Welcome to the first week of 2012. After all the excitement and energy of the Christmas Holidays, January can feel like a dead month. But there is plenty of going on, in fact the RelyLocal Wausau events calendar has just been updated with a smorgasbord of events and happenings for January and early February.

Business Member News

I frequently get asked which types of businesses benefit most from RelyLocal’s advertising incubator and marketing services. The best answer is: every one. But I have seen the greatest gains in visibility for small, locally owned businesses that do not have the budget for traditional advertising, or have a weak website and online presence. RelyLocal Wausau works, let it work for you.
Verhasselt Home Repair is a handyman and small contracting business that can do anything from small fixit jobs to major home repairs and renovations. Need a bonus room, kitchen or bathroom remodel? Give Verhasselt a call. Got squeaky doors, drippy faucet, or need a window replacement; Verhasselt can do that too.
Wedding Wonderland 2012 is coming this Sunday to The Rose Garden Banquet Center in Wausau. Did you get engaged or know someone that got engaged over the Holidays? If so, you will definitely won’t want to miss the first bridal show of the year. Sunday, January 8 from 11:00am to 4:00pm, meet vendors, taste great food, view a bridal fashion show presented by Elegant Occasions, and enter a drawing to win $1000. Tickets are $6.00 in advance, or $7.00 at the door. Tickets available at The Rose Garden and Elegant Occasions.
Dermarenew offers medical spa services to help you increase your confidence by looking your best. Make radiant skin your New Year’s resolution with special and promotional prices on chemical peels. They have different peels for the various skin needs; call today for a consolation on which will work best for you.
The Indoor Farmers Market continues through January. Stop on down Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm to meet local vendors and purchase fresh produce, meat, dairy, bread, and more. Get your New Year’s resolutions on the right track by eating healthier whole grain and natural foods.
Does your business have news to share? Connecting to the loyal local community through this email newsletter is a benefit of membership. Contact us today to find out more. Non-profit groups and community events are listed for free on a space available basis.
Did you get a eReader like a Kindle, Nook, iPad, or Android tablet for Christmas? The Marathon County Public Library has thousands of ebooks that you can download and read for free. Much like a physical book, these ebooks are on loan to your device for a period of 7 to 21 days. A special download app is required and the library staff is glad to help you get it installed on your device. Read more at their blog:
Sean Emery, talented comedian, juggler, and comedian will be performing on Tuesday, January 17th, 6:30pm at the DC Everest Middle School as a benefit for the local Boy Scouts of America. Titled “Gift of the Woods” his highly entertaining will not want to be missed. Details on the Buy Local Wausau blog.
Register now for my upcoming Facebook classes. If you are using Facebook to promote your business, you won’t want to miss these courses. A Facebook for Business beginner class will be on Monday, January 23 and a Facebook for Business Advanced Class will be on Monday, January 30. The Beginner class will get you started with business pages, what to post and how to engage your fans and followers. The Advanced class will delver deeper into the mechanics of Facebook and discuss Insights, Advertising, and building custom tabs with iFrames. Both classes will be held at the Wausau Entrepreneurial Education Center (Incubator) at 100 N 72nd Ave. Details are on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.

Closing Thoughts

So, how many weeks does it take for you to stop writing 2011 on your checks? I know, nobody uses checks anymore. Never the less, may 2012 be prosperous and filled with blessings. Lead by example and share with others. Happy New Year.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce