Here in Milwaukee, we are growth-obsessed. From our vast number of corporate headquarters to our active entrepreneurship community, we are filled with talented people and companies – like the dozen ambitious businesses in our pilot Scalerator, an accelerated training program – who are hungry and primed for growth.
Recently, Dan Isenberg from Babson College visited Milwaukee and spoke to the Greater Milwaukee Committee's membership group and to an audience of entrepreneurs at OPEN MiKE. He said that the only ideas worth pursuing are the ones which one person, if not many, thinks are worthless. His point was that the best ideas aren't easily grasped; they require visionary thinking and, ultimately, a leap of faith.
Compared with the stark predictions for 2009 and 2010, 2011 is expected to be a year of moderate growth and improvement as we enter the third year of what by many is predicted to be a 10-year cycle of "the new normal" in economic growth.