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Thursday, July 10, 2014
MPS hosts job fair for teachers today
July 10, 2014 10:52 AM
As Milwaukee Public Schools seeks to fill between 75 and 100 teaching positions before the 2014-15 school year begins, the district will hold a job fair today for prospective applicants.
 
The hiring event, which will also include interview opportunities, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at MPS’ North Division High School, located at 1011 W. Center St. in Milwaukee.

MPS’ teaching openings are mostly in middle school grades. Elementary grade levels and high school grades have some openings as well.

"Milwaukee Public Schools is looking for the best and brightest highly-qualified candidates who are interested in joining a team committed to improving outcomes for our students," said Acting MPS Superintendent Darienne Driver. "We gladly welcome new educators and look forward to their contributions as we continue to accelerate student achievement."

MPS offers teachers competitive salaries along with outlets and experiences that promote professional development and growth, the district said.

Residency is no longer required for district employment.

MPS’ need for teachers is down about 50 percent from last year, according to the district, in part due to the end of a three-year stretch of retirements and changes overseen by the MPS Office of Human Capital.

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Concordia names new nursing dean
July 10, 2014 10:54 AM
Mequon-based Concordia University Wisconsin has named Dr. Sharon Chappy the dean of its School of Nursing.
 
Chappy will begin leading the School of Nursing on Aug. 1. She replaces Dr. Carol Ott, who became interim dean of the School of Nursing earlier this year.

Chappy has been an academic educator since 1992, most recently as a graduate program director and assistant dean at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh School of Nursing. She is also the research editor at AORN Journal, and specializes in perioperative nursing.

She will lead all Concordia graduate, undergraduate and certificate nursing programs, and work to deliver high quality nursing education to students in the most efficient and convenient manner.

“I was attracted to Concordia because of its very strong nursing program and the excellent reputation of the university, the School of Nursing and its graduates,” she said. “During my career, I have established strong collegial relationships with nurses, academics, and health care agency leaders across the state and beyond. I look forward to building on those relationships as Dean of the School of Nursing, as well as developing new partnerships in the greater Milwaukee area. I look forward to continuing the successes that the school has in place and building upon the excellence already established here.”

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'Shark Tank' holding Milwaukee casting call
July 10, 2014 10:55 AM
Popular ABC entrepreneur show “Shark Tank” has announced it will hold its first casting call in Milwaukee for the show's upcoming sixth season.
 
Applicants who appear on “Shark Tank” pitch their business product, service or idea to a panel of The Sharks—self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire businesspeople who can chose to invest their money in the best ideas. The Sharks are billionaire Mark Cuban, owner and chairman of AXS TC and owner of the Dallas Mavericks; real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; Lori Greiner, “Queen of QVC”; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary.

Local small business owners’ and entrepreneurs’ ideas will be evaluated on Monday, July 21, at the Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. Wristbands will be available beginning at 9 a.m., with interviews beginning at 10 a.m. The first 500 entrepreneurs to arrive are guaranteed an opportunity to pitch their ideas to the “Shark Tank” casting team. The casting call is sponsored by U.S. Cellular.

“At U.S. Cellular, we champion small business owners and offer them access to tools to help them be successful,” said Jeff Olson, director of business sales for U.S. Cellular in Wisconsin. “By working with ABC’s ‘Shark Tank,’ we are providing an unprecedented opportunity for people in our local communities to pitch their ideas to experts and have the chance to grow their business.”

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Kohler adds more PGA Championship sponsorship opportunities
July 10, 2014 10:58 AM
The PGA of America and Kohler Co. have extended corporate hospitality sales for the 2015 PGA Championship to accommodate strong and continuing demand for on-course hospitality chalets.
 
The event will be held at Whistling Straits in Kohler from August 10 to 16, 2015. The hospitality chalets sold out earlier this month.

The PGA and Kohler initially offered about 30 chalets on the course, on holes 9, 17 and 18. The seven chalets overlooking the 18th hole sold out within a week of their offering in October.

More than 70 companies have made corporate hospitality commitments for the 2015 championship.

Additional chalet locations will be added at hole 15. Each holds 50 to 100 guests, and allows for a customized private environment with food, beverage and interior décor fitted to each corporate brand.

“We are extremely pleased with the response we’ve seen for our official 2015 PGA Championship hospitality offerings and thrilled to welcome back many past partners, as well as some great new corporate faces,” said Jason Mengel, 2015 PGA Championship director. “The unique relationship between the PGA of America and the Kohler Co. allows us this flexibility to react to the demand for participation in this major championship.”

The corporate hospitality chalets will be dispersed throughout the course, rather than clustered in a village near the clubhouse as they were during the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

“The 2015 PGA Championship marks the first time we are offering hospitality options on the course at Whistling Straits, which has created a lot of excitement,” said Jonathan Risseeuw, 2015 PGA Championship corporate hospitality sales manager. “The new 15th hole village is a perfect complement to our initial locations, and offers the same unique proximities to both Championship golf and Lake Michigan, truly highlighting the features of the Straits Course.”

There are also corporate hospitality opportunities available in the Gene Sarazen Suites at hole 16 and the Champions Club Tables along hole 1.

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BizTimes cover story: Ignite your summer spark
July 10, 2014 11:00 AM
After a prolonged, brutal and sometimes painful winter, southeastern Wisconsin businesses have begun a summer surge that is expected to gather steam and recover some lost ground in the second half of the year.
 
According to the BizTimes Mid-Year Economic Dashboard Survey and other indicators, most businesses are projecting healthy increases in revenues and profits in the remainder of 2014.

Read more in the cover story of the new edition of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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Water Council launches new partnership
July 10, 2014 11:02 AM
The Water Council, the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the innovationExchange and inno360 have formed a partnership to rapidly expand Milwaukee’s global presence in water innovation and leadership.
 
By harnessing the power of today’s most advanced collaborative innovation technologies, together they plan to increase and improve public-private sector water-related collaborative research. The expert system will link the knowledge economy with the innovation economy by providing an interface for academics, industry, investors and manufacturers.

The Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, showcased during the Water Council’s recent Water Summit 2014 in Milwaukee, is a web-based search, innovation management and analytics tool that will enable water industry and academic researchers worldwide to conduct the most complete mining of water research information that has ever existed. The platform will access data from the largest landscape of resources and greatly increase the speed of information transfer – from weeks to hours – leading to increased research productivity.

“Quite simply, the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform supercharges any web search engine with advanced search algorithms, content categorization and visualization technologies to put Water Council members at a significant advantage when seeking global solutions and global leaders,” said Dean Amhaus, president and chief executive officer of The Water Council. “The water challenges that the world is facing are diverse and addressing these challenges is a daunting task. We believe that organizations such as The Water Council, enabled through this Platform, can pull the best minds from around the world in diverse disciplines to successfully address them.”

The Platform will be managed by The Water Council and powered by inno360, which is utilized by more than 20 of the world’s largest and most innovative global companies to address their most significant innovation challenges and opportunities. Incorporating the best practices of its founders and augmented by its initial collaborators, Procter & Gamble (P&G), General Mills and the U.S. Air Force.

Amhaus said inno360’s innovation management technology will enable The Water Council’s members to rapidly expand their reach and collaborative research with leading public and private organizations, foundations and academics around the globe. With the objective to solve the most pressing problems and needs facing water today and in the future, the Platform will be the first inno360 innovation exchange to access Elsevier’s Research Intelligence platform of extensive water-related content and unique analytics.

“For decades, the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and its predecessors have been at the forefront of applied research with leading corporations, nonprofit organizations and other universities around the world,” said UWM interim chancellor Mark Mone. “We look forward to
using the inno360 technology to quickly expand the depth and breadth of research and innovation with our diverse partners.”

“Underpinning collaborative exchanges has been a core part of our technology from the beginning,” said Douglas Schaedler, inno360’s CEO. “Since inno360’s inception, we have been working with the world’s most innovative companies to solve the most pressing commercial problems of product, market and policy. Our clients have asked us to find ways to establish more effective research coordination and collaboration with academia. With the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, we can now literally connect these dots on your computer screen.”

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
July 10, 2014 11:04 AM

“Companies make a mistake in adopting a mantra of ‘customer centricity' to assume all customers matter equally and you must bend over to meet their every need. Yes, all customer promises should be fulfilled; that's what a trusting brand does. But a lot of promises should never be made. Just like in a functional family, boundaries are important.”
~Kay Plantes, an MIT-trained economist, business strategy consultant, columnist and author
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler, who quotes Plantes: ‘Don’t be afraid to fire a customer.’

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BizTimes Bubbler Executive of the Week: James Grunewald
July 10, 2014 11:06 AM

James Grunewald, CEO/Owner of Dynamic Inc.
Address: 1526 S. 12th St., Sheboygan
Website: www.dynamicdoes.com
Industry: Advertising
Employees: 10
Family: My wife, Kristin

What was Dynamic’s top accomplishment in the past year?

“During 2014 we’ve had the good fortune of attracting some high profile international business-to-business clients, and in the last year we’ve led some incredibly exciting global marketing initiatives. For example, we developed brand management processes to help a $17 billion organization better market more than 20 companies in their portfolio, we created and launched a website that features state-of-the-art product and project filtering, and also collaborated with a multi-national health care company to deliver a system for customer tracking.”

What’s new at your company?

“We joined a network of independent agencies called Worldwide Partners Inc. WPI gives our clients access to expert resources around the globe. If a client has a short turnaround time and needs access to marketing support on the ground, no matter where they are, our agency can deliver it for them. The partnership also helps our global clients break down cultural barriers and better manage marketing relationships overseas.

“We also established some new technology services to better serve the fast-paced world of global marketing communications. Based on our structure – which includes developers, digital analysts, UX professionals and designers – we are able to take and utilize these new digital tactics for our clients and show a positive ROI. This gives Dynamic a competitive edge over other agencies in the area.”

Do you plan to hire any additional staff or make any significant capital investments in your company in the next year?

“As our business continues to grow, we will be looking to hire strong talent to support it. Because we are a technologically innovative company, we’re always looking at new ways to invest in products or services that support our clients’ business endeavors.”  

What will be Dynamic’s main challenges in the next year?

“For agencies, the ‘agency of record’ model is eroding. That makes fostering really strong relationships with clients – and building new ones – all the more important. While business change is constant and more rapid than ever, people appreciate working with people who they know have a deep understanding of their business and competitive challenges. It also means that in everything we do, there must be a proven link back to ROI and helping to enhance the bottom line.”

Why is Dynamic based in Sheboygan? What advantages does the region offer your agency?

“The eastern corridor of Wisconsin from Green Bay to Racine/Kenosha is home to dozens of global manufacturers, and we are lucky enough to be in the heart of it. We’re close to major airports and key cities, and we have wonderful work/life balance with all the amenities that a vibrant city like Sheboygan offers. Also, technology has flattened the business landscape. While we work virtually around the world every day, my commute is only 10 minutes and that gets me home with plenty of time to enjoy the day’s end along the shores of Lake Michigan.”

What does Dynamic’s in-house programming look like? How does this programming distinguish your agency from competitors?

“Dynamic is comprised of several developers, digital analysts and designers. Many agencies in the area use freelance developers, which can cause inconsistencies in the work. Because our developers are an integral part of the team, we are able to create, build and troubleshoot everything internally, allowing for a quicker and more efficient process.”

Do you have a business mantra?

“Be awesome. This is on the back of our business cards, and it’s there as a promise. Dynamic prides itself on providing outstanding account service to our clients, engaging strategic partnerships and creating quality work that helps clients meet (or exceed) their business objectives.”

What was the best advice you ever received?

“Get out and meet as many people as possible. My uncle, who also owns a business, told me that business is not won sitting in the office but out networking and listening to what people need for the success of their company.”

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your career?

“In preparation for my first business trip to China, I began emailing my counterpart with the goal of knowing what our itinerary would be for the week. One topic that came up was dinner and how adventurous I was to different types of meals. Because my last name is ‘Grunewald’ he assumed I would be Caucasian. Because of this, he was worried about some of the dinner selections for the trip so he decided to be conservative. When I arrived, he quickly realized that I am actually Asian (I am a 6’4” Korean) and love all sorts of exotic Asian cuisine. We ended up having a great time that night and formed a strong cross-cultural team that successfully launched a new product line because of it.”

What do you like to do in your free time?

“I enjoy numerous outdoor activities, including wakeboarding, mountain biking, paddle boarding and golf. I also enjoy cooking and experimenting with different styles of Asian cuisine, from Korean to Thai.”

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Bubbler Calendar
July 10, 2014 11:09 AM

*Thursday, July 10, through Sunday, July 13, Milwaukee’s annual Bastille Days will enliven downtown Milwaukee with French culture, music and cuisine. The free festival is based in Cathedral Square Park and features live music performances, an international marketplace, chef and wine demonstrations, authentic French and Cajun cuisine, a 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica and more. The festival picks up speed on Thursday evening with the BMO Harris Bank Storm the Bastille Run, a 5K run/walk and two-mile walk downtown in honor of the 18th century attack on Paris’ Bastille prison. The run begins at 9 p.m. at Jefferson and Wells Streets. Registration costs $25. For more information on Bastille Days 2014 and its lineup of activities, visit www.easttown.com/events/bastille-days.

*Friday, July 11, Newaukee will showcase the music of Mutts and Le Freak 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 to 11 p.m. through Sept. 5. Attendees should plan to dress in business casual attire. The Milwaukee Athletic Club is located at 758 N. Broadway St. in Milwaukee. For more information on the Koss Lunar Series and its music lineup, visit www.newaukee.com.

*Tuesday, July 15, the Greater Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will hold its July “Tech Trends” event as part of its monthly series that helps individuals stay up-to-date on software, Internet safety, and technological innovation. The series is led by Gjeret Stein of Sensible Gurus in Brookfield. The July 15 event will focus on the iOS7 update, AppleTV, iPhones and iPads. The information session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber’s office, located at 17100 W. Bluemound Rd. Ste. 203 in Brookfield. Cost is $5 for chamber members and $15 for prospective members and the general public. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit www.brookfieldchamber.com.

*Wednesday, July 16, FUEL Milwaukee will host an orientation at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s offices, located at 756 N. Milwaukee St. in Milwaukee. The orientation will cover FUEL’s mission and educate prospective members about the benefits of joining the organization. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network. The event will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a mix and mingle, presentation, and Q&A session. Space is limited. For more information or to register, visit www.mmac.org/events.

*Saturday, July 19, BIZremedies will hold a rooftop networking event at the Milwaukee Athletic Club, located at 758 N. Broadway St. in Milwaukee. The event will include live music by Keith Pulvermacher, lakefront fireworks and time for networking. The event, which is scheduled for 6:30 to 11 p.m., is free to attendees who log in and create an account on www.BIZremedies.com. For more information, email info@BIZremedies.com.

*Monday, July 21, through Wednesday, July 23, the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park, located at 1 Brewers Way in Milwaukee. Games on Monday and Tuesday are scheduled for 7:10 p.m., and Wednesday’s game will begin at 1:10 p.m. The Brewers will spend the rest of the week playing home games against the New York Mets. They will challenge the Mets at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, and Friday July 25, and will play at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, and at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. Tickets can be purchased at http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com.

*Friday, July 25, the Waukesha County Business Alliance will present its monthly “One-on-One with Your Public Official” information session. The free and informal sessions give area business executives, employees and residents an opportunity to sit down with Waukesha County public officials for coffee and a dialogue. This month’s event will feature a candidate forum with candidates for the Waukesha County Sheriff: Eric Severson and Tom Alioto. The event will run from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Waukesha County Business Alliance, located at 2717 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 300, in Waukesha. For more information or to register, visit www.waukesha.org.

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BizTimes Around Town: 833 East groundbreaking
July 10, 2014 11:11 AM
Real estate development firm Irgens recently celebrated the groundbreaking of 833 East with a ceremony at the U.S. Bank Center. The 17-story office tower at 833 E. Michigan St. in downtown Milwaukee will contain 358,017 square feet of office space and cost an estimated $101.51 million to build. The general contractor for the project is Milwaukee-based CG Schmidt, Inc., and the architect is Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater.
 
Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the groundbreaking 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 erica.breunlin@biztimes.com or call her at (414) 336-7121.


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