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2019 | In Focus | November 2019When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go ShoppingA Look at Black Friday and Cyber Monday

2019 | In Focus | November 2019

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping

A Look at Black Friday and Cyber Monday

What everyone’s been waiting for is almost here. Well, maybe not every consumer – but certainly every retailer – in store and online alike – has Black Friday circled on their calendars. But because of changes in consumer behaviour, Black Friday is no longer the one-day shopping frenzy it was and now extends for two months, beginning early in November, while Cyber Monday is catching up.

2019 | In Focus | October 2019Say Yes to WeatherfordWeatherford Economic Development

2019 | In Focus | October 2019

Say Yes to Weatherford

Weatherford Economic Development

People are indeed saying ‘Yes!’ to Weatherford, the fastest-growing city in the U.S., which according to the U.S. Census Bureau grew by 1.6 percent in 2017 alone. Weatherford, (population 11,832) is located in western Oklahoma’s Custer County, fifty miles from Oklahoma City on Interstate 40, with the famed Route 66 passing right through it. This is a safe community that offers small-town friendliness along with a pro-business attitude.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Keeping Utility Rates Low and Quality of Life HighCity of Kaukauna, WI

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

Keeping Utility Rates Low and Quality of Life High

City of Kaukauna, WI

Kaukauna’s location on a two-mile stretch of the Fox River with a fifty-foot drop and significant rapids means that the city can produce its own hydroelectric power and offer its residents as much as thirty-five percent savings on their monthly utility bill. To learn more, Business in Focus spoke with Mayor Tony Penterman, Director of Planning and Community Development Bob Jakel, and Kaukauna Utilities General Manager Jeff Feldt.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Gearing up for BusinessCatoosa County (GA) Economic Development Authority (CCEDA)

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

Gearing up for Business

Catoosa County (GA) Economic Development Authority (CCEDA)

Rather than the ‘winner takes it all’ approach, sixteen counties in three states – Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama – are cooperating to attract economic development to the entire region. The good news is that it is working for all of them, including Catoosa County in northwest Georgia, which shares a border with Tennessee and is just twenty minutes from Chattanooga, the main economic driver in the region.

2019 | In Focus | September 2019Sustainable Mobility – A Better Way ForwardMichelin North America

2019 | In Focus | September 2019

Sustainable Mobility – A Better Way Forward

Michelin North America

From a nineteenth-century rubber factory in France where the Michelin brothers patented an improved pneumatic bicycle tire to a comprehensive, international tire manufacturing company that focuses on sustainability through innovation and corporate social responsibility, Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, continues to lead the way through innovation.

2019 | August 2019 | In FocusNatural Delights — The Name Says It AllDatepac

2019 | August 2019 | In Focus

Natural Delights — The Name Says It All


Sweet, succulent, nutritious Medjool dates are the pride of Morocco, where they have a history of cultivation stretching back thousands of years. However, happily for North American date fans, horticulturists brought Medjool shoots to the U.S. in the 1920s, and today, the descendants of these trees thrive under the watchful eye of the Bard Valley Date Growers Association. Once harvested, the dates sorted, graded, and packed by Datepac and shipped around the world.

2019 | In Focus | July 2019Living and Working in Two WorldsVilas County Economic Development Corporation

2019 | In Focus | July 2019

Living and Working in Two Worlds

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation

Imagine this scenario: After communicating with international clients, you take a break to stretch your legs and walk out to the water – and we are not talking about an office water cooler. We are envisioning crystal clear lake water, surrounded by pine forest where you take a soul-nourishing breath. Refreshed, you head back to your computer to continue developing a software program.


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