Local First Milwaukee Member Newsletter
View this email in your browser

No automatic alt text available.
Dear Member: 

Have you thought about co-marketing your business with other Local First member businesses? Partnering with another #localbiz can enhance your visibility and brand within the local community and drive customer traffic. If your business shares customers with other non-competing businesses, you can help promote each other’s businesses by offering discounts and promotions in-store and through co-operative advertising in local magazines and promotion on websites and in social media.

Join us for a half day of quality learning, resource sharing, and networking at our annual Grow Local Biz Expo on April 25th.

As a community, as #localbiz owners, we need to build each other up!

Show your local love,

Local First Milwaukee  

Grow Local Biz - Guest Registration
Grow Local Biz Expo | The Agenda

The Grow Local Biz Expo is Local First Milwaukee’s spotlight event showcasing our annual Grow Local Business Campaign. The event offers a half-day of quality learning, resource gathering, and networking on Tuesday, April 25th. Tickets for attendees will cost $50 and include a luncheon, an afternoon snack, and one beverage at the end-of-day networking session.

11:00am – 12:15pm

Registration, Vendor Showcase

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Buffet Lunch Served from Tall Guy and a Grill Catering

Welcome by Jim Haertl, owner of Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery 

12:45pm – 1:30pm

Keynote Address

Photo Credit:  Jennifer Bastian Photography


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

Break/Vendor Showcase

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

Break/Vendor Showcase

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

Break/Vendor Showcase 

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 & VisionRetailworks | Stan's Fit For Your FeetStephanie Bartz Photography | Unleashed Mobile AppsUrbal Tea | Walcheske & Luzi, LLC


Guest Registration


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.

Local First Milwaukee Tote

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.

Professional Headshots

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.

Grow Local Biz - Guest Registration

The Hudson Business Lounge will be hosting this intimate event during Historic Third Ward Gallery Night / Day on Saturday, April 22. Stop by between 10am - 6pm and visit 10 local first vendors!

Click HERE to learn more!

Your favorite beer, cheese and sausage festival is back for its 5th year! Join the Shepherd Express as we celebrate all things Wisconsin at the WI State Park Expo Center on Saturday, April 22nd. Enjoy unlimited samples.

Click HERE to learn more!


Participate in the 3rd Annual Employment Law Conference with Walcheske & Luzi on Thursday, April 27th.  For only $40.00 per person, you'll have a delicious plated lunch, receive conference materials, and free attendance to the reception (Reception only: $10.00).

Click HERE to learn more! 

Farm to Forx Dinner by Lorganix

Saturday, May 20
5pm - 8pm Rooftop Garden at Core El Centro
Featuring Local framers, artisans and entertaiment provided by local students.

Will Allen will be signing his book Good Food Revolution. Fee $5, proceeds benefit Core El Centro and Growing Power

Local First Members get 25% discount on the first 26 tickets. 

Click HERE to learn more!


May Early Riser!
Wednesday, May 31
7:30 am to 9:30 am

 Start your day inspired by nature!
Wood Violet Floral Design is an eco friendly floral design studio in Milwaukee that uses locally grown flowers picked at the peak of their freshness.  Each design highlights the beauty of the season.

Learn about seasonal and wedding designs as well as the bouquet CSA, while connecting with LFM members. 

Additional details to follow

No automatic alt text available.

There's still time to join a CSA this year! To find Milwaukee Area CSA Farms:


Click HERE for 5 reasons you should join a CSA 

Help us Build Up Local Biz!

Please consider a tax deductible donation to Local First Milwaukee to help us build up local businesses and continue our mission to make Milwaukee a more sustainable community.
Copyright © 2017 Local First Milwaukee, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences