Best Bet Business Events for Week of April 4

Posted on Apr 2, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary Paul Jadin, a northeast Wisconsin native who now leads the state’s economic development agency, will speak at the April 20 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network Northeast Chapter at the DJ Bordini Center on the Fox Valley Technical College campus. Jadin will discuss economic development initiatives led by the Commerce Department, which will become the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a public-private authority, effective July 1.Registration and networking begin at 4:45 p.m. The cost is $5 for WIN members, $5 for students, $10 for non-members and included with WIN corporate memberships. Registration includes beverages and appetizers. To register go to

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A Lawrence University professor will discuss the importance of collaborations in innovation and problem solving at a convocation at 11:10 a.m. Tuesday in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Timothy X. Troy, professor of theatre arts and J. Thomas and Julie Esch Hurvis Professor of Theatre and Drama at Lawrence, will present “Unexpected Collaborators: The Geniuses Among Us.” The event is free.

Schenck SC is hosting several free workshops during the month of April on “Islands of Information: The Dangers of Using Microsoft Excel in Your Operations.” It will be held Tuesday at the Clarion Hotel in Green Bay; Thursday at Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan; and April 19 at Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton from 8 to 9:30 a.m. To register, click here or call Karie at (800) 236-2246, ext. 1261.

David Graebner, vice president and chief administrative officer for Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, is the featured speaker at Wednesday’s Lakeshore Technical College’s Lakeshore Leaders Speaker Series. The event begins at noon in the Lake Michigan Conference Room.

Fox Valley Technical College is sponsoring a Sustainability Speaker Series event from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 13 at its D.J. Bordini Center, 5 Systems Drive, Appleton. Speakers include Mike Kapalko, sustainability marketing manager at SCA Tissue, North America; Greg Bell, executive director of the Smart Business Forum; and Gary Kusnierz, vice president of Performance Excellence for Affinity Health System. The event is free, but space is limited. To register, click here.

The second seminar in a three-part series designed to educate and empower the entrepreneurial spirit on the Lakeshore will be held at 6 p.m. on April 18 at Lakeshore Technical College. The speakers will be Caitlin Brotz, owner of Sheboygan’s Olivu426 and business improvement district president, and Randy Schwoerer, Sheboygan Harbor Centre business improvement district manager. Brotz and Schwoerer will share strategies designed to revitalize downtowns and businesses despite recent economic challenges. The event is free.

A workshop on building better workplace relationships will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at the Aloft Hotel in Green Bay. The workshop will focus on how workplace relationships are more valuable to highly productive employees and your company’s bottom line than you might think. To register, to, click on the learn tab and then the classes link.

The 9th Annual Northeast Wisconsin Global Trade Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The event features networking and educational opportunities designed to help businesses compete in the expanding global marketplace. Robert Abernathy, group president of the North Atlantic Consumer Products division at the Kimberly-Clark Corp., will be the keynote speaker. To register or for more information, please call (920) 437-8704 or visit and click on the events tab

Social Media Breakfast-New North will focus on developing your mobile marking strategy from 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 21 at Cellcom in De Pere. Click here to register or for more information on this free event.

ABC Computers in Waupaca is holding its annual customer conference on May 12. The free event includes 20-plus sessions, customer case studies and a keynote address by Donna Coppock talking about the book, “The Great Game of Business.” To register, click here. Pre-registration is required by April 23.