Category Archives: Dan Isenberg

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]