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.
SAVE THE DATE! BizStarts formally opens Bizforge in Schlitz Park April 10
BizStarts will celebrate its Grand Opening in Schlitz Park with a public open house on April 10th from 5 pm to 8 pm. Check out some of the companies working with BizStarts, see our space and generally help us warm the house!
The April 10 event signifies the launch of BizStarts’ long-awaited BizForge, located within the new BizStarts offices at Schlitz Park. BizForge will be the M7 region’s first collaborative resource center bringing together entrepreneurs and business leaders of growing companies across a variety of industries, providing personalized coaching, programming and resources. The goal is simple: to prepare BizStarts companies to successfully launch or grow.
BizStarts companies featured in BizTimes cover story
The 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.
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!
52 of 292 entries advance to next round in Governor’s Business Plan Contest
Of 292 entries in the Governor’s Business Plan Contest, 52 companies from 26 different communities have advanced to the next round. Of those 52, 20 are from the Milwaukee region.
Those advancing statewide include 10 in the contest’s business services category, 14 in information technology, 14 in advanced manufacturing and 14 in life sciences. This being Phase 2, contestants must now write executive summaries of no more than 1,000 words describing their core product or service, their customer base, market dynamics, competition, management team, and key financial data. Phase 2 judging will be complete in early April.
More than 80 judges are participating this year, with collective experience launching companies, vetting technologies, investing in startups and providing services to emerging companies. Get all the details on the Governor’s Business Plan Contest website!
BizStarts relocates downtown offices to Schlitz Park
BizStarts Milwaukee has relocated its Milwaukee office to Schlitz Park and is now offering dedicated space for meetings, workshops, education and training sessions, and more. The new office covers over 3,500 square feet in the RiverCenter of the Schlitz Park complex at 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive. BizStarts will keep its office in Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa and will continue to host meetings there, especially for entrepreneurs, service and capital providers, and investors from across the region.
The new entrepreneur-focused space is called BizForge, and will provide work and meeting areas as well as legal, technical, insurance, investor and banking services.
Jon Anne Willow joins BizStarts as Entrepreneurship Director
September 2, 2013: BizStarts Milwaukee is pleased to announce that Jon Anne Willow has joined the staff as Director of Entrepreneurship. A consummate entrepreneur, Willow has successfully started and sold three businesses: two restaurants and a media/digital marketing company. She has worked in communications for over 20 years as a journalist, personality, and as a social media/digital marketing trainer, in project management, and in sales and marketing in radio, television, print, and on the web. Along the way she has also served as a Legislative Aide in the Wisconsin Assembly, been a corporate online sales and marketing trainer for Thomsen Financial Media and more. Visit her LinkedIn profile here.
Ms. Willow will work with entrepreneurs of all kinds entering BizStarts, providing education, training, and referrals to mentors and resources. Scalable start-ups can gain entry into BizStarts’ Venture Track program, where they will receive additional mentoring and preparation for investment. Investors have so far put $35 million into startups coming out of Venture Track, helping to create more than 250 jobs and counting.