This week is the Wausau Regional Chamber’s Small Business Week. Studies have shown that small and locally owned businesses have a greater economic impact per capita than larger retail stores. They are the foundation of our economy, and fostering the growth and development of local business makes our local economy more resilient.

Strolling the halls of today’s Chamber’s Business Expo, I marvel at the energy and passion of the exhibitors.  Today’s rain certainly didn’t put a damper on anyone’s enthusiasm- it was a great show, and I saw and met more people in the three hour span I was there than i did over the last several months. The expo is certainly worth your time to attend. Thank you Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce for putting on another spectacular show.
Please head on over to the Buy Local Wausau Blog for more pictures from today’s event.

Business Member News

Are you finding it more and more difficult to get your message out on Facebook and the other social sites? One of the benefits of RelyLocal Wausau membership is publishing your businesses news item in this newsletter. This newsletter covers a highly localized area, 75% of our readers are from the Wausau Metro Area. We also have an open rate and click rate that is almost double the industry standard. Contact us to learn more about connecting with this loyal local audience.

Backsmith Advanced Physical Therapy


Please welcome our newest RelyLocal Business Member:Backsmith Advanced Physical Therapy in Weston. Head on over to their listing and read more about their services and unique medical device they offer to help with back pain and mobility issues.

Meet Dr. Voigt Smith and tour Backsmith Advanced Physical Therapy at their Open House on Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available along with balloons for the kids! Backsmith Advanced Physical Therapy is located at 3409 Schofield Ave (across the street from Betty’s Lunch).

Woodson Art Museum

Register for an Upcycling Workshop, Fri., May 2, 10am-2pm, led by artist-in-residence Nancy Judd. Don’t miss the Recycled Runway fashion show, Sat., May 3, 7-8; bring friends & family to this free event! See this link for details about programs throughout Nancy’s residency, May 1-4. 
Read more on the Woodson Art Museum Blog.

Hsu Growing Supply

FREE seminar! Composting Basics will be held this Saturday April 26 at 10:00am at Majestic Farms Greenhouse and Landscaping in Hatley. Hsu Growing Supply and Majestic Farms will teach you about the  benefits of ‪‎compost‬ in your garden. To get to Majestic Farms, take HWY 29 to Hatley and head south on HWY Y for approximately 2.5 miles. Turn right onto Townline Road and continue for approximately 2.5 miles. The greenhouse will be located on the left hand side (south side) of Townline Road.

Frasiers Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling

Earth day was earlier this week. Want to help save the Earth & trim your annual utility budget? Tankless water heaters are up to 22% more eco-friendly than traditional water heaters. Tankless heaters are great for people that may not otherwise put a heavy load on their water heaters (for example, small families or empty nesters). Talk to Frasiers Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling to see if a tankless heater is right for you, and find out how you can save up to 22% compared to conventional water heaters.

Downtown Optical

Time to start thinking about your summer eye protection! Remember UV comes from both sides of lenses and can be reflected into your eyes. Downtown Optical recommends Crizal Sun with UV for full UV protection! Combined with Xperio polarized lenses it is the best sun wear to have! Downtown Optical, local optician in Wausau.

Car Seat Recycling

Do you have a car seat or booster seat that’s not being used. Did you know that if the seat is more than six years old, it is most likely no longer safe to use. Bring your old car seats to Car Seat Recycle Day: Safe Kids Wausau will take your expired, damaged or unwanted car seats for recycling this Saturday April 26th from 9-Noon at the Schofield Fire Department. 

Closing Thoughts

This may sound like a broken record, but food prices are continuing to rise. Extreme weather conditions and disease are hurting produce and meats alike. With the celebration of Earth Day this past week, it gives one pause on what we can do reduce our dependence on volatile products and increase our own sustainability. There’s no simple answers to these questions, but I know I’ll be looking at ways to shift my consumption to more locally sourced and sustainable products.