Main Street Awards ceremony inspires downtown leaders throughout the state


It’s always great to receive recognition from your peers, but the downtown leaders who attended Friday night’s Wisconsin Main Street awards ceremony say the event was about much more than just walking away with a plaque. The ceremony, held at the Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids, honored dozens of Main Street communities, staff members and
WEDC's Darrin Wasniewski speaks at the 2017 Wisconsin  Main Street Awards.

At the Future Wisconsin Summit, organized by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and attended by nearly 500 business leaders and economic development partners in Madison on Thursday, Dec. 15, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Deputy Secretary Tricia Braun provided an update on a collaborative communication strategy that is being deployed by businesses and organizations throughout Wisconsin to […]


Noticing an unmet need, identifying a personal passion, following a family tradition—many different paths can lead to starting a business. Each new business is unique, and three business owners were invited to share their individual stories as part of MARKETPLACE 2016, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development. The stories were shared during the Governor’s […]

During this morning's Small Business Academy, Jeremy Taylor of Milwaukee spoke about the experience of starting his Bourbon on Wheels food truck business, and Anne Hlavacka, director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse, spoke about the resources and assistance available for startups.

When Jeremy Taylor was laid off in late 2015 from his job as a loan adjuster for Wells Fargo, he saw it as an opportunity to pursue a long-held dream. While studying finance in college at UW-Milwaukee, he’d been intrigued by the entrepreneurship courses he’d taken and the experience of writing a business plan. From that time on, “it was in my blood,” he said. During his time in the corporate world, he built up savings with the idea of starting a business one day. When the layoff notice came, he knew the moment had arrived.