Dave Kalista says he never needed anyone to motivate him. He’s always embraced independence and opportunity, including nine years owning a dock company in Sturgeon Bay and four years owning a garden center with his wife in Two Rivers. That makes him a serial entrepreneur, he guesses — but he’d describe himself more as a builder.

“The excitement you get from building something from the ground up,” Kalista says, “that’s the most fun.”

Through his latest venture, Growth Garage, Kalista is building up other Manitowoc County entrepreneurs so they too can experience the joy of building a business. And after less than a year in operation, his business incubator is flourishing and already poised to expand.

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