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Category Archives: Scalerator

Business training effort drives growth

Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on March 28, 2017 Companies completing the flagship program of Scale Up Milwaukee, which seeks to promote business growth in the region, have created nearly 500 jobs since 2013, Scale Up announced Tuesday. Over the last four years, 57 firms in the region have gone through the “Scalerator,” a six-month […]

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Members Recognized for Growth and Receive Top Honors

Scale Up Milwaukee members are sharing their growth stories in the best way possible: through state and regionally recognized awards and nominations! We are shouting our sincerest and most proud congratulatory wishes to those companies and individuals who have received these very prestigious awards and nominations. We encourage all Scale Up members to share their […]

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Announcing Scalerator 4

  Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee supported by WEDC, is proud to announce the newest Scalerator class. This year’s cohort features 12 diverse companies that manufacture a wide range of products from bicycles to bourbon and offer services from healthcare marketing to metal fabrication or industrial machine maintenance.  These companies represent 5 counties, 250 employees, and over […]

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Members Meeting on October 6

Scale Up Milwaukee is hosting its quarterly Members Meeting on October 6. Member Meetings are an important benefit of the Scale Up Milwaukee membership, bringing together an active network of growth-minded businesses and individuals discussing a myriad of topics centered around growth in our region. Learn from our expert panelists and engage in group discussion […]

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18 new Scalerator Alumni

Celebration of Growth Today, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Alberta Darling and a host of others will join Scale Up Milwaukee for a Celebration of Growth as 18 companies become Scalerator alumni. Congratulate these entrepreneurs for their commitment to growth.

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Celebration of Growth

The first week in May was an eventful one for Scale Up Milwaukee! We celebrated growth and Scalerator 3 participants at the Celebration of Growth finale, learned about the Bucks’ plans and challenges from Peter Feigin and heard from Palermo Villa’s Giacomo Fallucca. At the Celebration of Growth, nearly 100 attendees heard success and growth […]

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Intention Matters

I recently read an important study on company scale up, a meta-analysis of many studies in a variety of countries, looking at the relationship between entrepreneurs’ expectations for their upcoming growth, and their actual growth. The conclusion: actual subsequent growth (revenues) is predicted by intentions or expectations of growth, in particular when the motivation of […]

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Introducing the newest Scalerators

We are proud to announce the participants of their third Scalerator Program. Once again Scale Up Milwaukee will convene business owners from seven counties companies representing a diverse array of industries and sectors ranging from metal fabrication to gourmet cookies.  Scale Up Milwaukee is scaling up. With 17 companies in the new cohort, this class […]

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Scalerator 3

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Scalers Revisited- Brilliance Business Solutions

Brilliance Business Solutions Scalerator participant, Brilliance Business Solutions creates intricate e-commerce websites that allow businesses to compete globally. Brilliance advances growing manufacturers and distributors through B2B e-Commerce solutions implemented with AspDotNeStorefront and EPiServer.  By increasing site traffic and improving conversions, Brilliance grows manufacturing and distributing businesses top line numbers. They specialize in optimizating online sales […]

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Scalerator Open House dates announced!

The Scale Up Milwaukee team and past Scalerators invite interested entrepreneurs to have questions answered and learn more about the program during open house sessions hosted by WWBIC, Racine County Economic Development Corporation and others. More dates announced soon.      

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Scalerator Alum- Vistelar Group receives significant media coverage

Scalerator alum, Vistelar Group have been quite busy lately. Vistelar, a “total conflict prevention and management solutions provider,” is an industry expert on conflict resolution and training. With clients including law enforcement agencies, health care staff, and public transit workers around the country, the Milwaukee-based company has become an authority in training people who operate in […]

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Scalerator Application is open!

Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee supported by WEDC, announced it will open applications for the Scalerator program, which kicks off in October 2015. The Scalerator program has been wildly successful in helping companies in the M7 region to grow. So far, 27 local companies have graduated from the Scalerator program, […]

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105 Milwaukee Leaders hear Scale Up Milwaukee’s $1.4 Billion Economic Engagement Plan

105 Milwaukee Leaders hear Scale Up Milwaukee’s $1.4 Billion Economic Engagement Plan On April 13th, the Scale Up Milwaukee team presented their long-term plan for growth in the region with over 100 Milwaukee leaders convened for one of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s members’ meetings. Dan Isenberg, thought and practice leader of Scale Up Milwaukee, presented […]

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Scale Up Milwaukee Graduates New Scalerator – 15 Ventures, Average New Growth Exceeds 25%

Scale Up Milwaukee Graduates New Scalerator – 15 Ventures, Average New Growth Exceeds 25% March 20, 2015 Scale Up Milwaukee celebrated regional economic growth with a full-house graduation event of the 15 graduating ventures from the second Scalerator program. The finale featured the graduates from the first Scalerator program, as well as a plethora of […]

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Scalerator Finale

Scale Up Milwaukee Scalerator Finale Scale Up Milwaukee hosted the Scalerator Finale on March 20, 2015 featuring the graduating class and a plethora of supporters. We would like to thank each and every person who came out to show their support and all those who’s thoughts were with the graduating class that day. The Scalerator […]

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Scale Up Milwaukee 2014-2015 Scalerator Finale on March 20

Scale Up Milwaukee 2014-2015 Scalerator Finale Scale Up Milwaukee is celebrating regional economic growth at the unique graduation finale. It will feature presentations from Scalerator companies, calls to action by co-chairs Dave Werner, president of Park Bank, and Jerry Jendusa, Emteq founder, and messages of support from prominent community members, including Mayor Tom Barrett. Active […]

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Session 6: February 25-26 Recap

Session 6: February 25-26 Organizational Building for Growth (II) w/ Dean Elaine Eisenman The most recent Scalerator session was facilitated by Elaine Eisenman, Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, and was focused on Organizational Building for Growth. The current Scalerator class is comprised of 15 companies, bringing the total to 27. These 27 growing […]

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Session 5: February 5-6 Recap

Session 5: February 5-6 Building your Sales Pipeline w/ Prof. Vini Onyemah The Scalerator class met for its fifth session last week. Vini Onyemah of Babson College led a session on building a sales pipeline. We were also joined by Professor Kaczmarek of Marquette University who facilitated a session about how data mining can impact […]

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Session 4: January 12-13 Recap

Session 4: January 12-13 Forecasting Cash Requirements w/ Prof. Mary Gale Scale Up Milwaukee hosted the fourth Scalerator session this past Monday and Tuesday. Babson professor Mary Gale spoke with the 15 Scaler companies about cash flow and the importance of managing rapid growth. Mary Gale was also invited to speak at two other events […]

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Session 3: December 9-10 Recap

Session 3: December 9-10 Organizing and Managing your Sales Team w/ Prof. Vini Onyemah The Scalerator companies met with Vini Onyemah to discuss sales and marketing. Mayor Tom Barrett and George Mosher stopped by to show their support and celebrate growth.

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Scale Up Profile: Brilliance Business Solutions

Brilliance Business Solutions Scalerator participant, Brilliance Business Solutions creates intricate e-commerce websites that allow businesses to compete globally. Brilliance advances growing manufacturers and distributors through B2B e-Commerce solutions implemented with AspDotNeStorefront and EPiServer.  By increasing site traffic and improving conversions, Brilliance grows manufacturing and distributing businesses top line numbers. They specialize in optimizating online sales […]

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Scale Up Profile: Sleep Wellness Institute

Scale Up Profile: Sleep Wellness Institute Founded in 1994, the Sleep Wellness Institute is sleep disorder treatment center that specializes in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. They have two clinic locations with 14 beds for sleep studies and six treatment locations treatment that focus on CPAP therapy. With 65 employees, Sleep Wellness Institute treats over […]

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Joaquin Altoro, VP of Commercial Lending from Town Bank speaks about the Scalerator

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Session 2: November 12-13 Recap

Session 2: November 12-13 Organizational Building for Growth (I) w/ Dean Elaine Eisenman The second Scalerator session was conveniently located in the middle of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Entrepreneur Week. Participating business owners were focused and challenged as Elaine Eisenman spoke some tough truths about organizational leadership.

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Session 1: October 24-25 Recap

Session 1: October 24-25 Marketing and Sales Strategy for Growth w/ Prof. Vini Onyemah This year’s Scalerator participants are already hard at work scaling up. The first session is taking place today and will continue for the next six months. An internationally respected team of faculty from Babson College, including Vini Onyemah, will conduct hands-on […]

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Scalerator Pilot Class Graduates!

Last week, before the Scalerator class officially graduated, they participated in the fourth and final session of the program! Babson College’s Dean of Executive Education, Elaine Eisenman, worked with the group on how to successful build your organization for growth, focusing on growing companies through people.  Eisenman stressed the importance of vision, value and culture […]

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Recap: Scalerator Session 3

“What is truly wonderful about the Scale Up initiative so far, has been the fantastic dialog and interaction with other companies in the group and the leadership of the class instruction” –Marshall Atkinson, Visual Impressions The Scalerator program recently wrapped up its’ third session with Vini Onyemah, back in town to talk more in depth […]

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Recap: Scalerator Session 2

“This program has opened up doors of opportunity that we never knew existed or just hadn’t thought to pursue” –Mike Jozwik, Hanging Gardens, LLC    The Scalerator recently wrapped up the second week of class, this time with Babson College faculty member and entrepreneurial finance expert, Les Charm. The focus for session two included the following: […]

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Class is in Session: Scalerator Launches

     On Thursday September 19th 2013, the Scalerator pilot program launched with its first session led by Dr. Vincent (Vini) Onyemah. The first session was focused on sales and sales management for rapid growth, highlighting some of the following: A customer-centered value approach to selling Value creation as the basis for development new revenue […]

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Scale Up Visioning Session

As the Scale Up Milwaukee has begun to gain momentum and many different activities have been implemented, we recognized that the project is in a critical part of Phase I and it is imperative that our key stakeholders and our region’s astute observers and leaders convene in order to evaluate and “fine-tune” the Scale Up initiative. […]

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Scalerator Participants Announced!

12 regional businesses to participate in the nation’s first Scalerator pilot program. The two-month Scalerator pilot  will teach local, growth-minded companies how to maximize their potential and possibilities by focusing on issues such as entrepreneurial finance, sales management for rapid growth and a how-to build an organizational platform for growth. The companies, whose businesses range […]

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Impact of the Scalerator

How the Scalerator Could Impact Local Ventures   Curious as to how the Scalerator program could impact Milwaukee ventures? Dan Isenberg and Michael Hostad sat down with Sofia Stolberg, Executive Director of Manizales Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Colombia on July 31st to discuss her experience with the program there. The entrepreneurship program in Manizales, also led […]

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Scalerator Preview

As many of you know, we have recently opened up the application process for Scale Up’s pilot program, the Scalerator. There are many benefits to participating in this program, with one of those benefits being the Scalerator Faculty, which is comprised of entrepreneurial experts from Babson College. The faculty will be addressing several different key […]

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Faculty Case Teaching Workshop Recap

On July 15th, Dan Isenberg conducted a day-long Case Teaching and Writing Workshop for entrepreneurship faculty members throughout the region at UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business. We were thrilled to have over 20 attendees from nine different institutions in the Southeast Wisconsin region, as well as Chicago, join us for the day. With Dan at the […]

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