Events

Please visit the calendar of our managing organization, Envision Greater Fond du Lac, to find upcoming programming. Link here.

Apr
10
Tue
Expert Event: Marketing Extravaganza @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Apr 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AT THIS MONTH’S IMAGINATION NETWORK MEETING:

Tammy Duchow, founder of Ecom Prophets, ecommerce and Amazon consultant and digital strategist will present:
– 10 ways to grow your business with the power of Amazon
– How to leverage reviews and built-in platforms online to sell products
– Get ahead of competitors
– Tools everyone can use for digital marketing

This free event for all includes:
Networking
Peer and expert learning
Food and friends

Registration and food available for purchase starting at 5:15 p.m.
Meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Event flyer

May
8
Tue
Imagination Network Social Hour @ Annie's Fountain City Cafe
May 8 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our Entrepreneurial Social Hour!  Enjoy a casual get together with other entrepreneurs, inventors and resource providers.

Join us for a beverage, dinner and conversation to build relationships, learn from one another, and tap into each other’s networks*.

You never know who you will meet each month that can help you find success in advancing your idea or business.

 

*Beverages and dinner to be paid on your own.

May
23
Wed
Pro-Seed: Business Model Design @ FVTC D.J. Bordini Center
May 23 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

PRO-SEED™: BUSINESS MODEL DESIGN

Most small business owners launch and build their business around their technical expertise. That’s a start, but does it position you for long-term success and sustainability? This unique, innovative training experience uses business modeling to look at your organization and its potential from a different perspective. Benefit from learning about your strategic partners, key business activities and resources, cost structures, value proposition and customer relationships. We’ll also explore distribution channels, customer segments and revenue streams.

Devote two days and learn how to invent new business models for your organization. Leave the interactive workshop with a renewed vision of what is, what can be, and a roadmap how to create tomorrow’s successful enterprise.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Learn About
  • Empowering your product/service/technology with business model innovation
  • Inventing a new business model
  • Taking some risk and experimenting
  • Prototyping, testing and experimenting with the new business model you invent
  • Describing, analyzing and designing a new business model
  • Eliminating “blah-blah-blah” and move your business forward
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Create new business models that drive growth
  • Develop a business plan to execute your business model
  • Transform the way you do business
Jun
12
Tue
Imagination Network Social Hour @ Annie's Fountain City Cafe
Jun 12 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our Entrepreneurial Social Hour!  Enjoy a casual get together with other entrepreneurs, inventors and resource providers.

Join us for a beverage, dinner and conversation to build relationships, learn from one another, and tap into each other’s networks*.

You never know who you will meet each month that can help you find success in advancing your idea or business.

 

*Beverages and dinner to be paid on your own.

Aug
29
Wed
Pro-Seed: Business Model Design @ FVTC D.J. Bordini Center
Aug 29 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

PRO-SEED™: BUSINESS MODEL DESIGN

Most small business owners launch and build their business around their technical expertise. That’s a start, but does it position you for long-term success and sustainability? This unique, innovative training experience uses business modeling to look at your organization and its potential from a different perspective. Benefit from learning about your strategic partners, key business activities and resources, cost structures, value proposition and customer relationships. We’ll also explore distribution channels, customer segments and revenue streams.

Devote two days and learn how to invent new business models for your organization. Leave the interactive workshop with a renewed vision of what is, what can be, and a roadmap how to create tomorrow’s successful enterprise.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Learn About
  • Empowering your product/service/technology with business model innovation
  • Inventing a new business model
  • Taking some risk and experimenting
  • Prototyping, testing and experimenting with the new business model you invent
  • Describing, analyzing and designing a new business model
  • Eliminating “blah-blah-blah” and move your business forward
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Create new business models that drive growth
  • Develop a business plan to execute your business model
  • Transform the way you do business
Sep
11
Tue
Expert Event: Business Success Story @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

AT THIS MONTH’S IMAGINATION NETWORK MEETING:

Jeff Stueber, business instructor at Moraine Park Technical College, will discuss his many business ventures and give his ideas on what makes for a successful business idea.

This free event for all includes:
Networking
Peer and expert learning
Food and friends

Registration and food available for purchase starting at 5:15 p.m.
Meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Oct
9
Tue
Imagination Network Social Hour @ Annie's Fountain City Cafe
Oct 9 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our Entrepreneurial Social Hour!  Enjoy a casual get together with other entrepreneurs, inventors and resource providers.

Join us for a beverage, dinner and conversation to build relationships, learn from one another, and tap into each other’s networks*.

You never know who you will meet each month that can help you find success in advancing your idea or business.

 

*Beverages and dinner to be paid on your own.

Nov
6
Tue
Imagination Network Award Ceremony and Entrepreneurial Showcase @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Imagination Network Award Ceremony and Entrepreneurial Showcase @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts | Fond du Lac | Wisconsin | United States

Imagination Network of Wisconsin is the peer group of IGNITE! Business Success for entrepreneurs and innovators throughout the Fond du Lac area. Its November meeting will offer a showcase of various entrepreneurial talent as well as the awarding of the second annual Award for Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Alliance Manufacturing.

This yearly celebration of entrepreneurship in the region allows for opportunities to socialize and learn from other entrepreneurs in the area. Cash bar available thanks to location host Thelma and food available for purchase by Downtown Deli to Go.

Nominations are still being accepted for Fond du Lac area businesses for the Award for Entrepreneurship and nominations can be made here.

This event, part of Startup Fond du Lac, is also held in conjunction with the Regional Innovation Network, an initiative showcasing entrepreneurial opportunities for those within the I-41 Corridor.

 

ABOUT STARTUP Fond du Lac WEEK
 
Startup Fond du Lac Week takes place on November 5 – 11, 2018, and is designed to connect, educate, and celebrate entrepreneurship in the I-41 region of Wisconsin. The week’s programming showcases the community’s emerging companies while highlighting the resources and organizations available to foster support for entrepreneurs on their journey. Startup Fond du Lac Week is supported by Envision Greater Fond du Lac and IGNITE! Business Success and is a part of the Startup Wisconsin initiative. To browse all the events and programming occurring during Startup Fond du Lac Week visit: http://startupwi.org/fonddulac.
 
ABOUT STARTUP WISCONSIN
 
Startup Wisconsin is committed to advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships, and networking. Driven by entrepreneurs and leaders throughout Wisconsin who are passionate about making a difference, and creating a positive and lasting impact that will advance the state’s economy forward. Startup Wisconsin Week is supported by Advocate Aurora Health, Concordia University Wisconsin, Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual, Accelity Marketing, Headway, Wisconsin Inno and Newsradio 620 WTMJ. To learn more about Startup Wisconsin visit: http://startupwi.org
Jun
24
Mon
Grow with Google @ Brick House
Jun 24 @ 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Open to businesses large and small, marketing professionals, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between, Grow with Google is coming to Fond du Lac through this free program put on by Imagination Network of Wisconsin, a program of Ignite Business Success and supported by Envision Greater Fond du Lac.

Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps. Get hands-on help creating or updating your business profile or a simple website.

In this session we’ll show you how to:

  • Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
  • Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
  • Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
  • Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile

Dave Meyer, a Google-supported trainer, is a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program. He has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and communications and has presented digital marketing topics to thousands of people across the U.S. and Canada. Dave’s presentations include more than 300 webinars on topics like SEO, advertising, content marketing, and sales strategy. Dave was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce in Minneapolis, and has been recognized by organizations including the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) and many others as a thought leader in marketing and communications.

Details:
Cost: FREE for all (cash bar and food available for purchase)
Location: Brick House, 161 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac
Networking/food purchases, etc. – 5:15 – 6:00 p.m.
Program – 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sep
23
Mon
Reach Customers Online with Google & Using Data to Drive Growth @ Brick House
Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm

This 2-for-1 opportunity with Google will dive deeper into reaching customers and using data after a previously successful introduction session held earlier this year! Didn’t attend that intro meeting? No worries! This session is open to all and any level of understanding of Google tools is welcome! If possible, please bring a laptop with you.

Register Now!

In the first part of our evening, learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads. In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google

Part two of the evening will allow attendees to learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions. In this session we’ll talk about:

  • Identifying business goals and how you plan to use your online presence to achieve them
  • Incorporating data into your marketing plan
  • Selecting tools to help you find the answers you need

Date: Monday, September 23, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – Registration, food & cash bar; 6:00 p.m. – Program begins
Location: Brick House (161 S. Main Street, Fond du Lac)
Cost: Free