Think-Make-Happen: Uniting to tell Wisconsin’s positive story


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 […]

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.

Manufacturing First CEO Roundtable Luncheon

Wisconsin manufacturers say they have a positive view of the industry’s vitality, yet they also acknowledge that more work needs to strengthen and grow the industry.

Six manufacturing leaders came together for CEO Roundtable Luncheon at Manufacturing First, a two-day expo and conference in Green Bay. Coupled with robust discussion from the audience, insights and best practices for building on the industry’s vitality and attracting and retaining a qualified workforce emerged, information that other Wisconsin manufacturers can adapt for their own businesses.

“We take scientists and engineers and turn them into businessmen and businesswomen,” explains Bill Dougan, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor of management and advisor to the BREW, a startup accelerator program hosted by The Water Council in Milwaukee. Now in its fourth year, the program featured prominently in the Innovation Pavilion at the 2016 Water Environment Federation […]