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Think entrepreneurial!

The UW-Eau Claire College of Business is building on the exciting culture of entrepreneurship in the Chippewa Valley.

Catch the excitement!

Join us November 9-15 for a variety of events that will inspire, update, and connect you with entrepreneurial thinkers and doers – from on and off campus, from inside and outside of Eau Claire.

All events are held in Eau Claire and are open to the public. There is no fee to attend. Please attend as many activities as your schedule will permit.

For more information, contact Ann Rupnow, coordinator, UW-Eau Claire College of Business Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.

2017 Entrepreneur Week

Thursday, Nov. 9
4th Annual “Swim with the Sharks” Business Idea Competition
7:00 pm, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, Woodland Theatre
Learn more. NOTE: UWEC Students interested in competing must register with Ann Rupnow by Nov. 3

Monday, Nov. 13
Social Entrepreneurship: Helping to Shrink a Critical Divide
Tea Rozman-Clark, Ph.D., founder, Green Card Voices 7:00 pm, UW-Eau Claire Davies Center, Ojibwe Ballroom

A social entrepreneur is someone who uses business practices and techniques to find solutions to problems in our society. This definition describes Dr. Tea Rozman-Clark perfectly.

Twenty years ago, while working in refugee camps in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, Rosman-Clark made a commitment to serve those whose lives had been unjustly disrupted by conflict. Years later, as she visited Srebrenica residents as part of her postgraduate studies at New York University (and University of Nova Gorica), Rosman-Clark realized the impact of first-person digital story sharing. She formed Green Card Voices, an organization that combats stereotypes by empowering immigrants to tell their stories. A 2015 Bush Fellowship recipient, she has used her grant to build her nonprofit manager skills to grow Green Card Voices into the largest video library of immigrant stories in the country. Source: Bush Foundation

Rozman-Clark also has a local connection. In 1997, she won a scholarship to study for one year at UW-Eau Claire. It was here that she met her future husband, Nathan Clark. We are very excited to have her back on campus.  

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Musky Tank Mixer™
6:30-8:00 pm, Infinity Beverages, 3460 Mall Dr.
Topic: “From Concept to Reality”. Registration required at

Wednesday, Nov. 15
1 Million Cups
9:00-10:00 am, Chippewa Valley Technical College, 620 W. Clairemont Ave., Rm 103B
Presentations by Leah Pronschinske, The Affogato LLC, and Adam and Alicia Condit, Blue Ox Running LLC

Other events of interest to small business owners and entrepreneurs

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Messages that Miss the Mark
12:00-1:00 pm, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce
Presenter: Dr. Marcy Leasum Orwig, UWEC Department of Business Communication
Sponsored by Western Wisconsin SCORE and Western Dairyland

Do you send messages and not receive the kind of response you want? This workshop focuses on different ways to organize the content of your messages--both for print and online communication. Please bring at least TWO printed examples of your own business messages (i.e., emails, letters, social media posts, etc.) that you can share during the workshop.


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