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Keeping local businesses close to home

Thanks to a new building from Premier Building Solutions, growing Mount Horeb-area businesses American Provenance and Water Quality Investigations can continue to thrive right here.

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A coach and mentor through his work with the Small Business Development Center at UW–Madison, LaFond applies his experience to help other small business owners fulfill their dreams. LaFond says he knew he had found his new home when the owners of PBS wanted to help him relocate to a facility that supported his business’ growing needs.

American Provenance currently has eight employees and expects to add up to 10 additional team members over next few years based on its growth projections. In addition to LaFond, one employee is from the area and another recently relocated and built a new home to be closer to work. LaFond says he anticipates that others will follow as the company grows.

Like many new businesses, Water Quality Investigations (WQI) got its start with a vision and a basement. Originally a civil engineer, owner Andrew Jacque transitioned his career to the fields of chemistry and microbiology when he discovered a passion for water quality. WQI is unique in that the company doesn’t just treat water issues but applies science to uncover and correct the true cause of the problem.

As WQI’s client base quickly grew to servicing statewide and national clients, so did the need for affordable space to accommodate the increased staff and equipment used in uncovering complex water quality issues.

“We were on a tight budget and needed a quick solution,” explains Jacque. “When we were introduced to the owners at PBS, it was apparent they understood our challenges and wanted to help. They get what it’s like to be a new business and they’ve been an asset to us throughout the entire process. The genuinely good people here are just one of the reasons we wanted to remain in this area.”

Of the 10 full- and part-time employees at WQI, four are current residents of the Mount Horeb area. Jacque expects that as the company grows more employees may choose to relocate to the area, helping to support the growing community.

“The village is thankful to have businesses like PBS that are doing their part to fuel growth through job creation that makes it possible for people to both live and work in our community,” notes Carol McChesney Johnson, Mount Horeb’s economic development leader.

In addition to development designed to further evolve Mount Horeb as a top destination spot, the village realizes the opportunity that the manufacturing and commerce industries provide in supporting other local businesses, and the overall good of the community, says McChesney Johnson.

Says PBS’ Leuzinger, “We feel good about making a contribution that helped keep both of these businesses in the area.”

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