Washburn County Economic Development Corporation
September 2017 Newsletter

Director's Notes                                      
Dear Members,

This summer has been a busy summer for the Washburn County Economic development Corporation and the fall isn't slowing down.  As you can see from the following newsletter, there is a lot going on for you, our members to participate in as well.  

We've been working hard to schedule some helpful workshops for business owners in the area to benefit from.  While the newsletter is a good place to find this information, I also make sure to put the information as it becomes available on our Facebook page.  If you use Facebook, it would be a nice way to receive prompt information from us.  

One of the barriers to people moving to our county has been finding housing in the area.  There are many platforms people use to advertise their rental properties, but some of those methods are not easily accessible or easy to find for those moving from out of the area.  We've created a new page on our website dedicated rental housing in Washburn County and are developing a page for Washburn County area job postings.  Wouldn't it be great to have a one stop shop for those wanting to move to the area?  We hope to make the whole process easier.  Below is a link for landlords to be able to submit their listing to the WCEDC to post on the page.  I'll keep you updated on the progress of our job posting page as soon as it is ready to go live.  

Finally, please take note of the Governor's Northern Economic Summit which will be held at Heartwood next month.  This should be a good event to network with others in the Northern part of our State as well as learning what's happening in our communities.  

I look forward to seeing you around as I continue to visit businesses, and I urge to touch base with me if you are looking to start, expand, or move your business to the area.  In addition, if there are other seminar/workshop topics that you would find helpful to have, I'd love to hear your recommendations.  

Kind regards,

Joel Zimmerman 
Executive Director 
Washburn County Economic Development Corporation 
208 Vine Street 
Spooner, WI 54801 
Office: 715-635-8242
September Featured Business Member:
Tony's Riverside

Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Tony's Riverside is a great place for your next special event. Our private room is the perfect setting for birthdays, receptions and anniversary parties.
Tony's Riverside also offers Catering both on site and off site for any size parties large or small.
We have television sets featuring the NFL Channel and the Big Ten Network throughout the bar to keep you up to date on the latest sporting events. Or try your skill at pool on our popular pool table.

New Residential Rental Listing on Website

The WCEDC website now has an area to list residential rental properties available.  Landlords can submit available properties by clicking the link below.

Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses

The Government buys pretty much everything - from military vehicles, tree planting services, office furniture, plumbing services, facility maintenance and IT support. Over the last two fiscal years, every county in Wisconsin has recorded sales to the Federal government. Sales have been to a broad range of agencies from the US Forest Service, USDA, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Defense and many more. State of Wisconsin (and other States) as well as Local Governments also purchase a wide range of goods and services. In addition, there are also opportunities to subcontract.
This session will be presented by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI). This session is designed as an introduction for small businesses who are considering selling to the government market or those just starting to review and look for opportunities.

What you will learn:
  · Benefits of being a small business
  · How to find government opportunities
  · How to sell products and services to the government
  · Financial resources and assistance
  · Where can you get help - at no cost
About the Presenters:
 Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1987 to provide no cost assistance to Wisconsin businesses in support their creation, development and growth of government sales. WPI is supported by Federal, State and private funding sources. www.wispro.org The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow their businesses. www.sba.gov


Purpose of Session
To enhance Wisconsin companies' global competitiveness by providing a seminar to learn how to finance their international export activities.
About the Roadshow
WEDC is offering the International Finance Assistance Road Show in Northwest Wisconsin
Is your company currently or exploring exporting goods and/or services? Representatives from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; Small Business Development Center (SBDC); and others will be presenting on assistance for exporting businesses.

Pre-registration is kindly requested, however there is no charge. The road show is brought to you by WEDC, UW-Extension, Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior, Development Association, The Chamber Superior-Douglas County, and the City of Superior.
Northwest Wisconsin Program Agenda

Location Details
This will be held at the WITC-Superior campus Conference Center. Please park in the back of the building in the conference parking lot. No parking permit is needed when parked in the conference area.


Leadership Development Series at UW-Barron County
Improving your leadership skills can help you land a better job, make you more valuable to your current employer, and improve your confidence level in nearly every situation. This series is designed for those in supervisory positions, and those who hope to be someday! Enroll for individual sessions or the entire series.
Oct 19: Interacting with Diverse Communication Styles
Determine which of four communication styles you fall into and the characteristics and do's and don'ts for each style.
Oct 26: Dealing with, Accepting and Affecting Change
A review of "Who Moved My Cheese?" and SMART Goals.
Nov 2: Communicating with Tact and Professionalism
Face-to-face and phone etiquette along with written etiquette (email, letter, text, etc.) in a professional environment.
Nov 9: Supervisory Survival Skills
General supervisory skills including delegating, discipline, and performance assessment. Will also include some interview skills for interviewers and basic employment law.
Nov 16: Presentation Skills (Speaking with Confidence)
Address fears, preparation and proper presentation skills. Will also include some interview skills for interviewees.
Thursdays |  Oct 19 - Nov 16 |  6:45 - 8:45 PM | UW-BC   
$19 per session OR $79 for the series
SAVE $10-Enroll for the series by  Oct 9 for just $69 

Governor's Northern Wisconsin Economic & Community Development Summit

Wednesday afternoon,  October 25 - Starter Sessions & Welcome Reception
Thursday, October 26 - Full Day Program
Heartwood Conference Center, Trego WI
Don't miss this informative event devoted to community and economic development in Northern Wisconsin! Grab your community or county team and get ready for an action-packed 2017 Northwoods Summit.
Highlights include:
·        Governor Scott Walker & Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch
·        One-on-one and small group discussions with Cabinet Secretaries
·        Dynamic breakout sessions with state and local experts
Visit  www.northwoodssummit.com  today for all the details!

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