News Release

Published on Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Monroe County is joining the entrepreneurial trend in Wisconsin by starting an area-wide Inventors and Entrepreneur Club. Joining the 42 existing clubs in Wisconsin, the purpose and mission is to cultivate a contagious entrepreneurial spirit among participants that will assist inventors and entrepreneurs in developing successful businesses.

The kickoff meeting for the group will be Monday, Feb. 18, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the new Western Technical College campus in downtown Tomah, 120 E. Milwaukee St. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The keynote speaker for the program will be Jim Wiesender, one of the owners of Sand Creek Brewery in Black River Falls, which is one of the fastest growing breweries in the state. Wiesender will share his entrepreneurial story and the lessons he has learned.

In addition, CPA Louis Zanon of Clifton Gunderson will give an overview of new tax law changes that could impact small business owners and entrepreneurs. Open discussion topics will highlight some of the newest trends in product and service development and an overview of successful entrepreneurial companies in western Wisconsin.

“We are pleased to facilitate the establishment of another Inventor and Entrepreneur Club in western Wisconsin to help entrepreneurs network and learn from each other,” said Gary Kirking, Western’s campus administrator for the Tomah and Black River Falls campuses. “We encourage anyone interested in entrepreneurship to visit one of the meetings and to see the exciting things that are happening with new business owners in western Wisconsin.”

The club has the endorsement and support of the Tomah and Sparta Chamber of Commerce and received a small start-up stipend from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Meetings will be held monthly and will feature different speakers and discussion topics at each session.

For more information on the club, contact Western Technical College’s Tomah Campus at 608.374.7700.