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WEDC Website

Economic development is a disciplined public service designed to remove barriers, fulfill opportunities and attract investment that would not be feasible from a financial, competitive or timing perspective without public assistance. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 partners across the state, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry cluster leaders. WEDC’s economic development strategies are built upon five key Catalysts of Growth:

·         Strategic economic competitiveness

·         Business development

·         Community and economic opportunity

·         Brand development and strategy

·         Operational and fiscal excellence







First Business Bank Website

One of the first business-focused banks in the nation, First Business Bank commemorated its 30th anniversary in 2020. Its growth story encompasses four banking locations and financial services including Business Banking, Private Wealth, and Bank Consulting. First Business Bank’s experts work toward your specific business and individual wealth goals, providing a specialized suite of banking services. Combining these strategic solutions, local connections, and expertise, we work as your competitive advantage, bringing value to long-term partnerships. Member FDIC










MSI General Website

For over 65 years, MSI General has been embracing clients as family. Our family-oriented workplace enables us to attract and retain the best Architects, Estimators, Superintendents, Project Directors, Project Managers and Support Staff in the business. Following the time-honored tradition of the Master Builder, we stand behind Single Source Responsibility™ and deliver the best results with our unique, proven Design/Build process. We are passionate about creating and maintaining raving fans by consistently providing excellence in design, value for your budget, exceptional construction management, AND A PARTNER YOU CAN TRUST.








Consolidated Construction Website

You could say Consolidated Construction Co. specializes in design-build construction, general contracting, and construction management. But, we’re most proud of how we build business. Your business.

Our team is comprised of entrepreneurial folks who know that your building project is more than the outcome of your success; it’s the tool that will help you achieve greater success. And, while we’re very good at construction (national award-winning, thank you), we think you deserve a project that delivers a better balance sheet, too.

From interior build-outs to multi-million dollar facilities, our seamless building and construction management process is the most user-friendly in the business. Make one call to us, and you’ve instantly engaged the resources of an entire team, with specialists in funding, architecture, construction, and service. The experts you need are altogether working in synchronicity, equally accountable, interacting daily to ensure a smooth project and a successful outcome.

Our process is lean and results in an insanely low change order rate, a faster construction schedule, better communication, and higher return on investment. It’s not just our tagline; we really can prove it’s best to “Consolidate It. Make 1 Call.”






CNC Solutions Website

Located between Madison and Milwaukee in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, CNC Solutions’ core business is electrical and mechanical systems integration, automation and robotics for a variety of OEMs and end-users requiring quality industrial automation and manufacturing engineering. While our clients look to us to provide the integration of every facet of their factory automation projects, our sweet spot is applying system integration technology to provide quality plant automation solutions for both machine and process controls, innovative engineering at its best.\







Taureau Group Website

When the time is right, Taureau Group provides the skills and resources to ensure smooth processes and excellent results from mergers and acquisitions or
recapitalizations and sales. We provide guidance at every stage and approach transactions with creativity, a strong sense of urgency, and the collaboration skills
needed to bring individuals and teams together to accomplish your desired results, even in challenging situations.

SELLING YOUR BUSINESS – You’ve worked long and hard to grow your business. It’s more than a source of income. It’s your retirement asset, your identity in the community, a part of your family. As a seller, your goal is to maximize the value of your company. But there are other considerations: minimizing the tax consequences, ensuring the survival and growth of your business, and executing a smooth transition. Taureau Group will help you protect and improve the value of your business and manage each step of the sale, from initial analysis and goal-setting to finding qualified buyers and closing the sale. So you can rest assured that the goals for your business will be met and your years of hard work will pay off.

BUYING A BUSINESS – Often, the most effective way to grow your business is through the acquisition of a competitor or a related business or product line. Acquisition could allow you to expand geography, diversify customer base, expand capabilities or establish new sales channels. Taureau Group will work with you to define the criteria for your ideal target company and identify and approach qualified candidates. We then help you analyze your target company and negotiate pricing, structures and terms to achieve your goals. You can also count on Taureau Group for assistance with coordinating due diligence, arranging financing and closing the transaction.







MSOE Website

Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring community of students and faculty. Together, we are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance.

MSOE faculty members are experts in their fields, with an average of seven years of professional experience in addition to teaching experience. Faculty members engage and challenge students with individual attention and practical perspectives.

MSOE is recognized across the country as a university dedicated to excellence and innovation in applied research. Its Applied Technology Center™ (ATC) undertakes more than 250 company-sponsored research projects every year that are focused on providing real solutions to some of industry’s biggest problems. This work is completed through several centers of excellence like the Rapid Prototyping Center and Fluid Power Institute™.






The Alliance

The Alliance serves as the voice for self-funded employers who want more control over their health care costs. They provide transparent, creative approaches to network and benefit plan design to unlock savings where others can’t – or won’t – using Smarter Networks℠ and sophisticated data mining and analytics. The Alliance remains a trusted, objective partner for its 300+ employers and their brokers who seek improved access to high-quality health care through a network of 34,000 health care providers and doctors across the Midwest.





Superior Support Resources Website

Today, technology is present in everything we do, and with that comes opportunities as well as challenges. From digital transformation to data visualization to cyber security threats, organizations find it challenging to keep up with the many facets of technology – and the speed at which they change – on their own. That’s where SSR comes in.

By augmenting your IT team or serving as your complete, outsourced IT department, our partnership allows you to focus on what drives your business while we deliver technology services that help you succeed.

Established more than 20 years ago and serving more than 250 organizations, the strength of our team, loyalty of our clients, and vision of our leadership has delivered successful technology solutions across many markets and geographies. SSR holds certifications from the industry’s leading providers including Cisco, Dell, HP and Microsoft and is recognized as a nine-time Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Company and a Milwaukee’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.







4imprint Website

Promotional products get your brand in front of the right people. And if it has your logo, it has to be the perfect product, perfectly printed, delivered on time. Certainty—that’s the 4imprint guarantee.






Bank of America Website

Bank of America works side by side with businesses to develop solutions tailored to their needs and goals.

Empowering businesses with a local team, we bring the power of hometown experience backed by world-class expertise, services and technology to more than 25,000 companies with annual revenue of $5 million to $50 million.

Our approach is simple: We listen. We discuss. We collaborate. Through these conversations, we develop strategic advice and solutions that help companies grow, improve cash flow, manage U.S. and international payments, and invest for the future.

Clients get hands-on support from a relationship manager and a team of specialists dedicated to their success. We live where we work. We’re active in our communities. And because of that, we value our clients’ stories and understand their objectives.

Providing solutions that evolve with your company, we offer integrated financial strategies and services to meet business and personal needs — from checking, credit cards and loans to cash management, employee benefits and risk management. Our innovative digital and mobile capabilities allow you to securely manage working capital from anywhere.  We understand many owners and entrepreneurs find their personal wealth intertwined with their business finances, so we can connect you to specialists to help manage your wealth and develop a succession plan.

Doing what’s right, our holistic approach to working with businesses extends to their communities and local economies. We can convene and connect businesses facing similar challenges — whether by industry, location or lifecycle stage. We can equip business owners with tools to improve the financial wellness of their employees. And we support community efforts to address difficult issues, such as affordable housing, hunger and sustainability. Over the last decade, we have provided $50 billion in community development lending and $2 billion in philanthropy.

We’re committed to helping our clients and their communities thrive. We believe the right mix of understanding, collaboration and innovative thinking helps build a better future for everyone.






Guardian Business Solutions Website

Since 1997 (and early 80’s for some of our team), Guardian Business Solutions has been working with manufacturing companies to bridge the gap between business processes and technology. As experienced ERP providers, we specialize in helping with inventory control, scheduling, planning, forecasting, quoting, customer order processing to shipping, costing, and everything in-between. We take a holistic approach to our solutions and look at a company’s unique needs.

Guardian Business Solutions implements ERP, mobile technology, and data collection solutions in metal fabrication, plastics, foundries, and capital equipment.  Our team knows these industries and can speak your language. We take you through your ERP journey with the least amount of disruption to your business. We work with your team to educate them not only on the ERP system but on ways to improve the processes already in place.

Our solutions include, but are not limited to, CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine), ShopWorX ERP, Mobilize-IT® (a mobile computing solution), integration, dashboards and most importantly education.








GPS Education Partners Website

GPS is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)3 and the only manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin. Our innovative education model uniquely prepares students to succeed in technical careers through the design, build and execution of Credentialed Work-based Learning for business, schools and community-based organizations. These partnerships enable us to accelerate student preparation in technical careers through powerful, credentialed work-based learning solutions while promoting viability for business and creating systemic social change to help strengthen communities.








Excel Engineering Website

Excel is a national, employee-owned, full service architectural and engineering firm with the capacity and capabilities to exceed your professional expectations.
With multiple resources under one roof, Excel eliminates risk by serving as a single source provider of streamlined, fully integrated solutions.
We design buildings to suit the individuals needs of our clients. Our inside out approach ensures every plan reflects a design and level of detail that serves a specific purpose,
employing form to optimize function, which is why our clients have come to discover that partnering with Excel is Always a Better Plan.





Acuity Website

Acuity Insurance, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, protects over 5,000 manufacturers across 26 states. We offer coverages manufacturers need, including equipment breakdown, product recall, our unique Manufacturing Property Enhancement endorsement, and workers’ compensation. Our broad, flexible policies, including our Manufacturers Bis-Pak (Businessowners), are delivered through a network of independent agents, and we offer a wide range of service options to meet the needs of our customers. Acuity Manufacturing Specialist Mike Schlagenhaufer has 35 years of broad-based manufacturing experience. Our online Manufacturing Expert Corner offers blogs, videos, and loss control information on important topics, and we invest in the manufacturing community by supporting education and keeping customers and agents informed on trends that impact the industry.

Rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s for financial strength, Acuity earns a 96% claims satisfaction rating from customers. Acuity employs nearly 1,300 people and is named the top employer in insurance.






MasterGraphics Website

MasterGraphics is an additive manufacturing technology company that helps clients effectively adopt 3D printing internally from initial prototypes to production. Our focus is to collaborate with companies to help them assess internal product development steps – through production – to see if there are areas 3D print can be used effectively. Our emphasis is around production – we see this as the biggest opportunity.

Some of the key challenges we help clients address are:

• The need to shorten time to market and reduce cost
• Struggling to figure out where 3D print can be utilized effectively – from design to production – and weeding through what is hype versus reality

We start with a defined process of engagement to understand what pains our clients are experiencing and if 3D print is a potential solution.
We represent HP 3D, Ultimaker, 3D Systems, and AMT to name a few. We also added Desktop Metal to our portfolio and are excited to offer a metal print solution. This range of industry leaders, allows us to offer our clients an effective solution.





CTaccess Website

CTaccess offers three primary services to manufacturers and other industries.

We are experts at managing and operating IT for organizations that have 20 to 250 technology users. Our unique MSP process takes the pain out of managing and improving technology and allows your team to focus on growing and improving the organization.

Our Cybersecurity services to help organizations secure themselves against the onslaught of hacking and information theft, and help organizations meet compliance requirements of the defense industry, HIPAA, NIST, ISO and others. Our process is to Assess, Remediate, and then insure continued Protection and Compliance.

We also provide solutions that help an organization automate processes like Accounts Payable, Contract Management, HR Onboarding, and many others. These solutions significantly impact productivity as they automate the flow of information and approvals through an organization. We build these solutions on the award-winning ECM software platform, Laserfiche.







CG Schmidt Website

Charles Schmidt & Sons Construction, established in 1920, was renamed and incorporated as CG Schmidt, Inc. in 1946. Now in our fourth generation of family leadership, we have grown into a respected industry leader with a solid reputation for building quality projects throughout Wisconsin. With locations in both Milwaukee and Madison, CG Schmidt consistently ranks among the top construction managers in the state, as well as the nation.

CG Schmidt is committed to creating exceptional facilities that improve the lives of others. We provide a number of value-driven, construction management services and offer a team of professionals to guide you through the planning and construction process. CG Schmidt serves the markets of education, healthcare, senior living, corporate, industrial, community and religious facilities.









Top Floor Website

Top Floor is a digital marketing company with a focus on driving results that help our clients achieve and exceed their growth goals.  We help businesses get found online through a diverse mix of
strategic and tactical digital marketing channels – from website design and development to search marketing. We mix passion, innovation, and expertise to drive business growth. What sets us
apart from others is our focus on digital, our certified specialists, our strategic, compressive approach and our result-driven solutions. We work with you to map out a personalized digital strategy, implement a plan, and drive results.










RKM Law Website

Efficient and cost effective, RKM is your single source for all your intellectual property legal needs, providing a comprehensive slate of IP counseling services to help you understand the competitive IP landscape. RKM specializes in intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, unfair competition, dispute resolution and litigation, both domestic and foreign. We represent a variety of large and small companies and individuals throughout the United States and the world in diverse technology fields.




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:

• Our monthly Insight magazine and also our bimonthly Insight on Manufacturing (IOM) magazine for manufacturers.
• 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 for October 26, 2022 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 editorial, photography and design have been recognized with several local and national awards.







Wipfli Website

Business today is more fluid than ever. Helping manufacturers achieve their goals takes imagination, discipline and a process that delivers results today while anticipating tomorrow’s demands. That’s Wipfli. With more than 3,500 manufacturing and distribution clients and over 300 industry-focused professionals, Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. With our dedicated specialists, you benefit from insightful thinking across critical areas of your business — gaining greater financial success, tax optimization and overall resiliency.








The Employer Group Website

The Employer Group is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO). We partner with small- to medium-sized businesses to provide employee benefits, payroll, tax reporting, regulatory compliance, and human resource consulting. We manage the administrative complexities of employment.







Wisconsin Center for Employee Ownership

The Wisconsin Center for Employee Ownership (WICEO) is a non-profit organization that serves as the central hub of unbiased information and connections to resources associated with all forms of employee ownership. There are approximately 50,000 businesses (including approximately 3,600 manufacturers) in Wisconsin that are owned by individuals over the age of 55 who will transfer ownership of their business in the next 5 to 7 years. These businesses employ over 60,000 Wisconsin residents and produce approximately $135 billion in annual revenue. More than 50% of these business owners do not have a plan for what will happen to their businesses when they are ready to retire and less than 30% will ever find a buyer. Planning ahead is key to a smooth transition. Business owners know they have many options, including passing on their business to family members, selling to management, selling an outside purchaser (such as a competitor, vendor, or supplier), or an outside investor. But what most business owners don’t know is there are proven ways to sell to their employees that can benefit business owners, employees, and the community known as ESOPs and worker cooperatives. The WICEO wants business owners across the entire state of Wisconsin to have the information and resources necessary to ensure that employee ownership is looked at as a viable option for business succession planning or as a tool for growth and success.




Doral Corporation Website

DORAL Corporation is a third-generation Industrial Contractor celebrating over 50 years in business. With our roots established in Milwaukee, WI and historically known as an Equipment Rigging, Machinery Moving and Erecting Contractor, DORAL has evolved into a resource for customers nationwide.

We’re not your typical machinery mover however—DORAL has a robust Fabrication Shop to supplement our business. Our skilled welders work with a wide variety of raw materials including carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, alloys, and plastics. We use the latest technology in press brakes, shears, welders, lasers, plasma cutting tables, rolls, punches, and machine tools. DORAL has extensive experience executing an array of structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication.

Our skilled tradespeople consist of Millwrights, Ironworkers and Sheetmetal workers and today we’re over 250 people strong. We travel on a frequent basis and DORAL’s culture of “Safety First, Safety Always” is held in high regard among all teams within the company.
Put your trust in DORAL for your next project.






FactoryFix Website is where the manufacturing industry goes to hire and build their manufacturing workforce. Candidates on the FactoryFix platform are actively vetted, matched based on experience, and prescreened to ensure a good fit. There are currently over 350,000+ top manufacturing workers in the FactoryFix stable of experienced workers. Companies that work with FactoryFix get better matches. We match you with TOP skilled workers who have experience with the exact machines and technologies on your factory floor. FactoryFix automates candidate engagement so your recruiters can do more with less. We automatically engage applicants via SMS and email, enabling hiring managers to connect with great talent in minutes. FactoryFix empowers manufacturing companies to manage their entire hiring process from a single dashboard. Track top candidates, interviews, and your talent pipeline all from one place! Ready to get started? Meet members of the FactoryFix team and talk through your hiring needs on April 29th, 2022, at the 24th Annual Manufacturing Matters Conference at the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency!






BMO Harris Website

At BMO Harris we understand the industry complexities that manufacturers face whether it’s managing a supply chain, procuring raw materials or planning for growth. Our teams of experienced, local relationship managers will work closely with you to understand the issues and opportunities unique to your business and will offer strategic advice and solutions to help keep your business moving forward.

Contact Dave Anderson to learn more about BMO Harris services to manufacturers:

Dave Anderson, Managing Director
[email protected]
(414) 765-7671





Blackhawk Bank Website

Blackhawk Bank has a reputation as being the Bank for Manufacturing, a standing that secures and strengthens partnerships with our manufacturing clients. Many of our board members lead successful manufacturing companies, too; one could say manufacturing is in our DNA. Our team is ready, willing and excited to sit down with you to share real-world insights and reliable advice that can help you grow and prosper.

Offices in Beloit & Janesville, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford & Belvidere, IL

Member FDIC – Equal Housing Lender






WSBC Website

The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s (WSBC) mission is to advance sustainable principles and practices forward through the power of business.

We support businesses and sustainability professionals through an array of programming, education, resources and tools and are a catalyst for businesses looking to integrate sustainability into the fabric of their organization. We are here to transform business into a force of good in Wisconsin and beyond.

WSBC is an affiliate of WMEP.