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Group members: Brenda Ortberg – Alliant Energy and Karissa Chapman – City of Janesville Karl Hanson, Nowlan and Mouat Law Firm Jake Reed, Kandu Industries Traci Scherck, Community Action Inc
What is E-Hub? E-Hub is a nonprofit entrepreneurial training program founded in Green Bay in 1998 as the Reggie White Urban Hope Foundation. E-Hub is a unique program in which classroom training is combined with one-on-one coaching to explore business ideas and market feasibility and provides a platform for existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to network and collaborate with one another.
Former Green Bay Packer, Reggie White, and his wife, Sara, had a vision of helping entrepreneurs realize their dream of owning and operating their own business. The vision grew into an outstanding foundation of entrepreneurs who developed self-sufficiency and a sense of giving back. This vision has become known as the “Power of 92 “ and is responsible for: Creating and fostering entrepreneurial networks and partnerships. Stimulating a local culture of leadership, innovation and small-business advocacy. Providing innovative, hands-on training to spur economic development. Teaching social enterprising and a sense of giving back to the community.
E-Hub offers a course titled, “Stepping up to New Opportunities,” as a starting point for exploring entrepreneurship, as well as an opportunity for those already in business who wish to expand or “reboot” their business. These classes aim to help participants: Determine the feasibility of his/her concept to the marketplace. Develop the foundation of a business plan. Understand strategic planning. Discuss and analyze small-business issues and challenges. Learn about innovation and leadership principles. Each week, program facilitators, called Lead Mentors, assemble a dedicated group of local business leaders and subject-matter experts – some of whom are E-Hub alumni and successful entrepreneurs themselves – who voluntarily serve as presenters.
The Rock County E-Hub Program continues to add to the list of businesses launched or “rebooted” by its graduates. These are just a few examples of individuals who are offering their products and services to the community and employing local residents.
The E-HUB Entrepreneur Development Scholarship Fund was developed by Rock County Leadership Development Academy Group 3 in conjunction with Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin to help Rock County entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses by participating in the E-HUB Program partnered with the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Why did we partner with CFSW? Name recognition / community reputation Management structure – a tried process for application Potential for turnkey operation Publicity
The recipients of the scholarship must meet minimum guidelines. HS Degree? We saw educational opportunities available to all community members during LDA We want to encourage people to take advantage of educational opportunities In context of scholarship application, this is one element of demonstrating commitment
Group 3 has partnered with Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin to establish, administer, and distribute the scholarship fund. To establish the Entrepreneur Scholarship endowment fund, a minimum of $10,000 is needed, but no funds will be paid until the third year of the initial investment. Therefore, our LDA Group set a goal to raise $15,000 or more this year to establish the fund and immediately begin helping perspective students obtain money toward E-Hub tuition for “Stepping Up to New Opportunities” course. We estimated a 5% return on the $10,000, which would mean approximately $500 available per year for scholarships (at current rates, that’s 2 per year). $2,000 on top of the $10,000 guarantees 2-3 scholarships per year for the three year incubation period when the CFSW fund will not pay out. The $3,000 in our goal on top of that is an effort to make 3 scholarships per year more likely than 2 and or to account for potential tuition increases. State funding diminished; this will keep deserving people in the program Alliant Energy Private / individual contributions
Included in your packet is: The scholarship requirements The scholarship application The pledge form for contribution to the scholarship
Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund - Class of 2010-11 LDA Collaborative Project Presentation
E-Hub Scholarship Fund
A Scholarship for Entrepreneur Development
Rock County LDA Group 3 (Class of 2010-11)
Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
Nonprofit entrepreneurial training program
founded in Green Bay in 1998 as the Reggie White
Urban Hope Foundation.
Encourages entrepreneurs to network among
themselves and other local businesses to form an
Program acts as a compass, directing
entrepreneurs to available resources.
What is E-Hub?
E-Hub classes have been held in Green Bay/Fox Valley
area since 2003.
In 2010, E-Hub partnered with Southwest Wisconsin
Workforce Development Board to help displaced workers
potentially own and operate a small business.
E-Hub graduates launched 500+ businesses/3,000+
FT/PT jobs in Northeast Wisconsin
The E-Hub Program has also grown regionally, with
courses in Akron/Canton, Ohio.
“Stepping Up To New
28 hours of classroom instruction – half-day per week
for 7 weeks.
Lead Mentor (facilitator) guides participants through
course handbook, critiques weekly assignments.
Completion of a business plan not required, but
Since January 2010, 50 participants have completed the
program, many dislocated from previous employment.
360 Technical Computer Services.
4 Paws TLC
Amy Mitchell LLC
Badger State Maintenance
Bushelle Photography/Janesville Hot Air Balloon Co
Dominion Repair and Electrical Services
Hansberry Septic Service
Ice Arena Maintenance
Kelley Process Services, Inc.
Businesses Launched by
Land of the Giants
Massage in Motion
Our Planet Workwear
Reliable Community Shopping, LLC
Rock River ESP
Rock, Paper, Penn Designs
Rose’s Soulful Restaurant
Shaggy Dog’s Marinade
Stateline Renewable Fuels
Suzanne Vinmans, Artist
Verheijen Designs LLC
Businesses Launched by
E-Hub Graduates (continued)
Developed by Rock County Leadership Development
Academy (LDA) Group 3 in conjunction with Community
Foundation of Southern Wisconsin to increase
entrepreneurship and small business ownership in Rock
The scholarship fund will assist Rock County aspiring
entrepreneurs and small business owners to participate
in the E-Hub Program.
Why an Entrepreneur
Rock County has seen great change while weathering economic
challenges in past several years
Entrepreneurs continue to launch businesses and face challenges
The E-Hub program provides a “101” course to entrepreneurs to get
businesses up and running
Applicants who :
Currently own a small business in Rock County or
propose to run a small business in Rock County.
Have a high school diploma or GED/HSED
At least 18 years old.
Are not eligible for or receiving other grants or
scholarships related to the E-Hub program.
Accepted into the E-Hub program.
Who is Eligible for the
$15,000 minimum to establish an endowment and
begin assisting students immediately.
Increase new entrepreneur and small business
owner participation in the E-Hub program.
Encourage scholarship recipients to pay it forward
by volunteering with E-Hub in the future and/or
financially contributing to the scholarship fund.
Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin
administers and manages the fund.
The interest earned on the principal of the
endowment will generate revenue to support the
Graduates of the E-Hub program will be
encouraged to make a donation.
LDA Group 3 will help educate the community
about E-Hub and the Scholarship.
How will the
Fund Sustain Itself?
How Can You Help?
Spread the word about Rock County E-Hub’s
Support small businesses in Rock County
Contribute to the E-Hub Entrepreneur
For More Information:
To learn more about Rock County E-Hub, visit
For background information, visit www.urbanhopegb.org
“Like” Rock County E-Hub on Facebook:
Contact Eric Kuznacic, SWWDB Business & Employer
Services Manager, at (608) 741-3502 or email@example.com.
To donate to this Fund or learn more about Community
Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit: www.cfsw.org