Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2005
Secretary's Column
Secretary Mary P. Burke
Secretary Mary P. Burke

Conference to Highlight Innovative Business Practices
As I travel around the state talking to companies about their business needs and concerns, I've learned a lot about their creative efforts to gain a competitive edge. Process and product innovation are powerful tools for meeting the escalating challenges of the global economy. Read more.

Featured Articles
Marketplace 2005 – Growing Minority Business
Starting and taking minority-owned businesses to the next level was the focus of Marketplace 2005, Governor Doyle's annual conference on minority business development. Three hundred seventy-eight people attended the two-day conference December 1-2 in Waukesha. Read more.

Chinese Boat Buying Delegation Visits State
A Boat Buyer delegation from China had a successful visit to Wisconsin in November. The delegation was composed of marina developers, boat/yacht manufacturers, potential agents and China Boat Association representatives. Read more.

Main Street Helping Main Street: The Wisconsin Story
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Main Street organizations across the nation have reached outside their own districts to help Gulf Coast communities in need. It is no surprise then that several Wisconsin Main Street communities have mobilized to help in a variety of ways. Read more.


"Capital for a Day"
Governor Doyle and members of his Cabinet travel throughtout the state to meet with local citizens, government officials and business leaders to make sure their views are heard in Madison. They visited Wood and Portage Counties on November 2, 2005.

Governor Jim Doyle, Butch Berg (Marshfield Chamber of Commerce), Jeff Wick (President, Wick Building Systems), and Dan Leistikow (Gov's Office) at Wick Building Systems, Marshfield.
Governor Jim Doyle, Butch Berg (Marshfield Chamber of Commerce), Jeff Wick (President, Wick Building Systems), and Dan Leistikow (Gov's Office) at Wick Building Systems, Marshfield.

Jeff Wick, Secretary Mary Burke, and members of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce take time out to pose for a group photo in front of a modular Wick home.
Jeff Wick (President, Wick Building Systems), Commerce Secretary Mary Burke, and members of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce take time out to pose for a group photo in front of a modular Wick home.

Also In This Issue

$50K PECFA Claim Submittals…The Next Step

Annual PECFA Reporting Deadline Delayed

Australia Trade Mission Scheduled for May 19-27

Boilers Inspection and Maintenance Tips

Change in Fire Department Dues Rule

Christenson Wins Innovation Champion Award at UW-Whitewater

ERS Division Conference Held

EPA Grant Work for the PECFA Program

ESG/THP/HPP Application Workshop

Fond du Lac Petroleum Office / Lab Closing

Gov. Doyle Announces $14.2 Million in Housing Grants

Grant Program to Spark Entrepreneurship

Interest Bearing Real Estate Trust Accounts (IBRETA) Program 

International's Lou Janowski Set to Retire After Long Diplomatic Career

Joint Community Development Workshops This Spring

New International Website Debuts

Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Code Update

Safety and Buildings Out on the Slopes

Security Research Consortium Wins Congressional Support

Village of Suring Receives PF and PFED Awards

WIFrontDoor.org Marks Anniversary

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