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Updates from your regional economic development alliance
April  2011- Vol 2, Issue 3
In This Issue
New professional development series
Business procurement workshop for local companies
Bio 2011 scholarship opportunity
WEDC update

Global insights and networking event

Wednesday, May 11  

In an effort to increase Central Wisconsin-based companies' net exports we are pleased to partner with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce and Northcentral Technical College for an event on Wednesday, May 11 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.  


This session will provide technical assistance for companies wishing to enter into or increase their investments in foreign markets.  Opportunities in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China will be highlighted.  


Please contact Brad Schneider, Wisconsin Department of Commerce at, 608.347.2480 to register.

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Centergy announces 2011 Economic Summit  

Please mark your calendars for Centergy's 2011 Economic Summit, to be held Wednesday, May 4 from 8am to 12pm at Sentry Theater.     


Annually we bring together Centergy stakeholders and community Barb Fleisnermembers interested in growing Central Wisconsin for a morning full of regional updates, networking, and motivational messages.  This year will be no exception. Highlights to the 2011 summit include an overview of recent changes in state legislation through panel discussions. Following the panel discussions will be a presentation by our keynote speaker, Tim Sullivan, from Barry-Wehmiller Companies. Sullivan's message, entitled "People-Centric Leadership" describes how people, purpose, performance, and investments in leadership, technology, and continuous improvement are essential for Central Wisconsin's continued success.  We will end the morning by highlighting ethnic diversity through entertainment provided by "Global Rhythms" through UWSP's International Club. This is a summit you will not want to miss.


Please watch your inbox for your summit registration form, or if more convenient, please send me an email noting your attendance plans.


Best regards, 


Barb Fleisner 

Executive Director  

Professional development series focused on leadership
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With increasing business trends in globalization, information technology and innovation, it is imperative that both seasoned and new managers take the initiative to manage change rather than just respond to the business climate.  Northcentral Technical College, UW Stevens Point, Northwest WI Manufacturing Outreach Center, UWSP Small Business Development Center, and Centergy have partnered to bring this leadership series to our region. The sessions will help leaders create more effective teams and communication tools, as well as techniques to drive operational excellence and performance measures.

During six consecutive Thursday morning sessions, beginning April 7, participants will be exposed to leadership styles, conversation dynamics, effective writing, team building concepts, operational excellence, and performance measures. Please register at HERE.
Business Procurement Assistance Center
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In an effort to help our local companies find federal business opportunities through government contracts, the Business Procurement Assistance Center and Mid-State Technical College will be providing a workshop on April 14.

The morning session will focus on finding federal opportunities, while the afternoon session will concentrate on how to market to the federal government. To register please visit 
HERE or call 608.243.4490.
Small business scholarship program for Bio 2011
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The Small Business Scholarship Program for Bio 2011 is designed to enable small Wisconsin biotechnology companies (health, agriculture, energy, medical device manufacturing) to participate in the Bio 2011 International Convention to be held June 27-30 in Washington D.C.  Awards will be made from $750 to $1,500 based on articulated need.  Please contact the Centergy office for more information and an application.
UPDATE: WI Economic Development Corporation
Act 7 creates a new quasi-public Authority called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The WEDC essentially represents Phase 1 of the Governor's plan to completely reorganize the current Department of Commerce. Phase 2 of the Commerce Department reorganization will be accomplished as part of the Governor's biennial budget bill.

The Authority created under the bill is authorized to develop and implement economic programs to provide business support, expertise and financial assistance to companies that invest and create jobs in Wisconsin, and to support new business start-ups and business expansion. The WEDC will be run by a board of directors that consists of 13 voting members, including the Governor, who serves as chairman; six Governor-nominated members; three Senate Majority Leader-appointed members (which includes one member of the majority party, one member of the minority party and one person employed in the private sector); and three members appointed by the Assembly Speaker (which includes one member of the majority party, one member of the minority party, and one person employed in the private sector). In addition, the Secretaries of Administration and Revenue would serve on the board as non-voting members.

This initiative grew out of the "Be Bold Wisconsin" study and recommendations developed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association and its partners, Competitive Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Counties Association, and strongly embraced by Governor Walker during and after his campaign.

The primary purposes of the new economic development entity is to focus solely on the expansion, retention and attraction of business in Wisconsin and, thereby, to growing Wisconsin's economy; to be a change agent and a high-profile economic development champion empowered to aggressively pursue business retention, growth and attraction; and to have leadership and staff that will not be distracted by responsibilities not directly related to economic development. 

Centergy and our strong local chambers will continue to be part of the operational discussion.

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