Mark Mudler, vice president and co-owner, and Dave Russ, president and co-owner, operate Integra Tool & Manufacturing Inc. in the new Wausau Business Development Center at 100 N. 72nd Ave.
...In the short term, though, it will help entrepreneurs such as Dave Russ, president and co-owner of Integra Tool & Mfg.
and his business partner, Mark Mudler, worked together as toolmakers at Rib Mountain Tool Works in Wausau before going into business for themselves.
, 40, compared starting a business to having a baby -- there's never a perfect time, you just do it. He
said shared amenities, such as the center's loading dock and forklift, help reduce some of the company's upfront overhead costs, and he
appreciates having Incubator Manager Harry Bourquin nearby to turn to for business advice.
"There's so many big steps to take when you're starting a business, and it kind of breaks things down a little bit to make it a little easier to take that step," said Russ
, who already has done work for other tenants and has been able to network with others in the business community through the facility.
"It exposes us to leaders and business leaders in the local economy," he