Connections – Enterprising event

Posted on May 1, 2015 :: Connections
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Nonprofit organizations from Milwaukee to Marinette expect to gather new tools and additional resources for success during the second annual Enterprising Nonprofits conference.

Drobeck says the conference filled a critical training need for nonprofits.

“Many of us have much work to do around our missions,” Drobeck wrote. “We cannot afford to have the amount of paid staff that is needed within our agencies, so volunteers assist us in carrying out our work. This training brings both nonprofits and businesses together and allows them to network and learn from each other.”

Communities with strong nonprofits typically have a strong business and economic development climate as well, Drobeck says.

Enterprising Nonprofits also planned to hold two smaller, off-site events led by Vicki Clark to provide more ground-level, how-to information for attendees, says Mickey Noone, president of First Business Bank, a sponsor of the event along with Insight Publications.

Noone says last year’s event attracted about 335 nonprofit executive directors and volunteer coordinators, and also board members, which is critical as they don’t often experience the day-to-day challenges of nonprofits firsthand.

The event is designed to help nonprofits to think and behave more like a business, Noone says.

“What we noticed coming out of the Recession was a lot of nonprofits got punished pretty bad,” Noone says. “So helping them think about a more sustainable revenue source, a sustainable business model, is really the focus.”

Enterprising Nonprofits led off a busy month of heavyweight conferences involving networking, innovation and community building.


Enterprising Nonprofits will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The event will accept walk-in registrations. Cost is $35.

For more information, go to

Join the Enterprising Nonprofits conversation on Twitter using hashtag #ENP15.

THINC! Again

Insight Publications will host    THINC! 2015, its fourth annual Technology & Human Networking Innovation Conference, from 3 to 6 p.m., May 19, at the James W. Perry Hall, UW-Fox  Valley Communication Arts Center,  Menasha.

TEC-sponsored keynote speaker Daniel Barnett, CEO and owner of The Primavera Co., will address how business leaders can identify and achieve their make-or-break vision.

Barnett will provide real life examples of how leaders can avoid the “alligator and squirrel” distractions and focus on the important tasks necessary for innovation and achieving an overall business vision.

Barnett also has experience working for international companies such as Nestlé, Pillsbury and Weyerhauser.

After the keynote, the Insight Innovation Awards, which recognize companies who embrace disruptive ideas and challenge the status quo, will be announced. Cost is $55 in advance or $60 the day of the event. To register, go to


» 3 to 6 p.m.
» James W. Perry Hall, UW-Fox Valley Communications Arts Center

Meet the Insight Innovation Award winners and gain skills to make your innovative ideas happen.


Cultivating community

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has revamped its skill-building Cultivate into a community building event. The conference is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 20, at Fox Cities Stadium.

The focus of Cultivate: Community is to connect, inspire and challenge people in the Fox Cities to bolster its economy and build a better community.

The event includes two keynote speakers: Patti Dobrowolski, a strategic thinker and change activator who uses illustrations to help attendees set goals; and Greg Tehven, an entrepreneur and TEDx speaker who helped change the perception of Fargo, N.D., his hometown.

The conference also will feature community panels discussing the risks and rewards of creating an event like Mile of Music and the business practices of some of the region’s successful nonprofits. Of course, there will be plenty of entertainment and networking opportunities.

Cost is $85 general admission; $650 for a table of eight. Register at


» 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
» Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium
» $85 general admission, $650 for a table of 8

To register and learn more about Cultivate, go to For a preview of the event and the keynote speakers, watch the cultivate 2015 preview video on the website or at