Skip to Main Content

Search NewsCenter

Top Stories

Focus on the Entrepreneur: Oberstadt Landscapes

Focus on the Entrepreneur: Oberstadt Landscapes

Spring 2012

A Growing Success

When the recession hit, Jerry Oberstadt turned to FVTC’s Venture Center for help.

“As an entrepreneur, it’s hard to find a resource you can really count on,” states Jerry Oberstadt, president of Oberstadt Landscapes in Fremont. “That’s why I consider the e-seed™ and Pro-Seed™ programs at Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center to be such good investments.”

Part of the Business and Industry Services division at FVTC, the Venture Center provides professional development training programs for entrepreneurs on a fee-for-service basis. “Our goal is to boost entrepreneurship and build area business to expand employment,” states Venture Center director Amy Pietsch.

Oberstadt Landscapes is a great example of how the Venture Center helps area businesses. “Jerry first went through our e-seed™ program for help in developing management and planning tools,” Pietsch says. “He then registered for Pro-Seed™, a blended program in which students work individually through online modules, and then meet with a personal coach on a weekly basis for one-on-one sessions.”

When the recession hit in 2009, Oberstadt’s clients began cutting back on projects. “My revenue was decreasing and my expenses were increasing,” recalls Oberstadt. “I then looked to the Venture Center to help me rethink my business strategies.”

With the help of the Venture Center, Oberstadt was able to identify his strengths and his weaknesses. “The center’s resources gave me tools that I could apply immediately to my business,” remembers Oberstadt. “For example, my coach helped me boost my financial management skills, which had an immediate impact on how I handled the business on a daily basis.”

Oberstadt also learned that he needed to delegate more. “I now put more trust in my team members by bringing them into new projects sooner so they can work effectively without me,” he says. “I am now the manager of the entire business rather than just the lead designer. I still get involved in design work, but I am finding fulfillment in helping different team members do their jobs well.”

Business has been very good for Oberstadt Landscapes. “Our revenue increased twenty percent in 2011,” Oberstadt says. “When people ask me about the Venture Center, I think that says it all.”

Helping Small Business Every Step of the Way

Launched in 2005, The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College has served more than 1,000 professionals, helped launch and/or expand 300 businesses, which in turn created more than 1,000 new jobs.

In addition to the success of new business start-ups, existing small business owners are increasingly finding that the Venture Center is their lifelong partner in improving or expanding operations as well. “We offer customized blended programs, monthly guest speakers, and one-on-one coaching,” says Amy Pietsch, director of the Venture Center.

Pietsch says she’s proud of how the Venture Center has emerged as an invaluable network of business professionals. “Basically, every client who has worked with the Venture Center stays with us throughout his or her journey. Some provide expert counsel to aspiring entrepreneurs, others look to us for additional resources and training, and some help by simply letting people know that business ownership is very doable!”

FVTC President's Blog


New This Week

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Engineering Student Earns National Scholarship

Engineering Student Earns National Scholarship

Jun 6, 2017

Eric Kovacevich, a student in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program, received a ...

Franz Named Alumni of the Year

Franz Named Alumni of the Year

Apr 20, 2017

Fox Valley Technical College has named City of Oshkosh Fire Chief Tim Franz as its 2017 Alumni ...

Focus on Alumni: Culinary Grad Ashley Nero

Focus on Alumni: Culinary Grad Ashley Nero

Mar 10, 2017

Q&A with Culinary Grad Ashley Nero

Featured Photos

Featured Videos

Spring 2017 Focus Magazine

It's all about employability in the latest issue of Focus magazine, with features highlighting students, alumni & employers in Accounting, IT, Automation and much more.

Spring 2017 Focus Magazine

Upcoming Events

26 Jun 2017

Open Registration for Fall Term

Open Registration for Fall Term

Community registration for Fall 2017 classes begins on Monday, June 26.

27 Jun 2017

Campus Tour: Agriculture, Business, Culinary

2-4 p.m. | Appleton

Campus Tour: Agriculture, Business, Culinary

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

28 Jun 2017

Campus Tour: Electricity, Engineering, Information Technology

8:30-10:30 a.m. | Appleton

Campus Tour: Electricity, Engineering, Information Technology

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Calendar

«June 2017»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
28293031123
6/3/2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
63745

Free Legal Assistance Clinic

Need help with a legal issue? Attend our free legal assistance clinic, offered by the FVTC Paralegal Student Organization. Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-Noon

Read more
4567
6/7/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
50654

Campus Tour: Agriculture, Business, Culinary

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
8910
11121314
6/14/2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
49633

High School Completion Ceremony

For students who have earned their GED, HSED or Adult High School credentials. | Wednesday, June 14, 7-9 p.m.

Read more
1516
6/16/2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
74435

Campus Tour: Electricity, Engineering, Information Technology

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
17
1819
6/19/2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
74436

Campus Tour: Health, Human Services, Marketing

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
202122
6/22/2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
74438

Campus Tour: Manufacturing, Public Safety, Transportation

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
2324
2526
6/26/2017
40844

Open Registration for Fall Term

Community registration for Fall 2017 classes begins on Monday, June 26.

Read more
27
6/27/2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
74439

Campus Tour: Agriculture, Business, Culinary

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
28
6/28/2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
74440

Campus Tour: Electricity, Engineering, Information Technology

Come check out Fox Valley Technical College this summer.

Read more
29301
2
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
3
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
4
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
5
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
6
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
7
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more
8
7/2/2017 - 7/8/2017
40845

College Closed for Summer Break

All Fox Valley Technical College locations will be closed for the summer recess the week of July 3, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, July 10.

Read more

FVTC Social Media

Connect With Us banner

FVTC eConnect Newsletter Sign-up








CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above: