The chill wind blows and suddenly our March weather at the start of the month has been replaced with the January deep freeze that we all know and love. Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside, our great local businesses are always looking for your support.

Business Member News

I’m glad to announce that some great new features are just around the corner that will make the RelyLocal local business directory more accessible and user friendly. Our mobile version of the site is just about ready to launch. With the prevalence of smart phones and devices with integrated browsers, searching for great local businesses will get a whole lot easier. Want to learn more about how this mobile integration can increase the visibility of your business? Drop me a line at michaelmartens@relylocal.com.
2012 marks the 15th anniversary of Dayspring Health Spa. Since 1997 Dayspring has been offering a full line of spa services to pamper and cater to your needs. As part of their anniversary Dayspring is offering specials all year round. For January check out their Body Indulgence – A Relaxing or Deep-Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Body Scrub & Steam Canopy. Plus a Mini-Facial, Manicure and Pedicure.  Over 3 Hours $189 ($215 value)
This is the last week to catch the “Boxes and their Makers” and “Think Inside the Box” exhibitions at the Woodson Art Museum. Both exhibits close on the 22nd of January. Coming January 28th will be two great news exhibitions, Dinotopia: The Fantastical Art of James Gurney and The Americans in Glass Legacy. More info on relylocal.com:
Stoned and Wired is offering a series of jewelry making classes this winter to help you break out of the winter doldrums. Starting on the 25th of January is their Memory Bracelets winter workshop and other classess in art metal earrings and beaded necklaces are to follow. You can learn more about Stoned and Wired winter class schedule on the Buy Local Wausau Blog.
Are you in the market to purchase a used car? Are your kids to the age where they are shopping for a vehicle of their own? Jay’s Auto Repair is hosting a class on Wednesday February 8th titled “How to Buy a Great Used Car.” This free seminar, taught by Jay Alfsen of Jay’s Auto is highly informative and you’ll come away with the tools you need to properly seek out and negotiate for a great used automobile.
I still have a couple more seats left for my Facebook for Business 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

I’d like to introduce our newest local business advocate and sales rep, Judy Lillie. Judy comes with years of experience in newspaper advertising and has a vast knowledge of helping businesses succeed through innovative marketing programs like what RelyLocal offers. Plus, as a long time resident of this community, she’s invested in helping out community and economy grow. Welcome aboard Judy.