City Leaders Hope to Boost Capacity of Small Businesses During Weeklong Celebration in May
Milwaukee, WI – April 13, 2017 – Mosaic Communications and the City of Milwaukee announced today that Milwaukee Small Business Week, powered by NewsReleaseNow.com, will take place May 1-5, 2017 and will host a kick off news conference May 2nd at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. This year’s theme “Start small. Dream Big” aims to empower the city’s small business community with a series of workshops, presentations and networking events to boost the capacity of small businesses.
According to the Kauffman Index of Mainstreet Entrepreneurship report published in 2016, the state of Wisconsin ranked 2nd in small businesses with robust survival rates. Yet, the Milwaukee metro area rated below average in new startup activity. These contradictory findings suggest that a greater effort must be made to shepherd new businesses through the early stages of growth to fully independent enterprises.
“We have many businesses in Milwaukee that have been around for years and are firmly established in the community”, said Nikki Purvis, Director of the City of Milwaukee’s Office of Small Business Development. “But we also have an opportunity and a responsibility to encourage, educate and assist our newer businesses to ensure they survive in today’s challenging business climate. Being a business owner isn’t easy and the city provides and connects local entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. Milwaukee Small Business Week is just one way we do that.”
“Being a business owner isn’t easy – we have a responsibility to educate newer businesses to ensure they survive in today’s challenging business climate”
During Milwaukee Small Business Week, city officials and community leaders will highlight local small business success stories, connect entrepreneurs with contracting opportunities and encourage business owners to network and collaborate. This event is organized by Mosaic Communications, City of Milwaukee’s Office of Small Business Development and the Wisconsin Small Business Administration.
Milwaukee Small Business Week was started to recognize small business owners for their contributions to economic growth in the city of Milwaukee. This weeklong event includes educational workshops, awards ceremonies, seminars and networking events. MSBW 2017 is powered by News Release Now, a new hyper- local press release distribution service for small businesses, nonprofits and start-ups.
Milwaukee Small Business Week
Milwaukee Small Business Week is a weeklong a celebration that recognizes and honors small business owners and entrepreneurs for their contributions to economic growth in the city of Milwaukee. To learn more about MSBW, please visit www.smallbizweekmke.com. Follow us at @MKESmallBizWeek | Like us at MKESmallBizWeek.
*Below is the Milwaukee Small Business Week event calendar for 2017. Events are continuously being added. Tickets for all Milwaukee Small Business Week events can be secured at www.smallbizweekmke.com
Monday, May 1
Small Business Bus Tour
Hosted by The Office of Small Business Development Milwaukee City Hall | Invitation only
Tuesday, May 2
Small Business Week Kick-Off Press Conference
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53233
Time: 8am – 8:30am | Cost: FREE
City of Milwaukee’s Annual Small Business Conference
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W Canal St., Milwaukee, WI 53233 Time: 9:15am – 2pm | Cost: FREE
Wednesday, May 3
Executive Viewpoint Breakfast & Conversation w/ Ted Balistreri Hosted by the Metropolitan Association of Commerce
Wisconsin Country Club
6200 W. Good Hope Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53223
Time: 7am-9am | Cost: $49 – $69
Thursday, May 4
NWSCDC Capital and Small Business Lending Workshop Northwest Side Community Development Corporation 4201 North 27th Street, First Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53216 Time: 10am-12pm | Cost: FREE
Light Breakfast Provided
Small Business Networking Reception & Employment Law Class
Friday, May 5
Annual Small Business Administration Awards Business Hilton Milwaukee Center City
509 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Time: 7:30am-9am | Cost: $50
Lake Front Brewery Tour Lakefront Brewery
1872 N. Commerce St. Milwaukee, WI 53203
Time: 4pm-5pm | Tickets: $10
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
1533 N. RiverCenter Drive, Milwaukee 53212
Time: Reception: 5 pm – 6 pm | Employment Law Class: 6 pm – 8 pm Cost: Reception — FREE | Class — $15
Tickets for all Milwaukee Small Business Week events can be secured at