A Note from Marty Ochs
We need Billerud to open up the Wisconsin Rapids paper mill or sell it without restrictions on the paper products the mill is designed to produce. Wisconsin needs your help to rebuild the paper industry! I have had discussions with Billerud and I value the genuine relationship we built. GBIG is putting together a group of industry experts to discuss the issues to rebuild the paper industry in Wisconsin. The guests will include WEDC, the Wisconsin Paper Council and ALL interested in BUILDING BACK the Wisconsin Paper Industry. If you are interested, please contact me.

Marty Ochs
Which GBIG Sponsorship Level is Right for You?
GBIG offers 3 sponsorship levels, Bronze ($250), Silver ($500), and Gold ($1,000). Each level provides businesses with the opportunity to promote their company and its products and services with the GBIG community in this newsletter and the GBIG website. 
VPI Says Thanks
GBIG and other supporters donated $30,000 to local pantries, shelters and other nonprofits in 2022. One recipient was VPI, a nonprofit that connects individuals with disabilities with manufacturers and local human services providers. Here's VPI's thank you message: Thank you, Green Bay Innovation Group for your generous donation to VPI's Community Programs! It is an honor to carry out the education, outreach, and employment work that is so important to your organization! Together, we are making an impact in the Fox Cities! 
GBIG Webinar: Stop Scaring Away Amazing Talent 
Do you know the 30% Rule, the Crab & Beer Rule, or the difference between abilities and skills? Learn about these topics and much more by attending the free GBIG webinar, “Stop Scaring Away Amazing Talent.” Joe Nowlin and Mike Quinn, HR professionals who revolutionized employee selection with the 15dots® Selection Process, will lead the webinar. 15dots, based in Neenah WI, trains HR leaders to adopt a rigorous employee selection process. 15dots refers to five ability tests and 10 behavior-based interview dimensions critical to employee selection.
When: 10am-11am CT, Thursday, Jan. 26
Where: Packerland Websites’ Conference Room 1 (sign-in is at the footer of Packerlandwebsites.com)
Why: Fix the broken model of attracting, selecting and retaining talent.
Wi5P Webinar: Women Leaders in Industry Series
Women in the 5P Industries and New North are sponsoring a free virtual webinar from 1-2pm CST Tuesday, Jan. 23. Barb LaMue, President and CEO of New North Inc. will speak about Wisconsin’s diverse business development and upscaling talent. The New North is an 18-county regional development corporation in Northeast Wisconsin.
2023 Business Trends: Inflation & The Economy Ahead
Nancy Johnshoy, CFA, Senior Vice President – Portfolio Manager & Market Strategist, will present national and regional economic data at a presentation from 7:30-9:30am Thursday, Jan. 19, at Butte des Morts Country Club, 3600 W Prospect Ave, Appleton. A panel of local business leaders will discuss inflation, interest rates, employment, and more.
2 Perspectives on U.S./China Policy
The U.S. has been under attack by China, and a perfect example is the Wisconsin and U.S. paper and pulp companies. We have two perspectives, one from Congressman Mike Gallagher who outlines a Vision for the Select Committee on China and President Joe Biden, who reverses decades of China trade policy. We have finally recognized China as the greatest threat to our industries and democracy.
The N-Tech Consulting team added Joe LeMere to its staff as Director of New Business Development. Joe brings more than two decades of communications experience to N-Tech Consulting. 
Menasha Corporation announces President and CEO Jim Kotek has been included in BizTimes Milwaukee’s inaugural Wisconsin 275: The State’s Most Influential Business Leaders ranking.
Bill Koehne, owner of Packerland Websites, and his team had a banner year helping organizations move to the next level with websites, SEO, and marketing. The team manages over 550 websites.
Appvion, a Wynnchurch Capital, L.P. portfolio company, announced the addition of Decorative Films, LLC to the platform. Decorative Films manufactures adhesive decorative, privacy, and functional window films in Frederick, Maryland. This follows Wynnchurch’s investment in Nekoosa Coated Products in November 2022.
Employee engagement builds camaraderie, promotes teamwork, and results in better attendance and retention rates. So, how can 15dots’ Joe “Doc” Nowlin, an industrial psychologist and former business professor not be a fan of employee engagement? When will employee engagement make minimal gains? 
PPC Flexible Packaging LLC, announces the appointment of George Rose to the newly created position of Executive Vice President and General Manager, Healthcare and Specialty Packaging.
George will assume the commercial and operations leadership role to drive the long-term company's strategic growth.
GBIG Mission Statement
The mission statement of the Green Bay Innovation Group is to bring together and create opportunities for networking between Wisconsin companies involved in the Paper, Printing, Pulp, Plastics, Packaging, Converting and Supplier Industries. GBIG creates an open dialog between companies. GBIG webinars, meetings, etc. talk about current and new products, technology, innovation, sales, marketing, social media/web design, new equipment, etc. 
GBIG is looking to create new products, new markets and expand the presence of our industries in Wisconsin. We are here to help you push the norm and challenge one another to help make our companies and our communities better.  
Finally, we are bringing financial support to our communities, especially to those most in need through the donations from our Sponsors.
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