Door County Business Briefs

Mike Shaw purchased Service Taxi Cab Co. of Sturgeon Bay from former owners Steve and Karen Charnetski on Dec. 1. The business’s home-based office also moved from Utah Street, across from WDOR radio station, to Belmar Place near Sunset Elementary School.

The Charnetskis had owned the business since 1992 after buying it from Herb Frea, for whom Steve Charntski worked as a driver in between his former occupation as a shipyard welder. Shaw, like Steve, graduated from driver to owner, putting in close to four years behind the wheel of the Charnetskis’ taxis before acquiring the company.

Currently, Service Taxi operates three, seven passenger minivan/taxis, two of which are in service at any one time. Service Taxi offers cab service within Sturgeon Bay, throughout Door County and to points beyond including the Green Bay airport and bus depot and Manitowoc car ferry. The general service area is approximately a one-hour radius from Sturgeon Bay, though exceptions can be made in some circumstances.

For more information or for cab services, call 920.743.3443.

• The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club will host a free introduction to business-planning seminar, “Starting A Business in Door County,” on Monday, January 12, 6 – 8 pm at NWTC-Sturgeon Bay. This one-evening course is for anyone who is considering starting their own company and will discuss some of the basics that go into building a successful new business venture. The session will also allow interested students to sign up for the 10-week NxLevel™ Entrepreneurial Training course that begins on February 2.

DCEDC and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center are proud to sponsor the eighth annual NxLevel™ Entrepreneurial Training course in Door County. This intensive course takes students through a step-by-step approach to writing a professional business plan. Every Monday evening, February 2 through April 6, course participants will gain the knowledge and skills to create a plan for the ultimate success of their business.

For more information call 920.743.3113, email [email protected] or visit

Door County Interiors and Design has been named the #1 Hunter Douglas Window Blind Dealer in Wisconsin for 2008 by Beauti-Vue Products Corporation. This distinction was presented to Door County Interiors and Design for the outstanding quality and service they provide to customers.

Door County Interiors and Design, a full-service Design Center since 2003, has several highly qualified design professionals available to work with customers. Window blind specialists are Mary Ann Miller, Patricia Malek and Cynthia DeLaMer. Both Steve Rank and Ron Trimberger are certified Hunter Douglas Blind Installers.

New technology, available at Door County Memorial Hospital’s (DCMH) Rehab Services, can help stroke patients and others move, resume daily tasks and become more independent.

The Ness H200, worn on the forearm/hand, and the Ness L300, fitted to the leg, are advanced electrical stimulation systems distributed by Bioness Inc. of Santa Clarita, California. They work by sending electrical impulses to nerves in the arm or leg, which stimulate the muscles.

“We want to develop the best possible practice to treat people. We have done our research and found that there are good results Bioness can offer our patients,” said Ann Rankin, an occupational therapist with DCMH.

In addition to stroke patients, Bioness products may help people who have traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis regain function. Some patients may acquire a unit to use at home.

People interested may call Rehab Services at 920.746.0410 to learn more or make an appointment at a DCMH/MHC Rehab Services site near them.