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October 2018
Executive Leadership Breakfast is Oct. 16
  Call 608.328.9452 or email gcdc@tds.net by Oct. 8 to reserve your spot!  
Tera Johnson, founder and director of theFood Finance Institute(FFI), will share her insights into what it really takes to builda successful, modern manufacturing company and national food brand based in a rural community in Wisconsin at the Green County Development Corporation's Executive Leadership Breakfast on Oct. 16. As the guest speaker, Johnson will alsosharemany lessons for other entrepreneurs and rural communities who are looking to create their own successes.

It's a subject Johnson knows well. Just over a decade ago, Johnson wanted to claim some of the organic whey she saw being mixed in with nonorganic whey for animal feed and process it into powdered protein supplements for human consumption. In 2008,she built a “green” plant in Reedsburg to process the organic whey. In 2010, her business, TerasWhey, was named the Innovator of the Year by Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. By 2013, TerasWhey was such a success, she sold it for $26 million. Since then, she’s turned her attention to helping other entrepreneurs grow food, beverage and value-added farm businesses through the FFI at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She's also host of the popular podcastEdible-Alpha.

The breakfast will be held at Bailey’s Run Vineyard, N8523 Klitzke Road, New Glarus. Breakfast and networking begin at 7 a.m., followed by Johnson’s presentation at 7:30 a.m. with time following for questions and a tour of Bailey’s Run Vineyard.(Previously called the CEO Breakfast, GCDC is changing the name of the event to be more inclusive of Green County business leadership teams.)

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 In January, Johnson will return to Green County to lead a four-day food and beverage boot camp sponsored by GCDC. The boot camp is specifically designed to help entrepreneurs in the food/beverage industry supercharge their success. Spots will fill up quickly; contact GCDC at 608-328-9452 or gcdc@tds.net for more information.


The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership is hosting a FREE webinar focused on actions your business can take right now to evaluate and increase employee retention. Key factors impacting retention that will be discussed include: The role of competitive pay, the importance of career paths and skills training, the criticality of the supervisor/new hire dynamic, and the impact of effective employee onboarding programs.

The webinar is planned for noon to 1 p.m. For more information, click here.


Wisconsin companies are invited to join the Hiring Our Heroes effort, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. 

To learn more, visit Hiring Our Heroes or email Jessica Williams, Statewide Veterans Field Representative for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, at jessica2.williams@dva.wisconsin.gov.

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Transportation Secretary to Speak at Monroe Chamber Event

Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation Dave Ross will be the guest speaker at a Monroe Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn event on Oct. 23 at Turner Hall in Monroe. Community members are encouraged to attend. The event begins at 11 a.m.; representatives of the Monroe school district will discuss the upcoming school district referendum at 11:30. Sec. Ross is scheduled to speak at noon.

Call 608.325-7648 or email contact@monroechamber.org to RSVP.
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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