PULSE is hosting a free event with networking and resources for ANYONE interested in starting a business. There will be information for both tech/software start-ups and small businesses. The goal is to create an opportunity for future entrepreneurs to gather valuable insight, resources, and information to prepare them for running a business. With speakers on various topics and breakout sessions to learn more, there is something for everyone to take away from the event.
Small Business Start Up Speakers
Dylan Wages – Hotfire Creative
I am the co-founder and creative director at Hotfire Creative. My design is informed by storytelling, critical thinking, psychology, cultural narratives, and emerging art trends. I’m a “left-brained creative,” which is my (scientifically inaccurate) way of describing my analytical approach to the creative process. I balance observation and analytics to uncover data-driven insights, connect the dots, and distill concepts into impactful brands. I am passionate about making not only a beautiful brand – but an effective one.
Brent Buss - The Chiropractic Advantage
Dr. Brent Buss is a chiropractor, author, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist who owns and operates two multi-million dollar companies, as well as five other smaller businesses. He loves watching people shine in their health and well-being. So much so that he made it his life mission to spread health, happiness and hope around the world. He has started and co-owned multiple chiropractic clinics, provided philanthropic services and donations to many local, national and international organizations, and continues to serve tens of thousands of people annually. Dr. Buss is married to his beautiful wife, Jess, and they have two daughters and one son together, who all live a very active life.
Matthew Brehmer – Brehmer Law LLC
Matt was born in Neenah and grew up in the Fox Valley and Green Bay areas. In the beginning of his career, he worked for a firm specializing in estate and tax planning for high income wealth individuals. He was co-author of “Tax Planning Opportunities After the American Taxpayer Relief Act: Tools, Tips, and Tactics” in 2014. Shortly after that, he joined a local Neenah law firm, where Matt began his legal career while also obtaining his Certified Public Accountant license. By having this unique dual designation (lawyer and CPA), Matt is able to provide more specialized and custom planning for his clients. Matt became a shareholder at that local Neenah law firm in 2019 and practiced there until October 2021. November 1st, 2021, Matt started his own law firm, Brehmer Law LLC, where he continues to develop his practice with an emphasis in Estate Planning, Business Transactions and Tax Planning.
Erik Hosking – Hosking Insurance
I am a State Farm Insurance Agent in Little Chute, Kaukauna, and Germantown, WI, and we serve Michigan and Wisconsin residents. I am a graduate of the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a resident in Kaukauna, WI. We enjoy assisting on resident relocations to the Fox Valley and Green Bay WI! We focus on Auto Insurance, Homeowner’s Insurance, Renter’s Insurance, Life Insurance, and Business Insurance. We also provide Farm Insurance, Work Comp, Worker’s compensation, Crop Insurance, Builders Risk Insurance, Commercial Insurance, Rental Property Insurance, and Life insurance. Some noted awards include: President Club, Chairman, Exotic Club, SVP, MDRT, and Small Business leader. As a small business owner, we take pride in helping other business owners during any part of their journey. Whether it’s opening a business or buying your first home. Customer service is our top priority!
Wade Paffenroth – Fox Communities Credit Union Based
Wade was raised in Oshkosh, WI, and currently resides in Sherwood. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he obtained a Bachelors of Science degree and extended his education to be Life Insurance Licensed. He also has the Series 63, 65, 7, and 6 Registrations held within LPL Financial. With over 13 years of investment experience in Northeast Wisconsin, Wade has a lot of information to share! His hobbies include traveling, fitness, outdoor activities, and spending time with family.
Andrew Schmitz - U.S. Venture Sustainability Accelerator
Andrew Schmitz is an tech founder with experience starting and scaling cloud-based startups. Andrew has recently exited his first startup, Proceed.app, and is now the Managing Director of the U.S. Venture Sustainability Accelerator.