Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Reluctant to Take the Leap

Wisconsin ranks low on nationwide index of entrepreneurship

Tom Giffey

If there’s good news for Wisconsin in the annual state rankings of entrepreneurial activity compiled by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, it’s that Wisconsin DIDN’T land in last place this time around ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

7 Chippewa Valley Networking & Business Programs

succeeding as a start-up can be all about meeting the right people and finding the right programs

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 a rich environment to create and expand your own business ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

1 Million More

Eau Claire chapter of 1 Million Cups continues to grow

Tom Giffey

When the Eau Claire chapter of the nationwide entrepreneurial promotion program 1 Million Cups began holding weekly meetings about three years ago, attendance was usually around a dozen or two.

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

Investing Close to Home

East Coast hyper-local investment company lets locals shape community

Kea Wilson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

We’ve all got one: that one building in your neighborhood that you know could really be something great. Maybe it’s a vacant commercial space that would make the perfect neighborhood grocery if it just ...

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

Red Letter Roundup

Red Letter Grant selects Fall winners

Lauren Fisher

On Nov. 6, the Red Letter Grant announced the winners of its Fall 2019 grants. The program awarded four women-owned start-ups with grants of $2,000, which came with additional advertising packages from Volume One Magazine and ...

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Issue #398 Nov. 27, 2019

Led by the Best

women bring experience, skill to Northwestern Bank leadership

When Krista Mayer applied to work at Northwestern Bank last year, she quickly discovered that she would be one of a crew of high-powered females driving Northwestern Bank ...

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Issue #397 Nov. 13, 2019

Sun in All Seasons

Altoona infrared sauna open for business

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

When life gets hectic, many people need to take a break to recharge and de-stress. The mission of a new business in Altoona is to help those people navigate through ...

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Issue #397 Nov. 13, 2019

Treasure Trove of Hope

Hope Gospel Mission Bargain Center funds community support programs

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

More than 150,000 items move through the Hope Gospel Bargain Center (2511 Moholt Drive, Eau Claire) every month. That’s a lot of stuff, even for what they ...

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Issue #397 Nov. 13, 2019

The Perfect Environment

May’s Floral is Eau Claire’s destination greenhouse

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Working in the floral business isn’t all sweet smells and soft-petaled daisies. It’s a mad dash from holiday to holiday, with poinsettias and evergreens for Christmas, roses for ...

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Issue #394 Oct. 2, 2019

Let’s Get Crafty, Y’all

AR Workshop in Chippewa offers creative DIY options

Stephanie Janssen, photos by Andrea Paulseth

‘Love well, work hard, and play harder,” has always been the motto of the Bergs. Kathie Berg and her daughter, Taylor, consider Chippewa Falls their hometown. With a vibrant downtown area filled ...

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