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WEDC Website

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is committed to creating and maintaining a business climate that allows you to maximize your potential. Working with more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry groups, we’re enhancing our communities, supporting business development, advancing industry innovation, tapping global markets and developing a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.






Imaginasium Website

Imaginasium is a marketing and communications firm that helps B2B clients attract customers and employees through smart messaging and digital marketing. We exist to unlock the potential of people and organizations to be their best. We are a marketing firm that gets business results through clear, purpose-driven branding and communication. It’s not our aim to do marketing for marketing’s sake. We come to the office to make an impact. On your bottom line, definitely … but more than that, on your people. On the customers you serve. In the community you’re a part of. That’s our purpose. Our guiding principle. It’s why we exist.






Taureau Group Website

Taureau Group is an independent boutique investment bank providing merger and acquisition services to lower middle market companies throughout the world. Our team combines the capabilities of large, bulge-bracket investment banks with the service and responsiveness of a smaller firm.

Principals of Taureau Group have successfully completed hundreds of M&A transactions for a wide array of clients in virtually every industry. Transactions typically involve closely held, founder and family-owned businesses with transaction values ranging from $10 million to $250 million.

At Taureau Group we understand the unique needs facing the manufacturing industry, from developing ways to increase manufacturing floor automation to finding skilled employees, and then we use that knowledge to help support and advise you through your financial transaction. Taureau Group has extensive experience developing investment rationale around manufacturing companies in addition to addressing capacity, production and costing considerations to best position your company in the marketplace.







Husco Website

Husco AMG is a developer and integrator of custom manufacturing solutions. We have extensive experience producing automation assembly, test, and material handling equipment for internal Husco manufacturing, and are now offering these services to external customers as well. We provide a range of services from conceptual design through complete machine build, programming, and integration at the customer. Regardless of the size of project or level of automation, we will work with you to develop a manufacturing solution specific to your needs, focusing on improving throughput, efficiency, quality, and ergonomics.






Consolidated Construction Website

In a year like no other, our architects and planners are helping resilient businesses pivot, evolve, and aspire. We have experience fostering the vision you have – not just for your next project, but for your next iteration. What will your operations look like in a year? Ten years? What will be your legacy? We’ll take your idea and make it better, make it work, and get the ball rolling now. Turn this period of disruption into an opportunity for transformation. We’ll show you how your vision can be delivered in a way that’s appealing and forward-thinking, while also keeping your unique needs and budget in mind.

Back in the day (when handshakes were still a thing) our founders established a belief that our word will always be something you can count on. Today, more than 70 years later, our values continue to drive our actions—which are centered on helping you have a quality building experience for your important project. At Consolidated Construction, you’ll partner with a team of planners, architects, and construction experts whose character creates a culture of collaboration, trust and accountability so you’ll have the best experience as we apply ours to your important project.







CG Schmidt Website

CG Schmidt’s mission is to create exceptional facilities that improve the lives of others. We have been a family-owned company since 1920 and it is our commitment to this mission that separates us from other construction management firms.

We are driven by our values. They guide the way we do business, the way we build projects, the way we interact in the communities in which we work, and the way we service our clients.

Most of all, we’re committed to making the construction experience better, simpler and more transparent for our clients and partners. We invite you to ask any of our past clients and partners how they’ve experienced the CG Schmidt difference, then give us a call and find out what we can do for you. We know you won’t be disappointed.







Boardman Clark Website

Boardman Clark’s Manufacturing Practice Group serves clients from across the manufacturing industry. With our industry experience and breadth of service areas, we are able to work with manufacturers in addressing all their legal needs—from core business issues to employment, IP protection, and litigation, we help manufacturers navigate their unique legal landscape.


MSI General Website

Architectural designers and construction experts are on the same team working together to create the building you envision. We work collaboratively with you to deliver a high-quality facility that fulfills your organization’s vision for aesthetics and functionality. The DesignBuild method eliminates this split to successfully streamline projects with superior results.

At MSI General, because both design and construction reside in the hands of one entity, there is a Single Source of Responsibility for the quality, cost, and schedule of the project. Our Architectural Designers and Construction Managers are on the same page because we are on the same team, work for the same company, and our plans are fully integrated. We are committed to delivering you a successful project that is on time, architecturally beautiful, functional, and meets your budget.



Biztimes Website

In print, online and in person, BizTimes Media provides up-to-the-minute business news, thoughtful analysis and valuable strategic insights to southeastern Wisconsin business leaders.

Our award-winning print magazine, BizTimes Milwaukee, includes industry trend analysis, strategic advice and one-on-one interviews with Milwaukee’s top executives, achievers and up-and-comers. is the place to find the latest business news in southeastern Wisconsin. Convenient and timely daily and weekly e-newsletters are delivered to your inbox to ensure that you’re always up to date.

BizTimes events bring readers face-to-face with local, regional and national industry leaders. From our flagship BizExpo to our Nonprofit Excellence Awards, BizTimes presents and sponsors over 20 of the region’s most relevant and well-attended events each year.







Insight Website

Insight’s mission is to “connect minds, create insights” with the people, communities, organizations and industries in the 18-county region of the New North. Insight connects with readers through:
• Three business publications: Insight (our monthly flagship publication), Insight on Manufacturing and Insight on Technology.
• Online: Providing readers with up-to-date regional business news and extra content from our magazines via our e-newsletters and website.
• In person: Insight coordinates several business events including the annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference scheduled October 30, 2019 in Green Bay.
• Specialty publications: Insight partners with organizations like New North Inc., Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and SHRM to produce specialty publications to meet their needs.

Insight is well recognized and respected for providing quality, in-depth articles about businesses, professionals and the trends making a difference in the region. Insight’s photos and design have also won multiple awards.







Earthling Interactive Website

Earthling builds advanced B2B websites to power leading edge performance. We are based in the Midwest and are committed to serving both established and emerging companies. It is our closely held belief that an investment in advanced technology will elevate our already competitive region.

Our goal is to contribute to a digital transformation that will ultimately bring Midwestern business a global competitive edge; there is simply no better place to get things done.

We help our manufacturing partners tackle the complex world of B2B ecommerce. If you want to take the hassle out of generating complicated quotes, configuring custom products, and fielding ticky tacky orders (to name a few), let’s look at how Earthling can help.



WSBC Website

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s mission is to advance sustainable principles and practices forward through the power of business. We support companies and sustainability professionals through an array of programming, education, resources, and tools. We are a catalyst for businesses looking to integrate sustainability into the fabric of their organization