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UW-Parkside offers entrepreneurial classes in August

A free monthly workshop for entrepreneurs or anyone who has ever thought about opening their own business continue in August. The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside offers “First Steps in Starting Your Own Small Business” on two different dates.

The two-hour workshop focuses on questions entrepreneurs face when undertaking a new business venture. Topics include business plan development, market feasibility, financial and lender resources, and includes Small Business Administration resources. The class is a collaborative effort by Racine Country Workforce Development Center and Kenosha Area Business Alliance. It is free and open to the public.

The first session, Aug. 2 will be held at the offices of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, 5500 Sixth Ave., 4:30-6:30 p.m. The second class session will be held Aug. 9 at the Racine County Workforce Development, 1717 Taylor Ave., 6-8 p.m.

Six-wheeled delivery robots which move at about 4 mph are being tested to deliver meals to homes in United Kingdom. ( STARSHIP TECHNOLOGIES PHOTO )

The Agenda: Is this how you envisioned the 21st century?


A few months ago, the news was flooded with stories about plans from Amazon to deliver products via drone. It made for great jokes by late-night TV hosts, editorial cartoonists and meme makers.

Yes, someday Jeff Bezos may use little noisy drones to drop an order of toilet paper on your front lawn, making the 21st century seem nothing at all like Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury promised us.

But long before that happens, a different kind of automated delivery system will probably bring your shampoo. And maybe your Kung Pao Chicken.

Snap-on reports second-quarter gains

Snap-on Inc., boosted by sales of diagnostic and repair information equipment to independent repair shop owners, reported more than $20 million increases for its second quarter net sales and earnings.

The Kenosha-based multinational tools and equipment manufacturer, reported second quarter net sales of $872.3 million, a $20.5 million increased over net sales for the same period a year ago. Net earnings rose $20.1 million to $140.1 million for the second quarter of this year.

Reporting via teleconference to financial reporters, Snap-on chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk attributed the improvement to continued strength in the automotive repair business that helped offset challenges in overseas markets and foreign currency fluctuations.

Karla Krehbiel ( SUBMITTED PHOTO )

The Ladder: Krehbeil named to Girl Scouts board


Karla Krehbiel has been appointed to the board of directors of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast for 2016-2017. As regional president for Johnson Bank, Krehbiel is responsible for southeast Wisconsin, which includes Racine and Kenosha markets. She also serves on the executive committee of the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and is a board member of the Downtown Racine Corporation and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Foundation.

Jeni Cui, a local nurse, athlete, and runner, says she is eager to introduce people to fascial stretch therapy. FST is a therapist-guided stretching that focuses on muscles and fascia tissue, the most prevalent tissue in the human body. FST sessions, which range from 60 to 90 minutes, manipulate, lengthen, and realign the fascia. The patient lies on a stretching table and a therapist moves the body through specific and targeted stretches.

FST is ideal for athletes, those wanting to keep their body youthful, and anyone interested in full-body benefits, Cui explained and noted “FST is proven to reduce injuries, act as an anti-aging tool for joints, and improve posture.”

Here’s looking at you (in a creepy new way)

See that billboard for a new soft drink? Or the latest designer fragrance or fast food offering? There’s a good chance that the billboard is looking back at you.

A few months ago, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas unwrapped a program called RADAR that will track and map activities and behaviors of the people who pass by its billboards and, ostensibly, see the advertising message.

The company, maybe the largest out-of-home advertising network in the world, will grab information from your mobile device as you pass by its signs. Here’s how the company describes the methodology and technology in a recent video:

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The Ladder: Kuffel joins Wausau’s WAOW


Kenosha native and St. Joseph Catholic Academy graduate Samantha Kuffel has joined WAOW, Channel 9, in Wausau as a meteorologist, handling on-air weather reporting at 11 a.m. She is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While in college, she interned under John Malan at WTMJ, Channel 4, in Milwaukee She also worked as an operational meteorologist for a private forecasting company Innovative Weather. When she isn't forecasting, she says she loves to storm chase, travel, and play basketball.

Alyssa Covelli Colwill recently graduated from Penn Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania residency program.

She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and is continuing her studies as a fellow in family planning at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital in Portland.

A new restaurant, hosted by the Kenosha Yacht Club, gained City Council approval for licenses on Wednesday. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

New restaurant set for Kenosha Yacht Club


The Kenosha Yacht Club, 5130 Fourth Ave., will soon be home to a new restaurant.

Wednesday evening the City Council approved liquor and cabaret licenses and an outdoor extension permit for the upcoming bistro/bar, to be located inside the Yacht Club building. It will make use of some of the facility’s existing equipment and be called the Lakehouse.

The permits were issued to Flying Fish, LLC.

An industrial condominium in the 5600 block of 99th Avenue is for sale. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Industrial condominium hits the market


Real estate brokerage Pitts Brothers & Associates LLC, is seeking a buyer for a 28,836 square foot industrial condominium that is suitable for a small or medium-sized manufacturer or distribution company.

On the market for $1.73 million, the unit is the largest of three in the industrial-zoned building located at 5600 99th Ave. in the Business Park of Kenosha. The 51,500 square foot building sits on slightly more than 2.8 acres and features 24-foot ceilings and two interior loading docks.

The building was constructed in 2007 when developers hoped industrial and commercial condominiums would be an attractive option for smaller companies that needed a facility, but may not have been able to afford the cost of a more traditional industrial or commercial sites.

Downtown Kenosha, as seen from the air in 2014. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY KEVIN POIRIER )

The Agenda: Downtown redevelopment may have reached a tipping point


It appears that Kenosha’s downtown is approaching a tipping point. One sign might be that Downtown Kenosha Inc. this week was given its walking papers from the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, one of the five organizations that helped get it off the ground.

A three-year incubation period for DKI is over, and KABA’s mission is not exactly in sync with downtown redevelopment efforts. KABA had provided both financial support and in-kind services — such as office space and staff help.

Along my travels in journalism, I saw downtown redevelopment efforts sputter in a couple of different towns. Both of them had organized redevelopment groups and lots of civic cheerleading. Both hired “downtown managers.” Both held a lot of meetings and produced artist renderings of parks, signage, and empty buildings magically re-imagined as busy retail spaces. In the end, both were starved for cash, the managers left and the drawings were tossed in dumpsters.

Vic Fernandez, left, Kenall director of manufacturing, shows Reggie Newson, far right, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary, the operations of Kenall during a visit in 2015. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

County scrapes off its rust belt


While it’s no longer a hub for automobiles, tools and brass products manufacturing, Kenosha County is re-inventing itself and has risen from the ashes of heavy industry to become an up-and-coming light manufacturing center.

Forbes magazine lists the Lake County-Kenosha County metropolitan region as one of the nation’s thriving manufacturing areas.

The magazine, in a feature titled “The U.S. Cities where Manufacturing is Thriving” listed the Kenosha region 14th. It noted that the midwest — the old rust belt, with smokestacks and heavy manufacturing companies — is leading the way with a new type of automated manufacturing.

Workshops to help new business hopefuls

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside will present “First Steps in Starting Your Own Small Business,” a free monthly workshop that is open to the public.

The two-hour workshop focuses on questions entrepreneurs may face when considering a new business venture. Topics include business plan development, market feasibility, financial and lender resources. The class also addresses Small Business Administration resources.

The class is a collaborative effort by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance and the Racine County Workforce Development Center. The first class will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, 5500 Sixth Ave.

Johnny Kong operates a Safan Darley metal forming press at Kenall, in this file photo from 2014. Kenall is among the companies that have helped make the Kenosha area a strong one for light manufacturing. ( KENOHSA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Manufacturing putting Kenosha on the map


While it’s no longer a hub for automobiles, tools and brass products manufacturing, Kenosha County is re-inventing itself and has risen from the ashes of heavy industry to become an up-and-coming light manufacturing center.

Forbes magazine listed the Lake County-Kenosha County metropolitan region as one of the nation’s thriving manufacturing areas. The magazine, in a feature titled: The U.S. Cities where Manufacturing is Thriving, listed the Kenosha region 14th. It noted that the midwest — the old rust belt, with smokestacks and heavy manufacturing companies — is leading the way with a new type of automated manufacturing.

The Lake County-Kenosha County region was noted for growth in manufacturing employment, share of manufacturing jobs in the local economy and overall manufacturing business growth. Forbes reveals that overall manufacturing grew by 10.25 percent over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015. Manufacturing jobs represented 14.8 percent of the total regional employment. Last year, manufacturing employment grew by more than 1 percent.

Downtown Kenosha Inc., founded three years ago, will soon sever its ties with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

KABA, Downtown Kenosha Inc. to split


Call it a friendly, but inevitable split.

This week, Downtown Kenosha Inc. was told that its relationship with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance would be severed. KABA, which had been a founding partner and large element in the financial support of the downtown redevelopment organization, told DKI it would no longer be a significant source of financial support.

KABA provided office space and other in-kind support to Downtown Kenosha Inc. That arrangement ended, as well.

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Kenosha Noodles part of data breach


A data security breach at Noodles & Company may have compromised the security of customers’ debit and credit card information used at restaurants between Jan. 31 and June 2.

The data breach has been contained, according to the company, and there is no current risk in using a credit card at Noodles locations. Among the affected locations are the Kenosha restaurant and the one in Mount Pleasant.

The company began investigating unusual activity reported to it by its credit card processor on May 17, and on June 2 discovered activity that indicated a potential compromise of customers’ debit and credit card data.

Local roundtable a forum for regulatory concerns

Representatives from three health care provider organizations are concerned that slow Medicare reimbursements, cutbacks and tighter controls are affecting their business and will likely curtail providing services and devices to their clients.

The health care providers were among a group of business owners who attended a small-business roundtable Wednesday at Southwest Library.

They noted that problems with the level of reimbursement would ultimately affect the clients they serve and could eventually cause them to lay off home healthcare providers or even cease operations. The organizations provide devices and home health care assistance to patients.

This summer is the 100th anniversary of the National Park System, which draws millions of visitors every year. It also creates jobs and draws tourist dollars, which support hundreds of communities. And, without the NPS, where would this column⁳ author and his wife, Elizabeth Snyder, take photos like this? ( )

The Agenda: Times are tough for National Parks Service


I was intrigued this week when I read an article about a young couple who had put aside a bit of money, then quit their jobs to spend a year visiting every national park in the United States. It was a bold effort, and they will wrap up their tour in August.

They planned well, according to the article, relying on camping and sleeping on the sofas of friends to save money. They seriously miscalculated how much they would spend on food, however. Hiking and dragging yourself around the nation’s 59 national parks is bound to give you a big appetite.

The pictures were fun to see, as they photgraphed themselves in many of the same places my wife and I have stood on our own 25-year effort to visit as many national parks — and national monuments — as possible. My favorite was a photo of the couple in Maine’s Acadia National Park. I have a photo of my wife in the same spot on a rock outcropping with the ocean in the background.

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Two companies expected to get WEDC tax credits


Two Kenosha County companies are actively negotiating with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on the terms of business development tax credit contracts that could commit the firms to create new full time jobs.

The job guarantees would be in exchange for funds to expand their business operations.

WEDC has declined to name the companies, disclose the value of the tax credits or the length of the tax credit period until negotiations are completed. Negotiations have been ongoing will be finalized as soon as the companies and the agency agree on the terms.

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CCB Technology adds Turowski


Jacob Turowski has joined CCB Technology as director of services. He joined the company in 2014 as a systems engineer. Turowski has over seven years of experience in IT, with a background in virtualization. He holds technical certifications with Microsoft, VMWare, Cisco, WatchGuard and other industry leading companies.

“Jacob’s experience and technical expertise in project management, workflow, and client relations make him a wonderful fit for this new position,” said Logan McCoy, vice president of services.

CCB Technology is a nationwide business IT provider that specializes in the planning, design, implementation, and management of a complete range of solutions that includes hardware, software, and IT services.

CNC operator Charles Shipman, of Kenosha, inspects an oil filter adapter for a Ford truck while on the job at American Metal Technologies in Sturtevant. Shipman, 18, graduated this month from Reuther Central High School after completing Gateway Technical College's high school CNC Boot Camp, which included his paid internship with AMT, who then hired him full time June 16. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

KUSD-Gateway partnership links students with employers


Charles Shipman graduated this month from Reuther Central High School with 16 college credits already under his belt — and a skilled job with Sturtevant’s American Metal Technologies.

Shipman began earning the credits last July through Gateway Technical College’s rigorous “boot camp” in computer-numeric-controlled machining.

It’s taught at Gateway’s S.C. Johnson Integrated Manufacturing Engineering and Technology Center (iMET) in Sturtevant, where lab designs reflect modern factory settings with state-of-the-art equipment, machinery and instructors with real-life experience in the expectations that employers have for prospective employees.

Forever 21 is coming to the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, with an opening date later this month. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO )

Forever 21 opening this month at outlet mall


Forever 21 is slated to open later this month at the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets.

The 5,900-square-foot store will offer current fashion trends for men, women and children, with new merchandise brought in daily. The store will be located next to Kitchen Collection and Christopher & Banks.

“We are thrilled to bring one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world to our center this summer,” said Cristin Newton, director of marketing and business development at Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, in a statement released Monday. “Forever 21 will join the roster of top-name, stylish brands that we promise to provide to our loyal customers.”

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