The first in a statewide series of events designed to connect military veterans with entrepreneurial resources, experts and inspiration will be held Wednesday, April 19 at The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern in La Crosse.

The event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., including a reception, and will feature two “how-to” discussion panels as well as remarks by Don Weber, founder and chairman of Logistics Health Inc. Click here to register and attend.

Weber served in the U.S. Marine Corps on active duty in Vietnam, receiving a Purple Heart and two bronze stars in addition to other service-related honors. He has led LHI’s growth from startup to more than 1,000 full-time employees while helping to revitalize the riverfront area of downtown La Crosse.

Weber was the first winner of the Tech Council’s annual “Seize the Day” award for entrepreneurial excellence, which is now named for the late Ken Hendricks of ABC Supply.

“Muster Across Wisconsin” aims to connect military veterans with an interest in starting or growing their own business with resources through Bunker Labs Wisconsin, the UW Small Business Development Centers, the Wisconsin Technology Council and others. The effort is supported in large part by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

Details on the panel discussions will be announced soon. Bunker Labs Wisconsin is part of the national Bunker Labs network, which works with veteran entrepreneurs in 15 cities. Its mission is to inspire, educate and connect military veterans who may need mentors, access to investment capital and professional development resources.

“Professional networks are essential for returning veterans, especially aspiring entrepreneurs and those transitioning back to communities where they not lived for years,” said Michael Ertmer, a U.S. Army veteran and founder of Bunker Labs Wisconsin. “Local events that feature business networking and professional development are vital to helping veterans succeed.”

A schedule for future “Muster Across Wisconsin” events will be published soon at and other partner sites.