NEWREP: Final round of 2012 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest set for Monday

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Advance Business & Manufacturing Center

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Next Monday, four dynamic entrepreneurs will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes in the fourth and final round of the 2012 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest. Over 50 entrepreneurs from throughout the region entered this year’s contest back in September.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., each finalist will make an elevator pitch to a panel of business and economic development professionals. The competition is open to the public, and will be followed by a panel discussion of the challenges of becoming a successful entrepreneur in Northeast Wisconsin. The event will conclude with an awards presentation at 11:30 a.m.

The Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest is hosted annually by the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership (NEWREP), a regional coalition of economic development professionals. The final round of this year’s contest will be held at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, on the campus of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Meet the Finalists

DealCoach.com of Green Bay, Wis.

DealCoach.com is a scalable, web-based solution that will help small business owners grow, value, market and ultimately sell their business for less cost and quicker time frame than the current market/national averages. It will also help potential buyers increase the likelihood of purchasing a company and running it successfully.

DroolWorks! of Hortonville, Wis.

DroolWorks! is creating unique home appliances that make pet ownership easier while improving pet health. Founded by an experienced veterinarian, the enterprise is preparing to bring a new product to market – “Old Faithful” – the first fully-automated device for delivering cold, clean aerated water to indoor pets all day long with no attention required of the pet owner.

Heavy Pedal Bicycles LLC of Manitowoc, Wis.

Heavy Pedal Bicycles, LLC is a unique retail bicycle shop dedicated to quality new bicycle sales, mentoring, and service. In addition to helping customers meet their fitness goals in comfort and style, the shop also helps athletes of all abilities enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle. It has also become a local hub for meeting bicycling enthusiasts for rides and conversation.

International Business Development Inc. of Chilton, Wis.

International Business Development, Inc. (IBD) is focused on increasing the sales and profits of small and medium-size businesses by helping them successfully export their products and services. Whether a customer is currently exporting or is just exploring the possibilities, IBD provides a tailored solution to meet their needs from identifying the best target markets to coordinating logistics.

Thank You to Our Judges and Sponsors

NEWREP would like to thank the 20 volunteer judges for the four rounds of this year’s contest, and the following sponsors whose financial support made the 2012 Northeast Wisconsin Business Plan Contest possible:

Alliant Energy Corp.
Dominion Resources
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planninng Commission
First Business Bank – Northeast
Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center
Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin Inc.
Lakeshore Technical College
Marian University
Moraine Park Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
The New North Inc.
UW Oshkosh College of Business
UW Oshkosh Small Business Development Center
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Wisconsin Public Service

For more information on the contest, contact:

Bob O’Donnell, Lecturer

College of Business

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Office: (920) 424-7401

E-mail: [email protected]