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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Issue #300 February 24, 2016

Another Dynamic Success

new firm flexes its muscles in fitness equipment industry

Barbara Arnold

In a former life, I was a gym rat. Bar bells, weights, clangs, and grunts. Few women subscribed to this lifestyle then. The places were filled with testosterone and iron, black-colored equipment. They were dark, dank, and messy. Sometimes, this neatnik got a workout simply by putting things back where they belonged ... no matter how much they weighed ...

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Issue #297 January 13, 2016

Getting His Ducks in a Row

craftsman transforms golf clubs into waterfowl

Denise Olson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Other than one of them “accidentally” winding up in the nearest water hazard, it’s hard to see an obvious connection between a golf club and a duck. One local artist, however, has found a perfect marriage between the two, and his business is providing unique handcrafted gifts for golf and hunting enthusiasts alike.

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Issue #295 December 9, 2015

The Year of the Entrepreneur

an increasing focus on startup businesses in the Chippewa Valley is paying dividends, observers say, with more people taking the risky but thrilling leap into entrepreneurship

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Pivotal years and critical events are often only recognizable in retrospect. Trends are usually hard to spot when we are in the midst of them. And yet, even keeping such cautious Midwestern wisdom in mind, it’s clear that something has shifted in the Chippewa Valley. From new corner stores to globally recognized innovators ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Forging Creativity

artisan forge offers flexible space to create

Gigi Roelant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

There’s a lot to love about the Chippewa Valley. I could ramble on for a good long while, but I believe it boils down to one singular truth: We love our home because of just how much love it has to give. We have a reverence for community and it shows. You can see it in the music scene and in the arts ...

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

Finding a Real Space

vintage furnishing retailer Spaced Out Furnishings opens storefront

Barbara Arnold, photos by Andrea Paulseth

At the corner of Margaret Street and Hogeboom Avenue on the Eastside Hill stands a two-story, pale sage green building. With two huge display windows and a glass door in between on the first floor and two huge black awnings on the second floor, the building almost looks like a person’s face. But it is a building after all.

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Issue #293 November 11, 2015

The Fabric of Time

craft supply store/retreat a realization of lifelong dream

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Feelin’ crafty this season? At least one Eau Claire woman is. Ann Sandler is breaking out the needle and thread this fall in order to complete her latest project-in-progress: a new craft supply store that will open later this month in Altoona.

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Issue #292 October 28, 2015

Home Goods, Hometown

EC native returns to roots with chic home goods store

Justine Childs, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Fresh exterior paint and newspaper-covered windows mark the birth of a new store at the corner of Dewey and Wisconsin streets, right up the block from the Volume One World Headquarters ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Plug Into The Sun

catch some rays at the Solar Power Wisconsin conference

Tom Giffey

The moon isn’t the only celestial body that’s super: The sun – our very own mass of incandescent gas – send enough energy to the earth in an hour and a half to meet humanity’s energy needs for an entire year. (Yes, you read that right: a whole year.) So how can we use solar power to do more than just power our pocket calculators? ...

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Issue #291 October 14, 2015

Startup Success

inaugural Startup Weekend helps entrepreneurs boot up

Tom Giffey

A just-launched Eau Claire tech startup, 15 Second Imaging, was looking for some advice. They had a great idea – create high-resolution 3D images of products that potential buyers could view on the Web – but they needed to find just the right object to demonstrate the process ...

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Issue #288 September 2, 2015

Let's Get It Started

Startup Weekend designed to make dreams a reality – in less than three days

Tom Giffey

After a false start last year, organizers of the Eau Claire Startup Weekend are confident the first-time event will dash out of the starting blocks this year – and maybe even get some new businesses past the finish line.

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Issue #288 September 2, 2015

Make Your Escape

getting out of these escape rooms takes teamwork

Mike Seitz, photos by Luong Huynh

As the door was locked behind us, the one-hour timer started ticking down. My friends and I began searching every nook and cranny of the room for any clues to help us accomplish the goal before us: Find the key to unlock the door before time ran out. Over the next hour, we solved many puzzles ...

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Issue #287 August 19, 2015

Locating the Latitude

downtown EC yoga studio will offer diverse classes

Laura Lash, photos by Laura Lash, Amy Erickson

In the fall of 2003, Amy Erickson traveled from her hometown of St. Francis, Minn., and arrived on the UW-Eau Claire campus sight unseen. Going on the friendly reputation of the school and the Chippewa Valley, the eager undergrad fell in love with the community ...

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Issue #287 August 19, 2015

Building on Ambience

Ambient Inks and Knorth Studios upgrade their HQ

Eric Christenson, photos by Mariah Hamm

Just a few years ago, Ambient Inks was just two dudes – Aaron Brice and Tim Brunner – screen printing T-shirts by hand in the garage of their rented college house in Menomonie. And it was cramped ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Getting off the Ground

new consignment furniture, decor business grows fast

Barbara Arnold, photos by Kelsey Smith

Megan and John Glass-brenner have always wanted to start their own business. And they also wanted it to benefit people who were in need while still providing themselves with an income to raise their children, now toddlers ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

"Classy Junk"

annual foundry sale fills industrial building with eclectic goodies

Tom Giffey

If you’re the kind of person who believes the term “classy junk” isn’t a contradiction in terms, then the annual Foundry Sale is for made for you. Held inside an actual old foundry in downtown Eau Claire, this sale is organized by Mary Freeberg, who a few years ago decided to sell some of the collectibles ...

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