November 2012

State seeks database to match jobs to people getting unemployment

It's often called one of the leading impediments for Wisconsin's manufacturing-heavy economy: the inability to find qualified or willing job candidates for production jobs even at a time of high unemployment.  And after a decade of ceaseless industry complaints, white papers and debate, the state Department of Workforce Development on Tuesday promised to have its own answer to the problem up and running by the first quarter of 2014, at least in some rudimentary form. ... Read More

Wheaton Franciscan to open new clinic

STURTEVANT — Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group – All Saints will open its newest physician office on Dec. 3 at 10340 Washington Ave.  According to Wheaton Franciscan, the 10,000-square-foot office has on-site lab, X-ray, rehabilitation and comprehensive orthopedics services. ... Read More

Fiat Industrial and CNH Global to merge, combine businesses

Fiat Industrial and Case-New Holland announced Monday they will merge to create a new company that so far is being called NewCo.  Fiat Industrial now owns all but 12 percent of CNH Global. The merger forms a single company from CNH and its majority owner.  The brands Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Case Construction appear to be left untouched by the merger. They were named as part of the brand portfolio on Nov. 12 when Fiat Industrial announced an operational integration of itsel... Read More

Angel sites: for start-ups, investors

Deena Varshavskaya had a hotter-than-hot idea for a start-up business, but she didn't have the dough to do much about it.  So, she posted her idea on AngelList, a website that connects entrepreneurs with deep-pocketed angel investors willing to financially back folks like her. These investors — who like to seed start-ups — typically have more than $1 million in the bank or make more than $200,000 a year. ... Read More

Mount Pleasant’s Pike River project earns accolades

MOUNT PLEASANT — Fifteen years ago, it was a drainage ditch, and not a good one — a straight, deep waterway swollen by developmental runoff, the Pike River frequently flooded neighboring streets in Mount Pleasant.  Today, the village’s ongoing project to repair the waterway is racking up grants and recently received the Wisconsin Sierra Club’s Good Citizen Award. The annual prize commends village officials’ foresight in not only fixing the flooding, but also cr... Read More

Small Business Saturday good to Downtown business owners

RACINE — Music played, a plate of kringles sat out and customers browsed the glass display cases on Saturday at Art Metals Studio, just one of many local Racine businesses that benefited from Small Business Saturday.  Big retail stores had their moment on Black Friday, but the day after — dubbed “Small Business Saturday” — is for local retailers, a national shopping-centric event designed to bring dollars into smaller, community-owned businesses and the local e... Read More

City of Burlington adds transparency tool to website

Ever been curious about how much time City of Burlington crews spend on leaf pickup or the number of traffic tickets Burlington police issue in a given week?  In the past, you might have had to call Burlington City Hall, or submit an open records request to get the answers to such questions, but not anymore. All that information and more is now available via a new government transparency tool on the City of Burlington’s website. ... Read More

New produce shop, 4 Mile Fresh, opens in former Parkside Produce

  A new produce shop, 4 Mile Fresh, has opened here, emphasizing organic and locally grown products.  Megan Wickert, 37, of Caledonia is the owner-operator of the new store at 601 4 Mile Road. The space was best known over the years as Parkside Produce.  Tracy’s Produce, which followed, closed in August, Wickert said Tuesday, Nov. 13. ... Read More

SBA lending grows in Milwaukee area in October

The amount of loans authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration in southeastern Wisconsin rose significantly in October compared with the previous year, although the number of loans stayed about the same.  The Wisconsin SBA approved $20.35 million in loans in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth and Kenosha counties in October 2012, compared with $12.52 million in October 2011. ... Read More

City, developer sign agreement for Washington Avenue project

  A local businessman can now proceed with his approximately $1 million commercial development between Downtown and Uptown.  The city has signed a development agreement with Akil Ajmeri, owner of several Ayra’s businesses in the Racine area, for a project in the 1100 block of Washington Avenue. ... Read More