A look at what's happening in business

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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There’s a lot happening in the New North over the next few weeks:

The proposed creation of a state-leveraged venture capital fund will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Wisconsin Innovation Network-Milwaukee chapter. The Legislature ended its spring floor period without taking action on the Wisconsin Jobs Act, legislation that was introduced in both the Senate and the Assembly. The bill authorizes tax credits and bonding to make available $400 million in investment capital, and which leverages private investments of at least double that amount. The bill would also create a Wisconsin Venture Capital Authority through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. For more information, click here.

Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. is hosting a workshop on biogas opportunities in Wisconsin and the New North from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 17 at its offices in Appleton. The workshop will look at transitioning the old energy economy-built on coal and petroleum-to homegrown energy sources like biogas and biomass to create power, heat and alternative fuels. The Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative has published a strategic plan to bring business leaders and policymakers together to discuss how to make it happen. For more information on the event and to register, please contact Mary Squires at [email protected].

Pulse, the Young Professionals Network, is teaming up with Appleton Downtown Inc. from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Houdini Plaza. Members will learn more about ADI from executive director Jennifer Stephany. Afterwards, attendees can stay around for a concert featuring The Circus. To learn more or to register, go to www.foxcitieschamber.com and click on Events.

Melissa R. DeVantier, an attorney with Epiphany Law, will lead a seminar on estate and succession planning from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce. Go to www.foxcitieschamber.com and click on Events to learn more or to register.

The New North Sustainability Committee is planning a workshop on Sept. 13 at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to discuss what needs to be done to prepare the region for climate change. The workshop is designed for planners and other professionals and will address land use, public health, stormwater, emergency preparedness and natural resource management issues. The  workshop will look at the climate change science and the effect the issue has on the New North; climate adaptation planning processes and strategies; tools, data and resources for climate adaptation planning; and regional examples of climate planning. For more information or to sign up, please click here.

The Wisconsin Security Research Consortium is planning its Resource Rendezvous at the Crowne Plaza in Wauwatosa on Sept. 15. Speakers from the National Security Agency, the U.S. Marine Corps, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security and more are expected. This event offers opportunities for companies to present their ideas to federal science and technology scouts and offers seminars on how to prepare your company to apply for federal grants and contracts. For more information, click here.

Converting Influence Inc. is holding a half-day event, featuring a panel discussion on efficiency, exhbits, networking and lunch on Sept. 15 at Fox Valley Technical College in Grand Chute. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until lunch. Click here for more information and registration information.

You can also check out a new feature showcasing upcoming business events from our August issue. Click here for more details.