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In addition to producing a bigger supply of college-prepared workers, the university must do more to boost the creation of well-paying jobs. By supporting business development, linking academic programs to entrepreneurship, and expanding research, the UW will help make Wisconsin a better place to do business. This will require stronger connections that link UW System talent and research activities with established businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, as well as new efforts to accelerate investment in UW-generated innovations to develop ideas, build new businesses, enhance existing industries, and create jobs.

  • Office of Economic Development: This new office is a partnership between the UW System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to better coordinate economic development activities throughout the state. It is facilitating collaborative grants and incentive programs to foster applied research and technology transfer, including developing Regional Economic Development Partnerships.
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Portal: This searchable web-based resource links economic development and commerce initiatives statewide. It provides an integrated, system-wide, resource-rich database that showcases faculty expertise in specific areas related to industry needs, such as health, water, biotechnology, and manufacturing.
  • Helping businesses work better and grow: The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network and 13 Small Business Development Centers support new and established businesses, and provide patent and trademark services.
  • Transforming research into well-paying jobs: Using recommendations from the UW System’s Research to Jobs task force, the UW is stepping up efforts to connect academic research with the private sector to help businesses be more competitive and create new businesses that will employ more Wisconsinites.
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities for students:  Entrepreneurial ideas are by nature free flowing and ambitious, and often require assistance developing operational and financial plans. By encouraging real-time and virtual opportunities for students to pitch ideas and seek seed funding, UW System campuses can increase the interest and energy surrounding business start-ups and development.

UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Zach Halmstad was a master on the piano keyboard when he graduated as a music major in 2004, but he ultimately found his future career path on a much different type of keyboard. As a sophomore, Halmstad was hired to work in UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services by Chip Eckardt, LTS chief information officer, and learned the basics of supporting Macintosh computer operating systems. “I first hired Zach as a student to provide Mac support,” Eckardt said. “At that time there weren’t many students who...

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UW-River Falls testing a regional sustainable beekeeping model

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-River Falls | 0 comments

UW-River Falls testing a regional sustainable beekeeping model

Researchers in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls recently received funding from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to test a honey bee management strategy targeted towards maintaining and increasing the number of non-migratory Wisconsin beekeepers. Wisconsin beekeepers produce almost 4.5 million pounds of honey with an estimated value of $9 million. However, honey production is only part of the benefit bees provide to the state.  Pollination services also play a critical...

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Passion project: UWM grad finds sweet spot with Indulgence Chocolatiers

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Arts, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Uncategorized, UW-Milwaukee | 0 comments

Passion project: UWM grad finds sweet spot with Indulgence Chocolatiers

Julie Waterman was backpacking through Europe on her honeymoon when she fell in love a second time. It was outside a Dublin chocolate shop. “I immediately did a double-take, and I thought, ‘I have to go in there,’” she recalled. “And I tried a truffle, and I just thought, ‘Oh my, this is incredible.’” Waterman was a senior at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee when she turned that passion into a business, launching Indulgence Chocolatiers, which has stores in Shorewood and Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. A Wauwatosa...

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UW-La Crosse interns, alumni help keep the Trane Co. on track

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

UW-La Crosse interns, alumni help keep the Trane Co. on track

UW-La Crosse (UW-L) students are jumping aboard the Trane. They’re increasingly finding training and future careers at the international employer located in their backyard — Trane Co., a business of Ingersoll Rand. The Trane La Crosse campus employs more UW-L interns than any other company. Many of those interns go on to work at Trane, becoming software developers, engineers and accountants who have helped the company become a world leader in heating and air conditioning equipment. Trane is a great example of a company that uses an...

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UW-Stout students get feedback from industry pros on product designs

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout students get feedback from industry pros on product designs

Menomonie, Wis. — For a group of industrial design students at University of Wisconsin-Stout, it wasn’t just another day in the classroom. It was a day of reckoning, academically speaking. Associate Professor Jennifer Astwood had assigned them to design an injection-molded consumer product for the college-age market, something they should know a little about. They also were required to create a working prototype in a lab. The final aspect of the project may have been the most pressure-packed: They would present their ideas to professional...

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UWO’s AeroInnovate earns national economic development award

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Collaboration, Engineering, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

UWO’s AeroInnovate earns national economic development award

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center’s unique aviation and aerospace networking and consulting enterprise, AeroInnovate, has, once again, ascended into some rare air. The seven-year-old UW Oshkosh Business Success Center offshoot won first place for Leadership & Collaboration at the national University Economic Development Association (UEDA) summit in Santa Fe, N.M. on Sept. 30 The UEDA describes itself as “the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community...

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Partnership rolls out UW-Stevens Point’s RiverPoint® Paper nationwide

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Arts, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Stevens Point | 0 comments

Partnership rolls out UW-Stevens Point’s RiverPoint® Paper nationwide

What started as a collaboration between departments at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has expanded to a partnership with a major national supplier of high quality art papers. RiverPoint Paper is now being marketed by Strathmore Artist Papers™. The Strathmore® brand of artist papers has been used to create art for over 120 years. “The agreement brings a new range of fine art papers to market and provides an additional revenue source for several Wisconsin companies,” said Paul Fowler, director of the Wisconsin...

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Downtown space helps UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurial students connect with professionals

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

Downtown space helps UW-Eau Claire entrepreneurial students connect with professionals

EAU CLAIRE — As Gunner DeFlorian talks about his future, it’s no surprise that running his own business tops his list of career goals. After all, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior marketing major from Chaseburg grew up watching his father and grandfather build their own successful businesses. As president of the student Collegiate Entrepreneur’s Organization, DeFlorian has plenty of opportunities to interact with other entrepreneurial-minded students. The organization’s members meet regularly to discuss topics related to...

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Local landowners assist UW-Platteville tree ring research

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, UW-Platteville | 0 comments

Local landowners assist UW-Platteville tree ring research

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — In less than two weeks, more than 120 land owners across the state have contacted Sara Allen, lab manager and research associate of the Tree-Ring, Earth and Environmental Sciences Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, to volunteer their burr oaks for her research in reconstructing patterns of drought in Southwest Wisconsin over the last three centuries from the tree rings of oaks. The Driftless Oak Project is a two-year project being conducted through the TREES Lab, with funding from the University of...

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UW-Eau Claire professor receives grants for new polymeric materials research

Posted by on Oct 2, 2014 in Engineering, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire professor receives grants for new polymeric materials research

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, an assistant professor of materials science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has received $105,000 in grant money to continue student-faculty collaborative research related to new polymeric materials. Polymers are substances containing a large number of repeating units that determine the observed properties. Current applications of polymers include adhesives, coatings, foams, packaging materials, textile and industrial fibers, composites, electronic devices, biomedical devices, and optical...

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