From the outside, Door County Coffee looks like an ideal place to grab a cup of coffee and a light meal and shop its carefully curated retail store. Step inside, however, and be prepared for so much more. Door County Coffee roasts its java onsite and offers more than 100 flavors. Owner Vicki Wilson’s enthusiasm and love of coffee is contagious, which is one reason the business has succeeded for 25 years and its coffee can be purchased in grocery and retail stores, businesses, colleges, hotels and restaurants — not to mention online. Check out my cover story starting on page 26 to learn more about the business that’s a must stop for many on their way to and from their vacation destinations.
In this month’s Insight Insider feature, staff reporter Jessica Thiel shares how area nonprofit organizations have used POINT (Poverty Outcomes and Improvement Network Team) to streamline their operations. Launched a couple of years ago by three area Community Foundations — Green Bay, Fox Cities and Oshkosh — POINT addresses the persistent poverty problem in Northeast Wisconsin and offers possible solutions by tapping continuous improvement experts from area businesses, including Oshkosh Corp. and ThedaCare. That story begins on page 33.
With kids going back to school, people usually shift into fall mode during the month of September. For many families, including ours, that means a trip to a pumpkin patch. Did you know that visit, trips made to pick-your-own strawberry fields, and field trips or weddings at farms are part of the growing ag tourism industry? They are — along with the new $13 million Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center in Manitowoc County. Read my New North feature on page 16 to learn more about the impact ag tourism has on local economies.
And finally, don’t miss Jessica’s preview of the upcoming Manufacturing First Expo and Conference, including her discussion with keynote speaker Bob Chapman, author of “Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family.” That story starts on page 23.
2018 Mergers and Acquisitions Forum
Making a transition in your business can be the most significant financial decision you ever make, but many people are unsure of what to do. Experienced industry professionals will help you learn more about the process at the 2018 Mergers and Acquisitions Forum starting at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 at the Bridgewood Resort Hotel & Conference Center in Neenah. The free forum features a panel discussion with experts on mergers and acquisitions as well as a number of breakout sessions looking at specific topics. Go to insightonbusiness.com/events/ma to learn more or to register for this informative event.
Bob Chapman will share his thoughts on “Truly Human Leadership” at the eighth annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference on Oct. 24 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Visit manufacturingfirst.com to stay in the know about this year’s event.