Connections – Cultivating growth

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 :: Connections
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Steve Tyink, vice president of Business Innovation of Miron Construction in Neenah speaks at the previous Cultivate event on Jan. 10. Photo courtesy of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry hosts its second Cultivate: Business Growth Series event from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Holiday Inn Riverwalk in Neenah. With the mission to offer “tactical, practical tips,” the chamber hopes to inspire business owners with information they can implement in their businesses immediately. Topics will focus on four main tracks: strategic planning, finance and technology, sales and marketing and performance management. The previous Cultivate event, held in January, drew 165 attendees. The chamber hopes to double attendance at the September event.

“The purpose of the event is to provide a platform of education for area business leaders on new and widespread business topics,” says Kristin Sewall, marketing director for the chamber.

Former Yahoo chief security officer and author Tim Sanders will deliver the keynote, “Relationship Power! How to Win Business & Influence People.” Sanders is the author of four books: “Love is the Killer App: How to Win Business & Influence Friends,” “The Likeability Factor,” “Saving the World at Work” and “Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence.”

“Cultivate was one of the best business events I have been to in a while,” says Brad Cebulski, president and owner of BConnected LLC in Appleton. “I was able to pick out the breakout sessions that pertained specifically to my business and network with other prominent business leaders in the area. I personally can’t wait for the second one.”

Breakout sessions will follow the keynote; speakers will be announced as they are confirmed. The cost to attend includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets are $85 per person for members and members of co-hosting organizations; $70 for PULSE members or organizations bringing three or more employees; or $125 per person for VIP packages and non-members.

VIP packages include “The Premier Experience,” which includes a reception with keynote speaker Tim Sanders and other speakers from 5 to 7 p.m. the evening before the event at Carmella’s with complementary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar, plus VIP seating during the keynote address at the event.

To register for the event, visit


Upcoming events

Monday, Sept. 9

The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College will launch its 15-week E-seed entrepreneur training program. Sessions will be held at FVTC’s D.J. Bordini Center at 5 Systems Drive on Mondays through Dec. 9. Participants can choose an afternoon session from 1 to 4 p.m. or an evening class from 6 to 9 p.m. The program will be offered at FVTC’s Waupaca Regional Center, 1979 Godfrey Dr., on Wednesdays from Sept. 11 to Dec. 4, and at the Oshkosh Riverside campus, 150 N. Campbell Road, Sept. 12 to Dec. 5. Programs in Waupaca and Oshkosh will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. To register, call (920) 735-5709 or visit


Saturday, Sept. 14

The Catalpa Health Race for a Reason presented by J. J. Keller Foundation, Inc. will be held at Fox Cities Stadium. Gates open at 9:30 a.m., with kart races beginning at 10 a.m. The public is invited to watch the kart races, which will feature drivers and pit crew members from the Fox Valley. Admission is a $5 parking fee. Proceeds from the race directly benefit Catalpa Health, a Fox Valley mental health clinic for children and teens. For more information, visit, or find Race for a Reason on Facebook.


Monday, Oct. 7

The Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual dinner at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay starting with networking at 5 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards ceremony. The keynote speaker for the event will be Ken Schmidt, former director of communications for Harley Davidson. The event is $55 per person. To register, visit


Thursday, Oct. 31

The Manufacturing First Expo & Conference will be held Oct. 31 at the KI Convention Center. The event is from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature breakout sessions, speakers and networking. The conference is presented by First Business in partnership with NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications. To register, visit