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Business Briefs 10/08/13

Oct. 7, 2013

Free business

mentoring available

SCORE (For the Life of Your Business), founded in 1964, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses nationwide. Through a new partnership with the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, SCORE of Southeastern Wisconsin will provide one-on-one business counseling in the Chamber offices each month.

Have a question about starting a new business or need some help writing an effective business plan? What about finding funding for an expansion or new venture?

SCORE mentor Steve Foltz has 40 years of experience building and leading corporations. He will be available to meet between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday, Oct. 14. Free sessions are one-hour and pre-registration is required. Call the Chamber (262) 567-2666.

Make nomination for chamber awards

The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual awards.

Nominations are being accepted for Business of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Not-for-Profit Service Organization and the Women in Business Leadership Award.

Nomination forms can be found at tinyurl.com/m5chsem (Business of the Year), tinyurl.com/k9chzqz (Citizen of the Year), tinyurl.com/n8ha75z (Service Organization) and tinyurl.com/my2h3te (Women in Business Leadership).

Nominations close at noon Oct. 10. Award winners will be recognized at the chamber's annual awards dinner in early November.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at haunted success

The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation is co-hosting the next Oconomowoc Chamber Business After Hours with Mutual of Omaha at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the haunt, 212 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the fundraising event, Terror @ 212, that benefits Oconomowoc schools. Event begins at 5, announcements and raffles at 6. Cost: $3 plus a business card for chamber members, $5 for non-members. RSVP by Oct. 15 to the Chamber, (262) 567-2666 or email chamber@oconomowoc.org.

Sava takes reins

at SummerStage

Delia Sava has been named the new executive director at SummerStage at Lapham Peak.

Sava comes to SummerStage with years of sales management experience in the financial services industry, as well as a wealth of experience serving in leadership roles in the non-profit world, including arts organizations.

A longtime resident of Waukesha County, Sava has a long history of community service. She has been involved with the Wisconsin Philharmonic and the Waukesha Community Foundation's Women of Distinction Luncheon, and has served on the Board of Directors of The Women's Center of Waukesha for six years. Most recently, she assisted the Waukesha County Green Team and Plowshare Center for Peace on a joint educational program presented at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Hartland.

IBS finds bigger

space in Brookfield

International Business Systems (IBS) will relocate this month to its new space in Brookfield.

The new location, 3400 Intertech Drive, is larger, at 3,995 square feet. Its former Pewaukee space could house about 20 people in 3,270 square foot.

IBS CEO Doug Braun explained that he was looking for more space to accommodate company growth projections. IBS, which currently employs 18 people, is in the process of hiring 10 additional employees in the Milwaukee area.

IBS offers consulting services, enterprise resource management software and business applications to help businesses move products more efficiently.

Hartland company honored for fast growth

Inc. Magazine announced that Johnson Creek Enterprises in Hartland, makers of America's No. 1 Smoke Juice, is one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in America.

This is the 32nd annual list and Johnson Creek's first appearance.

Johnson Creek earned these rankings after five years of operation. What started as an experiment in Berkey's basement now employs 50 people and is growing at a rate of 511 percent over the past three years.

Johnson Creek Enterprises revolutionized the e-smoking industry as the first company to produce and manufacture Smoke Juice for electronic cigarettes in the United States.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: Nov. 27-30, Dec. 5-31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details. $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. www.thecountrychristmas.com

 World’s Greatest Cookie Sale: Noon-4 p.m.  Nov. 28, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Sale features homemade holiday cookies and baked goods in many varieties. Entertainment includes magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sale ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the World’s Greatest Cookie Sale, call Country Springs, (262) 547-0201 or visit thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale. Free.

 German Christmas Market: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28, 29 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Downtown Oconomowoc, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Celebrate Wisconsin’s heritage at this family festival that features heated tents, German beer, music, live bands, authentic German food, vendors, Santa and more. Free http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org. 

 Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. Features local seasonally grown produce and artisan food products.  www.oconomowoc.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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