Welcome to issue #53

Welcome to another RelyLocal Wausau newsletter, and our 53rd consecutive issue. Now that I’ve put this thing out consistently for one full year, I think I’m starting to get the hang of things. In celebration of our first anniversary I’m freshening up the design, and hopefully will be adding some new elements to my weekly missive.

Business Member News

National brands and large companies spend a whole lot of money to get their name on the first page of Google. That’s why 50-80% of the time when you search for something, you see their name first. RelyLocal Wausau can cut through that clutter by providing a directory exclusively for locally owned businesses. You won’t find the Olive Garden in RelyLocal, but you will find the Best of Wausau.
Got something to ship? Don’t want to wait in line at the post office or drive to the other end of town and hope you catch UPS with their limited hours? Goin’ Postal offers packing and shipping services, and since they offer all the major carriers, they can give you the most cost effective solution for shipping your package.
Becker Communications is a Wausau staple since 1968, but what has transformed from a photography studio in the early days is now a complete source of digital media, video production, tradeshow displays, and digital point of purchase displays. Did I mention they also do large format printing and graphics? Contact Becker Communications for your digital production needs.
The iPad 3 was just announced this week. Now with a faster process and super high resolution display, the latest version of this popular tablet device is sure to sell out fast. You can pre order your own device locally at HappyMac Digital Electronics. Prices start at $499; but hurry, they are bound to sell out fast.
In talking with the Rose Garden this week and they mentioned that while June and August are pretty well full at their Banquet Center, they still have a couple of prime July 2012 dates available for wedding receptions. If you or someone you know is trying to pull together a July wedding, give the Rose Garden a call, they’ve got some great incentives available to fill those dates.
My how fast the time is going, senior portrait time is fast approaching. Photographer Lindsey Marie has a limited time offer: book your senior session by March 31 and save 75% off the session fee. This is a tremendous offer and is only available until the end of the month.
Want to travel to Ireland this summer? Wouldn’t it be great to travel to Ireland with someone that knows and loves the country? Jim Daly of Basil is leading a tour of his homeland this June and only has three seats left. Interest, call today for info.
I love history, especially the early 20th century history that was full of conflict and change. The First UU Church of Wausau is presenting Gary Anderson’s portrayal of Clarence Darrow. In this one man show, we get a provocative look at our most hated and revered attorney, Clarence Darrow as his great mind slips away.  Best known for defending teenage child killers and for defending science teacher John Scopes in the Scopes Monkey Trial, Darrow reveals his private life, his clients and cases, his personal demons, and his professional fearlessness. Shows are Friday, Saturday evening and a Sunday matinee. Details at the Buy Local Wausau blog.
The next Local Business Roundtable is on Thursday March 15 at 7:30am. Join us at the Wausau Entrepreneurial Education Center for networking and a presentation by Tom Ribar of Renegade Marketing. Tom is a marketing consultant and has helped many small business owners take their business to the next level. I did a bit of research and found that he is the real deal. Join us next Thursday and find out what he has to say. Details below.
Have you noticed a change in Facebook? Yeah, I know, Facebook introduces a change just about every other day. But this one is significant. Business pages are slowly migrating over to the timeline format. Timeline will be a great benefit to your business’s Facebook page. Learn how to take advantage of the benefits and new features at my next Facebook for Business class on Tuesday March 27 at 4:30pm. Space is limited and we are starting to fill up, so please register soon.

Closing Thoughts

Happy Birthday Christine. You know what kind of a romantic I am, but it looks like your birthday present will be new brakes for the car from Jay’s Auto. I’m glad he’s running a brake promotion this week.
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time starts on the 11th.