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 BizStarts works with entrepreneurs, service providers, capital connections and other resources to help launch and grow new companies that will create sustainable jobs. From small stores to large, scalable start-ups, BizStarts is a one-stop center that offers all the help and connections entrepreneurs need including:  one-on-one meetings, market assessment, team assessment, financial preparation and more.  We stay with the entrepreneur every step of the way until they succeed.  To get started, call us at (414) 973-2334 or click on the “Begin BizStarts” button above.

M-WERC Announces New Business Start-Up Initiative – WERCBench LabsM-WERC_logo_no_tag

WERCBench Labs seeks makersentrepreneursscientists, and programmers who share a passion for making things to join an immersive program lead by a team of world-class mentors from June 8 to August 27.  The program, driven by M-WERC will take place at the Energy Innovation Center in the Century City Tower in Milwaukee.  Application deadline May 29th.  To learn more or apply on-lone visit http://wercbench.com

Milwaukee Small Business Week – June 1 – June 5  www.smallbizweekmke.com

Join the City of Milwaukee for an exciting week of professional development, networking and social events celebrating and connecting the city’s small business community.  View event details here and be sure to check out the 7th Annual City of Milwaukee’s Small Business Sustainability Conference.

Upcoming Professional Programs

June 17, 2015 4:00 pmUS Bank
Building your Business Banking relationship – June 17th 4:00pm

FastPitch Competition Registration Now Open

fastpitch_logoThe fourth Annual Fast Pitch Competition is your chance to prove the potential of your business idea, meet people who can help you succeed and maybe even win a cash prize!  Competitors will have three minutes max to hit it out of the park before a panel of judges from the business and investment community.

Click here for more information and to download the registration form

This Week’s Important Read

3 Things to Think About Before You Start Your Business

Dan Steininger, President of BizStarts

So you’ve decided you want to be an entrepreneur and you’re ready to launch your dream.

It sure beats “working for the man!”

Well, more power to you and there is no better time in the history of mankind to be starting a business. We all live in an age where everything is possible because of the Internet and tools that never existed before. BizStarts is a nonprofit organization established to help you, so check out our website and register online- our services are no cost to you.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Economic Development there are almost 40,000 new businesses started in Wisconsin every year. Nationally, the statistics indicate that the majority of those businesses will fail in the first three to five years.

So here are a few things you need to think about that will help you do a self-assessment before you leap.

Click here to read find out what they are.

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. 

Jacquin Davidson returns to help grow companies with BizStarts – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (February 17, 2015)

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)