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Scalerator Alumni Able Access Transportation will be the recipient of The Business Council’s 2017 Business of the Year Award

Able Access Transportation will be the recipient of The Business Council’s 2017 Business of the Year Award. The Business Council, Inc., an affiliate of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), focuses on the sustainability and growth of ethnically-diverse businesses in Southeastern Wisconsin. This prestigious award recognizes businesses that demonstrate positive social and economic impact […]

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 […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is hiring.

The Greater Milwaukee Committee’s Scale Up Milwaukee initiative is seeking a Membership and
Marketing Director who will recruit and manage the Scale Up Milwaukee membership platform.

Danish Visitor arrives to Scale Up Milwaukee

February 8, 2016 Hi Milwaukee, My name is Søren, and I work as a chief consultant on entrepreneurship at the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth. What I do best is international negotiation, fundraising, crisis management and entrepreneurship education – and I am a true believer in the theories on supporting and developing entrepreneurial ecosystems. […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is an effective model for growth

Scale Up Milwaukee Becomes a Model for Helping Established Firms Grow Resources for small companies tend to focus on startups, but businesses that are fully established face their own set of issues as they work to move on to the next phase. Scale Up Milwaukee was created to provide networking opportunities, a unique accelerator program and other […]

Danish Business Authority to visit Scale Up Milwaukee

For the month of February, Scale Up Milwaukee will host an observer from the Danish Business Authority’s Ministry of Business and Growth. Søren Boutrup is a highly regarded administrator and speaker having delivered talks in 13 countries. He has also taught entrepreneurship at The University of Copenhagen and at 25 other schools where he’s been heavily […]

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 […]

Entrepreneurial Leadership: Developing Peak Performance

Scale Up Milwaukee and Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) invite you to join us for a night with Dr. Elaine Eisenman, Dean of Executive Education at Babson College, presenting Entrepreneurial Leadership: Developing Peak Performance. Coaching is an effective tool for motivating teams to achieve great outcomes. Elaine will discuss how to use coaching and feedback to navigate […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is a movement

Scale Up Milwaukee  is more than the programs and events we host. Scale Up Milwaukee is a movement to foster a growth obsessed and enabled region. Our success is predicated on a shift in the entrepreneurial mindset of business owners and the ecosystem stakeholders that  support and encourage growth. This TED talk describes the work […]

Bootstrapping for growth!

Scale Up Milwaukee and StartUp Milwaukee present an important conversation on financing/bootstrapping for growth.  Join us for a candid conversation about financing the expansion of  your business. Effective cash flow management is vital for a business to survive and grow. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and how to use cash to fuel your venture from Kevin […]

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 […]

Success Stories: Two Regions that are turning entrepreneurship into economic growth

Overview REGISTER NOW Regional economic development remains an elusive objective for most public and private leaders around the world. What is becoming apparent to many is that the accepted strategies – attracting investment, providing financial incentives, encouraging startups, subsidizing small businesses – have all yielded disappointing, if any, results. A recent report, for example, showed […]

Getting the word out

Scale Up Milwaukee is about helping our region’s companies grow. It’s also about ensuring the region’s environment is equipped to embrace and enable growth. In short – to initiate culture change. Getting the word out there about the importance of growth and how to facilitate it is a significant component of the Scale Up initiative. […]

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.      

A.O. Smith hosts 4th CEO Forum

Ajita Rajendra, CEO of A.O. Smith, hosted our most recent CEO Workshop this past Monday. This was our 4th in a series of facilitated conversations among CEOs who prize entrepreneurship and innovation as a core vehicle for global growth as well as an integral part of Milwaukee’s economic future. We have also used it as […]

Scale Up Milwaukee to host Brazilian delegation from Scale Up Rio

Scale Up Milwaukee to host Brazilian delegation from Scale Up Rio Scale Up Milwaukee will host senior delegates from Scale Up Rio May 14-15. Delegates will have a round-table on growth with representatives from City of Milwaukee, large regional corporations and finance institutions. Additional activities include a growth tour of Milwaukee with City of Milwaukee […]

Why We Do What We Do

Brian Schupper, Greater Milwaukee Committee Director of Policy and Scale Up Milwaukee team member, reflects on the recent events in Baltimore, the similarities to Milwaukee and the role Scale Up Milwaukee might play in addressing the challenges the cities face. This note was initially circulated internally but bears sharing with the Scale Up Milwaukee community. Yesterday […]

Scale Up Milwaukee is growing Milwaukee, and here are the numbers to prove it

Scale Up Milwaukee has been working to quantify some of the impact of the project. Here are a few numbers: Scorecard These numbers speak volumes. They say Scale Up Milwaukee is making an impact by fostering a growth-obsessed and growth-enabled region. Milwaukee is growing.

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 […]

Let’s Scale Up Milwaukee

As published on BizTimes.com December 4, 2014 Let’s Scale Up Milwaukee by Mary Blasberg Scale Up Milwaukee continues to inspire new projects in the U.S. and beyond. Earlier this year, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced its launch of Scale Up America, an effort to support community efforts fostering entrepreneurial activity and business growth. In September, […]

Scale Up Milwaukee Newsletter Feb 12

    SUMKE WEB EVENT Ask the Expert: Michelle D’Attilio from Sosh Former Scalerator participant and CEO of Sosh Michelle D’Attilio will be hosting a Google Hangout to provide expert tips on social media and relationship management. Send your questions to Mary Blasberg, SUMKE Communications Director, or send us a tweet with your question. Stay […]

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 […]

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 […]

A year end message from Dan Isenberg

2014 Year In Review A year end message from Dan Isenberg   In 2014 Scale Up Milwaukee emerged as a leader in the global dialog on fostering entrepreneurship. Scale Up Milwaukee’s vision and activities are directly impacting the economic development thinking of leaders in Europe, the UK, and the US:  Scale Up UK, Scale Up Europe, […]

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.

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.

Mayor Barrett’s Entrepreneur Week

  Monday, November 10 6 pm to 7pm  Jerry Jendusa will present his growth story as founder of EMTEQ, the company he grew and sold. In his eye, if you are not growing, you are dying. If you grow too fast without the proper planning, this will lead to another dynamic of chaos. The key is […]

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 […]

IBM Global Entrepreneur Day

For those of you who attended the Corporate Venture Forum in October, this upcoming event presented by IBM is a great opportunity to continue to learn more about the process for partnering with larger businesses and hear from others who have done it. Special keynote from Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871.         […]

First of its Kind Program Give Wisconsin Businesses Access to Supercomputer

$500,000 invested in new program to promote high-tech job growth MADISON, December 9, 2013 – Wisconsin small- and medium-sized businesses will have the opportunity to gain access to specialized high-performance computing systems and services under a new program unveiled Monday by the Milwaukee Institute, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Mason Wells. The Milwaukee […]

A Message from Dan Isenberg

I suppose many of us become reflective at this time of year, and as Scale Up Milwaukee organizes to transition to a full- fledged Scale Up project in early 2014, I too have been reflecting on all that has transpired since we launched the initial phase of Scale Up Milwaukee in April this year… My […]

CVF: Next Step Recommendations

On Tuesday, November 19th, UW-Milwaukee Urban Planning class presented their recommendations for follow up activities and programs based on the outcomes of the Corporate Venture Forum in October. Some of the ideas provided a more in depth analysis of the recommendations created by the Forum attendees, but there were also some new ideas presented as well. […]

Scale Up at GMC Member Meeting

  On November 11th, Scale Up Milwaukee was one of the main topics at the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s monthly member meeting, focusing on the current economic development efforts in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. After having an opportunity to meet with the Scalerator participants at the “Scale Up Village”, keynote speaker, Governor Scott Walker addressed a […]

Scale Up & COSBE Host Entrepreneurs Roundtable with SBA

Roundtable with SBA’s Chief Counsel for Advocacy On November 14th, the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, Winslow Sargeant, visited Milwaukee. The MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) and Scale Up Milwaukee are hosted an informal and open forum to give businesses the opportunity to interface with the SBA and to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

Recap: Financial Stakeholder Workshop

On Friday September 27th, we invited bankers, equity investors and entrepreneurs to come together for a dialogue on the availability of capital in the Milwaukee region, creating a dynamic and interactive conversation among the different representatives of each sector. The following were the objectives of the workshop: To improve the understanding between the entrepreneurial community and […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Public Leadership: Celebration with Stella & Chewy’s

Mayor Tom Barrett Proclaims Aug. 13th as “Stella & Chewy’s Day!”   As a part of our efforts to activate Milwaukee’s public leadership, Scale Up Milwaukee has been encouraging our elected officials to take the time to celebrate the “wins” throughout Milwaukee’s entrepreneurial community. We came across our first opportunity to celebrate when we learned […]

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 […]

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 […]

June Update

Greetings from your Scale Up Milwaukee team! This is our second email to you (click here for first). We are now organizing our very first activities! We have our second Google Hangout with our fearless leader, Dan Isenberg  and other SUMKE team members to discuss, “What does Scale Up Entrepreneur mean?” today (Friday, June 28) at […]

Scale Up Milwaukee Update: June 14

From Dan Isenberg From time to time I will share with you some thoughts about SUMKE (my shorthand for Scale Up Milwaukee). I invite your comments and dialog, criticisms, suggestions by clicking here. This kind of communication is part of the ongoing dialog and engagement that is part of SUMKE, and there will be more. Follow […]

May Update

Thank you for your time and partnership as we roll out Scale Up Milwaukee. I wanted to share some quick feedback from the first activities since April 15 and a few thoughts on next steps.   What have we learned from our community discussions? On April 15 – 17, we hosted five roundtable discussions with […]

Launch Event May 6

Scale Up Milwaukee Launch Event May 6, 2013 5:30 – 8:00 PM   Watch some of the Launch belowStreaming Live by Ustream

What is Scale Up Milwaukee?

What is Scale Up Milwaukee? Scale Up Milwaukee (www.scaleupmilwaukee.org ) is an ambitious, multi-stakeholder effort to catalyze entrepreneurial growth in the Milwaukee region by helping entrepreneurs scale their business ventures. “Help” does not mean conducting any one program or copying a model from somewhere else. Instead, it means facilitating a “home-grown” entrepreneurship ecosystem that includes […]

A Message from Dan Isenberg

Let me start by saying that I am honored and humbled to be a part of this new project, OPEN for Enterprise, which we will start right here in Milwaukee. Although I was born close by in Chicago (longer ago than I care to think about) and visited Wisconsin’s lakes for vacations as a 3-year-old, […]

March 28 Press Conference

Watch a video recap of the press conference, courtesy of Fox 6 News: Broadcast of Press Conference, March 28, 2013