Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: To host Kenosha roundtable

Contact: Ed Eberle, 608-266-3516

Madison–Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will host a Small Business Roundtable discussion in Kenosha as part of Governor Walker’s effort to gain input and recommendations to improve the business climate in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s focus is to catalyze the private sector for job growth, and to create the conditions for small businesses and entrepreneurs to adapt and thrive.

“Kenosha is a critical entryway into the Wisconsin economic community. Governor Walker has often stated that Wisconsin is open for business. We look at Kenosha as the front door and welcome small business entrepreneurs to Kenosha County and the State of Wisconsin. Our dialogue with Lt. Governor Kleefisch will allow business leaders in Kenosha to obtain answers to questions that may foster a more robust business environment in Kenosha,” said Lou Molitor, Executive Director of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Kenosha Chamber of Commerce has invited local business owners and leaders to a round-table discussion with Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at UW Parkside Student Center Walnut Room, 900 Wood Road, Kenosha Wisconsin. They will discuss ways in which small businesses can move our economy forward and create jobs for Wisconsin workers as the Walker Administration works to reform government, provide safety in our communities and no tax increases.

Following the roundtable the Lt. Governor will tour Jockey International, 2300 60th Street, Kenosha.

The more than 130-year-old company makes men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear and loungewear. Jockey International licenses and distributes its apparel in more than 120 countries and holds numerous licensing agreements. Chairman and CEO Debra Waller and her family own the company. Jockey International was founded by Samuel Cooper in 1876 as a hosiery company intended to relieve lumberjacks of blisters and infections resulting from shoddy wool socks.

The event is part of a continuing series of business round-table sessions hosted by Lt. Governor Kleefisch at the request of Governor Walker.