Success Stories

Sawdust City, LLC

Liz and Lanny Collins started Sawdust City, LLC as a small business based out of their garage. They specialize in rustic pine furniture. Sawdust City began as a hobby but has since blossomed into a business.

“If it wasn’t for the CVIC, we are not sure we would have a business. The Center provides everything we needed to start a business.”

The Bottom Line

Dan Ropa purchased the newsletter, The Bottom Line, from Broadcaster Services Inc. in October of 1988. He soon began leasing space from the CVIC, which offered his business affordable office space and knowledge of emerging companies in the area.

“The facility does a good job at customizing its work/office space with the needs of its clients. It has been a successful tool for economic development officials and financial institutions who want to support a new business.”


Rod-N-Bobb’s Inc. is a fishing tackle business started by Ann and Gary Bennis in 1992. That same year, they were awarded a $1000 cash prize and a low interest loan when they participated in the EDC’s Create Your Own Business Contest.

About the CVIC, Mr. Bennis said, “The best features were inexpensive rent, and the Creating Your Own Business Contest. Cash awards and low interest loans are great ways to get people excited about their new business ventures.”


Deb and Larry Butero started PQS-QES as a family-run business in 1996. They specialize in dimensional inspection, part functional testing, calibration, and documentation services for manufacturing companies. The company grew quickly right away and needed more sophisticated office facilities. The CVIC provided them with versatility, ample space, and extra amenities.

Parco Manufacturing

Parco Manufacturing is a custom vinyl window and patio door construction company started by Paul Rydning in 1986. Tim McCormick and Doug Richardson purchased the company in 2001. The CVIC helped jumpstart the company by creating business connections.

“The CVIC helped us network with people and to identify manufacturing related help for small businesses.”

Merry Maids

Jerry Becker opened a Merry Maids franchise in the Chippewa Valley in 1996. Merry Maids is a professional, residential cleaning service. The CVIC provided Becker with affordable office space, computers, meeting rooms, and network connections.

“The CVIC is a value to our community and new business owners. Since the percentage of new businesses that fail is so high, having affordable office space is ‘one less thing’ (for business owners) to worry about!”

Envirotech Coating Systems, Inc.

EnviroTech Coating Systems, Inc. was started by Mark Kalish and John Berthold in August of 1994. They provide quality industrial and restoration powder coating services. The company began with the assistance of the CVIC and within five years, built a facility of its own in the Chippewa Valley Industrial Park.

Premier Dies

Premier Dies was started in 2001 by Steve Jonjak, Robert Shakal, Terrance Banchy, Dean Siddons, Laverne Berg, and Steve Burt. The company manufactures slot coating and flat polymer dies. Premier Dies needed a place to begin production and the CVIC had a facility that fit their space requirements.

“The CVIC had a lot of little things provided that people don’t think about…a copy machine, lunch room, Internet access, garbage service, compressed air, and more.”

Advance Laser Machining

Advanced Laser Machining was started by John Walton in 1996. The company offers laser metal fabrication with the most advanced laser cutting devices. The CVIC was able to provide below market rent, office space, office supplies, and business advice. Advanced Laser Machining was only with the CVIC for a year and a half before the company moved into its own facility.