Mark R. Hogan Published 9:44 a.m. CT March 27, 2017

When you think of Wisconsin companies such as Harley-Davidson, Kohler and SC Johnson, you think of businesses that have become household names and global leaders in their respective industries. What you may not think about is that these iconic companies, and many others, were founded generations ago by entrepreneurs who developed innovative products that forever changed the world.

Wisconsin’s rich legacy of entrepreneurship continues today, as companies such as Cellular Dynamics International, Promega, Logistics Health Inc. and Prolitec have grown from small startups to major corporations that now serve customers worldwide.

To help those companies and thousands more like them meet the new challenges of our ever-changing economy, it is imperative that Wisconsin’s next generation of innovators have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed. This is exactly what the state of Wisconsin — through the efforts of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System and many others — focus on every day. Their efforts, along with those of our statewide partners including the private sector, are dedicated to building a climate that truly embraces and supports the state’s entrepreneurial spirit.

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