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A salute to the Greatest

Series will focus on businesses started by World War II veterans

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

The Business News has decided to take a bit of a journey back in time. Seventy-five years to be exact. And with that, we also look to the future. In a series of articles, The Business News, we will recognize some of the businesses and organizations that continue into 2020 that were started post-World War II by a member of The Greatest Generation. They are people generally born between 1901 and 1927 whose lives would first be shaped by the Great Depression and who would then go on to fight on the battlefields or seas during World War II or provided supportive services to those who did. It is our way of saying “thank you” to our Northeastern Wisconsin World War II veteran entrepreneurs and their families for what they contributed to our communities and also tell the stories of those who continue to grow those endeavors into the future. Read More

Driving development

Venture center has been training entrepreneurs for 20 years

by Jean Peerenboom
jpeerenboom@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Amy Pietsch is turning dreams into reality for small business owners and entrepreneurs both locally and around the world. She is the director of Fox Valley Technical College’s Venture Center, whose E-Seed Express entrepreneur training series, will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.  It is a position that not only lets her help others realize their dreams of owning their own businesses, but also has given her many enriching experiences as she travels the world sharing her passion, teaching entrepreneurship, learning new practices and hosting international small business owners. She also was instrumental in developing FVTC’s E-Seed Express entrepreneurial training series. The FVTC Venture Center, which is located in the college’s Bordini Center, was launched in the fall of 2005 after a decade of an economy that saw corporate downsizing, manufacturing layoffs and business migration leaving many local skilled workers without jobs. The dot-com boom was motivating many professionals to leave corporate jobs and start their own businesses. Read More

People who make a difference

Hansen happily helping her hometown

Courtney Hansen is a perfect example of a young professional who is helping Manitowoc to truly become the Coolest Coast. Hansen, community engagement manager for the United Way and former Miss Wisconsin, is a born-and-raised member of the Manitowoc community. She left to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was in and out of the local community when she served as Miss Wisconsin. She moved back about a year and a half ago, along with her husband, Max Hansen, and couldn’t be happier. “We were so excited to move back a little sooner than anticipated,” Hansen said. “I love that we’re a rapidly growing community with so much going on including how our downtown is flourishing.” As she approached her wedding last December, Hansen entertained friends in Manitowoc several times and was ecstatic “that we were able to showcase something different every time…The Capitol Civic Center, bars and restaurants, cute little shops downtown and just enjoying the waterfront.” Read More

Growth strategies

For diapers, you can bank on Jake’s

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

If someone had told Stephanie Bowers 10 years ago that one day she’d be the founder and executive director of the largest cloth-diaper bank in the world, she would have laughed. “My life is living proof that God has a sense of humor,” Bowers said. Bowers, who grew up on a farm in upstate New York, has a master’s degree in ruminant nutrition. In other words, she’s a cow dietician. “I moved to Wisconsin in 2009, there’s more cows here than in New York,” she said. “In 2011, through Camp Luther (a year-round Christian camp in Three Lakes), I went on a mission trip to Peru. We were working in a shanty town. One afternoon, we went to visit a childcare facility. What I saw that day changed the trajectory of my life. The caregivers loved the babies very much but were reusing disposable diapers because they had to choose between food and diapers.” After the trip, Bowers came back to the U.S. and got married later that year. The following year, she and her husband had their first child, Jake. Using modern cloth diapers on him inspired Bowers to donate diapers to that childcare facility in Peru. Read More

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