ARBRE TECHNOLOgIES + MATT VOLLMER

Arbré Technologies, a Wisconsin based tech startup, aims to revolutionize asset management for tree nurseries and other green asset companies by marrying state-of-the-art software with innovative hardware applications. The outcome is improved workflows that eliminate waste, reduce time, decrease costs and improve margins.

Arbré Nursery, which is also accessible via web application, is one of many innovative software solutions to be offered by the company. Arbré Tech is committed to creating the best systems for all types of growing operations, integrating with financial management systems, and customizing solutions that cater to unique nursery needs.


BARNARD STUDIO + JANE BARNARD

Jane Barnard is a professional artist and teacher, member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, the Door County Art League, and Wisconsin Visual Artists. She is represented by galleries in Stevens Point and Door County, Wisconsin. She teaches at the IDEA Center in Stevens Point, The Clearing in Door County, the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, and other venues throughout the Midwest.


DESTINATION IMAGINATION + Jackie Paulson & TRINA BIERMAN

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.


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ENHANCED DESIGNS + HEIDI POPE

Strengthen your company awareness with Enhanced Designs. We offer marketing and design services to enhance your brand. Creating a solution that best fits your marketing strategy through logo development, email campaigns, social media advertising, brochures, and corporate presentations.  


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FIELD NOTES FARM + Polly dalton & Oren Jakobson

Farming is never a perfected practice, and we’re willing to share our steps and developments along the way. Field Notes begins with our past 5 years growing together. Field Notes refers to the observations and reflections collected during scientific field study. Our website and our farm are just that — plans, data collections, trials, and reflections of the things we learn as part of building our farm community. We’ve set out to do this work for ourselves and for our community. We have many seasons ahead of us. The only certainty is that they will all be interesting.


4-H Robotics + Ryan Nelson

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. Portage County 4-H clubs offer programs for anybody and everybody from five-year-old Kindergarten through one year post high school. Youth are empowered to discover and explore their passions through a variety of projects, including arts & crafts, creative writing, animal science, cooking & baking, gardening, woodworking, and so much more!

The Portage County 4-H Robotics program has found a home at the IDEA Center, teaching youth grades 5 & up the basics of programming logic by programming robots to navigate challenge courses.


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GREg Friese + Co-Worker

Greg is the responsible for oversight of original, authoritative content processes, products and systems for Corrections1.com, EMS1.com, Police1.com, and FireRescue1.com - the top digital media properties for public safety professionals.


LEAD TRANSFORMED + Tom Corcoran

LeadTransformed is a six-month mastermind process that helps leaders of all ages review common sense leadership principles and take consistent action steps to make them common practice.


MYSA + JEFF RICE

MYSA is an online platform that connects businesses with American freelancers, with the intent of providing high-quality, vetted, local talent that will support businesses in reaching their goals and support freelancers in living and working where they love, ultimately resulting in stronger communities throughout the US.

The IDEA center has provided MYSA with a place where our dispersed team can meet to plan out our business strategy, as well as giving us a platform (the Hatch competition) to promote our idea. We also look forward to connecting with other entrepreneurs and big-thinkers through IDEA center networking events. 


numbers & nature + cara brooke adams

Cara's creativity overflows at numbers & nature. Her business features Cara's Cannery & Cara's Kitchen using Wisconsin grown & made products, her Urban Nanofarm, and freelance graphic design services.

Most recently numbers & nature is pairing up with CREATE Portage County to produce a line of apparel featuring community-created art that celebrates our sense of place.


PYNPOINTS + Scott Gile

PynPoints is a free mobile application that connects you to local businesses and organizations offering time and location-relevant giveaways, deals, coupons, events, information and promotions saving you time and money.


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STAR B Works + Jesse & Ryan Haney

Star B Works, LLC offers professional consulting and creative design services, specializing in education administration, business management, environmental consulting, sustainability, and multi-media communication (e.g. photography, video, writing, etc.). 


TAPPED + Abi & Jeremy Solin

At the base of the glacial moraine north of Antigo, WI, where our family has been caring for the land for five generations, we make incredibly delicious maple syrup. Tapped specializes in infused syrups, selling our product to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gift stores, and discerning consumers who are interested in both unique, amazing flavors and sustaining our working lands.


Thousand Lumens + Jade Arnold & Zach Strenger

Ever since they were kids, Zach and Jade have had a passion for film. They became friends at UW-Stevens Point and recognized one another's superior quality of work within their classes. Zach, a double major in English and Communication with emphasis on creative writing brings his skill set to the pre-production and writing side of the team. In post production, Jade's sense of rhythm and meticulousness in editing brings a refined and unique flow to the finished product. Together their love for cinema and their eye for detail allow them to capture beautiful cinematic footage and craft impeccable videos that draw both attention and emotion.


TOAST + Sarah Jo & MIchael More

A spin-off of The Main Grain Bakery, TOAST is Central Wisconsin's first take on the artisanal toast bar trend that started in San Francisco and is spreading across the country. TOAST provides foodies both set and seasonal menu options that pair toasted Main Grain breads with flavorful toppings in unique combinations.


TRANSCRIBING DANCE COMPANY + CHARYS HESS

Transcribing Dance Company, established in June of 2012, was set in place to collaboratively melt the art of writing and storytelling with the art of dance. TDC is a professional postmodern dance company which explores a journalistic approach on pedestrian movement. The choreography can be followed by a provided story line, narration, or appreciated in its most simple form, dance.


unpublished.io + Daniel Packard

A social network for researchers and research groups.


WISCONSIN RIVER WOODCARVERS

On February 1, 1995, a group of 18 carvers gathered in the basement of a fellow woodcarver. It was decided we could do it. Officers, by-laws, insurance, dues, incorporation and a meeting place were all discussed and decided upon. The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers, Inc. was created. On March 31, 2001, we had our very first woodcarving show and we have had one every year since. 

After many years of meeting in a local high school, we decided to meet year-round and not just during the school year. We now meet at a variety of times and locations, including Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to noon at the IDEA Center.


WORKING CLASS PUBLISHING + BOB & KELLY BALLARD

Working Class Publishing is an independent publishing house established in 2012.

We are a publisher of high-quality books - looking to change the landscape of traditional publishing by investing in compelling manuscripts and innovative projects.

It's important to us - We print our books in the U.S. and we pay our authors.


 

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ASSEMBLY + QUYEN HOM

Assembly is a clothing and small goods shop curated with the modern woman in mind. A brick + mortar shop based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, we believe in creating a beautiful space to become inspired in while you explore. Hand selected, transitional clothing pieces alongside small goods makes Assembly a shop that offers something for everyone.


PLOVER 9/11 MEMORIAL RESTORATION PROJECT + ART GRECO & BRANDI MAKUSKI

We are a group of elementary and junior high school students, chosen via an application process, in Whiting and Plover, Wis. Through community service and hands-on learning projects, our group will raise funding for needed repairs to the Plover 9/11 Memorial in time for a tentatively-planned re-dedication in September of 2017.


RED ARROW LABS + CENTRAL WI TEAM

Red Arrow Labs creates transformative technology to power a more efficient, effective and easy to use health experience. From laboratory testing to high-tough patient drug therapy support services, our software products positively impact millions of people’s health. Every piece of software, every mobile application we create blends human-centered design thinking and agile, iterative development to fuel progress for life science and health companies. A member of the Dohmen family of companies with more than 158 years of expertise, visit www.redarrowlabs.com to learn more.