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Foxconn, the largest economic development project in Wisconsin history – and one of the largest in American history – is already transforming southeastern Wisconsin and the state. The first buildings are under construction at what will be one of the largest manufacturing campuses in the world. The magnitude and impact of the investment can be a challenge to fathom. It will be the first liquid-crystal-display manufacturing facility in North America, generating $1.4 billion of business in Wisconsin annually and adding almost $52 billion to Wisconsin’s GDP over the next 15 years. Foxconn’s 13,000 workers are projected to earn an average base wage of $53,875, with benefits pushing total compensation to an average of $73,500. In all, 35,000 direct and support jobs are expected to be sustained once the campus is fully operational. Thousands of other jobs will be created to transform the company’s $10 billion investment into reality. Before the campus is complete, $5.7 billion in construction and equipment is expected to be sourced in Wisconsin, creating 16,000 construction and related jobs over the four-year period.


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In addition to its massive manufacturing campus in Pleasant Prairie, Foxconn has located its North American headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. The company is also company is opening innovation centers in Racine, Green Bay and Eau Claire. The innovation centers, which will employ hundreds of people, will facilitate collaboration between Foxconn, educators and community leaders to work on nextgeneration technologies and solutions.

It has also partnered with Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. to create a $100 million Wisconn Valley Venture Fund, which will invest in key emerging technologies that could help to develop the region’s technology start-up ecosystem.

More Region Wins While Foxconn has grabbed the headlines, the region’s other leaders – Johnson Controls, Northwestern Mutual, Kohl’s, SC Johnson, Rockwell Automation, HarleyDavidson and Fiserv – and thousands of smaller firms are creating an economy that is outperforming the nation in terms of employment opportunities. It’s truly an exciting and energizing time to be doing business in southeastern Wisconsin.

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Michels, a Milwaukee-based contractor, is planning a $100 million mixed-use development that will include an eightstory office building, apartments, retail, a restaurant and a hotel in the Milwaukee Harbor District

Komatsu Mining Corp. is building a new $285 million headquarters and manufacturing space that will add more than 300 jobs Work is being completed on a new 25story BMO Tower office building, which is slated to open late this year Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival, is investing $50 million to renovate its 25,000-seat amphitheater

Financing is being finalized for The Couture, a 44-story residential and retail development near the city’s lakefront museums and festival grounds The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is renovating the Warner Grand Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue in a $90 million restoration project that will transform the historic movie palace into a new 1,750-seat performance hall Amazon is building a four-story, 2.6million-square-foot distribution center near I-94 in Oak Creek that will add at least 1,000 jobs. It’s the third distribution center that Amazon has opened in the region within the last five years. Leonardo DRS Inc., a major defense contractor, is building a new manufacturing facility and offices in Menomonee Falls to accommodate its growing naval power systems group. The facility will serve as the firm’s Naval Power Systems headquarters Milwaukee Tool has broken ground on a $32 million research and development facility that will add 350 jobs when completed. It is the firm’s second major expansion in fewer than three years. mmac.org

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Thanks to a business-friendly environment and active support from state and local political leaders, the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Milwaukee 7 regional economic collaborative and the Milwaukee Development Commission, expansions and new business locations are occurring throughout the region. Among the projects underway or announced:

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Foxconn is also partnering with other major businesses in the area. Advocate Aurora Health and Foxconn Health Technology Business Group plan to develop new services and products for health care, focusing on health management, analytics and artificial intelligence.

The Foxconn campus isn’t the only area in southeastern Wisconsin exploding with development.

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Foxconn is already working on developing its supply chain, which will add thousands of additional jobs to the economy. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has hosted more than a half-dozen supply chain readiness workshops and launched a website – WisconnValley.wi.gov – to serve as a one-stop resource for information, including the Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace portal.

Amazon is building a new major distribution center in Oak Creek, its third in the region within five years.

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Even as these projects are underway, the MMAC and Milwaukee 7 are working to help existing businesses grow their brands, helping companies looking to relocate to businessfriendly communities, and resolving challenges that could impede economic growth.


Rockwell Automation’s green roof (right) is one of many in the region. MKE Brewing Company uses solar panels to heat water used in the brewing process (far right).

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Fiserv Forum is the home of the Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University men’s basketball teams. The arena is set to host more than 200 events annually, including big-name acts in its inaugural year, such as Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters.

Last fall’s opening of the $524 million Fiserv Forum marked more than the opening of the Milwaukee Bucks’ new home. It is turbocharging the ongoing revitalization of downtown Milwaukee, which has experienced dramatic growth in residential, entertainment and office space over the last decade.

Granted, the public’s primary focus has been on the spectacular, state-of-the art basketball arena and entertainment venue, which includes 17 “mini restaurants” and the Panorama Club, which features both a bird’s eye view of the playing floor and a dramatic view of Milwaukee’s skyline. But what makes the development truly unique is the public-private partnership that is injecting more than $1 billion into the city center. Fiserv Forum is the epicenter of a 30-acre district to be developed over the next decade. The recently completed first phase includes the basketball arena, a parking structure, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center and a public plaza that will host more than 100 events annually. An outdoor beer garden, with its massive television screen, has already proved to be a popular gathering place for people wanting to watch the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers’ 2018 playoff run. An entertainment block, which surrounds the plaza, will open in early 2019. Among its tenants will be local craft brewer Good City Brewing and Punch Bowl Social, a Colorado-based entertainment destination that is part of the rapidly growing “eatertainment” segment of the restaurant/bar business. Under construction nearby is a 90-unit apartment complex with additional office


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and apartment projects in the planning stages. Fiserv Forum and the surrounding development is yet another ripple in the transformation of downtown Milwaukee that began with development of the city’s RiverWalk and is making the downtown a destination for those – both young and “young-at-heart” – who want to live near the action.

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Milwaukee’s serious about being green. Its business, civic and political communities have embraced sustainability initiatives that have put Milwaukee on the map and have made it a destination of choice for Millennials. It’s a commitment that’s been interwoven into the history of the region. A century ago, the area’s leaders realized the importance of preserving the natural environment. It protected the land along the Lake Michigan waterfront and created one of the largest local park systems in the nation, which features more than 15,000 acres of trails, golf courses, tennis courts, playgrounds and sweeping lake vistas. Over the last 20 years, the city has embraced its downtown river, creating a riverwalk that has spawned residential and

Milwaukee’s Environmental Collaboration Office seeks to make the city a world-class eco-city by developing practical solutions to improve water quality, reduce energy usage and stimulate development in green technologies.

Actuant Corp. is developing solutions to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses from diesel engines SC Johnson has been nationally recognized for the positive environmental impact of its Greenlist™ process, which is used to develop household products that are biodegradable and have a better environmental profile

Area companies are also seeking sustainable solutions in their own operations: ●

An ME3 Sustainable Manufacturing program helps small to medium-size manufacturers become more economically competitive through sustainable business practices. More than 100 commercial buildings and 1,200 homes have been upgraded with energyefficient equipment through a similar, award-winning energy efficiency program.

ManpowerGroup located its world headquarters on a former brownfield in downtown Milwaukee overlooking the Milwaukee River. The LEED goldcertified building was designed to provide direct sunlight to more than 90 percent of its workspaces and uses 25 percent less energy and 40 percent less water than a similar-size building. Sussex-based Quad/Graphics has registered all 10 of its core U.S. printing plants for LEED certification, aiming to be to

Kohl’s Department Stores, based in Menomonee Falls, has consistently achieved the Sustained Excellence in Green Power Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for offsetting more than 100 percent of the company’s electricity use with green power. The retailer also made the largest single purchase of solar panels in North America, converting most of its California department stores to solar power. We Energies has been named one of the Top 10 Utility Green Power Programs in the nation by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Two of its key efforts include retiring older, coalfueled units and investing in utilityscale solar generation.

Searching for Sustainable Solutions

Milwaukee is home to the Water Council, a non-profit organization that drives economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. It is one of the most powerful water technology hubs in the world, convening global water leaders and supporting more than 190 members. The Water Council operates the

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The Milwaukee Shines solar program has supported the growth of the local solar industry through financing solutions, group purchases and supportive public policy. As a result of that effort, more than 2.7 million watts of solar energy is being produced in the city, more than 2.5 times the city’s goal.

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The region’s business community has also stepped forward, looking for innovative solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges: ●

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Repurposing Land

The city reclaimed one of the nation’s largest brownfields – the 300-acre Menomonee Valley – transforming it from a semiabandoned, industrial wasteland into 70 acres of green space and a nextgeneration business park that boasts close to 5,000 new jobs in more than 1 million square feet of energy-efficient buildings. The successful initiative earned Sierra Club honors as one of the “Top 10 Developments in the Nation.”

be the first printer of its kind to have all its major manufacturing sites designated as green buildings

buildings more energy efficient and automobile batteries that could someday replace internal-combustion engines

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entertainment developments that have reenergized the downtown and helped to make Milwaukee one of the most walkable communities in the nation. The addition of Bublr rental bikes and a brand-new streetcar system has further reduced the city’s carbon footprint.

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Global Water Center, a 98,000-square-foot facility housing water-centric research, office and collaboration facilities for universities and water-related companies. Its first tenant was Marquette University, whose researchers are working on more than a dozen project groups spanning a variety of disciplines and focus areas, including wastewater treatment, rainwater harvesting and desalination. The University of WisconsinMilwaukee’s Great Lakes Water Institute is the largest research center of its kind on the Great Lakes. The university also operates a graduate-level School of Freshwater Sciences, the first and only of its kind in the United States and the Center for By-Products Utilization, which focuses on using technology to find environmentally and economically effective uses for industrial byproducts and post-consumer waste.

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Milwaukee is green for a reason. Blessed by its location as a “Great Place on a Great Lake,” the region has treasured its natural

resources and understood the need to preserve them for future generations. It has combined that with a practical sensibility to foster real-world solutions that are both cost-effective and sustainable.

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Wisconsin’s economy was built through a partnership between the business community and educators. It pioneered the nation’s first technical schools in the early 1900s to prepare workers with the skills they needed to succeed in the workforce. Local technical schools – Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College and Gateway Technical College – and the city’s institutions of higher education – including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering – continue to work closely with business leaders to prepare a workforce with next-generation skills. They’re providing education, research and training in the areas of automation, artificial intelligence and data collection for locally based industry leaders such as Rockwell Automation, GE Healthcare and Johnson Controls. Those efforts are intensifying with the addition of Foxconn and its need for thousands of engineers and workers trained in the intricacies of advanced manufacturing. Foxconn Technology Group has pledged up to $100 million to the

Foxconn Chairman and Founder Terry Gou and University of WisconsinMadison Chancellor Rebecca Blank signed a partnership agreement in which Foxconn committed up to $100 million to the university. Photo: Bryce Richter.


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University of Wisconsin-Madison to establish a new interdisciplinary research facility for the College of Engineering. It’s the largest investment from a research partner in the university’s history and will focus on supporting research that advances engineering, computer science and human health. Foxconn has also partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to create an international co-op program that will allow engineering students to study and gain experience at the Foxconn Technology Group in Taiwan. It’s also developing technology hubs with University of Wisconsin campuses in Eau Claire and Green Bay. Gateway Technical College has developed two programs – advanced manufacturing and supply chain management – focused on the types of careers offered by Foxconn, and two additional programs are in development – associate degree programs in industrial data analytics and industrial cyber security. The Milwaukee School of Engineering is developing a new academic facility that will position the school at the educational forefront in artificial intelligence, deep learning, cybersecurity, robotics, cloud computing and other next-generation technologies. Southeastern Wisconsin has developed as a global leader in advanced manufacturing, a reputation that’s enhanced with Foxconn’s arrival. Education, research and training will provide the bridge to the nextgeneration economy. Foxconn’s arrival isn’t changing the way the region looks at education, but it has given it a greater sense of urgency and focus that will benefit all businesses and the community at large.

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Everywhere the eye can see, the Milwaukee Region is transforming itself into a destination designed for tomorrow with a thriving economy and a talented workforce in a truly distinctive place.

Paving the Way

Just west of downtown Milwaukee, work has finished on the $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange project, the busiest freeway interchange in the state of Wisconsin. The region’s other major interchange – the Marquette Interchange – was rebuilt a decade ago. And south of Milwaukee, work continues on the $496 million reconstruction of the I94 North-South freeway.

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Perhaps the most anticipated development is the launch of the first 2.1-mile leg of The Hop, the streetcar system that connects Milwaukee’s office buildings, downtown residential areas and entertainment venues with the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, which provides Amtrak and regional bus services. A lakefront extension will connect the downtown to the Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), Discovery World Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Already exceeding ridership projections, The Hop has also been a catalyst for several development projects, including new construction and the redevelopment of existing buildings.

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Moving goods and people is the key to commerce, and the Milwaukee Region is committed to doing both – with a brand-new electric streetcar connecting downtown residences, businesses and entertainment venues; initiatives that will foster the use of autonomous vehicles; and highway projects that will ensure the smooth flow of products for a generation to come.


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Launched in 2005 and cochaired by the leadership of the River 1 is the first development planned for Milwaukee’s Harbor District. Komatsu is also planning a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in the area.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, the Greater Milwaukee Committee and the City of Milwaukee, the seven-county regional partnership is funded by more than 100 private - and public-sector investors. The Milwaukee 7 has achieved 96 wins, resulting in more than 33,000 jobs, $1.8 billion in direct payroll and $12 billion in capital investment.


M7 has also leveraged millions of dollars in federal funds, state assistance and municipal investments for business projects that make the Milwaukee Region stronger. The M7 staff and their counterparts in local economic development organizations regularly visit companies to discuss challenges and expansion opportunities. M7 mmac.org

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Your Chamber aggressive advocacy to improve the business climate and its focused effort to market the region to prospective investors.

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which is being built south of Milwaukee. It is the largest corporate attraction project in U.S. history when measured by the 13,000 jobs it is expected to create, and the first LCD screen manufacturing facility in America. But as large as Foxconn is, it represents only one of the more than two dozen corporate attraction projects that are revitalizing the region thanks to M7’s

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reating a robust innovation ecosystem is one of the core strategies of the Milwaukee 7 (M7) economic development partnership. Its most successful accomplishment to date is Foxconn Technology Group’s world-class manufacturing complex,

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Investors Businesses and organizations investing in the third campaign (2016-2020) of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Development Partnership (Current as of December 1, 2018)

$1 Million+ WEC Energy Group

$500,000+ Bradley Foundation

JPMorgan Chase

U.S. Economic Development Administration

City of Milwaukee

Northwestern Mutual

WI Economic Development Corp.

$300,000+ BMO Harris

$200,000+ Bucyrus International (Foundation)

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$100,000+ A. O. Smith Corporation Aurora Health Care Beer Capitol Distributing Co. The Boldt Company Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Eppstein Uhen Architects FIS Global Foley & Lardner Froedtert Health

Kenall Manufacturing Komatsu Mining Mandel Group ManpowerGroup Marquette University MillerCoors

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District QPS Employment Group Robert W. Baird & Co. Rockwell Automation UW-Milwaukee

Deloitte & Touche USA Ernst & Young Godfrey & Kahn Johnson Bank

Milwaukee County PNC Bank Quarles & Brady Racine County

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren Trane Building Advantage Waukesha County Wells Fargo

Master Lock Mawicke & Goisman Metal-Era MGIC Investment City of Oak Creek Ozaukee County

Park Bank PAX Holdings Group PricewaterhouseCoopers SEEK Careers/Staffing Spancrete Strang Inc.

von Briesen & Roper Waukesha Metal Products West Bend Mutual Insurance

Employ Milwaukee Gateway Technical College GRAEF Patrick Horne/Northwestern Mutual Inland Companies Masterson Co. Milwaukee Area Technical College

Miron Construction National Exchange Bank & Trust Phoenix Investors PS Capital Partners Shorewest Realtors Stantec Strattec Security Syslogic The Business Council

Trefoil Group Trostel Waukesha County Technical College Wenthe-Davidson Wixon Zimmerman Architectural Studios

$50,000+ ABB Associated Banc-Corp. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Charter Manufacturing Consolidated Construction

$25,000+ Allen Edmonds American Transmission Co. Building Service Inc. Cotter Consulting GenMet KPMG

<$25,000 Addison Clifton Alpha Investment Consulting American Design AT&T Wisconsin Catholic Financial Life CliftonLarsonAllen CORE Consulting Creative Business Interiors Eagle Enterprises

For information on investing, contact Jim Wall at jwall@mke7.com

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The Milwaukee Region is a recognized center of innovation and advanced manufacturing. Several industries stand out for the number of firms and concentration of talent. M7 supports these clusters and their network organizations:

The Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), a collaborative focused on conducting transformative energy research m-werc.org FaB Wisconsin, a network for food, beverage, ingredient, equipment and packaging makers fabwisconsin.com

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The Water Council, which aligns the research community with water-related industries thewatercouncil.com The Next Generation Manufacturing Council, which addresses issues related to workforce, exports, supply chains and productivity

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M7 connects new and growing companies to the resources they need to take their businesses to the next level, including the M7 Venture Fund, which provides grants, loans and equity to emerging companies and high-growth start-ups. M7 also connects companies to resources available through the region’s industry cluster accelerators and support organizations.


M7 markets the region to companies looking to expand operations or relocate – from across the state line to around the globe. It provides tools and project management to guide companies from their first visit through the opening of their new plant or office. M7 has closed deals and attracted foreign investment from companies in Taiwan, China, India, Great Britain, Spain, Italy and Germany.


The M7 Talent Partnership aligns talent resources with high-growth industry clusters to develop a stronger, more agile workforce. It helps companies expanding or relocating to the area navigate the agencies, staffing companies and college connections best suited to their businesses. Its Grow Here campaign facilitates careerbased learning experiences, connecting businesses, students, educators and organizations through a web platform.

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M7 works in collaboration with the MMAC’s World Trade Association and the Brookings Institution’s Global Cities Initiative to combine export and foreign direct investment strategies into a single, coordinated plan – the Global MKE Trade and Investment Plan. Its Export Grant Program, which is funded through JPMorgan Chase, helps companies start and expand their export programs.

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COSBE brings together groups of CEOs, CFOs, senior executives and sales managers to share best practices and solve common business challenges in a con�dential setting. Nearly 500 individuals participate in this program. mmac.org/roundtables. html


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Your Chamber

Member Engagement




Future 50 Awards Luncheon

"The MMAC is doing a good job of leading the charge on important issues to move the area forward." - MARK SOBCZAK, CPA Partner-In-Charge Milwaukee Market at SIKICH LLP

Madison Night in Milwaukee

"We are pleased to support MMAC. I especially use it for networking, research and partnership on public policy issues." - James Villa CEO of NAIOP Wisconsin


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Business Afer Hours series

"Last night was a great turnout and a great opportunity to meet a lot of people and network. This was my first MMAC event and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to many more." - Tish Tuzes National Sales Manager at Trans International

"We are here as much to support the MMAC as we look for the MMAC to support us."

Advertising & M7 investing Jim Wall • 414/287-4119 jwall@mke7.com

- Ed Paradowski President of Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation

Business education tours/Future 50 Alexis Deblitz • 414/287-4131 adeblitz@mmac.org

Key MMAC Contacts

Your Chamber

Communications Chris Jenkins • 414/287-4152 cjenkins@mmac.org Directory advertising Maribeth Delforge • 262/796-0224 mbdelforge@discovermilwaukee.com

TBC's Strategic Partnership Luncheon

"As a young growing firm, we need as much contact with other companies as we can get on the budget we have. We've enjoyed several functions put on by MMAC and will continue to increase our activity."

Events & sponsorships Karen Powell • 414/287-4166 kpowell@mmac.org Executive Roundtables Whitney Maus • 414/287-4130 wmaus@mmac.org Export development Chad Ho�man • 414/287-4156 cho�man@mke7.com Federal, state & local government Steve Baas Andrew Davis 414/287-4138 414/287-4141 sbaas@mmac.org adavis@mmac.org Food & beverage industry Shelley Jurewicz • 414/287-4143 sjurewicz@fabwisconsin.com International trade Katie Henry • 414/287-4123 khenry@mmac.org

- Allen Bowe Senior Vice President at Herus Group

Lead generation groups & member engagement Jen Sturchio • 414/287-4165 jsturchio@mmac.org

"Our experience with the MMAC has been awesome. I’m in a great COSBE Roundtable, and we are in a solid MMAC Networking Forum." - Christian Kerhin CEO of Attivo Technologies

Membership Jane Backes Barb Smith 414/287-4114 414/287-4173 bsmith@mmac.org jbackes@mmac.org Small business Stephanie Hall • 414/287-4124 shall@mmac.org Talent industry partnerships Susan Koehn • 414/287-4136 skoehn@mke7.com

Business Resources

FaB Wisconsin Annual Meeting

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- Sarit Singhal President/CEO, Superior Support Resources, Inc.

Ethnically diverse businesses Marjorie Rucker • 414/287-4172 mrucker@mmac.org

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"My CEO Roundtable group is truly a board of advisors and it's a group of friends."

Economic trends & research Bret Mayborne • 414/287-4122 bmayborne@mmac.org

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Milwaukee Night in Washington D.C.

Websites Carrie Gossett • 414/287-4157 cgossett@mmac.org Young professionals Corry Joe Biddle • 414/287-4137 cbiddle@mmac.org mmac.org


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Industry Clusters Major Employers ● Business Alliances ● Start Ups ●

Export Assistance World Trade Association

Market Overview Health & Wellness ● Medical Plans ● Health Systems ● ●


Center of Commerce


outheastern Wisconsin is an innovation powerhouse that is helping to set the standards in finance, automation, medical imaging, software, green technology and advanced manufacturing. The seven-county region flourishes with more than 48,000 businesses and a gross economic product of more than $100 billion that is provided by a healthy balance of long-time manufacturing icons thriving alongside next-generation firms and companies. The metro area is home to 13 Fortune 1000 companies, which is high for a region its size.


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From the western shores of Lake Michigan to the rolling hills of Waukesha and Washington counties, inventors, entrepreneurs, established businesses and civic leaders continue to strengthen a region known for its global manufacturers, forward-focused technology firms, innovative service businesses and strong financial institutions.


There are many reasons the Milwaukee

Region is an excellent place to do business: its location in the heart of the nation’s industrial Midwest, its access to the abundant waters of Lake Michigan, and its ample supply of skilled workers, to name a few. But there are other reasons why multinational companies call the region home, why entrepreneurs choose Milwaukee to set up shop, and why Forbes magazine has ranked Milwaukee one of the top 10 communities for young professionals. Milwaukee’s comparatively easy lifestyle, including parking availability, low living costs and relatively easy access to the city’s power brokers and other “people in the know,” helps to attract young professionals


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Foxconn’s manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant is expected to employ up to 13,000 people.

Manufacturers Milwaukee-area manufacturers with at least 1,300 local employees/MMAC Members in Bold COMPANY

Briggs & Stratton Corp.

12301 W. Wirth St. Wauwatosa / www.briggsandstratton.com


DESCRIPTION World’s largest manufacturer of air-cooled engines for lawn & garden and other outdoor power equipment

CNH Industrial


A world-leading producer of industrial equipment and commercial vehicles, including agricultural equipment, construction machinery, trucks, buses, specialty vehicles and powertrains

Eaton Power Systems Division


Line installation protective equipment, transformers

GE Healthcare


Provides transformational medical technologies and services – from imaging, software and IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement

Generac Holdings Inc.


Standby and portable power generation equipment

Harley-Davidson, Inc.


Motorcycles and related products and services

Johnson Controls International


Global multi-industrial with core businesses in the building and energy storage industries






Leading marketing solutions provider leveraging strong print foundation as part of an integrated platform that helps marketers improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their marketing spend

Rexnord Corp.


Engineered power transmission and aerospace components and water management solutions

Rockwell Automation, Inc.


Power, control and information technologies and services used by manufacturers around the world

SC Johnson


Global manufacturer of household cleaning products and products for home storage, personal care and pest control

700 State St. Racine / www.cnhindustrial.com

2300 Badger Dr. Waukesha / www.eaton.com

3000 N. Grandview Blvd. Waukesha / www.gehealthcare.com

S45 W29290 Hwy. 59 Waukesha / www.generac.com 3700 W. Juneau Ave. Milwaukee / www.harley-davidson.com

5757 N. Green Bay Ave. Glendale / www.johnsoncontrols.com 3939 W. Highland Blvd. Milwaukee / www.millercoors.com N61 W23044 Harry’s Way Sussex / www.qg.com

247 Freshwater Way Milwaukee / www.rexnord.com 1201 S. Second St. Milwaukee / www.rockwellautomation.com 1525 Howe St. Racine / www.scjohnson.com



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and keep them in the area. It’s a big city that’s easy to get around. It has one of the lowest commute times of major urban areas and is considered one of the more walkable cities in the country. A brand-new street car system shuttles people around the downtown’s business and entertainment districts while Bublr bikes provide an easy way to get around on rented bikes. Milwaukee is also a caring community with a Midwestern sensibility that makes people feel at home. Its residents are generous with their time and money, helping to fund a robust art community and making sure social service organizations have the resources they need to serve the less advantaged. The region also is home to companies that care for and invest in their employees. That’s one of the primary reasons Milwaukee has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of best companies to work for per capita, according to the Great Places to Work Institute.


Although many people consider Milwaukee the historic beer capital of America, its breweries today employ less than 1 percent of Milwaukee’s workforce. In fact, no segment of the area’s manufacturing industry employs more than 5 percent of the metropolitan labor force. Within the manufacturing sector, the emphasis has shifted to advanced industries focused on industrial equipment, medical imaging, consumer products and green technologies. The region is increasingly known for diagnostic equipment, electric car batteries and wind turbine equipment. In addition to the many “brand-name” manufacturers that call Milwaukee home, the region is home to hundreds of smaller manufacturers that provide quality products for customers around the world and create a valued supply chain that builds a solid foundation for business.


Manufacturing remains a very important engine for the region’s economy. Fifteen percent of the workforce is employed by manufacturers, well above the 9 percent average nationally. The region is home to many well-known manufacturers, including: ●

Briggs & Stratton


CNH America

GE Healthcare


Johnson Controls

Master Lock

Miller Coors



Rockwell Automation

SC Johnson


Two locally based industrial companies are on the Fortune 500 list: Harley-Davidson and Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee). Three other industrial companies based in

has several Wisconsin facilities located in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Waukesha and Madison. The region is also home to Rockwell Automation and Johnson Controls, global leaders in industrial and building control systems; Actuant, which manufactures hydraulic, electromechanical and electronic motion-control systems; A.O. Smith, which produces water heaters; Brady Corp., which markets labeling and identification systems worldwide; Briggs & Stratton, a leading

small-engine manufacturer; HarleyDavidson, the legendary motorcycle manufacturer; MillerCoors, a leading brewer; Modine Manufacturing, a global leader in thermal management; Quad/Graphics, an integrated marketing company that is also among the world’s largest printing companies; and Rexnord, which manufactures power, control and information technologies. The Milwaukee 7 regional economic collaborative launched a Next Generation


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Rockwell Automation’s leadership in industrial controls puts it at the forefront in developing the Internet of Things network that will improve communication and efficiency.

the region have revenues greater than $3 billion: Quad/Graphics (Sussex), SC Johnson (Racine) and Snap-On (Kenosha).

Business Resources

Southeastern Wisconsin participates in the federal government’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP), which recognizes the Milwaukee area’s strength as a manufacturing center. The region leads the nation in the production of industrial controls, steel foundry parts, engines and mining machinery. It also leads the nation in the production of medical diagnostic equipment, thanks to GE Healthcare, which mmac.org


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Manufacturing Council to support these manufacturers and pave the way for tomorrow’s technology. It has identified seven lead projects that could build bridges to the economy of tomorrow, including: ●

Mid-West Energy Research Consortium Energy Innovation Center

● ●

FaB Wisconsin Manufacturing Accelerator Milwaukee 7’s Regional Export Initiative Century City Manufacturing Training Center Water Council Accelerator

Service Firms

Milwaukee-area service firms with at least 3,000 local employees/MMAC Members in Bold



Ascension Wisconsin

Regional, not-for-profit health care system

AT&T Wisconsin


Communication and entertainment services, including local and long-distance telephone service, data transport, highspeed Internet access, video, data transmission capabilities and paging

400 W. River Woods Pkwy. Glendale / www.ascension.org/wisconsin 722 N. Broadway Milwaukee / www.att.com

Advocate Aurora Health

27,600 750 W. Virginia St. Milwaukee / www.advocateaurorahealth.org

Regional, not-for-profit integrated health care system serving eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois

BMO Harris Bank


Financial services company

Children’s Hospital of WI


Not-for-profit pediatric health system

Froedtert Health


Regional, not-for-profit health care system and academic medical center serving eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois

Goodwill Industries of SE WI


Training, employment and supportive services for people with disabilities

770 N. Water St. Milwaukee / www.bmoharris.com

9000 W. Wisconsin Ave. Wauwatosa / www.chw.org

9200 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee / www.froedtert.com 5400 S. 60th St. Greendale / www.amazinggoodwill.com

Kohl’s Department Stores


Family-oriented, specialty department stores

The Marcus Corp.


Operates hotels, resorts and movie theaters

Medical College of Wisconsin


Private medical school, research institution and multispecialty medical, pharmacy and graduate school of biomedical sciences

Northwestern Mutual


720 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee / www.northwesternmutual.com

Insurance, investment products and advisory services that address client needs for financial protection, capital accumulation, and estate preservation and distribution

ProHealth Care


Integrated regional, not-for-profit health care system

U.S. Bank


Financial services company

WEC Energy Group Inc.


Electric, natural gas and steam utility

N56 W17000 Ridgewood Dr. Menomonee Falls / www.kohls.com

100 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee / www.marcuscorp.com

8701 W. Watertown Plank Rd. Wauwatosa / www.mcw.edu

N17 W24100 Riverwood Dr. Waukesha / www.prohealthcare.org

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee / www.usbank.com

231 W. Michigan St. Milwaukee / www.wecenergygroup.com




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Century City/30th Street Corridor Infrastructure Development Racine’s Machinery Row


The service sector has been the fastestgrowing segment of the regional economy. Service-providing jobs account for more than 80 percent of all nonfarm jobs in southeastern Wisconsin. Health care and social assistance, retail trade, hospitality and food services, and finance/insurance are among the largest service-sector segments in the region. Five Milwaukee-area service companies are ranked as Fortune 500 companies: ManpowerGroup, Northwestern Mutual, and WEC Energy Group (Milwaukee), Kohl’s Corp. (Menomonee Falls) and Fiserv (Brookfield). ManpowerGroup is the third-largest staffing firm in the world, serving more than 440,000 clients worldwide. Northwestern Mutual is the nation’s leading provider of individual life insurance and a financial services firm that manages $265 billion in assets. Kohl’s is among the nation’s leading retailers with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states. Fiserv is one of the nation’s largest data processing firms, serving more than 20,000 clients in 130 countries. Milwaukee is also home to the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corp. (MGIC), which is the nation’s leading provider of private mortgage insurance. Several national financial institutions have a major presence in the Milwaukee Region, including Bank of America, BMO Harris, JPMorgan Chase, US Bank and Wells Fargo. The region is home to significant operations for several large state and regional banks, including Associated Bank, The Equitable Bank, Johnson Financial Group, Landmark Credit Union, PNC Bank and Tri-City National Bank. Health care is a major service employer. Southeastern Wisconsin is home to major operations for two of the nation’s largest integrated healthcare systems – Advocate Aurora Health and Ascension. Advocate Aurora Health has 10 hospitals in the region. Ascension Wisconsin operates nine hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin. The region’s other major health care providers are Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, which operates three hospitals, an ProHealth Care, which operates two hospitals and more than a dozen clinics in Waukesha County.


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Milwaukee has been a center of commerce since the Potawatomi Indians first settled along the shores of the Menomonee River and Lake Michigan hundreds of years ago. It was a leading Great Lakes port in the 1800s, the “Beer Capital of the World” and the “Toolbox of America” in the 1900s, and is now a global center for advanced manufacturing, electronic commerce, financial services, food and beverage producers, printing and green technologies.


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Instead of producing the farm machinery and industrial equipment that powered America’s economic engine in the 20th Century, the region’s research facilities and manufacturing plants are now paving the way for new medical technologies, batterypowered cars and alternative power solutions. With the addition of Foxconn’s advanced LCD production facility and resulting spin-off industries, southeastern Wisconsin will maintain its reputation for innovation well into the 21st Century. Similar innovation is occurring in the service

sector. Southeastern Wisconsin is a leader in the development of financial services, logistics software and health care integration.


Business, educational and civic leaders are committed to realizing the area’s high-tech potential through the development of technology-focused business incubators; educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and math; the establishment of targeted venture capital funds; and regional economic development initiatives, including the Milwaukee 7. The region also benefits from a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem with organizations devoted to helping start-ups, including BizStarts, MiKE, Gener8tor, and Scale Up Milwaukee, which recently launched SPARC, a growth-training program designed for businesses with revenue between $100,000 and $1 million. Two prominent organizations – Advocate Aurora Health and Northwestern Mutual – have also created venture capital funds to invest in local start-ups.

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MilwaukeeProspector.com Industrial, Retail & Office Space in this demanding business climate isn’t easy. But at QPS, we’ve never been one to shy away from hard work. Light Industrial to Skilled Professional, we take pride in going the extra mile to match the right candidate with the right job. It’s one more reason why companies are so passionate about partnering with QPS.

Milwaukee 7’s interactive site locator – milwaukeeprospector.com – simplifies finding the optimal industrial, office or retail location with powerful search functions, demographic analyses, industry reports and dynamic mapping tools. Users can query buildings, sites or existing businesses to compare population density, living costs, labor force characteristics and other demographics. Sale and lease properties are continually updated with cost information, photographs, maps, site descriptions and links to websites and marketing materials. Information can be exported to a PDF file for digital storage.


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The Milwaukee Region, ranked as an upand-coming tech city by Forbes magazine, features a solid, high-tech base. Milwaukee is a leader in medical diagnostic instruments, industrial robots, automation controls, electronic controls, software development, power distribution, water technologies, supply chain and just-in-time distribution. It is on the forward edge of research into the development of the Internet of Things, battery technology for electric cars, and advanced medical imaging. With the arrival of Foxconn, it will also be the U.S. epicenter for new LCD technologies.


TECHNOLOGY/ JOBS  FOR  THE FUTURE The Milwaukee Region has become a magnet for software engineers and development firms because of its high quality of life, affordable housing and advanced educational offerings. It employs more than 75,000 technology workers and expects to add at least another 30,000 jobs within the next few years. One reason is an extensive support network that includes: ●

The Technology Innovation Center, one of the largest hightech incubators in the country

Local research universities that are collaborating to increase funded research for technology transfer, business starts and patents

Wisconsin’s Center for Technology Commercialization, which provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses

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These efforts – combined with the city’s entrepreneurial spirit – have placed Milwaukee among the 30 cities as a hub for startups.

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care quality and research. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has consistently ranked Wisconsin among the top states for the quality of medical care delivered (including first in 2017). Medical College of Wisconsin scientists lead biomedical and population health advancements through laboratory research, clinical trials and community-engaged research. Its faculty researchers conduct 2,000 studies annually with more than $144 million in government and private funding.

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The Milwaukee Region is home to several internationally recognized medical technology and biotech firms. GE Healthcare, a global leader in medical imaging and information technologies, patient monitoring systems and health care services, employs nearly 6,000 people at multiple facilities in the region. In addition to GE Healthcare, southeastern Wisconsin is a base for several medical technology firms, including Vesta, which manufactures medical devices; Mortara Instrument, which is now part of Welch Allyn Cardiology; Criticare Technologies, which manufactures medical monitoring equipment; Alcami Corp., which develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals and pharma intermediates; and Bradshaw Medical, a manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery instruments. The Milwaukee Region is also becoming a center for medical software development. GE Healthcare has committed more than $3 million to UW-Milwaukee to help create a cluster of medical imaging software developers and researchers.


During the past 15 years, Milwaukee has evolved into a major center for electronic commerce. Two of the world’s largest data processing firms have significant operations in southeastern Wisconsin. Brookfieldbased Fiserv is a leading data processing provider for financial institutions serving more than 10,000 financial institutions in more than 90 countries. FIS, the world’s largest technology solution provider,

Focusing on Fresh Water’s Future Given its location on the greatest concentration of fresh water in the world, Milwaukee is the perfect location for research into preserving this important resource. The Water Council, headquartered in the Global Water Center near Downtown Milwaukee, drives economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. With more than 180 members, The Water Council (thewatercouncil.com) provides a number of water-related services and programs, including: ● Alliance

for Water Stewardship North America: Develops world-class water stewards and enhances the sustainability of freshwater resources through the International Water Stewardship Standard

Accelerator: A world-class seed accelerator focused on innovation-driven start-ups solving global water challenges

● Global

Water Center: State-of-the-art water business incubator and research facility; cornerstone of Milwaukee’s $212 million Water Technology District

● Oasis

Coworking Community: Landing pad for global water companies entering North America and U.S. businesses looking to launch, grow and discover new opportunities

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Program: Provides support, services, site selection and funding to help develop and validate new, cutting-edge products from prototype to small-scale production and manufacturing

POWERING MILWAUKEE, POWERING THE WORLD. Every day, all over the world, people count on Briggs & Stratton to get work done. From rice fields to playing fields, from front yards to back roads, our diverse portfolio of brands and products help people make their lawns and homes look beautiful, provide security and peace of mind to families and businesses during a power outage, and light up the night on oil fields and job sites.

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As we have expanded into new markets, products and technologies, one thing has stayed consistent since 1908: we call Milwaukee home and are proud to be part of the community.

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HEADQUARTERS Major Companies Based in the Milwaukee Region

Public Companies


EMPLOYEES Local Global


Johnson Controls International

$30.2 billion




$21.0 billion



Global workforce solutions company

Kohlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corp.

$19.1 billion



Specialty department stores selling apparel, shoes, accessories and home products

WEC Energy Group Inc.

$7.7 billion



Rockwell Automation Inc.

$6.3 billion



Harley-Davidson Inc.

$5.7 billion



Fiserv Inc.

$5.7 billion



Financial services technology

Quad/Graphics Inc.

$4.1 billion



Leading marketing solutions provider leveraging strong print foundation as part of a much larger, robust integrated marketing services platform

Snap-on Inc.

$4.0 billion



Manufacturer and marketer of tool, diagnostic and equipment products

Insurance, investment and advisory products

5757 N. Green Bay Avenue, Glendale www.johnsoncontrols.com 100 Manpower Place, Milwaukee www.manpowergroup.com N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls www.kohls.com 231 W. Michigan Street, Milwaukee www.wecenergygroup.com 1201 S. Second Street, Milwaukee www.rockwellautomation.com 3700 W. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee www.harley-davidson.com 255 Fiserv Drive, Brookfield www.fiserv.com N61 W23044 Harryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Way, Sussex www.qg.com 2801 80th Street, Kenosha www.snapon.com

Global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the building and energy storage industries

Electric, natural gas and steam utility

Industrial automation, power control and information services Heavyweight motorcycles, parts and accessories; riding and fashion apparel

Private Companies Northwestern Mutual

$28.1 billion



SC Johnson & Son Inc.

$10.0 billion



Milwaukee Tool

$3.0 billion



Froedtert Health

$2.4 billion



Robert W. Baird & Co.

$1.5 billion



International wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm

West Bend Mutual Insurance Co.

$1.1 billion



Provider of property and casualty insurance

Charter Manufacturing Co. Inc.

$1.1 billion



Iron and steel making, rolling, processing, forming and distribution facilities

720 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee www.northwesternmutual.com 1525 Howe Street, Racine www.scjohnson.com 13135 W. Lisbon Road, Brookfield www.milwaukeetool.com 9200 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee www.froedtert.com 777 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee www.rwbaird.com 1900 S. 18th Avenue, West Bend www.thesilverlining.com

12121 Corporate Parkway, Mequon www.chartermfg.com


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Manufacturer of house cleaning and home products Manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools, accessories and hand tools Regional health care provider

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employs more than 3,000 people in the region. US Bancorp Fund Services and JPMorgan Chase also have significant data processing operations.

Law Firms

Milwaukee-area law firms with at least 35 local attorneys/MMAC Members in Bold



Davis & Kuelthau, S.C.



Business and corporate law, labor and employment, commercial litigation, real estate, mediation and arbitration, intellectual property, commercial finance, trusts and estate planning, employee benefits, healthcare, non-profit, tax, food and beverage, construction, environmental, immigration law, advanced manufacturing

Foley & Lardner LLP



Business law, transactional and securities, public finance, labor and employment, manufacturing, real estate, environmental, tax, estate planning, employee benefits, intellectual property, insurance and reinsurance, health care, sports law, energy, food and beverage, and litigation in the areas of antitrust, securities, product distribution and product liability, IP, employment, and environmental litigation

111 E. Kilbourn Ave., Suite 1400 Milwaukee / www.dkattorneys.com

777 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee / www.foley.com

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.



Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, banking, securities, litigation, real estate, health care, estate planning, intellectual property, bankruptcy, environmental/energy, tax, labor and employment, and technology

Husch Blackwell LLP



A business and litigation law firm, delivers solutions across major industries, including energy and natural resources; financial services and capital markets; food and agribusiness; health care; life sciences and education; real estate; development and construction; and technology, manufacturing and transportation

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP



Banking and financial services; corporate and transactional; energy law; environmental and natural resources; government relations and public policy; intellectual property; labor and employment relations; litigation; privacy and data security; real estate; regulatory and tax

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.



Litigation, business law, banking/creditors’ rights, tax/succession planning, employment law, real estate

Quarles & Brady LLP



Significant practice areas include business law, mergers and acquisitions, securities, commercial litigation, energy law, intellectual property, real estate and land use, labor and employment, health law, trusts and estates, public finance, product liability, environmental law, tax, franchise, employee benefits, immigration, bankruptcy, and data privacy and security

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.



Business and corporate, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate, health care, tax, banking, employee benefits, intellectual property, labor and employment, trusts and estate planning, international, product distribution and franchise, bankruptcy, government relations, tax-exempt organizations, manufacturing, food and beverage, cyber security, immigration law

833 E. Michigan St., Suite 1800 Milwaukee / www.gklaw.com

555 E. Wells St., Suite 1900 Milwaukee / www.huschblackwell.com

100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 3300 Milwaukee / www.michaelbest.com

111 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1400 Milwaukee / www.wilaw.com 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2400 Milwaukee / www.quarles.com

1000 N. Water St., Suite 1700 Milwaukee / www.reinhartlaw.com

von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1000 Milwaukee / www.vonbriesen.com


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Corporate, health, litigation and risk management, banking, construction, employee benefits, government, finance, public finance, nonprofit, trusts and estates, labor, real estate, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions

The Milwaukee Region is known for its strong supply-chain services. Several large software firms specializing in logistics, including Dematic Corporation, have operations here. It is also home to other specialty technology firms, including Astronautics Corp. of America, an international provider of flight-critical software and instruments; Penta Technologies, developer of enterprise solution software; Connecture Inc., a health insurance software provider; and Zywave, a leading developer of software for financial planners and insurance brokers.


Wisconsin is home to nearly 1,200 food and beverage manufacturers, ranking fifth in the nation and employing more than 67,000 people. One out of nine jobs in the state are related to food – from farm to factory to fork. The state ranks first nationally in cheese, second in sausage and third in beer production. Southeastern Wisconsin accounts for the largest concentration of food and beverage manufacturers in the state with more than 250 companies employing nearly 15,000 people. The region’s legacy brands include: Gardetto’s, Gehl’s, Johnsonville, Klement’s, Leinenkugel’s, MillerCoors, Pabst, Palermo’s, Patrick Cudahy, Sargento and Usinger’s. Global brands with operations here include: Birds Eye, Campbell’s, Cargill, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Nestlé, Pepsi and Smithfield. And foreign direct investment includes: Chr. Hansen, Kerry, Kikkoman, Seda, Lesaffre/Red Star Yeast, Malteurop, Nature’s Path, Purato’s, and the recent attraction of Haribo. Southeastern Wisconsin also boasts the nation’s top ranking in food packaging and equipment manufacturing, as it is home to Germanbased Krones and KHS.


Southeastern Wisconsin has become a nationally recognized hub for green technologies. Johnson Controls is significantly expanding its research into next-generation batteries and energyefficient buildings. The Water Council is strengthening the infrastructure needed to

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Rockwell Automation is actively involved in the development of the Internet of Things, which will increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption by improving communication between equipment and companies. Ingeteam, a Spanish-based manufacturer of alternative energy equipment, has a major facility in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. The Milwaukee-based Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is working to make the United States energy independent using innovative solutions to energy-related activities, including generation, transmission and distribution. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and several of the region’s private-sector employers are working together to develop microgrid technologies that will be able to store renewable energy. Milwaukee is home to several companies focused on increasing the efficiency of autos, trucks and other types of transportation. Modine is an international pioneer in thermal management technologies. Actuant has entered the market for power inverters, which are key to using the power generated by wind turbines and solar panels.

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Eaton Cooper Power Systems, which produces integrated, smart-grid technologies, recently expanded its South Milwaukee facility to meet the demand for the technology.


Tens of thousands of people are employed in creative enterprises in the metropolitan region. Companies in the region employ more creatives as a percentage of total population than the national average. Two initiatives - MiKE, or Innovation in Milwaukee - and the Creative Alliance Milwaukee are working to grow the local creative industry. Quad/Graphics, based in suburban Sussex, is one of the largest printing companies in the world, as well as a fully integrated marketer that produces magazines, special interest publications, journals, catalogs, localized retail inserts, direct mail pieces, instore signage and high-end packaging.


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Other major printers include Arandell Corp., which produces direct-mail catalogs and demographically targeted marketing products, and Serigraph, which specializes in industrial and point-of-purchase printing.


Southeast Wisconsin is at the center of the Midwest’s energy, power and controls cluster. The Milwaukee-based Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is a technology consortium focused on the generation, storage, distribution, control and management of energy and power. It includes many global leaders located in the region, including Rockwell Automation, DRS, Briggs & Stratton and Johnson Controls. MWERC combines industry and the power of leading research universities and technical colleges to provide consulting and workforce development.

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The state’s largest daily newspaper is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which is owned by Gannett. The region is served by two primary business publications, the weekly Milwaukee Business Journal and the bi-weekly BizTimes. RDA Milwaukee produces several national publications, including Taste of Home, the world’s largest food magazine. Other major publishers The consortium is developing a $9.6 million Energy include Kalmbach Publishing Co., which publishes Model Railroader, Astronomy and Innovation Center that will house start-ups, industry other hobby magazines; and Trade Press associations, researchers and government energy initiatives Media Group, which publishes trade to provide support for companies. m-werc.org publications for railroad transportation DRS-MMACAd2019_Layout 1 11/8/18and 3:39 PM Page 1 facility management.

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The seven-county region is served by six daily newspapers, more than two dozen weekly newspapers, several magazines, 13 broadcast television stations (including two public television affiliates) and more than 40 radio stations.


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WORKFORCE BY TYPE OF INDUSTRY Construction, Mining & Natural Resources 4%

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Milwaukee is ideally located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, 90 miles north of Chicago, the third-largest urban area in the nation. The region is served by three major interstate highways, an international airport, and an extensive rail network that includes both freight and passenger trains.

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CORPORATE EXPANSION & ATTRACTION EXPANSION ATTRACTION •CORPORATE Increase the number of& state Enterprise Zones – a program • that supports job creation, job retention and capital Increase the number of state Enterprise Zones – a program that supports job creation, job retention and capital investment, by providing companies with refundable tax investment, by providing companies with refundable tax credits credits the MMAC’s Regional Center for EB-5 Capital • Expand • investment Expand the to MMAC’s Center for counties EB-5 Capital includeRegional four Chicago area and one investment to include four Chicago area counties and one Indiana county. Indiana county. • Ensure continued effectiveness of the Wisconsin Economic • Development Ensure continued e�ectiveness of the Wisconsin Economic Corporation Development Corporation GLOBAL BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT •GLOBAL Continue to provide funding through the JP Morgan Chase • Export Continue to provide throughfor the JP Morgannew Chase Development funding Grant Program companies to Export Development Grant Program for companies new to export or expanding their export markets. export or expanding their export markets. • Engage companies with exporting potential through the • World Engage companies with exporting potential through the Trade Association’s Export Assessment. World Trade Association’s Export Assessment. • Continue participation in Brookings Global Cities Initiative to • help Continue participation in Brookings Initiative the Milwaukee Region develop aGlobal globalCities identity based to on help the Milwaukee Region develop a global identity based on its unique assets. its unique assets.

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MAC works closely with the Milwaukee 7 and World Trade Association (WTA) to promote the region internationally. Recruiting efforts in Europe have led to several companies locating U.S. operations in southeastern Wisconsin, including Foxconn from Taiwan; Haribo, Thomas Magnete and PTF Pfӥller from Germany; Ingeteam, Inesa and Sic Lazaro from Spain; and Seda International Packaging from Italy. The Milwaukee 7 team has recently visited companies in Dubai, Turkey, Brazil and China. Foreign-owned firms employ 30,000 workers in the metropolitan area.

The World Trade Association’s annual International Trade Conference is Wisconsin’s premier event for import and export assistance.


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The Great Lakes play an important role in international trade, providing global access through Lake Michigan, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the inland river system. Milwaukee is one of the few Great Lakes ports open to navigation year-round and is at the center of two



Exports account for $15 billion of the region’s gross domestic product (GDP) and have been the fastest-growing segment of the regional GDP over the past decade. Wisconsin companies exported $22.3 billion in goods and services in 2017. The top export categories were technology and precision goods. Industrial machinery, electrical machinery and scientific/medical instruments accounted for more than half of the state’s exports. Canada is Wisconsin’s largest trading partner, accounting for onethird of the state’s exports. Other major trade destinations include Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia and Japan.


Southeastern Wisconsin is one of 28 communities participating in the Global

Cities Exports Initiative, a joint project between the Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase to promote global trade and foreign direct investment. The Milwaukee 7, in partnership with the MMAC, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., and The Water Council, joined 10 other metro regions for a multi-year project to develop a strategic approach that is designed to help metropolitan leaders make international relation decisions based on their regional economic agendas. The Global Cities Export Initiative led to the creation of the Export Development Grant Program presented by JPMorgan Chase. The program provides up to $5,000 in financial assistance to small and medium-size enterprises regardless of export experience, so that they can enter new markets by accessing resources, overcoming obstacles and seizing on opportunities. The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including attending foreign trade shows, attaining product certifications, securing international IP protection, translations and website updates. WTA members receive a complimentary export assessment to help them identify available resources.

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The Port of Milwaukee handles more than 2 million net tons yearly with a lifting capacity of more than 187 tons direct from vessel to rail, truck or barge. The port is served by two major railroads (Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific) and offers direct interstate access. The port is also grantee of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 41, which encourages international trade for local companies to remain competitive in a global marketplace. For more information on the FTZ, including a

directory of companies providing freight, export and import assistance, visit milwaukee.gov/port.

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initiatives to improve the movement of goods in the region. The MMAC and the World Trade Association are working with state officials and railroads to reopen the port’s intermodal services, which blend railroad and lake freighter shipping to streamline the movement of goods. Similarly, the stretch of water between the Port of Milwaukee and the Port of Muskegon in Michigan has been designated Lake Michigan’s first “marine highway,” a federal designation designed to increase the shipment of goods by water. These initiatives will provide a lower-cost, less-congested alternative for shipments that now go through Chicago.


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Program, presented by JPMorgan Chase, provides financial assistance of up to $5,000 to small and medium enterprises looking to enter international markets.

Because navigating the many trade resources and programs can be overwhelming, the WTA provides its members with a complimentary export assessment to help companies take advantage of export programs available at the local, state and federal levels. For programs that require professional advice, the WTA can provide recommendations to international law firms, consultants, accounting firms, banks and other institutions as needed. In addition, the WTA sponsors educational forums as well as frequent networking opportunities.

Launched in November 2015, the program has awarded 88 companies a total of $429,000. Forty-one of the companies have completed their projects, which resulted in $19.7 million in export sales growth. mke7.com/exporting


The MMAC worked with the federal government to establish a foreign investment development center that includes southeastern Wisconsin. The Immigrant Investor Visa Program offers


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Wisconsin's #1 Global Business network The MMAC's World Trade Association (WTA) links companies and individuals with common interests in exploring and expanding their global business experience. WTA members include manufacturers, distributors, service providers, schools and governments. The WTA's education forums cover an extensive range of topics including:

• Compliance issues • Legal & taxation issues • International finance • Import/export regulations • Cultural training • Emerging markets • Distributors, agents & joint ventures


For more than 50 years, the World Trade Association's annual Wisconsin International Trade Conference has been the largest event of its kind in the state. The day-long event includes multiple break-out sessions, the Governor's Export Awards and meetings with international resource experts.

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green cards to foreign investors and their families who invest a minimum of $1 million ($500,000 in targeted employment areas) to create at least 10 full-time jobs. For more information: choosemilwaukee.com/ investmentzone.html.


Southeastern Wisconsin is part of Foreign Trade Zone 41. Administered by the Port of Milwaukee, it helps companies manage costs by delaying or reducing duty payments on foreign merchandise. The zones can be formed at a company’s place of operations. For information: city.milwaukee.gov/port.


Access to the MMAC’s eCertify process allows companies to process certificates of origin from a desktop or laptop computer. It replaces the paper-based process for stamping and signing of trade documents into a streamlined electronic system that saves time and money while increasing compliance and productivity. For more information, contact Sharon Fleck, certification specialist, at the MMAC. Telephone: (414) 287-4170.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s primary economic development agency, provides access to trade representatives in 82 countries. Businesses new to exporting, accidental exporters and experienced exporters can acquire expertise and market information through WEDC’s in-country trade representatives or by joining WEDC on trade ventures that include personalized meeting schedules that address the company’s export objectives. In addition, WEDC has partnered with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership on ExporTech, an accelerator program that provides access to experts, individualized coaching and consulting support. Telephone: (608) 210-6838. wedc.org


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The Business of Health

Southeast Wisconsin businesses benefit from a health care market noted for quality, competition, efficiency and collaboration


Wisconsin ranks first in the nation in the quality of care provided to patients, according to the most recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). And it’s no fluke. Over the past several years, the state has consistently ranked in the top three states for quality nationwide.

INTEGRATED HEALTH SYSTEMS Four integrated health systems serve southeastern Wisconsin, providing coordinated care that improves efficiency.


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Milwaukee-area health care providers, research facilities and businesses, including GE Healthcare, lead the way in developing new protocols and technologies


Private-public partnerships promote transparency and collaboration. The Wisconsin Health Information Organization allows health care providers, health insurers and employer representatives to work together on payment reform by analyzing the cost of treating more than 3.7 million Wisconsin residents.

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innovative solutions that deliver high quality, cost-efficient health care services. As a result of these initiatives, the state consistently ranks among the top five states in the quality of health care services delivered.


Wisconsin businesses and organizations have been innovators in wellness, recognizing the link between medical costs and the health status of an employer group. Most Milwaukee-area employers with more than 20 employees have established wellness programs. Southeastern Wisconsin residents like to exercise — whether working out at health clubs, hiking and biking in public parks, or participating in a 5Krun or marathon.


outheast Wisconsin residents benefit from a health care market that is nationally known for quality, competition, efficiency and collaboration, and a business community committed to employee wellness. State agencies, trade organizations, health care systems, and purchasers work collaboratively to develop





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This focus on wellness is due in large measure to the efforts of the Wellness Council of Wisconsin, which is dedicated to helping employers design results-oriented wellness programs that maximize the health and productivity of their employees. Founded in 1985 by the Wisconsin business community, the association has 500 employer members representing more than 450,000 employees. Its Southeastern Well Workplace Wisconsin is University the only region helps participants develop a in the country practical framework for to have two building effective cities achieve worksite wellness the Well City programs by securing senior designation — level support using data Milwaukee and and to drive health efforts.


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Health clubs and organizations like the YMCA and Wisconsin Athletic Club also offer a complete range of corporate wellness services including classes and management of on-site fitness centers. The programs are tailored to meet the budget and address the needs of the individual employer. They can range from basic membership discounts and lunchand-learn seminars to safety training, onsite personal and group training, smoking cessation, stress management, fitness orientation, staff supervision, health fairs, fitness challenges and biometric-based health-risk assessments.

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THE WEALTH OF WELLNESS Workplace wellness, when done effectively, can reduce employee health care costs. A recent Rand study examined 10 years of data from a Fortune 100 employer’s wellness program. Most of the cost savings (86 percent) came from disease management initiatives for patients with asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic diseases. Providing educational classes, subsidizing health club memberships and furnishing the office with ergonomic furniture can be as important as investing in professional development. The benefits include: ●

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The federal government estimates that productivity losses caused by health problems and absenteeism cost U.S. employers almost $1,700 per employee per year.

As a result of the business community’s commitment to wellness, southeastern Wisconsin is the only region in the country to have two cities that have achieved Well City designation – Milwaukee, which received its designations in 2010 and 2015, and Racine, which received its designation in 2012. In order to achieve the designation, a significant number of businesses have to offer formal wellness programs that include biometric screenings, health-risk assessments and other requirements.


The Milwaukee Region is a natural for fitness and exercise. An extensive park system, miles of hiking and biking trails (many along the Lake Michigan shoreline) and several state parks make it easy to get outside and exercise. Dozens of 5K runs and bike rides make their way through downtown Milwaukee, including the Ride for the Arts, which raises money for the performing arts; Storm the Bastille run, which is held during the annual Bastille Days celebration; Briggs and


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Milwaukee is a leader in biomedical research in both academic settings and at the region’s many private-sector companies.

Al’s Run, which raises money for Children’s Hospital. For the more ambitious, there is the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon. With all of these opportunities, and a wealth of fitness clubs throughout the region, staying healthy and fit is easy to do.

A VIBRANT MEDICAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY The Milwaukee Region is home to several internationally recognized medical technology and biotech firms, including

GE Healthcare, a global leader in medical imaging and information technologies, patient monitoring systems and health care services that employs 6,000 people at several facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee is a major research and development, sales and manufacturing hub with facilities focused mainly on medical imaging — MRI, CT and X-ray — and patient monitoring. In addition to GE Healthcare, southeastern Wisconsin is a base for several medical technology firms, including Vesta, which

THE MMAC HEALTH PLAN Humana and the MMAC have teamed up to give metro Milwaukee companies with 5-100 employees a full suite of health, dental and vision plans, integrated with a proven wellness program all supported by digital administration. The plan features: POWERFUL SAVINGS: Get lower premiums based on the health of your employees at rates enjoyed by large employers. AFFORDABLE, PREDICTABLE COVERAGE: Level-Funded Premium (LFP) is an affordable solution designed for small business. LFP offers the predictable costs of a fully-insured plan with the savings of a self-funded plan. HEALTHIER  INCENTIVES: Humana’s Go365 Wellness Plan is included at no additional cost and rewards any covered individual premium discounts up to 15% for making healthy lifestyle changes. For more information: mmac.org/health-insurance-plan.html


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manufactures medical devices; Mortara Instrument, which is now part of Welch Allyn Cardiology; Criticare Technologies, which manufactures medical monitoring equipment; Alcami Corp., which develops and manufactures pharmaceuticals and pharma intermediates; and Bradshaw Medical, a manufacturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery instruments. The Milwaukee region also benefits from being close to major medical businesses in northern Illinois. The worldwide headquarters of Abbott Laboratories, which produces a range of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and nutrition products, is located in Lake Bluff, a 70minute drive from Milwaukee. Hospira, a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of medication delivery systems, specialty injectable pharmaceuticals and critical care devices is also headquartered in northern Illinois and has an office and warehouse in Pleasant Prairie.


The Milwaukee region is a leader in medical research and education. The Medical College of Wisconsin, which is located in the Milwaukee Regional Medical Park just west of Milwaukee, is a private medical school and research institution that offers graduate degrees in medical, pharmacy and biomedical sciences. Medical College scientists lead biomedical and population health advancements through laboratory research, clinical trials and communityengaged research. Its faculty researchers conduct 2,000 studies annually with more than $144 million in government funding. Its Office of Technology Development oversees patenting, marketing and licensing of new medical technologies. Its Clinical and Translational Science Institute is a collaboration with the Milwaukee School of Engineering and other schools to solve medical engineering challenges.

The Blood Center of Wisconsin and its affiliate, the Blood Research Institute, play major roles in research regarding immunobiology, transfusion medicine and stem-cell biology.


Wisconsin has the most competitive health insurance market in the country, giving employers a range of options from which to choose. The Milwaukee Region is served by a variety of national and state health plans, including:


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UnitedHealthcare is the region’s largest provider of private-sector health insurance, followed by Anthem. Aurora Health Care (now Advocate Aurora Health) was the first system in southeastern Wisconsin to launch an accountable care organization (ACO) for the commercially insured that is offered to both self-funded employers and as a fully insured product. In 2016, Aurora and Anthem created a joint venture, the Wisconsin Collaborative Insurance Company, to offer an innovative approach to health care that focuses on using data and patient engagement to improve the quality and efficiency of care. Ascension and Froedtert Health jointly own Network Health, which provides health insurance throughout eastern Wisconsin.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is a private medical college and research institution. health care costs. The second-largest integrated system in the region is Ascension Wisconsin, which includes the former Columbia St. Mary’s health system and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. The other health systems serving the area are Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, which includes five hospital campuses throughout the region; and ProHealth Care, which serves the greater

Waukesha area with three hospitals and more than a dozen medical clincs in Waukesha County.


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The seven-county Milwaukee Region is served by four integrated health systems and several major health maintenance organizations, point-of-service and preferred provider organizations. Advocate Aurora Health, the area’s largest integrated health system, offers health management services to employers through Aurora Employer Solutions, which includes an accountable care organization (ACO) that promotes quality and efficiency, with aligned incentives for reducing employer

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Advocate Aurora Health is the largest fully integrated health system in Wisconsin and serves eastern Wisconsin through 15 hospitals and more than 150 clinic sites. It employs 32,000 caregivers, including 1,800 physicians throughout eastern Wisconsin. Aurora received the top performance award in a six-year quality demonstration project conducted by Medicare. The health system operates 11 medical centers throughout southeastern Wisconsin, including St. Luke’s Medical Center, its flagship, tertiary-care hospital. aurorahealthcare.org

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with inpatient services to provide coordinated medical care. Four integrated health care delivery systems serve the seven-county area. Two of these systems – Ascension Health and Aurora Health Care – account for more than 60 percent of inpatient admissions.

Ascension Wisconsin includes the former Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Services. The system includes 11 hospitals, more than 75 community clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, physician medical groups and several urgent/express care centers in southeastern Wisconsin. Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center is the only one of its kind in the eastern half of the state. ascension.org

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Health System

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the nation's top pediatric facilities with hospitals located in Milwaukee and Neenah. It offers outpatient care in more than 70 medical specialties and has an academic affiliation with the Medical College of Wisconsin. It is ranked in eight specialty areas in U.S. News & World Report’s 20182019 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Children’s provides primary, specialty, urgent, and emergency care, as well as community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services, and family resource centers. chw.org

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network is a partnership between Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The network comprises eastern Wisconsin’s only

In 2017, United Hospital System in Kenosha affiliated with Froedtert and The Medical College and was renamed Froedtert South. The system has served southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois communities for more than 100 years. It provides services through the Kenosha Medical Center Campus, St. Catherine’s Medical Center Campus and multiple physician clinics. froedtertsouth.com

comprehensive rehabilitation and human service organizations in the nation, provides services to children, adults and seniors at community-based sites in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Other specialty providers include: ●

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, a 65-bed inpatient facility affiliated with Aurora Health Care

Rogers Memorial Hospital, a psychiatric-care provider with a 90-bed inpatient facility in

Oconomowoc, a 74-bed facility in West Allis, and a treatment site in Kenosha ●

Two orthopedic hospitals that are joint ventures between health systems and area orthopedic surgeons: the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin, which is partially owned by Ascension Health’s Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and orthopedic physicians, and the Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, which is partially owned by Ascension Wisconsin.


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academic medical center, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls; and St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend. It also includes more than 2,700 physicians across 30 primary and specialty clinical locations. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin provides comprehensive health services, from primary to highly complex specialty care. The health network’s three hospitals have 804 staffed beds, more than 40,000 annual admissions and nearly 966,000 annual outpatient visits. froedtert.com

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In addition to the region’s integrated health systems, there are independent acute-care specialty hospitals serving the area:

Columbia Center Birth Hospital

13125 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon; Wisconsin’s only hospital-based doula program; pregnancy and childbirth classes; and postpartum depression support. Birthing suites: 17; thebirthhospital.org

Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center

(Federal Government) 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee; Available beds: 168; milwaukee.va.gov

Community support is one reason Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is among the top-ranked pediatric health systems in the country. Beyond the hospital walls, we serve Wisconsin families with primary care, specialty care, urgent care, emergency care, community health services, foster and adoption services, child and family counseling, child advocacy services and family resource centers. Together, these programs allow us to pursue our vision that Wisconsin children will be the healthiest in the nation.

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ProHealth Care is a regional health care system serving Waukesha County and surrounding areas. ProHealth Care employs more than 4,800 people, including 200 physicians. It has a cancer care partnership with UW Health, a heart and vascular care partnership with Indiana University Health and orthopedics in partnership with Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin. The system includes two hospitals, a standalone rehabilitation hospital and more than a dozen clinics. prohealthcare.org

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Post-Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee

5017 S. 110th St., Greenfield; Available beds: 56; postacutemedical.com

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Southeast Wisconsin is home to several providers of specialized services. Curative Care Network, one of the largest, most mmac.org


UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE The second-largest campus of the University of Wisconsin System and a Tier 1 Research Facility


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Southeast Wisconsin is building a talent pipeline to prepare children and


adults for the jobs needed in the next-generation economy

isconsin citizens have always viewed schooling to be a top priority, and they have insisted that it be rooted in real-world practicality. As a result, state and local communities have fostered links

between private-sector businesses and educational institutions. ●

The Milwaukee Region is a leader in Project Lead the Way, an initiative designed to get middle school and high school students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)

The region’s technical colleges – Milwaukee Area Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, Gateway Technical College and Moraine Park Technical College – actively partner with employers and four-year universities to create the career pathways necessary for the next-generation economy

The Milwaukee Region is building a talent pipeline that spans kindergarten through doctoral degrees.


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Milwaukee-area universities continue to pioneer programs focused on the future, including UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences; UW-Whitewater’s Institute for Water Business; Marquette University’s 707 Hub, the university’s space to bring together students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship; and the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s new technology program that is focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, cloud computing and robotics


Southeastern Wisconsin is home to three of the University of Wisconsin’s four-year campuses, including the University of

Two other four-year University of Wisconsin schools are located in the region. More than 12,000 students attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Walworth County, noted for its College of Business and Economics. Another 4,800 students attend University of Wisconsin-Parkside, located between Racine and Kenosha.

Getting your degree online shouldn’t mean sacrificing a quality education. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics is online, and it’s accredited by AACSB. And when only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by AACSB, you know you’re dealing with an outstanding institution. You can get a real, quality, accredited degree, and you can get it anytime, anywhere right at your

Marquette University is the largest private school in the region. A Catholic Jesuit university, Marquette offers more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law and medicine. Colleges include the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication, College of Education, Opus College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences and College of Nursing. It offers 64 doctoral and master’s degree programs, and is home to the state’s only dental school and the region’s only law school.

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Other colleges at the Milwaukee campus include: The School of Architecture and Urban Planning, the School of Education, the School of Freshwater Sciences, the College of Nursing, the School of Information Studies and the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health. The school is boosting its research profile with the new, five-story Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center, which will allow the university to compete for national grants. In addition, GE Healthcare has committed $3 million to UWM to foster the growth of medical imaging software.

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Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the secondlargest UW campus with 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. In 2015, UWM was designated as a Tier 1 doctoral research university, placing it among 115 top-tier research institutions in the United States, including Yale, Duke and Johns Hopkins universities. UWM’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business has approximately 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students and is noted for its research in manufacturing, information systems, accounting, marketing, finance strategy and leadership, business development, and diversity issues. Another 1,900 students are enrolled in its College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Other private four-year schools include: Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Mount Mary University and Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee; Carroll University in Waukesha; Carthage College in Kenosha; and Concordia University in Mequon. Specialty institutions in the region include the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD).


The state’s vocational education system continues to be a national leader in providing students with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Established in the early 1900s, the state’s technical college system was the first of its kind in the nation. Today the system serves more than 400,000 students at 16 colleges in the state. Students earn associate degrees and certificates in a variety of fields, including information technology, health care, business, public safety and the skilled trades. Strong ties to employers, education partners, economic development experts

and community-based organizations ensure economic opportunities. This includes the M-Cubed Program, a partnership between Milwaukee Public Schools, the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and UW-Milwaukee that provides a supportive, educational bridge between high school and a four-year degree; and the Waukesha County Technical College Dual-Enrollment Academy, which allows students to earn college credits while they are still in high school. Close to 90 percent of students who complete the state’s technical college programs are employed within six months of their graduation. An additional 8 percent continue their education at a four-year university or other school. Gateway Technical College: Offers more than 65 diploma, certificate and associate degree programs. Campuses in Racine, Kenosha, Elkhorn, Burlington, Pleasant Prairie and Sturtevant. gtc.edu Milwaukee Area Technical College:

Students can earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate in one of 200 programs in as little as one to two years – or take a more affordable path to a four-year degree by starting at MATC and continuing at one of 35 four-year college

and university transfer partners. Campuses in Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon, Oak Creek and West Allis. (414) 297-MATC. matc.edu

Moraine Park Technical College: Offers

more than 60 associate degrees and diploma programs in West Bend. morainepark.edu

Waukesha County Technical College: More

than 170 associate degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificate programs. wctc.edu


Carthage College: Five-year, dual-degree program in engineering. Bachelor of arts in natural science, mathematics or computer science at Carthage; bachelor of science in engineering through Case Western Reserve University. carthage.edu/engineering Marquette University: Bachelor of science

degrees in biomedical, civil, computer, construction, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering. Engineering graduate degrees include master’s and doctoral programs in biomedical, civil, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering. Graduate and undergraduate biomedical engineering education is provided jointly by Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. marquette.edu/engineering


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Carroll University: Master’s degrees in software engineering, business administration and graphic communications. carrollu.edu

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

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Bachelor’s degrees in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, and computer science. Master’s degrees in computer science and engineering with concentrations in biomedical, civil, electrical and systems engineering, engineering mechanics, energy engineering, industrial and manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, manufacturing engineering and mechanical engineering. Doctorate degrees in biomedical and health informatics and engineering with concentrations in civil, computer science, electrical, materials, industrial and mechanical engineering. Graduate certificates in energy engineering and computational imaging. uwm.edu/ceas

GRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMS Alverno College: Master’s programs in

business. Open to both men and women. alverno.edu

Cardinal Stritch University: Accelerated evening programs, including MBA and master’s degree in management. Accelerated, weekend doctoral degree in leadership. stritch.edu

e-learning MBA program with concentrations in finance, health care administration, human resource management, international business, management, corporate communications, risk management, marketing, public administration and management information systems. cuw.edu

Marquette University: Online MBA,

traditional MBA, executive MBA, and master’s degrees in accounting, applied economics, corporate communication, human resources, leadership studies and supply chain management. Joint programs with law, nursing and political science. Five-year STEM/MBA degrees in athletic training, biological sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, biomedical sciences, chemistry, computer science, exercise physiology, math, physics and physiological sciences. marquette.edu/gsm

Medical College of Wisconsin: Master’s degrees in anesthesia, bioethics, bioinformatics, clinical and translational science, medical physiology, technology management and public health. mcw.edu/graduateschool.html

Herzing University: Online MBA programs in

Milwaukee School of Engineering - Rader School of Business: MBA (including STEM

Lakeland University - Milwaukee: Master’s degrees offered in business administration, education and counseling. Evening and online classes for working adults. lakeland.edu/adult

Mount Mary University: Tracks in general management and health systems leadership open to men and women. mtmary.edu/mba

accounting, data analytics, health care management, human resources, project management, and technology management; dual concentration option. herzing.edu

Marian University - West Allis Center:

Master’s degree in organizational leadership and quality; doctoral degree in leadership studies. marianuniversity.edu

and education leadership), master’s degrees in engineering management, new product management, marketing and export management, nursing/health care systems management and perfusion. msoe.edu

Ottawa University: Master’s degrees in business administration, human resources, accountancy and leadership. ottawa.edu/brookfield



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Milwaukee School of Engineering: Bachelor of science degrees in architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software engineering and construction management. Two-year degree completion programs in electrical engineering and engineering. Master’s degrees in civil and architectural engineering, engineering, engineering management and perfusion. msoe.edu


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Helping innovators turn concepts into products Applied Technology Center (ATC): Transfers technology from the laboratory to the marketplace to solve problems confronting business, strengthen economic development, protect the environment and benefit human life. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7416. msoe.edu/atc Center for Biomolecular Modeling: Creates 3D physical models of molecular structures using rapid prototyping to help research scientists create custom models of proteins. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7529. cbm.msoe.edu Clinical and Translational Science Institute: A regional biomedical collaboration of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and others to foster reduced barriers between disciplines and institutions to solve medical engineering problems. ctsi.mcw.edu Construction Science and Engineering Center: Dedicated to testing products for structural integrity and failure points, helping to determine marketability and safety. The lab has multiple computerized data acquisition capabilities and transducers for measuring force, displacement and strain. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7308. msoe.edu/research Fluid Power Institute (FPI): Conducts a variety of performance, endurance and environmental evaluations of hydraulic components and systems, fluid analysis and tribology measurements; and performs modeling and simulation, system integration and prototyping. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7191. msoe.edu/fpi

Local universities help companies transform concepts into reality through research, prototyping and testing.


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Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Technology Development: Oversees the college’s technology transfer process, including patenting, marketing and licensing of new technologies. Medical College of Wisconsin. Telephone: (414) 955-4362. mcw.edu Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC): MSOE, UWM, Marquette University, UWMadison, regional companies and foundations provide research, workforce development and industry expansion for the state’s energy, power and control industries. Telephone: (414) 444-8208. energywercs.org/index.html Photonics and Applied Optics Center: Located at an extremely low-vibration site, the center performs experiments on sensitive optical projects. Recent projects include LED performance/endurance and evaluation of computerized virtual 3D images for motion detection. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7416. msoe.edu/atc Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC): A consortium of more than 65 client-members working to reduce product development cycle time through 3D scanning technology, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing. Multiple machines use leading types of rapid prototyping techniques, including stereolithography apparatus, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling (FDM) and 3D printing. Milwaukee School of Engineering. Telephone: (414) 277-7384. msoe.edu/rpc University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Office of Sponsored Programs: Provides administrative support for contracts and technology transfer activities, including contract review, award negotiation and acceptance, and account setup. Telephone: (414) 229-4537. uwm.edu/officeofresearch/osp/tech-transfer University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Water Equipment and Policy Center: University scientists and industry members collaborate in pursuing promising research with the goal of advancing the water industry by creating innovative transformative technologies and policies. Telephone: (414) 229-2615. uwm.edu/freshwater/research-overview/water-equipment-and-policy-center

Purdue University Global-Milwaukee:

Master’s degrees in legal studies, management, business administration, health care administration, public health, criminal justice and higher education. purdueglobal.edu/campuslocations/milwaukee-wisconsin

University of Phoenix-Milwaukee Campus: Offers MBAs at its campus in

Brookfield. phoenix.edu/milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater: Earn

an MBA degree with concentrations in data analytics, environmental safety and health, finance, human resources, information technology management, international business, management, marketing, project management, or supply chain management. Additional master’s degrees offered in professional accountancy, environmental safety and health, finance, and school business management. Graduate certificates in business foundations, construction safety, data analytics, human resources management, occupational ergonomics, project management, and school business management. Doctorate of business administration degree. uww.edu/cobe

Upper Iowa University - Online Program:

MBA degrees with special emphases in accounting, global business, corporate financial management, human resources, organizational development and leadership. uiu.edu


evening/online college for women. Bachelor’s degree available in business with concentrations in marketing, business analytics or management. alverno.edu

Bryant & Stratton College: Bachelor’s and

associate degrees, diplomas and professional certificates in business, design, financial services, hospitality, human resources, paralegal studies and information technology. Careeroriented degree programs including health services administration, business, paralegal, accounting, human resources specialist and ITnetworking. bryantstratton.edu


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Beyond feeding your talent pipeline by hiring the region’s most sought-after graduates, MSOE offers a number of ways to elevate your business:

Develop current and future leaders through graduate

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside: MBA

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formats (flexible scheduling or a 20-month cohort program), the executive MBA, the master of science in management with six specialty concentrations and the STEMdesignated master of science in information technology management. Graduate certificates in business analytics (online), enterprise resource planning (online) and investment management. uwm.edu/business

Enhance your reputation by supporting the next

generation of leaders through senior projects, servantleadership projects or development opportunities.

Visit msoe.edu/elevate for more information. Business Resources

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business: Offering the MBA in two

Cardinal Stritch University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business, international business and management information systems. Evening and online programs in management, business administration, mmac.org



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both traditional and adult (accelerated evening program) students in accounting, management and marketing. Additional majors in economics, finance and international political economy for traditional students. carthage.edu/business (traditional), carthage.edu/continuing-studies (adult)

Concordia University - Wisconsin:

Bachelor’s degrees in business, accounting, economics, marketing, management and finance. cuw.edu

Herzing University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business management, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, and project management. herzing.edu Purdue University Global-Milwaukee:

Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, information technology and health information management. purdueglobal.edu/campuslocations/milwaukee-wisconsin

Marian University - West Allis Center: Accelerated, completely online courses for working adults. marianuniversity.edu

Marquette University: Bachelor’s degrees in business administration with majors in accounting, business analytics, business economics, finance, human resources, information technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, operations and supply-chain management and real estate. marquette.edu/business

Milwaukee School of Engineering Rader School of Business: Bachelor of

science degrees in actuarial science and user experience/communication design, and bachelor of business administration. Two-year degree completion programs in business management. msoe.edu

Mount Mary University: Bachelor degree

options available in accounting and business administration; minors also available in business merchandising and entrepreneurship. mtmary.edu

Ottawa University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, communication, health care management, human services, law enforcement, leadership, and management and psychology. ottawa.edu/brookfield University of Phoenix: Bachelor’s degrees

with concentrations in business management, management, business administration, and information systems. Three locations in the Milwaukee area. phoenix.edu/milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business: Bachelor’s degree in business with majors in accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology management, marketing, and supply chain and operations management. Certificates offered in: entrepreneurship, enterprise resource planning, international business, investment management and real estate. uwm.edu/business

University of Wisconsin-Parkside:

Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, finance, business, human resources, marketing, and management information systems. Certificates in project management, sales, retail management and entrepreneurship. uwp.edu

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Carthage College: Bachelor’s degrees for

Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, business administration, computer science, communication, education, marketing and specialized administration. lakeland.edu/adult

MMAC’s Commitment to Developing the Talent Pipeline The quality of the region’s K-12 school system greatly impacts the flow and quality of talent in metro Milwaukee's economy. The MMAC is committed to ensuring that all children receive a strong educational foundation and opportunities to learn about and access the job opportunities here.

MMAC’S MILWAUKEE SCHOOL QUALITY MAP is an interactive tool to help the community identify and quantify success as well as define areas in need of improvement in the region’s publicly funded schools. mmac.org/schoolreportcard.html

COSBE’S “BE THE SPARK” PROGRAM brings together local businesses and 7th grade Milwaukee Public School students to spark an interest in potential careers by giving them behind-the-scenes looks at how companies operate. Launched in 2014 with 25 businesses providing tours for 921 students, the program has expanded to 75 business and 3,000 student tours. mmac.org/cosbe-tour-portal.html


provides a central hub where students and educators can interact with local employers and career coaches. Managed by the Milwaukee 7 Regional Talent Partnership, the online tool allows employers to create company profiles to describe their business, highlight their unique attributes, and communicate areas of need to future talent. Employees within the company volunteer to answer questions through message boards that let students and educators learn about opportunities, such as tours, job shadows, summer employment, internships and apprenticeships. mmac.org

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Carroll University: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, computer science, graphic communication, and general business with emphases in management, finance, marketing, economics, human resources and information systems. carrollu.edu

Lakeland University - Milwaukee:

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strategic management information systems and human services management. stritch.edu


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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater:


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that have won us recognition as one of the top research universities in

the United States. Our scientists and researchers work with businesses to develop new products and services. And, with more than 5,000 students graduating from UWM every year, we provide the talent you need to keep your business competitive.

Bachelor’s degrees in accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, general management, human resources, information technology, integrated science and business, international business, marketing, occupational and environmental safety and health, and supply chain management. Minors and certificates are also available. (AACSB accredited). uww.edu/cobe

Upper Iowa University-Milwaukee Center: Bachelor’s degrees in business administration, accounting, human resource management, management, business marketing, health services administration, human services, public administration, financial management and management information systems. uiu.edu

Wisconsin Lutheran College: Offers

bachelor’s degree in business administration, with specific areas of emphasis in finance, international business, management and marketing. Also offers a bachelor’s degree in accounting. wlc.edu

TRAINING RESOURCES Kenosha Area Business Alliance:

Coordinates training courses, workshops, briefings and CEO, HR and finance roundtable discussions. Offers supervisory training through a partnership with Gateway Technical College. Telephone: (262) 605-1100. kaba.org

Milwaukee Area Technical College Workforce Solutions: Customized training to help upskill your team with on-site or oncampus courses designed to meet workforce needs. Telephone: (414) 302-2600. matc.edu/workforce_solutions

Moraine Park Technical College: Provides classroom and customized training in Washington County. Telephone: (920) 9243449. morainepark.edu/gateways/businessand-industry

Waukesha County Technical College Corporate Training Center (CTC):

Customized training available in manufacturing, business and quality improvement, hospitality/tourism and health care. Telephone: (262) 695-7828. wctc.edu/ctc

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC): Entrepreneurial,

business and personal money management programs. Classes on business start-ups, planning, marketing, management/operations, financial management, financing and Internet marketing. Telephone: (414) 263-5450. wwbic.com

Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship Program:

uwm.edu/uwmresearch uwm.edu/uwmresearch


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Helps businesses prepare future workers through a rigorous one- or two-year elective program for high school juniors and seniors, combining academic and technical classroom instruction with on-the-job mentor training. Telephone: (608) 267-7944. dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship

Milwaukee is ideally located. Centered in the Upper Midwest, Milwaukee is surrounded by abundant natural resources


For merriment, there is plenty of nightlife throughout Milwaukee, whether it be somewhere in the city’s popular Third Ward or Fifth Ward, or in one of the many fun destinations on Brady Street, Water Street, Old World Third Street, North Avenue or Jefferson Street. If you’re looking for Las Vegas-style gambling, you might want to check out Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, which attracts more than 4 million visitors each year to its entertainment complex in the Menomonee Valley.


Lonely Planet has ranked Milwaukee as one of the


top U.S. Best Places to Visit

ilwaukee enjoys a reputation as a fun and exciting place to live, which is why it’s been ranked as one of the top destination cities in the country. Bordered on the east by the deep-blue waters of Lake Michigan and encircled by the pristine, glacial hills of the Kettle Moraine, the Milwaukee Region is perfectly situated near an abundance of natural resources. But there’s much more to the Milwaukee Region than its beautiful surroundings. There is a real “genuineness” to the area’s residents that’s rooted in solid Midwestern values. It’s a place where you can have

fun, feel at home, get around easily and enjoy urban energy without big city stress. And now with The Hop, the city’s new streetcar system, it’s even easier – and more fun – to get to downtown restaurants and entertainment areas, including the historic Third Ward.

The city is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Florentine Opera and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater The city is probably best known for Summerfest, an 11-day celebration of food and music. Considered the world’s largest music festival, it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. Milwaukee also throws a great birthday party. In 2018, the city hosted the 115th anniversary of Harley-Davidson, Inc., a celebration that drew tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world.

There’s plenty to do even when there’s no scheduled event: a leisurely

Milwaukee is hip. A vibrant downtown includes an exciting mix of trendy restaurants, sports venues, theaters and residential developments. mmac.org

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The Milwaukee Region explodes with energy during the summer festival season, but there’s always something going on – even during the cozy months of winter.


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The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performs more than 135 concerts per year, including the always popular Handel’s Messiah with the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.

stroll through the Milwaukee County Zoo, a quiet round of golf, a hike through a county or state park, inline skating along the lakefront, or renting a Bublr Bike for a leisurely tour of the city.

The Milwaukee Brewers, who won the 2018 National League Central Division, play their home games at Miller Park, which is known for its memorable tailgating experience.


Milwaukee is a cultural center offering a wealth of opportunities to attend plays, operas, symphonies and chamber music, thanks to an arts community that is well supported by metro-area residents. Among comparable metropolitan areas, only Nashville, Orlando, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago have more performing arts groups per 100,000 people. And no city, except Los Angeles, raises more private money for the arts than Milwaukee.

Principal attractions include the: ●

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Ballet Company

Florentine Opera

Skylight Theatre

MEMORABLE MUSEUMS There are many excellent museums in the Milwaukee area: ●


The Milwaukee Art Museum, which has a permanent collection of more than 20,000 works and is best known for its $100 million addition designed by Santiago Calatrava West Bend’s Museum of Wisconsin Art, which highlights regional crafts and artifacts Discovery World Museum, an interactive science and technology museum on Milwaukee’s lakefront Navigate Business MKE

In a city known for its festivals, the most wellknown is Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival featuring hundreds of performers over 11 days on the city’s lakefront.

The Harley-Davidson Museum, which showcases the evolution of the motorcycle that made Milwaukee famous

Milwaukee’s near south side, Cedarburg’s annual Strawberry Festival and Fish Days in Port Washington.

The Kenosha Civil War Museum, which houses one of the most extensive collections of Civil War artifacts in the Midwest


The Milwaukee Public Museum, which is considered one of the six best natural history museums in the country

Milwaukee is a sports-loving city, offering a variety of professional and collegiate competition. It is home to the: ●

The Kenosha Public Museum, which features a display of 12,500-year-old mammoth bones excavated on a nearby farm Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, featuring many hands-on exhibits dedicated to children ages 1 through 10


Milwaukee holds more festivals than any other city in the United States. There isn’t an idle weekend in Milwaukee from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The city’s major ethnic festivals, many of which are held on the city’s lakefront, include: ●

Bastille Days

Festa Italiana

German Fest

Greek Fest

Indian Summer Festival

Irish Fest

Mexican Fiesta

Polish Fest

The summer season is filled with many other church, community and ethnic festivals as well, including the Cinco de Mayo Festival held at Mitchell Park on

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Milwaukee Brewers professional baseball team, which won the National League Central Division in 2018, plays its home games at Miller Park, a 42,000seat baseball stadium west of downtown that offers plenty of room for tailgating The Milwaukee Bucks NBA professional basketball team moved into the Fiserv Forum, its spectacular new downtown arena, last fall Marquette Golden Eagles and UWMilwaukee Panthers NCAA basketball teams Milwaukee Admirals AHL hockey team Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team


The region’s restaurants serve up a smorgasbord of ethnic delicacies. Among the more popular cuisines are Mexican, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Middle Eastern, Thai, Polish, Russian and Serbian. A variety of upscale restaurants offer epicurian delights, including Ardent, Bacchus, Sanford’s, Carnevore, and Rare in Milwaukee; Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Mr. B’s in Brookfield; Eddie Martini’s in Wauwatosa; and The Union House in Genesee Depot.


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The Fiserv Forum and surrounding entertainment area is supercharging the energy in downtown Milwaukee.


A Place to Meet Milwaukee features big-city amenities at affordable

prices, whether you’re booking a big block of rooms, organizing an executive meeting or hosting


unforgettable evening entertainment.

t’s no surprise that Milwaukee has become a destination city for corporate and association events, given all that it has to offer. Every year, more than 60,000 people attend conventions and business meetings. They join more than a million tourists who are drawn to the city by its affordability, accessibility, fine dining opportunities and exciting entertainment venues. Milwaukee is truly a meeting destination city where there’s literally something going on every week of the year! For more information, go to visitmilwaukee.org.


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Located in Downtown Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Center is the region’s largest meeting facility.

There’s a real sense of excitement in downtown Milwaukee, due in large part to the opening of the Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team and the city’s newest concert venue. But it’s not just the arena that’s causing the buzz – it’s the development that is occurring all around it. The Fiserv Forum is the anchor of a 30-acre mixed use development project that is energizing an already revitalized downtown. One of its key features is an outdoor public entertainment area that will be a gathering place and hold public events. It is surrounded by a brewpub operated by Good City Brewing, a local craft brewer, and Punch Bowl Social, an “eatertainment” venue that blends arcade games, food, and crafted drinks. There’s even an outdoor beer garden with a very large LCD screen that broadcasts sporting and other special events.


The largest dedicated conference facility in the region is the Wisconsin Center, which is located in downtown Milwaukee. It features 188,695 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. Two major hotels, Hilton Milwaukee City Center and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, are connected to the Wisconsin Center via skywalks, and another 3,200 rooms are located within walking distance. Also within walking distance are more than 150 restaurants, theaters, sports arenas, museums, and shops.


FULL PAGE The Midwest’s Premier Entertainment Destination is also your best bet for full-service meetings—with the most hotel event space under one roof, free parking, free Wi-Fi, state-ofthe-art AV and professional catering managers to customize every detail of your event—all just steps from nonstop gaming, dining and luxury accommodations.


Milwaukee is fun. There’s a lot to do, including Las Vegas style gambling at the Potawatomi Casino Hotel in the Menomonee Valley.


More than 1,000 rooms have been added in and around downtown Milwaukee during the last five years to accommodate increasing demand. Another 500 rooms are under construction or in the planning stages. Among the new projects are: ●

The Milwaukee Art Museum Calatrava Addition is a favorite venue for corporate events


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Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, which features more than 500 rooms in two towers adjacent to its popular casino in the Menomonee Valley, just west of the downtown. The 94-room Homewood Suites by Hilton, which is located in a renovated historic landmark bordering Downtown Milwaukee and the city’s Third Ward The Hyatt Place Downtown Milwaukee in the Pabst Brewery development, which features 150 residential-style rooms The 220-room Westin Milwaukee, located on the east end of Downtown Milwaukee near the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World and the lakefront The 158-room Kimpton Journeyman boutique hotel, which is located in the Third Ward and features a year-round rooftop lounge


Want to leave a lasting impression at your next company gathering or business meeting? With award-winning food, exceptional service and impressive venues, let Bartolottas help you make your meeting one to remember.

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term business loans nationwide. It will guarantee up to $3.75 million of a private-sector loan. The SBA will guarantee 85 percent of loan amounts up to $150,000 and 75 percent for loan amounts greater than $150,000. Loans can be used for working capital, to purchase land or buildings, for export projects, or to buy machinery and equipment. Fixed and variable interest rates are available. One of the more popular programs is the SBA Express Program, which provides small businesses with loans of up to $350,000.



Financing Growth

Southeastern Wisconsin offers growing businesses a wide variety of ďŹ nancing opportunities


ilwaukeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong financial sector makes it easier for small, medium-size and large businesses in Southeast Wisconsin to secure the loans they need to expand, improve productivity and increase their market share. Several financial institutions have major operations in the region, including Associated Bank, Bank Mutual, BMO Harris, Chase, The Equitable Bank, Johnson Bank, Old National (formerly Anchor Bank), Park Bank, PNC, Tri-City, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. In addition, federal, state and local government agencies have developed loan programs and other financial packages targeted to help small and medium-size businesses.


Most businesses finance their operations and expansions through business loans and lines of credit. Revolving lines of credit can range from $5,000 to $1 million and typically feature a variable interest rate that is tied to the prime rate. They are often collateralized with real estate, accounts receivable, inventory or fixed assets. Business loans provide capital to start businesses, purchase inventory or expand operations. Larger and riskier loans can be secured with loan guarantees from a government agency. The loan guarantee allows lending institutions to take on additional risk, because the government agrees to repay the lender if the business defaults. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) guarantees between 30 and 40 percent of all long-


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SBA provides a number of financial assistance programs that have been specifically designed to meet key financing needs for small businesses, including debt and equity financing. The SBA also offers several specialized programs, including export working capital lines of credit, international trade loans, seasonal lines of credit and small general contractor financing.

Debt Financing

SBA does not make direct loans to small businesses. Rather, SBA sets the guidelines for loans and then guarantees the loans will be repaid to participating lenders. When a business applies for an SBA loan, it is actually applying for a commercial loan, structured according to SBA requirements with an SBA guaranty. SBA-guaranteed loans may not be made to a small business if the borrower has access to other financing on reasonable terms. At this writing, there are about 350 banks, credit unions, CDCs and other community-lenders making SBAguaranteed loans in Wisconsin. See the sidebar on page 72 for more information about participating lenders.

504 Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration assists small businesses through its popular 504 Loan Program. Under the program, the SBA is able to make long-term, fixed-rate financing available to small businesses through a Certified Development Company (CDC). CDCs


Committed to Growth and Transformation We are a leading global financial institution, with a history dating back more than 200 years. Our many heritage firms have been closely tied to innovations in finance and the growth of the United States and global economies. We’re committed to maintaining this tradition everywhere we work. Chase and J.P. Morgan are proud to support the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

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provide financing by issuing SBAguaranteed debentures that are sold to private investors. Typically, the borrower must invest 10 percent in the project. The bank provides 50 percent of the financing, while the CDC offers up to 40 percent. Under the SBA 504 program, the maximum debenture is $5 million and $5.5 million for

manufacturers and some loans related to energy consumption or renewable energy. WBD is a statewide, certified development company that assists lenders and their commercial clients in packaging financing through loans guaranteed by the SBA or other government entities. The corporation also packages SBA 7A loans and

SBA Preferred Lenders Dozens of banks in the metro area have experience with the SBA loan program. The most active and expert lenders qualify for the SBA’s streamlined programs – the SBA Express Program and the Preferred Lender Program, which offer expedited approvals. Following are preferred and express lenders participating in the SBA’s loan guarantee program: *Preferred lenders can accept or reject loan applications without SBA approval ** Express lenders receive expedited approval from the SBA


Associated Bank* **

Amy Tremel

(920) 727-8420

BMO Harris Bank* **

Jim Ebben

(262) 938-2626

Byline Bank* **

Eric Manke

(262) 860-2090

CIBC Bank* **

Brittany Martin

(414) 291-7115

Citizens State Bank of Mukwonago**

James Bodendorfer

(262) 363-6500

Collins State Bank, Random Lake**

Terry Van Engen

(920) 994-9434

Commerce State Bank - West Bend* **

Luke Hagel

(262) 247-2800

Cornerstone Community Bank - Grafton* **

Rick Novotny

(262) 546-1131

First Bank Financial Centre - Oconomowoc* **

Sarah Andritsch

(262) 338-9900

First Business Bank - Milwaukee**

Lynn Sigfred

(262) 792-7116

First Federal Bank of Wisconsin**

David Rosenwald

(262) 548-8872

Heritage Bank*

Bus. Relationship Mgrs.

(800) 344-7048

Horicon Bank**

Terry O’Connor

(920) 887-8350

Huntington National Bank**

Paula Cook

(414) 531-5897

Johnson Bank - Racine* **

Mike Piku

(414) 287-6452

JPMorgan Chase* **

Anthony Leach

(262) 783-3902

Kohler Credit Union - Sheboygan**

Bob Meyer

(262) 375-2675

Landmark Credit Union**

Sandra Roadt

(262) 780-7118

Park Bank* **

Tracy Meeks

(262) 827-5117

Partnership Bank - Cedarburg* **

Joe Nelson

(262) 204-4607

PNC* **

Harold Lewis

(414) 270-7929

Port Washington State Bank**

Trent Rogahn

(262) 268-7914

PyraMax Bank* **

Eric Hurd

(414) 235-5894

Spring Bank**

Glenn Michaelsen

(262) 754-5563

Thrivent Federal Credit Union**

Heidi Giuliani

(612) 844-8048

Tri-City National Bank**

Dan Franecki

(414) 476-4500

U.S. Bank - Milwaukee* **

Wendie Rehorst

(414) 328-2918

Waukesha State Bank* **

Paula Neis

(262) 549-8551

Wells Fargo* **

Linda Hrdina

(414) 294-8102

Westbury Bank - Brookfield* **

Joe Schaefer

(262) 439-3338

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participates with commercial banks through the Wisconsin Bankers Association TEAM Network. Telephone: (262) 970-8533. wbd.org

Micro Loan Program

Micro loans are designed for individuals seeking a loan for a new or growing small business. The maximum loan amount is $50,000 with a maximum repayment term of six years and a fixed interest rate. Loan proceeds can be used for supplies, furniture, fixtures, inventory, machinery, equipment or working capital.

SBA-Approved Micro Lenders First American Capital Corp. (FACC), Subsidiary of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin: 10710 W. Scharles Ave., Hales Corners. Telephone: (414) 6042044. Fax: (414) 604-2070. faccloans.com Impact Seven: 642 W. North Ave., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 445-6883. impactseven.org Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC): Provides entrepreneurial, business and personal money management education programs to help individuals create, expand or diversify their small businesses. Classes on business start-ups, planning, marketing, management/operations, financial management, financing and social media. 1533 N. Rivercenter Dr., Milwaukee. Telephone: (414) 263-5450. wwbic.com

Small Business Innovation Research Program

The Small Business Innovation Research Program is a non-equity funding source for innovative technologies that are considered high-risk, high-payoff initiatives. Companies can receive up to $225,000 for Phase I projects (feasibility studies), which typically last six to nine months; and $1.5 million for Phase II projects (prototype development), which last up to 24 months. Applicants are expected to secure private-sector financing, licensing or strategic partnerships to commercialize the technology. Small Business Innovation Research Program: More than $2.5 billion in federal funding is available through competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These non-equity funding sources are designated for small businesses (less than 500 employees) with innovative technologies that are considered high-risk, high-payoff initiatives. sbir.gov The Center for Technology Commercialization – SBIR/STTR Program Assistance: The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is

housed within UW Extension’s Division for Business and Entrepreneurship. CTC provides a range of SBIR/STTR assistance programs including informal and formal reviews, training sessions and follow-on match funding for successful SBIR/STTR awards. The center has assisted Wisconsin companies in securing more than $170 million in federal SBIR/STTR and other funding since 2005. Telephone: (608) 263-0398. wisconsinctc.org and wisconsinbir.org

Surety Bond Guarantees

The SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program helps small business contractors who cannot obtain surety bonds through regular commercial channels. Through the program, the SBA makes an agreement with a surety guaranteeing that SBA will assume a percentage of loss in the event the contractor should breach the terms of the contract. The SBA's guarantee gives sureties an incentive to provide bonding for eligible contractors, thereby strengthening a contractor's ability to obtain bonding and greater access to contracting opportunities for small businesses. The SBA can guarantee bonds for contracts up to $5 million, covering bid, performance and payment bonds, and in some cases up to $10 million on federal contracts.

funded by corporate or individual shareholders. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency, also makes venture capital available through its Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs), which operate much like venture capital funds. The Tech Council Innovation Network is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to fostering innovation among entrepreneurs, service providers, technologists and people involved in highgrowth businesses. The network is operated by the Wisconsin Technology Council, an independent, non-profit and non-partisan statewide board with representatives from technology companies, venture capital firms, educational and research institutions, government and law. Telephone: (608) 4427557. wisconsintechnologycouncil.com


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the state’s lead economic development agency with more than 600 regional and local partners. WEDC’s economic and community development division invests in businesses and communities to help them take

advantage of opportunities that improve their economic future and chances of longterm success.

Economic Development Directors

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s regional economic development directors assist business expansions, promote business retention, facilitate exports and help local development organizations in their respective territories. They also mobilize technical and financial resources to help struggling businesses. To identify the regional economic development director for a specific region of the state, go to: wedc.org/inside-wedc/contact-us/#regional.

Business Development Loan Program

WEDC provides financing primarily to small businesses that have limited access to standard types of debt or equity financing, particularly, but not limited to, rural areas of the state. The program is intended to provide gap financing to existing businesses seeking to expand, increase operational

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The SBA does not invest directly in small businesses, relying instead on the expertise of qualified private investment funds. The SBA licenses these funds as SBICs and supplements the capital they raise from private investors with access to low-cost, government-guaranteed debt. With these two sources of capital backing them, SBICs search across the United States for promising businesses in need of debt or equity financing. SBICs are similar to other investment funds in terms of how they operate and their pursuit of high returns.


Private equity funds usually take an ownership stake in a company in exchange for their investment, then give the entrepreneur an opportunity to buy back their ownership stake at a later date. Private equity funds obtain their money from a variety of sources. Some, such as those operated by bank holding companies, are internally funded. Other equity funds are

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efficiency, or enhance competitiveness in key Wisconsin industries. Loan funds can be used for real property; plant and equipment; long-term leasehold improvements; working capital. wedc.org


Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) programs play an important role in Wisconsin’s economy by stimulating economic development activity and maximizing community impact around the state.

WHEDA programs are made up of flexible commercial loan guarantees geared toward both rural and urban small businesses for the purpose of creating and/or retaining existing jobs. Telephone: (800) 334-6873. wheda.com Small Business Guarantee (SBG): Designed to help reduce financial risk and exposure to Wisconsin small business lenders and ensure that quality small businesses have access to funding. Small business owners eligible for WHEDA loan guarantees are able to purchase or improve land and buildings, including mixeduse properties; purchase inventory or

Large Lending Institutions

Milwaukee-area Lenders with at Least $1.3 Billion in Local Deposits/MMAC Members in Bold COMPANY




Associated Bank, NA


$16.3 billion


BMO Harris Bank NA


$19.9 billion


Educator’s Credit Union

Credit Union

$1.7 billion


Johnson Bank


$3.6 billion


JPMorgan Chase, NA


$9.9 billion


Landmark Credit Union

Credit Union

$3.2 billion


North Shore Bank, FSB

Savings Bank

$1.6 billion


Old National

Savings Bank

$1.7 billion


PNC Bank, NA


$1.8 billion


Town Bank


$1.7 billion


Tri City National Bank


$1.3 billion


U.S. Bank NA


$27.1 billion


Wells Fargo, NA


$4.5 billion


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770 N. Water Street / Milwaukee

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333 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

111 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

5445 S. Westridge Drive / New Berlin

15700 W. Bluemound Road / Brookfield

25 W. Main Street / Madison

411 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee 850 W. North Shore Drive / Hartland

6400 S. 27th Street / Milwaukee

777 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee

100 E. Wisconsin Avenue / Milwaukee


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machinery; and/or have access to permanent or revolving working capital. Neighborhood Business Revitalization Guarantee (NBRG): Assists developers who are developing or rehabilitating commercial real estate, including mixed-use properties. Agribusiness Guarantee (AgBG): Assists small businesses that develop new products or expand the production of existing products using Wisconsin’s raw commodities. Contractor’s Loan Guarantee Program (CLG): Provides new loans or lines of credit to a business entering into a government or other business-related contract.


MEDC (Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation) provides gap financing to greater Milwaukee-area businesses working in partnership with participating lenders. MEDC lends its funds to increase the feasibility of a project. Telephone: (414) 269-1440. medconline.com

MEDC Loan Programs Second Mortgage Program: Provides gap financing to businesses located in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Eligible uses include building construction and renovation, real estate and equipment purchases. MEDC can finance 25 percent to 40 percent of the total project cost. A minimum 50 percent of the project must be financed by a participating lender with a minimum 10 percent equity injection from the borrower. Capital Access Program (CAP): The Capital Access Program is a flexible way for banks to lend funds considered too risky for conventional banking. The bank exercises its own credit judgment and has sole responsibility for deciding to make the loan and how to structure the financing. Participating lenders, along with their borrowers and MEDC, set aside funds to offset any losses in the program. Businesses throughout the seven-county Milwaukee 7 area are eligible. Milwaukee 7 Capital Catalyst Program: The M7 Capital Catalyst Program provides flexible financing in collaboration with accredited investors in a non-dilutive manner. The funding is intended to increase the ability of emerging companies to access capital in order to increase liquidity as well as their ability to reach cashflow breakeven and beyond.


In addition to the state and federal programs listed previously, each of the counties in the metropolitan area and several of the larger municipalities have their own economic development programs. County and municipal economic development funding tools are often used in conjunction with federal and state

programs or bank loan programs to finance acquisitions or expansions.

financing and community-sponsored industrial revenue bonds. Telephone: (262) 673-7009. hadc.org

Milwaukee County

Economic Development Washington County (EDWC): An independent economic development organization focused on existing business development consulting, driverindustry business attraction and start-up enterprise support. Telephone: (262) 335-5769. businessreadywi.org

MEDC (Milwaukee Economic Development Corp.): Offers a variety of financing programs Telephone: (414) 269-1440. medconline.com West Allis Department of Development: Provides technical and financial assistance to new and existing businesses. Manages a loan fund that can be used for fixed-asset, gap financing for up to $150,000 or one-third of the total project cost. The Micro-Enterprise Development Program provides special financing and technical training for start-up and expanding small businesses. West Allis manages more than $200 million in new market tax credits through the First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise (FIRE). Telephone: (414) 302-8468. westalliswi.gov & fire-nmtc.com

Waukesha County

Menomonee Falls: Low-interest loans for fixedasset purchases, building and site renovations, and working capital. Special economic assistance loans and grants for redevelopment, renovations, exterior improvements and working capital for businesses locating in the historic downtown Village Center. Provides access to industrial revenue bonds and assistance with state and federal programs. Telephone: (262) 532-4277. menomoneefalls.org Waukesha County Center for Growth: Assists existing and prospective businesses with site and building searches, accessing funding, navigating local and county permitting, identifying needed labor force and no-cost business consulting. Companies are eligible for low-interest loans ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. The loan program partners with lenders to help fund projects that add capacity and jobs. Telephone: (262) 409-2643. waukeshagrowth.org

Ozaukee County

EDGE Inc.: Promotes economic and business development through the Facade & Sign Improvement Program and Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to spur growth and entrepreneurship in the area. Telephone: (262) 377-1650. grafton-wi.org/EDGE Ozaukee Economic Development: Offers programs and services that meet Ozaukee Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s targeted economic development needs, serves as an information clearinghouse on government programs and provides educational seminars. Telephone: (262) 2387730. ozaukeebusiness.org

Racine County

Racine County Economic Development Corp.: A countywide economic development corporation established in 1983 to support and

Walworth County Walworth County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA): A public/private partnership that fosters business investment by matching business resources with existing companies or businesses looking to locate in the county. WCEDA promotes workforce development, assists with access to capital, and provides resources for business development. WCEDA is a central point of contact for economic development matters in the county and has strong relationships with local, state, and regional agencies. Telephone: (262) 741-8527. walworthbusiness.com

Kenosha County

Kenosha Area Business Alliance: Provides a range of economic development and business services, manages a portfolio of economic development low-interest revolving loan funds for new and existing businesses, and serves as a clearinghouse for site selection and economic information. Telephone: (262) 605-1100. kaba.org

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Milwaukee Department of City Development: Provides financial and technical assistance to businesses seeking to expand or relocate to or within the city of Milwaukee. DCD is the primary agency responsible for the redevelopment of Century City. The Commercial Corridor team supports neighborhood development throughout the city. Targeted commercial development funds and other tools are available. Telephone: (414) 286-5800. milwaukee.gov/businesstoolbox

enhance new business development and increase job opportunities in Racine County. Resources include low-interest loans, workforce training grants, state income tax credits and municipal incentives. Telephone: (262) 8987444. racinecountyedc.org

Washington County Hartford Area Development Corporation: Markets the 681-acre Dodge Industrial Park and helps companies with funding and resourcing assistance. HADC offers interest-free financing for land purchases in Hartford industrial parks and arranges access to city and county revolving fund loans, SBA loans, state economic development funding, conventional local

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lmost all of the firms in the sevencounty region are small companies with fewer than 100 employees. The people who run these businesses are often looking for advice, networking possibilities and revenue-generating

the country according to business.org opportunities. MMAC offers a variety of small business services through its Council of Small Business Executives (COSBE) and honors the area’s fastest-growing companies with the annual Future 50 awards. MMAC also provides a valuable legislative voice for small businesses, which often times don’t have the time or resources to advocate on their own behalf.

COUNCIL OF SMALL BUSINESS EXECUTIVES (COSBE) Led by a representative group of CEOs from companies with one to 300 employees, COSBE focuses on the specific issues facing smaller companies. Its executive roundtable programs provide confidential peer More than 400 CEOs, CFOs, Senior Executives and Sales Managers in the Milwaukee Region participate in COSBE’s Executive Roundtable Program.

advisory boards for its members to share best practices and resolve their business challenges. COSBE sponsors nearly four dozen roundtables with more than 400 participating CEOs, CFOs, senior executives and sales management executives, making them MMAC’s most popular small business resource. In addition, COSBE and MMAC offer educational forums, special events and networking opportunities to help businesses help each other, including the CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB) – which brings together individuals who share the challenges of building a fastgrowing company. Telephone: (414) 287-4124. mmac.org/cosbe



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2018 Future 50 Companies MMACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Future 50 Program, presented annually by the Council of Small Business Executives, recognizes privately owned companies that have shown significant revenue and employment growth. The companies are listed by the number of years they have won the award (threeyear maximum), with a brief company description, its location and the year it was founded.



Interior design and build services Milwaukee (2007)

Chauffeured ground transportation Milwaukee (2008)

Abby Windows and Exteriors

All Occasions Catering/Bubbs BBQ

Able Access Transportation LLC Non-emergency medical & paratransit services Milwaukee (2001)

Capri Senior Communities

Remodeling contractor Milwaukee (2010)

Caterer Big Bend (1929)

Anderson Ashton, Inc.

Breckenridge Landscape Design

Design/build firm New Berlin (1959)

Landscape design construction & maintenance New Berlin (2009)

Production sound, lighting, video & staging Milwaukee (1976)

Business Development Pros LLC

Central Standard Craft Distillery

Outsourced solution for sales process management Milwaukee (2010)

Distiller of craft liquors Milwaukee (2014)

Coates Electric

Connoils LLC

Creative Marketing Resources, Inc.

Raw material manufacturer, distributor and packager Waukesha (2007)

First Choice Ingredients, Inc.

Manufacturer of concentrated dairy flavors Germantown (1994)

Cross-cultural marketing and advertising Milwaukee (1995)

Crescendo Collective Digital marketing agency Milwaukee (2014)

Geneva Supply

Dynamic Solutions Worldwide LLC

Glenn Rieder, Inc.


Buyer and reseller of products for online channels Delavan (2009) Architectural millwork manufacturer and contractor West Allis (1946)

Producer of insect traps Milwaukee (2010)

Online retailer of home, business & institutional furnishings Milwaukee (2005)


Kowal Investment Group LLC

James Imaging Systems

Lange Bros. Woodwork Co., Inc.

Background screening agency Wauwatosa (2002) Copiers, printers & document management Brookfield (1977)

Johnson & Sons Paving LLC Asphalt & concrete construction Lannon (2014)

PaveDrain LLC

Manufacturer of permeable paving surfaces Milwaukee (2008)

Financial advisors Waukesha (1987)

Custom architectural woodwork Milwaukee (1932)


Electrical service, signage & construction Brookfield (1928)

Moore Construction Services LLC Construction management & design/build Menomonee Falls (2007)

SilentBoost Consulting Group

Reich Tool & Design, Inc.

Wantable, Inc.

Rocket Clicks

Advisor to tech companies Waukesha (2014)

Online fitness & fashion retailer Milwaukee (2012)

Warehouse-Lighting COM LLC High-efficiency LED lighting fixtures New Berlin (2008)

Complex metal stamping dies Menomonee Falls (1965)

Digital advertising & search marketing Menomonee Falls (2008)

Stowell Associates

Aging care management & home care business Milwaukee (1983)


Insurance technology solutions Milwaukee (2013)

Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co. Steel fabricator of tubular products New Berlin (1941)

Wisconsin International Academy, Inc.

Housing & educational services for international students Wauwatosa (2012)



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Operator of senior lifestyle communities Waukesha (1991)

Clearwing Productions

Electrical contractor Waukesha (2009)

Construction Management Associates, Inc.

Builder/renovator of multifamily facilities Kenosha (1991)

Endpoint Solutions Corp.

Environmental/engineering professionals Franklin (2008)

Exhibit Systems

Manufacturer of trade show displays Brookfield (2007)

Hurt Electric, Inc.

Electrical Services Menomonee Falls (1996)

JCP Construction

Commercial construction Milwaukee (2010)

Kesslers Diamonds

Jeweler specializing in diamonds Germantown (1980)

KeyStone Staffing Group LLC

Talent acquisition for manufacturing & technical Milwaukee (2012)

Newport Network Solutions, Inc. Technology infrastructure & security Menomonee Falls (2008)


Custom & production furnishings and accents Milwaukee (2008)

Swarming Technology

E-commerce and web application development Milwaukee (2011)


Risk management, business insurance & employee benefits Hartland (1978)

Weather Tight Corporation

Sell, install & service exterior home products West Allis (1986)

Z.T. Distribution, Inc. Dry goods distributor Milwaukee (1919)

The Business Council also offers members the opportunity to share information on issues that affect small businesses and the minority community; a voice on public policy issues; access to experienced professional advisors; and networking opportunities with larger businesses. Telephone: (414) 2874108. mketbc.wordpress.com

and entrepreneurs, with a focus on clients who cannot afford qualified legal counsel. Provides legal services in many key areas, with a focus on: business entity selection and formation, corporate governance, funding/financing, business contracts, employment, business licenses and permits, trademark, copyright and other basic intellectual property matters, and commercial leases. law.marquette.edu/community/marquettelaw-and-entrepreneurship-clinic Milwaukee Development Center: A division of the city’s Department of Neighborhood Services, provides single point of contact for developers, contractors, businesses and builders undertaking development projects in the city. city.milwaukee.gov/permits


SCORE: Free business counseling, mentoring, inexpensive seminars and workshops for new, existing and expanding businesses. scoresewisconsin.org

Regional Economic Development Directors: Assist businesses with expansions, promote business retention and help local development organizations. wedc.org

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Offers loan programs and technical assistance to businesses. sba.gov/wi

Technical assistance services available to small and medium-sized businesses include:

BizStarts: A one-stop resource center that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses through one-on-one coaching, personalized mentoring and meaningful connections. bizstarts.com CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB): Brings together entrepreneurs who operate businesses with consistent growth and annual revenues in excess of $3 million. CGB provides monthly roundtables, educational forums and networking opportunities. mmac.org/cgb Consortium for Economic Opportunity: Connects non-profit organizations and small businesses to achieve economic growth in Milwaukee’s low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Includes UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, Small Business Development Center and UWM Center for Economic Development. Telephone: (414) 229-5881. Corporate Partner Network: Milwaukee School of Engineering program that offers reduced tuition rate for the school’s MBA and graduate nursing programs; a discounted rate for graduate and professional education (GPE) course offerings; corporate site training opportunities; corporate consultations on managerial and organizational improvement, business systems, processes and tools; and global competency. Telephone: (414) 277-2710. msoe.edu/cpn Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship: Marquette University’s Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Office of Research and Innovation, supports new venture creation by Marquette students, faculty, alumni and friends; provides outreach to the central city business community; and research on entrepreneurship. The Kohler Center is located in the 707 Hub. marquette.edu/707-hub Marquette Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic: Offers free legal services to start-up businesses

Waukesha County Technical College Small Business Center: Free one-on-one counseling,networking, classes, technical assistance and referrals for financial assistance. wctc.edu/smallbusiness Wisconsin Innovation Service Center: Helps entrepreneurs research product feasibility, competitive intelligence, licensing/strategic partnering and distributor assessments. uww.edu/cobe/business-resources Wisconsin Job Center Network: A single point of contact for employment needs, including statewide job postings. Other services include job fairs and special recruitments. jobcenterofwisconsin.com Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP): Provides consulting services to help manufacturing companies become more profitable and increase value using an integrated suite of assessments and services that help customers grow, reduce costs, increase capacity, achieve certification and compliance, improve quality and maximize their human capital investment. WMEP is part of the MEP National Network. Telephone: (608) 2401740. wmep.org Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) Financing and Business Seminars: Links seasoned business owners and corporate professionals directly with entrepreneurs. Telephone: (414) 263-5450. wwbic.com


The following training and educational resources are available to the region’s startups and small businesses. Center for Supply Chain Management: Conducted by best-in-class faculty from Marquette University’s College of Business Administration and beyond. Corporate and

executive education delivers highly informative and interactive learning experiences through custom-designed programs. The center has worked with groups at Johnson Controls, Direct Supply and Rockwell Automation. Telephone: (414) 288-3995. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Customized Professional Development Solutions: Assists with the design, development and delivery of a customized training program. Telephone: (414) 227-3264. uwm.edu/sce/customized-training Kenosha Area Business Alliance: Offers leadership development, supervisory, forklift training, and first aid and CPR courses. Professional roundtable discussions for CEOs, human resource professionals and manufacturers are also offered throughout the year. Telephone: (262) 605-1100. kaba.org Small Business Development Centers: Supports entrepreneurs and business owners through nocost, confidential consulting and business education. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises. wisconsinsbdc.org Small Business Workshops: Held in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, these small-class workshops cover a variety of business topics, including marketing, managing cash flow, digital marketing, business plans, financials, business loans, and readiness assessments. scoresewisconsin.org University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education’s Customized Training: Customized program that assists with the design, development and delivery of professional development training that best meets the needs of employees. Questions and requests for a no-obligation meeting can be directed to: (414) 227-3243. uwm.edu/sce/customized-training


The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce. It works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings. Locally, DWD partners with the Employ Milwaukee Workforce Development Board, the Milwaukee Area Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College, as well as other workforce and economic development agencies to provide employers and job seekers with comprehensive workforce solutions in the three-county area, including Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act Youth, Adult and Dislocated Worker programs. dwd.wi.gov mmac.org

Business Resources

Business Council fosters economic inclusion by facilitating the growth of ethnically diverse firms. The Business Connection Program encourages corporations to source products and services from ethnicallydiverse businesses.


The MMAC advocates for effective tax policies, fiscal discipline, reliable energy and a responsive infrastructure to support the risk-takers who drive growth.

Policy Hash:

Candid conversations with policy makers on issues facing the Milwaukee Region


MMAC Publications:

Government Affairs

MMAC offers several publications on the political process and its impact on business. In addition to its quarterly Commerce publication, MMAC publishes a Legislative Agenda, Legislative Scorecard and Directory of Government Officials.


MMAC Legislative Accomplishments

The MAC-PAC is a political action committee that pools members’ financial contributions for political donations to state and local candidates, committees and political parties.


Provided more than $1 billion in new school funding

Increased per-pupil funding amounts for choice and charter schools

Provided more than $200 million in property tax cuts

Legislator Meetings:

Repealed the prevailing wage law for state building and highway projects


Required legislative approval for any state regulation that costs more than $10 million to implement over a two-year period

MMAC offers opportunities for members to meet and talk with local, state and federal elected officials through its Madison Night in Milwaukee and its Milwaukee Night in Washington, D.C.


Created a non-refundable corporate income and franchise tax credit equal to 25% of what an employer pays into an employee’s college savings account

HISTORIC TAX CREDITS Increased the amount of historic tax credits that may be granted to a project from $500,000 to $3.5 million




U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (Republican) ronjohnson.senate.gov U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Democrat) baldwin.senate.gov U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil (District 1 - Republican) bryansteil.house.gov

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MMAC Conduit:

The MMAC Conduit serves as a political donation “checking account” for individual members. Members’ contributions are delivered as a check, recorded as an individual contribution, but also acknowledged as part of MMAC’s effort to support economic vitality and job growth in metropolitan Milwaukee.

U.S. Rep. Gwendolynne Moore (District 4 - Democrat) gwenmoore.house.gov

Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes (Democrat) ltgov.wisconsin.gov

U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (District 5 - Republican) sensenbrenner.house.gov

Attorney General Josh Kaul (Democrat) doj.state.wi.us



Governor Tony Evers (Democrat) governor.wi.gov

Mayor Tom Barrett city.milwaukee.gov/mayor

For a listing of county and local officials, please refer to the WI Governmental Officials Directory under the Advocacy tab at www.mmac.org

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