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PAi honored again with Blue Ribbon award

PAi (Plan Administrators Inc.) of De Pere was honored with a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award for the seventh time in eight years last month.

The award is given to select companies across the country that the chamber judges to have played a critical role in creating jobs and growing the economy.

The award recognizes businesses that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including business strategy, employee development, community involvement and customer service.

One hundred Blue Ribbon winners were selected this year from a record number of applicants.

The winners will be honored at America's Small Business Summit 2013, which will be April 29-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

"PAi's success is directly due to the talents and diversity of our staff and our industry partners," Tracy Ruh, PAi's chief operating officer, said in a news release. "All of us are passionate about helping people prepare for retirement, and that passion drives us to constantly look for new opportunities to help people reach their retirement goals. We're very honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for our efforts."

De Pere insurance agency earns distinction

Insurance Service Center of De Pere recently was named one of Society's Best for 2012 by Society Insurance, a mutual insurance company in Fond du Lac.

The Society's Best program recognizes exceptional performance in Society Insurance's top 25 agencies.

Insurance Service Center competed with more than 300 independent agencies that represent Society Insurance across a four-state territory.

The De Pere agency earned similar recognition in 2007 and '09.

United Way recognizes awards winners

Brown County United Way honored several individuals and companies at its Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon on Feb. 21.

? Legacy Awards went to Gail McNutt for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership, Bellin Health for the George F. Kress award, Denis Grusnick of Humana for the R.C. Nelson award and Randall Lawton for the W. Heraly MacDonald award.

? In the category of Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator, awards went to Jason Herbst of Johnson Bank for Small Business; Sue Landry, Rachel Greely and Andrea Kuss of Schenck, S.C., for Medium Business; and Rigo Mendiola, Jim Ridderbush and Jessie Bildings of JBS Green Bay for Large Business.

? In the category of Outstanding Campaign, awards went to Camera Corner Connecting Point for Small, Cummins NPower for Medium and Shopko for Large.

? The Community Impact Award went to Nancy Armbrust.

? The Emerging Leaders honor went to Carly Appel.

? The Shining Stars honors went to Connie Greenawald, Tim Volker, Patricia Nosgovitz and Sara Klemme.

? The Outstanding Corporate Support Award went to Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance.

? The Meritorious Support Award went to Schneider National.

State grants available for dairy farmers

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications from dairy farmers until 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, for the Growing Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative financial-assistance grants.

The purpose of the funding is to provide support and technical assistance to all dairy farmers, regardless of type or size, to improve their operation.

Funding is available for projects up to $5,000. Farmers need to provide 20 percent in matching funds.

Two categories of financial assistance are available: Dairy Profit and Planning & Preparation.

More information about the program and application materials are available online at, or call toll-free at (855) 943-2479.

Unity to hold orientation for prospective volunteers

Unity, which provides hospice and palliative care, will hold orientation sessions for its volunteer program in March and April.

Unity's Volunteer Services Department works closely with individuals to find meaningful ways for them to participate in palliative, hospice and bereavement programs.

Volunteer opportunities in Unity's 12-county service area include being a friendly visitor to patients in private homes or assisted-living facilities, transporting patients to medical appointments, cutting the hair of homebound patients and utilizing sewing talents for the creative keepsake program.

Additional opportunities in the De Pere area include serving meals and providing hospitality at Unity's hospice residence and working in Unity's administrative office in Ledgeview, 2366 Oak Ridge Circle.

The orientation dates at the Ledgeview office are Wednesday, March 20, and Saturday, April 6.

Registration is required one week before each orientation session by calling (800) 990-9249 or sending email to A Unity volunteer coordinator will follow up to begin the application process in advance of the orientation date.

For more information about volunteering at Unity or additional orientation dates, go to the website and the tab "Join Our Team."

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