Biz Notes

Price Promotion & Design

Administration and marketing specialist Heidi Price announced that Price Promotion & Design in Milwaukee has changed its name to HP Administration & Management. HP Administration & Management will still offer administration and marketing services, but has also added management of commercial and residential properties to its list of services. Price has more than 14 years experience in the real estate industry and in administration and maintains a certification in property management with a Wisconsin Real Estate Brokers License.

Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee

Surgicenter of Greater Milwaukee, an outpatient surgery center in Greenfield has been awarded national and local honors for high-quality, efficient care including the OR Benchmarks Collaborative Top Performer award and the 2009 Best of Milwaukee Award from the U.S. Commerce Association. Surgicenter was recognized for service excellence in case-time effectiveness and awarded an honorable mention for overall top performance. Surgicenter was evaluated based on efficiency of operating room performance using performance measures such as start-time accuracy, turnover, scheduling accuracy and utilization. The U.S. Commerce Association recognized Surgicenter with the “Best of Local Business” award, which honors outstanding local businesses nationwide.

Joe Wilde Company, Inc.

New Berlin-based Joe Wilde Company, Inc., has received certification as a woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) through the state Department of Commerce. The designation qualifies Joe Wilde Company, Inc. to be considered for contracts with corporations and government entities that seek vendor relationships with businesses owned and operated by women. Joe Wilde Company, Inc. was established in 1945 and specializes in home exterior products including overhead garage doors and openers, storm doors, service doors, awnings and railings. The company sells to both residential and commercial customers.

Esker Technologies, LLC

Governor Jim Doyle recently announced that Milwaukee-based Esker Technologies, LLC, will receive a loan of up to $63,000 from the Technology Venture Fund (TVF) program to complete development of its new digital communications technology. “Even during these difficult times, it’s important we continue to invest in innovative companies like Esker that are creating the jobs of tomorrow for hardworking Wisconsin families,” Doyle said. The new digital communications technology virtually eliminates the need for over 80 percent of the wires currently used in vehicles. Esker Technologies recently received the “General Motors Design Award for Most Innovative Product” at the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s premier automotive trade event in Las Vegas. The company will use provided funds to help launch the $245,000 project.

Milwaukee law firm expands with new office in Nashville

Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, a Milwaukee-based law firm, continues to expand its nationwide footprint with the opening of an office in Nashville, Tenn.

Nashville attorneys Natasha Blackshear and Dennis Nunez have joined Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan as the firm opens its 13th office.

“I am pleased to join forces with such a respected minority-owned law firm,” Blackshear said. “Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan brings the considerable resources of a nationwide law firm to bear on public and corporate finance matters in Nashville, Memphis and across the state of Tennessee.”

“We are delighted to welcome these talented and experienced attorneys into Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan as we continue to expand our reach as a truly nationwide law firm,” said Jerry Gonzalez, managing partner of the firm.

Wells Fargo names new regional commercial banker

Wells Fargo & Company has named Lisa Johnson as regional head for commercial banking in Illinois and southeastern Wisconsin.

Johnson is based in Chicago and reports to Richard Kerbis, head of Wells Fargo’s Midwest division of commercial banking.

Johnson, who led Wells Fargo Business Credit’s Central Region, will be responsible for building Wells Fargo commercial banking’s presence throughout the region. Wells Fargo has 3,400 employees in Illinois and 1,400 in southeastern Wisconsin.

“Illinois and southeast Wisconsin are terrific markets for Wells Fargo because of the significant number of owner-operated middle-market customers,” said Kerbis, who leads a network of 18 Commercial Banking offices in nine Midwest states. “Continuing to expand these markets in particular is a big focus for Commercial Banking’s national strategy.”

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