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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:  

Joe Hite: 7 p.m. May 27, Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, W340 N6338 Breezy Point Road, Oconomowoc. 7 to 11 p.m. Joe Hite will perform, and all proceeds will benefit the Okauchee Fireworks Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Minimum $10 per person.

Burgundy Ties Plays: 8 p.m. May 28, Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, 50n 35016w Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee. The combination of their eclectic sound and live performance makes Burgundy Ties stand out as an original and inspired Milwaukee band. Visit www.burgundytiesband.com. Free.

Duck/Homemade Boat Race: 10 a.m. May 28, Nixon Park, 339 Maple Ave., Hartland. Races start at 11 a.m. There will be food for sale as well as other family-friendly activities. Entry fee per race is $5 and $1 to purchase a duck. All proceeds go to saving the swifts and to the Ice Age Trail. For rules and information, visit www.savetheswifts.com.

Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. May 26-27; 8 a.m. May 28, Rummage Sale, N41W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South, Pewaukee. Volunteers and donations needed. We will supply tax donation forms to donors. Anything not sold will be donated to Goodwill and Lake Country Caring.

All weekend happenings

 

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