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Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chalk artists to color Bayshore
August 14, 2014 11:04 AM
When the Chalk Art Festival started eight years ago, it brought the talent of 12 local chalk artists to Bayshore Town Center to add a pop of color to the center’s streets.
 
During this year’s festival, set for Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, 70 chalk artists from all over the country will head to Bayshore Town Center to put their chalk masterpieces to pavement.

The artist turnout will be the festival’s largest with several returning artists in addition to family teams and youth participants.

The festival has largely grown through word of mouth within chalk artists’ networks, according to M.P. Theriault, marketing director of Bayshore Town Center and the brains behind the festival.

Theriault launched the Chalk Art Festival in 2007 after attending a chalk art festival in 2005 in Denver, where she previously lived and worked.

Last year’s event drew just over 50 chalk artists and about 5,000 attendees, Theriault estimates. The town center aims to draw at least that many patrons this year.

“It’s so interesting, and I think the arts are always just a great way to spend an afternoon,” Theriault said. “And having a mixture where we have restaurants and shopping and seeing art – it just makes for a great day.”

Artists will begin working at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will have about eight hours to complete their pieces.

Along with the live action will be a voting contest. Bayshore patrons will be able to vote for their favorite artists and creations until 6 p.m. on Saturday. Awards will be presented in six categories: “People’s Choice,” Most Likely to be Hung in a Museum,” “Best Use of Color,” “Artist Youth Award,” “Best Animal,” and a new category known as “Best Dinosaur.”

The “Best Dinosaur” award winner will take home suite-level tickets to the “Walking With dinosaurs” show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Chalk Festival will also feature live music throughout Saturday and Sunday as well as art workshops guided by the Riverwest Artists Association.

On Sunday, the festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The festival is free and open to the public, with sponsorship provided by California Pizza Kitchen and North Shore Bank.

Bayshore Town Center is located at 500 N. Bayshore Drive in Glendale.

For more information, visit www.bayshoretowncenter.com.

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Batali to make Milwaukee appearance at new Bartolotta restaurant
August 14, 2014 11:06 AM
The Bartolotta Restaurants will welcome nationally renowned chef Mario Batali, to its newest venue, Downtown Kitchen, on Friday, Oct. 24, for a cookbook dinner and meet and greet.
 
Batali, owner of 24 restaurants in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Hong Kong, gained fame for his TV appearance and host roles on “Iron Chef America” and ABC’s “The Chew.”

Batali, who also is part owners of “Eataly” in New York City and Chicago, has won multiple James Beard Awards, a set of annual awards presented by the James Beard Foundation to honor excellence in the food and beverage industry. The highly acclaimed awards, presented in North America, recognize top chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, food journalists, restaurant designers, architects and more.

“Mario is a great chef, author and TV personality,” said John Wise, director of operations for The Bartolotta Restaurants, a Milwaukee-based restaurant group. “He and Paul Bartolotta have been friends for years. We’re very happy to welcome him to his first Milwaukee event and to the first event we’re holding at Downtown Kitchen.”

During the dinner event, Bartolotta’s culinary team will prepare a multi-course dinner from recipes included in Batali’s latest cookbook, “America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers.”

Guests will have an opportunity to talk to Batali about the book and his cooking background and will also receive a signed copy of his book.

The event costs $125 per person. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are available here.

Downtown Kitchen, located in the U.S. Bank Center, will officially open early next month.

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Kalmbach names Savage publisher
August 14, 2014 11:08 AM
Waukesha-based Kalmbach Publishing Co. has named Mark Savage publisher. Savage previously served as associate publisher for American Snowmobiler, Classic Toy Trains, FineScale Modeler and Scale Auto. He will now oversee those four magazine brands.
 
Before his role as associate publisher, Savage was the editor of American Snowmobiler for 10 years, and also previously served as editor of Model Retailer. He joined the company in 2000 after a long career as a business writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Kalmbach publishes 15 special-interest magazines and related books, publishes more than 30 websites and hosts related events. It has 250 employees.

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Wisconsin State Fair draws more than one million attendees again
August 14, 2014 11:10 AM
The Wisconsin State Fair achieved another record year with 1,030,881 attendees total, building on its 2013 attendance of 1,012,552, fair officials announced on Monday.
 
Last year’s fair drew the most attendees in nearly 45 years, according to fair officials.

“Wisconsin State Fair has long been considered one of the top fairs in the United States by many measures, and achieving attendance of over one million two years in a row solidifies this even more,” said Rick Frenette, chief executive officer of Wisconsin State Fair Park. “It is an honor to reach this landmark number again, showing how much people truly enjoy this historic 11 days that celebrates Wisconsin. I’d like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the event, as well as our sponsors and partners who helped us make it another fantastic fair.”

U.S. Cellular served as the presenting sponsor of both the 2013 and 2014 fairs.

During two weekend days this year, the fair achieved two of the highest paid attendance days in its history. On Saturday, Aug. 2, more than 128,000 fairgoers explored fair grounds, and on Saturday, Aug. 9 close to 137,000 people participated in fair festivities.

“We are aware that another year of great weather helped us once again reach over one million in attendance, but beautiful weather does not necessarily mean people want to attend your event,” said John Yingling, chairman of the Wisconsin State Fair Park board. “There are many things people can enjoy on a beautiful summer day in Wisconsin, and the fact that these people chose to spend their time enjoying the Wisconsin State Fair is a testament to the quality of the event and the memorable experiences that our visitors have each year.”

Additional highlights from the 2014 fair include:

*Participation by more than 2,700 exhibitors in fair competitions, with some taking part in multiple classes
*A record sale of cream puffs – 400,678 total
*Record proceeds of more than $150,000 in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction
*Record proceeds of $313,350 in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction
*About 18,500 downloads of the fair’s new mobile app

Next year’s fair festivities are scheduled to run Aug. 6 – 16.

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Marquette to break ground Friday on Jesuit Residence
August 14, 2014 11:12 AM
Marquette University, in Milwaukee, will break ground on its new residence for the college’s Jesuit priest community on Friday.
 
The 40,000-square-foot, five-story building will be designed by Kubala Washatko Architects. It will include 25 resident rooms, five guest rooms, a chapel and garden space. The current Jesuit Residence will eventually be razed to create additional green space on campus.

Marquette raised $15 million to build the facility over nine months of fundraising.

The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of West Wells Street between Schroeder Hall and the Alumni Memorial Union. A short program will include remarks from University President Michael Lovell, the Rev. Jeffrey Labelle, rector of the Jesuit community, and the Rev. Thomas Lawler, provincial of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus.

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Archbishop Listecki to be interviewed at next Newsmaker Luncheon
August 14, 2014 11:14 AM
Archbishop Jerome Listecki will be the subject of the next Milwaukee Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
 
Listecki, the 11th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will be interviewed by a panel of journalists about topics surrounding the future of the Roman Catholic Church.

He succeeded Timothy Dolan, who was named archbishop of New York in 2009. Listecki previously served as bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon, which will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. The cost is $18 for MPC members, $23 for non-members and $13 for students.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
August 14, 2014 11:17 AM

“From the start, Don had a plan and a vision for workforce development in Milwaukee. He set real, measureable goals and set out to meet them. He didn't disappoint. In his eight years leading MAWIB, the organization has dramatically increased its capacity to serve job seekers and work with the business community. The number of Milwaukee County residents receiving MAWIB services has more than doubled since 2005.”
~Tom Barrett, mayor of the City of Milwaukee, and John Kissinger, president and CEO of GRAEF and chairman of MAWIB.
Read last week’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Barrett and Kissinger: Honoring the legacy of Donald Sykes.

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Bubbler Executive of the Week: Weirick
August 14, 2014 11:18 AM

Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21
Organization address: 600 East Wells Street, Milwaukee
Website: www.milwaukeedowntown.com
Industry: Downtown Business Improvement District
Number of employees: Four full-time, 50+ contracted
Family: Married to Joe Weirick; combined family of five adult children (Shawna, Justin, Lindsay, David and Mary Ann), one granddaughter (Margaret Rose) and a grandson on the way.   

Why does the city need an organization like Milwaukee Downtown?
“To lead and inspire BELIEVERS in Milwaukee to engage in efforts that build downtown as the thriving, sustainable, innovative and vibrant heart of the community.”

What’s new at your organization?
“We are bringing two new members onto our team – one to focus on marketing and special events and another to implement economic development initiatives. We are also getting ready to launch our next phase of the CEO call program, which will help us better understand the priorities and needs of our business community. In addition, we just refreshed our five-year strategic plan with a major emphasis on economic development.”

What has been Milwaukee Downtown’s top accomplishment so far this year?
“There are many small initiatives that have worked toward leveraging our resources to make downtown Milwaukee a premier destination of choice where people want to live, learn, work and play. We are continually working toward building an environment that attracts density due to excellent quality of life experiences. Investing in services like our Public Service, Clean Sweep, Graffiti Removal and Landscaping Ambassadors make downtown Milwaukee a community to grow your business and your family.”

What will be Milwaukee Downtown’s main challenges throughout the remainder of the year?
“Remain involved and assist in prioritizing our community’s goals. Helping our citizens understand that in order to be a competitive world-class city and region, we need to invest in our community so that we can attract business and a solid workforce. Examples include investing in the connector, West Wisconsin Avenue initiatives, building a new arena and keeping the Milwaukee Bucks here, an expanded convention facility and the development of the Park East Corridor.”

Do you have a business mantra?
“I have several: ‘Under promise, over deliver’; ‘Patience is a virtue’; ‘For every problem, there IS a solution.’”

From a business standpoint, who do you look up to?
“Paul Levy, who is the CEO of the Philadelphia Business Improvement District, for his love of cities, all he has taught me in this industry and his innovative approaches; Susan Haise, CEO of Neroli, for her commitment to building an organization that truly provides a great experience for her customers, a nurturing environment for her team, professional excellence and giving back to the community; Mary Lynn, owner of River’s Edge Catering, for her strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, servant leadership and her always positive attitude; Donna Rongholt-Migan, executive director of The Cathedral Center for her no-nonsense business approach in being a change agent, her tenacity, her love of learning and her work/life balance; and my husband, Joe Weirick, who is president of RAIT Commercial Services, for his strong business savvy and financial acumen.”  

What was the best advice you ever received?
“A team is only as strong as its weakest link.”

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
“After being Beth Nicols for over 25 years, I became Beth Weirick when I got married in 2012. It was funny how many people had difficulty overcoming my name change. I have a lot of content on this particular subject, but one situation sticks out. The funniest encounter occurred during a conversation after I had just made a presentation when an individual introduced himself to me and told me I should meet his really good friend, Beth Nicols. Imagine his embarrassment when I explained that I knew her very well, in fact that WAS me. It’s a good lesson for anyone who is a namedropper.”  
What do you like to do in your free time?
“I love international travel with my best friend and husband, exploring other great cities in North America, spending time with my family, cooking with seasonal foods, dining out at all of our great local restaurants, putzing in my tiny urban garden, playing with my dog Bob, hanging out at the lakefront, walking on our bike path, people watching on our front porch, shopping local, being a good Nana, and laughing with my awesome friends and family.”

What’s your favorite attraction in downtown Milwaukee?
“Because we truly live, work and play right here in this fabulous downtown community, that’s just simply not a fair question. :) The farmers’ markets, the festivals, the parks, boating on our rivers, our museums, the concert venues, Broadway productions, the local stores, Bublr Bikes, the list goes on and on. So much to do….so little time.”

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Bubbler Calendar
August 14, 2014 11:23 AM

*Thursday, Aug. 14, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will hold a “Networking After 5” event at Pro Health Care Waukesha’s Memorial Hospital, located at 725 American Avenue in Waukesha. “Networking After 5” gatherings, typically held every other month, give Waukesha County businesses and professionals an opportunity to get to know one another, learn about each other’s offerings, exchange referrals and explore potential partnerships. August’s event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs $20 for alliance members. Non-members interested in attending should contact the alliance’s office at 262-542-4249. For more information, visit http://business.waukesha.org/events.

*Thursday, Aug. 14, Jazz in the Park will put the spotlight on 5 Card Studs with special guest Jim Liban. 5 Card Studs, a five-man band, is known for playing Las Vegas-styled tunes and renditions of songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The music will run from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Happy Hour starting at 5 p.m. Jazz in the Park, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, is held each Thursday in Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee through Sept. 4. The summer concerts, which draw musicians from across the region and country, are free and open to the public and also feature food and beverage vendors onsite. For more information on the concert series and its lineup of performers, visit www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park.

*Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 17, Irish Fest returns to Milwaukee with authentic Irish food, beverages, merchandise and dancing at Henry Maier Festival Park Highlights of this year’s fest include a marketplace, a yeast banking contest, photo and poetry contests, a 5K run/walk, and live performances by Gaelic Storm. The festival will run from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $17 for general admission and $12 for seniors age 60 and older. On Thursday, admission costs $5 from 5 to 10 p.m. and is complimentary for patrons who donate schools supplies to benefit children from Hope House. On Friday, admission costs $5 between 4 and 5:30 p.m. Children age 12 and under can get into the festival for free all four days. Henry Maier Festival Park is located at 200 N. Harbor Drive in Milwaukee. For more information on Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, visit www.irishfest.com.

*Thursday, Aug. 14, through Sunday, Aug. 17, Milwaukee IndyFest comes to southeastern Wisconsin. The annual race event is grounded by IndyCar races on Saturday and Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile, located along West Washington Street in West Allis. Track activities are scheduled to run from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Pre-race festivities include a special “Bartender Challenge” on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Miller Time Pub, “MIKE IndyFest Bike Night” on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum, and a “Rock the Block IndyFest Street Party” on Friday evening. For more information on IndyFest, visit www.milwaukeeindyfest.com.

*Wednesday, Aug. 20, Women’s FOCUS, Inc.’s meeting will feature speaker Dr. Terry Ziegler, a chiropractor and partner with the Grafton Chiropractic Center. The August program covers the theme “The Anti-inflammatory Lifestyle” and will largely focus on “busting myths” while exploring aspects of health and nutrition, according to Women’s FOCUS. Ziegler has more than 30 years of experience in the chiropractic discipline of medicine. The program, which is open to both Women’s FOCUS members and guests, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Ozaukee Country Club, located at 10823 N. River Road in Mequon. Cost is $22. For more information or to register, visit www.womensfocus.org.

*Wednesday, Aug. 20, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce will hold a free orientation to educate new members, long-time members and prospective members about the scope of its offerings. The orientation will give attendees a chance to learn about the specific benefits of MMAC membership and will also give them an opportunity to network with other area business professionals. The orientation will run from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the MMAC’s offices, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Street, fourth floor, in downtown Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit www.mmac.org/events.

*Thursday, Aug. 21, Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs-Greater Milwaukee and Women Business Owners Network will team up to host a wine tasting event. The event will celebrate the end of summer and will feature a variety of wines and hors d’oeuvres. The tasting will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Water 2 Wine, located at 17135 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield. Early registration (before Aug. 20) costs $20, and late registration/walk-in costs $25. For more information, click here.

*Saturday, Aug. 23, IndependenceFirst will hold an electronic recycling drive at the Pettit National Ice Center, located at 500 S. 84th Street in Milwaukee. The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will accept old and no longer needed computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, appliances and TVs, computer accessories, small electronics, fans and more. Individuals dropping off TVs will be charged a $10 fee due to increased disposal cost. That fee will apply to TVS of all tube sizes and wooden cabinet TVs but will not apply to flat panel TVS or rear projection. Data destruction on all donated laptops and computers will comply with identity theft prevention standards. Old computer equipment will be donated to IndependenceFirst to benefit individuals with disabilities who otherwise might not be able to afford a computer. Equipment will also help those individuals build up critical job skills, pursue jobs or housing and gain peer support. For more information on the drive, call IndependenceFirst at 414-291-7520.

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Jumpstart on the Weekend
August 14, 2014 11:26 AM

*Friday, Aug. 15, Newaukee will bring Milwaukee Hot Club and DJ Kaos to the stage during its 2014 season of the Koss Lunar Series at the Milwaukee Athletic Club Rooftop. The weekly music series, which Newaukee presents in partnership with the Koss Corporation, features live music, a DJ, food and beverage service. The series, free for Newaukee members, runs every Friday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight through Sept. 5. Attendees should plan to dress in business casual attire. The Milwaukee Athletic Club is located at 758 N. Broadway Street in Milwaukee. For more information on the Koss Lunar Series and its music lineup, visit www.newaukee.com.

*Friday, Aug. 15, the Milwaukee Art Museum will host its only MAM After Dark social, presented by Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The August event is themed “Postcard Summer” in line with the museum’s “Postcards from America: Milwaukee” exhibit. The event, scheduled to run at the museum from 6 p.m. to midnight, will feature craft cocktails and snacks, live indie rock music, a photo booth, docent-led tours of exhibits and more. Cost is $9 in advance, $14 at the door, and complimentary for individuals who join at the door (plus a friend). The Milwaukee Art Museum is located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. For complete details, visit http://mam.org/afterdark/2014/mam-after-dark-postcard-summer/.

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Bubbler Networking Resources

» African American Chamber of Commerce Milwaukee
» American Marketing Association-Milwaukee Chapter
» Association of Management Professionals LLC
» Business Marketing Association-Milwaukee
» Conservative Young Professionals of Milwaukee
» Creative Alliance of Greater Milwaukee
» Executive Women International-Milwaukee Chapter
» Executive Women's Golf Association-Milwaukee Chapter
» FUEL Milwaukee
» Grandville-Brown Deer Chamber of Commerce
» Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce
» Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce
» Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC)
» National Association of Women Business Owners
» Professional Dimensions
» Public Relations Society of America - Wisconsin Chapter,
» South Suburban Chamber of Commerce
» Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce
» Summit Young Professionals
» Tempo Waukesha
» Tempo Milwaukee » Tempo Washington County
» The Gateway to Milwaukee
» Waukesha County Business Alliance
» West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce
» Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
» Women's FOCUS
» Young Professionals of Waukesha County
» YP Impact


Erica Breunlin BizTimes Bubbler Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Thursday morning. Send news tips to erica.breunlin@biztimes.com or call her at (414) 336-7121.
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