July 31, 2014

Webinar: Introduction to the DoD SBIR Program

Wednesday, August 27

The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) supports early-stage, science and technology-based firms from feasibility to funding with counseling and access to resources. In an upcoming webinar -- Introduction to DoD SBIR/STTR Programs -- the CTC and DoD Deputy Administrator, Tracy Frost, will offer an overview of grants and contracts available through the DoD in 2014. 

Meet & Greet Your Government Officials

Come for these informal gatherings of government officials and area business leaders.

Meet & Greet: City of Madison Government Officials
August 7, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm 
Brink Lounge | 701 East Washington Ave, Suite 105 | Madison WI, 53703
Register here.

Meet & Greet: Dane County Government Officials
August 19, 2014
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Brink Lounge | 701 East Washington Ave, Suite 105 | Madison WI, 53703
Register here

Both events are hosted by the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. 

July 30, 2014

Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneur Club Social Hour

Wednesday, August 13 at 6:30 PM
Creekside Place, 102 Maple St,
Evansville, WI 

Do not be fooled by the historic exterior and carefully laid cobblestone in downtown Evansville. Peel back a layer and you'll find a hustling, bustling entrepreneurial spirit fueled by invention, collaboration and innovation. Join The Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneur Club for their monthly meeting that promises to be an especially social August edition.

Enjoy summer drinks and light refreshments as members of the club pitch invention ideas, a business dream or current challenge. "What big idea keeps you up at night? We want to hear about it and help," says Club Treasurer Halina Zakowicz.

For more information about the I&E Club, please contact Club President Sue Berg. But no need to RSVP to the August Social Hour - just show up!

July 29, 2014

On Air with StartingBlock

Enjoy this episode of For the Record with Neil Heinen as he discusses StartingBlock, the entrepreneurial hub and ecosystem that plans to be a large driver of economic development for the region. You'll hear from key players in the project such as former City Planner George Austin, along with co-founder of Capital Entrepreneurs Forrest Woolworth, founder of Sector67 Chris Meyers, and co-founder of Gener8tor Troy Vosseller.

July 28, 2014

AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo to Launch 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week at Dane County Farmers Market

We've always known we have a great Farmers Market in Dane County, and it's about to get a bit more exciting this weekend!

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Anne Alonzo will kick-off the 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at the Dane County Farmers Market. The Dane County Farmers Market is the largest producer-only farmers market in the country and has about 160 vendors at its Saturday market.

Ms. Alonzo will tour the market with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Farmers Market Manager Bill Lubing.  She will host a media availability at 9:30 am to discuss the latest data from the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory followed by a related announcement.  At 10 am, Ms. Alonzo will deliver brief remarks and will highlight the latest information from USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory.

She also will discuss the important role of farmers markets in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers to improve access to fresh, healthy food.  U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, National Farmers Market Week to celebrate our nation's thousands of farmers markets, the farmers who make them possible, and the communities that host them.

July 22, 2014

Women in Tech Lunch

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Maharani Indian Restaurant
380 West Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 

Let's meet up for lunch hour and enjoy a meal together! Please RSVP by 7/23 to be included in the headcount for a table reservation.

Learn more & RSVP.

Madtown Designers - Co-Working at the Madison Public Library

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Madison Public Library - Central
201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 

Need some people to hang out with while you work? Or maybe you want a few extra pairs of eyes on a design problem you're facing. I'll at the Madison Downtown Library (3rd floor sitting area across from the staircase) at 10am. Come hang out, get some work done, and meet other designers in the area!

Learn more.

July 21, 2014

WASSUP Madison - Business Think Tank

Monday, July 21, 2014
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Panera Bread
2960 Cahill Main, Fitchburg, WI 

Are you in the job market? Are you starting a new business? Are you in need of help regarding professional matters? Starting out on a new career path in this economy and job market takes it toll. As job seekers and start ups, we face vastly different problems than our more established counterparts. This group is simply a chance to do professional networking and to help each other with professional matters-- all while relaxing and having fun over coffee or wine. Bring something you need help on: a résumé, a LinkedIn profile, a question for discussion, etc.

We will have a sign on the table that says "WASSUP--Madison."

Learn more.

July 15, 2014

Watertown Event: Celebrating Wisconsin's Entrepreneurial Spirit

Thursday, July 24, 2014
Windwood of Watertown | W5710 County Hwy CW, Watertown, WI

Presented by Watertown Economic Development Organization (WEDO)
The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Watertown. Join WEDO as we showcase local entrepreneurs and innovators.
    • Ronald "Bud" Gayhart - As the Director of the Center for Innovation and Business Development, Bud Gayhart oversees the UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center and the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center. In this role, he provides consulting to more than 75 business owners annually, resulting in new venture launches and sustainability of existing enterprises. With his experience in economic development, Mr. Gayhart has become a key participant in ongoing efforts to strengthen regional businesses.
      • Robert Hopton - Robert Hopton joined Idle Free Systems as CEO in 2008. Idle Free is an innovative provider of complete, year-round idle elimination solutions for trucks and school buses. He has more than 26 years of general management, business development and strategic planning experience across a variety of industries including food, health care, financial services, consumer durables and clean tech. Mr. Hopton has also founded or co-founded two companies.
      View the event flyer here. Please RSVP to Julie Olver.

      July 8, 2014

      Catch the crowdfunding info from last week's event!

      Thanks to all who attended our Two's Company; Three's a Crowdfund event on June 30 at 100state! 

      A captive audience learns about crowdfunding
      We heard an informative presentation on crowdfunding from Patricia Struck, Securities Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, capped off by an interactive Q&A session and networking over pizza and beer.

      If you missed the event, we have the details for you here: 
      • Download Patricia Struck's powerpoint presentation on Crowdfunding in Wisconsin
      • Watch the video of Patricia Struck's presentation
        [Disclaimer: This video isn't great and goes in and out of focus. But the audio from Patty's presentation is there and it gets the job done!]  

      Still have questions on crowdfunding? Post them at our Q&A Portal