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Scale Up Milwaukee’s Elmer Moore wins Milwaukee Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award

This article is from the Milwaukee Business Journal Dated February 1, 2018 Retired We Energies executive and community activist Thelma Sias and Gilbane Building and C.G. Schmidt Inc., the general contractors on the construction of the $450 million Northwestern Mutual corporate headquarters in downtown Milwaukee, are among the winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2018 Business in Diversity Awards. […]

Scale Up Milwaukee announces first SPARC cohort

Scale Up Milwaukee, AACCW, and WWBIC launch JP Morgan Chase Supported growth training program for central city businesses   MILWAUKEE – Scale Up Milwaukee, an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, has announced 21 businesses participating in the newest growth-training program called SPARC. Launched in partnership with the African American Chamber of Commerce and WWBIC, and […]

How a professor is trying to spark an entrepreneurial revolution across America

Published by CNBC on May 5, 2017   For the first 17 years, RBK Health Care Marketing in Milwaukee grew at a respectable pace, reaching more than $3 million a year in revenue in 2016. This year, founder Carl Brown says the firm will grow by 50 percent to 60 percent and hit $4 million […]

Mark Hogan Highlights WEDC Partnership at GMC Event

Published by Milwaukee Independent on April 26, 2017 The Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC) held its membership meeting, with a focus on the Scale Up program and regional jobs creation, at the University Club on April 10. Leaders from local corporations and nonprofits attended the April event in support of the Greater Milwaukee Committee’s work and […]

Peggy Troy Offers Leaders Insight to Scale Up Business

Published by Milwaukee Independent on February 5, 2017 Scale Up Milwaukee presented a public conversation with nonprofit leader Peggy Troy in late January, as part of its “Meet the Masters” series. As the CEO and President of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Troy has been a strong community advocate for Milwaukee. She also volunteers her time […]

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 […]

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 […]

Scale Up members are hiring!

As businesses grow, they are more than likely going to need to hire more employees. We have a few Scale Up Milwaukee members who are currently hiring for various positions. Loan Officer: WWBIC Client Data Analyst: WWBIC Controller: WWBIC Director for Corporate and Non-Profit Engagement: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee Assembler, Wire Cutter, Tester: Convenience Electronics, […]

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 […]

Telling #GROWTH Stories

Storytelling is a valuable skill for any organization.  A good story calls attention to the strategy, ambition, and vision of an organization.  At the October Scale Up Milwaukee Members Meeting, we will develop the skill of telling growth stories.  Be a part of the narrative, and RSVP here  today.

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 […]

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.

June 2016 Members Meeting

Scale Up Milwaukee hosts the inaugural members meeting on June 27, 2016. The meeting will include a discussion with Barry Mandel and Jerry Jendusa, two entrepreneurs with a history of exceptional growth. This meeting is open to non-members interested in learning more about the benefits of joining the only growth-focused membership platform of its kind. […]

Introducing the Scale Up Milwaukee membership program.

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.

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 […]

Danish visitor interviewed on Scale Up Milwaukee on WUWM

Danish Advisor Explores Scale Up Milwaukee’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem For the month of February, Scale Up Milwaukee hosted an emissary from Denmark. Soren Boutrup spent 26 days living and working as a part of the Scale Up team. Bonnie North from Lake Effect on WUWM interviewed to learn more about his perspective. Here the interview and […]

How to Scale Your Venture with Sue Marks

The Meet the Masters series continues with Sue Marks, CEO of Cielo Talent, the world’s leading pure-play provider of technology-enabled Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) solutions. Sue has a reputation for being an inspiring speaker and visionary. This Meet the Master’s event provides an intimate setting to learn from an experienced growth leader.  RSVP now.    Scale […]


Halfway through my stay in Milwaukee, I can’t believe how intense an experience this has been.  On my very first day, I was part of an interesting event at the University Club,  the Greater Milwaukee Committee Annual Membership Meeting. I have more than 50 new contacts in the city and was invited to speak at […]

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. […]

Strong Women Strong Coffee

Scale Up Milwaukee partner, WWBIC, hosts a monthly event for business professionals and entrepreneurs to network, learn, and develop. Strong Women, Strong Coffee features successful woman entrepreneurs and executives but is open to everyone. The next event on November 5, presents Meg Boyle, Co-owner, VP & CFO of Paul Davis Restoration. Date: November 5, 2015 Time: 7:30am […]

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 […]

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.      

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The Milwaukee model lauded globally

In the land of growth – Qualeimpresa Maggi-Giugno 2015 A few months ago, a stream of national and international visitors wanted to learn about Scale Up Milwaukee. One of them, Luca Donelli, is the leader of YES for Europe: The European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs. Luca was instrumental in written this article. Even without a translation, […]

Shel Lubar talks about growing big!

Shel Lubar spoke about growing big businesses in the Midwest for more than 50 years. In an intimate setting. Mr. Lubar described the principles that have guided him and his company in achieving sustained growth. Introduced by Park Bank CEO David Werner and moderated by Dan Isenberg, the talk attracted leaders from many business sectors. […]

#Growth is catching on

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Meet the Masters event with Shel Lubar

Meet the Masters event with Shel Lubar Join Scale Up Milwaukee, in partnership with WWBIC, for an unique opportunity to converse with Sheldon Lubar, founder and chair of Lubar & Co. Hear directly from Mr. Lubar on how he grew dozens of businesses by as much as ten times their original size.  Learn about his Professional Ownership™ model which fosters […]

Mayor’s Growth Tour Continues

Mayor’s Growth Tour continued with a visit to Fyxation, a Milwaukee-based seller and manufacturer of bicycles, parts, and leather accessories. Nationally renowned for unique styling and engineering, Fyxation recently expanded into their first retail shop in the Riverwest neighborhood. The mayor was excited to see the innovation they are bringing to their industry and the […]

A Message from Mary

This is not goodbye. I am leaving my role with Scale Up Milwaukee to start my family, but I am not exiting my interest in fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem. More than ever, I want to grow Milwaukee for the new addition we’re bringing into our family, and I can see the significant progress we’ve already […]

Delegation from Brazil sees Scale Up Milwaukee working

Delegation from Brazil sees Scale Up Milwaukee working Last week, Scale Up Milwaukee received a delegation from Brazil interested in learning more about the Milwaukee model of #ScaleUp. They arrived on Wednesday evening after learning about the Scale Up model from its creator, Dan Isenberg, at the Babson Driving Economic Growth program. For 3 days, […]

It’s out: Wisconsin is No. 2 nationwide for scaling up companies

Wisconsin has emerged as No. 2 in the United States in its “mid-market” business sector in the inaugural Dun & Bradstreet/American Express Power Index survey of 19 million American businesses released last month, outshining entrepreneurial superstars New York, California and Texas. This may be particularly surprising in light of past reports that Wisconsin fares poorly […]

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 […]

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 […]

AMEX & D&B research show that mid-market companies lead in job growth

Middle Market Companies Playing a Vital Role in the U.S. Economy, According to New Research from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet First-Ever Middle Market Power Index Finds Mid-Sized Companies Created 92% of Net New Jobs Since 2008 NEW YORK,  April 14, 2015 — Middle market companies are leading job growth, employing more than 50 million […]

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.

Scale Up Milwaukee hosts Italian president of G20 Young Entreprenuer’s Alliance

Scale Up Milwaukee will host a visitor interested in learning more about the Milwaukee method of scaling up. Luca Donelli, president of both the Italian Delegation and Confindustria Young Entrepreneurs Presidency team, will meet with stakeholders from across the ecosystem to learn how coordination and growth are already changing the Milwaukee region. Luca Donelli Euros – Donelli Group Responsible […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cream City Ribbon

Scale Up Milwaukee visits Cream City Ribbon A model of sustainability and modern technology has helped Cream City Ribbon thrive in an economic climate that is not always friendly to old-style manufacturing. Scale Up Milwaukee project lead Elmer Moore went to visit this growing business to learn what breathes life back into a company hit […]

Mayor Tom Barrett lauds growth and “One Milwaukee” in latest State of the City Address

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address Milwaukee March 9, 2015 As Prepared for Delivery EMBARGOED UNTIL 8:15 a.m. Thank you, Kadijiha! You are an impressive young woman with great promise. Thank you Dr. Meehan for hosting us and more importantly for leading a college we are proud calls Milwaukee home. Alverno’s reputation […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Corporate Engagement Forum

Corporate Engagement Workshop – Using Entrepreneurship to Strengthen Corporate Global Competitiveness. One aspect of an entrepreneurship ecosystem is access to markets – in order for growth entrepreneurship to flourish, entrepreneurs need access to customers and marketing partners, particularly big ones.  Did you know that the Milwaukee region is home to dozens of publicly traded corporations? […]

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.         […]

Scale Up Hangs Out with Milwaukee Institute & WEDC

    On January 24th, Scale Up Milwaukee project leader, Dan Isenberg, had a great conversation with Milwaukee Institute’s Executive Director, Jay Bayne and Business Development Director, Greg Gapinski. We were also joined by one of our project partners, Wisconsin Econonic Development’s (WEDC) Gail MacAskill, Sector Manager. With the Milwaukee Institute and WEDC’s current opportunity […]

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 […]

Join Us: Corporate Venture Forum Next Steps

Growth Happens When We Scale Up Together. At the recent Corporate Venture Forum, attendees were asked to develop an idea on how Milwaukee can work to improve entrepreneurial and corporate partnering. Following the event, Professor of Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee, Sammis White, presented his class with the challenge of analyzing the recommendations and determining what […]

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 […]

Mayor’s Listening Session #2

On Thursday, October 24th, Mayor Tom Barrett hosted his second listening session, this time with eight of the businesses who are participating in the Scalerator pilot program. With only one session left in the program, the group wanted to share some of their experiences from the past few months, as well as discuss their experience […]

Scale Up Meets with Revolution Labs

While Vini Onyemah was in Milwaukee for the third Scalerator session, we wanted to see how we could share his knowledge and experience with the wider Milwaukee entrepreneurship ecosystem. We were fortunate enough to have Vetransfer’s Greg Meier help coordinate “office hours” for several teams from the Revolution Labs program. Revolution Labs “is an intensive […]

Corporate Venture Forum

Just last Friday, over 150 entrepreneurs, corporations and other leaders of the entrepreneurship ecosystem came together for the Corporate Venture Forum hosted by American Express OPEN to have a first of its’ kind dialogue about best practices and opportunities for corporate venturing with local and national leaders. Scale Up Milwaukee leader, Dan Isenberg, set the […]

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. […]

MKE Hangout: Inbound Entrepreneur

                                On September 9th, Dan Isenberg hosted our fifth Scale Up Milwaukee Google Hangout with Hans Angermeier from Car Care Kiosk. Angermeier, originally from Waukesha, moved his company from New York City back to Milwaukee about two years ago. Back […]

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 […]

Public Leadership: Mayor’s Visit to Ink to the People

  As a part of the Scale Up initiative, we want to activate public leadership’s involvement with entrepreneurs by actually going and visiting businesses in the greater Milwaukee area to see first-hand the successes that exist throughout city. On Monday August 26th, Scale Up Milwaukee invited Mayor Tom Barrett to visit Visual Impressions, a local […]

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 […]

Mayor’s Listening Session

On July 22, 2013, Mayor Tom Barrett and seven local entrepreneurs, with businesses ranging from technology to manufacturing, convened on Monday morning for a an hour long “round-table” discussion about the current state of the Milwaukee region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, focusing on ways the City can be involved and support its growth. The participants led the […]

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 […]

Video from June 10 Roundtable

Scale up Milwaukee Round Table – 6-10-2013 from Korporate-Media.com on Vimeo.

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 […]

Find Out if You’re a Scale Up Entrepreneur with This Two-Minute Test

by Daniel Isenberg (Originally posted in Harvard Business Review on May 24th,2013) Cool ideas for new businesses are a dime a dozen. That — plus all the new tech enablers such as instant websites and e-commerce platforms — makes it deceptively easy to start up a new venture. The bigger challenge is to start up a big venture that just happens […]

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 […]