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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Vote now for Future 50 ‘Most Social Company’
August 21, 2014 10:51 AM
BizTimes Media has jumpstarted its second annual Future 50 Most Social Company contest, which will award one area nonprofit organization a cash prize and advertising package worth more than $10,000.
The contest is affiliated with the 2014 Future 50 Program, a program that recognizes 50 regional companies that are at least three years old and have experienced significant growth in revenue and employment numbers.

The annual awards program is orchestrated by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its Council of Small Business Executives, with support from presenting sponsor, Park Bank, and media partner, BizTimes Media.

Through BizTimes Media’s Future 50 Most Social Company contest, Future 50 companies opting to participate have selected a nonprofit organization to represent in a Facebook voting competition. The company that tallies the most votes will be crowned “2014 Most Social Company,” and the nonprofit they have designated will earn a $1,000 cash donation from BizTimes Media as well as an ad package valued at more than $9,000. The package includes a two-page spread in BizTimes Media’s Giving Guide, an annual publication highlighting the philanthropic work of regional businesses along with opportunities for community impact.

Facebook voting for the contest, which is open to the general public, began on Wednesday and is open through Wednesday, Sept. 3.

This year’s participating companies and nonprofits are:

*Quest CE for Hunger Task Force
*CSE, Inc., for Susan G. Komen
*Midwest Engineering Systems for Birdies 4 Life
*INTEC for Bruce Guadalupe School
*Gehl Foods for Stars & Stripes Honor Flight
*Power Test for Milwaukee Rescue Mission
*Korb Tredo Architects for Lighthouse Youth Center
*American Roller & Plasma Coatings for Relay for Life Union Grove
*CC&N/Next Electric for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee
*HUSCO International for Schools That Can Milwaukee
*Z.T. Distribution for Wisconsin Humane Society
*Gustave A. Larson for United Way
*The Starr Group for The American Heart Association
*Swick Technologies for Safe Babies Healthy Families
*Cornerstone Plumbing for Inhabit Milwaukee
*CJ & Associates for American Heart Association
*Healics, Inc., for Make-A-Wish Foundation
*M&M Office Systems for Progressive Community Health Centers
*Super Steel for Make-A-Wish Foundation
*Lowlands Group for DreamBikes Milwaukee
*Angelic Bakehouse for The Urban Ecology Center
*Badger Alloys for Junior Achievement
*Olympus Group for Junior Achievement
*Winter Services, Inc., for Goodwill Industries

The winning company and its chosen nonprofit will be announced and honored at BizTimes Media’s Future 50 Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

All Future 50 award winning companies will be recognized at a separate luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.

For more information or to cast votes, visit

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La Tulipe opens shop in Port Washington
August 21, 2014 10:55 AM
Floral design company La Tulipe, LLC, has opened the doors to its first retail location in downtown Port Washington.
The shop, also called La Tulipe, is located in a 1,300-square-foot space at 115 N. Franklin Street.

“Port Washington, with its charm and current revitalization, and its close proximity to Milwaukee, seemed like the perfect city for my business expansion,” said La Tulipe’s principal, Vicki Kunz. “When I learned that this great location, across from the Duluth Trading Company, was home to a previously successful floral business, I knew that this was the ideal location for my business.”

The new store will specialize in fresh flowers and bouquets and gift items, all with a European flavor, according to Kunz.

Floral offerings will feature fresh “make your own” bouquets, prearranged bunches and vase arrangements, available across a range of price points. Gifts will encompass floral accessories, home accessories, lotions and soaps, and paper products.

In addition to flowers and merchandise, the shop will offer seasonal classes and wedding and special event consultation meetings. La Tulipe, which sells flowers from farms across the region and world, is experienced in special event floral design, having worked with clients such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Donald Driver Foundation and the Milwaukee Ballet.

The award-winning design company serves customers throughout greater Milwaukee and Ozaukee County.

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BizTimes Media seeking Nonprofit Excellence Awards nominations
August 21, 2014 10:57 AM
What does philanthropy look like at your company? How has your workplace made a difference in southeastern Wisconsin?
BizTimes Media will honor top corporate citizens of the region through the inaugural BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The awards program is designed to salute the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and treasure to community causes.

Award winners will be celebrated during a Nov. 4 breakfast and ceremony at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Events Center in Milwaukee.

Awards will also be distributed to nonprofit organizations and leaders making the region a better place to live, work and place.
BizTimes invites southeastern Wisconsin’s business and nonprofit communities to nominate deserving individuals, companies and organizations for its Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
Self-nominations on both the corporate and nonprofit side will be accepted. Award nominations, submitted through a form, are due by Friday, Aug. 29. Corporate citizens and nonprofits may be nominated for multiple categories. Nominators must complete a new form for each category.

BizTimes encourages nominators of for-profit companies to submit their entries as soon as possible. The Nonprofit Excellence Awards’ corporate citizen awards feature five categories: Corporate Citizen of the Year, Next Generation Leadership, In-Kind Supporter, Corporate Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

The program’s nonprofit awards feature four categories: Nonprofit (organization) of the year, Nonprofit Collaboration of the year award, Nonprofit Executive of the Year and Social Enterprise.

Nonprofit nominees must be tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations based in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth or Sheboygan counties. Chapters or affiliate national organizations may be nominated if they are locally managed.

For detailed descriptions of each award, visit

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Brewers form ‘Creative Council’ of young professionals
August 21, 2014 10:59 AM
The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club has formed a “Brewers Creative Council” from a group of young area professionals, who will help the organization evaluate and develop promotional and marketing strategies.
The group will target a younger demographic of Brewers fans and potential Brewers fans, the organization said.

Caitlin Moyer, director of new media for the Brewers, will lead the council, which will meet regularly. Members are: Josh Derouin, manager of marketing systems at PKWARE; Joel Tilleson, associate attorney at Falk Legal Group; Kathryn Reinardy, digital communications manager at Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Andy Nelson, public relations director at Pabst Theater Group; Lauren Hill, director of telefund at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; David Cohn, director of member services and communications at the Wisconsin State Golf Association; Tarik Moody, host at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee; and Arthur Ircink, owner/executive producer at Wisconsin Foodie.

“The best ideas sometimes come from outside sources,” said Rick Schlesinger, chief operating officer for the Brewers. “The Brewers Creative Council will give us the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of fans as we continue to enhance the Miller Park experience.”

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BizTimes Milwaukee Magazine: 'Get Unstuck'
August 21, 2014 11:00 AM
The latest edition of the BizTimes Milwaukee Magazine features a cover story, “Get Unstuck” on the entrepreneurial journey of Jerry Jendusa, who founded New Berlin-based Emteq, and recently sold the company. Now Jendusa is starting another firm, Stuck LLC, to help other entrepreneurs.
Click here to read the online version of the magazine.

The magazine also includes an examination of whether the downtown Milwaukee apartment market can support three proposed luxury high rise projects.

The issue also includes a special report on talent development, education and training, which features a report on how the state’s technical colleges will use new grant funds.

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Scale Up Milwaukee accepting applications for 2nd class of entrepreneurial training program
August 21, 2014 11:03 AM
Scale Up Milwaukee, a multi-stakeholder effort helping support entrepreneurs at all stages to grow their ventures by stimulating a strong regional entrepreneurship ecosystem, has announced it is accepting applications for the second class of its Scalerator program – training designed to teach ambitious, local companies how to maximize their growth potential.
Following the success of the pilot program that saw 12 diverse Milwaukee ventures accelerate growth by close to 25 percent, the second Scalerator will comprise a larger group of ventures and will take place over a six-month period during which participants will take a deep dive into topics like sales and marketing, entrepreneurial finance, organizational structure and human resources. The Scalerator will systematically work with regional investors, banks, universities, and public sector stakeholders to support the growth in various ways.

“Over the last year, we’ve confirmed that this region is filled with growth-minded businesses that have enormous potential to scale and ultimately boost the Milwaukee community,” said Daniel Isenberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship Practice at Babson Executive Education and architect and facilitator of Scale Up Milwaukee efforts. “We’re looking forward to working with a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs and equipping them with practical skills that they can use to rapidly accelerate their growth.”

Interested businesses should have a strong ambition to grow and a scalable business model with annual revenues between $500,000 and $5 million. Businesses should also have an established leadership team that holds significant ownership of the company.

Applications are available online.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
August 21, 2014 11:05 AM

“That kind of forward thinking is starting to happen in Wisconsin as entrepreneurs who have enjoyed rewarding exits stay engaged and pay back. Some successful entrepreneurs hit the beach, but increasingly they are paying it forward. People who have cashed out, like Tom Shannon, Jeff Harris, Jeff Rusinow, Jim Mueller, Ab Nicholas, George Mosher, Bill Nasgovitz, Terry Kelly, George Prescott and Herb Zien, seem to never stop giving back.”
~John Torinus is chairman of Serigraph Inc. in West Bend.
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Torinus: Wisconsin needs to pay it forward like Silicon Valley.

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week Scott Gierhahn
August 21, 2014 11:06 AM

Scott Gierhahn, president and CEO of Schroeder Solutions
Address: 1920 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin
Industry: Interior Services
Employees: 65
Family: Wife of 37 years, Debra. Three children: Amanda Stein, 33; Lukas, 30; and Joshua, 25. And a 3 year-old grandson, Holden.

What was the smartest thing Schroeder Solutions did in the past year?
“We hired Tyler Smith as our new vice president of operations this past year. His level of professionalism and enthusiasm make him a great addition to our team. His expertise and leadership will guide us toward operational excellence.”

What’s new at your company?
“We are in the process of renovating our showroom, our Learning Center, in order to continue to service our clients by showing them the latest and greatest in design concepts and products for today’s workplace environments.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?
“Yes and yes. We are always looking for positive additions to our team and will be adding a key leadership position within our organization. As for significant capital improvements, we are investing in our showroom as well as upgrading software, servers and our operational system. We are also creating a portal for clients in order to better communicate project progress and details.”

What will be Schroeder Solutions’ main challenges in the next year?
“Embracing change is always an exciting and challenging time within a business. While the new software will improve operations, the ability to manage the implementation of all of the new programs will require teamwork and patience.”

What are the most innovative trends in interior design for workspaces right now?
“We continue to see an interest in healthy work environments—spaces designed to encourage diverse work styles in order to keep employees happy, active and productive. This includes a variety of collaborative areas combined with spaces that offer varying levels of privacy. While collaboration tends to be highlighted, companies realize that people need quiet spaces where they can think and maximize productivity without interruption.”

What design project are you proudest of from your time at Schroeder Solutions?
“We are proud of all of our client projects because each one provides a design solution to meet our clients’ specific business challenges and support their growth and success. With that said, we are particularly proud of our own office space as it is a working showroom that supports our design process with our clients. It offers ample natural light for our employees as well as the latest in architectural products, flooring, wallcovering and furniture. It is a learning center for our team and for our clients.”

How does your company’s approach to interior design differ from your competitors’ approaches?
“Our relocation capabilities set us apart. We work with our clients to repurpose existing inventory and supplement the design with new product as needed in order to be efficient and budget conscious. This is a design challenge we enthusiastically embrace as it is in the best interest of our clients.”

Do you have a business mantra?
“The client is why we exist. We operate from the outside in and make changes internally in order to make a positive impact on our clients.”

What was the best advice you ever received?
“When I was in the Boston Store Men’s Store training program in 1976, a man named Sam Allen advised me to go into outside sales. He said my personality would lead to success in that area of sales. From there I went to work for 3M Corp. Without his words of encouragement, I might still be in the world of retail.”

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?
“I had just sold and successfully installed a Minolta copier in a dentist’s office in Menomonee Falls. I immediately received a call and thought it was already a referral to another dentist. I was excited about this big sales moment until I turned around and saw a large group of people laughing at me in the conference room. It was the perfect sales practical joke.”

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Bubbler Calendar
August 21, 2014 11:08 AM

*Thursday, Aug. 21, Jazz in the Park will welcome the Terry Sims Band to perform what the concert series describes as “jazz funk.” 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

*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. Walk-in registration costs $25. For more information, click here.

*Friday, Aug. 22, Waukesha County Business Alliance will present a One-on-One with Public Officials event. The free monthly event gives area business leaders and employees a chance to meet a local government official and chat with them over coffee. This month’s event will feature State Rep. David Craig of the 83rd Assembly District. The session will run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Jannsen Conference Room of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, located at 2717 N. Grandview Boulevard, Suite 300, in Waukesha. For more information or to register, visit

*Friday, Aug. 22, Newaukee will showcase the music of Conundrum and Fortune 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

*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.

*Wednesday, Aug. 27, FUEL Milwaukee, which is part of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, will host a Purely Social event at Barnacle Buds. The event is part of the young professional networking group’s regular social get-togethers. During Purely Social events, which are free for the business community, attendees have a chance to network as well as enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials. August’s event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Barnacle Buds is located at 1955 S. Hilbert Street in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit

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BizTimes Poll Question
August 21, 2014 11:10 AM
Do you plan to visit the new Potawatomi Hotel?
Tell us what you think by responding to the BizTimes Poll Question today.

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BizTimes Around Town: First Business Invitational
August 21, 2014 11:11 AM
First Business Bank Milwaukee held a “winner takes all” charity golf outing on July 28 and donated proceeds to the nonprofit organization of the top team’s choice. More than 30 area business leaders competed in the inaugural First Business Invitational, which was held on the grounds of Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield.
Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the outing here.

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

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
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