RHINELANDER - People met at Nicolet College Wednesday to discuss new opportunities for those looking to start or expand their business in the Northwoods.
The Northwoods Entrepreneurial Network has been here for over 7 years.
This is the first time they are connecting with local business owners and other people to determine what type of businesses will likely succeed in here .
Michelle Madl-Soehren is the president of the Northwoods Entrepreneurial Network.
She wants to hear the voice of the community so they can share it in the next meeting.
"Tonight is all about idea generation and information gathering and the plan then is to take all of the information, put it together and then put it back out to the community and say here it is." said Soehren.
"And we're here for you."
Dan Kuzlik is the outreach specialist at the University of Wisconsin Superior.
He believes there are great examples of business that were built here and continually growing in the Rhinelander community.
"That's the kind of business we want to grow here. Good business that create a living wage for to raise a family with." Kuzlik said.
"Clean industry because we talk to people and they love the environment up here."
The next meeting will be in March.
The program is free and open to the public.
If you're interested in contacting Michelle, you can call her at 715-365-4492 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISCONSIN/THREE LAKES - Wisconsin continues to be the best state nationwide when it comes to producing cranberries. One Northwoods farm is preparing to make this year even better.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes harvested close to 8,000 barrels last year. They hope to meet those expectations this year.
Right now they are in the growing season. The assistant manager believes Wisconsin is a natural environment for growing cranberries.
"It's fairly consistent as compared to somewhere out on the coast where most of the other cranberries are grown. I think a lot of those things combined help make it a good place to grow," said James Lake Farms Assistant Manager Benjamin Riker.
Burke releases rural jobs plan, focuses on schools, health & growth
ACROSS WISCONSIN - A new job plan from Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke focuses on her economic objectives with rural Wisconsin.
Many parts of Wisconsin's rural areas, like the Northwoods, lags behind the rest of the state economically; for example, five of the ten Wisconsin counties with the worst unemployment rate in the state are in the rural portions of the Northwoods, according to June unemployment numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Her focus is on growing the rural economy, boosting healthcare and improving schools.
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