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Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corp.
Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD)
was formed to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital in
order to grow their businesses, provide job opportunities and inspire
their communities. WBD's expertise with the SBA's 504 and 7(a)
programs leads to solutions that help small businesses grow, creating
jobs and improving Wisconsin communities. These solutions allow small
business owners to keep cash for other needs and provide lenders the
opportunity to preserve liquidity and enhance security, reducing risk.
Welcome New Members!
Tracy Benter, Economic Development Corp. of Manitowoc County, Manitowoc
Kathryn Berger, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,
Bill Beson, First American Capital Corp.West Allis
Jennifer Conlin, Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Milwaukee
Wil Cox, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Jeffrey Dietrich, Northwest Regional Planning Commission,
Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System,
Aaron Hagar, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Luke Hanson, Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corp.,Eau Claire
Patti Holden, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Ron Kysiak, Diane Lupke & Associates, Newton
Benjamin Lasiewicz, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Green Bay
Renee Lindner, Burleigh Street CDC, Milwaukee
Jenny Lisak, Key Commercial Real Estate, Madison
Scott Mosley, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,
Bob Pope, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Mark Rhoda-Reis, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Ruth Rolich, City of Madison, Madison
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.,
Tom Thieding, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Shari Tieman, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield
Lyra Trapp, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Madison
Bruce Trimble, North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Stevens Point
Charles Vang, Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee
Andy Albarado, 2012 WEDA President
of the things that continually fascinates me about the field of
economic development is the wide range of backgrounds my colleagues
have. There is an amazing diversity of educational backgrounds, prior
work experiences, specialized expertise and stories of how we became ED
practitioners. Some are starting their careers in the field, while
others are finishing. For some it's been a lifelong career, while others
visit before moving on to other pursuits. Planners and engineers,
bankers and marketers, sales reps. and realtors–the fields are varied.
Some have college degrees, some have no degree, part-time, full-time,
sometimes, retired/unretired, MBA's and CED's. I even understand there
might be a music major or two.
Executive Director Update
It's 2013 and we are gearing up for an exciting
year at WEDA. Last year ended on a very strong note with more
participation in events and conferences than ever before.
This year we have an even bigger line up of events and opportunities for our members to learn and grow professionally.
- Four IEDCcourses including
business retention & expansion surveys, workforce development
strategies, real estate development and reuse, and strategic planning—the first 40 registrants receive a $150 scholarship.
- Another course offered by the National
Development Council—again, scholarships are available with the first 40
registrants to receive a $200 discount.
- A wonderful event in Wausau on June 4 & 5, will include hands on training on fundraising for your organization
as well as how to use economic and fiscal impact analysis to sell your project
to a funding source.
By Hamilton Consulting Group
Off to a Running Start
The 101st session of the Wisconsin Legislature
came to order on January 7, 2013, and the legislators have wasted no
time getting down to business. Already a number of important issues are
working their way through the system.
2013 Annual Membership Meeting
There arefive board openings for the three-year term starting in 2013. This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 7 at the Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center during the 2013 Governor's Conference on Economic Development.
If you are unable to attend the annual meeting a proxy ballot is below the list of candidates.
Meet the 2013 Slate of Candidates
Click on Name for Nominee Information
- Janet Ady, Voltedge, Inc., Madison*
- Andy Albarado, Rusk County Development, Ladysmith*
- Mari Kay-Nabozny, Northwest WI Workforce Investment Board, Ashland*
- Sam Perlman, Door County Economic Development Corp, Sturgeon Bay*
- Dan Schneider, WI Business Development Finance Corp, Monona*
- Jim Schuessler, Forest County Economic Development Partnership, Crandon
- Cynthia Sweet, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, Madison
- Heather Wessling, City of Wausau, Wausau
* Incumbent Candidates
addition to voting on the 2013 Board of Director Candidates, the WEDA
Board of Directors have proposed changes to the By-Laws.
Proposed 2013 By-Law Changes
2013 Proxy Ballot
Please return the completed ballot no later than Tuesday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m.
firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax: (608) 208-1148
2013 WEDA's Governor's Conference on Economic Development
February 6 - 8, 2013
Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
There's still time to register forth best educational and networking event for economic development in
Wisconsin. This year's event will focus on Wisconsin's hottest economic
development topics and issues, including:
- Logistics and Transportation
- Future for Compressed Natural Gas.
Kick off this year's conference by participating with WEDA's Inaugural Legislative Day. This is
our chance to "walk the halls” of the State Capitol and meet with our
legislators to educate them on the issues important to all of us as the
state's economic development professionals. The 2013 Legislative day begins at noon with
an optional lunch and briefing session on the issues, followed by visits
over at the capitol and topped off with a legislative reception at
Brocach* – a great Irish bar and restaurant on the Capitol Square.
All are invited to attend. Cannot attend the Governor's Conference on Economic Development? Register for Legislative Day only!
Click here to register for the conference and view the agenda & speaker information.
Upcoming Professional Educational Opportunities
March 21-22, 2013
IEDC Business Retention & Expansion,
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
April 22-26, 2013
National Development Council: ED201-Business Credit Analysis, Milwaukee
May 16-17, 2013
IEDC Real Estate Development and Reuse
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
July 18-19, 2013
IEDC Workforce Development,
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
August 15-16, 2013
IEDC Economic Development Strategic Planning
Concourse Hotel, Madison, WI
September 9-12, 2013
Wisconsin Basic Economic Development Course
UW-Pyle Center, Madison, WI
In this Update
- First "Certified in Wisconsin” Sites Announced
- Watch for Phase II of Certified Site Application
- Connect Communities Selected
- Skills Wisconsin
Governor Walker Names Reed Hall New WEDC CEO
Walker announced Reed Hall as the new Wisconsin Economic Development
Corp. Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Hall served as Interim Secretary/CEO
of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation since November 2012.
Prior to that, he was executive director of Marshfield Clinic,
Marshfield, Wisconsin, from January 2000 to July 2010, additionally from
June 1976 until January 2000 he served as general counsel to Marshfield
brings a fresh perspective and strong leadership to the WEDC,” said
Governor Scott Walker. "Reed's experience at the Marshfield Clinic, in
numerous civic organizations, and involvement in creating private sector
jobs in Wisconsin makes him a perfect fit for this position. He will be
guided by years of experience and a record of effective management in
the private sector. I look forward to working with Reed and the WEDC to
continue to improve Wisconsin's business climate.”
Read Mr.Hall's statement here
WEDA Applauds Walker’s WEDC Appointment
Wisconsin Economic Development Institute News
Roger Nacker, President, WEDI
Inside this issue:
- Wisconsin's Business Ranking – Take your pick
- Manpower Group Seventh Annual Survey Reveals in U.S. The Top Three Talent Shortages are Skilled Trades, Engineers and IT Staff
- Tech-Based Economic Development in 2012 - state spending on economic development falls almost 40 percent from FY2009 to FY20121
- New Business Formations Up 8.7% in Wisconsin
- EDA Unveils Online Tool - weigh benefits of economic development projects using the Triple Bottom Linemodel
- IEDC Re-launches RestoreYourEconomy.org
- See Our Competition MI's Game Plan
Upcoming Partner & Member Calendar of Events
February 13, 2013
Business Day in Madison
Monona Terrace Convention & Community Center, Madison, WI
February 13, 19, 21, 26, 27, 28
2013 WBD Program: Working Together Seminar
February 25-26, 2013
Sector Strategy and Career Pathways Meeting
March 6, 7, 12, 13, 2013
2013 WBD Program: Working Together Seminar,
March 13, 2013
Arts Day 2013
Madison Concourse Hotel, Madison
Have an upcoming event you would like to include on the WEDA website? Click Here to complete the WEDA online form for your upcoming event!