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Northeastern Wisconsin

Serving Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto,
Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, and Winnebago counties.


Selected headlines — 6/10 edition of The Business News

A place of Discovery

Farm center aims to educate people about agriculture industry

by Nancy Barthel

For months after its groundbreaking in October 2016, people driving I-43 through Manitowoc County wondered what in the world that large barn-like structure was just off exit 144, County Highway C in the Town of Newton. Since opening day on July 28, 2018, Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center has served thousands of guests, with the goal of educating people about where their food and other agricultural products come from and inspiring young people to consider an agriculture-related career. For so many people, all they know about agriculture is what they see on social media, said Melissa Bender, director of education and programming. A former agriculture teacher, she initially joined the endeavor in 2015 as executive director.

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No fast food here

Vendors produce authentic products at artisan kitchen and market

by Nick Lauer

Back in the mid-1980s, the book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” was published, and it resonated with people worldwide. One of those kindergarten lessons was the idea of sharing with others. A business in Appleton is taking that lesson to heart. Hippie Wayne’s Green Tomato is an artisan market and kitchen where a collection of small food vendors come together to produce their goods. “Food vendors need licensed establishments to work out of,” said owner Wayne Wojciechowski. “They need a place where they can get a license, and that establishment has to pass an inspection. You’ve got to have certain things. This place came available, and I picked up the lease. We’re in our eighth year right now.” In addition to the space being a shared kitchen, it also offers a small amount of shelf space for vendors to sell products and houses a café. Read More

People who make a difference

Much of Odell’s volunteer effort focuses on helping youth

For Kristin Odell, owner of KLO LLC, a human-resources consulting business, it takes a village to balance business demands and raise her young family. She also believes it takes a village to create a thriving community. Odell is a native of the Manitowoc area, leaving the area to attend college and establish her career. She and her husband, Doug Odell, returned to the area five years ago to be closer to extended family and simultaneously build her business. “I would not have been able to start and grow my business without the help of my parents,” said Odell. “My mom often steps in to help with transportation or getting the kiddos off the bus, which is invaluable.” Odell is a wholehearted supporter of organizations that support young families the way she is supported or that contribute to the betterment of the community in some other fashion. Read More

Growth Strategies

Homegrown business helps builds community

The A. Chappa Construction story is one like many homegrown businesses — starting with a few employees out of a garage or small office, but in addition to building the business over the past 15 years, the company has literally helped to build the community through its construction services. Andy Chappa sought to create a business that provided security not only for himself and his family’s future but that of the company’s employees. He said he strived to provide customers a better building experience than what he saw in the industry. Those principles led the company, 443 N. Main St., Sheboygan Falls, to attract business, retain business and grow. In 2008, the company had 14 employees; five years later, 30,; and today, 40 staff members. Together, they serve customers as a general contractor whether the project at hand is a business addition, general maintenance or design-build. A. Chappa Construction focuses on commercial and industrial work and about 90 percent of that work is performed within Sheboygan County. Read More

The List

Impact of tourism spending on area counties

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