Christine Hill | Keynote Presenter
“What’s Holding You Back From Growing Your Business?” presented by Christine Hill, Executive Director, Future Milwaukee initiative, Marquette University.
1:30pm – 2:00pm
2:00 – 2:30pm
Breakout Session 1: Presentations by Walcheske & Luzi and The Hudson Business Lounge
Photo Credit: Troy Freund Photography
Walcheske & Luzi, LLC | Sponsor & Presenter
Six Common Employment Law Landmines and How to Avoid Them, presented in the Great Hall by attorneys James A. Walcheske and Jesse R. Dill of Walcheske & Luzi.
This fast-paced, entertaining seminar will deliver the six most common employment law mistakes that businesses large and small can make every day. The attorneys of Walcheske & Luzi, LLC will not only help you identify these potential problems but also provide you with the tools to address them today. Attendees will leave with valuable information to help their company stay in business and stay out of court.
Hudson Business Lounge | Sponsor & Presenter
Even Small Businesses Need a Real Estate Strategy, presented in the Blue Ribbon Hall by Daniel Walsh, JD Executive Vice President at Transwestern, Inc., and Erin Hochevar, Director of Community at The Hudson Business Lounge
By now you know that success in any venture depends on how well you’ve prepared. Regardless of where you and your growing company work now, things are going to change, and you need a strategy for managing it. Join us as we discuss important considerations in the development of a plan for office, retail and other real estate that’s right for your business.
2:30 – 3:00pm
3:00 – 3:30pm
Breakout Session 2: Presentations by G2 Insurance Services and Filament
G2 Insurance Services | Presenter & Sponsor
Choosing an Insurance Agent/Company and Maximizing the Value in your Insurance Program, presented in the Great Hall by Tom Gaumond, G2 Insurance Services.
Get ready to hear about some of the best practices that go into choosing a great insurance agent and in turn having them find you a company that fits you best. In addition, Tom will look at the ways a business owner can get the best value when buying their insurance coverages, including liability, property, auto and workers compensation.
Photo Credit: Stories Framed Photography
Filament Communication | Presenter & Sponsor
Online Marketing for Dummys and Really Smart Business Owners Who Aren’t Marketing Experts, presented in the Blue Ribbon Hall by Kelly Andrew, Chief Ideas Officer, and Katy Corey, Director of Collaboration, of Filament.
In this session, Filament will discuss the top five online marketing challenges heard from small businesses over and over (ie: does it really matter how many followers I have on Facebook?), debunk a few online marketing myths, and offer practical advice on cost-effective tools available to your business. You’ll leave with a better grasp on how to set and achieve SMART marketing goals that directly impact your bottom line.
3:30 – 4:00pm
4:00 – 4:45pm
Grow Local Biz Panel
Grow Local Biz Panel | Sponsors & Panelists
Join us for an opportunity to ask questions from local biz experts! Moderated by Christine Hill in the Blue Ribbon Hall, the Grow Local Biz Panel will feature:
Closing & Cocktails
4:45 – 5:00pm
Closing Statements & Prize Drawings
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Networking & Cocktails
There are still a few sponsorship & vendor opportunities available. For more information on how to have your business featured, email Local First Managing Director, Dawn Huibregse.
The Bartolotta Restaurants | The Equitable Bank | Filament | G2 Insurance Services | Go Riteway | Hudson Business Lounge | Ink to the People | Lake Life Photography | Law Offices of Rick Steinberg | OnMilwaukee | P & N Promotions | Pure Sound & Vision | Retailworks | Stan's Fit For Your Feet | Stephanie Bartz Photography | Unleashed Mobile Apps | Urbal Tea | Walcheske & Luzi, LLC
If you can’t make it for the entire day, we are also offering an opportunity to network from 5:00pm-6:30pm for $20 (one beverage included). To register as an attendee for the entire event, or just for the networking happy hour, click HERE.
Pre-purchase this awesome Local First Milwaukee Tote to carry all new business goodies the day of the event (and use it for regularly at your local farmer’s markets!). Created by Ink to the People, this tote is considered a fundraising campaign for Local First Milwaukee. Guests can pre-purchase a tote in advance HERE and pick it up at the day of the Grow Local Biz Expo.
Local First Milwaukee Tote
If you’re looking to update your professional headshot, join Stephanie Bartz Photography in Captain Pabst’s Office during breakout sessions. She’s offering a generous discount ($75 to LFM members | $100 to non-members) that includes proofs and 2 images good for social media. If you’d like to pre-schedule your headshots, click HERE.