A look ahead at October's best bet business events

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 :: Networking
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Here’s a look at some upcoming activities across the New North during the month of October:

Lisa Powers, owner of Career Options in Appleton, will lead an HR-themed roundtable discussion from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at PAMCO Properties, 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton. To sign up, click here.

The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College is holding a free “Explore Starting Your Own Business” session during the college’s annual Community Open House event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the D.J. Bordini Center, across from the main campus in Appleton. Participants will learn three critical elements to launching and sustaining a business of any size, in addition to discovering training options for aspiring or existing entrepreneurs.  Successful local entrepreneurs, small business owners and home-based solopreneurs will also be on-hand to share their insights.  Please visit www.fvtc.edu/smallbiz to register for the free session.

As a collaborative effort, the four institutions of higher education in Fond du Lac County will jointly sponsor their third annual diversity event, “Social Change: Engaging Multiple Perspectives,” a free interactive workshop featuring keynote speakers Dr. Peggy McIntosh and Mr. Victor Lewis, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Marian University. There is no fee for the workshop, but registration is required online at http://cw.marianuniversity.edu/diversity/.

The Tri-County Economic Development Corporation will hold its annual summit beginning at 7 a.m. on Oct. 12 the Green Lake Conference Center. For more information, please visit www.tcredc.org.

Networking will be the focus of an Oct. 12 event sponsored by Pulse of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Red Shoes PR. The event will feature Meet Meme, a Milwaukee company that creates social media trading cards that can be used for networking efforts offline. Lisa Cruz, president of Red Shoes PR, and Tom Clifford, manager of digital development at HC Miller, will also speak at the event, which begins at 5:15 and runs until 8 p.m. at the Kensington Grille in Appleton. Registering for the event will provide personalized trading cards that will be used to play games and win prizes. For more information, please visit http://tinyurl.com/PulseMemeEvent.

Winners of this year’s Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards will share their strategies for success at a special breakfast presentation at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the D.J. Bordini Center at Fox Valley Technical College. To register, please click here.

The 30th annual Marketplace Conference designed to help minority-owned businesses seeking sales leads and development assistance will be held Oct. 12-13 at the Green Bay Radisson Hotel and Conference Center. This year’s keynote speaker isJohn Sibley Butler, the director of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC2) located at the University of Texas. For more information or to register, visit www.markeplacewisconsin.com.

The Fab Lab at Fox Valley Technical College, in partnership with The Northern Products Development Group, is inviting the public to learn about resources for aspiring inventors and to discover invention success stories during the North East Wisconsin Inventor Night (NEW IN) from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the D.J. Bordini Center, 5 Systems Drive in Appleton. Guests can meet with successful commercial inventors and industry professionals who have utilized technology and start-up resources through FVTC’s Fab Lab. The event will also include an invention contest with elevator pitch presentations, a keynote address by Deb Hess, executive director of the Minnesota Inventors Congress, refreshments and more. To register, visit www.fvtc.edu/newin.

Management Women Inc. is hosting its fall educational seminar — Heels, Hopes & Higher Education — from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The keynote speaker is Dr. Marcia Reynolds, the author of “Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction.” For more information or to register, visit www.managementwomen.org.

The Economic Development Corporation of Manitowoc County is hosting a four-day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp on Oct. 20-24. The camp provides the framework necessary for participants to take ideas and develop them into workable business plans. Some topics that will be covered include: taking business from idea to reality; accessing capital and financial resources; planning and management; marketing and promotion; and building networks. For more information or to register, please contact the Economic Development Corporation at (920) 482-0540 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Kim Becker of Jackson Kahl Insurance will lead a workshop on “Performance reviews and do they really matter?” from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 27 at PAMCO Properties, 4650 W. Spencer St., Appleton. To sign up, click here.

The Governor’s Small Business Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Both Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will be on hand for the event, which will also provide opportunities for businesses to receive expert advice and share their ideas for growing jobs, the economy and the community. For more information, visit http://commerce.wi.gov/wedc/.