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Selected headlines — 3/16 edition of The Business News

The world has changed, but our mission is the same

by Larry Desch

While the world has changed dramatically since we published our previous issue, The Business News will stay focused on our mission and endeavor to be as much of a stabilizing force as possible. For businesses and organizations with news to share, keep sending us your announcements, hirings, promotions, awards and press releases. During this time of uncertainty, it’s our goal, as always, to help you communicate and to serve as a voice for the business community. As you have in the past, continue to submit your news items to Also, continue to send us story ideas for features such as our People Who Make a Difference and Growth Strategies. As I have written many times, it’s important for our readers to know they are an important source for The Business News. There will be challenges in the days ahead, and we’d like to hear from you on how you or your business is dealing with those challenges or how you or your business is helping others during this stressful time. We want to tell your success stories. Credible information is critically important in times like these, and you can continue to count on us to provide that information. Social Distancing doesn’t change your need to be informed. We know many of you get your subscription at the office, and if you’re now working from home, please submit your temporary subscription address changes to Jerry Mader at JMader@TheBusiness NewsOnline. com. For our advertisers, thank you for all your support. As our readers continue to rely on us for information, you can assure them that you are ready to help them with your products, services, and ideas to persevere during these challenging times so they, and you, can seize the opportunity as soon as this is behind us and the economy heats up again. For more information about The Business News, you can visit www.TheBusinessNews Together, we will get through this.

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Healthy collaboration

Wello director says working together is key for community

by Nancy Barthel

For 10 years now, the nonprofit Wello (formerly known as "Live54218") has been working in the community to encourage the health and well-being of all who live in Greater Green Bay: "We believe healthy, well people are the core driver of thriving families, strong economies and the Greater Green Bay community." On Feb. 12, Wello announced the results of a locally groundbreaking survey entitled the "Community Health and Well-Being Survey." It was conducted in summer 2019 based on the World Health Organization’s Quality of Life questionnaire and done in cooperation with St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on the state of wellness in the community. The survey addressed four critical measures: physical health, psychological health, social relationships and the environments in which Brown County residents live, work and play.

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Helping others is ’addicting’ for Hennes

by Nancy Barthel

When it comes to helping her community, Kristin Biekkola-Verstegen said
her goal is "to find things that are rewarding, help others and make a
difference." This philosophy has driven her to help in several different
ways to make life sweeter for students and staff at Fox Valley Technical
College, where she heads up the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC), and
the Fox Valley community where she lives. One recipient of her volunteer
efforts is the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) on-campus
Chapter at FVTC. Her NAMI involvement began a few years ago when a
family member was struggling with a mental health illness and she turned
to NAMI for support. "I wanted to pay them back for that support," she
said. "They were there for me and gave me the tools and support that was
crucial to hold our family together. I used my connections with the
school, faculty and staff to help get a club here off the ground.

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Dealing with emergencies is its business

by Amanda Lauer

Property damage and restoration know no holidays. Midwest Restoration in Little Chute knows no holidays either. Owner Coyne Borree and his crew are available 24/7 to assist individuals and business owners when they need help the most. Borree started Midwest Restoration, which specialized in fire and water damage, in his home garage in January of 2008. "I grew up in the construction trade, my dad owned a framing company.," he said. "For three years, I was an insurance adjuster and I saw that side of the business. Then, I went to work for a franchise restoration company. It was almost the perfect marriage of construction, restoration, mitigation, cleaning, and insurance, so I saw almost every facet of the industry together." After six months of running the business solo, Borree hired his first employee. Now, 12 years later, he has 23 employees on staff. Midwest Restoration has grown so significantly that they have been honored by Inc. as one of the top 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. four times. That growth has come from building client relationships and being surrounded by a strong team. "I wouldn’t be anywhere if I didn’t have these core people," Borree said.

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