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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Launch into Leadership: New Supervisor Training

  • Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, 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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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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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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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Katie Lorenz, Founder of CAMPO Alpaca

  • Wednesday, Nov. 06, 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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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours

  • Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Entrepreneurs and startup companies that want legal advice on issues facing their business are invited to meet with the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic during office hours from 9-11am at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. The L & E Clinic provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys. Appointments last 20 minutes. Book online at the link below.

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Discovery to Product Office Hours

  • Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Campus innovators are invited to meet with Discovery to Product’s Innovation and Commercialization Specialists during office hours from 2-4pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. D2P is staffed by veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and startup executives that provide free advice to UW–Madison innovators at all stages of idea development. Reserve your slot in advance at the link below. Drop-ins also welcome.

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Starting a Startup

  • Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
  • TBD on campus
  • Cost:

Transcend UW is a student organization focused on connecting innovators across disciplines. Come join the Transcend team to hear from a local Madison entrepreneur about what it takes to get a startup running. Stay for a Q+A session and time for networking!

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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Discovery to Product Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Campus innovators are invited to meet with Discovery to Product’s Innovation and Commercialization Specialists during office hours from 2-4pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. D2P is staffed by veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and startup executives that provide free advice to UW–Madison innovators at all stages of idea development. Reserve your slot in advance at the link below. Drop-ins also welcome.

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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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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Discovery to Product Office Hours

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Campus innovators are invited to meet with Discovery to Product’s Innovation and Commercialization Specialists during office hours from 10am-12pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. D2P is staffed by veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and startup executives that provide free advice to UW–Madison innovators at all stages of idea development. Reserve your slot in advance at the link below. Drop-ins also welcome.

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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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Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic Office Hours

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Entrepreneurs and startup companies that want legal advice on issues facing their business are invited to meet with the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic during office hours from 2-4pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. The L & E Clinic provides free legal services to nascent entrepreneurs and early stage companies through the work of law students supervised by faculty and private sector attorneys. Appointments last 20 minutes. Book online at the link below.

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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Discovery to Product Office Hours

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Campus innovators are invited to meet with Discovery to Product’s Innovation and Commercialization Specialists during office hours from 10am-12pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. D2P is staffed by veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and startup executives that provide free advice to UW–Madison innovators at all stages of idea development. Reserve your slot in advance at the link below. Drop-ins also welcome.

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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Discovery to Product Office Hours

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 11:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Campus innovators are invited to meet with Discovery to Product’s Innovation and Commercialization Specialists during office hours from 11am-1pm at the D2P offices (1403 University) as part of UW-Madison Startup Week. D2P is staffed by veteran business developers, entrepreneurs, product managers, and startup executives that provide free advice to UW–Madison innovators at all stages of idea development. Reserve your slot in advance at the link below. Drop-ins also welcome.

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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UW–Madison Startup Week

  • Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • Cost:

UW–Madison is a top-ranked school for startup founders according to Pitchbook. Partners in the university’s new Innovate Network are coordinating a week of events this November to shine a spotlight on the wealth of resources that exist across campus to support innovators. Events share practical entrepreneurship skills, celebrate innovation, and provide networking opportunities for campus innovators.

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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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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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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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Communication and Delegation Skills

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $309

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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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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Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, 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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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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HR for Non HR Professionals mini series

  • Thursday, Mar. 12, 2020, 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.

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