VILAS COUNTY - Building a successful business can be challenging especially if you don't have experience. That's why some owners turn to business incubators. They offer space for start-up companies to develop and share resources.
A new business incubator in Vilas County will open soon. The 13,000 square foot building was originally a 7 UP distribution center.
"People have ideas and we can be the vehicle for them to develop those ideas into a functional or profitable business," says Bob Egan, Executive Director Vilas County Economic Development Corporation.
This incubator focuses on helping start up manufacturing companies. But it's not just a place to host companies. It also offers resources including mentors.
"The key element to success is having a really really proactive business plan moving forward, and that requires legal advice marketing advice, insurance advice, all kinds of that," says Barry McLeane, Project Manager for Eagle River and Manitowish Waters Incubators.
"That's what we do we've got a extensive list of advisors that help with all of those processes," says McLeane.
The new business incubator will open early next year.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
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