Friday, May 17, 2013
The newly launched website provides practical advice and innovative ideas for those small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site — smallbusiness.patch.com — to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs, and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur, Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to…
Friday, November 23, 2012
The owners of small businesses throughout the Metro Milwaukee area say it works for them to be part of the fabric of their communities.
Small businesses work for a strong community. The days of Henry Ford coming into a community to build a plant and hire 25,000 workers are gone. But the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on a much smaller scale. From neighborhood diners and booksellers with a handful of employees to niche operations with dozens of employees, small business owners have found ways to be profitable while strengthening the community in which they operate. Paul Schueller, CEO and part owner of Franklin Energy Services in Port Washington, Wis. was an engineer for Wisconsin Natural Gas Company. Schueller saw an opportunity and struck out on his own. “It’s more cost effective for energy companies to find ways to improve energy efficiencies than to build …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Local business improvement district leaders say a thriving small business climate makes the whole community stronger, but it takes support from residents, the government and business owners to make things work.
Thriving businesses are one-third of a triumvirate of a vibrant community. “You need good schools, a quality housing stock and a solid commercial area,” said Tim Ryan, president of Shorewood’s Business Improvement District. Ryan is invested in all three. He and his family live in Shorewood, his daughter goes to school in Shorewood and he is the president and owner of Harleys: The Store for Men on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Small businesses line the commercial corridor that runs east and west along Capital Drive and north and south along Oakland Avenue, Ryan said. “Unlike many small communities, our business district is spread out on two thoroughfares.” Small businesses, like Harleys, are invested in a community the way national chains …
Monday, August 27, 2012
No, there's not a catch. SCORE's experienced mentors will help you take your business to the next level.
Monday, August 27, 2012
When it comes down to it, behind just about every small business is an entrepreneur hoping to turn their passion into a paycheck. But, as many wise business advisers have noted: Hope is not a strategy. Business owners need support to turn dreams into reality. That's why Patch is pleased to announce a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit organization with 12,000 business experts nationwide who provide free mentoring to small business owners. The partnership makes sense because we believe that when local commerce grows, the whole community gets stronger. Patch already provides free listings for local businesses and other tools to help build local brands. Whether you're a 10-year-old jewelry designer or a 79-year-old who carves wood knives…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker said, among other things, that he supported extending unemployment benefits through a worker's unpaid training period.
Gov. Scott Walker addressed job growth, responsible mining and the pressing need for skilled labor on Tuesday while speaking to a full house of almost 300 people at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center. The Milwaukee Rotary Club sponsored the appearance, during which Walker fielded questions from an audience without a protestor in sight. The governor thinks so. Walker said he's noticed a trend among small manufacturers — while there are jobs galore available and employers are desperately in search of employees, there are just not enough people to fill these jobs with the right credentials. "One of the most frustrating things for me, is employers telling me that they have jobs, but they don't have enough skilled workers to fill those jobs, …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Beyond Eleven is located at 13th and Rawson.
Beyond Eleven, which offers a long line of guitar-related products, is now open at 7040 S. 13th St., according to a post on its Facebook page. On its website, Beyond Eleven touts its products as those "that many of the big box music stores do not offer." Learn more on the Beyond Eleven website or in this previous Oak Creek Patch story.
Family-owned business keeps its patients coming back.
"We specialize in dealing with very fearful people." That's what Darlene Burton, financial coordinator at Oak Creek Dental Care, says the business at 132 E. Drexel Ave. does best: taking care of the (many) people who come in nervous about the idea of drills and probes being stuck in their mouths. Staff members are even specially trained to deal with high-anxiety people. "That's kind of our niche, so to speak," she said. And it's done largely by staying low key. The business takes pride in being family-owned, operating with the same familiar faces over the years so that customers know what - and, just as importantly, who - they're getting when they walk in. In fact, Dr. Daniel Koester has seen generations of patients over his 30 years of …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Whether you're shopping at a mall, department store, electronic store, etc this guide can help ease the pain.
Every year people all over the country go into a shopping frenzy on Black Friday. Some people love it and some people hate it. Negatives of Black Friday: Looking for parking Standing in the cold waiting for a store to open Pushing through the crowds Irritability Inevitable sleepiness So on… Positives of Black Friday: The great feeling of getting the best deal Enough said... To make this shopping experience fun and easygoing Patch sat down with Southridge Mall manager Mary Mokwa and pounded out some Black Friday shopping tips. Plan ahead! Know what stores you want to shop at and what kind of items you want. Budget, budget, budget. Know how much you want to spend ahead of time. “With all the online things you can look at now make a plan,” …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Looks like it's going to be a great shopping season.
'Tis the year for shopping. Southridge Mall is going through a major a $52 million renovation, but that is not stopping the mall from doing it big for Black Friday. Southridge will open at 3 a.m. while other area malls will be be opening at 5 a.m. The mall already has a dozen retailers, both anchor and non-anchor, that have announced that they are opening at midnight. Southridge manager Mary Mokwa says the list will continue to grow over the week. For the first time Old Navy will be opening on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The mall will be closed, but will have one entrance open for Old Navy customers. The store will then reopen again at midnight. Mokwa said that some stores last year said they regretted not opening at midnight…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Country music bar doin' just fine on 27th Street.
Oh, certainly. There was never a doubt it would have a mechanical bull. "It" would be Bootz Saloon and Grill, 8950 S. 27th St., also known as the newest - OK, only - country music bar in Oak Creek. And a mechanical bull isn't all the place has to offer. Though it surely is the most prominent. I recently dropped by Bootz and spoke with co-owner Ryan Sell to find out how business has been since it opened in August. Sell told me that Bootz is well on its way to establishing itself as a destination for people looking to have a fun night out. The bar hosts a DJ on Thursday and Friday nights and a live country band on Saturday nights. But Bootz has made a point to line up different entertainment options every day of the week, from trivia on …