Sheboygan County restaurants, pummeled by pandemic conditions, are being given a lifeline through a collaboration between the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay.  The two entities have worked together to steer funding and consulting resources from the Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative towards hard-hit Sheboygan County restaurant owners, many of whom are fortunate to still be in business.The Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative was formed just before the arrival of the pandemic  and was soon hit head-on with the monumental task of keeping many of those businesses open.  Jason Schleip of the SBDC heads up that initiative, and he payed a visit to Sheboygan County back in March, when he learned of the many that didn’t survive the pandemic conditions of the last year.  He said that, “Even the ones who have made it through are mentally and physically exhausted”, and that all were happy for the help the initiative was able to offer.Besides the free consulting, the WRI helped area restauranteurs access federal COVID relief funding last year.  But Schleip said the upcoming Restaurant Revitalization Fund will provide what he called “an incredible boost for those who suffered the most and managed to make it thr


Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative Lends Helping Hand to Sheboygan County Restaurateurs | Seehafer News

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay aspire to offer a wide array of services, resources and expertise designed to help lead both budding and experienced entrepreneurs on the road to sustainable success.

Source: Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative Lends Helping Hand to Sheboygan County Restaurateurs | Seehafer News

Two teams of UW-Green Bay business students place in Top 20 in GloBus worldwide simulation

Two teams from UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Vallari Chandna’s (Cofrin School of Business) Strategic Management Capstone Classes, have made it to the Top 100 rank in the GloBus Simulation weekly rankings for the week of April 5 through Sunday, April 11. Both teams placed in the top 20.

C-Suite members Kimberly Bargender, Hannah Bunde, Jennifer Maruszczak, Zachary Pantzlaff and Jake Rogers tied for 10th place out of 3,484 teams from 151 colleges/universities participating currently!

C-Suite members Channing Modschiedler, Angel Montano, Amanda Wittbrot and Anastasia Zink tied for 20th place.

The top 1% worldwide rankings is especially commendable given that both teams are in online sections of the Capstone course, and the students have to coordinate their work virtually.

In the Capstone course’s strategy simulation, student teams run a company that is racing for global market leadership in the wearable video cameras and camera-equipped copter drones industry. Each decision round, students make 20+ types of decisions from all business domains including design and performance, assembly operations, shipping and delivery, workforce compensation, pricing and marketing, corporate social responsibility and citizenship, and the financing of company operations among others.

You are invited: Cofrin School of Business Branding Pitch Competition, April 20

You are invited to the first-ever Cofrin School of Business Branding Pitch Competition. Throughout this semester we have asked teams of UW-Green Bay students to develop and pitch their ideas for how to redesign Wood Hall to make it more welcoming, engaging, and uniquely portray who we are as a school of business and as fellow Phoenix. The great ideas are pouring in, and we invite you to hear them during the live virtual event at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Student teams will share their ideas with the audience and a panel of external judges, who will award monetary prizes for first and second place. During the event, all attendees will have the chance to tell us which pitched ideas are their favorite, and share unique ideas of their own. We look forward to how these innovative ideas will shape the spaces we learn and work in for years to come! Register at this link.

Request: Minimalists needed for sustainability & consumer research

A research request from Assistant Prof. Aniruddha Pangarkar:

“I recently had one of my academic papers published in an A-level academic journal (Journal of Business Research). For taking this research forward, I would like to interview around 15 minimalistic consumers. These are basically individuals who prefer not engaging in indiscriminate purchases or who try to avoid materialistic purchases/collecting and hoarding of unnecessary items. Such consumers are also ecologically focused and practice sustainability and care for societal welfare and the environment. In addition, such consumers focus on well-being, reducing stress levels, improving the quality of life, and focusing their energies on hobbies or interests such as hiking, traveling, gym, yoga (goal-oriented activities), etc., rather than consumerism. Minimalistic consumers also like to declutter and prefer simplistic homes and living spaces. In addition, such consumers also want to enhance their financial savings through exercising prudence (not purchasing unnecessary items or not hoarding and collecting items) or reducing purchases. To qualify for the interview, consumers do not need to meet all the above characteristics. Even if you meet 2-3 of these, it will be good to interview you. The interviews will take between 30-50 minutes. Please let me know if you (or someone that you know) would be interested in participating. If you would like to participate, then please also let me know 3-4 times that are convenient for you anytime starting next week (week of April 12, 2021). If you would like to contact him to know more about this, then please email pangarka@uwgb.edu.

Brown County municipalities hope to be home for Visitor & Research Center for National Estuarine Research Reserve | WFRV

Alongside the Bay of Green Bay community leaders talk about a project gaining steam. About an effort led by UW-Green Bay to have federal authorities designate this body of water a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), just one of three within the Great Lakes.

Source: Brown County municipalities hope to be home for Visitor & Research Center for National Estuarine Research Reserve | WFRV

Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

One week to the NERR kick-off event. You are invited!

UW-Green Bay is working with local partners for the designation of a Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). There are two opportunities in these early stages to learn more about the NERR and what it could mean to the region and the health of our freshwater ecosystem. The same event will be offered at two times with live captioning at both events. Please consider attending:

  • Monday, April 12, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, 7 to 8 p.m.

Register for the event and learn more at the NERR website.


A plan to build housing with net-zero energy consumption was her dream. It’s coming true on a vacant lot in downtown Green Bay. | Green Bay Press-Gazette

As described in a proposal to the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority, Michalkiewicz’s company, Giveadaam Ventures LLC, intends to introduce passive housing — housing that consumes no energy — to Green Bay. Buildings with net zero energy consumption are relatively new in the U.S., but especially so in Wisconsin and Green Bay.

Source: A plan to build housing with net-zero energy consumption was her dream. It’s coming true on a vacant lot in downtown Green Bay. | Green Bay Press-Gazette

Student research extravaganza WiSys Quick Pitch set for April 7

The research communication contest will feature three-minute presentations by UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-River Falls students.

Student researchers from UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Parkside and UW-River Falls are set to compete in the WiSys Quick Pitch, a statewide research communication competition, on April 7 at 4 p.m.

The event will be virtual and livestreamed via YouTube. You can find the link and more information about the competition at wisys.org/quickpitch.

“Undergraduate students across the UW System undertake impressive research projects in every discipline. Through the WiSys Quick Pitch Program students develop the critical skill of talking about a complex subject to general audiences,” said WiSys President Arjun Sanga.

During the WiSys Quick Pitch, student participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society. Leading up to the event, students receive training and support to craft their presentations.

The top presenters from each campus will receive cash prizes and advance to the WiSys Quick Pitch State Final on May 26.

Students from four other UW System schools competed in the WiSys Quick Pitch in March. Students from three more UW System schools will participate in May. For more information about those events and the program, visit wisys.org/quickpitch.

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.



Craig Sauer

WiSys | Marketing & Communications Associate



Businesses on the move | Insight

The UW-Green Bay Cofrin School of Business received approval from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to begin offering a financial planning program for the fall semester. The school also announced the expansion of its Campus Pride Center — located at the Green Bay campus and the Community LGBT Center at Marinette, to both its Manitowoc and Sheboygan campus locations. UW-Green Bay’s Rising Phoenix Early College High School Program will expand to the Two Rivers School District and a cohort of juniors at Manitowoc Lincoln High School this fall.

Source: Businesses on the move | Insight