From Employee to Entrepreneur

Stacey Riechers turned a passion into a her own business

Stacey Riechers always wanted to build and run her own business. Coming from a family that prided itself on being hard- working self-starters, an entrepreneurial spirit was instilled in her at a very young age. And ever since college, Riechers knew that she wanted to, in her words, “be in the business of helping people in some capacity.” Armed with an MBA in human resource management from UW–Whitewater, Riechers certainly had lots of options available to her. It was just a matter of finding her passion.

In 1998, Riechers started as a temp administrative assistant for a staffing service and soon discovered she enjoyed helping others change their lives with successful job matches. So over the next decade, she worked in various positions, learning the ins and outs of the business. In 2009, Riechers realized her dream of owning her own business when she launched an Express Employment Professionals franchise in Madison.

A full-service agency for staffing, productivity, human resource solutions and services, the compay’s motto is respecting people, impacting business. They are. Riechers’ business is part of one of the fastest growing employment agencies in the country. As president, Riechers has worked very hard to recruit a diverse population of workers, from entry level to professionals, and building a specialized niche in the manufacturing industry. The company is now recognized as a top firm for recruiting, hiring, retaining and developing strong partnerships with employers and the people they serve. Riechers credits her “extremely talented and dedicated” staff. “They’re great recruiters, they care about people and they help make the business successful.”

She’s living her dream of both owning her own business and making a difference. We should all be so lucky.

The Breakdown

A HEALTHY LEAD

A shout-out to Dr. Frank Byrne, president of St. Mary’s Hospital for being recognized as one of the fifty Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare (Byrne ranked 15th). The list honors docs who have taken leadership roles through both private and public organizations.

NEXT-GEN NURSES

Congratulations to Edgewood College, selected as one of fifty-two schools to receive grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Beginning this school year, Edgewood will receive $50,000 to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing in the school’s accelerated undergraduate nursing program.

READING RICH

The Fitchburg library is now open after a four-year process that had its share of challenges. But with the help of volunteers and friends, the dream became a reality. With 24/7 access to newspapers and information online, the Amazon Kindle, etc., it’s great to see that the library is still a valued resource for better, stronger communities.

Derrell Connor hosts “Outreach” on NewsTalk 1310 WIBA, pens a column for Channel 3000 and freelances for Madison Magazine.

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