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Honkamp Krueger Acquires Nigl Accounting LLP

MADISON, Wis. (Dec 1) — On December 1, 2021, Honkamp Krueger & Co., P.C. (HK), a Top 100 CPA and business consulting firm in the U.S., acquired Nigl Accounting LLP, a local CPA firm located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Greg Burbach, Honkamp Krueger’s CEO, states, “We’ve been serving clients in Wisconsin for over 20 years. Partnering with another established Wisconsin firm was a natural step in our firm’s growth. Nigl Accounting LLP’s management and staff are innovative and client-focused and will be a great match for our culture at HK.”

Chuck Nigl, former partner of Nigl Accounting LLP, and now partner with HK, adds, “Through our partnership with HK, our firm is now able to provide more breadth and depth to our clients, having over 40 different professional services and national resources to offer. The team is looking forward to the future as part of the HK family.”

For more information about this acquisition, contact Mike Welbes, VP, director of mergers and acquisitions, at 888-556-0123 or

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EUA Expands Reach and Services through Merger with Performa

Integrating the two firms gives EUA a stronger national footprint and provides additional resources and service offerings to clients of both firms

MILWAUKEE, WI, December 1st, 2021 — Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), a leading architecture and design firm has expanded its reach and service offering by announcing a merger with Performa, a De Pere, WI and Atlanta, GA based Architecture + Engineering firm. EUA and Performa have agreed in principle to combine firms as of January 31, 2022.

“First and foremost, Performa and EUA are a great cultural match. Over the last year of working closely together on several projects, we’ve seen that each firm has tremendously talented people, and a deep respect has grown from that.” said Rich Tennessen, CEO of EUA. “With this merger, EUA will be able to serve an even broader national footprint, offer more diverse and enhanced capabilities to our clients and retain and attract talent in our markets.”

Performa is a fully integrated architecture and engineering firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. Since 1995, Performa’s planners, architects, interior designers and engineers have provided clients with transformational outcomes, delivering work in over 46 states. The integration of Performa’s 50-person team brings EUA new service offerings in mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineering. The De Pere and Atlanta studios will continue to offer integrated engineering with gradual and deliberate growth through other offices based on talent and client needs. Performa has worked with clients throughout the U.S., including Schneider, Green Bay Packer’s Titletown District, Oshkosh Corporation and St. Norbert College.

EUA believes that design elevates people’s potential and also works with a range of private and public organizations throughout the U.S., including, Comcast, Baird, Effectv, Irgens, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Ascension, GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual.

To deliver projects with the best talent, EUA and Performa have strategically partnered on several projects over the past year. These clients include Howard-Suamico School District, Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Baker Tilly and FORE Development, among others. Through this experience, the firms have recognized similar cultures, work styles and values. Regarding this merger and the shared experience, Doug Page, Performa CEO said, “We’ve always maintained the highest regard for EUA and after working with their leadership and teaming together for over a year, we’ve learned that our values, vision, and cultures are closely aligned. We’re excited to elevate our combined firm value for clients and expand the opportunities for our team members to grow and develop.”

EUA’s core strengths are in architecture, planning and interior design for industries such as education, workplace, healthcare, senior living, industrial, mixeduse, community, aerospace and science + technology. Combining with Performa’s strengths in architecture and engineering in the corporate office, industrial + manufacturing, higher education and faith and mission-based markets, will give EUA an even stronger regional and national presence.

Doug Page is joining EUA’s Board of Directors as Vice President and leader of the De Pere and Atlanta Studios. Additional Performa owners Brian Netzel and Matt Marek will become EUA shareholders. Looking at the long-term impact of this merger, Kristin Dufek, President of EUA said “EUA succeeds because of our exceptional people who trust and challenge each other, guiding the way we serve our clients, and I don’t see this changing. This is a meaningful opportunity for both our firms, I’m excited for what the future holds.”

This merger, when completed, will make EUA an architecture, engineering and interior design firm with over 100 years of experience and over 250 employees in Milwaukee, De Pere and Madison, WI, as well as Denver, CO and Atlanta, GA markets.


Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) is best known for designing environments that elevate people’s potential. Nearly 180 employees in Denver, Milwaukee and Madison demonstrate unparalleled commitment to the markets, communities and clients they serve. The respected 114-year-old firm specializes in several markets including aerospace, education, workplace, industrial, healthcare, senior living, mixed-use, community and science + technology. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

Performa Inc. was founded in 1995 as a privately-owned service corporation. Performa is a purpose-driven, fully integrated architecture and engineering firm that gives purpose the space to thrive™. The firm is headquartered in De Pere, WI, with an office in Atlanta, GA. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at


If you would like more information or imagery, please contact Megan Kocchi, EUA Marketing Leader, at 414.298.2204 or

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WRTP/BIG STEP Madison is Moving!

WRTP | BIG STEP is excited to announce that our Madison office is moving on December 1, 2021.

Our new location has private offices and a tutoring/testing room which will accommodate the growing demands in the workforce and improve our services.

Our new address is 2829 Perry Street, Suite 205, Madison, WI 53713. We are easy to find right off Fish Hatchery near the Beltline.

Our telephone number will not change (608-255-0155).

We will celebrate with an open house early next year. Stay tuned!

Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions or concerns:

  • Name: Stephanie Johnston
  • Title: Southcentral Regional Director
  • Phone: 608-579-9570
  • Email:

We look forward to working with you from our new location!

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Pivotal Health expanding to Milwaukee after $1.3M raise

A new health care provider that will let patients schedule and pay through a mobile app and then have a licensed clinician show up at their door to provide in-home urgent or primary care is coming to the Milwaukee area.

Pivotal Health, founded in Middleton last year, will begin seeing Milwaukee-area patients on Dec. 1, the company’s co-founder and CEO Sal Braico said.

Read more at The Business Journals

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Portillo’s Set to Open in West Madison in November

Oak Brook, Ill. – Fast-casual chain Portillo’s is excited to announce that it will host the grand opening for its new restaurant, located at 7230 West Towne Way in Madison, Wisc., on November 30, 2021. The restaurant is the second location in the Madison area. It officially opens to the public at 10:30am.

Portillo’s has always been known for its fast and efficient drive-thru. To cater to the increase in takeout and delivery business, the new restaurant will feature Portillo’s first-ever three-lane drive-thru, with the third lane dedicated to delivery drivers and pickup for online orders.

Portillo’s is now hiring in anticipation of the opening. On average, Portillo’s hires approximately 150 people for new restaurants. The restaurant is looking to fill a variety of hourly and shift leader positions. Applicants can apply online; the brand is also conducting walk-in interviews on site. Details can be found at

Once open, guests can expect to enjoy Portillo’s signature menu items like Chicago-Style Hot Dogs, Famous Italian Beef Sandwiches, Char-Grilled Burgers and Portillo’s Famous Chocolate Cake. The 7,800-square-foot restaurant features seating for more than 180 guests inside as well as a seasonal outdoor patio. The interior features a diner theme, drawing inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s.

To help launch the new restaurant, Portillo’s designed a limited-edition t-shirt for this location. Guests are invited to sign up for Portillo’s Birthday Club to receive one of these shirts on opening day, while supplies last. Fans who sign up also receive a slice of Portillo’s homemade chocolate cake on their birthday.

Fans are invited to register for a chance to attend a sneak peek training meal prior to opening and receive updates on the Portillo’s Westfield location by signing up at

For more information on this restaurant and others, please visit or follow Portillo’s on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In 1963, Dick Portillo invested $1,100 into a small trailer to open the first Portillo’s hot dog stand in Villa Park, IL, which he called “The Dog House.” Years later, Portillo’s has grown to include restaurants in more than 60 locations across several states. Portillo’s is best known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, char-grilled burgers, fresh salads and famous chocolate cake. Portillo’s ships food to all 50 states via Portillo’s Home Kitchen is the company’s fast-growing catering business.