Today’s business bulletin board

Jason Gorman will assume the roll of chef at Mangia Win Bar, 5717 Sheridan Road, when it reopens on April 25. Gorman’s experience includes the former Dream Dance at Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the Iron Horse Hotel and La Merenda, all in Milwaukee, and as executive chef at the Art Institute of Chicago, and most recently Lorenzo, in Miami.

S.R. Mills, president of Bear Development, was a guest speaker at the 2014 Wisconsin Retail Conference held April 8 at the Potawatomi Convention Center in Milwaukee. The topic of his presentation was retail activity in the Kenosha and Racine markets. The annual conference is sponsored by Commercial Association of Realtors, NAIOP Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Johnson Bank plans to expand its services to include Ozaukee County. The bank has filed an application to open a branch in Mequon. The branch is slated to open in fall of 2014.



House hunting on steroids

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Three years ago, Sanjay Kuttemperoor noticed how the real estate industry increasingly was turning to social media for information and to reach out to prospective buyers and sellers.

That sparked an idea that has become Wikirealty, an updateable electronic database, information system that features information about neighborhoods, school districts, shopping venues, and other material to people who are looking to relocate or build.

Business bulletins

Scott Schiller, a Kenosha native, has joined Tobul Accumulator Inc., as field sales and service engineer. He will assume overall responsibilities for sales and service for industrial/fluid power disbributors and original equipment manufacturers. Schiller will work from from the company’s midwest sales and marketing office in Racine.

Schiller holds an associate degree in applied science in electromechanical technologies from Gateway Technical College and is pursing a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. (photo in images external)

Local unemployment nudges up in February, but observers optimistic

Although Kenosha County’s February unemployment rate rose slightly, there are clear signs that the job market is improving, with more employment opportunities becoming available as company expansions and developments are completed.

February’s non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate climbed to 7.7 percent, up from 7.3 percent in January. Statewide, the unemployment rate was 7 percent, up from the previous month’s 6.7 percent.

Kenosha-area home sales continue to lag, but brokers optimistic

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As the winter doldrums start to subside, potential homebuyers are starting to flock to open house showings and sellers are listing their properties with an eye toward upgrading.

That’s good news for local realty companies that saw sluggish sales during the first two months of the year, as heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures curbed homes sales throughout the state.

Bombay Louie’s closes; Mexican-American restaurant to take over location

Bombay Louie’s, 2227 60th St., has closed its doors for the last time.

Stephanie Walkanoff, daughter of owner Lou Tricoli, said that the family had sold the location to new owners who plan to remodel and open a Mexican-American restaurant.

Raise the minimum wage: The cases for and against

The Obama administration’s call for a minimum wage raise to $10.10 an hour has created a stir with supporters and opponents divided on the benefits for workers and their employers.

Supporters of the proposed measure say it would reduce poverty and could make a big difference in the economy because low-wage workers will have more money to spend on basic goods and services.

Business Bulletin Board

Clark Dietz has elected the following board members for 2014: John Boldt, PE, FACEC (Chairman,President and CEO), Charles Craddock, PE (Executive Vice President), Jerry Payonk, PE (Executive Vice President), Hans Peterson, PE (Treasurer), Allen Staron, PE (Secretary), Wes Christmas, PE, Mustafa Emir, PhD, PE, and Jon Howaniec.

On Feb. 11, 16 local RE/MAX Elite agents were presented with the following awards for outstanding achievements in 2013:

Manager says WLIP, WIIL to remain consistent under new ownership

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The general manager of Kenosha’s two commercial radio stations says WLIP and WIIL have undergone a smooth transition into new ownership.

Programming and talent at the stations will remain the same under the stations’ new owner, Digity LLC, said Karl Wertzler, the leader of the stations.

SC Johnson deepens Racine-area job cuts

RACINE (AP) — SC Johnson is increasing the number of jobs cuts planned for the Racine area to 300 and possibly as high as 400, the consumer products giant said Friday.

Chairman and CEO Fisk Johnson told employees of the revised job cuts Friday at company headquarters in Racine, The Journal Times reported.





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    The Rev. Georgette Wonders danced down the aisle of Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist whenever the choir and congregation sang Cris Williamson’s “Song of the Soul.”

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    The Kenosha Public Safety and Welfare Committee voted Monday to deny an alderman’s request that money earmarked for a fire station’s expansion go toward another station’s repair.

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