Leadership Kenosha’s November 2016 Session


Vision, relationship-building, listening, empathy, purpose, engagement, and the development of others were topics of focus for the November session of the largest cohort to date for Leadership Kenosha.

Starting at the Boys and Girls Club, ending at ELCA with presentations and tours by these organizations as well as United Way of Kenosha, and packed with sharing and reflection, including lunch and a visionary Q&A session with Mayor John Antaramian, it was a full day of growth. Participants learned more about local non-profit agencies, the value of generational differences in the workplace, and project management.

“Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart”, and “You Can’t Do It Alone” were themes for the day, corroborated by our increased understanding of the community needs served by local non-profits. Thanks to all the leaders who inspired and shared, including Boys and Girls Club and ELCA staff; Tedi Winnett, Director of Kenosha County UW-Extension; Kamaljit K Jackson, Gateway Technical College; and Richard Rodenbeck, Interim CEO United Way.

Submission by Terri Ward of UW-Extension Nutrition Education Program

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2017 entries

Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest open for 2017 entries through Jan. 31, 2017

The 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2017 competition until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017.

The contest is designed to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-based businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert advice and mentoring, management talent and possible sources of capital.

Over time, the contest has led to valuable public and media exposure for the top business plans and spurred economic growth in Wisconsin. Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. (more…)

AT&T Business and Education Partners Program Sponsorship

BEPP AT&T CheckThe Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce (KACC) is once again conducting the Business and Education Partners Program (BEPP) for Kenosha County High School students. The program will begin in March 2017. This program allows High School students to experience college courses and manufacturing to assist them in planning college and career activities. The Chamber is appreciative and excited that AT&T has once again funded the program. Pictured (from left to right) are Peter Barca, Wisconsin State Representative, Assembly District 64; Lou Molitor, President of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce; Dextra Hadnot, AT&T Wisconsin Director, Government Affairs; and Dr. Manoj Babu, Dean of Manufacturing, Engineering, & Transportation at Gateway Technical College and the Vice Chair of the KACC Board of Directors.

Meet the Makers at the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire

Have you ever wondered, “how it’s made or why it’s made that way”? Join us at the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at RecPlex to meet the Makers and ask them for yourself! Admission to the event is free, though advance registration is strongly recommended. The Maker Movement encourages making of all kinds, which by its very nature is “hands-on.” Hands-on youth workshops and activities planned for the Pleasant Prairie Mini Maker Faire include:

  • pottery workshops
  • Nerdy Derby
  • pressmen hats with Kenosha News
  • Electric Beats
  • help make a solar charged lamp
  • use a ham radio
  • modeling make and take
  • Tinkercad
  • thermo forming masks
  • virtual welding
  • launch paper airplanes
  • try your hand at calligraphy

Most of the activities available are free or very low cost and will be offered throughout the day while activity supplies last. There’s more, learn from other amazing Makers!

Meet an amateur telescope maker. Learn how to use a spinning wheel. Meet Kenosha Lego Masters and a balloon twister. Learn about electricity with UW-Parkside. See robots, energy effcient vehicles, and more with LakeView Tech. Learn about 3D printing with Gateway, Milwaukee Maker Space, and Kronik3d. See a prototype for electric streets. Learn about creating a Maker Space and making rockets. Meet the Lost in Space Robot (replica). Watch a blacksmith complete the nal step of making steel roses. And, watch as Lakeview Tech students use trebuchets to launch pumpkins. Crafters will also be selling: hand-blown glass, hand-crafted functional porcelain, blacksmithed art, Inkies (wearable/huggable) art, the Glue Looper, crocheted and knit apparel, laser engraved novelties, and quilts and felted items. Famous Daves, Mondo De La Rosa, and LA Grill will also be on site selling food items throughout the day.

Visit MakerFairePleasantPrairie.com to get your free tickets today. Please note that our list of Makers and vendors may change as the event draws near. Please help us thank our amazing sponsors: Make Magazine, Gateway Technical College, Leeward Business Advisors, the Kenosha Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Catalyst Exhibits, K-Log, Herzing University, Educators Credit Union, Kenosha News, AT&T, the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, Connections Academy, Corner Bakery, and Culvers of Pleasant Prairie.

AGC Heat Transfer Ribbon Cutting


Today, November 16, 2016, we celebrated the opening of AGC Heat Transfer’s Midwest sales and training office. In attendance were officials from the Village of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, Kenosha County Supervisor Andy Berg, State Representative Samantha Kerkman, and Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce staff, Directors, and Ambassadors.

AGC Heat Transfer, Inc. is a leading global supplier of plate heat exchangers to sanitary markets including: dairy, food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical. AGC offers complete heat exchanger services including: frames, upgrade plate packs, gaskets and plates that fit most OEM’s plate heat exchangers. AGC also has a staff of Service Technicians that perform field leak detection services nationwide, including Platecheck TM inspections which is the only inspection service that meets current 3-A sanitary standards.

AGC Heat Transfer
8400 LakeView Parkway, Suite 700
Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158
(888) 489-8820