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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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Bullfrog Up for Grabs

quirky local fish farm’s “soul proprietor” considers retirement and looks for a new owner to take the reins

Haley Wright

Bullfrog “Eat My Fish” Farm, a local and well-loved fish farm/family fun destination, is looking for a new owner to take over the business and breathe new life into it ...

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Issue #330 April 5, 2017

Korea in Eau Claire

Kgam Studio hopes to create art across cultures and help us dance together

Emily Kinzel, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The dance community in the Chippewa Valley is always growing, and its newest resource comes in the form of Kgam Studio, a Korean cross-cultural dance studio, which opened ...

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Issue #329 March 22, 2017

Expanding the Tangle

downtown art store moving and opening spin-off shop

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Tangled Up In Hue, a downtown Eau Claire staple for locally made objects of art, is expanding its space and offerings with a new, larger location at 505 S. Barstow St. At the same time, its owners are opening ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Pursuing Entrepreneurial Excellence

Eau Claire consultant Dawn Garcia has tips for turning your idea into a profitable business

Jake Johnston

There is little doubt about the entrepreneurial passion in the Chippewa Valley, and with that comes the need for local consulting expertise. Dawn Garcia, founder and principal of Pursuit of Excellence in Eau Claire, has more than a few tips for local businesses ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Little Business Leaders

local inventor creates contest for young entrepreneurs

Haley Wright

Kim Nimsgern, the Menomonie-based inventor of the Click n Curl and creator of Casual Panache Inc., has found a way to support and inspire young female entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Passion for Health Becomes Business

skin care line a result of natural ingredients, family support

Denise Olson, photos by Steph Seymour

Tracy Adkins did not set out to start a business. In fact, the last thing this mother of five young girls was seeking was a way to make life busier – she was simply hoping to cure her toddler’s eczema without harsh steroids ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Streamlined Streaming

pass the aux cord no more – a local music app encourages friendly playlisting

Jake Johnston

On March 1 of this year, a locally-developed music app called SoundsQ will hit the Android App Store. Its purpose lies in music sharing. SoundsQ aims to allow a group of people, using their smartphones ...

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Issue #316 September 21, 2016

The Right Night Out

Oakwood Mall fashion boutique gives back and looks good doing it

Katie Larson, photos by Katie Larson

It might sound odd to have a small fashion boutique in the center of a large, box-store mall, but that didn’t stop Kim and Adam Verheyden from going outside the box to open ...

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