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.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Senate has unanimously approved an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan that would close the troubled Lincoln Hills prison by 2021 and replace it with smaller regional facilities.
The Senate voted without any debate Tuesday to pass the plan, which largely mirrors what the Assembly unanimously approved last month.
RHINELANDER - Looking back on his 28 years as airport director, Joe Brauer says he has a lot to be proud of.
"When we got the disabled passenger lift, the non-motorized one, we were very, very proud of that," said Brauer, who's worked as the airport director for 28 years. He's also been in the airline business for 20 years.
Now, the longtime Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport director will be passing things off to a familiar face.
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