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 from food manufacturing, marketing to training, begin training on September 19.
“While this initial group of companies has already demonstrated some success, each embodies a great desire to expand and take their businesses to the next level,” said Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive Education and architect and facilitator of Scale Up Milwaukee efforts. “The Scalerator is designed to bolster these entrepreneurs with additional skills and knowledge to accelerate their growth trajectory.”
- Able Access, non-emergency Paratransit transportation service
- Advanced Chemical Systems, wastewater treatment providing equipment, chemistry and industry expertise
- Bridge Logistics Services, full service commercial warehousing company
- Diamond Discs International, provider of construction industry diamond blades, drilling and cutting equipment
- Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage, producer of headcheese for distribution throughout the Midwest
- Hands on Garage, full service automotive maintenance
- Pho-Tronics, manufacturer of printed circuit boards
- Sosh, an online media and promotions agency specializing in social media strategy, management, promotions and offline events
- Spaulding Clinical Research, full service Phase 1 clinical testing facility specializing in cardiac safety
- Vistelar Group, consultancy providing training to professionals in areas of interpersonal communication to crisis communications
- Visual Impressions, Inc., screen printing production
- Hanging Gardens, LLC a green roofing distributor
"We are committed to bringing a new, more practical vision of entrepreneurship to the city of Milwaukee," said Randi Schochet, vice president for brand and advocacy at American Express OPEN. "The Scalerator will take highly ambitious entrepreneurs and help them realize that vision so they can be the examples for other businesses. We are all very excited for the future of entrepreneurship in Milwaukee."
Meet the Experts:
- Dan Isenberg , leader of Scale Up Milwaukee, Babson Executive Education professor of entrepreneurship practice and the founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP)
- Leslie Charm, Babson faculty and expert on entrepreneurial finance
- Elaine Eisenman, Dean of Executive Education at Babson College
- Vincent Onyemah, Professor of Sales and Marketing at Babson College
“Our Scale Up Milwaukee partners were instrumental in helping us identify Milwaukee-area businesses with high potential to grow,” said Julia Taylor, Greater Milwaukee Committee president. “We’re optimistic that the Scalerator will have a positive impact on the Milwaukee community and provide us with an early indicator of the successes we can achieve through Scale Up Milwaukee.”
More information about the Scalerator can be found here.