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Briefcase 11/26/17

OSHA extends new reporting deadline

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Employers have two additional weeks to learn an electronic system for reporting worker injury and illness data to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

OSHA announced last week that it is pushing its Dec. 1 deadline for using the Injury Tracking Application back to Dec. 15.

Additional changes to the rule that instituted the new system may be coming next year. A news release on the deadline delay stated that OSHA is reviewing other provisions of its rule and will publish a notice in 2018 to reconsider, revise or remove parts of it.

SciTAC funds go to innovation center

Funds from a defunct organization that promoted the advancement of science and technology in the St. Croix Valley will be used to help a new business innovation center.

The St. Croix Economic Development Corp. announced that $33,000 from the old SciTAC organization will support the light manufacturing space inside the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center.

That center, which is expected to open early next year, will provide assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking to expand.

The UW-River Falls Small Business Development Center will be housed at the new innovation center, which is being built at Sterling Ponds Corporate Park, 1091 Sutherland Ave., River Falls.

Businesses open in old general store

A building used as a general store during the Chippewa Valley’s lumbering boom is reopening as a coffee house and hair parlor in Dunn County.

The Company Coffee House and MJ & Company Hair Parlor will hold its grand opening on Thursday, both located in the former Knapp, Stout and Company General Store, E4507 Highway C, Downsville.

The coffee house serves breakfast and lunch, and its offerings include bakery items and ice cream.

US Bank sponsors business plan class

US Bank is sponsoring a free evening class on the basics of creating a business plan on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Eau Claire.

“Business Plan Basics” will be 6 to 9 p.m. at US Bank, 131 S. Barstow St.

Kelly Berry, owner of Altoona small business consulting firm ResourceAbility, will lead the class in conjunction with Western Dairyland Community Action Agency.

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners will learn how to create a business plan that can be presented to lenders and start a new venture.

Register by phone at 715-836-7511, ext. 1171, or online at

Short Takes

• The Hearth Shoppe recently completed an expansion of its fireplace showroom at 1225 Truax Blvd. in Eau Claire.

• Eau Claire-based repair and reconditioned home appliance business Goss Appliance recently opened a salesroom at 2106 Cameron St.

From staff reports

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