Job Posting: Executive Director, Sauk County Development Corporation

The Sauk County Development Corporation (SCDC) serving Sauk County, Wisconsin, is seeking an energetic and innovative Executive Director (ED) with at least five years of experience in the profession to lead and manage the organization, which is responsible for promoting and maintaining the diverse economic vitality of Sauk County and its individual communities. The ED must be skilled in all aspects of running a non-profit economic development corporation and will work with the 14 member Board of Directors in establishing, implementing, and maintaining policies and procedures to achieve the overall mission of SCDC while developing networks and partnerships with private and public stakeholders.

Applications must be received in the office by February 18, 2013.

See the full job posting.

2013 State of the Madison Region Summit

We’re off and running with the Advance Now Strategy, and we’ll share it all at this year’s State of the Madison Region Summit.

You’ll hear from the workgroups charged with steering the strategy’s transformative ideas. Plus, you’ll witness the launch of the new brand for our region.

We’ll be joined by Gary Farmer, a business executive at the helm of Austin’s wildly successful economic development efforts, and expert consultant Mac Holladay, who returns to inspire our vision for a stronger region.

Collaborating closely with our partners, MadREP is boldly bringing the Advance Now Strategy to life.

Come see what’s new.

Registration is now closed, but in-person registration will be available on the day of the event.

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Small Business Scholarship Program for BIO 2013

Wisconsin bioscience companies interested in attending the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) International Convention in Chicago, IL have an opportunity to apply for scholarships to attend. This scholarship program is sponsored by the Marshfield Clinic, Madison Gas & Electric, University Research Park, MadREP, WEDC and BioForward.

The Business Scholarship Program for BIO 2013 is designed to enable Wisconsin bioscience companies (health, agriculture, energy, medical device, etc.) to participate fully in the BIO 2013 International Convention to be held April 22-25, 2013 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Over the past three years, 23 Wisconsin biotechnology companies were awarded scholarships to attend the BIO International Convention.

To receive funding, companies must participate in the One-on-One Partnering through BIO 2013’s Business Forum. A selection committee representing the sponsoring organizations will select the scholarship recipients. Applications are due by Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Visit the BioForward website for details on the Small Business Scholarship and a copy of the application.

Wisconsin Startup Night: TechStars in Madison

New tech businesses are thriving in Wisconsin — and your odds just got even better! Could your idea become the next Sonic Foundry or On March 4th at Monona Terrace, join us in welcoming TechStars Chicago to Madison.

TechStars Chicago’s co-founders are prominent entrepreneurs Troy Henikoff and Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid and now CEO of TechStars, billed as “the world’s #1 business accelerator,” is a 12-week bootcamp program designed to provide promising startups with seed capital, intensive mentoring, infrastructure, and a chance to pitch angels and VCs. TechStars has a history of successful programs in Boston, New York, Boulder, Seattle and San Antonio, and now they have expanded to the Midwest through a combination with Chicago’s Excelerate Labs. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from and with some of the smartest and best-connected people in the high-tech industry.

Who should attend:

• Founders of startup tech businesses
• Entrepreneurs with new tech concepts
• Managers & professionals working in the digital sector
• Anyone involved with business growth in southern Wisconsin

Presenters include Monty Schmidt, founder of Madison’s Sonic Foundry; Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid, CEO of and co-founder of Excelerate Labs (now TechStars Chicago); and Matt Younkle & Preston Austin, co-founders of Murfie, serial entrepreneurs and TechStars alumni. The evening will include networking, a full explanation of TechStars Chicago, and a call for new businesses to apply to this excellent Midwest accelerator.

Learn more and register.

Event sponsored by Capital Entrepreneurs, Foley & Lardner, Supranet, MadREP, UW Office of Corporate Relations, and WEDC.

Business Retention and Expansion Course

This interactive course presents the core components of a BRE program and why the concerns of local businesses need to be actively addressed. By building an understanding of business visitation techniques and survey methods, practitioners will be able to clearly gauge their community’s business climate. Learn the “red flags” that may indicate a company is looking to move elsewhere, and learn how to structure an effective technical assistance program to respond to business concerns. This course helps participants understand how a BRE program relates to attraction, workforce development, small business finance, technology transfer, and many other economic development activities.

Course Highlights:

  • Establishing, maintaining, and upgrading a BRE program
  • Creating effective models for business visitations and surveys
  • Customer-Relationship Management (CRM) techniques
  • Marketing a BRE program
  • Establishing an early warning system
  • Cluster and industry-focused BRE programs
  • Tracking and analyzing customer feedback and response
  • Quantitative and qualitative economic development metrics

Learn more and register.