Waukesha County Center for Growth names business consultant

Karen Taylor previously worked for ExxonMobil in Singapore

Waukesha County’s new economic development organization has named a former Exxon Mobil Asia Pacific executive as its business consultant.

Karen Taylor

In her role at the Waukesha County Center for Growth, Karen Taylor will be tasked with working with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center to facilitate growth at small and mid-size companies.

The Center for Growth is a non-profit economic development organization created by the county earlier this year and is run by the Waukesha County Business Alliance.

Taylor previously spent 14 years as an oil executive for ExxonMobil in Singapore. She also worked for four years at International Enterprise Singapore, a government agency where she focused on developing and promoting Singapore tax incentives to businesses across Asia Pacific, the United States and Europe. She also worked with companies on expansion plans and trade financing issues.

“I am looking forward to working with small and mid-size businesses on their growth plans in Waukesha County,” Taylor said. “We see ourselves as a resource partner who can provide no-cost, confidential consulting in various areas, including business and financial planning, marketing and sales growth, and operations management.”

Taylor joins Tim Casey, the director of economic development for the Center for Growth. Together they will connect with businesses seeking to grow with municipalities, organizations, and resources that can assist them.

“We are thrilled to have Karen join the team at Center for Growth,” said Casey. “She has the educational and professional background in a variety of settings that will enable her to hit the ground running in working with the small business community in Waukesha County.”

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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