News Release

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Western Wisconsin Technical College (WWTC) will honor several western Wisconsin entrepreneurs and businesses at the 2005 Entrepreneur & Rural Development Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 28. The event will be held at the Jellystone Campground in Warrens, Wis. from 5:30-9:00 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Warrens Cranfest Committee, WWTC Rural Development and the WWTC Foundation, and Jellystone Campground.

The banquet is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurial businesses in western Wisconsin and those supporting rural development efforts. Awards such as Best Marketing Effort, Leadership Builders, Entrepreneur Attitude Award, and others will be presented that evening. In the past several years, the banquet has acknowledged over 50 entrepreneurs.

The event also introduces business owners to a wide-ranging support network, which can provide continuing opportunities for success. The banquet is an ongoing effort by WWTC to assist entrepreneurs in their quest to build new and dynamic businesses that help our local economies. Included in the evening’s activities will be table displays by area entrepreneurs and a silent auction to benefit the entrepreneurial network.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be David Zach, nationally-known professional speaker and futurist. Zach has a master’s degree in Studies of the Future and corporate forecasting experience. His presentation will place the latest societal and economic forecasts into an easy-to-understand perspective.

Prior to the event, optional educational tours of several entrepreneurial area attractions will be offered. Participants will explore the Jellystone Campground expansion via the Jellystone train and learn of the economic impact in their area for jobs and tourism, or they can visit the new Cranberry Discovery Center, which includes a tour of a cranberry marsh.

The event is open to the public and cost is $15 per person. To register, contact Gary Kirking at the WWTC-Black River Falls campus at 715.284.2253 or e-mail kirkingg@wwtc.edu by April 25.