Biz Notes

Cancer Support

Stillwaters Cancer Support Services and Cancer Support Community Greater Milwaukee are merging their nonprofit efforts to aid patients and families impacted by cancer. Stillwaters will take over programs previously directed by Cancer Support Community beginning Jan. 1, 2013. These programs include The Wellness Group, a support group for individuals coping with recent diagnosis of cancer or treatment for cancer, and Cancer Transitions, a six-week initiative for cancer survivors that assists them in adjustments after the treatment process. The organizations will also consolidate their counseling services with Stillwaters taking on patients and families previously supported by Cancer Support Community. Other programs facilitated by Cancer Support Community will no longer be available.

A.O. Smith

Paul Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based A.O. Smith Corp., has been appointed Wisconsin chair of the recently created Tri State Alliance for Regional Development. Jones will work with Michael Mullen, co-founder of Centerpoint Properties and selected Illinois Chair, and Jim Stanley, chairman and chief executive officer for Northern Indiana Public Service Company and selected Indiana Chair. The Tri State Alliance for Regional Development, an initiative that aims to take action on recommendations from The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, focuses on workforce development, innovation and green efforts among other issues. The initiative will be proactive in building on Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana’s competitive edge as a region. The Alliance will seek input from government officials, members of the academic community and executives from the private sector.

Rock the Green

Rock the Green, an outdoor Milwaukee music festival and nonprofit with an emphasis on near-zero waste, has been honored with the “A Greener Festival Award” from the nonprofit organization A Greener Festival, which encourages sustainable practices at cultural events. Rock the Green, which celebrated its second music event this past September, cut down on waste produced during the 2012 Rock the Green concert using waste reclamation stations, food grinding stations, biodiesel generators, bicycle pedal power and BPA-free water bottles among other sustainable methods. Rock the Green was chosen as an award recipient among 40 international winners and four winners from the United States. Board member Brooks Stevens accepted the “A Greener Festival Award” on behalf of Rock the Green at a ceremony in London on Dec. 3.

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