White Gull Inn of Door County Named Among Top 10

• Everett Potter of Travel + Leisure magazine listed The White Gull Inn of Fish Creek at one of the 10 Best Hotels for Fall Colors. For more information visit

• The Rotary Clubs of Door County are accepting nominations for the first annual Door County Ethics in Business Award. Residents are encouraged to nominate businesses or individuals they believe to be leaders in ethical business practices by November 1, 2011. The application is available at

In cooperation with the Business Department of NWTC, the clubs will facilitate the interview process for nominees who daily exemplify outstanding ethical behavior within their business and community. A separate award will be given for each category: for-profit business, non-profit business, and individual.

The selection process will include an on-site interview in November. Semi-finalist announcements will be made in January 2012 and the award presentation dinner will take place on February 23 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

• The Cookery’s wine bar will be featuring “chalkboard specials” weeknights through the fall.

The chalkboard behind the bar will list the specials which include: $5 off a bottle of wine on Sundays; buy one get one half off appetizers on Mondays; two beef sliders for $5 on Tuesdays; $1 off flatbreads on Wednesdays; a pint of craft beer and a cheeseburger for $10 on Thursdays; and a fish fry on Fridays.

The wine bar opens at 3 pm and the specials will be available from 3 pm to close. The wine bar’s full menu of appetizers, small plates and some big plates will also be available.

The Cookery restaurant and wine bar are located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.3634 or visit

• The director of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recently on hand at Door County Interiors & Design to observe how the Egg Harbor-based furnishings store and design center has grown.

Ron and Carol Trimberger, owners of Door County Interiors & Design, previously engaged UW Green Bay SBDC’s services.

“Our clients are incredibly inspirational, as exemplified by Door County Interiors and their fantastic growth,” said Christina Trombley, director of the UW Green Bay SBDC.

Door County Interiors & Design was established in 2003 as a furniture and accessory store. It has grown to a 10,000 square foot showroom offering various lines of furnishings in many styles as well as custom project management for home remodeling and interior finishes including window treatments, wood flooring, tile, carpet, countertops and more.

Trombley said she plans to use Door County Interiors & Design’s success story in SBDC marketing. More information about Door County Interiors & Design is online at or by calling 920.868.9008.

• The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on September 13 to celebrate the start of the fifth annual DKBEP High School Home Construction Project in Kewaunee. The ceremony took place at the jobsite, Pagel’s Ponderosa in Kewaunee. The program is an effort to grow the local construction industry’s skilled workforce while providing real-world learning experiences for area youth.

Thirteen high school students representing Kewaunee, Algoma, Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door school districts will be joining forces with the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), and the DKBEP to build a custom auxiliary building during the 2011/12 school year. Participating students will be involved in all aspects of residential construction under the direct guidance of NWTC instructor Roger Mayer. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will earn 16 credits for advanced placement in the Wood Tech Technical Diploma one-year program at NWTC.

The student builders will work at the Pagel jobsite from 7:30 – 10:30 am each morning for the entire school year. Van’s Lumber has been assisting with developing the building plans and will serve as this year’s project advisor.

• Tannenbaum Holiday Shop is hosting Karolin Steinbach of Steinbach Company, makers of German-made Steinbach Nutcrackers, from 1 – 4 pm September 24.

Beginning as a family of ore miners in the Erzebirge region of Germany, the Steinbach family started their business by purchasing a timber yard and operating a sawmill. There they began to craft nutcrackers and other wooden products. Two centuries and seven generations later, the Steinbach family continues to make their beautifully intricate, world-famous nutcrackers.

Karolin Steinbach is general manager of the company and oversees the production of the world-famous nutcrackers with her mother, the current owner.

Tannenbaum Holiday Shop is located at 11054 Highway 42 in Sister Bay. For more information call 920.854.5004 or visit

• Social Media Breakfast Door County (SMBDC) will host “LinkedIn Guru” Wayne Breitbarth for a discussion and book signing at Glas Coffeehouse on September 30.

Breitbarth has instructed nearly 10,000 businesspeople on how to effectively use LinkedIn, the professional networking site, since he began moonlighting as a trainer in early 2009.

On September 30 from 9 – 10:30 am the SMBDC group will feature Breitbarth, revealing his Power Formula for LinkedIn success and a few of his advanced LinkedIn techniques and strategies. There is no charge to attend.

Breitbarth has compiled his tactics in a new book, The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-Start Your Business, Brand, and Job Search (March 2011, Greenleaf Book Group). His book is a simple, user-friendly guide aimed at the experienced business professional who is either skeptical about LinkedIn or looking for ways to more effectively use this cutting-edge tool.

To download a free chapter of the book visit Copies will be available at Glas for purchase.

For more information about SMBDC call 920.256.9449, email [email protected], visit or

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