Marshfield area business briefs

9:59 PM, Apr. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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Drug Take Back day planned

The Marathon County Medication Drop Box Program will again join forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for National Drug Take Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. The Colby-Abbotsford Police Department, 112 W. Spruce St, Abbotsford, will participate.

Residents are encouraged to take all pills out of original containers and place in a zip-type plastic bag. Blister packages are acceptable without the medications being removed. Creams and liquids will be accepted in original container. No needles, syringes or inhalers please.

Insurance company earns honor

Auto-Owners Insurance has announced Greater Insurance Services of Marshfield has been named one of the Top 10 growth agencies for the company in the state of Wisconsin for 2012.

The agency was recognized at a luncheon meeting in Appleton, and at a reception with all regional associates, where they and other recipients were presented with a plaque commemorating their accomplishment. Greater Insurance Services of Marshfield has represented Auto-Owners since 2006. Auto-Owners is headquartered in Lansing, Mich., and serves policyholders in 26 states.

Edward Jones advisers rated high

For the fifth time in as many studies conducted, Edward Jones financial advisers rate the firm "Highest in Employee Advisor Satisfaction among Financial Investment Firms," according to a newly released study by J.D. Power and Associates.

"We are extremely gratified that our financial advisers report they have confidence in our mission, our vision and our values," Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle said. "We have articulated a clear vision for the future that is based upon growing by serving more clients more deeply. A business built upon achieving client satisfaction also leads to personal satisfaction."

Kacey DeWitt is a financial adviser in Marshfield.

Edward Jones financial advisers gave the highest satisfaction ratings in eight of the nine study factors, which placed the firm 212 points ahead of the industry average.

Financial advisers also scored extremely high the support they receive from their branch office administrators and the firm's home office associates.

"We believe this recognition reflects our firm's total alignment around serving our clients and supporting our branch teams," DeWitt said. "In our business model, branch teams focus on each client, while in the home office we offer support and expertise on investment guidance."

Security names marketing officer

John Kelly has assumed his duties as chief marketing officer at Security Health Plan of Wisconsin Inc.

Kelly joins Security Health Plan from Marshfield Clinic, where he was a district administrator since September 2005. Prior to that, he was senior vice president at Gunderson Lutheran Health Systems in La Crosse.

"John's accomplished background and strong leadership skills make him an excellent fit for our organization," said Steve Youso, Security Health Plan chief administrative officer. "He understands the interests of our members, has strong connections to the business community, and knows how to work with hospitals and other provider systems."

Kelly will direct sales, market research, product development communications and advertising activities within Security Health Plan. He'll be accountable for development and implementation of the strategies to achieve membership goals.

A Minnesota native, Kelly received his bachelor's degree in psychology, health and society from the University of Rochester. He received his master of business administration from the University of Chicago.

Register for business workshop

Always looking for effective and innovative ways to improve the area's businesses and economy, Sheila Nyberg of Clark County Economic Development has teamed up with Jon Fields, Ph.D. and Owner of The Growth Coach franchise servicing west central Wisconsin, to provide a special Business Growth Workshop for local businesses from 9 a.m. to noon April 30 at Loyal City Hall, 301 N. Main Street, Loyal.

Provided as a service to the businesses and organizations within the county, this workshop, facilitated by Jon Fields, a native of Greenwood, is the first of many that Clark County Economic Development Corporation may sponsor during the upcoming months. This powerful planning workshop will help local business professionals identify actions they can take that will produce immediate results and move them closer to their long term goals.

For more information on The Growth Coach or for details on the workshop, contact Clark County Economic Development Corporation, email or call 715-255-9100. There is no cost to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required.

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