Briefcase 5/14/17

posted May 14, 2017 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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Female business leader panel will open June 8 conference

Western Dairyland Community Action Agency’s annual Women’s Business Conference will be on Tuesday, June 8, at the Davies Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

The daylong event starts at 8 a.m. with a panel led by Sarah Stokes, co-owner of local advertising firm Stokes+HERZOG. She will be joined by fellow business leaders Sherri Yukel from Big Dot of Happiness, Christina Wiersgalla of Wiersgalla Co., Connie Olson from Micon Cinemas and Sue Tietz of McDonough Manufacturing.

The rest of the conference will feature four breakout sessions, each with five presentations to choose from. Between sessions, there will be half-hour networking breaks. Lunch is not included in the conference cost, but there are restaurants in the center that will be open during the conference.

Registration costs $69 prior to the conference or $89 at the door. Scholarships are available for income-eligible attendees, reducing the registration cost to $25.

Registration and more information is available online at or by calling 715-836-7511, ext. 1171. Attendees also can register from 7 to 8 a.m. at the conference.

UW-EC business center wins award for role in growth

The UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center won an award for its role in improving Wisconsin’s small business community.

The Wisconsin district of the U.S. Small Business Administration presented the state 2017 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award to Luke Kempen, director of the local center, and consultant Dave Kochendorfer.

“Their services generate significant economic impact in our Northwest region,” Wisconsin Small Business Development Center state director Bon Wikenheiser said, according to a UW-Eau Claire news release. “The office has also been instrumental in deepening the network’s skills across the state.”

The duo’s work to create a financial projection template used by similar business centers throughout the state helped them earn the award, the news release stated.

The local center consulted with 192 clients last year, and its work aided 23 new businesses that employ 95 people.

S.C. Swiderski starts phase two of Rice Lake apartments

MOSINEE — Construction has begun on 100 new apartment homes in a Rice Lake development being built by S.C. Swiderski.

The Mosinee-based construction and real estate investment company recently announced it had broken ground for the seven new two-story buildings that will contain the apartment homes in Moon Lake Estates.

The first phase of the development had 104 apartments.

In addition to construction, S.C. Siderski also will retain ownership of them, oversee leasing and manage the apartments.

From staff reports