The Wisconsin Department of Tourism presented a grant check to the Marshfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, reimbursing them for advertising expenses related to the 2013 National Fur Trappers Rendezvous in Marshfield in June. Pictured are Ed Englehart, director of the Marshfield Parks & Recreation Department, from left; Scott McAuley, Wisconsin Trappers Association; Todd Diedrich, president of the Marshfield CVB; Sharon Kirn, former executive director of the Marshfield CVB; and Sarah Klavas, Department of Tourism Industry Relations and Services director.
Grant applications sought
Rural Development is accepting applications for the FY2013 Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.
This program is designed to help small and emerging private business enterprises. Eligible applicants include public bodies, tribes and private nonprofit corporations that are serving rural areas. Pre-application materials can be downloaded online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/WI_RBS_Enterprs.html.
Each application will be evaluated and scored upon the criteria found in Section C, Attachment 1 of RD Instruction 1942-G. Applications that provide matching funds and assist businesses that directly create jobs will receive higher priority. All matching funds, business support, job creation, etc., must be supported with appropriate documentation.
The deadline to submit applications is Feb. 1. Funding decisions will be made based on the applications on file when Rural Development receives the annual appropriation for this program.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your project in detail, call the Rural Development office at 715-345-7610.
Assistant golf pro receives recognition
Tom Brockman, assistant golf professional at the Marshfield Country Club, has been selected, for the second time, as one of the Top 100 Golf Teachers worldwide for 2012, by the World Golf Teachers Federation.
Brockman, who has been a golf professional since 1982 and has been at MCC for the past 17 years, also was selected as one of the Top 100 teachers in 2010. Brockman was one of 37 teachers from the United States selected for the 2012 list.
ESE Inc. announces ESOP
ESE Inc. has announced it has transitioned to a 100 percent Employee Stock Ownership Plan company, and that ownership of the company has been transferred from Mark and Rosemarie Weber to ESE Inc. employees.
ESE began its ESOP in 2005 as part of an initial start to a transition process, and now has moved to 100 percent of the stock ownership. In addition, the company secured debt and other financing to complete the transaction through BMO Harris Bank N.A. As a result of this transaction, ESE now is 100 percent employee-owned. There will be no changes in the operations or business strategy of the company.
For Mark Weber, founder of ESE, the transition to an ESOP provided the option for management and ownership transition he and his wife and co-founder, Rosemarie, were looking for. Most importantly, the ESOP allows the Weber's to reward team members for their contributions to the company's success over the past 30 years.
Weber will continue as a member of the board of directors and as a consultant to ESE management and customers. Tom Walther will serve as president and CEO; he has been the president since 2000.
"It is the talent, commitment and passion of our team members for our customers and our company that drive ESE's success and growth. Rosemarie and I strongly felt that our people should control the destiny of ESE and as importantly, have the opportunity to experience the fulfillment of ownership," Weber said.