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November 2018
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Community members are invited to help honor the men and women who create business right here in Green County during a special Celebration of Entrepreneurship. As part of the celebration, the Green County Development Corporation will recognize recent graduates of its Entrepreneurial Training Program. We'll also celebrate the 49 Green County businesses that Small Business Development Center consultants have served over the past year and unveil brand-new videos featuring four of these local businesses.
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Food and Beverage Boot Camp Coming This Winter!

Green County Development Corporation is hosting an intensive, four-day Boot Camp for owners of food, beverage or value-added farm businesses this winter. Tera Johnson, who founded TerasWhey a decade ago and built it into a successful national brand of organic whey protein supplement, will lead participants through morning training sessions, then along with other consultants, work one-on-one with them to find and implement solutions. The boot camp will run for full-day sessions on Jan. 15 and 16 and Feb. 19 and 20. 

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Johnson is the founder and director of the Food Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin. She is also the host of the Edible-Alpha podcast, which discusses a variety of topics relevant to food and beverage entrepreneurs.
The cost for Boot Camp, including lunch, snacks and all materials, as well as one-on-one feedback from Johnson, is $750. A second person from a business may attend the class at no additional charge. Call Green County Development Corporation for more information at 608.328.9452 or email gcdc@tds.net. Click here to read more about the Boot Camp program or see Johnson in a video clip.

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 Tera Johnson shares her experiences founding and building a national brand, TerasWhey, during GCDC's Leadership Breakfast on Oct. 16. The event drew almost 50 attendees to Bailey's Run Winery in New Glarus to network and hear Johnson's insights aimed at individuals and communities.

Blackhawk Technical College, in partnership with the Parker Family Foundation, recently launched the Nancy B. Parker Nursing Scholars Program to help retain skilled nurses in Rock and Green counties. The program targets high-achieving students who have been admitted into the BTC nursing program. The goal is to improve nursing student recruitment and retention, as well as to fill anticipated nursing shortages in Green and Rock counties by retaining top talent in our communities. Melissa Murray of Brodhead is among the first group of scholarship recipients. First-year students can be eligible for a $1,000 maximum award with an opportunity for an additional $1,500 in year two. The scholarship is made possible by the Parker Family Foundation.

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Students in the Entrepreneurial Training Program learn about marketing from Patrick Bodell of Synqronous Communications in Monroe. The eight-week class, which wraps up Nov. 6, utilizes local professionals who share their expertise in areas such as banking, insurance, human resources and legal issues.
Regional Planning Meetings Scheduled
Interested in community planning? The Southern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is hosting two follow-up meetings to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meeting held Oct. 2 in Monroe. The public is invited to this next step in developing the regional CEDS. The meetings will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 and Friday, Dec. 14 at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High St., Mineral Point. You're encouraged to attend both meetings, if possible. If you didn't attend the initial meeting, you're still welcome to attend the follow-up meetings! RSVP to Kristina Tranel by Nov. 23 at k.tranel@swwrpc.org or call    563-581-2201.
USDA Offers Rural Energy Program 
Did you know the USDA offers the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)? The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy-efficiency improvements. For more information,contact Judy Clendenning at Judy.Clendenning@wi.usda. gov or call 715-345-7635.
Find out more about the program here.  
Green County Development is a 501c3 non-profit organization building the economic future of Green County Wisconsin's communities and businesses through public-private partnerships.
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