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It’s the final episode of the Milwaukee Business Journal podcast. Reporter Teddy Nykiel talks with Mike Ansay, CEO and chairman of Ansay & Associates in Port Washington and the Honorary Consulate of Luxembourg for the State of Wisconsin about the recent local connections with the small European country and how that relationship can benefit both bus…
 
Cruise ship traffic will rebound in a big way in 2022 for the city of Milwaukee, and the port is seeking a developer to build a welcome center for them at the lakefront. Covid-19 quashed cruise traffic over the past two years, but that is to change going forward. MBJ Reporter Sean Ryan interviews Port director Adam Tindall-Schlicht on how many visi…
 
MBJ’s Margaret Naczek features Marcus Corp. CEO Greg Marcus and executive vice president and CFO Doug Neis about the Milwaukee’s company’s efforts to recover from the huge impact of the pandemic on its hotels, restaurants and movie theaters. Later on, Margaret interviews reporter Teddy Nykiel on her cover story in this week’s paper that takes an in…
 
MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel spoke with Chad Johnson, the founder of Tip a Scrxipt, a Milwaukee-based startup building a platform to help people crowdfund out-of-pocket medication costs. Tip a ScRxipt's announced this week that it raised $500,000 in seed financing led by the new Milwaukee venture capital firm, Gateway Capital Partners. Later on, Lori Richard…
 
Southeast Wisconsin manufacturers are continuing to cope with higher labor costs – trying everything including bonuses – to lure workers. MBJ’s Rich Kirchen talks with two executives who are on the front lines of the search process. The labor shortage in manufacturing and warehousing is giving a chill to real estate developers who say they won’t bu…
 
One of the region’s biggest local restaurant chains is making news for their real estate development plans. Cousin’s Subs of Menomonee Falls is looking to add more locations in Wisconsin and out-state, and it’s adopting a higher-investment approach to building those future restaurants. Milwaukee Business Journal’s Sean Ryan talks with Joe Ferguson,…
 
For decades, commercial real estate development in metro Milwaukee was the domain of white men – with a couple exceptions. That’s changed in recent years as more minority developers are emerging. Milwaukee Business Journal’s Rich Kirchen talked with fellow reporter Sean Ryan about his story on leading minority developers overcoming challenges to ga…
 
October is Wisconsin Tech Month, as declared by Gov. Tony Evers. MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel talks with Milky Way Tech Hub Founder, Nadiyah Johnson about that designation and how her organization is focused on building Milwaukee’s diverse tech ecosystem. They also discuss what the group plans to lobby for this month, as well as other upcoming tech events. L…
 
This week again, all eyes are on southeastern Wisconsin, particularly in the sports world. Just a few months after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship, Whistling Straits in Kohler hosts the Ryder Cup. MBJ’s Margaret Naczekspoke with Visit Milwaukee’s Peggy Williams-Smith on the economic impact. They talked about the significance of southea…
 
MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks to one of the region’s most prominent voices in the fight against Covid-19. Dr. Ben Weston has emerged as one of the lead communicators of clear and accurate Covid info over the past year and a half. He’s working with both Milwaukee County and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and is an experienced emergency room doctor. The M…
 
Global Brigades is the largest student-funded humanitarian organization, and was started by Marquette University students in 2003. Most recently, it launched a for-profit spinoff, Eskala, which is a microfinance company focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through banking. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek spoke with some of the founders on this new endeav…
 
It’s the first weekend of Summerfest with their new format, so that’s what we’re talking about this week. But we’re not talking about the music today — we’re talking about Summerfest Tech, the one-day technology event on September 8. MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel talked with organizer Lena DeLaet who has all the details. They also talked about who will be the…
 
Julia Taylor will retire at the end of this year after a remarkable 19 years leading the Greater Milwaukee Committee. MBJ’s Rich Kirchen recently interviewed Julia for her perspectives on the GMC’s accomplishments during her tenure – and the challenges Milwaukee still faces. Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Sari Lesk was selected as one of four …
 
This week, developer Josh Jeffers celebrated the completion of new apartments for Milwaukee Area Technical College students in a former Journal Sentinel office building. He’s got control of that whole city block around it, and he talks with MBJ’s Sean Ryan about how work has already begun for the next phase of construction to bring market-rate apar…
 
After a long wait, activity returns to Henry Maier Festival Park. Irish Fest is the first full weekend festival to return to Milwaukee’s lakefront in over a year! MBJ’s Margaret Naczek talked with Mike Mitchell who is Executive Director of Celtic MKE, which operates Milwaukee’s Irish Fest. They discuss what to expect from this year’s festivities. L…
 
MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel interviews Stephanie and Houston Hoskins, the founders of Debtle, a Sheboygan-based startup creating a platform for organizations to negotiate and settle invoices directly with customers. Later on, Teddy talks with fellow MBJ reporter Rich Kirchen about this week’s cover story, “Rexnord reimagined”. They discuss why and how one o…
 
MKE Urban Stables is a nonprofit Milwaukee development that is using horse stables to offer treatment to vets and improve relations between the police department and community. MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with Kent Lovern, chief deputy district attorney for Milwaukee County and president of the MKE Urban Stables board of directors. Later, MBJ’s Margaret …
 
The Milwaukee Bucks run for the NBA championship raised Milwaukee’s profile around the world. How can area businesses capitalize on all the attention? MBJ’s Rich Kirchen discusses the possibilities with Peggy Williams Smith of Visit Milwaukee and Brian Bennett ofStir Advertising. The housing market continues booming in metro Milwaukee and across th…
 
MBJ just held the annual Women of Influence Awards. This terrific celebration of professional women in our community recognizes leaders in business, non-profit, and public policy. And this week for the podcast, MBJ’s Sari Lesk and Beck Salgado talked to 2 of the honorees - Aruna Lal and Tammy Belton-Davis. For more information on some of the storie…
 
Milwaukee Pride cancelled its annual June PrideFest in both 2020 and 2021, but the organization now has some exciting news for an event in October. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek talks with the president of Milwaukee Pride, Wes Shaver on what the organization is planning to engage the community a little bit later this year. Later, Margaret chats with Kendra…
 
MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel interviews Todd Asmuth, President and Chief Strategy Officer, with SHINE Medical. The company just raised $150M for a total of $650 million raised so far. SHINE Medical is nuclear technology company in Janesville that started in the medical space but has plans to expand into clean energy. Later, Teddy talks with fellow MBJ report…
 
MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with JoAnne Sabir about the reopening of the Sherman Phoenix. The complex, which houses 25 small businesses, was closed to the public for the last year due to Covid-19, but has recently re-opened. Later, Sari chats with fellow MBJ reporter Margaret Naczek about her cover story on the return of business travel - and specificall…
 
Milwaukee radio personality Gene Mueller announced his retirement from WTMJ Radio earlier this week. MBJ’s Rich Kirchen sat down with the host of “Wisconsin’s Morning News” about his decision and his plans to remain active in the media across a few platforms. Later, MBJ reporter Sean Ryan has an update on three luxury high-rise apartments that are …
 
MBJ’s Sean Ryan digs into some changes at Milwaukee 7, Southeast Wisconsin’s biggest private organization that works nationwide to attract more jobs and companies. They have new leadership on the podcast to talk about what that means, and what kind of activity they’re seeing this summer in the corporate attraction world. We’ll hear from long-time l…
 
Throughout 2020, the Milwaukee airport saw its traffic numbers hit record lows. Now, in 2021, recovery has begun with increases in monthly traffic, more flights and even new airlines. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek spoke with Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport’s Director of Public Affairs and Marketing, Harold Mester about the successes in the first s…
 
MBJ’s Teddy Nykiel talks with David Berka from United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County about the organization’s new initiative called Techquity. It’s aimed at closing the digital divide in Milwaukee. The lack of digital equity across Milwaukee became very apparent during the pandemic, and this group is pushing for reliable and affordable …
 
MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with Dr. Jorge Ramallo of Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers about the latest on Covid-19, including what we know about the new mask guidance, vaccinations and safety precautions. Later, MBJ’s Margaret Naczek discusses her cover story on the return of events around Wisconsin, including the Wisconsin State Fair and Summe…
 
MBJ’s Rich Kirchen interviews two executives from We Energies’ parent company on a new initiative to reduce methane emissions to net-zero by 2030 and do their part to mitigate global warming. For more information on some of the stories featured in today’s episode, visit https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/…
 
It was a busy week for big real estate news in Milwaukee. There was the big Common Council approval for an incentive package to bring Milwaukee Tool’s next expansion to Milwaukee. The 44-story Couture apartment building on the other end of downtown hit a huge milestone by completing its financing. MBJ’s real estate reporter Sean Ryan sat down with …
 
The 13th annual Milwaukee Film Festival will be held again virtually this year, but only six months after the previous festival. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek talks with Milwaukee Film’s CEO Jonathan Jackson about the move to May and why he thinks will be beneficial to the festival in the long run. He’ll also give some recommendations on some of the best f…
 
MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with Rob Mejia, adjunct faculty member in Cannabis Studies at Stockton University and the founder of Our Community Harvest, a cannabis education firm. He is featured in Sari’s cover story for this week about Governor Evers’ proposal to legalize marijuana in Wisconsin and what that could look like for the business community. La…
 
Since the pandemic hit last year, Milwaukee independent pharmacy Hayat Pharmacy has raised its profile first with Covid-19 testing and more recently with vaccinations. CEO Hashim Zaibak and MBJ’s Rich Kirchen discuss the how and why of the endeavor. Later on, learn more aboutAdvocate Aurora Health’s decision to launch a subsidiary that invests in b…
 
This spring, Marcus Theaters is reopening 70% of its locations, ending a long run of closures that started in March 2020. Their CEO, Rolando Rodriguez, joins MBJ reporter Sean Ryan to share more about that process. Rodriguez runs through the new safety protocols Marcus is putting in place for its movie theaters, and give a hint of the response from…
 
MBJ’s Margaret Naczek talks with Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s acting secretary Anne Sayers about the department’s plans for 2021. She also talks about the many challenges Covid-19 presented over the last year. Later, MBJ’s Sean Ryan joins Margaret to discuss a proposed $163 million state office building on Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Finally, …
 
Both guests are featured in this week’s MBJ cover story – our next installment of the “Small Business, Big Mission” series. The theme is “Local seeds of recovery and challenges ahead for small business owners in a post-pandemic economy.” MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with Milwaukee Repertory TheaterExecutive Director, Chad Bauman, then later with Joyce Nwa…
 
We hit 100 episodes! Thanks for all the downloads, listens and shares. This week, MBJ’s Nick Williams – in his farewell appearance on the pod – talks with Tyshun Wardlaw, owner and director of Milwaukee independent film and television company Wardlaw Productions. They discuss Wardlaw’s first feature film "Growing Up Milwaukee” streaming exclusively…
 
Sussex Injection Molding is embarking on growth thanks in part to a contract for a collar that protects athletes from brain injuries and concussions. CEO Keith Everson chats with MBJ’s Rich Kirchen about the demanding project and challenges with raw material supplies and prices. Covid-19 shut down metro Milwaukee’s economy one year ago. This week o…
 
Diversity and economic disparities are big topics this week as MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with leaders from two Milwaukee organizations that are trying to inject more capital into Milwaukee’s minority communities. Milwaukee Bucks Vice President of Social Responsibility and Bucks Foundation Executive Director Arvind Gopalratnam discusses the team’s ongoi…
 
On Feb. 26, 2020, Miller Brewery employees in Milwaukee experienced the tragedy and great trauma of a shooting inside their facility that left six employees dead, including the shooter. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek spoke with Molson Coors’ Chief Communications and Corporate Affairs Officer Adam Collins about what happened at the brewery one year ago and h…
 
MBJ’s Nick Williams talks with Brandon Tschacher of the MKE Esports Alliance on Milwaukee’s gaming and esports industry and why it’s an opportunity the region needs to be involved in. Later, Nick chats with Paul Szeflinski, president ofIAS in New Berlin, a robotics and automation technology company, about the demand the company is receiving for its…
 
​One of the area’s most popular restaurants, The Cheel, suffered major fire damage in November. MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with co-owner Barkha Limbu Daily about the rebuilding process for the Thiensville restaurant. Later, Sari chats with Pastor Sam Belton, a jazz musician and the owner of Sam’s Place, which is scheduled to open at the end of February.…
 
Downtown Milwaukee’s office market suffered a major blow a couple weeks ago when Johnson Controls announced it would relocate 1,300 employees to its Glendale headquarters. Milwaukee Business Journal real estate reporter Sean Ryan gathered information and insights from office-market experts on what’s next for that property. Later, Harley-Davidson un…
 
MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with President and CEO ofThe Milwaukee Urban League, Dr. Eve Hall, about how the group is partnering with growing pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s on a unique jobs program. Their approach is a new way to deal with the geographic gap between suburban jobs and Milwaukee workers, and the racial disparities it fosters. Sean also si…
 
MBJ’s Margaret Naczek interviews Michael Pink, Artistic Director of Milwaukee Ballet. They talked about the rest of the Milwaukee Ballet’s season including some hope for a show at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in 2021. Margaret also talks with Dr. Bert Davis of American Black Holocaust Museum about progress towards the physical opening of the m…
 
MBJ’s Nick Williams interviews Joe Stadler, executive director of the Wisconsin PGA, on why rounds of golf played increased in 2020, and what to expect in Wisconsin’s golf industry in 2021. Nick also talks withGenesis10 CEO Harley Lippman on the company’s Dev10 software developer training program in Milwaukee and how the pandemic has increased dema…
 
There is a new Paycheck Protection Program for 2021 now that a new round of funding was approved for small businesses to access. MBJ’s Sari Lesk talks with Jessica Zeratsky, partner at Husch Blackwell LLPabout what to expect. Later, Sari chats with fellow MBJ reporter Nick Williams about his cover story this week on local startups to watch. Click h…
 
MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with Scott Lurie of F Street Group talking about his project for 648 apartments and houses at the Oak Creek lakefront. Later, Sean chats with Matt Childress, who oversees WHEDA’s affordable housing tax credits program to talk about a grant awarded to the agency this week, and developer use of those tax credits for affordable a…
 
MBJ’s Sean Ryan talks with Scott Lurie of F Street Group talking about his project for 648 apartments and houses at the Oak Creek lakefront. Later, Sean chats with Matt Childress, who oversees WHEDA’s affordable housing tax credits program to talk about a grant awarded to the agency this week, and developer use of those tax credits for affordable a…
 
The entertainment industry was one of the first to close during the pandemic and is expected to be one of the last to reopen. MBJ’s Margaret Naczek spoke with the Pabst Theater Group’s CEO Gary Witt about the many challenges of 2020. They discussed the many ways that the Pabst Theater Group had to adapt this year with the lack of in-person performa…
 
MBJ’s Nick Williams talks with Bobby Sharma, special adviser to Milwaukee law firm Foley & Lardner’s Sports & Entertainment Group about how the Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating the expansion of Esports, also known as video gaming. Later, Nick talks with fellow MBJ reporter Sean Ryan about Sean’s upcoming piece on the redevelopment of the Broadway …
 
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