Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Denny, Debbie and Pat Hamill of iFetch

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Denny, Debbie and Pat Hamill of iFetch. All three have had good careers in their chosen professions but have recently gotten involved in the new family business iFetch which makes interactive dog toys to entertain and exercise dogs helping to keep their minds and bodies healthy. They started the company almost 10 years ago and iFetch is now a successful brand with six different products for dogs. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8w6w4lzIZtTxp2d.

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BizSmart Sprint

  • Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via Zoom

Steve Jacobson, Founder & CEO of Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

  • Wednesday, Mar. 03, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to hear Steve discuss why Fairway was named the best place in America to work for. He will also talk about his business philosophy and how Fairway has been so successful in empowering employees, navigating challenges and shaping a path forward. The lunch is a must for those that want to learn how a company created a culture that excels in meeting the individual goals of customers and its employees alike. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9U2FVIaTQcVvl0q

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WACM Biweekly Lunch

  • Thursday, Mar. 04, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost:

WACM's biweekly lunches are a fun way to enjoy lunch and interact with peers! We'll discuss topics related to CS, such as networking, scholarships, grad school apps, and learn from each other in a fun and laidback setting.

BizSmart Sprint

  • Thursday, Mar. 04, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Adam Malka, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Signature Tracks

  • Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Adam Malka, co-founder of Signature Tracks, a music production company focused on bringing current sounds to TV series and provided scoring for major broadcast networks including CBS, Bravo, E! and Viacom, NBCUniversal, MTV and VH1 With thousands of scores, trailers and digital placements, Signature Tracks’ influence and impact on music for visual media has prolific reach and resonance. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_22Ytmrbk4VpVv7v.

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Discovery to Product's Virtual Open House

Learn about free trainings and mentoring for campus innovators

  • Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
  • Online, connection information will be sent to registrants in advance.
  • Cost:

Do you have a creative solution that has the potential for commercial and/or social impact? Come to Discovery to Product’s Virtual Open House event to get an overview of free trainings, mentoring, and support for faculty, staff, and student innovators. Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with mid-day and early evening start times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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BizSmart Sprint

  • Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Zach Ellis Jr., Managing Director of Rev1 Ventures

  • Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Zach Ellis who has a deep and diversified background in tech commercialization, corporate innovation, and strategic leadership. His experience in technology innovation ranges from leading corporate venture activity and strategic partnerships for PepsiCo to creating and cultivating spinout companies at The Ohio State University. Zach held roles in consulting and project management at Humana and WARF. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_74fMvIEL5JtTavj

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BizSmart Sprint

  • Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: $249

Biz Smart Sprint is your introduction into the world of entrepreneurship. In this live, virtual 5-week course, you will learn the building blocks you need to become a successful entrepreneur. Each week, you’ll discover the key components you need to start a business, including the Business Model Canvas business planning tool, understanding your customers and market, developing a marketing strategy, legal and operational considerations, and financial basics.

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Understanding your Investment: Building Value in your Business

  • Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: 139

Business owners who want to learn about business valuation and how to increase the value of their business. This course is also beneficial for business owners who are considering growing their business – acquisition can be an effective way to grow quickly, and knowing what to look for in a business you are considering purchasing is valuable knowledge!

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Understanding your Investment: Building Value in your Business

  • Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: 139

Business owners who want to learn about business valuation and how to increase the value of their business. This course is also beneficial for business owners who are considering growing their business – acquisition can be an effective way to grow quickly, and knowing what to look for in a business you are considering purchasing is valuable knowledge!

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Kay Plantes, Founder of Plantes Company

  • Wednesday, Mar. 24, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Kay Plantes, an economist and business-model innovation expert. She has worked with leadership teams from both startups and established organizations to design high-growth business models that are difficult for competitors to copy. Kay is also part of Madison-based Hyper Innovation, an agency offering innovation-services to established organizations and startups and is co-author of the book Beyond Price. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvi4shGpROE7vQp

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Robbie Reck, Successful Entrepreneur and Founder of Kilbourn Marshall

  • Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Join us to meet Robbie Reck, a two-time entrepreneur who grew his most recent firm 600%+ YoY during Covid while increasing price in a sector that was contracting. His counterintuitive approach allowed him to steal market share while building one of the top 10% largest LinkedIn networks globally. His client list includes PE & VC firms and 20% of WI’s largest businesses. Robbie is also a mentor for the Scale Up Milwaukee incubator. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_71ynAGEBomOAnga

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Liza Elena Pitsirilos, Co-Founder and CEO of Mighty Peace Coffee

  • Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Liza Pitsirilos, an expert educator, international communicator, successful entrepreneur and marketer. She leads the all-women executive team where she emphasizes family values, time with loved ones, respect for the land, environment, and planning sustainably. Mighty Peace Coffee supplies Congo's finest coffee beans to 77 US coffee companies while supporting 15,000 farmers and their families. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dmt3iVpwCI3LJHv

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

Alex Canter, Co-Founder and CEO of Ordermark

  • Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Come join us to meet Alex Canter, a restaurant industry innovator and passionate advocate for operators and workers. Alex found a way to consolidate online ordering companies into a single point of sale system to maximize profits and lower costs. Ordermark helps some of the world’s top restaurant chains such as Papa John’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Cold Stone Creamery to fulfill customer orders. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elZXt4TcaNE8Bfv

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Discovery to Product's Virtual Open House

Learn about free trainings and mentoring for campus innovators

  • Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021, 12:30 p.m.
  • Online, connection information will be sent to registrants in advance.
  • Cost:

Do you have a creative solution that has the potential for commercial and/or social impact? Come to Discovery to Product’s Virtual Open House event to get an overview of free trainings, mentoring, and support for faculty, staff, and student innovators. Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with mid-day and early evening start times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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Buy, Build or Sell: Deciding the Next Steps for Your Business

  • Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: 99

While there is no crystal ball that can tell you whether it’s time to buy a business, build your business or sell/close your business, there are ways to monitor the financial performance of your company that can help guide your decisions. This class will help you understand how to analyze your business’ financial performance as well as some qualitative factors to consider when making decisions regarding your investment in your business.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch via WebEx

David Law, President & CEO

  • Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2021, 12:15 p.m.
  • Online
  • Cost: Free

Join us to meet David Law who worked in real estate until meeting his long-term partner where they embarked on a journey of mushroom cultivation. David focused initially on a line of mushroom based health food products and the business aspect of GMI. Today, the company supplies specialty mushrooms to more than two third of the states. RSVP to https://buswisc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4TaqeVOPw4vLDJc

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Discovery to Product's Virtual Open House

Learn about free trainings and mentoring for campus innovators

  • Wednesday, May. 12, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
  • Online, connection information will be sent to registrants in advance.
  • Cost:

Do you have a creative solution that has the potential for commercial and/or social impact? Come to Discovery to Product’s Virtual Open House event to get an overview of free trainings, mentoring, and support for faculty, staff, and student innovators. Held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month with mid-day and early evening start times to accommodate a variety of schedules.

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