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4/27/2016 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Speaker Series: Gregory Feith

Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. | Gregory Feith is a former Senior Air Safety Investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board

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4/28/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
4/30/2016 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Aviation Fly-In & Open House

Either fly in or drive in for breakfast and explore the aviation training hangar and labs, visit with faculty and try out our full-motion Redbird flight simulators. If you're considering a career in aviation, this event is for you!

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Open Registration for Summer Term

Community registration for Summer 2016 classes starts Monday, May 2.

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5/5/2016 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

On Campus: Lakeland College

Thinking of transferring to Lakeland College?
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5/11/2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Explore the Fab Lab

Wednesday, May 11, 4-5:30 p.m., FVTC Bordini Center | Come see what the FVTC Fab Lab has to offer.

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5/12/2016 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
5/14/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cooking Demo: Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken

Explore the Many Flavors of Chicken | Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. - Noon

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5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
5/16/2016 - 5/20/2016
5/21/2016 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

FVTC Classic to Current Car & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, May 21, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., J.J. Keller Transportation Center, Appleton Campus

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6/4/2016 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bark in the Park at FVTC

Enjoy a stroll through FVTC's trails with your furry friend! 

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Focus Magazine | Current Issue | Spring 2016

Focus on the Entrepreneur: iSupply

Sam Warpinski (left) and Tom Mittelsteadt of iSupply

Focus on the Entrepreneur: iSupply

Spring 2014

Apr 3, 2014

In 2009, iSupply was a small electronics accessories store in a Green Bay mall. “Business was not very good,” says 27-year-old Tom Mittelsteadt. “Then one day a customer asked if we repaired iPhones™. I said no, but when another customer later asked the same question, the light came on. We fixed the customer’s iPhone, and came up with an entirely new business model.”

Mittelsteadt and his partner Sam Warpinski knew they had a good idea, but it needed professional direction and support. “We were accepted into the Venture Center’s new Business Model Design Workshop,” he says. “The training gave us the opportunity to literally map out and visualize our business plan.”

A week later, Mittelsteadt began the eight-week E-seed Express™ program. “It was incredible. They brought in speakers for every class, and each one was a professional in the areas we needed to learn more about,” he says. “We received real-time feedback, plus great networking connections thanks to the Venture Center.”

Today, iSupply has 15 employees in three Green Bay locations and one in Appleton. In addition to offering same-day repair for Apple and Samsung mobile products, iSupply provides expert service for PCs and Macs™, Xboxes™, PlayStations™, and Wii™gaming systems. The company also established a business division to serve area businesses and non-profit organizations.

iSupply has no plans to stop growing. “Our big goal is to expand nationally,” says Mittelsteadt. “We have also been accepted into the New North Fast Forward program, where we can get additional mentoring help. Fox Valley Tech has done so much to help us succeed. We don’t know what we could ever do to pay it back.”

Going With a Winner

The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College recently earned noteworthy grant awards and recognition for its impact on small business development:

  • Winner of the 2014 National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) Shared Vision for Small Business Competition, resulting in a $20,000 award to develop Marketing Made Lean, a four-part, 16-hour workshop series designed to help micro- and small-business owners in the region.

  • A $10,000 grant from Sam’s Club and the NACCE to help finance tuition for attendees of the Pro-Seed: Small Business Design, Plan and Grow™ program.

  • A $5,000 grant from AT&T to advance Pro-Seed and E-seed Express training in the greater Waupaca region.