Spotting for Start-Ups

Menomonie business owner offers insight into Chamber benefits

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Thomas Sampson is chairman of the Young Professionals of the Menomonie Chamber of Commerce and owner of The Machine Shed CrossFit gym. He opened his gym in 2016 and joined the chamber ...

Ranked at the Top

U.S. News puts UW MBA Consortium among best online programs in the country

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  UWEC Integrated Marketing and Communications

For the first time, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium program among the top nine programs in the nation in its Best Online MBA Programs rankings ...

Nurturing Growth

Small Business Development Center expands at UW-Eau Claire - Barron County

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  UWEC Integrated Marketing and Communications

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire recently opened an office in Meggers Hall at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County in Rice Lake ...

Building Community Brick by Brick and Board by Board

market & johnson has created an award-winning business by keeping customers first

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

You’re forgiven if you didn’t realize that Market & Johnson’s headquarters is on Galloway Street in Eau Claire. After all, those of us who live in the Chippewa Valley are used to seeing their name everywhere ...

Slow to Start?

Wisconsin ranks low in nationwide index of entrepreneurship

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  V1 Staff

We have some good news and some bad news about Wisconsin’s national rankings for entrepreneurial activity. The good news is that – unlike the previous three years – Wisconsin didn’t place dead last among the states ...

Business-Building Basics

Succeeding as a start-up can be all about meeting the right people and finding the right programs. here are the key ways to do that in the valley.

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Are you thinking about taking the leap into entrepreneurship? Have you already started your own business but could you still use a hand, a sympathetic ear, or some inspiration? The Chippewa Valley offers ...

27 Years, 80 Acres

local photographer practices mindfulness from behind the lens

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Bruce Siebold believes that there are all sorts of stories to tell, wherever you live. He has made it his mission to tell those that take place in his own backyard. Every day for the past 27 years – that’s nearly 10,000 days ...

Center of Community

five years on, wellness hub’s founders find themselves surrounded by loving grace

Thu. Feb. 21st, 2019  |  Tom Giffey

Everyone needs a place like The Center. I certainly did on a recent Thursday afternoon. I was rushing around after a late lunch, trying to check items off my to-do list. I had just dashed home to let the dog out, and he was relatively ...

Chippewa Valley Vanguard Awards - 2019 Honorees

Tue. Feb. 19th, 2019

Recognizing high-level community achievers who are making a significant local impact in one of a broad spectrum of areas including the arts, entrepreneurship, social action, government, education, philanthropy, health, business and more.

Pa Thao - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Executive Director of the Black & Brown Womyn Power Coalition

Tue. Feb. 19th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Pa Thao is dedicated to uplifting underserved and underrepresented groups within her community. She was the executive director of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association for seven years, before becoming the executive director of the Black and Brown Womyns Coalition. Thao’s efforts in the Chippewa Valley have a national, and even international, impact.

Mike Golat - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

City Administrator of Altoona

Tue. Feb. 19th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Mike Golat has been on the front lines of the River Prairie Development, an investment that will benefit the Chippewa Valley for generations, for the past 13 years. Through service with the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Visit Eau Claire, Eau Claire county, and various other community organizations, he has helped build the foundation for regional prosperity through city planning.

Julia Johnson - 2019 Vanguard Award Honoree

Partner at Pablo Properties

Tue. Feb. 19th, 2019  |  Lauren Fisher, video by Joel Pearish

Julia Johnson has been involved with the development of Downtown Eau Claire since the early days of Jamf software company. She was involved with the planning and construction of the Jamf Building, the Lismore, the Informalist, ECDC, and the Pablo Center; she continues to serve on local boards and work toward a more accessible, cooperative city.

The Best Night 2019: Confetti Cannon Showdown

Tue. Feb. 12th, 2019  |  video by Joel Pearish

This year, The Best Night featured the Confetti Cannon Slo-Mo Video Booth of Fantastic Good Times (working title). We invited guests into the booth, and their shenanigans we displayed outside – in high definition – for all to enjoy. Here's a montage of the fun.