Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Maria Santacaterina, Director of Member Experience, Bright Cellars

  • Wednesday, Sep. 11, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Maria Santacaterina, director of member experience, at Bright Cellars. She was the first employee and has seen the company grow in both membership and team members. Maria focuses on establishing the best customer service processes, improving member retention, increasing lifetime value and attracting top talent to Milwaukee. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Keegan, River and Ryley Karl, Founders of DarkAero

  • Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Keegan, River & Ryley Karl, founders of DarkAero, a startup that makes & sells airplane kits. Their love affair with flying was captivated by aircraft seen at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh every year and decided they could come up with their own design based on new technology that would travel faster, farther and more efficiently than anything they have ever seen. All three graduated from UW with engineering degrees. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Application Deadline for Innovation to Market (I2M)

Apply by September 19 for the Fall 2019 cohort

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Learn how to avoid one of the main reasons startups fail: building something nobody wants. Minimizing this risk involves going out and interviewing real people in the field. I2M teams will be asked to conduct 20 interviews over the course of five weeks to refine what’s known as product-market fit. The course includes 3 classroom sessions and 2 team meetings with a mentor. Fall dates: Wednesdays, October 9 - November 20 See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Application Deadline for Igniter

Apply by September 19 for the Fall 2019 cohort

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Igniter is an intensive eight-week course for teams that have matched their innovation to a viable market and are ready to move toward launching a startup. The spark from your ideas is fueled by the Igniter course’s guidance to create and validate all aspects of your innovation's business model. The Igniter course consists of eight classroom sessions and individual mentor coaching. Fall dates: Tuesdays, Oct 8 - Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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NIA Opportunities; Small Business, Career Development and Training

Featuring National Institute of Aging DEA Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Rene Etcheberrigaray

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
  • 325 & 326, Pyle Center
  • Cost: 0

Attend this free workshop to learn about; - Career development and training opportunities within NIA for students, early-career investigators, and clinician-researchers - Small Business initiatives and support within NIA - The grant review process within NIH - NIA research topics of interest Invitations to schedule one on ones with CTC staff and Dr. Etcheberrigaray will be sent out a week before the event.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Mark Gehring, CTO of ImageMoverMD and Co-Founder of HealthMyne

  • Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Mark Gehring, CTO of ImageMoverMD, a medical imaging connectivity platform, and a co-founder of HealthMyne, a quantitative imaging decision support company. Previously, Mark was co-founder and president of Propeller Health which develops digital therapeutics for respiratory disease and was acquired by ResMed in 2019. He is a biomedical engineering graduate of Marquette University and a self-taught software engineer. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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SHRM Learning System Course

  • Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $1345 (Non-SHRM members) $1295 (Local SHRM members) $1245 (Nat’l SHRM members) $1195 (Local & Nat’l members)

The SHRM. Learning System Course is designed to provide you with an overview of key areas in human resource management. Materials include six modules that correspond to the six functional areas, responsibilities, and associated knowledge as defined by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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Human Resources (HR) for Small Business

Laws

  • Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

If you are a business owner or manager of a small business without a dedicated HR expert on your staff, this is the program for your organization. If you have administrative staff that are performing HR duties as part of their responsibilities that are not HR experts they too will benefit. A half day class directed toward laws most often violated (unknowingly) by small businesses.

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Human Resources (HR) for Non-HR Professionals

Mini Series

  • Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $268

If you are a business owner or manager of a small business without a dedicated HR expert on your staff, this is the program for your organization. If you have administrative staff that are performing HR duties as part of their responsibilities that are not HR experts they too will benefit. This mini series is two half day classes is directed toward small businesses and the HR issues they face.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Amy Jo Pedone, Master Chocolatier, Valenza Chocolatier

  • Wednesday, Oct. 02, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Amy Jo Pedone who started Valenza Chocolatier after working in the commercial real estate finance-lending industry. She completed the Professional Chocolatier Certification, an internship through Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts, and earned an Ecole Chocolat Master Chocolatier Certification. Amy Jo is a UW alum who graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Launch into Leadership: New Supervisor Training

  • Thursday, Oct. 03, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

This short, dynamic workshop will get you going in the right direction with some fundamental skills and ideas for how to continue your growth as a supervisor and leader.

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Entrepreneur Training Program Orientation

  • Thursday, Oct. 03, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $250

Does your business have a good plan to help you grow and expand? OR Planning to start a business and have... Relevant experience, adequate financial resources, market potential ...but need to formulate a plan to tie is all together? Then the ETP grant program is right for you! APPLY for the grant today.

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Biz Smart Training for Entrepreneurs

  • Friday, Oct. 04, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $349

The Biz Smart program is an eight week program that includes all of the business areas crucial to planning and running your business. It incorporates not only the crucial areas, but helps you apply them to a business plan that you can then use as a roadmap for your business.

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How to Sell your existing products on Amazon

  • Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

A half a day workshop for business owners who already have products they are selling, but want to use Amazon to enhance their sales. Topics Include: •How to gauge your product viability on Amazon •How to set up an Amazon account •How to create a product listing that sells •How to market your product on Amazon •Key drivers for selling on Amazon successfully

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Human Resources (HR) for Small Business

Common Issues

  • Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

If you are a business owner or manager of a small business without a dedicated HR expert on your staff, this is the program for your organization. If you have administrative staff that are performing HR duties as part of their responsibilities that are not HR experts they too will benefit. A half day class directed toward common issues when dealing with employees.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Katie Lorenz, Founder of CAMPO Alpaca

  • Wednesday, Oct. 09, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Katie Lorenz who founded CAMPO Alpaca in 2017 after an inspiring trip to Peru in 2014. She saw an opportunity to provide the infrastructure for women to use their technical skills to create retail products that would sell in the US. CAMPO Alpaca creates high quality alpaca apparel products. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management in May 2012. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Supervisory Leadership Series

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $735

Supervision is a key factor to the success of any business that has employees. Often, people have not learned how to supervise and lead in an effective manner because they just learned from experience versus having training and skill development in supervision. This series is designed to offer core supervisory leadership skills development with a minimum time commitment.

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Communication and Delegation Skills

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $299

You will get feedback on your behavioral and communication style using the DiSC Personal Profile System and use this self-awareness to strengthen your business relationships. You will leave the session with a personal plan for improving your communication skills.

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A Matter of Speaking : Voice Maximizing Your Professional Presence thru Voice Coaching

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Some people just command the room. From the moment they open their mouths, people are hanging on every single word. If you want to become a dynamic communicator, it is important to understand that the tone, pace, and confidence of your speaking voice plays a major role in how your message is received by listeners. Attend this workshop to gain valuable, research-based insights and skills that will help you boost your professional presence and ability to influence by using the sound of your voic

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Leadership Essentials & Coaching

  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

This module provides insight into aspects of effective leadership, the roles and responsibilities of a successful leader, the strategies needed for dealing with a change in roles and different supervisory styles. Performance coaching is a necessary element in fostering this advantage. This module will enable you to become a more effective mentor and coach.

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Business Valuation and Buy-Sell Agreements

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

This half day class will help you understand how businesses are valuated (and it’s not what you hear on the street), what you can do to increase the value in your business and why you need to have a buy-sell agree­ment even before you are exiting your business.

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Financial Management Series

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $536

In this series, you will learn how to set up financial records, how to use and analyze financial statements to make decisions, and how to manage profitability, cash flow, and financial position. You may choose individual programs to fit your schedule, but most participants benefit from taking the entire series since the sessions build on each other.

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Basics of Financial Management

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn accounting jargon, bookkeeping basics, the three types of financial statements, and how your management decisions affect your firm's financial future. Get the most from your accountant and gather meaningful information to help you manage your business.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Mattie Isaac, Vice President of Human Resources, EatStreet

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Mattie Isaac whose focused has been on the HR aspect of startups: building employee-focused foundations that fosters culture and helps achieve business goals. Her background includes being a founding member of Seamless/Grubhub, Braintree, and Trunk Club. She has worked on numerous acquisitions including the $900 million acquisition of Braintree by PayPal and the $350 million acquisition of Trunk Club by Nordstrom. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

All leaders deal with conflict in one form or another. Learn how to turn conflict into collaborations and reach win-win resolutions. You will realize that conflict management can build trust, self esteem, and constructive communication. Conflict can ultimately clarify roles, relationships, and heighten creativity. Learning how to reach beyond the impasse and find solutions that work is one of the best tools that leaders can use.

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Analyzing & Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Use your financial statements to take advantage of opportunities, improve business performance and discover problem areas. Manage accounts receivable, inventory and debt through ratio analysis. Compare your company performance to industry standards. Take a fiscal examination of your company's health.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Scott Resnick, COO of Hardin Design & Development and Entrepreneur in Residence at StartingBlock

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Scott Resnick who currently serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and on the executive board of StartingBlock Madison. Scott was 21 years old when he co-founded Hardin Design & Development. He currently serves as COO and grew the company to an eight-figure revenue, building enterprise GIS web and mobile applications for clients such as FedEx, Coleman Campers, Mercedes Benz, Toshiba, and Toyota. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Leading with Performance & Accountability

  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $274

This new SBDC program presents a model for managing employee performance and provides you specific tools you can use for setting performance goals, maintaining communication, managing performance, conducting the performance review, and developing performance improvement plans.

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Blind spots - Challenging Assumptions to make you a stronger leader

  • Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

Our experiences and background effect how we see the world; it is where are assumptions are formed. In this Interactive one day class you will learn how assumptions influence your effectiveness as a leader. We will review what assumptions are and how they may be there without you even realizing it. We will use exercises and class discussions to identify how and when assumptions should be challenged so that they can be utilized in the workplace to make you a better leader

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Budgeting and Profit Planning

  • Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn the steps in the budgeting process. Develop a simple, effective financial plan for your business and make adjustments to stay profitable. Predict required sales volumes, estimate expenses and assess different business strategies.

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $289

Learn the reason why traditional means of motivating others often do not work in today's diverse workforce. From understanding how our communication affects others to recognizing how others best receive our communication, we can begin to master the principle that One cannot motivate others - one can only create an environment in which others motivate themselves.

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Lunch and Learn: Intellectual Property and Invention Disclosure for Graduate Students

  • Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019, 12:00 p.m.
  • H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
  • Cost:

Join IP experts and early-career inventors for an introduction to IP and invention disclosure. This event focuses on what graduate students need to know about IP to determine if they have an invention and how to disclose. You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions of IP experts and inventors in small groups, learning important process information, expanding your network, and meeting potential mentors. Lunch will be provided with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

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Managing Cash Flow

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Forecast and manage cash inflows and outflows to ensure available cash when needed. Identify influences on current asset levels. Develop a cash-flow plan and budget. Understand the difference between short- and long-term growth.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Ross Freedman & Brad Schneider, Rightpoint

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, November 13 for our Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch to meet Ross Freedman and Brad Schneider of Rightpoint. Recognizing a void in the market for service providers that could deliver both robust technology solutions and effective user experiences they co-founded Rightpoint, a technology and design services company. Named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work, they were recognized in 2015 with the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Leader: Coach or Critic

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

You will improve your power as a coach, helping your people to grow and adapt to today's dynamic business demands. Proven principles of emotional intelligence, motivation, change, and communication will hone your coaching and mentoring abilities. Through better coaching, you'll enhance your retention, maximize productivity and create a nimble, learning organization.

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Business Tax Basics for Small Business

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $110

This one Day program is your chance to learn about federal and state taxes including payroll, unemployment compensation and sales taxes. You will learn about the pros and cons of different entity types from both the legal and financial aspects.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Susie Younkle, Program Director for MERLIN Mentors

  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Susie Younkle who coordinates MERLIN Mentors’s 100+ volunteer mentors and supports its many early-stage entrepreneurs. She also helps start and grow businesses with a particular focus on the financial aspects of startups. She currently manages accounting for a few Madison-area small businesses including PythonicAI and the Forward Festival. Susie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Application Deadline for Innovation to Market (I2M)

Apply by January 27 for the Spring 2020 cohort

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Learn how to avoid one of the main reasons startups fail: building something nobody wants. Minimizing this risk involves going out and interviewing real people in the field. I2M teams will be asked to conduct 20 interviews over the course of five weeks to refine what’s known as product-market fit. The course includes 3 classroom sessions and 2 team meetings with a mentor. Spring dates: Wednesdays, February 12 - March 25 See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Application Deadline for Igniter

Apply by January 27 for the Spring Cohort

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Igniter is an intensive eight-week course for teams that have matched their innovation to a viable market and are ready to move toward launching a startup. The spark from your ideas is fueled by the Igniter course’s guidance to create and validate all aspects of your innovation's business model. The Igniter course consists of eight classroom sessions and individual mentor coaching. Spring dates: Tuesdays, Mar 3 - Apr 28 (no class Mar 17) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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