Friday, December 19, 2008

Sun Prairie, Collaboration Council Adopt Regional Principles of Collaboration (Wisconsin State Journal, Sun Prairie Star)

More than four years after its inception, the 56-member Collaboration Council has drawn what it calls a road map to business development and cooperation among communities in southern Wisconsin that for decades have competed for tax base.

On Dec. 16th, key leaders who represent more than 991,000 people in eight counties signed the Regional Principles of Collaboration, a landmark agreement intended to help guide economic development.

Acting on a recommendation from the committee of the whole, aldermen approved the THRIVE regional principles of collaboration that same day. Adopting the principles demonstrates the city's agreement to support collaborative strategies of an eight-county region to enhance regional culture, sustainable growth and the highest quality of life.

This doesn't mean that we won't have our issues to work out between our neighbors, and it doesn't mean we won't be competing for projects. What it means is that we all need to work together to grow our current employment base that's already here. It means getting companies and people interested in our region as a whole (if they aren't looking at the region they'll never get to us as a City). Finally, it means abiding by certain protocols when marketing our City vs. another within the area.

There will be a lot of work that needs to be done to make the words on the paper reflect how we all operate on a day to day basis. Creation and adoption of these principles is a great first step.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Capital Times Editorial Features Sun Prairie (Capital Times)

Photo by Michelle Stocker, Capital Times

Special thanks to Mike Ivey for his editorial on Sun Prairie's growth. Too many people in the Greater Madison area don't realize all the good things we have going over here, and it helps when guys like Mike take the time to learn more about the community. Here's to giving Mike some more good things to write about in 2009!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sun Prairie Based TECO Tests Bats for Major League Baseball (Channel3000.com)

When many baseball fans watch a shattering baseball bat, they see brute strength tearing into a bat. But when research engineer Dave Kretschmann, of the US Forest Products Lab, watched it, he saw a design flaw.

Kretschmann and a Sun Prairie wood testing and certification agency, TECO, collected more than 2,000 broken bats from Major League Baseball.

They catalogued them all and discovered that the ones in pieces had a spiraled grain in the handle. They tested theories on wood dowels in the USDA Forest Products Lab to see how straight the grain needed to be, and then researchers in Massachusetts tested real bats. In the end, the team developed nine recommendations, which were adopted this week by MLB. The recommendations changed the look and makeup of maple bats.

TECO Inc. in Sun Prairie will also be working with manufacturers of bats on new techniques to produce them as well as creating a quality-control audit system.


UPDATE: Click here for additional coverage at madison.com.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sun Prairie Based Wisconsin Public Power Inc. Changes Its Name to WPPI Energy (Press Release)

Wisconsin Public Power Inc. has become WPPI Energy. The change was approved today at a meeting of the WPPI Energy Board of Directors. A new tagline – the way energy should be – and a new logo also were adopted to complement and highlight the company’s updated identity. “WPPI Energy is the best way to identify the company we’ve become,” said WPPI Energy President and CEO Roy Thilly. “It also provides quick description of what we do – provide reliable, affordable electric power to member communities for the long term.”

WPPI Energy was founded in 1980 by 23 Wisconsin municipal utilities, establishing it as the state’s first municipal electric power company. The most recently added member – Preston, Iowa – brings WPPI Energy’s membership to 50.

Thilly said the new name, tagline and logo are meant to enhance the company’s strengths. Long committed to renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, WPPI Energy is leading the way in all three areas:

WPPI Energy will have sufficient resources in place six years early – in 2009 – to meet the Wisconsin and Michigan requirements that 10 percent of all electric energy in the states be supplied from renewable resources by 2015.

In the past three years, WPPI Energy has tripled funding for energy efficiency and conservation programs, from $2.38 million in 2006 to $9 million in 2009.

Illustrating its commitment, WPPI Energy broke ground this fall on a $6.9 million, 49,705-square-foot remodel and expansion project at its Sun Prairie headquarters, which is being built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, New Construction Gold standards for energy efficiency and sustainability.

The new logo, three blue half circles joined together, identifies WPPI Energy as a strong public power partner.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Sun Prairie Companies Make Their Mark on In Business Magazine's 2009 Book of Lists

In Business Magazine ranks companies on multiple criteria each year in its annual book of lists. Several Sun Prairie companies are flexing their muscle and moving up in several key categories, including...

Fastest Growing Company (#1)
Wisconsin Distributors

A big red "1" appears in front of Wisconsin Distributors on Page 18 of this months "Book of Lists" supplement to In Business Magazine under the ranking of Fastest Growing Compaines in the Greater Madison area. Their reported revenue went from $57 million in 2006 to $90 million in 2007--a 57.9% growth in revenue, clearly making them the #1 fastest growing company in the region.

Wisconsin Distributors is a wholesale distributor for Anheuser-Busch products located in the Sun Prairie Business Park.

Congratulations (or should I say "Cheers!") to all the employees at Wisconsin Distributors for this tremendous success.

Click here for more information on Wisconsin Distributors.

Contact Neil Stechschulte at nstechschulte@cityofsunprairie.com or (608) 825-0894 for additional information on the Sun Prairie Business Park.


Top 25 Revenue Generators (#7)
QBE Regional Insurance (General Casualty)

QBE was listed as posting $1.07 billion in revenue in 2007 with 824 employees (now closer to 900 employees with more thought to be on the way). QBE insures homes, autos and businesses in 25 states.

QBE, which bought General Casualty and related companies for $1.16 billion early last year, has big plans for the Sun Prairie campus, which is slated to become one of two QBE data centers worldwide. The parent company is consolidating operations around the country and moving jobs to Sun Prairie in support areas that include information technology, finance, human resources and actuarial services.

QBE is located at the northeast corner of Hwy. 19 and Grand Ave. (CTH C) in Sun Prairie's Westside Neighborhood.

Click here for more information on
QBE and General Casualty.


Top 25 Revenue Generators (#16)
Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC)

IPC was listed as posting $572 million in revenue in 2007 with 60 employees (now closer to 75). Over the past 25 years, IPC has evolved into the nations’ largest group purchasing organization for independent pharmacies.

IPC represents 3,200 primary and 2,500 affiliate pharmacy members whose purchases exceed 8 billion dollars. Located in Sun Prairie, WI and staffed by just 75 employees, IPC prides itself on providing the most progressive and effective programs and services to put profit back in the independent pharmacy.

Click here for more information on Independent Pharmacy Cooperative (IPC).

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Click here for more information on In Business Magazine and their 2009 Book of Lists.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dane County YES Seeks Business Plan Entries from Sun Prairie High School Youth (Wisconsin Technology Council)

What is Dane County YES?
Youth Entrepreneurs in Science, or Dane County YES, is a youth version of the successful Governor’s Business Plan Contest, which recently completed its fifth year. YES will bring Dane County youth, educators and people working in the region’s commercial tech sectors together in a contest forum. Contestants will be challenged to develop innovative tech-based business solutions across a broad range of technologies.

What’s the goal of a business plan contest for young people?
It will help young people learn how science and technology innovations can be developed into solid business plans. This multi-stage, primarily online contest will help middle- and/or high-school students to better envision careers in science and technology, and especially where those disciplines intersect with the creation and growth of businesses.

We’ll interpret a tech-based business plan broadly. For example, a web-based business may qualify.

Building a more entrepreneurial and tech-savvy workforce is a challenge not only for Dane County and Wisconsin, but the United States as a whole as the nation struggles to produce a globally competitive pool of workers. One current example is the emerging gap between jobs in the information technology sector and the number of anticipated graduates in that field. By 2012, according to industry and UW-Madison estimates, there will be four available IT jobs for every graduate.

Who may enter the contest?
Students, or small teams of students, who attend middle and high schools in Dane County. The contest will be judged according to class categories: 9th grade and under, 10th grade, 11th grade and 12th grade. It will be conducted in stages, with a numerical scoring system spread across the eight major parts of a business plan.

Why should I enter?
For starters, you may win valuable cash or in-kind prizes to be awarded to place winners in each category.

But there’s more. Entering will help you transcend classroom learning by engaging in a hands-on exercise that applies what you have learned. You will increase your understanding of entrepreneurial principles and business leadership. You will learn about careers in STEM professions, and you may attract the eye of business leaders in need of promising interns.

You will attend a seminar, conducted by Wisconsin Technology Council staff and judges, which will serve as a “boot camp” for business plan writing.

There will be opportunities to measure how students improve in their understanding of what it takes to write a solid business plan.

What’s the basic timeline?

December 5, 2008 – First day 250-word entries can be posted on our website.
Jan. 31, 2009 – Deadline for contest entries; judging process begins
February 2009 – Hold “boot camp” for student entrepreneurs.
March 2009 – Begin second phase of contest; about 1,000 words in eight categories.
April 2009 – Close second phase and begin judging of business plan executive summaries.
May 2009 – Judging complete; hold “final four” oral presentations to select grand prize winner.
June 9-10, 2009 – Announce winners at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference.
June-July 2009 – Award prizes and conduct follow-up surveys.

This project is being funded by the Madison Community Foundation.


Click here for more information on the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Innovation Network.

Governor's Business Plan Contest Open for 2009 Entries (Wisconsin Technology Network News)

The Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest - the nation's first statewide, tech-based business plan competition - is accepting entries online for the 2009 competition. Entries will be accepted Friday through 5 p.m. Jan. 31, 2009. The contest's Grand Prize is worth $50,000 in cash and services. For their initial entries, contestants will submit 250-word idea abstracts online at http://www.govsbizplancontest.com/. Contestants who advance to subsequent contest rounds will have the opportunity to expand their plan or idea. More than 60 judges drawn from the finance, sales, marketing, research and specific technology sectors will score the entries and provide feedback.

The mission of the contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1,300 entries have been received and nearly $850,000 in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded. In 2008, 17 finalists won cash prizes. According to results of a fall 2008 survey of 2004-2008 finalists, more than half of those who responded have received financing for their plan through a variety of sources including angel and venture capital; and 75 percent of those who responded reported the contest led to an increase in public exposure for the company.

Wisconsin residents 18 years old and older are eligible, as are teams from Wisconsin-based businesses and organizations. Businesses or teams from outside the state are also eligible to compete so long as they plan to base their business in Wisconsin. Entrepreneurs may enter multiple ideas, so long as each idea is separate and distinct.

As with past contests, the 2009 competition will take place in three stages:

In the “Business Concepts” phase, which is open until Jan. 31, 2009 at 5 p.m., the contest will accept IDEA Abstracts on the web site. IDEA abstracts are 250-word business concepts that will be graded on a scale of 1-10 (10 highest) by our judges. The top 50 IDEA Abstract presenters will be asked to write a Summary Business Plan.

In the “Summary Business Plan” phase, which runs from Feb. 23 to March 12, 2009, the top 50 IDEA Abstract presenters, plus ties, post their 1,000-word summaries online for comments by the judges. Contestants may be encouraged to revise their plans based on judges' comments. The top 20 plan summaries are selected for the final round.

In the “Final Business Plan” phase, which runs from April 2 to April 27, 2009, the top 20 Summary Plan presenters, plus ties, prepare final plans for judging. Limited comments and mentoring continues. Judges will review the plans and pick three place winners in each category.

The four category winners will present at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Conference, June 9-10 in Milwaukee; all prize winners will be announced there.



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday Nov. 28th - Downtown Sun Prairie

A Christmas tradition since 1915!

Come one, come all to the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, which will take place in Downtown Sun Prairie on Friday Nov. 28, 2008. The event begins at 6:15 in front of the Sun Prairie Historical Museum at 115 E. Main St.

-Free cookies and cider
-Caroling and a visit from Santa Claus (arrives by Fire Truck)
-Horse-drawn wagon rides (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Friday and Saturday)
-Seasonal exhibits at the Museum (both Friday and Saturday)
-Third annual Christmas Fire Truck Parade (Starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday the 28th)

Santa will be back on Saturday the 29th and Satruday Dec. 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get Downtown early, get some of your Christmas shopping done, and sit down and grab something to eat while you're here!


Click here for additional information on the Sun Prairie Historical Museum.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sentry's Nate Pederson is Chamber's Business Leader of the Year (Sun Prairie Star)

Photo by Chris Mertes

Congratulations to Nate Pederson, General Manager for Sentry Foods for being named the 2008 Community Business Leader of the Year award winner by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce. Nate has served a prior President of the Chamber, and continues to be an active member of the Business and Education Partnership.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sassy Cow Creamery's Chocolate Milk Earns Perfect Score at World Dairy Expo (WisconsinNative.com)

Congratulations to the Baerwolf farm and Sassy Cow Creamery on their Chocolate Milk taking first place at the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest--with a perfect score of 100 points! The judges of the World Dairy Expo Dairy Products Contest picked Sassy Cow as the winner in the annual contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Dairy Products Association.

Sassy Cow Creamery is just north of Sun Prairie on County Highway N.





ADDITIONAL NEWS: Sassy Cow Creamery earns USDA Value-Added Producer grant award (Sun Prairie Star Online)

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director, Frank Frassetto, on Monday, Nov. 24 announced the selection of 17 Wisconsin agricultural producers -- including Sassy Cow Creamery in the Town of Bristol -- to receive more than $3.1 million in USDA Rural Development assistance under the Value-Added Producer Grant program.

Click here for the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

St. Mary's to Hold Informational Meeting on Their Emergency Healthcare Facility on Nov. 20th

St. Mary's invites people to learn about and share thoughts on the new St. Mary's Sun Prairie Emergency Center under construction at Hwy. 151 and Reiner Road.

St. Mary's is holding a community meeting on Thursday Nov. 20th from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast YMCA at 1470 Don Simon Drive (Smith's Crossing) in Sun Prairie.

View a presentation. Get answers. Stay informed.

For additional information, please contact St. Mary's at (608) 258-5065.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sun Prairie Chamber Hosts Business Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 20th

Topic: An Overview of Recent & Proposed Developments and the City's Economic Development Plan

Speakers: Scott Kugler, City Planner and Neil Stechschulte, City Economic Development Coordinator. Scott will discuss developments - current and future - in our community and Neil will discuss the City of Sun Prairie's Economic Development Plan.

Date: Nov 20, 2008
Time: 12:00 pm - 01:30 pm
Address: The Roundtable, 1611 N. Bristol St., Sun Prairie, WI

Includes Presentation of the 2008 Community Business Leader Award and Big Cash Raffle Drawing.

Buffet includes Penne Alfredo with salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages. $12.50 per person.

Contact Chamber Staff with any questions:

Phone: 608.837.4547
Fax: 608.837.8765
Email: spchamber@verizon.net

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sun Prairie Welder Keeps Farmers Farming (Capital Times)

(Photo by John Oncken)

Don Faber of Faber Welding and Fabrication in Sun Prairie is another fixer. His is a one-man business that he bought eight years ago from his dad, Bob Faber, who started the company in 1976. Faber can weld things that are broken, cut and shape metal that must fit into a specific location, drill holes where holes must be drilled and invent something on the spot to fill a need. Recently he made a bracket to hold a manure separator that will be part of a digester being installed on a local farm; retrofitted a draw bar on a tractor to pull a different piece of equipment; and fashioned a 4 x 4 sheet of heavy metal to replace the worn out feeder house on a big combine.

Faber has a good size repair shop in Sun Prairie (608-837-5822) but often times he is gone fixing something, somewhere. A note in the window will give a cell phone number and a time when he expects to be back. He admits with a bit of shyness that he also has a worldwide business. Some years ago, John Blaska, owner of the Oaks Golf Course at Cottage Grove, asked Faber to make a better yardage marker sign for the golf course. Faber produced a welded marker which turned out to be a popular product. He fabricates the markers for National Golf Graphics, a Monona company that markets worldwide. My yardage markers are even on a golf course in Dubai, Faber says with pride.

Sun Prairie is home to many small manufacturing businesses like Faber, and shows there is still a stong demand for their services and products in our economy.

Click here to read the full article on Faber Welding in the Capital Times.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Matrix Product Development Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary (Sun Prairie Star)

Matrix Product Development, located at 13 N. Bird St., celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 5th with an open house at the company's Sun Prairie office. Matrix services include customized engineering services on of a series of products that provide turnkey solutions for their customers. This can be design only, or it can include custom manufacturing of the product. Generally, private companies approach Matrix, but occasionally, entrepreneurs will also approach them with product ideas.

Congratulations on reaching your 10th anniversary, and we look forward to many more!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Madison-Kipp Corporation Posts Video of Sun Prairie Operations

Madison-Kipp Corporation is a producer of precision machined components and system subassemblies for transportation and industrial end markets. Customers include manufacturers from the light weight vehicle, lawn & garden, recreational vehicle and industrial markets. MKC production systems and capabilities are fully automated with robot technology or single purpose integrated operations. The Company manages the customer supply chain from raw metal alloying to final product assembly and integration into the customer’s production system. MKC provides customers with a single source, integrated solution and minimizes supply chain complexity.

MKC opened their Sun Prairie Facility in 2006. A video of the technology being used in their Sun Prairie Operations can be viewed from MKC's updated website at: http://www.madison-kipp.com/video.html.

Friday, November 7, 2008

City Attends Early Stage Symposium for Business Startups

At the invitation of Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still, Mayor Joe Chase, Alderman John Murray and Economic Development Coordinator Neil Stechschulte attended the 2008 Early Stage Symposium at Monona Terrace in Madison on November 5th and 6th. The Early Stage Symposium is an annual event for start up businesses to meet with various forms of investment groups including venture capitalists and angel investors.

"Leading the Pack: Sprint Ahead in the Race for Private Equity" was the theme of the 2008 conference. For more than 20 years, this conference and its predecessors have helped fuel Wisconsin's high-growth economy by matching investors, companies and entreprenuers. This year's conference was open early stage companies representing an array of industries: biotechnology, biofuels and products, “cleantech,” advanced manufacturing, information technology, nanotechnology and business services.

City officials staffed an informational table on Sun Prairie, had materials on the available lots south of the St. Mary's project in TIF 9 and answered questions about the development climate of the City in general. Several development contacts were made with Madison area developers, attorneys, and financial companies that had not been made before--many of whom were suprised by the extent of development occurring in Sun Prairie.



Monday, November 3, 2008

Sun Prairie's Comprehensive Computer Consulting Awarded $12 Million FDA Contract (Wisconsin Technology Network)

Comprehensive Computer Consulting, located at 1500 W. Main Street in Sun Prairie, along with teaming partner EDS have been awarded a five-year, $12 million contract from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is moving its data center from Rockville, Md. to White Oak, Md.

Click here for the ful article at Wisconsin Technology Network.

UPDATE: Click her for the article at Madison.com.

Congratulations to CCC on this major project!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

City's Economic Development Committee Closer to Completing Strategic Business Development Plan (Sun Prairie Star)

Sun Prairie's Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development has been strategizing on behalf of the city since it was created in May. The goal of the committee, which includes elected city officials and business people within the city, is to create a comprehensive business development plan that will serve as a recommendation of policies, priorities, and objectives to guide the city as it pursues successful financial growth and development.

The committee has reviewed economic and demographic data for the City, discussed potential target sectors, and reviewed preliminary objectives and strategies. A formal recommendation will be going to the City Council by the end of October, and will likely be discussed at the Council level in November.

Click here for the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Watch for more information soon on this news blog, and on the City's website at http://www.cityofsunprairie.com. Questions regarding this effort can be directed to Neil Stechschulte at 608-825-0894 or nstechschulte@cityofsunprairie.com.

Happy Anniversary to Downtown Sun Prairie's Emery Art Gallery (Sun Prairie Star)

On Oct. 24, local artist Leslie Emery will be celebrating her Main Street gallery's first year anniversary with a private opening. The show, which not only features Emery's work but also the work of two other nationally acclaimed artists, William Lemke and Mark A. Wallis, will run for about 2-4 weeks following the opening Friday night.

Continuing the celebration, Emery will be making fall ornaments with children, parents, and anyone who wishes during the Downtown Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Congratulations to Leslie, and thanks for being a great Downtown business!

Click here for the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation Presents "Will My Biz Idea Work?"

Will My Biz Idea Work?

Explore the potential of your business idea, marketing ideas, and resources for starting your business.

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, October 22
Where: Sun Prairie Public Library - Community Room
Free and open to the public.
Call 257-5450 to register. Seating is limited.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sun Prairie Chamber Accepting Nominations for Community Business Leader Award

The Community Business Leader Award (formerly known as the Krivsky Award) seeks to honor a business person active in the Sun Prairie community.

Certainly you know someone who fits the criteria for nomination. Criteria for the award, which is made possible by the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce, include the following:
  • The nominee must be employed by a business (and not be a government employee);
  • The nominee must be active (not just a financial contributor) in the Sun Prairie community;
  • The nominee and/or business must be a member of the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce.
The award will be presented at the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce annual Business Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 20th. Nomination forms, available at the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce office located at 109 E. Main, must be turned in no later than Wednesday, Oct. 15th.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Cannery Grill Serves, Savors and Satisfies (Madison Magazine)

It was nice to see a Sun Prairie restaurant get some high praise this week. Madison Magazine gave high marks to the Cannery Grill located at 315 E. Linnerud Dr. in Downtown Sun Prairie.



Thursday, October 2, 2008

International Cyclocross Competition Comes to Sun Prairie (77 Square Blog)

Over 400 cyclocross riders competed last weekend at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie for the inaugural Jonathan Page's Planet Bike Cup. The field included racers from throughout the U.S. as well as Canada and Switzerland.

(Note from Neil: This is turning in to be a major event for this sport, and we're fortunate enough to have it right here in Sun Prairie.)

Click here for a summary of the event (including photos) go to 77 Square, a blog hosted by Capital Newspapers.

For additional information on Cyclocross and links to national coverage of the event, go to MadCross.org.

Council OK's Main Street TIF District 10 (Sun Prairie Star)

During its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, the Sun Prairie City Council approved a resolution creating Tax Incremental Finance (TIF) District 10. The district is located generally along Main Street, from Jones Street on the east end to Ruby Lane on the west end.

Establishing a TIF district provides a method of financing the costs of needed public improvements within the district and offering incentives for private development within the district. In order to make areas within TIF District 10 suitable for redevelopment, the city will need to pay, in part or in full, for certain projects including the acquisition of rights-of-way, the acquisition of easements, sanitary sewer system improvements, stormwater management improvements, and utility infrastructure. Utilizing TIF incentives will help the city pay for those costs.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Chamber Fall Business Seminar - Internet Marketing & Search Engine Optimization

Plan to attend the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce's Oct. 9 presentation, Internet Marketing and Web Site Search Engine Optimization. The session will be facilitated by Kent Orfan of e-Media Resources. Learn about:
  • Current trends in internet marketing
  • What is SEO and how do search engines work
  • Building a search engine friendly website
  • Creating keyword phrases
  • Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising programs
  • Should you hire an SEO firm or should you do it yourself
  • Creating an SEO strategy for your website.
Presenter: Kent Orfan, e-Media Resources
Date: Oct 9, 2008 (Registration deadline is Oct. 7, 2008)
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Address: Sun Prairie Water & Light, 125 W Main St., Sun Prairie, WI 53590 (Map It)
Cost: $3.00 Chamber Members $10 non-Members
Contact: Chamber Staff
Phone: 608.837.4547
Email: spchamber@verizon.net

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jennings and Woldt a Top 500 Remodeling Firm (Sun Prairie Today)

Sun Prairie's Jennings & Woldt Remodeling, Inc. has been named to the 2008 Top 500 list of remodeling firms by Qualified Remodeler Magazine. The annual listing is published to recognize remodeling firms for six criteria: annual sales volume for the previous year; total number of years in business; association membership; certified employees on staff; industry awards and community service. Founded in 1997, Jennings & Woldt is the only full-service remodeling company in Dane County. It is ranked No. 6 in Wisconsin on the Qualified Remodeler list.

Congratulations to Jennings & Woldt for earning this honor.

Monday, September 22, 2008

East Side to Get City's Second Copps Grocery Store (Sun Prairie Star)

Finalizing months of negotiations, members of the Sun Prairie City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 16 approved two documents that will clear the way for construction of a new 61,000 square foot Copps Food Center store on the current county garage property at the corner of Highway N and West Main Street.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Dane County CDBG Commission Seeks Input on Housing, Public Facilities and Economic Development (Sun Prairie Today, Sun Prairie Star)

Dane County officials want to hear Sun Prairie residents' thoughts regarding housing, public facilities and economic development needs. A public hearing on these matters is scheduled for Sept. 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 300 E. Main St. This input will be used by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Commission in forming its Consolidated Plan for the next five years. Any grant money the county receives for this program must be spent outside of the City of Madison.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

STAG Capital Partners Acquires 427,000 SF in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (Boston Real Estate News)

BOSTON, MA—STAG Capital Partners, a real estate firm that pro-actively acquires and manages single-tenant industrial and office properties throughout the United States, announced the purchase of 427,000 square feet of industrial space in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

Built in 1989 and renovated in 1993, the 427,000-square-foot property is located at 1615 Commerce Drive on a 24.7-acre site in the Sun Prairie Business Park within the Dane East Industrial sub-market of Madison, Wisconsin. The building, with 360 parking spaces and 21 dock doors, is fully leased to Famous Footwear, the largest segment of Brown Shoe Company, a distributor and retailer of branded, licensed, and private-label casual, athletic, and dress footwear products to women, children, and men in the United States, Canada, China, and internationally.

Job Center of Wisconsin Website Open for Business (Capital Times - madison.com)

Job seekers and job providers have a better way to get connected today thanks to JobCenterOfWisconsin.com.

The new Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Web site launched Monday, replacing the old JobNet system.

The site allows job seekers to keep their resumes confidential or available for search by employers, allows employers to search for skilled employees using key search terms and lists a toll-free phone number connected to Job Center staff.

"The new Job Center of Wisconsin is for everyone, whether you have years of job experience or are just starting out," said DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman. "Our goal is to help all workers find the best available job and to help employers easily locate the employees they need to grow their businesses."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Richard Renk to be Honored at UW CALS Banquet Oct. 23rd

The 2008 University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Honorary Recognition and Distinguished Service Awards will be presented Oct. 23 at a Recognition Banquet held in the Memorial Union Great Hall, with a reception to meet past and current honorees at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.

Award winners for 2008 include Richard Renk of Sun Prairie. Richard is a graduate of the Meat and Animal Science Department at U.W.-Madison and has worked for the Renk Seed Company since 1961, holding most of the executive posts and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Questions regarding this event can be directed the CALS Conference Office at conference@cals.wisc.edu.

Congratulations to Richard Renk for earning this honor.

Sun Prairie Efforts Included in Business Watch Magazine's Economic Development Issue


I was fortunate enough to have the chance to talk a little bit about the City of Sun Prairie's partnerships with the private sector in this month's edition of Business Watch Magazine. Click here to read this month's issue (check out pages 8 and 9).

Here are the introductory comments from the editor:

The features in this month’s issue of BusinessWatch are all about economic development. It seems like such an ubiquitous term, yet it is fundamental to the success of communities and individual businesses; we can’t have one without the other.

On the cover we feature Stephan Spencer of Netconcepts. Spencer and Netconcepts are industry leaders on SEO (search engine optimization, in the rare event you haven’t heard the term), and Spencer shares some great insight not only into SEO, but the World Wide Web, also. And Google. Because what’s the Web without Google? (I guess I’m showing my search engine favoritism there. Let’s not get started on browsers though. Or operating systems.)

We have plenty of other wonderful stories and information in this issue, too, including strides local organizations are taking to beef up the number of women in IT and a piece on the importance of job-site recycling. Read on, read often and share your issue with a colleague or co-worker.

Amanda Wegner
Editor, Business Watch Magazine

Click here to view the September 2008 Issue.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

"Fest-ive" Saturday in Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie Star)

If you're bored in Sun Prairie this Saturday...its going to be your own fault.


Gates Open 11:00 AM

Cliff Fredricksen Noon to 1:00 PM
Laura England & the Mud Angels 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Bobby Bryan & the Uptown Allstars 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Bobby Evans & the Alimony Blues Band 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Rev Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Paul Cebar 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Downtown Artfest - 100 and 200 Block of Downtown Main Street

Sponsored by the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District. Artists from Wisconsin and the mid-west will display and sell their creations. We're closing the 100 and 200 blocks of East Main Street for this event! Fun, food and family entertainment!
10 AM to 4 PM

Sacred Hearts Fall Festival and Holy Cow Run -Sacred Hearts Catholic Church, 221 Columbus Street, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (Saturday and Sunday)
Saturday’s Schedule:
  • 7-7:45 10th Annual Holy Cow 5k run/2 mile walk.
  • Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. and the fun begins!
  • The Banana Lady is here with some balloon twisting, face painting fun from noon-2 p.m.
  • Kids Games Food Court Beer Tent
  • Bingo from 6-10 p.m.
  • The Sparetime Bluegrass Band from 6-8 p.m. winners of two Madison Area Music Awards for best country/bluegrass artist in 2007 and best country/bluegrass album in 2008.
  • The Kristi B Band, back by popular demand, from 8 – midnight.
  • Don’t miss our Paddle Wheel Game from 8 p.m. until the prizes are gone! Spa Treatment, Golf Packages, Restaurant gift certificates and gas cards are just a few of the prizes we’ll have on hand.

Sunday's Events

  • Polka Mass with the Polka Mass-ters at 11 a.m. They’ll hang around and entertain on the grounds from 1:30 to 3:30.
  • Honey the Clown will be here at noon to entertain the kids and the Sound Consensus Barbershop will entertain in the church from 12:30 to 2:30.
  • Turkey and Ham dinner, catered by Edith’s of Beaver Dam, will be served in the air conditioned Gathering Room from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. NEW THIS YEAR! Our carry-outs will be served from the school cafeteria, buy your tickets and pick up your food all in the same place. Walk in or drive up!
  • More Bingo from noon- 5 p.m.
  • Raffle Drawings begin at 3 p.m. with the St. Anns’/CCW Drawing followed by the Childrens Chance drawing at 4 p.m. and winds up with the FESTIVAL RAFFLE DRAWING AT 5 p.m. (need not be present to win)

Click here for the article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Out of the Shadow (NBC 15 Coverage of Sun Prairie Growth)

NBC 15's Chris Pabst did a nice piece on growth in Sun Prairie--both on their website and in a TV news spot. NBC 15 was on hand to cover the ground breaking for the new St. Mary's ER facility being built at the intersection of US 151 and Reiner Road.

Monday, August 25, 2008

General Casualty and QBE's Growth Plans Featured Wisconsin State Journal (Sunday August 24th)


QBE, which bought General Casualty and related companies for $1.16 billion early last year, has big plans for the Sun Prairie campus, which is slated to become one of two QBE data centers worldwide. The parent company is consolidating operations around the country and moving jobs to Sun Prairie in support areas that include information technology, finance, human resources and actuarial services.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

MATC and the UW SBDC Announce Training Calendars for Fall 2008

UW Madison Small Business Development Center (UW SBDC)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Small Business Development Center (UW SBDC) has released their Fall 2008 program calendar. Courses are available on topics including but not limited to:
  • Starting a Business Programs
  • Human Resource Legal Series
  • Web Strategy and Marketing Series
  • Supervisory/Leadership Series
  • High Performance Leadership Series
  • Quickbooks Accounting Series
  • People and Communication Skill Series
  • Financial Management Series
  • Sales Strategies
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Project Management
and more...

For a specific list of courses, detailed program descriptions, instructor bios, and other details click on www.uwsbdc.org.

Madison Area Technical College (MATC)

Madison Area Technical College has released its 2008-2009 offerings of employer-sponsored workshops and seminars. Courses can be customized and delivered on site at your business. Course offerings are available in several categories including but not limited to:
  • Communication and Workplace Effectiveness
  • Computer Training
  • Computer Training and Applications
  • Leadership and Supervision
  • Increasing Your Sales Through Government Contracting
  • Technical and Manufacturing

Print versions of the current listing of course offerings are available. You may also go to www.trainingmatrix.com/matcmadison for additional information.

Expansion of Royle Printing in Sun Prairie Will Include New Web Press (Wisconsin State Journal)

Royle Printing is expanding its building and adding a printing press in a $10 million project. The 57-year-old, family-owned, Sun Prairie printing business is adding 40,000 square feet of production space and will install a $7 million Goss Sunday 2000 web press this fall. Today, Royle has 190 employees and nearly $40 million in annual revenue. In the past few years, the company has added 30,000 square feet to its building and invested $17 million in updated presses, even before the latest web press.

Click here for the full article in the Wisconsis State Journal.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

SSM Healthcare to Break Ground on Sun Prairie ER August 28th (Wisconsin State Journal, Sun Prairie Star)

SSM Healthcare will host a groundbreaking celebration on Thursday August 28th at Highway 151 and Reiner Road in Sun Prairie. The $6 million, 13,500-square-foot emergency center facility will be about half the size of St. Mary's emergency room in Madison and is scheduled to open in March of 2009. SSM last year bought 17 acres from the City of Sun Prairie for $4.2 million and said it eventually plans a "health-care campus" at the site that could include an inpatient hospital within a decade.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Four Lakes Label to Break Ground in the Sun Prairie Business Park on August 21 (Sun Prairie Star)

Western States Envelope & Label will break ground on a new 36,400 square foot facility at 861 Progress Way in the Sun Prairie Business Park on Thursday, Aug. 21. The company's Four Lakes Label & Printing, currently located at 5702 Femrite Drive in Madison, will move its Madison plant and employees to Sun Prairie when the plant is complete in late February or early March, according to Eric Schmidt, the current Madison plant manager who will also manage the new Sun Prairie plant.

When examining Sun Prairie, Schmidt said the company looked at several Madison area communities, but eventually settled on the Sun Prairie Business Park for several reasons. Among them was the community's low electric rates offered by Sun Prairie Water & Light as part of Wisconsin Public Power Inc. A survey of employees determined that many of them lived in the Madison area, which meant the company should continue to look within the area for a new facility. The firm eventually settled on Sun Prairie and the Sun Prairie Business Park site on Progress Way, Schmidt said, because the 6.2 acre site will allow the plant to expand four times on the property as the company's business expands.

Friday, August 15, 2008

WPPI to Break Ground on Expansion Project August 20 in Business Park (Sun Prairie Star) UPDATED AUGUST 21ST

Sun Prairie-based Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) will celebrate the start of construction for its $6.9 million addition and remodel project by hosting a groundbreaking ceremony and picnic luncheon with several speakers, including WPPI Chief Executive Officer Roy Thilly.The event will take place beginning at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at WPPI's headquarters in the Sun Prairie Business Park, located at 1425 Corporate Center Drive. The Sun Prairie office and operations center will be built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction (NC) "Gold" standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. WPPI's new building will be the first LEED-certified building of its kind in Sun Prairie, illustrating WPPI's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sun Prairie's Madison Kipp Corporation Receives $50,000 Energy Efficiency Grant from WPPI (Corrected Press Release)

WPPI has awarded a $50,000 grant for energy efficiency projects to Madison Kipp Corporation (MKC) in the Sun Prairie Business Park. As a customer of Sun Prairie Water & Light, MKC will receive funds to replace two existing air compressors with a new high efficiency variable speed drive air compressor to regulate air pressure with reduced cost.

WPPI’s RFP for Energy Efficiency is aimed at making electric energy saving projects a worthwhile business investment for large power customers. Large commercial and industrial customers of WPPI’s member communities are invited to submit competitive proposals for cost-effective, energy saving upgrades to equipment and systems within their current facilities.

“These grants help control energy costs by reducing inefficient uses of energy,” said Jake Oelke, Assistant Vice President of Energy Services. “As interest continues to grow, more people are discovering cost-effective solutions to keep electric bills down for the long term.”

The RFP for Energy Efficiency program is designed especially for large power customers to assist in funding energy savings projects with initial investments that prevent the upgrades from being cost effective. Projects that include electric savings of 25 kilowatts or more can be submitted for rating. Energy efficiency project funding also continues to be available through WPPI’s Efficiency Improvement Incentive program, which is open to any WPPI member retail customer with a valid commercial, industrial, municipal or agricultural electric account.

WPPI anticipates awarding up to $500,000 in additional RFP for Energy Efficiency grants this year, with $250,000 in funding available for each bidding cycle. The most recent round of bidding was completed in July, and incentive grants will be awarded in August. A subsequent round of bidding will close on Nov. 7, with awards granted in December.

Click here for the original press release from WPPI.
Click here for more information on the RFP for Energy Program.
Click here to go to the Wisconsin Public Power Inc. website.
Click here to go to the Sun Prairie Water & Light website.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

It's Time for the Annual Sweet Corn Festival in Sun Prairie! (Sun Prairie Chamber Press Release)

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin will host the annual Sweet Corn Festival Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Angell Park, near the intersection of Highway 19 and Highway N. Over 100,000 people from around the Midwest attend the event that serves over 70 tons of sweet corn during the weekend.

A parade down Main Street begins the festivities at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The event features a family entertainment stage, which includes attractions such as Jeremy Scott-Jazz artist, Bob Kann-juggling and magic, the Monona Academy of Dance, Lou Lepore-magic and comedy, Reach for the Stars Dance Company, and much more. Children will enjoy maneuvering the Circus Train, doing the Fire Engine Slide and the Giraffe Bounce as well as playing Mini-golf. The upper grounds features the rock-climbing wall, craft fair, petting zoo, fresh corn sales, quad power jump, beer shelter and more. Live performances by The Invaders on Friday night and Bob Rocks on Saturday night will provide adult entertainment. Carnival rides, games, helicopter rides, food and vendor booths will highlight the event as well. A special carnival attraction for children are wristband nights Thursday and Friday with unlimited rides from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for $18. Wrap up Corn Fest with Midget Auto racing on Sunday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sweet Corn is available Saturday and Sunday only, August 16 and 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for $6.00 per tote box or $1.50 per single ear. Admission is $1.00 and parking is $5.00 and includes admission. Corn Festival buttons may be purchased on site for $1.50 and are valid for admission the entire weekend. Visit the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce website for complete details at http://www.sunprairiechamber.com/. The Sweet Corn Festival is presented by General Casualty, The Star - Sun Prairie's Newspaper, and Triple M, WOLX, and Charlie FM.

Click here for more information from Sun Prairie Today.
Click here for coverage of the event at Madison.com.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sun Prairie's Downtown Continues to Expand Its Office Presence (Sun Prairie Star Online)

Gatewood Title Services banking on area growth

Gatewood Title Services, the two week old Premiere Title & Closing Service subsidiary stationed on South Bristol Street, is quickly making a name for itself by word of mouth, according to Sales Account Manager Bill Lewis.

The company left its Waunakee location for greener pastures in Sun Prairie, which Lewis said is experiencing growth the company can rely on. "Sun Prairie seems to be booming a little bit more, it seems to be more energized with things going on. Plus we have quite a few clients that were here in Sun Prairie anyways, so coming to them made it just one step easier for them to get their deals done."

Lewis said Sun Prairie is good place for the title company to catch that [upswing in the market cycle] when it happens." I think here in Sun Prairie, once the market does change, when rates start coming down a little bit further, we'll see a lot of bank business," he said.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is the Weekend to Eat Out and Shop in Sun Prairie!

What: Taste of Sun Prairie
Where: Cannery Square Plaza
When: Saturday, July 26th - Noon to 7:00 PM. (Food served until 6:00 PM)

All portions will be $5 or less, enabling diners to sample a variety of items.

Participating eateries include:

All participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Firemen's Park in the Prairie Dream Park for maintenance and improvements. Activities will include face painting, miniature golf, a jumping castle, Giggles the Clown and a 50/50 cash raffle. Music will be provided by the Double Shirley Poppy Band and Angela Smith & Friends. The Sun Prairie Lions Club will host the beer garden throughout the day. The beer will be served and the bands will play until 7 p.m.

Sun Prairie Sales Days

In addition, You'll find bargains galore on Friday and Saturday at a variety of local businesses participating Sun Prairie Sales Days, an event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Events include a flea market at the Prairie Square Shopping Center on McCoy Road. A number of booths sponsored by local businesses will also be set up at this location.

Sales Day participants include:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Dane County to Sell Highway Garage to Sun Prairie (Press Release)

Sale Means More Efficiency for County Highway, Exciting Development for City of Sun Prairie

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said today the sale of a County Highway garage to the city of Sun Prairie is nearing completion.

Sun Prairie is purchasing the garage near the intersection of Highway N and Main Street at the property’s appraised value of $1,050,000. The city is working with a developer on future use for the location. Sale of the site was part of Falk’s 2008 county budget.

“This is a real win-win, County Executive Kathleen Falk said.” “This sale makes our highway department more efficient and allows the city of Sun Prairie to move forward with an important development for its citizens,” Falk added.

"Sun Prairie is excited about the opportunity to be able to redevelop a building site located so close to our downtown renewal efforts. With new land use this location will evolve into an attractive eastern gateway to our community,” commented Mayor Joe Chase.

The Dane County Highway Department has used the garage in Sun Prairie since the 1930s. In an effort to centralize snow clearing and other highway services, a new facility will be sited near the Rodefeld Landfil, allowing trucks and crews easy access to major thoroughfares including the Interstate system. In addition, a county highway garage near Highway 151 and County V is being expanded to enhance services in that area.

The county board is expected to approve the sale at its meeting tonight. Falk will sign the measure, giving final approval, shortly thereafter.

Click here to go to the official press release on the Dane County Website.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sun Prairie's Villas at Meadow Crossing Featured in Parade of Condos (Capital Times)

Area residents looking for a new place to call home will have the opportunity to check out new condominiums during the Madison Area Builders Association's 13th annual Parade of Condos. A total of 15 condo projects will be on display, including the Villas at Meadow Crossing in Sun Prairie. The condos on display range in price from $259,000 to $800,000.

The event will take place from July 26 to Aug. 3. Units will be open for viewing from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10, and there is no charge for children under 12.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate (cash only) or by visiting: http://www.paradeofcondosmadison.com/

For more information on the Villas at Meadow Crossing at: http://www.meadowcrossingcondos.com/

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Governor Commits State to Purchase of Renewable Energy at WPPI Headquarters (Cap Times, Sun Prairie Star)

At a press conference at Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. corporate headquarters in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Gov. Jim Doyle announced Wednesday state plans for an annual purchase of renewable energy, which he said will make Wisconsin a nationwide leader in clean energy.

The state will purchase 92,400 megawatt hours (MWh) of renewable electrical energy each year over 10 years from MG&E (40,000 MWh) and Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (33,000 MWh) and over 15 years from We Energies (19,400 MWh). Doyle made the announcement at a news conference at WPPI's headquarters in Sun Prairie. According to the governor's office, it is one of the largest government purchases of renewable energy in the country.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Ritter Agency Marks 25 Years in Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie Today)

July marks the 25th anniversary of the Sun Prairie-based Ritter Insurance agency. As part of the agency's anniversary, owner Matt Harms is planning a civic project to benefit Sun Prairie and is working to expand the agency's customer base.

Congratulations to everyone at Ritter, and thanks for calling Sun Prairie home.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sun Prairie Chamber to Host "Balancing Career and Family" Seminar

The Chamber's Summer Business Seminar will address the following:

  • How to be aware of what you want and need, the beliefs that govern your behavior and the many influences on the choices you make
  • How awareness makes it easier to change and make everything 'fit'
  • Remembering that self care is not selfish
  • How to better manage your time through time budgeting
  • Why you need a plan to handle stress
  • How to cultivate flexibility
Details:

Presented by Nancy Selfridge, MD
Group Health Cooperative of Southern Wisconsin

Date: July 8, 2008
Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Address: Sun Prairie Water & Light - Room 125 W. Main St.
Cost: $3 members; $10 non-members
Contact: Chamber Staff
Phone: 608.837.4547
Fax: 608.837.8765
Email: spchamber@verizon.net

Click here to go the Chamber of Commerce website for registration information.

Dane County to Host Free Quarterly Seminars on Business Creation, Networking for Women and Minorities (Press Release)

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announced today the county will host the first of a new series of seminars this month intended to help women and minorities interested in starting or improving their own businesses.

The business meetings are free and open to all women-owned and minority small businesses or individuals who are thinking about creating a business. They aim to help prospective small business owners network, learn business strategies, and share information and ideas. Developing entrepreneurs of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds is essential to continued job creation and economic growth in our county,” Falk said.

The first free, small business seminar, entitled “Growth Stages of Business,” will be held July 24, 2008 from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive in Madison. The session is intended to help prospective or current business owners with expected gains and losses, potential roadblocks, as well as business growth cycles. “Growth Stages of Business” will be presented by Dr. Neil Lerner of the Small Business Development Center. “These sessions are a useful tool to help support and promote the entrepreneurial spirit in our diverse community,” Falk said. “Hopefully they will help make a lot of creative thoughts and big dreams a reality.”

Those interested in more information about the seminar should contact Colleen Clark Bernhardt in the Dane County Office of Equal Opportunity at 608-266-3022 or at: clark.colleen@co.dane.wi.us.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Sun Prairie Icon Still on the Fast Track (Wisconsin State Journal)

Here is a great story from Doug Moe this from past May that I somehow missed. It gives a good overview of the history of the McGovern's Hotel and Tavern in Sun Prairie, and its ties to the racing community. (And a belated Happy Birthday to Jerry!)

Monday, June 30, 2008

Sun Prairie Businesses Participate in Dane Buy Local Program

Dane Buy Local announced the debut of the first Dane Buy Local directory, a guide to more than 300 local, independently owned businesses. Several Sun Prairie businesses participate in this program, including:


Dane Buy Local is a coalition of local independent businesses, community groups and citizens working together to support a healthy community economy. The mission is to mobilize resources in Madison and the surrounding area, engage the total community in the process of economic renewal and inspire each other to take action. Business members must be located in Dane County, be at least 51% locally owned, and have the local ability to make purchasing decisions.