The statewide series of events designed to connect military veterans with entrepreneurial resources continues this month with visits to Milwaukee and Stevens Point, and local experts will be on hand to educate and share information at both locations.
Bunker Labs will host a WIVetBiz and BunkerBrews event 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 as part of the Muster Across Wisconsin tour. The monthly happy hours bring veterans, military spouses and entrepreneurs together to network with local experts, investors and business leaders. The Miller Inn’s Stein Hall, located at MillerCoors in Milwaukee, is the site for the networking event and is open to the anyone interested in entrepreneurship in the state.
The second stop of the Muster Across Wisconsin tour this month will be in Stevens Point at Sentry Insurance’s Muse Hall from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Featured speakers at the Bunker Labs Wisconsin WIVetBiz event include Jenifer Zurfluh, senior vice president of enterprise risk management at River Valley Bank; Nancy Mistele, director in the office of business development for the state of Wisconsin; John Schultz, owner of Velocity Clubhouse; Carla Lenk, jobs and business development coordinator of SCORE; and Melissa Meschke, director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point.
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 Center, the Wisconsin Technology Council and others. The effort is supported in large part by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Registration is now open for both events: Bunker Brews in Milwaukee Sept. 14 or Bunker Labs #WIVetBix Sept. 20.
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 https://bunkerlabs.org/madison/ and other partner sites. Social media hashtags are: #WIVetBiz and #BunkerBrews.