Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2005
Conference to Highlight Innovative Business Practices
Secretary Mary P. Burke
Secretary Mary P. Burke

As I travel around the state talking to companies about their business needs and concerns, I've learned a lot about their creative efforts to gain a competitive edge. Process and product innovation are powerful tools for meeting the escalating challenges of the global economy. 

One of my top goals as Commerce Secretary is to spur and celebrate innovation in Wisconsin companies. To help meet that goal, Gov. Jim Doyle will present Wisconsin Innovates! A Conference on Business Innovation and Best Practices.  To be held March 28-29, 2006 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee, this conference will showcase innovation at some of Wisconsin's top businesses, while providing small and medium-sized companies with ideas to grow, innovate and become more competitive.  All Wisconsin business owners, managers and executives are invited to attend Wisconsin's top innovators/companies will conduct seminars about their best business practices.  Among the companies that have agreed to conduct seminars are Harley-Davidson, Johnson Controls, Miller Brewing Co., SC Johnson, Ariens Co., and Trek Bicycles.

Commerce is close to finalizing an agreement with a nationally-recognized expert on business innovation to deliver the keynote address. Gov. Doyle will present awards on innovation/best practices.  The cost of the attending the two-day conference will be approximately $300. 

Interested businesses can call or contact Laura Raymonds, Commerce, at 608/261-7027 or lraymonds@commerce.state.wi.us.

We'll be providing further details as they become available. Mark you calendars.

-- Secretary Mary P. Burke

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