Category Archives: Milwaukee

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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.

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 […]

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 […]