Friday, November 23, 2012
The owners of small businesses throughout the Metro Milwaukee area say it works for them to be part of the fabric of their communities.
Small businesses work for a strong community. The days of Henry Ford coming into a community to build a plant and hire 25,000 workers are gone. But the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well on a much smaller scale. From neighborhood diners and booksellers with a handful of employees to niche operations with dozens of employees, small business owners have found ways to be profitable while strengthening the community in which they operate. Paul Schueller, CEO and part owner of Franklin Energy Services in Port Washington, Wis. was an engineer for Wisconsin Natural Gas Company. Schueller saw an opportunity and struck out on his own. “It’s more cost effective for energy companies to find ways to improve energy efficiencies than to build …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday, and why should you support it in Wauwatosa?
Big name national retailers, and Wauwatosa has plenty of them, take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. On Cyber Monday, online sellers lure buyers out of their communities all together and onto the Internet for bargains. But what about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Wauwatosa and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Cafe One24 on the Wauwatosa border in Brookfield is up for sale — that is, for the right food-conscious buyer.
Renee Shecterle wanted to open a unique restaurant — a dining establishment offering health-conscious customers new and delicious menu choices. It would be a "clean eating" restaurant. Her idea blossomed into Cafe One24 at 3705 N. 124St. in Brookfield, south of Capitol Drive and just across the street from Wauwatosa. She hired as Executive Chef Sarah Dusseau who had a Menomonee Falls fitness studio and take-home meal business for her customers who were trying to lose weight. "(Dusseau) had done this for a couple of years and I said, 'Why don't we open up a clean eating restaurant?'" Shecterle said. "That's how it evolved and we added a wine bar and a grill instead of just a cafe. We were just going to be open for breakfast and lunch but we…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Check out some of Wauwatosa's most popular pages and add your own suggestions in the comments!
At Wauwatosa Patch we're always striving to make your life ridiculously easy and that's why we've put together this list of 20 local business Facebook pages. Show your love for local, small businesses and get to "Liking!" Know a really great Wauwatosa-related Facebook page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
New owner coming in, with a plan in his head if not in his hand, to upgrade sports bar setting into something more like what BelAir Cantina has in mind.
Some East Tosa advocates have been saying for more than a year that the day was coming when business people would be climbing over one another to get into reviving North Avenue before commercial real estate prices skyrocket. No one much listened until the popular Mojofuco Restaurants group announced it was buying the former Aqua Terra tropical fish store property at 68th and North to rehabilitate it as a trendy Cali-Mex restaurant called BelAir Cantina. Now, Shepherd's Sports Bar, at 6715 W. North Ave., is being sold to another east side Milwaukee restaurant owner who is quickly buying in to the property with a business plan that's down the road and, so far, all in his head. Martin Beadoin, owner of the Red Dot, 2498 N. Bartlett Ave. on …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Local business improvement district leaders say a thriving small business climate makes the whole community stronger, but it takes support from residents, the government and business owners to make things work.
Thriving businesses are one-third of a triumvirate of a vibrant community. “You need good schools, a quality housing stock and a solid commercial area,” said Tim Ryan, president of Shorewood’s Business Improvement District. Ryan is invested in all three. He and his family live in Shorewood, his daughter goes to school in Shorewood and he is the president and owner of Harleys: The Store for Men on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Small businesses line the commercial corridor that runs east and west along Capital Drive and north and south along Oakland Avenue, Ryan said. “Unlike many small communities, our business district is spread out on two thoroughfares.” Small businesses, like Harleys, are invested in a community the way national chains …