News Release

Published on Friday, March 17, 2006

Western Wisconsin Technical College will honor several western Wisconsin entrepreneurs and businesses at the 2006 Entrepreneur & Rural Development Recognition Banquet on Thursday, April 6. The event will be held at the Main Street Station, 215 South Main St., Viroqua from 5:00-9:00 p.m. It is co-sponsored by Viroqua Partners, Xcel Energy, Vernon Economic Development Association, Nelson AgriCenter “Just Ask Rental,” WWTC, the WWTC Foundation, and the WWTC Rural Development Program.

The banquet is an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of entrepreneurial businesses in western Wisconsin and those who support 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, which is held in a different community each year, has recognized over 50 successful entrepreneurs from western Wisconsin.

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 a social reception with music, entrepreneur displays and a silent auction, an informal dinner catered by the Meat Shoppe – an area entrepreneur, award presentations, and guest speakers. Prior to the event, optional educational tours of area entrepreneurial businesses will be offered. And, following the banquet, professional comedian Roger Radley will perform at The Move, 219 South Main St., Viroqua.

Guest speakers will include Pam Christianson, Director of the Bureau of Entrepreneurship for the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Christianson will share ideas and success stories on how we can grow more entrepreneurs in Wisconsin. Ivan Davis, a nationally known consultant for entrepreneurs who has held upper management positions in corporate America, will share lessons he has learned from working with successful entrepreneurs.

The cost for the banquet is $20 per person or $35 per couple, and includes admission to the comedy show. Registration and prepayment are requested. The general public and those interested in entrepreneurship are encouraged to attend. Others may purchase tickets for the comedian only for $10 each. To register, contact Gary Kirking at 608.374.7700 or e-mail him at, or contact Al Hanson at 608.637.2612 or e-mail him at