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Venture Center Hosting 1 Million Cups

The Venture Center at Fox Valley Technical College is hosting weekly networking events over coffee for entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners each Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. at the FVTC D.J. Bordini Center, 5 Systems Drive, Appleton. 

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Appleton Named 1 Million Cups City

City becomes third in the state to join nationwide movement to spark entrepreneurial growth.

More than 40 entrepreneurs, aspiring small business owners, and college students convened at Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center on Wednesday, October 28 to kick-off a pilot gathering and soft launch of Appleton, Wisconsin being recognized as a 1 Million Cups city on behalf of a national initiative of the Kauffman Foundation.

Princeton Audio Founder Mike Pelland shares his insight
at the kick-off to 1 Million Cups at FVTC’s Venture Center.

That effort is designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with a weekly platform to share resources related to small business ownership. Leaders of the Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, came up with an idea that entrepreneurs nationwide will discover solutions to their challenges in launching and growing an enterprise through networking over a million cups of coffee. Essentially, a weekly hub is established in cities proactively dedicated to economic development for entrepreneurs so they can consistently work with others who share their passion on a regular basis.

FVTC’s Venture Center, which has provided small business training and growth strategies for 15 years, served as the catalyst behind bringing the initiative to Appleton to fuel economic growth in the region, along with Copper Rock, the New North, and the college’s business program division. The soft launch event featured a presentation by Princeton Audio Founder and CEO, Mike Pelland. His ties to the FVTC and the region include winning a past small business plan award through a Venture Center- sponsored event. Pelland’s company in central Wisconsin manufactures hand-crafted wooden speakers for hard wired or wireless applications in a variety of finishes. The company has grown to sell its products worldwide, and Pelland shared his insight on his entrepreneur journey to others at the kickoff.

The event also included the attendance of David Lindenstruth, a Venture Center trainee completer from 2007. Lindenstruth is the founder of seven HuHot Mongolian restaurants in Wisconsin and Indiana.

The 1 Million Cups event is free and open to the public each Wednesday at FVTC’s Venture Center from 9-10 a.m., 5 Systems Drive in Appleton. No registration is required to attend the networking sessions. For more information, call 920-735-5709.

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