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BizStarts Professional Program featuring Joe Miotke from DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C. to talk about Intellectual Property on March 5th!

Are you worried someone might steal your ideas?  Do you wonder if your creative name for your business can be protected without spending a boatload of money?  Then this workshop is for you!

Come hear from patent attorney, Joe Miotke from DeWitt Ross & Stevens S.C.  Joe is a patent litigator and licensed patent attorney with more than ten years of intellectual property experience in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret matters.  Likewise he has substantial experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a wide array of technologies and negotiating complex intellectual property transactions with many of the world’s largest technology innovators.  

For more information and to register click here!

Entrepreneur N-Hance

This Week’s Important Read

4 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs

Dan Steininger, President of BizStarts

Michael Simmons interviewed some of the most successful entrepreneurs and asked them to share their advice for young entrepreneurs.  It’s always valuable to learn from those who’ve gone before you but don’t make it your Bible.  

Simmons points out the “entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart as it requires founders to forge their own path, gather resources and take on huge financial risks – all in hopes of avoiding the fate that 80 to 90% of startups suffer: failure.”

Simmons identified successful entrepreneurs who could offer unique and concrete habits entrepreneurs can adapt immediately in their personal lives and businesses that can have a game changing impact in how entrepreneurs can handle all of this.

Click here to read what these entrepreneurs had to say.

Startups and the New Wisconsin Equity Crowdfunding Laws
by Kate Bechen and Trevor Currie

What is Crowdfunding?
At its core, crowdfunding is simply the practice of funding a project by raising money from a large number of people. In recent years, this practice has become cheaper and easier to utilize through the Internet. There are now three different methods of crowdfunding available: (1) reward-based crowdfunding; (2) equity-based crowdfunding; and (3) credit-based crowdfunding; however, credit-based crowdfunding is not applicable to startups. Traditionally, charitable organizations would use crowdfunding to raise money for a certain cause, but this has changed in recent years. Startup companies now utilize crowdfunding, both reward-based and equity-based, as a way to raise capital and grow their business. Although crowdfunding works very well for some startups, it is crucial to analyze the current and future needs of each company prior to proceeding with any method of raising capital.  

Read the full article on crowdfunding here

BizStarts names Jacquin Davidson as Executive Director

The nonprofit organization, which helps entrepreneurs develop their companies, hired Davidson as its entrepreneur director in May. She was previously a successful entrepreneur in southern California, starting and growing a company that provided services for the television commercial production industry and international print media, and later launching a consulting company for nonprofits called Davidson Associates. Davidson also has several years of experience in private banking.

Read the full article in BizTimes here

Thank you for celebrating with BizStarts as we honored Barry Mandel


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.


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)