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COVER STORY Franchising an increasingly popular option

By Eric Lindquist, Leader-Telegram staff He also recognized that following a game plan
that had been proven successful reduced the odds
Starting a business is hard work. that his operation would join the 50 percent of
A potential entrepreneur must businesses that fail within four years of opening
make decisions about employment their doors.
level, marketing approach, business
structure, product pricing, building Hanaman is far from alone in being attracted to
design and the list goes on and on.
For people more interested in running a business the franchising concept, as franchises have added

than making all those “boss” decisions, a popular nearly 1 million jobs to the U.S. economy in the

solution is to open a franchise. past five years while increasing employment at

That was the case for Tom Hanaman when he an average annual rate of 2.6 percent, or about

launched a Servpro franchise six years ago in Eau 20 percent faster than the rate for all businesses,

Claire. The Gallatin, Tenn.-based restoration and according to the International Franchise

cleaning company, which has about 1,680 outlets, Association.

The trade group

is forecasting that

2016 will be the sixth

consecutive year that

franchise businesses

will expand at rates that

exceed the growth of

the overall industries

in which franchises

are concentrated. The

association predicts

franchises will add

278,000 jobs to the

economy this year

to reach a total of 9.1

Staff photo by Dan Reiland million jobs.
Tom Hanaman owns Servpro of Eau Claire. The franchise specializes in restoring or cleaning residential and commercial properties. “Franchise businesses

ranks No. 4 on Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise are showing tremendous capability to provide new

500” list of the nation’s top franchises. jobs for working families and new businesses for

“The franchise advantage was huge for me,” first-time business owners across all sectors in local

Hanaman said. “The idea behind franchising is that communities,” IFA President Robert Cresanti said in

you’re not going out to invent something on your a recent news release.

own. The groundwork is already done.”

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A big part of the attraction for franchise owners is the • EDM Wire Machining
concept of buying into a business with a successful track • Small Part Stamping
record and a plan for how to achieve profitability. • Swiss Precision Machined Parts
• and stocks Drive Components and
That was definitely part of the appeal for Will Rauckman
in the early 1980s when, as a third-generation operator of Machine Parts!
a beauty supply business, he decided he wanted to run his
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He latched on to one of the first Fantastic Sams
franchises in Wisconsin and eventually became the
subfranchisor for the entire state, meaning Rauckman
and his family control Fantastic Sams franchise rights in
Wisconsin and thus provide training and support for the
state’s 37 existing outlets and any potential new sites.

The Rauckmans — including Will and his wife, Gigi, and
three of their sons, Jereme, Jeff and Shawn — also own and
operate three Fantastic Sams salons in Eau Claire and one
in Chippewa Falls.

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“For our family, my parents in particular, Fantastic
Sams was a good opportunity because it was a quickly Contact Our Corporate Sales Manager
growing business and the first franchise for full-service Emily Thompson at 715.852.6000 Ext. 434
hair salons at the time,” Jereme Rauckman said. “For
somebody interested in owning a larger business rather [email protected]
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Beverly, Mass.-based Fantastic Sams, which has about April 4, 2016 ♦ |5
1,120 U.S. franchises, ranks No. 65 on the “Franchise 500,”
and Jereme said his family has never regretted getting
involved with the company.

“We’ve been very successful,” he said, pointing out
that hair styling is fairly recession-proof and can’t be
outsourced overseas or done online. “And the business is

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fun to run. We’re not dealing with inventory on a recognition that come with franchise ownership.

shelf; we’re dealing with people.” “I think the advantage of franchising is that

COVER STORY For Ray Thielbar, the owner of four local Jimmy someone else has done quite a bit of work for

John’s Gourmet Sandwiches shops — which you in terms of starting a business, so you’re

rose to the top spot this year in the “Franchise not reinventing the wheel,” Kempen said. “The

500” ranking that looks at financial strength, downside is that you’re paying for all of that,

stability, growth rate and the question

and other statistical comes down to if you

measures — buying a think you can do it

franchise seemed like as efficiently on your

a golden opportunity own.”

when he retired from Buying a franchise is

the beverage industry probably a good way

and was looking for an to go for an individual

investment venture. who needs the structure

“The value of that goes hand in

the franchise is the hand with franchise

established brand ownership, he said.

name,” said Thielbar, Recalling all of the

who owns three Jimmy work he once put into

John’s in Eau Claire starting a business,

and one in Chippewa Kempen acknowledged

Falls. “Nobody knows he has a more favorable

who Ray is, but a lot of outlook toward

people know the name franchising now than

Jimmy John’s.” Staff photo by Dan Reiland he did before that
Even more important Ray Thielbar, owner of four Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches franchises in the Chippewa Valley, experience.
poses recently at his store at 923 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire. Thielbar said he was attracted
is that he likes the to the franchise model when he made the investment. “If you’re the type
product the company of person who just

promotes as being wants to come in and

delivered “freaky fast,” Thielbar said, adding, “I run a business, it’s a lot easier to do that with a

think it’s a great sandwich, and it’s a healthier franchise,” he said. “Any business that starts from

option than a burger shop.” scratch has to figure out how to get customers

Champaign, Ill.-based Jimmy John’s, founded through the door.”

as a single sub shop in 1983 by James J. Liautaud, David Kochendorfer, a consultant with the

added 205 units last year to hit a total of 2,361 SBDC, said franchises can offer an excellent path

franchises to go along with 58 company-owned to business ownership for individuals who have

outlets, according to limited experience in a particular industry.

Give and take Do your homework

Luke Kempen, director of the Small Business Still, potential entrepreneurs should investigate
Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, said about the franchise they are considering, study the
a quarter of the center’s clients who seek advice royalty requirements and contact existing
about launching a new business are interested in franchisees before signing on the dotted line,
becoming franchisees. Kochendorfer said.

The debate typically revolves around whether Thielbar said that kind of research made Jimmy
an entrepreneur is willing to sacrifice some control John’s an easy choice when he was weighing
and a share of profits for the volume buying franchise options.
power, collective brand advertising and name
“I talked to other franchisees before I made the

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decision, and the response was overwhelmingly positive,” Welcome, Carol Skinner to Bakke
he said, noting that the company has lived up to its end of Norman’s Employment Law Group
the bargain by providing outstanding business, training and
marketing support. Providing employment law services for over 25 years:
• Counseling employers and employees on
Some entrepreneurs are scared away from becoming a compliance with Wisconsin, Minnesota and federal
franchisee by a fear that they will be bound by strict rules employment laws
from the franchisor, but that isn’t always the case, Jereme • State and federal litigation
Rauckman said. • Drafting and review of company policies
• Employee handbooks and position descriptions
Top ten franchises • Non-compete, consulting and separation
Rank/Company Service/Product Initial Investment
1. Jimmy John's Gourmet sandwiches $323K-$544K
2. Hampton by Hilton Midprice hotels $3.8M-$14.1M
3. Supercuts Hair salon $144K-$294K
4. Servpro Insurance/disaster restoration & cleaning $142K-$191K
5. Subway Subs, salads $117K-$263K
6. McDonald's Burgers, chicken, salads, beverages $989K-$2.2M
7. 7-Eleven Inc. Convenience stores $38K-$1.1M
8. Dunkin' Donuts Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods $217K-$1.6M
9. Denny's Inc. Family restaurant $1.2M-$2.1M
10. Anytime Fitness Fitness centers $63K-$418K

Source: Staff graphic

“It depends on the franchise. We allow a lot of flexibility Peter Reinhardt Carol Skinner, Of Counsel David Schoenberger Kathleen Avoles
in how owners run their businesses,” he said of Fantastic
Sams. While we are proud of our success in the courtroom,
Bakke Norman attorneys are first and foremost counselors,
As the Servpro franchisee for Eau Claire County, advising clients with an eye to avoiding lawsuits through
Hanaman said he knew up front that he would pay monthly strategic decision-making which protects employees’ rights
royalties based on sale volume — the higher the sales, the while allowing employers to operate a successful business.
lower the percentage that must be paid to the company.
Contact us today for
“It’s all based on the idea that they want you to succeed,” your Employment Law Needs.
Hanaman said. “You make money, they make money.”

As an added bonus, he said, the same proven formula and
name recognition that attract franchisees in the first place
also are appealing to potential buyers of existing franchises.

“It’s an investment,” Hanaman said. “I have a license and
a territory and a recognized brand, and there’s a demand
for that.”

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UW-Stout hosts SkillsUSA regional By UW-Stout CAMPUS NEWS

MENOMONIE – The 33rd annual
SkillsUSA regional tournament was held
Feb. 25-26 at UW-Stout.
Nearly 300 students from 32 high schools
in Wisconsin competed. Slinger took the
most first-place awards with five. Chetek-
Weyerhaeuser and Black River Falls
followed with three each.
SkillsUSA provides educational
programs, events and competitions that
support career and technical education.
Students were preparing for the SkillsUSA
state tournament April 26-27 at Alliant
Energy Center in Madison.
The UW-Stout sponsor and coordinator
was the College of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics, with
support from the School of Education and Contributed photo
Members of the Winter High School SkillsUSA team helped with the opening and closing ceremonies during a regional competition at UW-Stout.

UW-Stout student chapter of SkillsUSA. First-place winners included: ■ Menomonie: Jack Henderson, carpentry;
About 100 students and 25 faculty and staff ■ Black River Falls: Robert Coggsell, C02 Josee Bingnell, prepared speech, high school.
volunteered. dragster-middle school; Bryan Bluedorn,
related technical math-middle school; Josh ■ Stanley-Boyd: Kristopher Hassemer, C02
Competition sites were in five UW-Stout Goldsmith, welding sculpture. dragster-high school; Kyle Walters, sheet metal.
buildings, with one event at Menomonie ■ Chetek-Weyerhaeuser: Sarah Churchwar,
High School. Several competition categories job skill demo open; Joe Beer, precision ■ Winter: Courtney Kowalski,
also were open to middle school students. machining technology; Ryan Zeman, welding. extemporaneous speaking; opening/closing
■ Eau Claire Memorial: Ben Nelson, ceremonies (Jason Knuckey, Mikayla Knuckey,
SkillsUSA is based in Virginia and has automotive service technology. Lacey Martin, LeAnne Martin, Sydney Miller,
more than 13,000 student chapters in the Bailey Patenaude, Bretta Wiley).

CVTC adds online degree By CVTC

A new program at Chippewa Valley where their interests lie.” existing workers who seek training to
Technical College will focus on one of CVTC developed the program after become grant writers, media relations
the skills most valued by employers. The coordinators or other specialized skills.
fully online Professional Communications receiving feedback from an ad hoc
program will be offered beginning with committee that included representatives The program will be offered in eight-
the fall term this year. from business, nonprofits, media, K-12 week segments, with starting dates in
education and marketing professionals, August, October, January, March and June.
“This will be an associate degree program Bergandi said. “It was unanimous. They Bergandi explained that the schedule is
and we will also have advanced certificates said they would hire people with these designed so students would not have
for technical writing, grant writing and credentials and we should offer the more than three classes at once, but could
writing for media,” said Cherrie Bergandi, program,” Bergandi said. still complete a full semester of classes by
dean of general education and liberal taking consecutive eight-week sessions.
arts at CVTC, in a news release. “They Market research indicated a Professional That schedule and the online delivery
will start out learning basic principles of Communications program would be allow students to complete the program at
communication, then they can specialize in attractive to people interested in a wide their own pace, Bergandi said.
variety of careers in business and also

UW-EC tabs new radio manager By UW-Eau Claire
A local professional with a wide Scott’s wide range of experiences join Show” for WHYS 96.3.
background in radio, music and the our team as our first full-time station In 2011, Morfitt developed a broadcast
arts recently was named the first station manager,” said Kimera Way, president of
manager for Blugold Radio. the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, in a news journalism curriculum for Explo at Yale, a
release. three-week high school summer program
Scott Morfitt will assume the station on the Yale University campus. In 2012,
manager role April 18. Currently he is In 2007, Morfitt created and produced he revised this curriculum as multimedia
the marketing director for the Eau Claire the program “Local Independence” for marketing training for independent
Regional Arts Council. WUEC 89.7, a Wisconsin Public Radio learners at remote locations in western
affiliate for which UW-Eau Claire students Wisconsin through Workforce Resource’s
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation recently produce content. This was a three-hour summer youth training program.
received the donation of the station license radio program focusing on Wisconsin
and other related equipment that will be and Minnesota independent music, art Since 2014, Morfitt has also learned
called Blugold Radio. It will be owned by and culture. In 2014, Morfitt turned his much about the Eau Claire media market
Blugold Radio LLC, a subsidiary of the attention to civic news and affairs, helping as marketing director for the Eau Claire
UW-Eau Claire Foundation. to develop and produce the “WHYS Local Regional Arts Center and Community for
the Confluence.
“We are pleased to have someone with

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Leadership Jeff West is the owner of
qualities Bear Down (,
an executive and executive
Knowing who and why team coaching company based
you’re serving critical in Eau Claire. He was a founder
and CEO of Silicon Logic
Engineering. He also currently
chairs the local chapter of
TEC (The Executive Committee)
and Business Partners, a
forum for small-business
leaders. West can be reached
at 715-559-2195 or
[email protected].

“The plausibility of impossibility only becomes a probability in the absence of leadership.”

MIKE MYATT, executive coach and author

IBy Jeff West time we get home, just to go do it all over again tomorrow. Doesn’t
n my last column we discussed the differences between being sound like a lot of fun does it?
a manager and a leader. At the end of the column I asked you
to think about the qualities you believe great leaders have. Did Another common quality I’ve identified in all great leaders is
you give it any thought? Did you challenge yourself on the action. Doesn’t leadership mean we’re in pursuit of something?
type of leader you are? Knowing who we’re serving and why we’re serving them is all
There are many qualities great leaders have, but only a fine and good. However, if we never take action what good is it?
very few I’ve seen everyone have in common. The first of those Have you ever met the person that talks a good game? They seem
is having a servant heart. Great leaders realize their effectiveness to have all the answers but can never seem to let the clutch out and
comes from their ability to influence others, not control them. get going? We can never attain anything unless we take action.
Leaders, and in this case I use the term lightly, that strive for power Great leaders know that action alone isn’t enough though. Action
and control, who lead by mandate and fear, are never great leaders. must be focused (what’s your purpose?), it must be consistent and
done intentionally. You must be willing to try and fail, to learn
A self-serving ego driven by personal desires rarely leads to a from the failures and continue to push ahead.
positive outcome. An extreme case of this was Hitler. While he
led an entire country, he was never a great or even good leader. Other qualities I admire are leaders who are self-aware. They
Mahatma Gandhi, on the other hand, never officially led anyone. know their strengths and play to them. They also keep looking for
Yet look at the incredible influence he had. He knew who he was their weaknesses and blind spots and work to improve them. Great
serving. Positive, strong leadership is service. Service to your leaders find time for themselves to think rather than continually
customers. Service to your employees. Service to your vendors. booking their schedule full. Great leaders challenge everything,
Service to your community, and by extension then, service to especially the things in their industry that are considered
yourself. “common knowledge” or accepted “as true,” often finding they’re
not. They fight the rigidity of a closed mind and constantly look
Great leaders know who they serve and why. The why leads to for people to challenge their thinking. Why? Because when we
the next common quality I’ve witnessed: purpose. If you think of silo ourselves off, thinking we have all the answers, we’ve just lost
any great leader it won’t take you long to state what their purpose the most powerful resource we have at our disposal: diversity of
was or is. Knowing the “why” of what we’re doing is essential. thought. None of us have the entire world figured out. Refusing to
The “why” of what we’re doing is our compass. Without it, how subject our thoughts to fierce conversations with others keeps us in
do we know if we’re accomplishing what we want? Without a a perpetually weak state of mind.
“why,” anything goes. Right? Remember the conversation between
Alice in Wonderland and the Cheshire Cat? “If you don’t know where As you read this article there’s a common theme among all
you’re going, any road will get you there.” of the leadership qualities I’ve mentioned. Do you see it? What
causes a great leader to have all of these characteristics? Give it
In my experience, business owners without a strong “why” some thought.
are typically pretty unhappy with how their business is doing. It
shouldn’t be a surprise, though. If you don’t have a strong reason I wasn’t necessarily planning for this to become a trilogy of
for why you’re doing what you’re doing, how can you expect articles on leadership. But let’s talk about what the common
your employees or customers to know? If you can’t clearly and foundational quality is in the next article. Until then, challenge
quickly articulate your purpose, I challenge you to figure it out. yourself. What about these qualities do you see in yourself? Which
Life becomes a lot more fun and fulfilling when we’re in pursuit of ones are missing or could use a little exercise. Leadership isn’t a
a purpose that stirs our passions. Otherwise we’re left to lead a life destination; it’s a journey. Challenge yourself and enjoy the ride.
of just going through each day, usually tired and exhausted by the

10 | ♦ April 4, 2016

Annual conference set for April 21 By Leader-Telegram staff

The 13th annual Women’s Business There also will be 20 educational Session 3 (1 to 2 p.m.)
Conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. sessions offered throughout the day. The
Thursday, April 21, at The Plaza Hotel & schedule is as follows: ■ “Business Communication for Marketing
Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave. Success,” Kristel Keys Running of Obsidian Link.
Session 1 (9:30 to 10:30 a.m.)
More than 100 businesses will ■ “Have a Happy and Healthy Workforce,” Heather
exhibit their products and services at ■ “10 Selling Skills every Business Owner Needs to Thom and Sarah Johnson of Lotus Spa.
the event, which will kick off with a Master,” Matt Middendorp of Sales Math Consulting.
presentation titled “For Women Only: ■ “Funding Panel,” Beth Waldhart of West Central
Overcoming the Confidence Gap” ■ “Key Elements of Your Marketing Plan,” Pat Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Mary
by Rachel Woodward of Peregrine Millfelt of Serendipitous Connections Marketing. Trimmier of the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Communications. Over the lunch hour, Krista Paulus of Impact Seven, Char Gurney of RCU,
an optional panel for attorneys and ■ “Business Plan Basics: To Funding & Beyond!,” Mike Dieckman of Wisconsin Business Development
other business professionals — “Finding Ken Pearson, Indianhead Community Action Agency. and Elaine Coughlin of the city of Eau Claire.
a Fit and Making it Work” — will be
conducted by Wendy Sue Johnson of ■ “Navigating the Government’s Regulations on ■ “Identity Theft & Business Data Security,”
Klemish & Johnson and Daneille Strong Your Smalll Business,” Nancy Mistele, state Office of Michelle Reinen of the state Bureau of Consumer
and Emily Long of Weld Riley. Business Development. Protection.

The conference will close with a ■ “Workplace Drama! What You Need to Know ■ “What Launched You Won’t Keep You Afloat:
business success story panel and raffle About the Ever-Changing World of Employment Law,” Discover the 9 Tenets of Small Business Growth,”
prizes. Sarah Stokes of Stokes+HERZOG, Sara Ackermann of RuderWare. Karen Altekruse of Launch and Stay Afloat and
Mindy Pedersen of Pac Basic, Vanessa Executive Excellence.
Moessner of Macaroni Kid & Lily Pad Session 2 (11 a.m. to noon)
Lab and Nancy Rothwell of Straighten Session 4 (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.)
Up Organizing & A Little Bit of ■ “The Critical Questions: What to Ask When
Everything will anchor the panel. Visit Marketing Your Business,” Chris Herzog, Sarah Stokes ■ “Publish on Purpose: How to Attract Clients for and Michelle Rayburn of Stokes + HERZOG. Through the Power of Story,” Dara Beevas of Wise Ink
more information about the event. Creative Publishing.
■ “Building a Brand and a Business on Social
Media,” Laurie Boettcher of Chippewa Valley Technical ■ “Taking the Big Leap,” Renee Sommer of
College. Chippewa Valley Family.

■ “Ask the Bookkeeper,” Evlyn Carlile of Simple ■ “Workshop: Making Room for Success in
Office Solutions. Business,” Jenny Peterson of Simplify with Jenny.

■ “Franchise & Business Ownership,” Perry ■ “Financial Moves to Help Your Business Survive
Zukowski of FranNet. & Thrive,” Paul Woita and David Hopkins of Woita &
■ “Navigating Local Government and Laws When
Setting Up a Business,” Lucie McGee of Pendergast ■ “The Art of Negotiation,” Mindy Dale of Weld
Law Firm.
Riley and Vanessa Klemish of Klemish & Johnson.

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On Your Own

Author provides insights on Title: “Be Your Best
becoming an entrepreneur Boss: Reinvent Yourself
from Employee to
By Terri Schlichenmeyer Entrepreneur.”
The Bookworm Author: William
Another desk at the office is empty this Pages: 224.
week. Publisher:
Another co-worker packed up, TarcherPerigee
leaving the place short-handed. (c.2016).
Another downsize, and another reason
for worry. What will you do if you’re Knowing the answers to those questions will help
next? You can’t just start over but you winnow your options and overcome the “yeah, buts.”
can’t retire yet, either. So read the new
book “Be Your Best Boss” by William Look at your skills and experiences and understand
Seagraves, and see if you have what it that you’ve already won half the battle. You know how
to play nice with others. You’ve grown a thick skin,
takes for a new beginning. “practiced making money” and learned the rules of a
lot of games — many of the traits you’ll need to be an
Seagraves likes to drive. entrepreneur are inherent in you now.

When he’s with friends or colleagues, he’s always the Next, take the quiz Seagraves includes and
understand that “size matters.” Are you more of a
first to offer his car, which is a good metaphor for his “Company of One” kind of person? Would you be better
as “Boss of a Few?” Is a “Business of Many” more your
worklife: He likes to be in the driver’s seat in business. style? And what about a franchise? Know the pros and
cons of these entrepreneurial methods, take things “one
Yes, he enjoyed some autonomy in his last position, but step at a time,” keep in mind that change is the “only
constant” and remember that “… a smart business
he says, “I could not stand (the) lack of control.” owner always plans for the exit, and there are more
options than you might think.”
Seagraves left his corporate
Self-employment can be the most frustrating,
job and tried his hand at irritating, horrible, wonderful, awesome, terrific thing
you’ll ever do for yourself. Are you ready? “Be Your
being an entrepreneur (“That Best Boss” will help you decide.

scary 12-letter word”) in a As you might expect, Seagraves is mostly encouraging
in his book. There’s a lot of surface positivity here, but
few different ways before entrepreneurial readers with a mindset of doing it will
absolutely find the help they need to do it right. I was
he discovered something happy to note plenty of quizzes to guide future business
owners into the kind of endeavor that best fits their
he liked. Today, he runs a personality and work style, and the “Pros and Cons”
pages here are invaluable.
successful company that helps
While younger entrepreneurs might appreciate
entrepreneurs get started. In this book, it really seems to be more for older readers
who’ve been in the workforce a while. Corporate life
this book, he offers guidance may have soured for boomers and early Gen-Xers, but
“Be Your Best Boss” won’t leave them empty handed.
on deciding if owning a

business is for you.

The Bookworm is Terri First: What’s your pain?
Schlichenmeyer. Terri has Are you being forced out
been reading since she by younger workers?
was 3 years old and never Downsized? Or are you
goes anywhere without a disillusioned with corporate
book. She lives on a hill in life? What are your passions?
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Jackie Boos
New tourism director to
promote Chippewa Falls

Suits in all price ranges JBy Chris Vetter, Chippewa Falls News Bureau a conference,” she said. The goal is to get them
Hart Schaffner Marx Suits to come here, she added.
Made in USA ackie Boos is upbeat about her new job As an outsider new to the chamber, Boos said
Hardwick Suits from $495 promoting tourism in Chippewa Falls. she brings fresh ideas for marketing the city.
Made in USA Boos, 33, started her new job in
S. Cohen Suits from $595 February as the tourism director for “New campaigns will be coming in local and
Made in Canada the Chippewa Falls Area Chamber of regional advertising,” she said. “At the end
Other brands from $225 Commerce, overseeing tourism marketing of the day, our goal is to get people to stay in
Imported and sales efforts in the city and county. these hotels.”
Muldoon’s Men’s Wear
1506 S. Hastings Way Boos previously worked for Visit Eau Claire Even with the new Cobblestone Hotel
Eau Claire, WI 54701 for about nine years, and she was looking for planned for downtown, bringing 45 more hotel a new opportunity. She lives in Tilden with rooms, Boos said she wouldn’t be surprised to
715-832-3502 her husband, Matt, and liked the positives see another hotel come to the city in coming
she’s seeing in Chippewa Falls, pointing years. She said the city has a good occupancy
out the work in redeveloping downtown, rate of more than 40 percent daily use.
creating the Downtown Riverfront Gateway
Park, a new zoo exhibit at Irvine Park and the “It’s a natural evolution that more hotels
numerous people who come to town to tour the could come,” she said.
Leinenkugel’s brewery.
Mike Jordan, chamber president, praised
“It’s the exciting vibration going on in this Boos and her background in promoting cities.
community,” Boos said. “It’s a fun time to be
part of the movement here. And at the end of “Jackie has experience working with local
the day, tourism is just fun.” hoteliers and other tourism-related businesses,”
Jordan said. “She has valuable experience with
Boos pointed to the Chippewa River, which marketing, group sales and grants. We are
is visible from the new chamber of commerce pleased that she has joined our team.”
headquarters. She is excited about plans to
open up the area and make it a more attractive The Chippewa Falls Area Chamber
park. Plans call for an amphitheater, walking of Commerce is made up of more than
paths and fountains. 630 members. The organization provides
leadership to coordinate, support and promote
“The renderings really bring it to the next the business interests of its membership.
level,” she said. “I love seeing the city was able
to take the treeline down in front of the river.” Boos was born in Wausau and moved to
Tilden with Matt in 2008. She graduated from
Businesses along River Street should benefit UW-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree
from the renewed effort to bring people to the in general studies, but she took classes in
new park, she said. communications and hospitality.

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come to the city. are opportunities for collaboration on large
events,” she said.
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FEATURE STORY Findinagniche

Staff photos by Marisa Wojcik
Owner Bob Adrian is pictured at Rump’s Butcher Shoppe, 1411 Lynn Ave.,
Altoona. Adrian also is opening a restaurant at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Rump’s owner expanding with airport restaurant

By Samantha West A couple of years ago, Adrian said he found
himself thinking about diving into another
Leader-Telegram staff venture alongside his first.

No matter the type of business, Bob Shortly after, he met Dan Horlacher, who’s been
Adrian is a firm believer in one thing: If a butcher for “basically his whole life,” which
you don’t cut corners and do things “the triggered memories for Adrian of making sausage
right way,” everything will work out. as a teenager with his stepdad.
And so far, that seems to be the case for the
owner of Rump’s Butcher Shoppe in Altoona as The two began bouncing ideas off of one
he prepares to open his third business venture, another, and they came up with an idea: a butcher
Hangar 54 Grill. shop with a niche.

After graduating from high school in Rice Adrian said they decided to only sell local
Lake, and working as a jet mechanic in the Navy, products of the highest quality in a more
Adrian broke into the food business world about
20 years ago as a food commodity trader.

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Employee Shane Esper reaches for a boneless chicken breast recently at Rump’s, which opened in 2014.

attractive business setting — a butcher shop done the But, at the same time, Adrian said they want to
right way. embrace being at the airport. This, he said, can be seen in
the name.
“We wanted to make sure that we got rid of that
perception that all butcher shops are going to be stinky “Hangar 54 is one of the hangars at Pearl Harbor and
places out in the middle of nowhere,” Adrian said. “They now they use that hangar for naval training, so that’s
could be producing the greatest product in the world, but kind of how the name came about,” Adrian said.
the look and the feel might not appeal to everyone.”
In talking to fellow bar and restaurant owners, Adrian said
Since his stepfather inspired the business, Adrian he realizes it’s a “tough” business to be in, but thinks it’s
named the shop “Rump’s,” his stepfather’s nickname, important to find a niche, like he did with the butcher shop.
to honor him. The shop opened in October 2014, with
Horlacher running the “front end” of the business. “It’s important to not worry about what everyone else
is doing,” Adrian said. “We don’t want to let the rush of
When Adrian heard about a restaurant space opening the industry dictate what we do.”
at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, he spotted another
opportunity to expand his work in the food business Their niche will be high-quality, homemade food, said
— this time with a restaurant providing the same high Dudley, co-owner and executive chef.
quality customers find at the butcher shop, Adrian said.
“The menu will have a lot of variety; we’ll be grinding
Knowing he couldn’t juggle another business alone, our own burgers from scratch and making sauces from
Adrian leased the space with his two partners, Ryan scratch,” Dudley said. “We’re trying something a little
Anderson and Travis Dudley. different with our Hangar steak and we’re hoping that
works out with us.”
“They both have a lot of experience, but they’re
young, energetic guys and we’re excited about the whole Hard at work on the menu and renovating the space,
venture,” Adrian said. Adrian said he hopes Hangar 54 will open in a month or
Challenges remain, however, the space at the airport
being one of them, Adrian said. “We’re anxious to get cooking,” Dudley said.
Adrian’s passion for the outdoors — both hunting
Adrian said he is concerned customers will think they and fishing — has been put on hold a bit with his new
will have to pay to park, and that they’ll have to go responsibilities, but he’s grateful for his business success,
through security to enter the restaurant, neither of which and more than that, he’s thankful for the people who’ve
is true. helped him get to where he is today.
“I have really good people around me and I couldn’t do
“It’s really no different than a bar and grill being it without them, so I feel really fortunate,” Adrian said.
attached to a strip mall,” Adrian said.

April 4, 2016 ♦ | 17


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Gus Myran of the Stout Technology and Business Park in Menomonie previously worked for what is now Phillips-Medisize.

Former Phillips manager running Stout Technology Park

GBy Pamela Powers, Menomonie News Bureau The Manufacturing Outreach Center helps industry
grow and prosper through lean management training
MENOMONIE and helping startups connect with needed services,
including expertise from faculty and students.
us Myran isn’t into the status quo.
“I like new challenges,” Myran, 68, of “There is a tremendous amount of talent here that
works easily with small businesses and new startups,”
Menomonie said. Myran said. “(For) most of the companies who have
After more than three decades in the a problem we already have a tool in the toolbox. It’s
exciting. It is very, very interesting.
plastics industry, including serving as
general manager of four Phillips Plastics “UW-Stout is a career-minded university. We
sites and vice president of operations for want to do things to help businesses grow. Lean
Nolato Contour, Myran retired in 2011. manufacturing is about doing more with less. It’s all
He returned about four years ago to help other
businesses as a project manager for UW-Stout’s
Manufacturing Outreach Center and as the director
of the Stout Technology Park.

18 | ♦ April 4, 2016

about productivity and space reduction.” in Northfield, Minn. He stayed there 17 years and ran three

Larry Blackledge, director of the UW-Stout divisions.

Manufacturing Outreach Center, said Myran is personable “This was the beginning of plastics being used in the

and easy to talk with. military,” he said. The first plastics were extruded mylar.

Myran is very valuable to the outreach center in working The plant also created flexible circuitry.

with smaller entrepreneurial companies because he is In 1990 he started working with Phillips Plastics, now

serious and gets right to business and communicates well Phillips-Medisize, in Fredonia. The plant was eventually

with entrepreneurs, Blackledge said. sold and he moved to the Mondovi Road assembly

“He is into getting a job done,” Blackledge said, which is facility in Eau Claire and then opened the Origen Center

what the Manufacturing Outreach Center prides itself on in Menomonie around 1994. Myran also was the general

doing. “I think our clients appreciate that.” manager of the metal injection molding facility in

As the director of the Menomonie and the Phillips

Stout Technology Park, Outside the Office plant.
Myran is working to attract The Origen Center was set
businesses to Menomonie. Gus Myran enjoys golfing and fishing.
He is also a member of the In the 1990s he worked on projects in Scotland up with an incubator to help
Dunn County Economic and was able to golf at some of the old courses in foster new businesses. In
Development Corp. board the Scottish Highlands. American courses are the mid-1990s, it had a Cray
and the Greater Menomonie pristine, he said, while Scottish courses are more supercomputer to allow for
Area Development Corp. rough and challenging. the testing of products using
software rather than setting

Myran’s office is in “They think the U.S golf courses are too easy,” up a testing facility, which

UW-Stout’s FABLAB, or said Myran. "During World War II they raised at that time was a cutting-

fabrication lab, of which crops on some golf courses and grazed sheep to feed edge difference, said Myran,

there are just over 600 in whose wife is Nancy.

the world. The FABLAB the troops.” It will be a few years yet,

provides access to a variety Myran fishes mostly for walleye and enjoys but Myran sees 3D printing

of tools, including computer- angling on the Red Cedar River and in northern as a big part of the plastics

aided design and desktop Minnesota. He also is treasurer of the Sunrise industry as more people are

manufacturing technologies, Rotary Club in Menomonie. trained to design using the
to help bring ideas to life. technology.

Growing up in “I think you are going

Wanamingo, Minn., Myran planned to be a mechanic. His to see faster turnaround on new products,” the father of

father worked for an implement dealer. two grown daughters and grandfather to five said. “The

“My father had me overhaul engines in the summer in problem with 3D printing now is the speed of it.”

my spare time,” Myran said. “I enjoyed it. I think that is the As prices drop for 3D printers and printing speeds

mechanical side of me.” improve, there will be more of them available for industry

He graduated from a community college and then was and in education.

drafted in the Air Force for four years during the Vietnam “If you can give kids 3D printers and get them in the

War. He returned and finished his bachelor’s degree in 3D environment, just think of the skills they will have five

business management at Minnesota State University in years later,” Myran said.

Mankato. Powers can be reached at 715-556-9018,

Myran’s first job out of college was at Sheldahl Plastics [email protected], @Menomonie Bureau.

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by a franchisor to a potential franchisee before any
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franchise agreement itself is required to be provided
with the UFOC.

While the UFOC will admittedly not be a“page- other opportunities. The UFOC will also list situations exact location, which can complicate or delay leases
turner”in the sense of a good novel, it should be or circumstances in which the franchisor may be or purchases; (7) whether the franchise can be
read in its entirety so the potential franchisee will permitted to terminate the franchisee’s franchise, transferred or assigned (and if so, whether there is an
be making an informed decision of whether to enter such as poor financial performance. Long story short, associated fee); (8) the venue and location to settle
into the franchise agreement. For example, the UFOC franchises that have been around longer will have any disputes (can often be out of state); (9) which
will give an overview and history of the franchise, better and more detailed financial and operating state’s law governs the franchise agreement; (10)
along with information on the founder(s) and current information in the UFOC for franchisees to review, whether certain items require personal guarantees;
officers or management team. which will hopefully assist the franchisee in making and (11) obligations of the franchisee upon expiration
an informed decision. or termination of the franchise agreement, such as
An important section of the UFOC will be the section As stated above, a copy of the franchise agreement return of confidential information and removal of
on franchise fees and royalties. For example, most will be included with the UFOC. This is the most franchise marks, signs or other intellectual property.
franchisors will require an initial or upfront fee (which important document of all, as it states the actual The issues listed above are not meant to be an
can be substantial), and thereafter a continuing terms that will be agreed upon between the exclusive list of things to watch for, but instead
fee based on a fixed sum, percentage of sales, or a franchisee and the franchisor. While the list is long, examples of the many factors that go into purchasing
combination of the above. Additionally, look out for some specific provisions to look out for include (1) a franchise and a reminder that the UFOC and
required advertising fees, technology fees (for using whether the franchisee will be given an exclusive franchise agreement must be carefully reviewed
the franchise’s computer system), mandatory training territory, i.e., an area where the franchisor will not and understood prior to executing the franchise
fees, etc. The UFOC will also include average start-up permit any other franchisees to operate (and if so, documents and making a substantial investment of
costs for things such as inventory, equipment, how big that exclusive area may be); (2) whether your hard-earned money.
and leases. On the topic of equipment, several the franchisee will be given a right of first refusal if
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community. require the franchisee to purchase new equipment
or re-brand the business upon demand; (6) whether
The UFOC will also contain a list of any pending the franchisor must have final say over the business’s
litigation or bankruptcy filings of the officers of the
company, or the company itself. If there is a lot of
complex civil litigation pending, that may be a sign
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Silver Spring exec is named president to treat two specific conditions — attention-deficit hyperactivity
The world’s largest horseradish company recently named a disorder and COPD or other respiratory defects.
new president.
Bob Roemer now leads horseradish grower Huntsinger WWMM is a network provider for Western Wisconsin Cares,
Companies and affiliated condiment producer Silver Spring Care Wisconsin, ContinuUs, ILife/IRIS and some private
Foods, both of which are based in Eau Claire. insurance. Private pay is also accepted.
Roemer has worked for the companies since 2012,
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manufacturing sector, according to a Silver Spring advice during workshop
news release on his promotion. Roemer
A free workshop featuring ways that employers can use and
Roemer will report to Nancy Bartusch, improve employee wellness programs will be Wednesday, April
granddaugher of founder Ellis Huntsinger, and 13 in downtown Eau Claire.
the private company’s board of directors.
Eric Rygg, Huntsinger’s great-grandson, has been promoted The workshop starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Eau Claire Area
to vice president of sales and marketing. Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.
Silver Spring Foods is the world’s largest grower and
Local success stories from Phillips-Medisize, the Eau Claire
processor of horseradish. The company has been family city government and eBay Enterprise will be part of the three-
owned and operated for more than 86 years and through four hour workshop, which will also include advice on stress
generations. management.

Eau Claire Chamber surveys local firms The workshop is intended for those at local companies
for wage statistics involved in establishing, administering or deciding to create a
workplace wellness program.
Chippewa Valley businesses got surveys in March for
incorporation in the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Though there is no cost, registration is required. Register
annual wage study. online at

“We need area employers to contribute their data in order to See page 22
keep the survey viable and relevant; data is kept confidential,” a
chamber news release stated. $15.8 Last year the Discovery
million in new/ Center at University of
The wage survey report — the Chamber’s 17th year of retained sales, cost Wisconsin-Stout, including
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WWMM’s service area goes beyond Eau Claire, Negus

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From page 21 Taverna Grill are opening a new restaurant — Za51 — off River
Prairie Drive in the River Prairie development.
Area banks announce merger
Rice Lake-based Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin Za51 will specialize in the homemade pizza that helped their
has entered into a definitive agreement to merge into Citizens parents, Kas and Clara Draganowski, get their start in Wisconsin
Community Federal, which is based in Altoona, in an all-cash in 1951 when they opened the Enchanted Inn supper club in
transaction valued at around $17 million. Barnes.

CBN operates five full-service branches and a loan production The new restaurant will be owned and operated by three of
office. As of Dec. 31, it had total assets of $152.8 million, loans of the Draganowski children, Joanne (Palzkill), Claudia and John,
$113 million and deposits of $132 million. who currently own Draganetti’s and Taverna Grill. The new
venture will feature pizzas, sandwiches, pasta and gelato.
As a result of the deal:
• The combined company will have total assets, loans and “Our hope is that Za51 will be our way to bring all that we’ve
deposits, respectively, of about $734 million, $567 million and learned over the years together, thanks to the sacrifices and
$590 million. struggles that our parents initially made beginning in 1951,”
• It will have a total of 22 branches in Wisconsin, Minnesota Palzkill said in a news release.
and Michigan, with a concentration of 11 branches in northwest
Wisconsin. Za51 is slated to open later this year.
“The acquisition enhances our branch rationalization program
and increases our presence in Barron County,” said Edward Auto business remodeling, expanding
Schaefer, president and CEO of Citizens Community Federal, operations
in a news release. “We look forward to the opportunity to
provide our broader range of banking products and services Eau Claire Ford Lincoln Quick Lane, 2909 Lorch Ave., has
to customers in the Community Bank of Northern Wisconsin begun remodeling and expanding its building.
The merger is expected to close in or around June. The expansion included a complete renovation of the interior
and exterior of the building, an addition of a three-bay quick
New restaurant slated for River Prairie lane and resurfaced parking lot. Renovations will run through
ALTOONA — The owners of Draganetti’s Ristorante and the summer; the dealership will remain open during the process.

Eau Claire Ford Lincoln Quick Lane is a locally owned and
operated car dealership and vehicle service center that opened
in 1980 as Jim Carter Ford. The current owners, Rick and Sherry
Mohr, purchased the dealership in 2004.

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Heartland shifts away from homes building, how much it would be valued at once its renovation is
CHIPPEWA FALLS — Heartland Contractors is now complete and the structure’s appearance.
dedicating all of its resources toward its commercial construction
and excavation divisions and will no longer be building single- The building’s previous tenant, Silvermine Stone, has
family homes. relocated to a building in the Chippewa Valley Industrial Park
on Eau Claire’s north side.
The shift will allow the company to focus on a growing
customer base in the health care, government, education, Gordy’s, Mega sign deals for stores
multifamily, hospitality, industrial and civil markets, according Gordy’s Markets and Mega Co-op announced an agreement
to a news release. Jan. 5 in which Gordy’s Express convenience stores will become
Mega Holidays, and Gordy’s Markets will acquire three of the
Heartland will continue to offer single-family lots in its Mega Co-op grocery stores.
neighborhoods — Hillcrest Greens, Willow Creek and Whisper
Ridge — and partner with area homebuilders on bulk lot sales Mega Co-op grocery stores in west Eau Claire, Barron and
and financing options. Whitehall briefly closed in late February for some remodeling
and reopened as Gordy’s Markets a few days later.
Relocation of Brewing Projekt moves
The Mega East grocery store, 1201 S. Hastings Way,
ahead permanently closed on Feb. 5.
The relocation of an Eau Claire brewery moved one step closer
to happening after the Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority on Mega Co-op began converting the Gordy’s Express locations
March 16 granted Brewing Projekt owner William to Mega Holidays on March 1.
Glass the 90-day exclusive rights to negotiate on a
property at 1807 Oxford Ave. With the transaction complete, Gordy’s owns and operates 24
Brewing Projekt currently operates at Building grocery stores, and Mega Co-op has 33 convenience stores and
3, 2000 Oxford Ave., a couple of blocks from where fuel centers.
Glass wants to relocate the building.
Glass and the RDA will negotiate terms of a Financial terms of the transaction were not released.
development agreement that will include such
project details as the price of the 1807 Oxford Ave. Lismore eatery plans announced
Glass The developers of The Lismore hotel in downtown Eau Claire
have set their plans for three food and beverage venues.

The hotel will feature The Informalist, a 120-plus seat

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From page 23 Business group plans teen camps
MADISON — Wisconsin high school students can enroll in a
restaurant; Eau Claire Downtown Coffee, a coffee shop with a four-day program to teach them about the business world and
fireplace lounge; and Dive, a bar that replaces the pool on the economy.
building’s second floor.
Hosted by statewide business group Wisconsin Manufacturers
Leading the food and beverage operation will be Terry Vajgrt, & Commerce, the Wisconsin Business World program will be
former owner of the Creamery in Downsville. Co-executive from June 19 to 22 at St. Norbert College in De Pere or July 10 to
chefs will be Bradley Dean Parent and Luke Bilda. The beverage 13 at Edgewood College in Madison.
manager will be Sean Murphy, a Chippewa Falls native with
more than 26 years of experience in the field. Students will work in teams during Wisconsin Business World
to create an imaginary company that will produce a product,
The Lismore, a total renovation of the defunct downtown market it, create a commercial and compete in an online business
Ramada Convention Center on South Barstow Street, has 112 simulation.
hotel rooms. It began hosting events in its meeting rooms in the
fall and will soon open its hotel rooms. The program will include guest speakers and tours of local
Visit or email [email protected] for more
information about the hotel and its amenities. The all-inclusive earlybird registration price is $250. Prices will
increase after April 22.
Chi-Hi student wins award
A Chippewa Falls High School sophomore won a statewide To register, go online to
award that recognizes youths who start businesses. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the full
Natalie Abbott, 17, won Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s price of the program. To learn about scholarships or sponsoring a
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Abbott award for turning her student, call Steve Benzchawel at 888-276-7953, Ext. 2.
4-H beekeeping project into The West Hill Honey Company, a
small business that sells honey and lip balm. In other news
“She has a great product and knows her
business very well,” said Erica Gehrke, • Sterling Water Culligan, an Ellsworth-founded business now
development manager for Junior Achievement based in Eau Claire that distributes water products, merged with
Wisconsin. Willmar Water to expand its reach in Minnesota.
Abbott makes a dozen varieties of beeswax-
based lip balm and two kinds of honey— one Founded in 1949, the third-generation Sterling Water Culligan has
harvested from hives kept in the country and the five dealerships across Wisconsin and Central Minnesota.
other from backyard bees. Abbott
Word-of-mouth and the company’s Facebook Willmar’s owners and employees will be staying with the
page bring in orders, Abbott said, but “once in a while we go company, according to a news release.
door to door and to craft fairs.” A Chippewa Falls salon has also
sold her lip balms. • FALL CREEK — Mary Kay Brevig, communications and public
Abbott said her father, John, helps her manage the beehives relations manager for Eau Claire Energy Cooperative, won an award
and mother Aimee takes care of the small business’s website. for producing the co-op’s monthly magazine.
Gehrke said that those who judged award applications were
impressed that Abbott started the business before turning 10 and The Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association awarded its N.F.
had to overcome a few challenges, including a bear that raided Leifer Memorial Journalism Award to Brevig — her second win in
her beehives. three years.
“She had a very unique story,” Gehrke said, noting it is the
first bee-related business to win the award. • MADISON — Ayres Associates of Eau Claire won an award
The award includes a $1,000 scholarship for Abbott. from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Wisconsin
She will receive her award at a Junior Achievement gathering for the architectural and engineering firm’s recent high-accuracy
on April 21 at The Pfiester Hotel in Milwaukee. She will get mapping project.
her accolade alongside several prominent Wisconsin business
leaders who also are being recognized. Ayres won a Best of State Award in Engineering Excellence for its
Wisconsin Regional Orthophotography Consortium — a mapping
Innovation awards seek nominees project with data that has multiple uses for the public and private
MADISON — Wisconsin entrepreneurs, inventors and creative sectors.
thinkers can submit their products, services or organizations for
recognition in the third annual Wisconsin Innovation Awards. • Heartland Contractors promoted Justin Utpadel to director of
operations for the company’s commercial building division based in
The awards highlight innovative ideas from all sectors and any Chippewa Falls.
size company in Wisconsin.
Utpadel joined Heartland in fall, bringing with him 16 years of
Nomination forms can be found online at construction experience in the commercial and civil sectors.
wisconsininnovationawards. com.
• RCU named Jeff Labs as the credit union’s organizational
Nominations are due by May 15. alignment and development manager at its headquarters in
The award ceremony, sponsored by American Family downtown Eau Claire.
Insurance and Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, will be on Aug. 16 in
Madison. Labs has 13 years of experience involving training and
development, formerly working at IDEXX Laboratories, UW-Eau
Claire and Hutchinson Technology Inc.

• MINNETONKA, Minn. — Fremont Private Holdings and Karl
Schmidt recently completed the purchase of Morrie’s Automotive
Group, owner and operator of 11 automotive dealership locations.

“Morrie’s exemplifies everything we look for in an investment —
an attractive, unique service offering, a proven and dedicated team,
and a demonstrated history of success,” said FPH partner
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• RICE LAKE — Rice Lake Weighing Systems is celebrating its 70th Many
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• Stokes+HERZOG, an Eau Claire marketing firm, was granted an A Veteran-Owned Business • Over 60 Years of Experience
exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a drone,
or unmanned aerial vehicle, for commercial purposes. The company
plans to offer drone video for use in a variety of applications. Visit for more information.
• Eau Claire-based Indianhead Insurance Agency was named a 2015
top performing agency for SECURA Insurance, a property and casualty
insurance company based in Appleton. It’s the 10th time the firm,
which has represented SECURA as an independent agency since 1978,
has earned the award. Indianhead has Wisconsin offices in Eau Claire,
Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Bloomer and Chetek.
• Gerald Bauer, owner and founder of JB Systems in Eau Claire, was
selected as the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.’s latest
board member. Bauer will work with the board to offer free resources to
entrepreneurs and businesses in the Chippewa Valley.
• Matt Faulkner of Market & Johnson in Eau Claire recently was
named president of AGC of Wisconsin.
• Royal Construction recently announced its board of directors
elected Jim Bunkelman as president and CEO, Jeff Olson as chief
financial officer and secretary/treasurer, and Dennis Pischer and Brian
Bessinger as vice presidents.
• Russ Plewa was named regional commercial banking manager for
Bank Mutual.
Plewa, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field, will be
responsible for leading the commercial banking teams in Eau Claire and
Green Bay. He will continue his direct comm­ ercial banking activities
with midmarket companies throughout Wisconsin.
• Eau Claire Energy Cooperative’s 865-kilowatt solar project in Fall
Creek was one of several projects recognized at the RENEW Energy
Policy Summit in Madison.

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2. “Creativity is just __ having fun,” Albert Einstein. 1. Shannon and Kevin’s CF home remodel, addition specialist.
4. Sacred Heart Hospital chair. 3. Current Alec Ross best-seller.
5. Longtime Menomonie beverage supplier. 6. Local business group for ages 21 to 39.
8. New online program at CVTC starting in the fall. 7. Soon-to-open Altoona hotel.
1 0. Rice Lake Weighing Systems acquisition. 9. Area maker of coatings for truck beds, feed conveyors.
1 2. A.J. Manufacturing president. 11. Expanding CF company’s specialty.
1 4. Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue secretary. 1 3. CF Main Street executive director.
18. Statewide business plan contest for middle and high school students. 1 5. Eau Claire Express skipper.
21. UW-EC grad and Applied Data Consultants founder. 1 6. Season-three winner on Trump TV show.
22. Lauded UW-Stout offering. 1 7. Movie about recent financial crisis.
23. Menomonie spot for wine enthusiasts. 1 9. Durand sleepover spot.
25. Moving base abroad for tax purposes. 20. Top business school, according to U.S. News & World World
2 6. State agricultural ambassador.
2 7. P opular productivity app that allows users to collaborate on Report. UW-Madison and Minnesota tied for 27th.
shared tasks. 2 3. WMC program for high school students.
2 9. Popular local campaign stop. 2 4. Best city for business and careers, according to Forbes.
28. Local chamber’s October destination.
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UW-Eau Claire programs abound CALENDAR

• UW-Eau Claire is offering the program "Enhancing Your Creative - " Nonprofit Volunteer and Board Member Management," 9 a.m. to 4
Problem Solving and Innovative Thinking," which includes 11 hours p.m., April 28, at Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center, 5872 33rd
of instruction over the course of five workshops. The schedule is as Ave.; and May 5 at the Hudson Hospital & Conference Center, 405
follows: Stageline Road.

- "Introduction: Adding Value to Your Organization with an - " Nonprofit Fund Development," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 29, at Sleep
Entrepreneurial Mindset," 8 a.m. to noon, June 28, UW-Eau Claire. Inn and Suites Conference Center; May 6 at the Hudson Hospital &
Conference Center.
- "Creativity: Finding the Balance Between Originality and Value," 2
to 4 p.m., July 20, UW-Eau Claire. - " Nonprofit Leadership Effectiveness," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 12 at
Sleep Inn and Suites Conference Center; June 2 at Hudson Hospital
- “What Parachute? Jump! Improved Communication and Strategic & Conference Center.
Risk Taking," 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 24, Eau Claire Regional Arts Center,
316 Eau Claire St. - " Nonprofit Marketing and Communication," 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 3,
at Hudson Hospital & Conference Center; June 16 at Sleep Inn and
- “Fostering a Culture of Creativity and Innovation in Your Suites Conference Center.
Workplace," 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 21, Realityworks, 2709 Mondovi Road.
• The three-part program "Leadership Beyond Management" will
- "Collaboration: A Key to Success in Businesses and other be from 8 a.m. to noon June 29, July 20 and Aug. 24 in Room 3314
Organizations," 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 26, Volume One Gallery, 205 N. of Centennial Hall at UW-Eau Claire. There also will be an online
Dewey St. component. The deadline to register is June 15.

• The Supervisory Management Certificate Program at UW-Eau ■ The program "Planning for a Confident Retirement" will be from 6
Claire requires six core classes and six electives. Upcoming sessions to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from April 12 through April 26 in Room 1204 of
within the program include: Centennial Hall at UW-Eau Claire. Presenters will be Adam Mohr and
Kurt Kern of Ameriprise Financial; Regina Butler, Linda Danielson and
- "Maximizing Performance," 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 21-22, at Mary Ellen Schill of Ruder Ware; and Jennifer Nohelty of Gift Planning
Citizens State Bank, 375 Stageline Road, Hudson. Services. The cost is $99.

- "Critical Conversations," 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 5-6, at Holiday Inn For more information on any of the aforementioned programs, visit
South, 4751 Owen Ayres Court. or call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423.

- "Process Mapping and Work Flow Improvement," 8:30 a.m. to 4 See page 28
p.m., May 19-20, at Citizens State Bank in Hudson.

• The following workshops may be taken alone or as part of the
Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at UW-Eau Claire:



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CALENDAR April - May

From page 27 • Also on April 19, the program “Microsoft Outlook: Effective

• “Tech Tuesdays” are 2 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each Email Management” will be from 9 a.m. to noon and “Time

month at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St. Management with Calendars and Tasks” will be from 1 to 4 p.m.

Participants may get free personal training on e-readers, iPads, at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Menomonie campus, 403

laptops or tablets. Individual, one-hour appointments also are Technology Drive E. The cost for each is $49. For more information

available. For more information visit or call or to register, visit, email businessindustry@

715-839-5004. or call 800-547-2882, Ext. 4676.
April 21: The 13th annual Women’s Business
• MENOMONIE — UW-Stout is offering three half-day
Conference will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The
leadership seminars — each from 8 a.m. to noon — in April.
Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Ave.
“Leading in a Whitewater World of Change” is April 12, “Leading
The event will feature more than 100 exhibitors,
and Facilitating Teams” is April 19 and “Effective Communication”
educational sessions, featured speakers and
is April 26. The cost is $85 for each or $200 for all three. For more
networking opportunities. Rachel Woodward of
information call 715-232-2793 or email [email protected].
April 13: The program “Refresh Live Leadership Simulcast” will Peregrine Communications is a keynote speaker

be from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Visit for details. Woodward

Claire, 1221 Whipple St. Back for its seventh year, the program’s • A pre-conference event, “Forging New

speakers will include Marshall Goldsmith, author, Markets,” will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on April 20 at

professor and executive coach; Shaquille O’Neal, The Plaza. The event will provide information on how to enter new

television sports analyst and 15-time NBA all-star; markets through selling to the government, selling internationally

and Kaplan Mobray, author, motivational speaker and perfecting the sales pitch. The cost is $49. For more information

and career consultant. The cost is $25 for chamber or to register, visit or call 715-836-7511.
April 26: MENOMONIE — The program “Microsoft OneNote”
members and $45 for nonmembers. Members
will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Chippewa Valley Technical College,
sending five or more employees from the same
403 Technology Drive E. The cost is $59. For more information or to
organization will receive a discounted rate of $20 O’Neal
per person. For more information or to register, visit register, visit, email businessindustry@cvtc. or call 715-834-1204. edu or call 800-547-2882, Ext. 4676.
April 28: Western Dairyland Community Action Agency is
• Also on April 13, the program “Adobe InDesign Level 3” will be
holding a training webinar, “Farmers Market 101,” from 6 to 8
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College’s
p.m. Participants will learn how to become a successful vendor at
Menomonie campus, 403 Technology Drive E. The cost is $104. For
the farmers markets in the rural areas of Trempealeau and Jackson
more information or to register, visit, email
counties. There is no cost, but advanced registration is required to
[email protected] or call 800-547-2882, Ext. 4676.
April 14: CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa County Economic obtain webinar access. For more information or to register, visit

Development Corp. is holding a roundtable discussion with Ben or call 715-985-2391, Ext. 1171.

Brancel, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, • Also on April 28, Riverview Animal Hospital, 475 Chippewa

Trade and Consumer Protection, from 11:30 a.m. to Mall Drive, Chippewa Falls, is holding an open house and grand

1 p.m. at Rooney Farms, 9996 Highway Q. The cost, opening from 2 to 6 p.m. Visit for more

which includes lunch, is $10. For more information information about the business.

or to register, contact Jerilyn Sahr at 715-723-7150 or • Also on April 28, the program “Microsoft Access: Nuts & Bolts”

[email protected]. will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical

• Also on April 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., College’s Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. The

the program “ISO 9001:2015 Transition Strategies cost is $104. For more information or to register, visit

for Your Organization” will be in the Memorial Brancel hbjku75, email [email protected] or call 800-547-2882, Ext.
Student Center at UW-Stout, Menomonie. For more
May 1: The date is the early-bird deadline to secure a booth for the
information contact Joni Geroux at [email protected] or 715-
Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo 2016 on Oct.
232-5270 or visit
18 at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road. Visit
• Also on April 14, WESTconsin Credit Union is holding its or call 715-834-1204 for more information.
76th annual membership meeting in the Menomonie High School May 4: The program "Microsoft Excel Advanced" will be from 8:30

auditorium, 1715 Fifth St. W. All credit union members are invited a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Business

to attend the meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. The meeting will Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. The cost is $104. For

include an election of two directors, a presentation on the credit more information or to register, visit, email

union’s status, door prizes and entertainment. A complimentary [email protected] or call 800-547-2882, Ext. 4676.

meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the high school’s • Also on May 4, the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce's

commons area. annual golf outing begins at 9:30 a.m. at Whitetail Golf Course,
April 19: The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s 102nd
8418 760th Ave., Colfax. For more information or to register, visit
Annual Meeting will be from 5 to 11 p.m. in the W.R. Davies Center or call 715-235-9087.
at UW-Eau Claire. Invitations were slated to be mailed in mid-

March. Visit or call 715-834-1204 for details.

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May 10: MENOMONIE — The 2016 Red Cedar Watershed information visit or contact Joni

Conference is 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center Geroux at [email protected] or 715-232-5270.

at UW-Stout. For more information visit May 18: The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce's Small

profed/redcedar/ or contact Anna McCabe at mccabea@uwstout. Business of the Year Breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

edu or 715-232-5484. at Wild Ridge & Mill Run Golf Course, 3905 Kane Road. Visit
May 11: ALTOONA — The fourth annual or call 715-834-1204 for more information.
"Working Mothers Luncheon" will be from noon May 20: The Chippewa County Economic Development Corp.'s

to 1:30 p.m. at Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, "Annual Meeting and Business of the Year Breakast" will be

828 Clubview Lane. Scheduled presenters are from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, 3800

Dori Pulse, an author, speaker and writer, and Starr Ave. For more information call 715-723-7150 or email info@

April Marion of the Eau Claire accounting firm of The event will be followed by a golf outing from

Biesterveld & Spies. The cost is $25 for chamber 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

members and $45 for nonmembers. For more Marion May 23: ALTOONA — The 32nd annual "Business
information or to register, visit
Salutes Eau Claire Golf Classic" outing will start at
or call 715-834-1204. The registration deadline is May 6.
May 12: The program "Start a Small Business in 8 Steps" will be 7:15 a.m. at Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, 828

from 6 to 9 p.m. at Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, Clubview Lane. Contact Bob McCoy, Eau Claire

418 Wisconsin St. Topics to be covered include honing an idea, Area Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, at

marketing and recordkeeping. After the class, participants may 715-858-0612 for more information.
May 24: The program "SQL Introduction" will be
request free, one-on-one assistance from Western Dairyland's
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Schneider Hall at UW-Eau McCoy
business development specialists. The cost is $29 and scholarships Claire. The presenter is Matt Sias, systems developer

are available for income-eligible individuals. For more information and database administrator for the university. The

or to register, visit or call 715-836-7511. cost, which includes lunch, is $250. For more information or to
May 12-13: MENOMONIE — The program "ISO 9001/13485
register, visit or call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423.
Internal Process Auditor Training" will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Also on May 24, the program "Adobe Photoshop Tips and
both days at the Memorial Student Center at UW-Stout. For more
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From page 29 June 10: The 20th annual “Breakfast in the Valley” will be

Tricks” will be from 8 a.m. to noon and “Adobe InDesign Tips and from 5 to 10:15 a.m. at the Eau Claire County Expo Center, 5530
Tricks” will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Technical
College Business Education Center, 620 W. Clairemont Ave. The Fairview Drive. In addition to breakfast, the event will include
cost for each is $59. For more information or to register, visit tinyurl.
com/hbjku75, email [email protected] or call 800-547- agricultural displays, contests and a petting zoo. The goal is to
2882, Ext. 4676.
serve around 3,400 people. The cost is $7 for adults, $2 for children
June 7: CHIPPEWA FALLS — The Chippewa Falls Area Chamber
of Commerce annual golf outing begins at noon at Lake Wissota 3-12 and free for 2 and under. Tickets are available at the door. Visit
Golf & Events, 16108 97th Ave. For more information, including
sponsorship opportunities, call 715-723-0331 or email kelly@ for details. June 21: The Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s “2016

• Also on June 7, the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame Luncheon” will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. at
“Women’s Golf Workshop” will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Wild Ridge
& Mill Run Golf Course, 3905 Kane Road. The event will feature The Lismore hotel, 333 Gibson St. The Business Hall of Fame award
golf etiquette, rules and instruction. The cost is $35 for chamber
members and $65 for nonmembers. Call 715-834-1204 or visit recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to for more information.
their business and the community. Visit or call
June 9: Eau Claire Morning Rotary’s 10th annual Charity Golf
Outing will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wild Ridge and Mill Run 715-834-1204 for more information.
Golf Course, 3905 Kane Road. Visit or call 715- June 29-30: The program “Improve Your Business
858-7960 for more information.
Financial Savvy: Develop Planning and Analysis

Expertise” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each

day at Holiday Inn South, 4751 Owen Ayres Court.

The presenter is David Steenstra, professor of

management in the College of Business at Ferris

State University in Big Rapids, Mich. For more

information visit or call 715-836- Steenstra
3636 or 866-893-2423.


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412 3.6% 52,000

New rooms being Wisconsin jobless rate for military Number of business entities created in Wisconsin
added in the Eau Claire veterans last year, according to U.S. since Gov. Scott Walker took office, according to
metropolitan area this Bureau of Labor Statistics. The figure the state Department of Financial Institutions.
year, as five hotels are tied for the 14th lowest in the U.S.
scheduled to open.

109.1 The seasonally adjusted pending home sales index in February — 3.5 percent higher than in the
previous month and its highest level since July — according to the National Association of Realtors.
Signed contracts rose 11.4 percent in the Midwest.

No. 324 By the
Donald Trump tied for the spot on Forbes magazine’s most recent
rankings of the world’s billionaires with an estimated net worth of $4.5
billion. Eau Claire-based John Menard was tied for 116th at $9.3 billion.
Bill Gates topped the list at $75 billion.


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