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Bunker Labs #WIVetBiz Event to Inspire, Educate & Connect Entrepreneurs – Chippewa Falls

August 3, 2017  Chippewa Falls, WI
Start Date August 3, 2017
End Date August 3, 2017
Time 3:45 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
Facility Leinie Lodge
Address 124 East Elm Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
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Join Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch & Dick Leinenkugel at Leinie Lodge for Bunker Labs #WIVetBiz #BunkerBrews!

Bunker Labs’ mission is to #inspire, #educate, and #connect military veteran entrepreneurs/families/spouses to the business/startup community, civic/elected leaders, angel/venture investors and each other.


Professional Development + Business Networking = Great Event!
#WIVetBiz + #BunkerBrews = #MusterAcrossWisconsin
Registration includes 2 drinks and food (heavy Hors d’oeuvres)

· Led by @BunkerLabsWI, @WisconsinSBDC and @WisTechCouncil
· By/for military veteran entrepreneurs, family/small/veteran-owned businesses, etc.
· All business professionals are encouraged to register; not required to be a veteran
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Leinie Lodge · Patio · @LeinieLodge
124 East Elm Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729


Thursday · August 3 · 2017

3:00-3:45 p.m. – Leinenkugel Brewing Company tour
Free via appointment/registration/RSVP only

4:00-4:30 p.m. – Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
#Inspire led by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

4:30-5:00 p.m. – Dick Leinekugel * – President, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Don Weber *? – Founder/Chairman, Logistics Health Inc.
#Inspire led by Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)

5:00-5:15 p.m. – Kevin Evans * – Duluth Whiskey Project
                          Tim O’Neil * – Executive Director, Bunker Labs-Minneapolis
#Inspire @BunkerLabsMPLS Entrepreneur Spotlight

5:00-5:15 p.m. – Jeff Dykes – Founder/CEO, Northern Star Fire (and Fire Dept. Capt.)
                          Carla Stephany * – Entrepreneur, Bunker Labs-Madison
                          Billy Kesselring * – Entrepreneur, Bunker Labs-Madison
#Inspire @BunkerLabsWI Entrepreneur Spotlight

5:30-5:45 p.m. – “Technology Council & state/local resources for entrepreneurs”
                          Bram Daelemans – Dir., Wisconsin Investor Network
                          Luke Kempen – Dir. UW-Eau Claire SBDC
                          Nancy Mistele – Office of Bus. Dev., Dept. of Admin.
#Educate powered by UW-Extension & Wisconsin SBDCs

5:45-6:00 p.m. – Intro to @BunkerLabsWI + #EPIC #InnovatorAcademy
                          Michael Ertmer * – Executive Director, Bunker Labs-Madison/Wis.
#Educate by Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC)

6:00-7:30 p.m. – #BunkerBrews business networking “happy hour”
#Connect Hors d’oeuvres and open bar powered by Comcast

* Military veteran

Select attendees & speakers include:

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefsich – State of Wisconsin
Dick Leinenkugel * – President, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
Don Weber *? – Chairman/Founder, Logistics Health Inc.
Kathy Marschman * – Asst. Dep. Sec., Wis. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (WDVA)
Mark Ehrmann – Partner, Quarles & Brady (Madison)
Bram Daelemans – Dir., Wis. Investor Network (Madison)
Luke Kempen – Dir. UW-Eau Claire SBDC
Nancy Mistele – Office of Bus. Dev., Dept. of Admin. (Madison)
David Volz – Entrepreneurship Prog. Mgr., WEDC (Madison)
Nancy Mistele – Office of Bus. Dev., Dept. of Admin. (Madison)
Jeff Dykes – Founder/CEO, Northern Star Fire (and Fire Dept. Capt.)
Tim O’Neil * – Executive Director, Bunker Labs-Minneapolis
Michael Ertmer * – Executive Director, Bunker Labs-Madison
Carla Stephany * – Entrepreneur, Bunker Labs-Madison
Billy Kesselring * – Entrepreneur, Bunker Labs-Madison

* Military veteran

Entrance & free parking:

Free parking at Leinie Lodge.

About #MusterAcrossWisconsin

The Bunker Labs #WIVetBiz #BunkerBrews event is part of the #MusterAcrossWisconsin tour that features comments from business-civic-elected leaders and military veteran entrepreneurs, innovative panels from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire/River Falls/Stout Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and Wisconsin Technology Council, and culminates with a #BunkerBrews #Comcast business/professional networking “happy hour.”

It is unique event to celebrate military veteran entrepreneurs/employees for the #MusterAcrossWisconsin tour that will travel to UW-System campus cities around the state based on a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA).

You NO NOT Need To Be A Military Veteran To Attend – All Entrepreneurs, Large Employers, Family/Small/Veteran-Owned Businesses & Startups Are Welcome!

Invite all the veterans and military families/spouses you know or come and meet your first among the 1% of the population that serve.  While the event features military veterans, all business professionals and entrepreneurs are welcome.  Come for the excellent professional development and opportunity to meet business/civic leaders, stay for the outstanding professional networking.

After World War II, 49% of military veterans became entrepreneurs who owned and operated a business and helped lead America’s post-war economic boom, according to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF). Approximately 40% of Korean War veterans did the same, creating millions of jobs along the way. Today, however, the Department of Defense estimates that 200,000 service members transition from active duty in the U.S. each of the next five years, and the IVMF has found that more than 20% of them want to start their own business but only 6% will become entrepreneurs.  Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, that translates to 3,500 veterans and 700 potential new businesses each year to join the 40,147 veteran-owned businesses in Wisconsin.

About Bunker Labs:

Bunker Labs-Madison is among the founding cohort/locations of the leading national network of military veteran entrepreneurs that was created to help fellow veterans start and grow businesses. We are a startup that serves startups in Wisconsin and a proud chapter of Bunker Labs NFP Inc., a Chicago-based 501(c)(3) that has grown to 15 cities across the nation since launching in 2014, including: Austin, Chicago, Columbus, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Madison, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Our mission is to inspire, educate, and connect military veteran entrepreneurs to the startup community, business leaders, angel/venture investors, and each other. We accomplish our mission by providing educational programming, professional development for aspiring entrepreneurs, experienced mentors, technology platforms, events and direct access to business networks to help military veterans excel professionally. In short, we deliver business mentorship, professional networking events, technology platforms, and access to investment capital to help veteran-owned startups and businesses succeed.

We are excited to announce the “Muster Across Wisconsin” 2017 tour designed to build and lead premier business events at six to twelve University of Wisconsin-System campus cities in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Small Business Development Centers and the Wisconsin Technology Council. These events will showcase successful business leaders and entrepreneurs who happen to be military veterans, empower local business/entrepreneurial ecosystems, and “Inspire-Educate-Connect” local markets with mentorship, access to investment capital, and innovative leaders and ideas.


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