Entrepreneurialism in Society
Fred Prehn DDS, Wausau, Former member of Wausau School Board
After the Vietnam war, immigrants moved to the United State. The county of Wausau, Wisconsin started helping out refugee families one by one until in the 1980s Southern Asians were coming in massive numbers. Being a member of the Wausau School Board, this became an issue of not having the resources to teach these kids.
Bob Dunn President, Hammes Corporation
The President of Hammes Corporation, Bob Dunn, tells his experiences as an entrepreneur. Specifically he shares his experience in developing the highly-publicized Edgewater Hotel renovation project in Madison. He gives a history of the firm as well.
Matt Younkle, President of Y Innovation, LLC, Inventor of the Turbo Tap
Matt Younkle invented the Turbo Tap in 1995 when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is designed to pour draft beer up to four times faster and with less waste. He gives the history of the product from the beginning stages to where it has landed him today.
Richard Leinenkugel Secretary of the WI Department of Commerce.
Richard Leinenkugel explains the responsibilities of the Department of Commerce and talks about the goal to foster an entrepreneurial climate in the state.
Brenda Gonzalez Deputy Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. New Routes to Community Health is a new approach for improving the health of immigrants through immigrant-created media. The program is grounded in the belief that everyone in society benefits when immigrants get help to live healthy, productive lives.
Gail Ambrosius Owner, Gail Ambrosius Chocolates
Gail Ambrosius speaks about opening her first chocolate shop on the east side of Madison in 2004. She discusses how she got established, some opportunities she came across, and some of the challenges of opening her own business in the specialty niche market.
Michael Levin Chairman and Founder, New View Technologies
Michael Levin was president and CEO of the Titan Industrial Corporation for 15 years before founding the e-Steel Corporation in 1998. His accomplishments and work qualifies him to talk about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and why it matters.
Chris Klundt President, Study Blue
Co-founder of Study Blue, Chris Klundt speaks about entrepreneurialism and his internet business involving study tools and resources for college students.
Elizabeth Carey, Chief Operating Officer, The Alliance for Children and Families
Senior vice president of The Alliance for Children and Families, Elizabeth Carey explains what entrepreneurial thinking is when used in nonprofit organizations as well as why they are pursuing this. She gives examples of nonprofit social services agencies that have used this and outlines resources available.
Megan Blake-Horst, Gallery Manager, Absolutely Art
Meghan Blake-Horst is the gallery manager for a community-based art gallery on the east side of Madison called Absolutely Art. Her gallery showcases affordable art and stresses the importance and impact of buying locally.