Insight on Business

April 2013

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INSIDE A p r i l 2 0 1 3 ��� V o l 6 ��� N o . 1 | insight Connec ting business & people in the new north 22 C OVE R STORY ON TRACK: New North���s Fast Forward 1.0 puts startups on a path to success Video: page 26 Click to watch Mike Zielinski and one of his mentors, Glen Yurjevich, talk about how the New North Fast Forward 1.0 program helps entrepreneurs refine their business plans. Cover photograph by Shane Van Boxtel, Image Studios Video by John Behrens, Ark Media Group 22 15 IN FOCUS UPFRONT 10 News from the New North Region Small Business 40 Strength in numbers: Red Barn Family A rising tide: Lakeshore Industry Cluster Initiative readies action plans to uplift all 15 Face Time Ron Van Straten on making dreams a reality Farms cooperative helps 8 small operations realize profit 37 Green Business 42 That ribbon of highway: Bus company 18 Connections recognized for setting environmentally-friendly examples THINC! to inspire innovation: ���Bursts��� of insight featured at Insight���s 2nd annual Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference May 14 at UW-Fox Valley On the Move 44 People & Business 20 Feature Rolling with the Times: Paper industry looks to change image 40 Insight On ��� 29 HEALTH INSURANCE �� Watchful waiting: Employers wary about impact the Affordable Care Act will have come Oct. 1 29 32 BANKING �� ankers: Mergers coming in 2013 State, regional B business lenders stay on top of trends 37 Economic Development �� ond du Lac firms in growth mode: LaClare Farms, F Alliance Laundry, McNeilus Steel, Mercury Marine among those expanding 6 | Insight ��� A p r i l 2 013 40 42 41 DEPARTMENTS 9 From the Editor 54 Final Frame INSIGHT ON THE WEB: ��� w w w. i n s i g h t o n b u s i n e s s . c o m

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