Mark Burwell is an instructor for the E-seed™: Entrepreneurship Training and Pro-Seed™ Business Model Design series as well as other Venture Center seminars. As a successful entrepreneur, mentor, author and small business leader, Mark draws on his 35 years of running various successful businesses and helping with over 2000 business start-ups. Mark received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Public Address while becoming a collegiate All-American in Track. As President and CEO of a Wisconsin-based firm, Mark grew the company to a regional level from Minneapolis to Milwaukee and received national recognition. As President/Owner of Evolutions Business Group, he has studied, lectured and consulted nationally as well as internationally in Ireland, Montreal, Canada and Russia.
Mark was chosen as Green Bay's Small Business Person of the Year, as well as one of the "Fabulous Fifty" as an evolutionary entrepreneur. He was honored as Wisconsin's "Small Business Advocate of the Year" by the U.S. Small Business Administration for creating a level playing field for small businesses. The University of Wisconsin-Stout awarded him the "Distinguished Alumni Award" of the year for his career, business and civic achievements.
Mark currently leads as the National Executive Director for the E-Hub, where he has been the architect for the successful model. With wisdom and a strong dose of customer reality, Mark offers innovative ideas. A compelling author and speaker, Mark Burwell informs, challenges, inspires and leaves you with a new and powerful understanding of your business, the market and your customers.
Brian Davis is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for small business and cycling. Three years ago Brian quit a full time corporate job to focus on his own ventures, launching cycling related products. Turning a life long passion into a profession.
Inspired by working smarter and not harder Brian is accomplished at outsourcing and delegating tasks in order to execute on ideas. In the past 3 years Brian completed 3 highly successful Kickstarter campaigns ($45,000, $82,000, $25,000) for 2 different products and is working on a fourth for Q1 2016. Brian shares his experiences with other inventors and start-ups about using outside resources to make a tremendous impact.
Brian combined his passion for cycling and business to launch the Fix It Sticks brand of cycling accessories. The product that Brian invented is a simple bicycle hand tool that works in a fantastically unique way. You can see a video of how the idea started and some of the key features at www.fixitsticks.com.
In 2015, Brian launched The BackBottle www.backbottle.com which is a hyper specific water bottle designed specifically for the jersey pockets of endurance athletes.
Brian engages audiences with real life examples and offers concrete, useable information to launch your idea. Brian brings direct experience in marketing, PR, designing, prototyping, packaging, shipping and anything else associated with taking a product from sketch to shelf.
Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-740-6149.
Jeff is an instructor for the E-seed™: Entrepreneurship Training series and the Venture Center's business and entrepreneurship program. He is the founder and past president of Ebel Woodworking, Inc., an architectural woodworking company located in Scandinavia, Wisconsin. He has been in the woodworking and furniture industry for over 35 years and started Ebel Woodworking in 1989. After selling Ebel Woodworking in May of 2007, he took an eleven month sabbatical, working part time as a consultant and volunteering for a variety of non-profit organizations. He currently works as a Sales and Marketing Representative for SAINTS Health Services for Business, a Central Wisconsin occupational health services provider.
As a volunteer, Jeff is active in the AWI, Architectural Woodwork Institute, serving a second two year term as a member of the development council, assists the Chapter Development Committee with leadership training, and recently completed a two year term as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AWI. He is also a volunteer counselor for and Chapter Chair of the Central Wisconsin Chapter of SCORE, volunteers providing free counseling to small businesses. He is on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Stevens Point and serves as an ambassador for the Portage County Business Council. His association with the many organizations provides myriad opportunities to utilize his skills as a presenter and leader.
Autumn is an instructor for E-seed™: Entrepreneurship Training and other Venture Center seminars. Autumn is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Owner and Creative Director of Autumn Hill Creative, a full-service communications firm. Autumn and her team have helped hundreds of businesses target their markets and devise and implement marketing strategies across a variety of channels. Autumn and her business partner completed e-seed when they launched their business in 2004, and she has now come full circle, returning to share her knowledge and experience with aspiring business owners.
Autumn takes an active role in many business and community organizations and has been recognized as a Future 15 Young Professional by the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2012, Woman of Distinction by Mid-Day Women’s Alliance, Outstanding Volunteer by Fox Valley Technical College, Community Volunteer of the Year by the Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Partner of the Year by B.A.B.E.S., Inc. Respite & Counseling Services, and is active in the New North Fast Forward initiative, enhancing regional economic development opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Ellen received her bachelor’s degree in medical technology & biology, from UW-Oshkosh. As a scientist and researcher, she enjoyed working in France as a technical coach and translator.
She founded FRESCO in 1998 to integrate a small team of professionals. Clients included the CEA, Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, and Uhlmann Pac-Systeme.
In 2010, Ellen returned to Wisconsin and became an avid patent searcher and intellectual property liaison for multiple Bemis divisions: Healthcare, Advanced Technologies, Latin America, and Europe.
FRESCO Services promotes dynamic innovation that leverages patent research and intellectual property management.
David is an instructor for the E-seed™: Entrepreneurship Training series. David moved to the Fox Valley in 1999 where he used his electronics engineering degree to support product design, rapid prototyping, transition to global manufacturing sites, and sustained manufacturing, primarily within the medical industry. He later started his most successful company, Appetize, as a side-venture, while working full-time as a Project Manager. Appetize opened Wisconsin’s first HuHot Mongolian Grill restaurant in 2006. Within five years, David grew the business to seven restaurants in two states, employing over 400 employees, servicing over one million guest visits per year, and donating up to $125,000 annually to its communities. Prior to being sold in December 2012, David and Appetize received recognition as the Rising Star (Fox Cities Chamber), Small Business of the Year (Post Crescent and Fox Cities Chamber), Franchise Owner of the Year (HuHot Mongolian Grill), Restaurant Neighbor of the Year finalist (National Restaurant Association) and Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year (National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship). A graduate of Fox Valley Technical College’s e-seed and Pro-Seed™ programs, David now aspires to help other business owners to realize their visions.
Accomplished leadership entrepreneur and engineer with significant experience in leadership training, welding, packaging, automotive and off road equipment industries. Tapiwa is an entrepreneur and LIFE Leadership member where individuals and corporations are helped with professional, financial and personal development. At LIFE Leadership, the teaching is that:
- Training Is Temporary. Development Is Permanent
Based on the New York Times bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution (LLR), the LLR Corporate education program is designed not to train employees but to develop leaders. Leadership development is arguably the single most important investment any company can make. The leader creates the culture; the culture delivers the results
For the large percentage of people who struggle with debt and credit problems, people are offered debt freedom through LIFE’s Financial Fitness products and services.
For those who desire high achievement and lifestyle, a shot at financial freedom through a sales compensation plan is offered.
And for those who are underprivileged, disenfranchised, or victims of disaster, a functional freedom through Life on Life Initiative and charitable outreaches is offered
Education: Tapiwa achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology and business administration training from Milwaukee School of Engineering
Work Experience: Leadership trainer, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur, Mechanical Engineer, College Math Instructor
Charitable Focus: All Grace Outreach, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, which focuses on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world and helping abused, abandoned, and distressed women and children.
Hobbies and Interests: Tapiwa enjoys playing soccer, rugby, boating, reading, and traveling
Annilee blends academic training in business administration and liberal arts with extensive sales and small business experience. She is an instructor for the Venture Center's business and entrepreneurship program.
In 1999, Annilee worked with a local, nonprofit organization, CAP Services, Inc., to start and expand their housing program in Outagamie County. CAP Services’ First Time Home Buyer program offers education, financial counseling, and provides down payment, closing fees, and rehabilitation grants and loans to first time buyers to help them achieve the dream of homeownership.
In 2005, Annilee joined The Pietsch Team with Coldwell Banker TREG, Inc. and was instrumental in launching and creating brand awareness for a family owned real estate business venture.
In 2008, The Pietsch Team was recruited by Wisconsin’s leading real estate brokerage, First Weber Group. As President of The Pietsch Team at First Weber Group from 2008 to 2013, Annilee utilized her expertise in finance, marketing, operations, strategy, risk analysis, and planning to grow the business. Along with the strength and agility of a talented family team, sales and revenue were increased year over year in a depressed real estate economy. The Pietsch Team’s knowledge of the real estate industry, strength in negotiations and problem solving, ability to work within a team environment have been critical to their success in assisting in 1000 +/- transactions related to the purchase, sale, rental or trade of real estate. From 2005-2013, The Pietsch Team has received top annual awards for being market leaders in their industry.
Additionally, Annilee is active in her community and volunteers as a board member for the following organizations: Wautoma Public Library, Wautoma Historical Board, and Thrivent Financial.
Mick Walsh is a visual recorder for the Pro-Seed™: Business Model Design session and Small Business Design, Plan and Grow series. Mick has spent over 35 years in the advertising, marketing, and creative arts industry. Mick has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University where he graduated with honors. He also completed graduate level courses in design, and photography from Northern Illinois University and educational marketing from the University of Phoenix. He has been a featured speaker and panelist at national and regional industry conferences and workshops presenting creative best practices. Mick has previously owned and operated his own design studio and advertising agency in Denver, Colorado. He was also Vice President of Creative for GEM, a global design agency with offices in 11 cities worldwide. He has created campaigns and projects for American Express, Boeing, 3M, Sears and Best Buy.
Mick has formed a creative services company called SketchBIZ, which provides clients with Visual Recordings, Whiteboard Videos and Storyboard Illustrations.