Grow Local Biz Expo
Business Expo showcases local, independent business, supports local economy
Milwaukee – The Grow Local Biz Expo is Local First Milwaukee’s spotlight event showcasing our annual Grow Local Business Campaign. The event offers a half-day of quality learning, resource gathering, and networking on Tuesday, April 25th, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.
Data from the Civic Economics Survey of Independent Businesses shows that in Milwaukee, independently owned, local businesses are reinvesting 44¢ of every dollar they earn into the local economy, compared to only 14¢ on the dollar from national chains. Local First Milwaukee encourages businesses in our region to send a representative to the Grow Local Business Expo to see how they can shift a portion of spending to local vendors.
Christine Hill, Executive Director of Future Milwaukee at Marquette University, will present the lunch keynote, “What’s Holding You Back from Growing Your Business?” and facilitate a panel of local business leaders: Jeff Sherman, OnMilwaukee; Jennifer Bartolotta, Care-a-lotta and The Bartolotta Restaurant Group; Wendy Bast, Go Riteway. Breakout sessions will be presented by sponsors Walcheske & Luzi, Hudson Business Lounge, G2 Insurance Services, and Filament Communication throughout the afternoon. Vendors will showcase products and services ranging from finances, marketing, technology, and so on.
Individual tickets to the Grow Local Business Expo are $50 and include admission, lunch, an afternoon snack, and one beverage during happy hour networking from 5 – 7 p.m. If unable to participate in the full day, individuals are invited to the happy hour networking for $20 (one beverage included).
Learn more about the Grow Local Business Expo or register to attend by visiting: https://localfirstmilwaukee.wufoo.com/forms/q1vtyn3i0avzsc2/
About Local First Milwaukee
Local First Milwaukee is a metro-Milwaukee independent business alliance serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine Counties. Started in 2006, the organization’s message is simple: choose local first and watch the local economy prosper. Local First Milwaukee currently has over 300 members and is a member of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), who also serves as the organization’s fiscal sponsor.
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If you like beer combined with a genuine historic German atmosphere, then you will love Best Place at the old Pabst Brewery! The ballroom, tavern and the gift shop, which is filled with antiques, many of which are recovered from the original brewery, are hidden between several old as well as refurbished brewery buildings. Dont let yourself get thrown off by the run-down appearance of some of the surrounding buildings; the area is part of a great redevelopment project after the original brewery shut down in the 90s. The tavern has two beautiful little courtyards, one of which houses a statue of Captain Pabst, where guests can enjoy a glass of cold Milwaukee or Wisconsin brewed beer. Best Place is also one of the few places that have the pre-prohibition beer Batch 19 on tap! If you are interested in learning more about Milwaukees history, you should definitely go on one of their tours. Tours are offered on weekends at noon and 2pm and include a free beer ($9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors). All in all, if youre looking for a place to sit with your friends and enjoy great beer in an authentic German and historic atmosphere, this is definitely the Best Place for you to be!