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BizStarts Milwaukee works with entrepreneurs, service providers, capital connections and other resources to help launch and grow new companies. From small stores to large, scalable start-ups, BizStarts can provide the coaching and connections that help smooth the path from idea to investment. To get started, call us at (414) 973-2334 or click on the “Begin BizStarts” button above.

Mayor’s Entrepreneur Week – Crowdfunding, November 11th!

As part of the Mayor’s Entrepreneur Week BizStarts Milwaukee is hosting an informational crowdfunding WhyteHirschboeckDudekworkshop on Tuesday November 11th.  We will have Kate Bechen and Michael Dahm from Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. to discuss the topic, answer questions and provide real examples of companies that have used crowdfunding to launch their business.

Click here to register for this event.


Celebrate with BizStarts as we honor Barry Mandel

mandel_16_FINALYou are invited to celebrate and honor Barry Mandel as BizStarts’ next Inspirational Entrepreneur.

In November of 1991, Mr. Mandel formed Mandel Group Inc. (MGI).  MGI is an integrated real estate services firm with operations in development, construction and property management.

MGI has developed, constructed, financed and acquired over $500 million in residential and retail developments.  Communities developed by MGI have received numerous awards for design excellence.

Following the program and award presentation, you will enjoy visiting the BizForge space and see some of our entrepreneurs in action while enjoying refreshments and snacks.

We will have an opportunity drawing of fun experiences and the winners will be announced at 6:45 pm.

Please click here to register for the Inspirational Entrepreneur event.

Entrepreneurship Over Easy – December 5th at 8:00amUSASBE

Entrepreneurship Over Easy is a unique breakfast series offering
education, inspiration and food for thought, presented by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, BizStarts Milwaukee, and USASBE.

UW-WhitewaterThis event will cover the topics of Economic Projections for the New Year: Wisconsin in 2015 with Dr. Russ Kashian, Director of the Fiscal and Economical Research Center and a Difference Making Sales Training and Performance discussion with Dr. Jimmy Peltier, Director of the

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Sales Excellence.

Get more information and register for this event here.

Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium November 12-13ess-banner-2014

The 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium will be held Nov. 12-13 at the Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center in Madison.

The symposium is designed to unlock Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial potential by providing the right combination of ideas, innovation, intellectual property and investment – as well as hands-on instruction and advice targeted to early stage companies ready to make the leap.

Jacquin Davidson new Entrepreneur Director

BizStarts is pleased to announce new Entrepreneur Director, Jacquin Davidson.

Jacquin comes to us from Southern California and says one of her entrepreneurial highlights was when Harrison Ford went to fetch coffee for her during a commercial photo shoot!  

She started at J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency in Los Angeles, enjoying leadership roles in the Production, Creative and Facilities Departments.  From there, she launched a business in the Entertainment Industry working on commercial productions.  As an entrepreneur, she grew the business to the top tier of companies in Southern California by providing services to the television commercial production industry and international print media.  She worked with many great Hollywood stars.  

Jacquin launched a second business, Davidson Associates, consulting with nonprofit organizations and small businesses on strategic planning, board and staff development, training and fundraising


BizStarts in the News

The recent opening of BizStarts’ BizForge generated good buzz in the business community. Check out these recent media clips, and sign up for our monthly newsletter, The Catalyst, to stay up to date on our programs, events and news. 

BizStarts unveils new offices at Schlitz Park - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (April 2, 2014)

A recipe for job creation - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dan Steininger editorial (April 4, 2014)

Sneak peek: BizStarts’ BizForge entrepreneurial hub launches: Slideshow - Milwaukee Business Journal (April 3, 2014)

BizStarts was also recently featured several times recently as part of the larger conversation on the critical need to reverse brain drain and support job creation.

Sustaining the state’s startups – Kenosha News, Tom Still editorial (April 7, 2014)

Entrepreneurs can reverse brain drain – The Startup Economy, John Torinus (April 2014)

Bomboard featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – top ‘o the fold!

Bomboard WaterKart Logo  On April 9, MJS reporter Kathleen Gallagher offered a fantastic overview of BizStarts company Bomboard – the world’s first urban jet ski – as they seek outside investment. Read about it here.


BizStarts companies featured in BizTimes cover story

BT-BoomerpreneurThe February 17, 2014 issue of BizTimes features two BizStarts companies, American Telehealthcare and Bomboard. Read about both and learn why more baby boomers are leaving the regular work force to start their own enterprises.

Full story here.




Bill Richards new Director of Business Development


BizStarts Milwaukee is pleased to announce that Bill Richards has joined the team as Director of Business Development, a new position.

Bill began his professional career working in various capacities for a group of small, family businesses in Wisconsin and Louisiana, which fostered an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a strategic approach to operations, management, and communications with diverse audiences and constituencies.

Bill came to BizStarts from the Donors Forum of Wisconsin, where he served as Director of Membership & Communications. With an eagerness to elevate and further promote Wisconsin’s economic climate and entrepreneurial culture, Bill looks forward to helping the organization do what it does best: provide resources to entrepreneurs so they can start and grow companies. Check out the full staff here!