bill making Wisconsin right-to-work state 03-10-2015
BROWN DEER  - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday signed into law a measure that prohibits requiring a worker to pay union dues, four years after the state effectively ended collective bargaining for public-sector employees.
Brookfield commission backs The Corridor project at Ruby Farms site 03-10-2015
BROOKFIELD - The proposed construction of a large-scale, mixed-use development within Brookfield’s historic Ruby Farms site moved one step closer to reality Monday.
Torch passed at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home 03-10-2015
WAUKESHA - Even though Mary Lou Charapata has handed over the reins of her century-old funeral home to Ryan Nowatka, she will continue to do what she loves - helping people as managing director.
A personal approach 03-10-2015
When Dr. Tracy Geiger and Dr. Jason Geiger opened North Shore Concierge Clinic, they brought a side of medicine back to Cedarburg that has been missing for decades: Doctors who make house calls, who are able to spend an hour with a patient and, in incorporating modern technology, welcome a text from a patient at any time of the day or night.
Goodwill Store in Brookfield to begin accepting donations Saturday 03-09-2015
BROOKFIELD — The new 21,000-square-foot Goodwill Store & Donation Center on Bluemound Road in Brookfield will begin to accept donations Saturday.
Old Navy to open in Bayshore Town Center
GLENDALE — An Old Navy retail store will move into the 17,025-square-foot space that formerly housed an Applebee’s in Bayshore Town Center by late summer, according to a Monday announcement.
WEDC discovers delay in mailing past-due reminders
MADISON — During an internal review, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation discovered that there had been a delay in mailing past-due reminders to companies regarding expenditures, but management was not made aware of the delay until January.
Wisconsin companies among most ethical in the world
MILWAUKEE — Three Wisconsin companies, Thrivent Financial, Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup, were named a “2015 World’s Most Ethical Company” on Monday.
Rockwell Automation introduce space-saving graphic terminal 03-09-2015
MILWAUKEE — With its latest product release Monday, Rockwell Automation aims to reduce boot-up time and increase installation flexibility with the new space-saving Allen-Bradley PanelView 800 family of graphic terminals.
Spring job fair planned at WCTC in May
PEWAUKEE —The Workforce Development Center at Waukesha County Technical College will hold a spring job fair in May.
Split opinions over right-to-work 03-09-2015
Newburg’s Marty Tackes is afraid the pension he’s been building for more than 25 years won’t be available in three years.
S. Main Street Shopko building sold 03-09-2015
WEST BEND - The Shopko building, 1710 S. Main St., has been sold.
R+L Carriers moving, expanding service center to Janesville 03-09-2015
JANESVILLE — On Monday, R+L Carriers announced that it will relocate its Canadian Gateway Service Center from Elgin, Ill., to Janesville, and will expand its service capabilities at the same time.
What do they stand for? 03-07-2015
WAUKESHA - Acronyms for business organizations often are casually mentioned in an economic announcement or in reference to a new statewide initiative, but what do they all mean?
Waterstone Financial reports decreased income in 2014
WAUWATOSA — For the 2014 fiscal year, Waterstone Financial, Inc., the holding company of WaterStone Bank, reported a decrease of its net income to $12.7 million, compared to $14.7 million the year prior.
Menards comes down for The Corners
TOWN OF BROOKFIELD — Demolition starts on the former Menards on Bluemound Road on Friday afternoon to make room for The Corners of Brookfield retail and residential development.
Hydro-Thermal launches new product line
WAUKESHA — Hydro-Thermal Corporation announced Friday it has launched a continuous food and beverage processing system product line called SilverLine.
Horlacher reaching out to small business owners 03-06-2015
MUKWONAGO - State Rep. Cody Horlacher, R-Mukwonago, wants to meet with small business owners both in his district and those who are not, to help foster conversation to benefit them.
Revenues increase for Cellular Dynamics during fourth quarter 03-06-2015
MADISON — During the fourth quarter of 2014, Cellular Dynamics International, Inc. reported an increase in revenue of 57 percent.
Plan Commission OKs changes on former quarry properties 03-06-2015
RICHFIELD — Much of the same opposition was heard when the Plan Commission on Thursday night approved a petition from the Village Board to rezone several properties to allow country estates development.
Bermico building owner files counterclaim 03-06-2015
WEST BEND - The owner of the former Bermico building has accused West Bend officials of sabotaging his efforts to repair and lease space in the decades-old structure.
Business owners: Parking needs to be addressed 03-06-2015
WEST BEND - When walking down Main Street in West Bend mid-afternoon, cars line the streets in parking stalls and some businesses agree the city needs to re-evaluate its parking ordinances and structure.
Panda may be up, running by August 03-06-2015
WEST BEND - West Bend’s South Main Street will soon see some major changes among its businesses.
Burritos and beer at software development open house March 18 03-06-2015
WAUKESHA - Ever thought of being a software developer? Need to hire one? Either way, you’re in luck.
'Upward pressure on wages' 03-06-2015
WAUKESHA - In February, giant box store Walmart announced it was increasing wages for 40 percent of its 1.3 million U.S. employees during the next six months, but it’s not only the large, national company that is feeling pressure to increase wages.
Foreclosures decrease in December in metro Milwaukee area 03-05-2015
MILWAUKEE — According to data reported by CoreLogic on Thursday, the foreclosure rate in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area decreased in December.
January’s unemployment lowest since August 2008 03-05-2015
MADISON — The Department of Workforce Development on Thursday reported that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent in January, the state’s lowest level since August 2008.
Carhartt retail store to open in The Mayfair Collection 03-05-2015
WAUWATOSA — Work wear brand Carhartt, Inc. will open a 6,228-square-foot store inside The Mayfair Collection this summer.
Cleanup in sight for Amcast? 03-05-2015
CEDARBURG — Anticipating guidance and a remediation strategy for the Amcast Industrial Corporation site, Cedarburg city officials are awaiting word of a clean-up plan or alternative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after nearly a decade of talks and studies.
Generac adds new line of water pumps
TOWN OF GENESEE — Generac Power Systems has launched a new line of clean water and semi-trash pumps to help homeowners and contractors deal with basement floods and emergency cleanup.
Cabela’s in Sun Prairie to open April 30 03-05-2015
SUN PRAIRIE —A new Cabela’s will open its doors in Sun Prairie on April 30 followed by a weekend-long celebration.
Aldermen shut out Fowler Lake Village claim 03-05-2015
OCONOMOWOC — The Oconomowoc Common Council closed the doors at its regular meeting Tuesday to confer with an attorney on a resolution rejecting a joint claim by firms involved in Fowler Lake Village, a failed mixed-use condominium complex downtown.
Downtown West Bend peppered by empty stores 03-05-2015
WEST BEND - A wedge-shaped building with black paper covering its windows has sat vacant for at least six years in downtown West Bend.
‘Bring on spring’ 03-05-2015
WAUKESHA — The Farmers Market marks the official start of spring in downtown Waukesha, and organizers are looking for vendors to help kick the season off right.
‘Inventory is ridiculously tight’ 03-05-2015
WAUKESHA - For the first time in years homebuyers are placing competing offers on homes, said real estate agent Bob Larson with First Weber Group in Waukesha on Wednesday.
Waukesha County second highest in new home construction 03-05-2015
OCONOMOWOC - Under sunny skies Wednesday, workers installed a roof on a home under construction in Oconomowoc despite the frigid wind to help keep up with the increasing demand for new home construction in Wisconsin - but especially in Waukesha County.





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