Category Archives: Ecosystem

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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.

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 […]


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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]