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Small Businesses Make BIG Impact

SCEDC BLOG Small Businesses Make BIG Impact BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Long before Mr. Sam Walton became a dominate player in retail and distribution, he boldly opened Walton’s 5/10 (Five and Dime) in Bentonville, Arkansas in 1950. His decision to take a chance...

Employers Face Workforce Challenges Head-on

SCEDC BLOG Employers Face Workforce Challenges Head-On BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR It seems ‘Help Wanted’ signs have replaced ‘Garage Sale’ signs as the least popular among community beautification advocates. Street right-of-ways are littered with ‘Apply Today’...

Girl Scout Cookies and the Five P’s

SCEDC BLOG Girl Scout Cookies and the Five P’s BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thin Mint. Peanut Butter Do-si-Dos. Shortbread Trefoils. Samoas. Just like the first backyard robin, Girl Scout cookie sales are another sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out and...

The Right Stuff

SCEDC BLOG The Right Stuff BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Tom Wolfe penned a book in the late 1970’s entitled, ‘The Right Stuff’ about American test pilots who were part of the early research efforts leading to NASA’s space program. The pilots flew experimental...

March Brings Madness

SCEDC BLOG March Brings Madness BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR St. Croix Valley residents will be relieved to put a wintery February in their rear view mirrors and may be thrilled to say, “Bring on March.” Or maybe not. With March comes the so-called Madness,...

Miracles Happen

SCEDC BLOG   Miracles Happen   BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We are creeping up on the anniversary involving a triumph of Goliath proportions. On February 22, 1980, the U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team defeated the Soviet team in Lake Placid, N.Y. An upset...

A Down-and-Back Madison Road Trip

SCEDC BLOG A Down-and-Back Madison Road Trip BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Madison, Wisconsin is said to be 77 square miles surrounded by reality. It is also Wisconsin’s capital city, where new laws are introduced and either sent to a dark hole or are debated and...

Fables of a Passbook and Financial Literacy

SCEDC BLOG Fables of a Passbook and Financial Literacy BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Somewhere in a storage box marked ‘Personal Stuff” sits a palm-sized leather book containing handwritten entries from a savings account closed decades ago. For the younger...

BELIEVE

SCEDC BLOG   BELIEVE BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The rocket ship with “2018” as its flight number has just about flamed out. It was ridden to its apex and now the ‘chutes deployed. Splashdown in 7-6-5 days. What a ride. Before the bands play Auld Lang Syne,...

Time Out: Chuck Taylor All Star Shoes

SCEDC BLOG Time Out: Chuck Taylor All Star Shoes BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Before there was a Jordan, Kobe, Curry, or LeBron basketball shoe, there was the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star model. Make that the iconic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe. Make...

In the Giving Season, Give Cheese

SCEDC BLOG In the Giving Season, Give Cheese BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Only true Green Bay Packer fans are able to recite the origin of the foam hat designed to resemble a mighty wedge of cheese. All others must rely on Google and Wiki, neither of which are...

Sign of the Times: Help Wanted

SCEDC BLOG Sign of the Times: Help Wanted BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The U.S. unemployment rate was recently announced at 3.7 percent making it the lowest since 1969. A few may remember 1969. Most will not. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has been reported at 3.0...

Beautiful Place

SCEDC BLOG A Beautiful Place to do Business Looking to move your business? Look no further. St. Croix County is a beautiful place to do business. Call us for more info on how to make your move a...

Interstate Takes a Pounding

SCEDC BLOG Interstate Takes a Pounding BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We can thank a former president and military general, Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower, for the U.S. interstate highway system. President Eisenhower was inspired by Germany’s efficient highway...

New Ideas

SCEDC BLOG   New Ideas Have a new business idea, but don’t know where to start? Give St. Croix EDC a...

Lombardi Time

SCEDC BLOG Lombardi Time BY BILL RUBIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Coaching has changed dramatically since the Vincent Thomas “Vince” Lombardi football era in Green Bay. He was a tough-as-nails, no nonsense guy. As the late Packer Henry Jordan reportedly said, “Lombardi...

Time to Move

SCEDC BLOG   Time to Move Is it time to move your business? Need some help to make it happen? Contact St. Croix EDC to be connected to the right...