The Branch

(PRESS RELEASE) WAUSAU – The Branch’s spring 2020 session has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus and the safety of all students, businesses, coaches and faculty involved. Three student teams were working on innovation challenges from Church Mutual Insurance Company, Ruder Ware LLSC and Westphal Staffing Inc.

Students from a variety of colleges and universities in central Wisconsin participate in each The Branch session. The Branch is a workforce development initiative introduced by the Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Northcentral Technical College and Church Mutual Insurance Company in 2016. The program is an entrepreneurial skills accelerator which is designed to retain talent in central Wisconsin.

At this time, The Branch Academy program is scheduled to return this summer. The Branch Academy will offer high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit while showcasing their talents for business and community leaders. High school juniors and seniors to-be can apply for the program on The Branch’s website.

The program with college students will return for the fall 2020 semester. Interested college students can review the spring schedule and apply on The Branch’s website.

AROW Global, Ansay & Associates LLC, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce, Incredible Bank, M3 Insurance, North Central Health Care, Ruder Ware LLSC and Westphal Staffing Inc are sponsors of the program. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UWSP at Wausau and the Wausau River District are supporters of the program.

For more information or to register as a coach for a team, visit The Branch’s website. Businesses that are interested in becoming involved with the program can also register projects through the site or contact Brian Otten, marketing manager at the Chamber, at or 715-848-5947.