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Thursday, September 11, 2014
Silver City festival to highlight south side’s international flare and fare
September 11, 2014 10:45 AM
While Thoy Schuelke has owned and managed the Asian International Market at 3401 W. National Ave. for eight years, many of the people she meets in Milwaukee don’t know where her grocery store is located.
 
Nor do they know much about any of the other international offerings neighboring her family-owned business, she said.

“People don’t even know we have Thai barbecue on 34th and National Avenue,” Schuelke said. “People don’t even know that right across the street we have Vientiane.”

The Silver City International Food & Art Walk, scheduled for Saturday, is working to draw more attention to businesses like Schuelke’s as it showcases the cultural diversity of Milwaukee’s south side.

The free walk, which has been coordinated by Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. for the past three years, converges local restaurants and artists along a stretch of National Avenue where they hand out samples of cuisine and put their talents in front of the public eye.

While past festivals have been hosted along the sidewalks of National Avenue, during this year’s event LBWN will close down the avenue between 33rd and 35th streets so all the action is contained.

At the center of the festival will be a main stage featuring live music and dance groups, including the Panadanza Dance Company, the Carlos Adames Group and the Milwaukee School of Capoiera. Additionally, Salsabrosa Dance Company, will offer free dance lessons throughout the day.

Nearby, more than 10 Silver City restaurants will have samples and food specials onsite, including dishes native to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Vietnam and the Mediterranean.

Attendees will be able to “sample a ton of different ethnic cuisines spanning the globe” in just a few blocks, said Danielle McLean, LBWN’s event coordinator.

Participating artists, who will cover every art form from watercolor and glass work to photography and poetry, will facilitate interactive projects for festival attendees.

While last year’s festival experienced inclement weather, McLean said it still attracted more than 500 attendees from across both the neighborhood and the city.

“I think it’s (a) unique (event) because I think that it really brings in local neighbors that are already living in the Silver City neighborhood, but it also attracts people from all over Milwaukee to come to the neighborhood and see what the neighborhood is all about,” McLean said.

Some of those attendees have become repeat customers at businesses like the Asian International Market, according to Schuelke.

The walk is a critical event “so that people know we are right here,” she said. “When you drive by, don’t forget to look left and right.”

The 2014 Silver City International Food & Art Walk, made possible by several grants including one from the Wisconsin Arts Board, will run from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information about the festival’s lineup of restaurants, artists, musicians and dancers, click here.

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Social innovation competition announces call for applications
September 11, 2014 10:47 AM
Marquette University and Milwaukee-based Brady Corporation together are working to spur social change and community development through the 2014 Good Money Challenge.
 
The challenge, previously called the Midwest Social Innovation Start-up Challenge, will fund three enterprises or ideas aimed at changing the community with a total $25,000 in seed money.

The challenge, free and open to the public, invites entrepreneurs and enterprises to submit proposals for solutions to social problems. Ten chosen finalists will present their ideas at a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, Nov. 7.

According to Marquette, competitors’ projects and pitches will be judged on five criteria: Clarity around the social problem, target population and the innovative approach; demonstration of a high probability of success; potential impact, including plans for implementation and growth; economic feasibility and financial viability; and ability to attack the root causes of the social problem.

Three selected teams will walk away with prize money - $14,000 for the top idea, $7,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third. An “audience choice winner” will be awarded $1,000.

Each winning team will also have an opportunity for mentorship from Brady Corporation.

Marquette University’s role in the challenge is facilitated through its Social Innovation Initiative, a university-wide movement that examines social innovation through speakers, residencies, learning activities, course material, public events and more.

Online applications for the Good Money Challenge, available here, are due by Friday, Sept. 26.

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Final call for Nonprofit Excellence Awards nominations
September 11, 2014 10:50 AM
BizTimes Media is wrapping up the final week of the nomination process for the inaugural BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
 
Award nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 12.
 
The awards program is designed to shine a light on the community impact efforts of southeastern Wisconsin businesses and nonprofits.
 
The program will salute the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and treasure to community causes. On the nonprofit side, awards will call attention to organizations and leaders making the region a better place to live, work and play.

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

Self-nominations on both the corporate and nonprofit side will be accepted. Award nominations must be completed through an online form. Corporate citizens and nonprofits may be nominated for multiple categories, but nominators will need to fill out 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.

Companies of all sizes and industries are eligible for awards.

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.

To access detailed descriptions of each award and the award nomination form, visit www.biztimes.com/npawards.

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Ball State director to head MU athletics
September 11, 2014 10:52 AM
After close to nine months without an athletic director, Marquette University has appointed Bill Scholl head of athletics, the university announced on Tuesday.
 
Scholl, who will officially serve as the university's vice president and director of athletics beginning mid-October, comes to Marquette from Ball State University, where he has been director of intercollegiate athletics and led 19 NCAA Division I athletic programs.

"Our search committee did a tremendous job of finding a leader who embraces our tradition, shares our values and shows an adept ability to navigate the changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics," said the university's president, Michael Lovell, Ph.D., in his announcement of the appointment. "Bill brings a combination of strong leadership qualities that are grounded in integrity, an extensive history of leading successful athletic programs and a track record of developing student-athletes who are scholars and who compete at the highest level of NCAA athletics."

Scholl, who has more than 20 years of experience in athletics administration, has been at the helm of Ball State's athletic programs since 2002. During his tenure, eight programs excelled to the postseason and 13 teams achieved first or second in the Mid-American Conference.

During his time at Ball State, Scholl also was chairperson of the Mid-American Conference's basketball issues working group and served on the conference's finance committee.

Prior to joining the Ball State Cardinals, he spent 23 at his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, eventually serving as deputy athletic director.

"I am truly honored and thrilled to join the Marquette family," Scholl said of his new position. "I want to thank Dr. Lovell, Bill Henk and the search committee, as well as everyone I met with and spoke to about this position. It is clear how much everyone here loves Marquette, the mission of the university, and the fact that athletics is part of the fabric at this great institution."

Bill Henk, Ph.D., dean of the university's College of Education, chaired the search committee, which was formed in July. Henk serves on both the University Academic Senate and the University Leadership Council and was a collegiate basketball player, himself.

The search committee, which worked in tandem with the executive search firm Korn Ferry, selected Scholl from a pool of candidates that included current athletic directors, up-and-coming deputy athletic directors and professionals outside the realm of collegiate athletics.

"In addition to seeking a proven winner, we aspired to securing an athletic director who understood Marquette, our mission, and the importance of the student-athlete experience," Henk said.

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Sensia Wellness to offer seminar on health care in the workplace
September 11, 2014 10:54 AM
As part of the BizTimes Fittest Execs program, event sponsor Sensia Wellness will host a seminar on health care in the workplace called “A Wake Up Call: Are You Really in Control of Your Corporate Healthcare Costs?”
 
At the event, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Athletic Club, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., participants will learn how to implement a cost-effective wellness and healthcare program.

RSVP to Hannah Fuller at hannah.fuller@biztimes.com. The first 40 to register will be guaranteed a spot.

The Fittest Execs program is presented by BizTimes Media in partnership with the Wisconsin Athletic Club. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a sponsor along with Sensia Wellness, and TEC is a support sponsor.

Visit biztimes.com/fit for more information on Fittest Execs 2014.

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State seeks Marketplace Governor’s Awards applicants
September 11, 2014 10:56 AM
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is seeking nominations for the 2014 Marketplace Governor’s Awards, which honor minority, woman and service-disabled veteran business owners.
 
The awards will include “The Outstanding Business Award” for established businesses that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years and have plans to expand in the future. And “The Rising Star Award” for newer businesses that have strong growth potential.

Winners will be recognized at Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development, on Oct. 22 and 23 at Potawatomi Expo Center in Milwaukee. Finalists will be profiled in the event program and website, receive four complimentary passes to the conference, and gain discounts on exhibit space and event sponsorship.

Wisconsin-based companies with MBE, WBE or DVB status qualify for the awards. The deadline to nominate a company is Friday, Sept. 12. More information is available at MarketplaceWisconsin.com.

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Miller Park to use metal detectors on Sept. 11
September 11, 2014 10:58 AM
Miller Park will screen fans using metal detectors for its Sept. 11 game against the Miami Marlins and its Sept. 13 game against the Cincinnati Reds.
 
The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club is encouraging fans to arrive early to those games. While the Brewers have screened fans at select gates in the past, this is the first all-fan screening that has been undertaken at Miller Park.

Fans will be asked to remove metal items from their pockets, but wallets, shoes and belts can remain in place. Bags will be checked at the gates, as usual, and the list of prohibited items will also remain unchanged.

The screening is part of a security program Major League Baseball implemented this season, which will require screening during the postseason and for all 2015 MLB games.

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Southwest Airlines launches new look
September 11, 2014 10:59 AM
Southwest Airlines introduced a new look to its iconic brand at a Monday event dedicated to its employees.
 
Dallas-based Southwest, which is the dominant airline serving the Milwaukee market, unveiled a new aircraft livery, named Heart, as well as a new airport experience and a new logo. The new look puts the airline's Heart on display, showcasing the strength of the nearly 46,000 employees companywide.

Southwest Airlines and its partners did comprehensive research and held numerous focus groups with employees and customers to determine how best to create the new look. The airline heard that it was important to remain unique and to retain its personality. For these reasons, Southwest continues to use the vibrant color palate and striped tail that has long identified the carrier, while adding a modern touch, displaying the Southwest name on the side of the fuselage and presenting the Heart on the aircraft belly.

“Our collective heartbeat is stronger and healthier than ever, and that's because of the warmth, the compassion, and the smiles of our people," said Gary Kelly, Southwest chairman, president, and chief executive officer. "The Heart emblazoned on our aircraft, and within our new look, symbolizes our commitment that we'll remain true to our core values as we set our sights on the future."

Southwest is delivering international destinations for the first time and is integrating its acquisition of AirTran Airways.

"With all these exciting changes happening, we thought it was time for a new visual expression of our brand — one that marries our past to our present and sets the course for where we're headed in the future," Kelly said.

"The job wasn't to change who we are," said Kevin Krone, Southwest's vice president and chief marketing officer. "We already know who we are. The job was to keep the elements of Southwest that our employees and customers love, and to make them a bold, modern expression of our future."

Customers can view a closer look at Southwest's new livery, logo, and airport experience by visiting www.Southwest.com/Heart.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
September 11, 2014 11:01 AM

“But whether you were a fan of Nardelli or a critic, you never had to wonder where he stood on anything, because he always gave his honest opinion. He was passionate about his family, his city and his country. And he let you know it.”
~Alex Runner is a Milwaukee writer.
Read Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by Runner: Nardelli was a straight shooter.

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Hot Bubbler Books
September 11, 2014 11:03 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
 
1. “The Lenovo Way,” by Gina Qiao and Yolanda Conyers
2. “Resource Revolution,” by Stefan Heck and Matt Rogers
3. “Together Teacher,” by Maia Heyck Merlin
4. “Think Like a Freak,” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
5. “Shift Your Brilliance,” by Simon Bailey

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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Bubbler Calendar
September 11, 2014 11:04 AM

*Tuesday, Sept. 16, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and FUEL Milwaukee will hold a FUEL Orientation at the MMAC’s offices, located at 756 N. Milwaukee St. in downtown Milwaukee. The orientation will cover FUEL’s mission and educate prospective members about the benefits of joining the professional networking organization. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network at the event. The orientation 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.

*Wednesday, Sept. 17, Henry Maier Festival Park will continue its free weekly concert series at its South Pavilion. The series, Tap into Mid-Week Music, features three concerts total. The first concert was held on Wednesday, Sept. 10. During Sept. 17’s concert, dubbed Jazz night, the Adonis Rose Quintet will perform. The final concert will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The music event includes free parking in Lot H, free admission and a free Miller Lite for attendees age 21 and older who arrive between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Park gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the music is slated to begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.milwaukeeworldfestival.com/calendar-of-events.

*Thursday, Sept. 18, BizTimes Media and ActionCoach of Milwaukee will kick off the first part of a new workshop series that will guide owners and C-level executives through steps of business growth. The series, titled “The Next Stage: Creating Massive Action in Your Business,” will launch with an event focused on “Define Your Culture, Shift Your Business: How Culture Impacts Performance in Your Organization.” The event will feature keynote speaker Anne Nimke, co-founder and CEO of The Good Jobs, Inc., and a panel of business experts who will discuss how businesses can leverage their corporate culture to boost their competitive advantage. The workshop will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, located at 375 S. Moorland Road in Brookfield, and costs $30. Additional workshop sessions are scheduled for each quarter. For more information on the series, visit www.biztimes.com/nextstage.

*Thursday, Sept. 25, the Milwaukee Press Club will host a “Behind the Headlines” luncheon focused on the need to enhance the city’s branding efforts. The luncheon, part of an ongoing series headed by the press club, will explore current initiatives that are helping raise Milwaukee’s identity on a national level and will also look at what needs to be done in order to further elevate its brand across the country and world. A group of area journalists and executives will facilitate a Q&A on Milwaukee’s brand. The luncheon, open to the public, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Foley & Lardner LLP, located on the 40th floor of the U.S. Bank Building at 777 E. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost is $20 for press club members and $25 for non-members and includes lunch. Seating is limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. For more information or to secure a spot, visit www.milwaukeepressclub.org.

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Jump Start on the Weekend
September 11, 2014 11:06 AM

*Friday, Sept. 12, the Delafield Chamber of Commerce will present the Delafield Fall Art Walk. During the event, which is free and open to the public, artists and musicians will perform live along the sidewalks of downtown Delafield. The event will also feature artwork for sale, and many local businesses will extend their evening hours to cater to attendees. The event will begin at 5 p.m. For more information, click here.

*Saturday, Sept. 13, the Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk for Children’s Hospital will return to downtown Milwaukee. The fundraising event has raised more than $15 million since 1978. This year’s start line ceremonies will be kicked off by Radio Disney at 12th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on Marquette University’s campus. The wheelchair race will begin at 10:15 a.m., with runners following at 10:30 a.m. and walkers taking the three-and five-mile routes immediately behind the runners. All routes end at Henry Maier Festival Park with a finish line celebration. Online registration is available through noon Friday at alsrun.com. Day-of registration opens at 8 a.m. near the event start line. Advance registration is $30 for adult runners and wheelchair athletes, $15 for runners 12 and younger, $25 for adult walkers and $10 for walkers under 12. Children age 2 and under register free. Day-of registration fees are $35, $17, $30 and $12, respectively.

*Saturday, Sept. 13, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will hold a “Freshwater Odyssey Block Party” to celebrate the grand opening of its new School of Freshwater Sciences building. The party, free and open to the public, will feature tours of the new building, science demonstrations, entertainment, children’s activities, food and more. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new building, located at 600 E. Greenfield Ave. in Milwaukee. For more information on the building and the block party, click 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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