Monday, March 19, 2018

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Briefcase 2/25/18

Image360 merges into Insty-Prints

Eau Claire marketing and print businesses Insty-Prints and Image360 recently merged.

Rob and Phyllis Meier will lead the businesses from the storefront at 2429 E. Clairemont Ave. where Insty-Prints has been since it opened in 1982.

Image360 previously was located at 2204 N. Hillcrest Parkway, Suite 3, in Altoona and was owned by Wally Wheeler.

JA hosts scholarship competition at CVTC

A hundred students from northwestern Wisconsin high schools will compete Friday for scholarships through the local chapter of Junior Achievement.

The online business strategy tournament called the Business Challenge will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave.

The contest requires teams of students to make business decisions such as pricing, marketing, keeping inventory, charitable giving and product development.

Winners of the contest will receive scholarships, including a new one this year created by Chippewa Falls manufacturing company Great Northern Corp. in honor of Mark Orendorff, a longtime employee who died in 2016.

Registration deadline nears for teen job fair

Employers interested in hiring teenagers have until Wednesday to register for a spring job fair for young workers in Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire YMCA, 700 Graham Ave., will host a job fair on April 7 where teenage workers can learn skills for applying for their first job and learn about positions available in the Chippewa Valley.

Employers that want to be part of the job fair can email

Bartingale president will retire in March

A leader and part-owner of Eau Claire-based Bartingale Mechanical is retiring next month after 43 years with the business.

Chuck Falch began working at then Bartingale Co. in 1974 after he graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College.

He has been president and controller of the HVAC and plumbing contractor since he and other employees bought the company in 1989.

Falch has served on the boards of several trade associations, including stints as president of both the Northwest Wisconsin and state chapters of the Mechanical Contractors Association.

Bartingale Mechanical specializes in construction and servicing of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, plumbing and temperature controls throughout west-central Wisconsin.

Insurer Ansay buys local Indianhead

A southeastern Wisconsin insurance company has acquired a Chippewa Valley insurance company.

Port Washington-based Ansay & Associates announced last week that it has acquired Indianhead Insurance Agency.

Indianhead will continue to operate under its own name at all eight of its locations — Eau Claire, Menomonie, Augusta, Chippewa Falls, Bloomer, Chetek, River Falls and New Richmond, according to a news release from Ansay.

County Bancorp OKs larger stock dividend

MANITOWOC — Stockholders in County Bancorp will get an additional penny per share in their March dividend.

The board of directors for the parent company of Investors Community Bank decided last week to increase the six-cent quarterly cash dividend to seven cents per share.

“It reflects a solid performance in 2017 as well as our confidence in the future and focus on expanding our markets and enhancing shareholder value,” Timothy J. Schneider, company president and CEO of the bank, said in a news release.

Those who are shareholders of record on March 9 will get the dividend on March 23.

Investors Community Bank has a loan office in Eau Claire at 3603 N. Hastings Way, Suite 100B.

Managing millennials will be topic of talk

Working with millennials — the generation born between 1982 and around 2000 — will be the topic of an upcoming presentation at UW-Eau Claire.

A duo of presenters will use humorous anecdotes, role-playing, real-life examples and audience participation during the presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, at Schofield Hall, 105 Garfield Ave.

Baby boomer Jeff Kortes, a human resources expert with 25 years experience, will lead the presentation with professional speaker, customer service expert and millennial Randy Wilinski.

The duo will explain motivations of millennial workers, strategies to boost their performance and how to lead them as their generation takes over the workforce.

The presentation is intended for anyone who manages, works alongside or is a subordinate of a millennial.

Registration costs $40, which includes course materials.

Register online at​ybpv2gfj or call 715-836-3636.

Luncheon features wage survey advice

Businesses can learn how to use results of an annual Chippewa Valley wage survey during an upcoming luncheon.

Deb Marshall, a human resources consultant at Wipfli, will lead the presentation at noon on Tuesday, March 13, at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Farwell St.

Marshall will explain how the survey works, insights to be gleaned from it and how businesses can use the data.

Registration costs $10 for chamber members, $40 for nonmembers. Register by calling 715-834-1204 or go online at

Fortune says Xcel is an admired company

MINNEAPOLIS — Xcel Energy has been named to Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the fourth year in a row.

Of eight electric and gas utilities to make the list, Minneapolis-based Xcel came in at No. 4.

NextEra Energy of Juno Beach, Fla., was the top-rated private utility on Fortune’s list that gauges the reputation of large companies.

The list started with the 1,000 largest U.S. companies and foreign companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database. From there, the selection was narrowed to the 680 highest revenue companies in 52 industries.

To pick the best-regarded companies in 52 fields, executives, directors and analysts were asked to rate companies on criteria including investment value, management qualities, social responsibility and attracting talent.

From staff reports

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