Have you been considering leaving your corporate job to start your own small business but don’t know where to start? Are you currently a small business owner that is facing challenges and looking to connect with others who are facing some of the same obstacles? Perhaps you are considering starting a business with your spouse or significant other. If you answered yes to any of these questions then this panel discussion is for you!
Join us for a moderated panel of local small business owners from the Fox Cities. Panelists will tell their stories of taking the leap and becoming entrepreneurs as well as offer further insight and advice on how to successfully start a small business.
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Grab and Go Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Presentations, Panel Discussion, Q&A
Jennifer Lambrecht – Skywrite Group
Jennifer Lambrecht is the owner of Skywrite Group, LLC, a Construction Technology company in Northeast Wisconsin. As a daughter of an entrepreneur, wife, mother of two and Girl Scout volunteer, she is no stranger to juggling multiple tasks/events at one time and stepping out of any sort of comfort zone. While not at a baseball field or dance competition, Jennifer is overseeing all aspects of Skywrite Group including, accounting, administrative duties, estimating and client relations. Skywrite Group specializes in VDC (Virtual Design Construction), BIM (Building Information Modeling), Reality Capture, Pre-Construction Services, Layout with a Robotic Total Station and Plumbing Design. Erik, Jennifer’s husband and sole employee of the company, is the VDC/BIM, Laser Scanning, Plumbing Designing, RTS Layout subject matter expert. When Erik and Jennifer are not working on the business they enjoy traveling and camping with their two children and two dogs.
Travis Zielinski – 88 Events
Travis Zielinski is the founder and president of 88 Events, an event planning & design company based in Appleton, WI. Travis and the 88 Events Team provide event planning, floral design, and decorating services for weddings, corporate & non-profit events, and other social events. 88 Events’ work has been featured and published in multiple publications and wedding sites online. 88 Events has received multiple awards including: WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award (2020); Top Rated Local® Business in Wisconsin (2021 | 2020); & Luxury Wedding Planners of the Year (2019 Global Wedding Awards).
Travis is a member of the Pulse Young Professionals Network with the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is a committee member of both the Social Connections Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He is also a member of the Fox Valley Technical College’s Hospitality and Event Management Advisory Committee. In addition to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, 88 Events is also a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
Travis is a graduate of Marian University, where he majored in General Management. He has always lived in the Fox Valley area and currently lives with his partner, Christopher. In addition to weddings and events, Travis can be seen in local community theater productions, at the movie theater, or struggling to keep his pets under control at the dog park.
Kelly "Kell" Bales– il Bar Coffeehouse & Bistro
Kell is a retired Senior Master Sergeant (E-8/USAF) originally from Appleton, WI. After graduating from West High School and attending Ripon College for three years, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in April 1995. In July 2018, 23+ years later, he retired and moved back home to Wisconsin to be close to his parents, allowing them to finally be active grandparents.