Issue #338 Aug. 9, 2017

Northbound to Happen

new ‘men’s mercantile’ shop headed to downtown EC

by Samantha Kobs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thinking downtown Eau Claire can’t possibly get any cooler? Wrong. There’s a new business opening up, and it’s about to knock your summer socks off. Local business partners Matt Schwahn and Jeff Reuter will be introducing their shared-custody brainchild, Northbound Supply Company, to the community by the end of the month ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Shifting the Culture

new shop combines love of cycles, coffee, community

Katie Venit, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Soon a quiet block in downtown Eau Claire will be enlivened by people on bicycles who are passionate about riding and coffee. By early October, SHIFT Cyclery & Coffee Bar will open in downtown Eau Claire ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Launching a Health Care Career

your path can start with three letters: CNA

Jeanie Stanek, Dove Healthcare

Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Maybe as a kid you dreamed of one day becoming a doctor, but you haven’t thought much about it since. Or, maybe you are still weighing your options for a career path and nursing is at the top of the list ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Wisconsin Job Growth Lags Nation

state ranked 33rd in private sector job growth last year, but wages have risen over time

Shawn Johnson, WPR

Wisconsin’s private sector job growth ranked 33rd in the country in 2016, according to detailed numbers released in June by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state added private sector jobs at a rate of about 0.5 percent in 2016. By comparison, the national growth rate was 1.3 percent ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

Aligning Education and Future Careers

experts at UW-Stout conference say U.S. isn’t doing enough to give today’s students the skills they will need in tomorrow’s workforce

by Jerry Poling

More than 70 regional, state and national leaders in education and workforce development grappled with questions about how to prepare for careers of the future in a conference held June 19-20 at UW-Stout in Menomonie ...

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Issue #336 July 12, 2017

How to Give Back to the Valley

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be a philanthropist. Community foundations can help multiply your generosity.

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Sooner or later, there comes a time in most of our lives when we feel the desire to give back to our communities. Depending on our means and motivation, this desire can manifest itself in something as simple ...

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Issue #335 June 28, 2017

Exploring a New Space

unique home furnishing store relocates downtown

Hillary Bell, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Whether you’re looking for that modern piece of furniture that fits right in with your already styled home or are searching to collect some vintage décor to bring a little more personality to a room, you’re going to want to take a trip to Spaced Out Furnishings ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Founding Females

Red Letter Grants awarded to women-owned startups

Tom Giffey, photos by Eric Christenson

Two female-fronted Eau Claire-area startups – Odd Brand Strategy and Melnaturel LLC – have been selected as the first recipients of grants from The Red Letter, a campaign to boost the number of women-owned businesses in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #334 June 14, 2017

Run Like a Boss

Blugold alum creates running app to give your workouts a musical push

Tom Giffey

When it comes to getting fit, most of us could use some encouragement, whether it’s from a personal trainer, a digital device, or some upbeat tunes in our earbuds. BOSS Running, an iPhone app developed by a UW-Eau Claire alum ...

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Issue #332 May 17, 2017

Fostering the Business Ecosystem

for the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, cooperation is key to growth

Tom Giffey

The story of Chippewa County has always been one of entrepreneurs and innovators, from people with household names like Jacob Leinenkugel and Seymour Cray to scores of unsung business owners whose ...

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Issue #331 May 2, 2017

Sweat and Sawdust: The Menomonie woodworkers behind high-profile projects in the Valley

Eric Christenson, photos by Timothy Mather, Christopher Bartlett

Aaron Wallace ended up in Menomonie when he was 20 years old – “for a girl,” he sheepishly told me, “while I was logging with my dad.” Wallace comes from a whole line of loggers – his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all lumbermen. So you could say he’s got a natural connection to wood ...

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