Issue #316 September 21, 2016

Ready, Set, Startup!

entrepreneurs invited to launch ideas in one short weekend with Startup 48

Tom Giffey

Chippewa Valley entrepreneurs are getting together soon for another 48 hours – and we’re not talking about the old buddy cop flick. Participants will gather Oct. 14-16 at JAMF Software in downtown ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Festival Prep Done Right

local shop hosts Back Alley Pop.Up for festivalgoers

Justine Childs

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is almost upon us and if only there was one magical location where one could get their face painted, pick up a lace crop top, grab a lemonade, and get a temporary tattoo… Oh wait! ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Where All the Action Is

Action City to add trampoline park, outdoor go-karts, more

Hailey Novak

Get ready to quite literally jump for joy as Action City gets closer to opening an updated and expanded facility chock full of exciting new stuff. Originally set to be completed in September 2017 ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Stretching Out

downtown yoga studio ready for expansion

Sammy Gibbons

Nearly a year after it opened, Latitude 44 hot yoga studio is hotter than ever. The owner, Amy Erickson, began instructing at the space, 313 E. Madison St., last Aug. 15. In this past year, the business has won the Jump-Start Downtown business competition ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Advancing Hope, One Loan at a Time

nonprofit a ‘life vest’ for those whose only options are high-interest loans

Julie Thalhuber Bendel

Amanda was at a low point in her life. The recently divorced mother of five was told that the home she was renting would no longer be a rental. Although a business owner before moving to Eau Claire, the needs of her children ...

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Issue #311 July 13, 2016

Federal Grant Boosts CVTC

EC-based tech college takes lead on $5 million investment in industrial mechanics program

Mark Gunderman

Chippewa Valley Technical College will be taking the lead in a $5 million federal Department of Labor TechHire Partnership Grant to be shared with other technical colleges to prepare young adults for well-paying, high-growth jobs ...

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Issue #307 June 1, 2016

Lucid Dreams

despite setbacks, young apparel designer sets his sights on the future

Justine Childs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

So I hear about this story pitch for a young man named Michael and his apparel business called Lucid Life Apparel, I get excited to be doing this story on Michael and his business ...

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Issue #306 May 18, 2016

Fearless Like a Falcon

former debate coach starts public speaking business

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Want to do a TED talk and wondering where to start? Having first-time speaker jitters or experiencing stage fright after years of performing? Prepping for your first high school ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Got An Idea? You Can Win Big

the annual idea challenge helps spur entrepreneurs

Tom Giffey

Have you got a great business idea burning a hole in your brain? Since 2007, the Idea Challenge, an annual contest sponsored by the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp., has been boosting local entrepreneurs. If you’ve got an idea, you can submit an application to the program anytime ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Rolling With It: UW-Stout class helps farmer with fence cart invention

by UW-Stout News

The Discovery Center at UW-Stout takes pride, among its varied services, in helping entrepreneurs flesh out ideas for products or businesses. “We have a good process – an initial feasibility study – that asks people the right questions. We can get a good idea if it’s going to fly or not,” said Roger Gehring, a development engineer with the Discovery Center ...

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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Get Ready To Launch

UW-Eau Claire's entrepreneurial training program helps budding businesspeople prepare their plans for success

Tom Giffey

On a Tuesday evening, they leave their day jobs and families behind. They gather – this week, there are 14 of them – in a small classroom on the UW-Eau Claire campus, toting binders, notebooks, and – most importantly – dreams. These dreams of forming new businesses or expanding existing ones will be examined, amended, and honed ...

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