Door County’s Samara Jewelry Designs Recognized for Website Design

• Samara Jewelry Design’s website was recently recognized by New York-based Graphic Design USA for its excellence in website design. The website,, is one of seven sites designed by Milwaukee-based Trivera Interactive to earn recognition in the 2011 American Graphics Design Awards.

“We are thrilled to have our work recognized as part of this national competition,” said Tom Snyder, President/CEO of Trivera. Only 15 percent of the 8,000-plus entries submitted to the American Graphic Design Awards were recognized with an Awards Certificate of Excellence.

“Our designers have been doing great work for clients since our founding in 1996, and it’s great for them to be recognized on a national stage” Snyder added.

Samara Jewelry Designs, located at 33 N. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, is owned and operated by Greg and Samara Christian, who have over 30 years of experience creating and selling jewelry. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. For more information visit

For more information on Trivera Interactive visit

• October 4 at 1:30 pm, Action Realty will host a ribbon cutting and open house event for the recently completed model homes on the former WireTech factory site at the intersection of Erie Street and North 6th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The two homes are the first in a 17-lot workforce housing development being constructed by V&A of Sturgeon Bay over the next several years. Following the brief ribbon cutting ceremony, the model homes will be open for tours until 6 pm.

Representatives from a number of participating organizations will be on hand for the celebration, including Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham, Door County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Chaudoir, Community Development Director John Schultz from the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority, Broker Cindy Koutnik from Action Realty, and Shawn Aalsma and Russ Van Rite from V&A of Sturgeon Bay, LLC.

Action Realty of Sturgeon Bay is the listing agent for the new homes in the Sunset Hill #2 subdivision. Anyone interested in viewing the homes at any time can contact Action Realty at 1.800.972.3667 or via email at [email protected].

The City of Sturgeon Bay has created a Down Payment Assistance Program which will provide a $5,000, zero-percent interest, forgivable loan to help fund the down payment needs for the first nine qualified home buyers in the development. For more information or an application for this program, contact Bill Chaudoir at 920.743.3113 x 203 or [email protected].

• Four additional members of Unity’s certified nursing assistant (CNA) staff achieved certification from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses. Laura Frea, Ashley Ginter, Andrea Polarek and Wendy Simonsen achieved recognition as Certified Hospice and Palliative Nursing Assistants (CHPNA™).

As CNAs, they support patients and their families in a variety of settings, including private homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing staff become eligible to sit for the certification exam after completing 2,000 hours or having an equivalent of two years experience in the fields of hospice and palliative care. Staff members are certified for a period of four years and obtain recertification through the testing process.

For more information call 920.338.1111 or visit

• The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is pleased to continue offering regular office hours for new and existing business owners in Northern Door County, providing business counseling and entrepreneurial services in Sister Bay. Individual, confidential sessions will be held the second Tuesday of each month from 8 am – noon at the Sister Bay Fire Station, 2258 Mill Road. The next date will be October 11. An appointment is requested and can be made by contacting Sam Perlman at 920.743.3113 x 204 or via email at [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome, based on availability.

DCEDC Economic Development Manager Sam Perlman offers free, one-on-one business counseling sessions, providing advice on business planning, financing, business incentives and other issues. As a member of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network, DCEDC also has the ability to tap into the expertise of the statewide support network to help find solutions to business issues and questions.

Sam Perlman is the Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation, a position he has held for eight years.

• The Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA) is partnering with Focus on Energy in a New Homes Program.

A Focus New Home meets strict criteria for energy efficiency, air tightness, insulation, ventilation and safety. The Focus consultant, who works in partnership with the DCHBA builder-member, will make two site visits during each new home’s construction.

“DCHBA members are building quality houses that are energy efficient as well as attractive. By working with Focus on Energy, we are able to show our customers – who choose to participate – exact criteria that go into the building of their homes,” said Jack Gigstead of PortSide Builders, Inc. and president of DCHBA.

Focus on Energy works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Focus information, resources and financial incentives help to implement projects that would otherwise not be completed or to complete projects sooner than scheduled, according to Focus on Energy.

DCHBA is a trade organization with more than 100 members. DCHBA members include builders and companies representing flooring, finishes, heating and cooling, interior design, cabinetry, landscaping, banking and more. For more information visit or at