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Ashley covers startups, technology and manufacturing for BizTimes. She was previously the managing editor of the News Graphic and Washington County Daily News. In past reporting roles, covering education at The Waukesha Freeman, she received several WNA awards. She is a UWM graduate. In her free time, Ashley enjoys watching independent films, tackling a new recipe in the kitchen and reading a good book.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County moving forward with...

The United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is seeking RFPs to move forward with a broadband feasibility study this year.

Four local companies make it to final round of Governor’s Business...

Over 200 entries have been narrowed down to 13 finalists in the annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Four of those 13 companies are from southeastern Wisconsin. They include Milwaukee-based Rapid Radicals Technology, Brookfield-based ContraDoc Inc., Milwaukee-based My Hearing Care and Fontana-based Reinventauctions.com.

NVNG launches online, statewide database of startups to increase national exposure

Madison-based NVNG Investment Advisors has launched an online database that aims to encapsulate all of the state’s startups. Called +Venture Wisconsin, the database was created to increase exposure of Wisconsin companies to national and international venture capital communities.

🔒 New report shows more tech workers are moving to Wisconsin

More tech professionals are moving to Wisconsin as remote work becomes a permanent part of our society, making the need to live in some of the country’s bigger tech hubs unnecessary.

Employ Milwaukee opens new satellite office on 76th Street

Employ Milwaukee, the workforce development board serving Milwaukee County, is opening a new satellite location at 8086 N. 76th St.

🔒 Cedarburg-based PartsBadger adding jobs after landing $13.8 million contract with...

Cedarburg-based PartsBadger, a CNC machining company, is continuing its rapid growth by entering a five-year, up to $13.8-million contract with Golden, Colorado-based Yeti Cycles....

Milwaukee company’s virtual tour offerings win $10,000 Project Pitch It prize

Milwaukee resident Ross Younger and his company Advantage Point 360 were given the $10,000 Project Pitch It Award during this week’s episode. The company’s 360° Virtual Tours allow businesses to share their space in an immersive virtual environment. Customers can experience a virtual walk-through of a business from any device.

🔒 Muskego-based Emergifi acquired by Baltimore company

Muskego-based Emergifi, a technology solutions credit union service organization (CUSO) focused on small to mid-sized credit unions, has been acquired by Baltimore, Maryland-based Think|Stack.

🔒 Hollander Chocolate plans to move its HQ from Fox Point...

Fox Point-based Hollander Chocolate, Inc. is planning to move its headquarters to Port Washington.

🔒 Milwaukee Tool to create another 1,000 jobs in Wisconsin

Brookfield-based Milwaukee Tool on Thursday announced plans to create an additional 1,000 jobs in Wisconsin by 2027.

🔒 VC MKE aims to connect founders of color to venture...

A new organization in Milwaukee is trying to connect business founders of color to funding. The mission of VC MKE is to create opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurial founders to connect with interested venture capitalists.

1840 Brewing Company expanding into West Bend with new taproom

Milwaukee’s 1840 Brewing Company announced plans this week to open a second taproom in downtown West Bend.

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