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Thursday, April 24, 2014
UCC to present Friends of the Hispanic Community Awards
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
The United Community Center will honor a lineup of area leaders who have significantly contributed to the development and well-being of the community during its 44th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 2.
The UCC, a social service agency that offers programming related to education, cultural arts, health and human services and more to south side residents, will present selected individuals with the Friends of the Hispanic Community Awards.

This year’s honorees are Ellen Bartel, the first president of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School; Patricia Hoben, founder and head of school of Carmen High School of Science & Technology; Jeff Joerres, chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup; and Tim Sullivan, president of the Bucyrus Foundation and former president and CEO of Bucyrus International, Inc.

Additionally, the UCC and Badger Mutual Insurance Company will recognize a group of accomplished students, whose photos and biographies will be added to the Badger Mutual Wall of Fame at the UCC’s Community Learning Center. Selected students are Ivana Guerrero of Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, Alexandra Guadalupe Perez-Luevano of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Karla Rodriguez of Brookfield Academy, Marianna Tellez of the Latino Arts Strings Program, and Christian Villanueva of Marquette University.

The anniversary dinner on May 2 will take place in Bruce-Guadalupe Community School’s Ted Friedlander Gymnasium, 1028 S. 9th St. in Milwaukee. The sold-out celebration, held to highlight UCC successes and acknowledge its community supporters, will include performances by the Latino Arts Strings Program and Bruce-Guadalupe Community School Jazz Band.

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Jazz in the Park announces new sponsorship
April 24, 2014 11:15 AM
This summer's Jazz in the Park series will be backed by a new set of co-presenting sponsors.
Boston Store will join Columbia St. Mary's in lead sponsorship of the 23rd season of the music performances, which draw live jazz ensembles and music artists to downtown Milwaukee's Cathedral Square every Thursday during summer months.

"We're thrilled to bring Boston Store on board as a co-presenting sponsor for this season of Jazz in the Park," said Kim Morris executive director of East Town Association, which heads Jazz in the Park. "It's fitting that we have two pillars of the downtown community combining efforts to keep this Milwaukee tradition going strong. Boston Store's support alongside that of longtime contributor Columbia St. Mary's allows us to continue delivering an eclectic mix of free musical entertainment to the community."

As part of their role as co-presenting sponsors, Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary's will help fund operating costs, including talent fees, audio/video equipment setup, event staffing and park maintenance.

And thanks to the new support of Boston Store, Jazz in the Park will introduce a new weekly giveaway promotion that will grant one patron special VIP seating, free parking, wine, appetizers from Flannery's Bar & Restaurant, and a gift certificate for park vendors.

Under their agreement with East Town Association, both lead sponsors will be featured on Jazz in the Park promotional materials, including posters, signage, event T-shirts and advertisements.

Additional series sponsors include Madison Medical, Bud Light, International Autos Group, Gruber Law Offices LLC, WE Energies, Stone's Throw Winery, Ellingsen Brady Advertising and Milwaukee County Parks System.

Jazz in the Park's 2014 season will start on Thursday, June 5, with a performance by Nabori, a Milwaukee-based music group that specializes in salsa beats.

For more information about the series, visit

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Niagara Awards to salute Milwaukee leaders
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Outgoing University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee chancellor Michael Lovell, United Way of Greater Milwaukee president Mary Lou Young and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor Martin Kaiser will receive Peace and Dialogue Awards from the Niagara Foundation on Friday.
Lovell, who will become the next president of Marquette University, will receive the Niagara Education Award. Young will receive the Niagara Community Service Award. Kaiser will receive the Niagara Media Award.

The awards will be given by the Niagara Foundation, which was created in 2004 by a group of Turkish-American businessmen and educators. The foundation is active in nine Midwestern states with 22 branches. The foundation tags the Niagara Falls as a metaphor to underline the importance of the cooperation and understanding among diverse groups of people.

The awards will be given during a ceremony at the Milwaukee Athletic Club on Friday, April 25, with the welcoming reception starting at 6:30 p.m. BizTimes publisher Dan Meyer will be the master of ceremonies.

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BuySeasons names new CEO
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
New Berlin-based costume and party supply retailer BuySeasons Inc. has appointed Rick Barton to chief executive officer, replacing Dev Mukherjee after just over a year in the role.
Mukherjee departed the company Tuesday. Company representatives would not comment further on the leadership change.

Barton will take over on April 28. He most recently served as president and CEO of Maumelle, Ark.-based Leisure Arts, a publisher of lifestyle and instructional craft publications and creator of e-books, digital downloads and DVDs. Leisure Arts was formerly owned by BuySeasons’ Englewood, Colo.-based parent company, Liberty Interactive Corp. Before Leisure Arts, Barton served as CEO of Buy-Rite Designs, managing partner at Hunt Private Equity Group and CEO of Paper Magic Group.

“We are thrilled to have Rick lead BuySeasons,” said Greg Maffei, president and CEO of Liberty Interactive. “We have known Rick for many years since he served as CEO of Leisure Arts, a former Liberty subsidiary. His experience in branding, retail and operations will fit well with this group of businesses. “We want to thank Dev for his vision and commitment during a period of change for the company.”

BuySeasons was founded in 1999 and sells costumes, accessories, seasonal décor and party supplies to consumers and large retailers on,,, and

In January 2013, BuySeasons chief executive officer Dan Haight left the company and was replaced by Mukherjee, who had been a senior vice president in Sears Holdings Corp.'s home appliances division. Mukherjee expanded the company’s management team in December, adding a chief marketing officer, a chief financial officer and a vice president, controller for both BuySeasons and Liberty portfolio company Evite.

Liberty spun off its stakes in BuySeasons and travel website TripAdvisor Inc. into a new publicly-traded company called Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings in October.

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Wisconsin Lutheran launches second phase of $6.7 million project
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Wisconsin Lutheran High School will break ground on a dramatic expansion on Friday as part of a $6.7 million project aimed at enhancing the school's amenities and better blending its arts programming with other curriculum.
Phase one of the project, just about complete, has renovated parts of the school's interior, including adding air conditioning to 18 classrooms and introducing sound technology to the school's band room.

Phase two is anchored by a new two-story, 29,400-square-foot wing that will provide a designated setting for WLHS's "STEAM" programming – defined by science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

While the Milwaukee-based high school has been offering courses across the arts, with classes in language arts, practical arts, textile arts, fine arts and industrial arts, it is now moving toward more integrated programming. In this way, the school plans to intersect its arts curriculum with its STEM programming so that students receive a well-rounded education, said Pastor Kenneth Fisher, president of WLHS.

"It's connecting left brain and right brain activities in a way that rounds out our students more fully," Fisher said.

For example, the school could integrate engineering classes with textiles arts classes through the use of its 3D printer and computer-aided design software, according to Matt Bilitz, director of mission advancement.

Until now, the school has not had adequate facilities for many of its STEAM offerings, Bilitz said. The current facility is 200,000 square feet.

In addition to outfitting the school with a new entrance, the wing will add music classrooms, a dedicated performance choral room, a student center, and classrooms for family and consumer sciences courses. The wing will also contain designated classroom space for Project Lead The Way, STEM-based programming that Wisconsin Lutheran High School rolled into its offerings close to four years ago.

"Serving our students better is worth investing in the future, and this is a way to serve our current students better and expand our program for the needs of the next-generation students," Fisher said.

Full-scale construction of phase two, led by Catalyst Construction, will begin at the start of June with completion expected in December. The high school hopes to begin using its new wing at the start of the next school year's second semester in January 2015.

Funding for the project has come from several contributors, including individual donors, major foundations, dozens of Lutheran churches that support WLHS's academics, and students and faculty.

WLHS administrators are hopeful that the new wing and STEAM curriculum will also help "attract a wider variety and more international students," Bilitz said.

While two dozen of the WLHS's 762 students are international students, the school is determined to grow that population to at least 70.

WLHS is located at 330 N. Glenview Ave. in Milwaukee.

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COSBE accepts nominations for Future 50 Awards
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
The Council of Small Business Executives is accepting nominations for its Future 50 Awards, which salute the fastest-growing companies in southeastern Wisconsin.
The COSBE program is celebrating its 27th year.

The winners will meet the following criteria:
* In business for at least three years.
* Headquartered in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington or Waukesha counties.
* Independent, privately owned (not a franchise, subsidiary or division).
* Fast growth of sales and employment (averaged over the last three years).
The Future 50 companies will be featured in BizTimes Milwaukee magazine and will be saluted in a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 11.  

All financial information submitted for nominations will be kept confidential. To nominate a company, visit Self-nominations are encouraged. The nomination deadline is Friday, May 2.

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LGBT Chamber names Business Award winners
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday announced the winners of its annual Business Awards, which recognize members who work to create a more diverse business community in the state.
MillerCoors has been named the Corporate Partner of the Year for its commitment to diversity in the workplace and efforts to positively grow the LGBT and allied business community across Wisconsin.

Colin Gorman of PNC Bank in Whitefish Bay was honored with the Business Leader of the Year award. The designation goes to a diligent and creative professional who has made an impact on the effort to grow the diversity of the business community in Wisconsin.

The LGBT Business of the Year was awarded to A2Z Design of Appleton. The Allied Business of the Year designation went to Sugar Doll of Stevens Point.

Companies and individuals were nominated by other members and the public, and a committee of chamber members chose the winners. The awards will be presented at the chamber’s Business Awards & Expo on Wednesday, May 7, at Hotel Metro in Milwaukee. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit

“The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor these businesses and individuals who have worked hard to build a more diverse business community in every part of our state,” said Jason Rae, founder and executive director of the chamber. “These winners represent the creativity, the determination, and the diversity of the Wisconsin business community and they are committed to building a pro-fairness, pro-business community in Wisconsin.”

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Mone touts ‘Moving Forward Together’ during interim
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
While Mark Mone won’t fill the role of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s interim chancellor for much more than half a year, he is poised to build on the legacy of his predecessors with a vision and platform for the university’s time of transition.
Read more in Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes reporter Erica Breunlin.

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Bubbler Quote of the Week
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM

"We believe that no brat, regardless of its nationality, should be used to divide us. Brats, by their very nature, bring people together – in backyard cookouts and many special occasions."
~Ralph Stayer, owner of Sheboygan-based Johnsonville Sausage LLC
Read last week’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler: Sheboygan says 'nein' to Germany.

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Hot Bubbler Books
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
Five bestselling business books you should read:
1. “Forty Chances,” by Howard Buffett
2. “Promise of a Pencil,” by Adam Braun
3. “Hard Thing about Hard Things,” by Ben Horowitz
4. “Transforming Pain to Power,” by Daniel Beaty
5. “Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!” by Lori Greiner

Courtesy of 800 CEO Read.

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BizTimes Around Town: Hotel will enhance casino meeting facilities
April 24, 2014 11:00 AM
A sneak peak of the 18-story, $150 million hotel under construction at Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee. The hotel will enhance the facility's offerings for meetings and events when it opens this fall.
Check out today’s BizTimes Around Town.

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