Small business owners: Register soon for Business Success Summit

Friday October 3, 2014
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Discounted registration ends Oct. 15 for entrepreneur event

With an eye toward the bottom line, business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to take advantage of early-bird pricing for the upcoming Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College’s Business Success Summit on Nov. 19, 2014

Entrepreneurs at every stage of business development will find information and inspiration for growth and success at this multi-faceted event. Organizers say the day is tailored to deliver practical skills and tips for start-ups ready to launch, businesses poised for growth, and those with an eye on the global marketplace.

Three keynote speakers:

  • Jason Kotecki, an entrepreneur since the day he graduated from college, has built a business around his belief that success comes from remembering eight often-overlooked principles from childhood. Attendees will hear how Kotecki and others have stepped away from the invisible rules of adulthood to delight customers, create growth and cultivate an enthusiastic workforce.

  • Lisa Johnson, Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, will talk strategy, programs, loans and other state initiatives in the lunchtime presentation.

  • The closing session will be author and marketing consultant Ralph Heath, who will challenge attendees to rethink the way they lead organizations, embrace risk taking and move in bold new directions. Heath has a “never surrender” leadership style that also promotes failure as a necessity to success.

The day-long event includes breakout sessions along three concurrent tracks. Launch track will be tailored to the up-and-coming entrepreneur in search of information about financing, marketing, and general survival of the start-up stage. Grow track attendees are those ready to take their business to the next level. Sessions for this track will focus on managing cash flow, marketing for growth, and hiring the right people to grow your business. Thrive track attendees will talk globalization, second-stage financial growth and leadership development.

Karen Widmar, Director of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative at NWTC, said the Summit was developed to support business owners in their quest to grow and succeed.

“Whether attendees are starting a business, in need of strategies to sustain their growth, or looking to grow their company into a global organization, this Summit will provide practical, timely information,” said Widmar.

Attendees may also participate in a special delight when they purchase a ticket for the Taste of Entrepreneurship lunch. Food-related companies with less than three years in the business will put out a spread of delicious treats to sample and enjoy. The luncheon is held as part of the Business Success Summit but requires a small additional charge for attendees.

The Summit will be held in the Corporate Conference Center at NWTC’s Green Bay campus. Early-bird registration is now open, with a reduced rate of $55 through October 15. For more details and registration information, visit or call 920-498-7124.

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Karen Widmar, NWTC Entrepreneur Resource Center, 920-498-5627



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