Launch into Leadership: New Supervisor Training

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

Taking on new supervisory responsibilities is a great opportunity and challenge. Many in supervisory roles have learned either by trial and error or by following what was done by their predecessor. In most cases, this is not a very effective strategy. This one day 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, Jan. 16, 2020, 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

  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, 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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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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Tom Walzer, CEO and Ownder and Operator of Saco Foods

  • Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Tom Walzer, a proven executive with a unique background as both a senior executive of a publicly-traded company and a successful entrepreneur, owner-operator of multiple private companies. Tom worked at Rayovac for over 17 years and then transitioned to pursue his entrepreneurial passion by purchasing Ancora Coffee Roasters and then Saco Foods which just completed an acquisition with California Sun Dried Tomatoes. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Doug Barton, President and Chief Customer Officer of UBIX Labs

  • Wednesday, Feb. 05, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Doug Barton of UBIX Labs, a cloud-based, open-source data science platform that helps users of all skill levels develop and deploy big, fast data architecture and AI pipelines faster and better than ever. Previously Doug served as Director of IBM Watson and held senior leadership positions at Closedloop, Hyperion, and PriceWaterhouse to name a few. Doug graduated from UW with a BBA in accounting. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Leadership Essentials & Coaching

  • Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, 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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Greg Baker, Founder and Managing Partner, Bascom Ventures

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Greg is a highly accomplished executive with experience in corporate leadership, business development, startups, M&A, strategic planning, and more. He has spent much of his career growing business in the electrical products, packaging, and chemical industries. Throughout, he has been buying, selling, and combining companies to fit strategic goals. Greg has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UW and an MBA from Duke University. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Tobias Zutz, CEO & Founder of Gregor Diagnostics

  • Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Tobias Zutz started Gregor Diagnostics, a venture-backed molecular diagnostics company that is developing a new screening test for prostate cancer. He was an early member of the R&D team at Exact Sciences that developed Cologuard, a non-invasive screening test for colorectal cancer. Tobias also worked at two other small Madison-area biotech companies. He graduated from UW with a BS in Biochemistry & Genetics and an MS in Biotechnology. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Amy Jo Pedone, Master Chocolatier, Valenza Chocolatier

  • Wednesday, Mar. 04, 2020, 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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Leading with Performance & Accountability

  • Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2020, 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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Megan Gardner, Founder of Independent & Co. and Mike Forbes, CEO of Alter Eco

  • Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Megan Gardner and Mike Forbes. Megan is a sought-after CEO adviser and board member for fast-growing technology businesses. A seasoned dealmaker, she is dedicated to helping CEOs navigate the challenges of rapid growth. Prior to Alter Eco, Mike worked at California Olive Ranch and held marketing roles at General Mills, Procter & Gamble, Fortune Brands and was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Business Valuation and Buy-Sell Agreements

  • Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020, 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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Jason Franklin Ph.D., Founding Managing Director of WV Ventures

  • Wednesday, Apr. 01, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Jason Franklin of WV Ventures, a $100M VC joint venture between Foxconn, Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls, and Northwestern Mutual. He invests in companies building the future of enterprise technology. He previously worked as a research scientist and visiting lecturer at Stanford University and co-founded and served as CEO of a mobile security startup, Stamp Labs. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Kevin Hykes, CEO and President of Relievant Medsystems

  • Wednesday, Apr. 08, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, April 8 to meet Kevin Hykes of Relievant Medsystems, a privately held medical device company that has developed the Intracept® procedure, a breakthrough treatment for chronic lower back pain. He previously worked at Versant Ventures and Metavention, where he remains Chairman of the Board. He received his MBA from Northwestern and BBA from UW. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Entrepreneur Training Program Orientation

  • Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020, 5:30 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

  • Tuesday, Apr. 14, 2020, 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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Robert Phillips, CFA, and Global Director of Machine Learning & Data Science at TIBCO Software

  • Wednesday, Apr. 15, 2020, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us for lunch to meet Robert Phillips of TIBCO Software where he works with Fortune 100 business and IT executives to help transform their companies using data and analytics. Robert taught himself to code in Python and immersed himself in a data science program. He is a CFA® charterholder and earned his BBA degree at the Wisconsin School of Business by double majoring in finance and economics. Pizza will be served. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Basics of Financial Management

  • Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, 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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Basics of Financial Management

  • Wednesday, Apr. 22, 2020, 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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Analyzing & Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2020, 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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Budgeting and Profit Planning

  • Wednesday, May. 06, 2020, 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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Managing Cash Flow

  • Wednesday, May. 13, 2020, 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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