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Mayor Barrett's Entrepreneur Week

2015 events include seminars, award ceremonies, open houses and workshops that will contribute to the larger effort of increasing activity in Milwaukee’s entrepreneurial community.

 
Monday
Nov. 9
 
 

Mayor’s Entrepreneur Week Kick-Off
BizStarts Presents Speed Mentoring

5:30-7:30 PM | 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive, Suite 210

Meet people. Get Inspired. Make connections.
The BizStarts Speed Mentoring event is a series of short, focused conversations with our experienced Mentors.  Entrepreneurs seeking advice for hacking all kinds of business problems from marketing to value propositions, funding, operations, distribution and more will meet with BizStarts Mentors for a targeted discussion resulting in a variety of viewpoints—all in record time.


 
     
 

Kiva Presents
Crowdfunding 101

12:00-1:30 PM | 1533 N. Rivercenter Dr.

In February 2015, Kiva brought its direct lending model, Kiva Zip, to Milwaukee and has been part of the City's Prosperity Plan. Kiva Zip enables financially excluded and socially impactful entrepreneurs to access 0% interest, no fee microloans of up to $5,000. These loans are crowdfunded through an entrepreneur's personal and professional networks as well as Kiva Zip's global community of over 60,000 potential customers, business advisors and brand ambassadors. Instead of basing loans off of credit score, collateral or assumed risk, Kiva Zip bases loans off of the character of a business owner and their trust network. 

Come learn more about crowdfunding, Kiva Zip, and how you can become part of this wonderful community! 

Register online

 
     
 

Integrity Consulting Enterprise, LLC Presents
Building Your Enterprise

4:00 PM MATC Education Center at Walkers Square, 816 W. National Ave.

Being an entrepreneur is more than building a solo business; instead it’s about creating an enterprise. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Kevin Hart, Suzy Norman and the others are all entrepreneurs that have created jobs and wealth for others.  They did not become successful overnight; however, they had a strategy.  

What is your strategy?  Building an enterprise or any business requires FOCUS.  With information overload and a flurry of social media platforms, it can be difficult at times to remain focused. Do you know what you want and where you need to be but need a “FOCUS Strategy” and mindset to get there? Do you need help with establishing your brand and getting clarity?  

This workshop is designed for those that are serious about the next level of business. You desire financial stability, need to understand your ideal audience, need to become laser focus, become crystal clear and learn the steps to establish an enterprise.  

Register online

 
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
"Book a Business Librarian" Session

Call (414) 286-3051 to reserve | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance from an expert business librarian on conducting research for starting a business. There will be two sessions.

Call the Business and Technology Department of the Milwaukee Public Central Library at (414) 286-3051 to reserve a session.

 
   
 
 
Tuesday
Nov. 10
 
 

Marquette University Law School Presents
Legal Essentials for Startups and Entrepreneur

12:30-2:00 PM | Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

Nathan Hammons, Esq., Director of the Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic, presents Legal Essentials for Startups and Entrepreneurs.  In this session, Mr. Hammons will explain the legal steps for starting and protecting a new business.  Topics will include:

  1. Selecting and forming a business entity.
  2. Structuring ownership of a business.
  3. Developing and protecting intellectual property.
  4. Raising money legally.
  5. Human resource issues.
  6. Regulatory compliance.

The session will also address how to find and make good use of lawyers.  The event is complimentary, but registration is required.

Register online

 
 
 
 

WWBIC Presents
The Power of QuickBooks™- The Basics 

11:00 AM | 1533 N. Rivercenter Dr.

Learn how to use QuickBooks software for creating accounts payable, receivable and profit and loss reports. This course is $50.00 and includes a basic introduction to accounting.

Register online

 
     
 

Integrity Consulting Enterprise, LLC Presents
Now WHAT? The Entrepreneur's Roadmap

5:00-6:30 PM | MATC Education Center at Walkers Square, 816 W. National Ave.

Time and time again, entrepreneurs have a lot of information, but are not sure about the next steps or what to do first. At times, it is a lack of accountability, guidance or coaching that leads to entrepreneurs needing a “FOCUS Strategy” to become and remain successful while creating jobs and wealth.  

This workshop is designed to help answer some of the following questions: Do you have a sustainable, strategic plan? Who’s your coach? How do you stay connected?

Come learn the essentials needed for success as an entrepreneur. You’ll also have the ability to join the 1st Milwaukee Business Forum and learn more about the FOCUS mastermind.

Register online
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
"Book a Business Librarian" Session

Call (414) 286-3051 to reserve | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance from an expert business librarian on conducting research for starting a business. There will be two sessions.

Call the Business and Technology Department of the Milwaukee Public Central Library at (414) 286-3051 to reserve a session.

 
   
 
 
Wednesday
Nov. 11
 
 

Marquette University Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Opus College of Engineering Presents
Human-Centered Design Innovation Ideation

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | Opus College of Engineering Hall, MARVL Visualization Lab, 1637 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Join the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship and Opus College of Engineering for an interactive workshop to identify research and inspiration processes that will help you develop a valuable solution and customer group. The MARVL Visualization lab will be used as a case study for the workshop.

Participants should wear casual clothes and shoes. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by November 9.

RSVP online

 
     
 

Integrity Consulting Enterprise, LLC Presents
Building Your Enterprise

2:00-3:30 PM | MATC Education Center at Walkers Square, 816 W. National Ave.

Being an entrepreneur is more than building a solo business; instead it’s about creating an enterprise. Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Kevin Hart, Suzy Norman and the others are all entrepreneurs that have created jobs and wealth for others.  They did not become successful overnight; however, they had a strategy.  

What is your strategy?  Building an enterprise or any business requires FOCUS.  With information overload and a flurry of social media platforms, it can be difficult at times to remain focued. Do you know what you want and where you need to be but need a “FOCUS Strategy” and mindset to get there? Do you need help with establishing your brand and getting clarity?  

This workshop is designed for those that are serious about the next level of business. You desire financial stability, need to understand your ideal audience, need to become laser focus, become crystal clear and learn the steps to establish an enterprise.  

Register online

 
 

UW-Milwaukee's University Innovation Fellows Present
UWM Design Thinking Workshop - Entrepreneurial Spaces

5:30-7:00 PM UWM Engineering, Math, Science Building, 3200 N. Cramer Street, Room E171

UW-Milwaukee’s University Innovation Fellows, a group of student leaders who are part of a national group of entrepreneurial change agents, will lead a design thinking workshop to look at entrepreneurial spaces, such as the new UWM Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship. The workshop will use a human-centered design approach that involves five steps: empathy, problem definition, ideation, prototyping and testing/evaluation, in order to look at how UWM and other entities can create new spaces to encourage entrepreneurship.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the UWM Research Foundation at (414) 906-4674.   

 
 
 
 

WWBIC Presents
Road to Credit Repair: Getting the Credit Score You Want!

6:00-7:30 PM | 5310 W. Layton Ave.

If you’ve had credit challenges in the past, it won’t take the rest of your life to recover. Join us to learn practices with the most impact on your credit score and how you can take control.
This event is free and open to the public. 

Register online

 
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
Understanding Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs

6:00-7:30 PM | Center Street Library, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.

Patent? Copyright? Trademark? These can be confusing terms. Join Business and Patents Librarian Brett Rohlwing for a presentation on the world of intellectual property. Learn the legal ins and outs of protecting your creation.

The event is free and open to the public.

 
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
"Book a Business Librarian" Session

Call (414) 286-3051 to reserve | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance from an expert business librarian on conducting research for starting a business. There will be two sessions.

Call the Business and Technology Department of the Milwaukee Public Central Library at (414) 286-3051 to reserve a session.

 
   
 
Thursday
Nov. 12
 

Integrity Consulting Enterprise, LLC Presents
Now WHAT? The Entrepreneur's Roadmap

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM | MATC Education Center at Walkers Square, 816 W. National Ave.

Time and time again, entrepreneurs have a lot of information, but are not sure about the next steps or what to do first. At times, it is a lack of accountability, guidance or coaching that leads to entrepreneurs needing a “FOCUS Strategy” to become and remain successful while creating jobs and wealth.  

This workshop is designed to help answer some of the following questions: Do you have a sustainable, strategic plan? Who’s your coach? How do you stay connected?

Come learn the essentials needed for success as an entrepreneur. You’ll also have the ability to join the 1st Milwaukee Business Forum and learn more about the FOCUS mastermind.

Register online

 
       
   

BizStarts Presents
Crowdsourcing & Crowdfunding: What it is and How to do it

4:00-6:00 PM | 1555 N. RiverCenter Drive

Crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are making entrepreneurship more accessible than ever before. Join us to learn from Coby Skonord, co-founder of Crowds.io, on how crowdsourcing can reduce cost and complexity, increase accessibility to funding and other resources and the basics of how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The event is free and open to the public.

 
 
 
 

WWBIC Presidents
Getting the Degree, Not the Debt

6:00-7:30 PM | Alverno College, 3400 S. 43rd St.

With student loan debt at an all-time high, be sure you don’t become another statistic. Whether you’re a new high school graduate or starting your “second wind,” this workshop is for you.

Register online

 
     
 

WWBIC Presents
El Proceso para Préstamos de WWBIC - en Español

6:00-8:00 PM | Mitchell Bank, 1039 W. Mitchell St.

Aprenda los requisitos del programa de préstamo de negocios de WWBIC. Atienda a nuestra mesa redonda interactiva con un prestamista de WWBIC y entérese de lo que se require para solicitar un préstamo para negocios de WWBIC.

Para más información
 
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
"Book a Business Librarian" Session

Call (414) 286-3051 to reserve | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance from an expert business librarian on conducting research for starting a business. There will be two sessions.

Call the Business and Technology Department of the Milwaukee Public Central Library at (414) 286-3051 to reserve a session.

 
   
 
Friday
Nov. 13
 

Integrity Consulting Enterprise, LLC Presents
Now WHAT? The Entrepreneur's Roadmap

10:00-11:30 AM | MATC Education Center at Walkers Square, 816 W. National Ave.

Time and time again, entrepreneurs have a lot of information, but are not sure about the next steps or what to do first. At times, it is a lack of accountability, guidance or coaching that leads to entrepreneurs needing a “FOCUS Strategy” to become and remain successful while creating jobs and wealth.  

This workshop is designed to help answer some of the following questions: Do you have a sustainable, strategic plan? Who’s your coach? How do you stay connected?

Come learn the essentials needed for success as an entrepreneur. You’ll also have the ability to join the 1st Milwaukee Business Forum and learn more about the FOCUS mastermind.

Register online

 
       
   

Marquette University and Brady Corporation Present
The Good Money Challenge

Pitches – 12:00-4:00 PM | Reception – 4:00-6:00 PM | Brenner Brewing Company, 706 S. 5th St. 

The Good Money Challenge is like shark tank for good! It is a funding competition for innovative ideas and business ventures that have a social or environmental impact.

Come and hear the top 10 finalists make a live pitch in front of judges and the community for a chance to take home a share of $25,000. 

Register online

 
     
 

WERCBench Labs and M-WERC Present
Entrepreneurs in Energy and Engineering

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | WHEDA Building, 140 S. 1st St. 

WERCBench Labs supports entrepreneurs and start-up businesses with a focus on engineering and hardware-oriented groups interested in “making things.”  Please join us for a briefing/workshop on the next phases of WERCBench Labs. 

Announced in early November, this briefing/workshop will provide details on an annual cycle of programs and events that revolve around annual summer and winter programs, with additional workshops, events and activities year-round to build up the engineering community in Southeastern Wisconsin under WERCBench Labs. 

Working with key partners such as Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other M-WERC members, we will focus on building the start-up and entrepreneurial community for engineering and produce products to enhance the region’s ability to make things and to advance innovation.

The briefing will begin at noon and all are welcome to stay afterwards to continue conversations and networking following the briefing.  Attendance is free and lunch will be provided, but RSVP is required to reserve a spot.

RSVP online

 
 
 
 

Milwaukee Public Library Presents
"Book a Business Librarian" Session

Call (414) 286-3051 to reserve | 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The Milwaukee Public Library is offering one-on-one assistance from an expert business librarian on conducting research for starting a business. There will be two sessions.

Call the Business and Technology Department of the Milwaukee Public Central Library at (414) 286-3051 to reserve a session.

 
   
 

 

Last year, Mayor Barrett's Entrepreneur Week included more than a dozen events hosted by a wide range of organizations.  The activities encouraged individuals to turn ideas and dreams into business ventures and provided an opportunity for organizations to highlight their role in promoting entrepreneurship.

2015 Mayor’s Entrepreneur Week is set for November 8-14 in Milwaukee.  Mayor Barrett is extending an invitation to institutions and organizations that promote entrepreneurship to participate.

For more information, contant Jeff Fleming by email
or phone at (414) 286-8580.