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Musky Tank goes to local craft brewery

A group of seasoned Chippewa Valley entrepreneurs interested in mentoring aspiring businesspeople will hold its next free panel and networking event on Wednesday.

The Musky Tank mixer will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lucette Brewing Co., 910 Hudson Road, Menomonie.

Jeff Cernohous of Interfacial Solutions Group and Dawn Garcia of Pursuit of Excellence will be on Wednesday’s panel.

Register online at

Fitness instructor leads roundtable

A longtime local fitness instructor will lead a roundtable discussion on health and wellness entrepreneurship on Wednesday in Eau Claire.

The luncheon discussion will be noon to 1 p.m. at ANANDAworks Wellness Education Center, 320 Putnam St., Suite 110.

The roundtable’s leader is Christine Varnavas, founder of Chippewa Valley WellFEST, who has been a group fitness, yoga and spinning instructor for more than 30 years.

Attending the presentation costs $15, which includes lunch. Register online at or call 715-836-7511, ext. 1171.

This is part of a monthly series of presentations sponsored by Western Dairyland Business Center that brings together local entrepreneurs to network, share experiences and foster collaboration.

Deadline for safety awards is Friday

Companies have until Friday to apply for the 24th Annual Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Safety Council and the state Department of Workforce Development, the awards are presented based on statistical data and subjective questions that show a company’s commitment to worker safety.

The awards will be presented at the Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference on April 16 to 18 in Wisconsin Dells.

For more information or to apply, go online to

McKinley honored by Gov. Walker

An Eau Claire financial adviser is among 18 people honored by Gov. Scott Walker for their contributions to financial literacy in Wisconsin.

Kevin McKinley of McKinley Money is one of those getting the legacy award — a lifetime achievement recognition from the Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards.

An adviser for more than 30 years, McKinley has shared advice through his “On Your Money” radio program, newspaper columns and articles, and his book “Make Your Kid a Millionaire.”

The award winners were announced earlier this month and will be honored at a ceremony at the state Capitol later this year.

Eau Claire joins YPWeek effort

Eau Claire is part of an expanding effort to connect with young professionals throughout Wisconsin and better inform employers about what millennials are looking for in a job.

YPWeek Wisconsin will be April 20 to 27 in 28 locations throughout the state, including the Eau Claire area. The program is borne from NEWaukee, an initiative that started in 2012 in Milwaukee that sought to learn what’s important to millennial workers there.

This year’s expansion, which also includes Rusk and Clark counties in western Wisconsin, is intended to eventually lead to more communities throughout the state hosting YPWeek Wisconsin.

Prior to YPWeek itself, organizers are seeking nominations for the Bubbler Awards, which recognize the best workplaces for young professionals in Wisconsin.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, Feb. 28, and winners will be announced on March 14.

For more information and nomination materials, go to​bubbler-awards/​2018.

Wisconsin falls in U-Haul ranking

Moving truck and supply company U-Haul ranked Wisconsin as the No. 20 growth state last year, tumbling from its No. 4 spot in 2016.

Arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks to Wisconsin fell by 7 percent, while departures declined by 5 percent from the 2016 figures, according to a news release from the Phoenix-based company.

U-Haul calculates its growth states by the net gain of its trucks entering a state versus leaving the state in the same year. The company has more than 1.7 million one-way truck rentals annually, according to the news release.

The highest growth states for 2017, in order, were Texas, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Tax cuts will be lunchtime topic

Impacts the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act approved last month by Congress and President Donald Trump will have on businesses is the topic of an upcoming lunchtime presentation.

The presentation will be noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29, at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.

Attorney Mary Ellen Schill, who specializes in employee benefits law for the Ruder Ware firm, will explain how changes to federal tax policies will impact employers, employees and benefit plans.

Attending the presentation costs $20 to chamber members and $40 to nonmembers. Lunch is included.

Register online at or call 715-834-1204.

From staff reports

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