Alliance In The Media
Check out how the Alliance is involved in local efforts that are covered in the media.
Largest Milwaukee-area chambers of commerce
July 2, 2021
The List features chambers of commerce located in the seven-county Milwaukee area and is ranked by revenue reported on IRS 990 filings for most recent fiscal year available.
Shared Passion: Deer District, Corners of Brookfield offer Bucks watch parties
July 8, 2021
With the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals for the first time in decades, fans are coming together to cheer their team on in public venues, but multiple factors have combined to make this season a special one.
Business Alliance announces 2021 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County
July 8, 2021
The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the five winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards. The awards celebrate young professionals who have shown personal initiative, determination and commitment to their careers and their community, according to a press release from the alliance.
Hiring hurdles remain for local, state employers
June 25, 2021
As the post COVID-19 economy continues to evolve, staffing remains the major hurdle for many industries. Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow said last month’s local unemployment rate is 3.3%, which is nearing pre-COVID numbers. “We’re back to just about where we were prior to this year of uncertainty,” he said.
Leinenkugel's brand ambassador on what to expect for the brand post-Covid: Beer Biz MKE
June 2, 2021
Katie Leinenkugel is a sixth generation Leinenkugel’s family member as well as brand ambassador for Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. Her great, great, great grandfather Jacob Leinenkugel established the Chippewa Falls-based brewery in 1867. Leinenkugel spoke at a Waukesha County Business Alliance event about joining the family business, the Leinenkugel’s brand and what makes her job so unique.
Opinion: Time to modernize I-94 corridor
April 30, 2021
For years, the Waukesha County Business Alliance has supported reconstructing, modernizing, and adding capacity to the crucial Interstate 94 east-west Corridor. Our members represent many of the 21,000 businesses and nearly 310,000 jobs located within five miles of the corridor.
Foxconn tax credits still a Wisconsin record, but back in line with previous awards
April 25, 2021
Wisconsin Department of Administration Secretary Joel Brennan, who has been involved with the Foxconn Technology Group incentive negotiations for about two years, said the new deal recently announced puts the company’s tax incentives back in line with awards to other businesses investing large amounts in the state.
Looking for Laborers
April 22, 2021
It’s been hard finding new employees for Wisconsin Coach Lines President Tom Dieckelman, despite the company’s willingness to train new hires and pay for that training.
When will Milwaukee-area companies reopen offices? Hint: summer
March 31, 2021
Working from home may end this summer for many Milwaukee-area office employees if Covid-19 vaccination and infection trends continue their favorable trajectory, said the president of the area’s largest business group.
A Year Into the Pandemic
March 13, 2021
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, local officials see signs of hope for the future and reasons to celebrate what’s already been overcome.
Wisconsin manufacturing rebound faces headwinds of rising supply chain challenges
March 6, 2021
The outlook is bright for many sectors of Wisconsin’s manufacturing economy, but that’s tempered by manufacturers facing cost increases for everything from shipping to steel to factory wages.
Evers Proposes $329M in New Economic Development Initiatives
February 16, 2021
Gov. Tony Evers will propose more than $329 million in new economic development initiatives as part of his state budget proposal tonight, including a new $100 million venture capital fund to help startups and $200 million to assist small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.
Business Leader Daniels-Carter Shares Lessons From Pandemic
February 11, 2021
Business leaders must be able to manage priorities, says Valerie Daniels-Carter. And what was important yesterday may not be important today. That’s one of the leadership messages Daniels-Carter shared this month as she spoke during an event hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance. Daniels-Carter is president of Milwaukee-based V&J Holding Cos. Inc., a franchise organization for quick-service restaurants.
DPI Partners With Schools, Businesses for Technical Education
February 11, 2021
It’s not uncommon for high school students to take an interest in a particular industry and seek out experience and learning opportunities before graduating, but the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has partnered with local schools and businesses to make that process more accessible and efficient.
County Ranked Third for Charitable Giving
February 6, 2021
Waukesha County has been ranked among the best in Wisconsin when it comes to charitable giving. According to SmartAsset financial advisors, Waukesha ranks third in the state for donations.
Waukesha County Blessings In A Backpack Finds Board Of Directors
February 5, 2021
Blessings in a Backpack of Waukesha County has established it first chapter board leadership team. Nancy Major, managing director of Blessings in a Backpack, said, “This leadership team of highly-skilled, determined, and well-connected individuals is a dream-team. I’m confident that together, their impact on childhood hunger in Waukesha County will be immense.”
Lawmakers' push to end mask mandate finds little public support from businesses
January 27, 2021
Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, similarly did not address lawmakers’ move to end the mandate but said the alliance supports the county’s Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign. The campaign recommends staying home when sick, practicing social distancing and following best practices prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our immediate priority is supporting the most efficient rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to our community,” Kelley stated. “Keeping our businesses and schools safe to remain open and operational is imperative to our economic recovery.”
Waukesha County Business Alliance details vaccine distribution
December 22, 2020
In collaboration with Waukesha County’s Stay Safe to Stay Open campaign, the Waukesha County Business Alliance continues to provide updates regarding COVID-19 on behalf of the county, including the vaccine distribution rollout.
Waukesha County ranked one of best for small businesses
December 22, 2020
Waukesha County has been ranked among the best in Wisconsin for small businesses. According to SmartAsset financial advisors, it ranks ninth in the state for small business returns and income.
Unemployment claims tick upward in Waukesha County
December 17, 2020
After declining for months, unemployment insurance claim metrics have begun to climb upwards in Waukesha County. According to the county COVID-19 dashboard, unemployment claims spiked in March and April as the coronavirus pandemic spurred a statewide shutdown and ongoing stall of economic activity.
Suzanne Kelley & Bruno Independent Living Featured by Spectrum News
November 23, 2020
An Alliance member and Wisconsin-based company that makes stairlifts for those with mobility issues has seen a boom in sales since the pandemic began. Matthew Capelle with Bruno Independent Living Aids says more families are choosing to keep their elderly loved ones at home, instead of putting them in nursing homes, or assisted living facilities. This is because of the risk to contract COVID-19.
Local Officials Celebrate Start of Work on Eaton’s New Addition
November 6, 2020
Local leaders, including Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, Suzanne Kelley, CEO and president of Waukesha County Business Alliance, and Judie Taylor, interim director of the Waukesha County Center for Growth, came out to mark the occasion with a shovel full of dirt, as did several Eaton executives.
Manufacturers Reinforce Waukesha County’s Economy During Pandemic
October 23, 2020
For many business sectors, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty. That’s true for manufacturing as well, but local manufacturers in Waukesha County that stayed open during the shutdown helped bolster the local economy when it needed it most.
Suzanne Kelley Featured on Bank Five Nine Radio Show
October 10, 2020
Jeff McCarthy and Becky Miller of Bank Five Nine recently sat down with Suzanne Kelley, President and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance to discuss how COVID-19 has affected local businesses, how the Alliance has been supporting the business community, and what’s on the horizon. Listen Here
Keep COVID-19 data at businesses private
October 8, 2020
Last week, the Waukesha County Business Alliance learned that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was again planning to release the names of more than 1,000 businesses who have had two or more employees test positive for COVID-19 – regardless of where the employees contracted the virus.
GE Healthcare to transfer 1,500 employees from Waukesha campus
September 17, 2020
GE Healthcare announced plans Wednesday to transfer 1,500 employees from its Waukesha facility in the coming years to West Milwaukee, as well as make a $50 million investment in their existing West Milwaukee facility while selling portions of the Interstate 94 Waukesha campus.
Eaton plans $24M expansion of Badger Drive plant in Waukesha
September 12, 2020
Eaton will spend $24 million to expand its factory at 2300 Badger Drive, with plans to transition employees from two area plants to the soon-to-be larger facility.
Governor Proclaims September as Chamber of Commerce Month
September 2, 2020
“Local communities and businesses throughout Wisconsin have faced countless challenges this year,” said Suzanne Kelley, Waukesha County Business Alliance President & CEO and WCCE Advisory Board Chair.
Alliance Featured on News Talk WISN 1130 "Milwaukee’s Philanthropic Community"
August 23, 2020
Great Water Alliance: Federal financing means big savings for water ratepayers, Mayor says
August 12, 2020
A federal loan for the city’s Lake Michigan water supply project is “fantastic news” for water customers, according to Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly. “Ratepayers will save almost $1 million per year over the 38-year life of the loan because of the exceptional interest rate and a flexible repayment schedule,” Reilly said.
Business groups, elected officials react to Evers' order requiring face coverings
July 30, 2020
Following Gov. Tony Evers’ announcement Thursday in which he issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency and requiring face coverings statewide, elected officials, associations and business groups representing various industries across the state reacted to the news.
Waukesha Schools To Announce Fall Reopening Plan This Week
July 28, 2020
On Wednesday, Waukesha County and local school districts are announcing a partnership to provide flexible health and safety guidelines to help schools open safely in the fall.
Business community asks state not to reveal facilities investigated for Covid-19 outbreaks
July 8, 2020
With more than 260 active investigations into workplaces around Wisconsin for possible outbreaks of Covid-19, the state’s business community is asking the state’s Department of Health Services not to divulge to media outlets the name of those facilities over concerns it will damage business operations.
Evers says he wants I-94 East-West project to move forward
July 8, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers announced today that he plans to seek federal government approval to move forward with the stalled I-94 East-West freeway construction project.
Gov. Evers wants to revive I-94 east-west reconstruction around Stadium Interchange
July 8, 2020
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants to revive the highly-anticipated reconstruction and expansion of Interstate 94 between the Marquette and Zoo interchanges, but said the earlier concept of a double-decker freeway is off the table.
I-94 East-West corridor project to move forward in Milwaukee County
July 8, 2020
A highly traveled portion of the Interstate 94 East-West corridor from 70th Street to 16th Street in Milwaukee County will be rebuilt under plans announced by Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday.
Business partners join county’s COVID-19 campaign
July 8, 2020
New business partners joined Waukesha County Tuesday in its fight against COVID-19 through the “stay safe to stay open” campaign. The campaign is a unified approach to promote the actions businesses and residents can take to mitigate the spread of the virus as the economy and community slowly reopen.
Industry groups support former Gov. Thompson appointment as UW System interim president
June 19, 2020
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Friday announced that former Wisconsin Gov.Tommy Thompson has agreed to serve as UW System interim president effective July 1.
The state's Safer at Home order was overturned. Now what?
May 13, 2020
The Wisconsin State Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned Gov. Tony Evers’ extended Safer at Home order. Does that mean that everything opens up immediately? The answer is yes and no.
Evers releases guidelines for reopening businesses
May 9, 2020
Gov. Tony Evers announced Friday the release of a series of publications made available for businesses seeking to “turn the dial” toward reopening safely.
Waukesha Working With Businesses to Plan Recovery
April 30, 2020
While more needs to be done at the state level to provide businesses with clear guidance about when they will be operational again, I am already working with the local business community to learn which sectors have the greatest needs so we can help them back on their feet and prepare the local economy to open as safely as possible.
Wisconsin leaders react to WMC's Back to Business plan
April 24, 2020
On Friday, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC), the state’s largest business group, released details of its Back to Business, a set of tailored and customizable guidelines and systems the state can use to reopen the economy on May 4.
Waukesha business leaders 'ready to act now' with Gov. Evers on how to reopen state economy
April 15, 2020
Waukesha County’s leading business group says Wisconsin businesses are facing a crisis due to the economic shutdown, and urged Gov. Tony Evers to work with business and health leaders to “get businesses back to work as quickly and safely as possible.” The Waukesha County Business Alliance pledged its organizational resources and member business leaders to help the state craft a plan to reopen Wisconsin’s economy — post haste.
Here's what's inside our resource guide for Milwaukee-area small businesses impacted by COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Most Milwaukee-area small businesses have been stomach-punched by the coronavirus pandemic, and the response from groups and officials around the state continues to evolve. Social distancing measures have resulted in closures for small businesses, both temporary and, unfortunately, some permanent. As a result, unemployment claims have skyrocketed in Wisconsin in recent weeks.
Pewaukee printing company begins manufacturing of face shields
April 2, 2020
Pewaukee-based printing company The Marek Group is contributing in the protection of health care workers by adjusting its production to the manufacturing of face shields.
Wisconsin sectors hardest hit by pandemic are lower paying
April 2, 2020
The full economic impact of COVID-19 related business closures and furloughs will not be known for some time, but the Wisconsin Policy Forum is working to determine it. A new report by the Forum explores the impact on industries most affected.
Evers: 'Business leaders were insistent on having the safer at home order'
March 23, 2020
The “safer at home” order Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers will officially put into action Tuesday has the full support of some of the state’s business leaders, he said during a telephone media briefing Monday.
Industry experts, organizations offer pandemic best practices for Milwaukee-area manufacturers
March 23, 2020
Day by day, more manufacturers are implementing new policies to increase social distancing, heighten cleaning measures and in some cases, temporarily close operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Economic resources for employees, businesses during COVID-19 crisis
March 23, 2020
Resources are available for the business community in Waukesha County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have a dedicated website with COVID-19 business- related information at www.waukesha.org/coronavirus- business-resources.
New Berlin manufacturer pledges to help produce ventilator parts to fight COVID-19
March 19, 2020
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, hospitals are anticipating the possibility of being stretched thin with staff, beds and equipment. One piece of equipment in particular will be important in treating patients with the respiratory coronavirus: ventilators. And there may not be enough. “The Waukesha County Business Alliance is extremely proud to see businesses coming together to support one another during this time of change and uncertainty,” said Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Early experience: Local students get a head start on career skills
March 6, 2020
School has long been seen as the first step towards a career, but districts are increasingly allowing students to get career experience before graduation. A new report from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices looks to narrow the gap between the skills employers are looking for and the skills new entries into the workforce actually possess. That can start with K-12 education.
Waukesha groups urge completion of I-94 east-west corridor
February 6, 2020
Anyone doing business or simply commuting to and from work in southeastern Wisconsin is familiar with the Interstate 94 East-West Corridor — and its bottlenecked traffic. The Waukesha County Business Alliance and other area stakeholders are seeking the corridor’s completion so it can handle more activity.
Milwaukee Tool hosts Kids Building Wisconsin Expo
February 6, 2020
The second annual Kids Building Wisconsin – Waukesha Expo at Milwaukee Tool on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. The event gives Waukesha County middle school students exposure to various career opportunities in the construction industry.
Waukesha Co. middle school students shadow workers at Milwaukee Tool
February 6, 2020
It was part of a partnership with “Kids Building Wisconsin” and the Waukesha County Business Alliance. The students worked on creating electrical circuits, using scrap metal to make a toolbox, building part of a house and even learning how an elevator works.
Changes in TIF district rules supported by some area lawmakers
January 24, 2020
Some state lawmakers are proposing changes to state law concerning the formation of Tax Incremental Finance districts — changes some supporters of current rules don’t like. A TIF district uses additional property taxes generated within its borders through increased economic development to pay for building infrastructure such as sewer and water, storm water management, roads, access to electricity, and other improvements. Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly opposes the legislation, as does the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Waukesha County gets high ranking for employee benefits
January 24, 2020
A survey of employment and health data ranking each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties determined Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties to be in the state’s top 10. Smartasset, a financial technology and advising company, created an Employee Benefits Index score based on metrics such as the unemployment rate, percentage of the local population with employer health insurance and cost of living.
Suzanne Kelley Named Chair of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives
January 16, 2020
The organization, which is the state’s professional association of full and part-time executives and staff members of local chambers of commerce. “Chambers of Wisconsin from across the state are all very different, but we are united by a common goal: to drive a successful business community in our cities, towns and villages,” said Kelley.
800+ Students Visit M.A.D.E Expo
October 18, 2019
The Waukesha County Business Alliance was proud to host over 800 middle and high school students at this year’s M.A.D.E. Career Expo – giving students the opportunity to learn about career pathways in manufacturing from area companies.
Waukesha County Business Alliance talks workforce development, honors Susan Marshall: Slideshow
September 6, 2019
Workforce development and regional leadership took center stage Thursday as business and community leaders gathered at the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s annual meeting.
Leaders say DNC business highlights worker shortage
August 8, 2019
Waukesha County businesses expect to capitalize on next year’s Democratic National Convention despite being located away from the main event in downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee anticipates DNC to have significant economic impact
July 31, 2019
With the Democratic National Convention less than a year away convention officials are preparing Milwaukee and Wisconsin for the number of visitors and the amount of business the area is anticipating to see.
Harnessing DNC economic benefits
July 30, 2019
The Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting a program on Wednesday to teach local business owners how to harness the economic benefits generated by the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Waukesha County Business Alliance expands board of directors
July 23, 2019
The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc. has added three new members to its board of directors: Steve Cooper, president/CEO of United Heartland; Tom Dieckelman, president of Wisconsin Coach Lines/Coach USA; and Matt Moroney, chief operating officer/general counsel for Wangard Partners, Inc.
That's So Money podcast
July 21, 2019
Hosted by Jeff McCarthy and Becky Miller from First Bank Financial Centre, That’s So Money takes an innovative and entertaining
approach to financial education and features a local partner in the community, like the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Gov. Evers' team sees 'some good movement' on his priorities in Republican budget: Brennan
June 27, 2019
Despite partisan rancor in Madison between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature, Evers achieved “some good movement” on his goals for transportation spending and building projects.
New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies
May 23, 2019
Waukesha County Business Alliance hired Emily Curtis as business & education partnerships manager and Betsy Katschke as membership engagement manager.
Waukesha County Business Alliance announces 2019 Emerging Leaders
May 3, 2019
The Waukesha County Business Alliance has announced the eight winners of its Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County awards program, which celebrates young professionals who have shown personal initiative, determination and commitment to their careers and their community.
Renowned business book author to keynote Waukesha County 2035
April 18, 2019
Waukesha County 2035 is a new event presented by BizTimes Media in partnership with the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth.
Low unemployment rate means fewer people to fill positions at local businesses
April 12, 2019
Unemployment is at its lowest point in Wisconsin since February 2018 at 2.9 percent. It’s even lower in Waukesha County at 2.4 percent. That’s great for the economy, but tough on employers as they try to hire workers.
Take time to look ahead at Waukesha County 2035 event
April 12, 2019
What will Waukesha County’s economy and business community look like in 2035? Waukesha County 2035, a new BizTimes Media event focused on competing in a new era of innovation, will examine that question, and more.
Imperfect JobLines faces complicated future
March 29, 2019
JobLines, a Milwaukee County Transit System program designed to connect workers to employers that goes to parts of Waukesha County, had its operations extended by the County Board in late 2018 to run through the end of this August. But there’s no certainty about what will happen to the route after August. A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee report published in September showed the route transported between 800 and 1,000 people each weekday during much of 2018.
Milwaukee-area leaders weigh in on Evers' proposed budget
March 28, 2019
Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed $83.5 billion budget for the 2019-2021 biennium is a starting point for negotiations, according to Waukesha County Business Alliance president Suzanne Kelley.
Wisconsin businesses look at opportunities to sell goods, services during DNC 2020
March 15, 2019
There will be many opportunities for Wisconsin companies to sell goods and services during the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.
Lake Country officials expect 2020 Democratic National Convention to positively impact local hotels, businesses and restaurants
March 13, 2019
With the Democratic National Convention coming to Milwaukee in 2020, Lake Country officials expect local businesses, hotels and restaurants to prosper.
As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs from July 13-16. That figure includes delegates and their families, media from around the world and tourists.
Milwaukee DNC attendees are expected to fill hotels and restaurants throughout Waukesha County
March 13, 2019
For the most part, the news is something to be excited about, according to local business leaders, who are just now trying to get their arms around the magnitude of the event, particularly when it comes to dining and lodging.
“I think it will be a very nice boost for both, restaurants and hotels, in Waukesha County,” said Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Business Alliance outlines 2019 policies
February 20, 2019
With small business owners lacking time to advocate for what’s important to them, they often turn to the Waukesha County Business Alliance to work on issues on their behalf.
Joining forces: Construction Alliance to address labor shortage, share ideas
February 19, 2019
In an effort to address construction industry issues, such as the labor shortage, as well as to share ideas and encourage innovation, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc. has created the Construction Alliance.
How to get the most out of networking events
February 18, 2019
Sticking to a plan like this one is crucial to getting the most out of a networking event, both as a company and as an individual. And for people who struggle to put themselves out there, having a plan can help, said Mervyn Byrd, vice president of sales and leadership development at the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
‘Need to get kids exposed:’ Students encouraged to explore careers in trade industry
January 24, 2019
A nonprofit that encourages kids to explore careers in the trade industry made its first stop in Waukesha County on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Financial, banking leaders react to Evans' economic forecast
January 18, 2019
With 2018’s gross domestic product growth expected to come in at around 3 percent, a percentage above the long-run norm, The Federal Reserve Bank’s Charlie Evans foreshadows another strong year for the national economy, with growth coming in somewhere above potential, he recently told a Milwaukee Business Journal audience.
Tony Evers — business partisan? New governor focuses on positive relationships
January 10, 2019
“I approach it as we need to be partners — the state and the business community,” Governor Tony Evers said of his philosophy. “So in order for government to succeed, our business world has to succeed also.”
Sponsored Content: Foxconn expected to bring opportunities disruption across industries
January 9, 2019
Foxconn Technology Group is changing the game in southeastern Wisconsin, and it’s creating plenty of opportunities for business leaders who are ready and threatens to leave behind those who are not.
Business leaders get creative to find workers
December 27, 2018
A tight labor market in Waukesha County is forcing area business owners to get creative to land the talent they need. “Everything from looking at untraditional sources of talent to enhancing their facilities to really reviewing their corporate culture and making sure that reflects what they want to project to prospective employees,” said Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Why these business leaders are 2018 Milwaukee-area power brokers
December 5, 2018
Suzanne Kelley heads the Waukesha County business group that has been among the leaders in recent years in addressing the skills gap issue for southeastern Wisconsin manufacturers and other businesses.
Business Alliance expands Schools2Skills program
November 15, 2018
This school year, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is piloting two new Schools2Skills Healthcare tours with ProHealth Care in an attempt to expand the program and help educate future health care workers.
Waukesha County Business Alliance Schools2Skills program adds health care industry
November 14, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance Schools2Skills program, which has introduced thousands of high school students to manufacturing careers over the past seven years, is expanding its focus to include another industry facing a worker shortage: health care.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates expansion
November 12, 2018
Ron Johnson’s office, Waukesha County Business Alliance and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow celebrate the expansion of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Waukesha.
Employer benefits focus on education, training
November 10, 2018
Industry experts believe investing in employee development is a short-term expense for businesses that understand the value of well-trained and educated personnel. “Many of our member companies, including the vast majority of our member manufacturers, offer tuition reimbursement for their employees. When we bring students and educators to companies in the manufacturing, health care, construction/skilled trades and IT industries through our Schools2Skills and Careers Uncovered programs, countless companies we have visited talk about tuition reimbursement as a benefit,” says Amanda Payne, vice president of public policy for Waukesha County Business Alliance.
See our first group of 2019 Milwaukee-area power brokers
November 5, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance President & CEO Suzanne Kelley and U.S. Bank executive Jayne Hladio are among the executives who are new to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2019 power brokers list. Check out the attached slideshow to see the first group of 50 power brokers, who are many of the key movers and shakers in the area’s business community.
Technical career demand posing challenge for Waukesha educators
November 1, 2018
Five Waukesha County superintendents met with EmbedTek chief operating officer Tom Fotsch to talk about technical careers as part of the Waukesha County Business Alliance quarterly roundtable program.
Governor Walker Announces $5.1 Million in Commute to Careers Grants
October 26, 2018
Governor Scott Walker announced that 29 grants, totaling more than $5.1 million, have been awarded under the Commute to Careers program, a multi-agency initiative to eliminate transportation barriers for workers seeking to advance their careers or enter the workforce. The program is funded by the Wisconsin Departments of Workforce Development (DWD) and Transportation (WisDOT).
Production workers logging most hours since at least 2013
October 22, 2018
With metro Milwaukee unemployment at its lowest levels in at least two decades and as the region’s manufacturing industry continues to expand businesses are increasing the number of hours production workers are putting in to levels not seen in at least five years.
Wisconsin’s health care squeeze
October 15, 2018
A 2016 study from the Health Care Cost Institute found the price of medical services in Wisconsin were the second highest in the nation, according to claims data for the nation’s largest insurance companies. According to the study, costs for 235 common treatments and examinations for commercially insured patients under the age of 65 were 81 percent higher in Wisconsin than the national average.
Tech Wise Training joins Alliance
October 7, 2018
Carlos Muhammad of Tech Wise Training holds a Waukesha County Business Alliance membership plaque.
Business Alliance welcomes accounting firm
October 7, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance recently welcomed Alliance Tax & Accounting Services as a new member.
New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies
October 4, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance promoted Annie Hagy to manager of business and education partnerships.
Re/Max Service First celebrates new location
October 1, 2018
On Aug. 9, Re/Max Service First celebrated its new location in the Town of Brookfield at 21075 Swenson Drive, No. 200, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
100th Annual Meeting
September 26, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrated its centennial with its 100th Annual Meeting.
More than 800 area CEOs, public officials, educators and businesspeople attended the event, which was held at the Waukesha County Expo Center. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the Waukesha County business community over the past 100 years and discussed the trends facing business in the future.
Jagler: Employers need to ‘widen the talent funnel’ in tight labor market
September 21, 2018
The U.S. Labor Department said this month that the number of job openings in the country rose 1.7 percent in July to 6.9 million, the most on record dating back to late 2000.
Wisconsin Metal Parts joins Alliance
September 21, 2018
Wisconsin Metal Parts recently joined the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Firestone Building Products celebrates
September 21, 2018
Firestone Building Products celebrated its purchase of Gaco Western in Waukesha with the Waukesha County Business Alliance in August.
Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates 100 years
September 18, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance held its 100th annual meeting at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Thursday.
Lack of employees dominates discussion at Waukesha County Business Alliance event: Slideshow
September 14, 2018
The difficult task of finding enough employees to fill open positions dominated the discussion Thursday evening at the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s 100th annual meeting. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the popular event, which attracted a huge crowd to the Waukesha County Expo Center.
The Big One Golf Outing
September 11, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance recently held its annual golf outing, The BIG One.
It is one of the largest business golf outings in Waukesha County, bringing together more than 350 people of all golfing abilities for 18 holes and networking. It supports the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s mission to drive economic growth in Waukesha County.
AMP: Thinking differently about workforce
September 7, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance recently hosted an AMP (alliance morning program) event, called “Thinking differently about workforce,” at Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield.
Red Fox Crossing neighborhood opens in New Berlin
September 4, 2018
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the grand opening of Tim O’Brien Homes’ new neighborhood Red Fox Crossing in New Berlin. The neighborhood is Wisconsin’s First Net Zero Ready community, meaning the community has electrical generation from solar photovoltaic systems that will offset the projected electrical consumption of each individual home.
How Waukesha County leaders are working to create, retain talent
August 9, 2018
Executives, academics and governments officials in Wisconsin’s third-largest county have been actively working on ways to attract and retain talent as labor shortages loom.
Want to be an engineer?
August 8, 2018
The Alliance wrote this article for BizTimes Media’s annual Guide to STUFF publication to encourage students to consider careers in engineering.
Guide to STUFF
August 8, 2018
The Alliance helped BizTimes gather information for their annual Guide to STUFF publication. Guide to STUFF is a workforce development publication for students in southeast Wisconsin.
Waukesha seeks $110 million federal loan for water project
August 3, 2018
Waukesha is competing for the chance to borrow about $110 million from the federal government to pay for its new Lake Michigan water system, a funding option that could save its ratepayers about $40 million.
OwnersEdge CEO goal: $200M tech holding company
August 2, 2018
In just three years, Lisa Reardon has grown OwnersEdge Inc. into an $80 million employee-owned holdings corporation with more than 320 employees across Wisconsin.
New conference center will make Brookfield a hub for collaboration
August 1, 2018
The soon-to-be constructed Brookfield Conference Center will pull more business people into Waukesha County from the surrounding region while retaining existing professionals who now have a brand new place to conduct meetings.
Waukesha County Business Alliance celebrates award winners
June 25, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and the Waukesha County Center for Growth held an awards gala Thursday night to honor the Waukesha County Advocate of the Year, the Small and Large Nonprofits of the Year and the Small, Medium and Large Businesses of the Year.
Largest Milwaukee-area chambers of commerce
June 15, 2018
The List is ranked by total paid membership at chambers of commerce based in the seven-county Milwaukee area. That total includes business and individual paid memberships.
Want to do business in Taiwan?
June 11, 2018
Foxconn Technology Group’s decision to locate in Wisconsin created a new link between the state and the company’s home country of Taiwan. It’s a connection many businesses are eager to take advantage of, whether as a Foxconn supplier or in another industry.
Jagler: Employers need to be proactive to recruit and retain top talent in full labor market
June 8, 2018
For the first time on record, the number of job openings in the U.S. exceeds the number of unemployed Americans — a trend that experts say may soon give workers more leverage for pay raises.
ATC buys land for Foxconn substation from Mount Pleasant
June 4, 2018
Pewaukee-based American Transmission Co. bought 33 acres of land from the village of Mount Pleasant for a substation to provide power to Foxconn Technology Group’s planned $10 billion LCD manufacturing campus.
New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies
May 31, 2018
The Waukesha County Center for Growth, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center hired Lucy Waldhuetter as a business consultant.
‘Tremendous opportunities’ Business leaders talk Foxconn at WCBA panel discussion
May 23, 2018
As site preparation begins on the $10 billion Foxconn manufacturing complex in Mount Pleasant, companies across southeastern Wisconsin are wondering how the sprawling display-screen factory might impact their industries. On Tuesday the Waukesha County Business Alliance strove to answer that question with a panel discussion featuring business leaders already working on the project.
A-list attendees join Katherine Gehl call to overturn politics from the 'rational middle'
May 15, 2018
The Wisconsin launch of former food industry executive Katherine Gehl’s political revolution — she seeks candidates in “the rational middle” — was a genteel affair that included an unlikely call to action from the duo of tech executive and Donald Trump supporter Andy Nunemaker and progressive philanthropist Lynde Bradley Uihlein.
Foxconn impact could be felt in Waukesha County
April 30, 2018
Foxconn’s projections call for $1.4 billion in supply chain spending within the state once its plant is fully operational, and Waukesha County leaders believe they’re well-positioned to benefit.
April 28, 2018
Center for Growth rounds out second-year string of successes
When the Waukesha County Economic Development Corporation dissolved in late 2014, a task force set out to create a replacement.
New workforce development strategies encompass educators, career readiness
April 26, 2018
It’s an issue we hear about over and over again. Employers in skilled trades industries such as manufacturing and construction, as well as in areas such as information technology, can’t find workers to fill their open positions.
Finalists and winners for 2018 Waukesha County Awards announced
April 5, 2018
Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the Waukesha County Business Alliance and the Waukesha County Center for Growth have announced finalists and some winners for the 2018 Waukesha County Awards. According to a press release, the awards recognize top-performing businesses and nonprofit organizations which have a significant presence in Waukesha County and are making our community a great place to work, play and live.
2018 Waukesha County Awards finalists, winners announced
April 3, 2018
Several local businesses have been honored as finalists in the 2018 Waukesha County Awards. The winners will be announced June 21 at the inaugural Waukesha County Awards Gala at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel.
Rethwisch named an emerging leader
March 17, 2018
EmbedTek, LLC recently announced that Ryan Rethwisch, an engineering manager, has been identified as one of six 2018 Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County by the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
'Savor the Flavor' allows Waukesha County restaurants to highlight food offerings: Slideshow
March 7, 2018
Fourteen Waukesha County restaurants got to show off their specialties March 3 as more than 350 area executives packed the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s “Savor the Flavor” event at The Legend of Brandybrook in Wales.
Jim Beam signs sponsorship of Milwaukee Brewers
March 1, 2018
Schlesinger revealed during a talk at the Waukesha County Business Alliance Thursday that Jim Beam is one of three new sponsors for the coming season. He disclosed details of the deal — but not the dollars involved — in a follow-up email to the Business Journal.
With expectations high, Brewers ticket sales increase 20%
March 1, 2018
“We’re up 20 percent in ticket sales to date, which is a great marker,” Schlesinger said during a Waukesha County Business Alliance breakfast at the Sheraton in Brookfield. “Any time you’re in business and you’re doing 20 percent better than the year before, that’s a good sign.”
Business Alliance sets policy agenda
February 24, 2018
Economic development, education and infrastructure are issues that will remain front and center as 2018 unfolds within the Waukesha County Business Alliance.
Business Alliance names Emerging Leaders
February 23, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance has named six Emerging Leaders of Waukesha County award winners — young professionals who have excelled in their careers and community.
Bringing ‘a collective voice’ together for a century
February 17, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance reaches 100-year milestone
When it began operations in Waukesha, Woodrow Wilson was president, silent movies were all the rage and a postage stamp cost three cents. Needless to say, much has changed since the establishment of the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce — forerunner of what today is known as the Waukesha County Business Alliance — a century ago, in 1918.
MMAC, WMC file objections to EPA's proposed tighter pollution standards
February 9, 2018
The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and other business groups filed objections to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to implement stricter air emissions standards the groups say would halt manufacturing-related expansions and new factories in southeast Wisconsin.
Business alliance urging EPA to lift stricter emissions for county
February 6, 2018
The Waukesha County Business Alliance has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urging the department to remove Racine, Waukesha and Washington counties from an ozone non-attainment area that it says would unfairly halt economic growth in the region.
Waukesha program employs high school students at manufacturing companies
February 5, 2018
A unique program in Waukesha is helping hundreds of high school students get real-world career experience before they even graduate. The Waukesha MADE program (Manufacturing, Automotive, Design and Engineering) sends students to work at local manufacturing companies.
GOP lawmakers working to revive I-94 east-west corridor project
February 1, 2018
Three Republican state lawmakers from southeastern Wisconsin unveiled a proposal today aimed at moving forward the stalled Interstate 94 east-west corridor reconstruction project.
'It's not dumb, dirty and dangerous'
January 27, 2018
Amid the backdrop of a well-publicized skilled labor shortage, local business leaders gathered for a symposium Friday to discuss the state of the manufacturing industry in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Waukesha County Business Alliance hosted the panel discussion, “Manufacturing Voices,” at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield. Several hundred people attended the event at a time when all eyes are on the industry with Foxconn’s imminent arrival in Racine County.
Waukesha manufacturing execs say referrals, school connections key to attracting skilled talent
January 29, 2018
With nearly every business in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry struggling to find talent, company’s are scrambling for answers as to how to thrive in the shadow of Foxconn Technology Group’s arrival. Panelists at Waukesha County Business Alliance’s first event of 2018, Manufacturing Voices, offered solutions to that problem in front of hundreds of Waukesha’s manufacturing and business professionals at the Sheraton in Brookfield Jan. 26.
Mayors: Cooperation key to region’s growth, success
January 29, 2018
The need for a more regional approach to economic development in southeastern Wisconsin emerged as the central theme of a Waukesha County Business Alliance discussion Friday morning with Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
VIP crowd helps Waukesha County Business Alliance kick off 100th anniversary celebration: Slideshow
January 25, 2018
More than 100 Milwaukee and Waukesha business executives recently helped the Waukesha County Business Alliance kick off its 100 anniversary celebration. Check out the attached slideshow to see photos from the event held at Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha.
Waukesha County Business Alliance 100th anniversary kickoff
January 23, 2018
Waukesha County Business Alliance recently hosted a VIP cocktail reception to kickoff 2018’s year-long celebration of 100 years of business.
Young professionals week expanding into Waukesha
January 10, 2018
The social architecture firm NEWaukee is expanding its program for young professionals in the Milwaukee area dubbed YPWeek into 28 new communities. Among those 28 communities are the city of and county of Waukesha.
NEWaukee announces YPWeek Wisconsin 2018 expansion, Bubbler awards application open
January 5, 2018
NEWaukee is proud to announce the expansion of YPWeek Wisconsin to include 28 communities in 2018, including Waukesha County. The grassroots statewide program will run April 20 to 28, 2018 with each community presenting a variety of programs that empower young professionals to take ownership and pride in their hometowns.
Small business owners say 2018 looks bright
January 3, 2018
Weldall, which now has 215 employees, spent $1.75 million on equipment and facility improvements, said plant manager and co-owner David Bahl. For the new year, the company will hit the ground running with five new employees this week, a reflection of this year’s growth, said Bahl. If the 20 to 25 percent increase in sales holds true, he said, jobs would follow. Bahl said he’s confident that the local and national political landscape will help Weldall thrive in 2018 between state leadership’s pro-growth approach to job creation and the Waukesha County Business Alliance’s efforts to help small businesses become competitive.
“We’ve never taken this issue lightly:” Mayors sign contract, allow Milwaukee to sell water to Waukesha
December 20, 2017
It’s official! Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly put pen to paper on Wednesday morning, December 20th — and signed a 40-year contract that will allow the City of Milwaukee to sell water to the City of Waukesha.
Water deal between Waukesha and Milwaukee signed
December 20, 2017
The deal is signed and sealed and soon, Lake Michigan water will be delivered to Waukesha. The Mayors of Milwaukee and Waukesha signed a 40-year contract Wednesday to pump the water between the two cities.
Waukesha County business groups coordinate workforce strategy
December 18, 2017
Waukesha County’s business coalitions have launched a comprehensive workforce development strategy as the county heads into a pivotal 2018 year for the region’s businesses.
Making Wisconsin a workforce destination
December 18, 2017
With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered Friday morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools.
Key industries event highlights workforce concerns
December 18, 2017
Workforce issues remain among the greatest concerns for many of the state’s industries. Leaders in the manufacturing, cybersecurity, construction and the staffing industry discussed their challenges at “Key Industries for Wisconsin in 2018 and Beyond,” hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance on Dec. 15. Mike Flynn, Milwaukee market president of First Business Bank, moderated the discussion.
Waukesha County Business Alliance Key Industries 2018
December 15, 2017
Waukesha County Business Alliance held its annual Key Industries 2018 event on Dec. 15 at Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center in Pewaukee.
Bear Hoff cements family’s legacy at Alloy Products
December 7, 2017
From a young age, Betsy Bear Hoff knew she wanted to run Alloy Products Corp.
Foxconn to impact more than Racine County
October 27, 2017
The Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Waukesha County Business Alliance have been supportive of the Foxconn project since the beginning and we have been working hard to ensure Waukesha County is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities Foxconn has to offer.
Meet the Milwaukee area's power brokers
October 25, 2017
These are the people who others turn to when they need to get something done, whether it’s a business deal, community project or raising money for a great cause. Suzanne Kelley, president and CEO of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, is one of them.
MADE Career Pathways Expo
October 18, 2017
BizTimes Media – Almost 1,000 high school students attended the MADE Career Pathways Expo hosted by Waukesha County Business Alliance, Waukesha County Technical College, Waukesha County Center for Growth, Aries Industries, and Dedicated Computing.
Waukesha business survey shows modest growth, skill and retention issues
October 16, 2017
Milwaukee Business Journal – A recent survey revealed that while businesses in Waukesha County are trending toward growth, employers still have serious hiring concerns surrounding skills and retention.
Waukesha Co. students get close look at careers in manufacturing & skilled trades
October 12, 2017
TMJ4 – Almost 1,000 high school students had the opportunity to get hands-on experience in trade careers like manufacturing, engineering and construction on Thursday morning.
Survey: 76% of county businesses plan to expand
October 11, 2017
Waukesha Freeman – Waukesha County businesses intend to grow during the next three years through increasing their staff, moving to a larger facility, via acquisitions or by growing their revenue, among other reasons, according to a survey.
WMC and 43 Local Chambers Announce Support for Foxconn Legislation
August 22, 2017
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) sent a letter to members of the Joint Committee on Finance urging them to support the Foxconn legislation – Special Session Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1. The letter was signed by WMC – the state’s chamber of commerce – and 42 local chambers from all across Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Biz Blog: Foxconn’s impact will benefit Waukesha County
August 7, 2017
BizTimes Media – The waiting was worth it—Foxconn has announced it will have a fully-functional manufacturing plant in Wisconsin as soon as 2020. So what does that mean for Waukesha County and the rest of the region?
Casey: Don't misunderstand us, Wisconsin wants Foxconn
July 16, 2017
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published a discouraging article titled “If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won’t be what many expect.” From the standpoint of someone working in that manufacturing plant, we would do well to remember that that’s not a bad thing.
Expanding again: New Berlin companies hiring through ‘Joseph Project’ in Milwaukee
April 16, 2017
FOX6 News – The Joseph Project, a faith-based jobs program that connects people in Milwaukee’s central city with jobs in other counties, is expanding again.
Joseph Project expanding to Waukesha County
April 11, 2017
BizTimes Media – The Joseph Project, an initiative that provides job training and transportation to work for Milwaukee residents, received a donated van from several Waukesha County businesses on Monday, helping the project expand to New Berlin.
Business leaders call for I-94 corridor funding
April 8, 2017
WISN12 – Suzanne Kelley of the Waukesha County Business Alliance says businesses depend on the I-94 East –
West corridor for commerce.
Coalition wants state to maintain I-94 corridor funding
April 6, 2017
Waukesha Freeman – Surrounded by products made by southeastern Wisconsin companies that rely on Interstate 94 to transport their goods, members of a newly formed coalition called on Wisconsin’s administration to prioritize maintenance and improvements of the Interstate 94 East-West corridor.
Business leaders: Bring back Milwaukee's I-94 east-west project
April 5, 2017
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – Merging into a crowded, multi-lane debate, some of Wisconsin’s top businesses Tuesday called for restoring the I-94 east-west project, saying it was critical to the region’s economy.