Jobs: Out of this world and totally down to earth
Last year I told the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that, through our work on the Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment, we thought there was room to address minority entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment. So we started Small Business Academy, a FREE half-day seminar for people who perhaps had a business idea, but didn't know how to make it into a business. We did it again this week, helping more than 120 people connect to potential funding sources and mentors, coaching future entrepreneurs on how to develop business plans to how to avoid the pitfalls of company ownership.
Attendees were invited to stay and meet successful small business owners at our yearly Marketplace gathering, a two-day symposium for our minority and female job creators. I go every year to the evening reception to salute the longevity and commitment of these successful small business owners!
As close to home as these businesses were, I had to fly across our country to talk to some investors who truly had their heads in the sky! I was in LA early this week for the Aerospace States Association's Foreign Direct Investment Conference where we pitched about 60 different international companies on the merits of doing business in Wisconsin.
We have 200 aerospace and aviation companies in our state and we're always looking to grow that cluster of businesses. In the above photo, our WI team is accepting a small flag flown aboard the Orion by Lockheed Martin. (Probably the closest I'll ever get to outer space...)
A visit 5 years in the making
Since my first run for Lt. Governor, all my little daughter, Violet, has wanted was to share me and my office with the boys and girls of Meadow View School for the big 4th grade Wisconsin Capitol field trip. Yesterday, the big day arrived! I had made all those shortbread cookies and iced them at home and the dog only got two in the process. (Thankfully, before I iced them.) I put them all in individual bags and told everyone to keep away from them until Violet's field trip when we handed them out to her classmates and teachers in my office together.
WI best for vets
I often brag in the content of this newsletter about how great our technical colleges are. I also frequently tell you how much I value the service of our veterans and how we need to continue to honor their sacrifices with good opportunity once they return. Imagine how happy I was to see this: Moraine Park Technical College was named by the Military Times as one of the top ten best technical colleges for veterans across the country. Outstanding.
I part ways with an old enemy
I write as I return home from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, one of my homes away from home for the last five years. It was my last appointment with my oncologist. Cancer has been my unwelcome companion for every step of my political career. It was in my belly when I ran. I had emergency surgery to remove the grapefruit-sized tumor from my colon two weeks before my Primary Election. I spent the Act 10 protests on chemotherapy. I've had horrible scares over the last three years I wish my family would never have had to go through. But now it's over. I not only thank God He spared my life, but that you are in it. Thanks for all your encouragement and kindness. I wish for you great outcomes, too, whatever they may be.