Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
April 2007
Secretary's Column
Mary P. Burke, Secretary
Mary P. Burke, Secretary

A Smart Budget for Business
Secretary Mary P. Burke touches on the highlights of Governor Jim Doyle's proposed 2007-2009 budget as they pertain to business. Read more.

Featured Articles
Meet Commerce's New EA
The new Commerce Executive Assistant arrived in Wisconsin in a rather unusual way. Read more.

Allstate Brings Over 200 Jobs to Cross Plains
The Village of Cross Plains rolled out the welcome mat for the insurance giant. Read more.

Governor's Trade Mission Going to China and Japan
With Wisconsin exports at record numbers, businesses seek out new markets in Asia. Read more.

Also In This Issue
BOGS 2007 Helps Disadvantaged Businesses Solicit Government Contracts

Building Code Update Status

Business Across Cultures – China Workshop in La Crosse

Call-in Assistance Offered for Make Mine a $Million Business® Competitors

Greener Pastures ...
Mary P. Burke, Secretary

On March 21, Commerce Secretary Mary P. Burke held a press conference at "The Creamery Building" in Fort Atkinson to discuss Governor Jim Doyle's proposed budget. The building, owned by the VyMac Corporation, parent company of Verlo Mattress, was recently refurbished, thanks in part to a $500,000 Blight Elimination and Brownfield Redevelopment grant to the city from Commerce in 2003.

The former Hartel Building, which was constructed in the 1920's and had a long history of use by manufacturers of industrial and dairy equipment, was perhaps best known as the headquarters for the former Creamery Package Company hence the new name.

Comm 10 Status

COMM 47 (PECFA) Informational Sessions Held

Commerce Receives Record $6 Million from HUD Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program

Economic Growth and the Role of Safety in Our Built Environment

European Office Request for Proposal

First Entrepreneurship Week USA in Wisconsin a Success

Global Business Training

Governor Doyle Announces $245,000 Loan to Voith Paper, Inc.

Governor Doyle Announces $800,000 to Revitalize Pabst Brewery Complex in Milwaukee

International Office Directors Visit in May

Kenji Higashi, New Business Advisor for Japan

New Commerce Roles for Martens and Perry

New Erosion and Sediment Control Rule Revisions

Ron Buchholz Retiring After 34 Years in Safety & Buildings

Small Business Owners Invited to Share Viewpoints with Board

State Affirmative Action Committees Collaborate

State Certified Minority Business Enterprise, Falhgreen Solutions Advances in Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest - Wins lucrative federal bid

"Suited for Sucess" Professional Clothing Drive

What are Agent Municipalities?

WIFrontDoorHousing Demos at State Housing Events in April

Wisconsin Building Safety Network Managers Conference June 14 – 15 in Madison

Wisconsin Exporters Set Another Record

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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