Lisa Bruhn talks with Wayne Lautsbaugh of Crescent Meats about starting and maintaining a business, meat packing, farming, and more!
The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation works hard to support and promote the Chippewa Valley's dairy industry. We have helped farmers explore exporting opportunities, improved their supply chain, and assisted in mentoring programs. We have even helped farmers obtain loans to implement automation equipment. The economic impact that agriculture has on the Chippewa Valley cannot be overemphasized. June is National Dairy Month, which has been nationally recognized since 1937. The Wisconsin dairy industry generates $45.6 billion each year, making Wisconsin the nation's highest producer and exporter of dairy. The Chippewa County agricultural industry contributes over $650 million to the local economy. This month, let's thank our dairy farmers for keeping the state's economy moving and for producing the products that Wisconsin is world-famous for. Celebrate National Dairy Month at the Breakfast in the [...]
Founded in Bloomer, Wisconsin in 1960, A.J. Manufacturing continues to innovate and manufacture insulated door products. While the company had always produced high-quality insulated doors and windows, a drive for discovering new markets and innovations has positioned the company for further growth and additional production lines such as high-quality HVAC and post-frame products. Recently, the company has broken ground to expand and modernize their North manufacturing facility, located in the Ironhorse Industrial Park in Bloomer, WI. This expansion is aimed at improving product painting efficiency, establishing additional offices, and improving employee amenities. The building is expected to be completed on October 31, 2021, and will include a newly paved parking lot, a new breakroom, and new bathrooms and offices. “AJ Manufacturing understands that their current employees have been the key to their success, [...]
CCEDC's Charlie Walker sits down with Justin Vajko, founder of Dialog Design Co., to discuss being proactive about finding talent, the importance of investing into your employees before anything else, and the evolvement of the field of digital marketing. Dialog Design Co. gives businesses proven marketing tools they need to find steady talent so they can reach their goals and help entrepreneurs create brands & websites that get more leads. Some of the things they offer: Web Design SEO Google & Facebook Content Marketing Branding Packaging Design
Do you know of an outstanding entrepreneur or business that is deserving of recognition this year? Nominate them for CCEDC's Economic Development Awards, announced at the 2021 Annual Meeting! We will be taking nominations until August 20, 2021. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Download the nomination form here.
CCEDC's Charlie Walker sits down with Matt Guse, owner of MRS Machining Co., to discuss carrying on legacies, educating the next generation, the criticality of manufacturing as a trade, and running a family business. "At MRS Machining in Augusta, Wisconsin, we strive to be the best. Providing turning, milling, drilling, and other machining operations, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help our customers get their parts as quickly as possible while meeting and exceeding tolerances, quality standards, and ultimately our customer expectations. Continuous investment in the latest high-performance machinery and tooling is just a part of the plan. Strategic partnerships with vendors, educators, and other industry leaders, as well as community involvement all helps us maintain a leadership role in the industry."
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (May 12, 2021) – Over seventy attendees supported the nine registered entrepreneurs that participated in the event. Organized and held during the International Economic Development Week, the event is aimed at strengthening the Chippewa Valley’s ecosystem for business startups and highlighting the mentoring programs that CCEDC and other economic development organizations do to support business growth in the Chippewa Valley. Similar to the Shark Tank Television Show, a panel of local business owners served as judges to select the best business idea, product or plan pitched to them by registered entrepreneurs. This event also provided an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to network with members of the Chippewa Valley Angel Network and share their fresh and creative business ideas to other supportive investors, businesses, and community members. During Round-Up HATCH, presenters [...]
2021’s first regional free open air job fair will take place, weather permitting, between 3 to 5 pm on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport parking lot. There will be over 30 companies there. In the event of weather cancellation, information will be provided at www.chippewa-wi.com and on the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation Facebook page. The Open Air Job Fair is organized in partnership with a variety of community organizations to celebrate National Economic Week 2021. The Chippewa Falls Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC], Workforce Resource, Inc., Chippewa Falls Chamber, Department of Workforce Development, Momentum West and the West Central WI Workforce Development Board have partnered to assist workers in landing a job with employers. While the pandemic has been difficult on the industrial field, the CCEDC is excited [...]
Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) understands the impact that internet connectivity has on our local economy. Effective and affordable broadband access increases the growth potential of our local businesses by helping them access new markets. It is necessary for any precision agriculture operation. It is a catalyst for rural prosperity by connecting rural households, schools, and healthcare with each other. It also is a “must” if small communities are to attract new residents and talent. Today, one thing that was made abundantly clear by the 2020-21 pandemic is that it is even more necessary has because of the huge increase in demand for high-speed internet within the Chippewa Valley as businesses, education, healthcare, and workers transitioned to online services. Over the past several years CCEDC has worked with our local Telecom providers [...]
Governor Evers spent the afternoon in Chippewa Falls, WI with a shovel in his hand while discussing the importance of Wisconsin’s infrastructure alongside Department of Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson. The duo is touring the state while fixing potholes to promote the governor’s proposed roads budget for 2021-2023. Evers and Thompson also made stops in Wausau and Appleton. Evers discussed repairing bridges, roads, and investing in our transportation throughout the state as local communities like Chippewa Falls need reliable infrastructure to allow people to safely get to point A to point B. “Thompson and I want to emphasize that we feel very strongly about this issue. The hard work for repairs is done by local workers, municipalities, and cities as they are responsible for this. The state has to do their job to financially [...]