Beloit at 8:00 AM

Breakfast with the Big Cheese

Join the Rising Professionals of Beloit at truk't, the hottest new restaurant in downtown Beloit! Enjoy a variety of eclectic breakfast tacos and hear five C-level panelists share their stories of climbing the ladder and navigating career decisions. This is one of the RP's biggest events every year, so RSVP right away! Space is limited.

RP Members $15; Non-Members $20

Beloit at 11:30 AM

Building a Sustainable Downtown Business

As the heart of a city, a thriving downtown is essential for any Main Street community. Downtown Beloit has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last few years and is becoming more of a destination every day. Join us for lunch and hear from a panel of business coaching professionals and downtown business owners who will be sharing their experiences and best practices for growing a sustainable business in an ever-changing downtown market.

Speakers will each present have 10-15 minutes to present, followed by a panel discussion.
Speakers & perspectives:

Community Service, Commununity Involvement & Marketing with Events: Betsy Schmiechen, The Village Gallery & Custom Framing

Overcoming the Beloit Perception: Jayme Braatz, Merrill & Houston's Steak Joint

Five Cost-Effective Investments Businesses can Make for the Future: Errin Welty, Wisconsin Main Street

Trends in Consumer Behavior Impacting Main Street: Lyn Falk, Retailworks

Where’s the Money? Financing Your Business: Julann Jatczak, WWBIC

Beloit at 6:30 PM

Beloit Startup Showcase

Join us on the rooftop of Beloit's newest boutique hotel to meet and mingle with some of Irontek's up-and-coming startups and the entrepreneurs behind it all! Six awesome companies will be sharing about their journeys and business ventures, followed by Q&A and networking. Drinks and appetizers will be provided.

Featured companies: 

Voys Applications LLC

Fresh Horizons Coffee Company


Scherck Consulting, LLC

Field and Farm Co.

Graham Staman

Product Showcase


Beloit at 9:00 AM

1 Million Cups Rockford

This special edition of 1 Million Cups Rockford is for the beer lover and home brewer! 

On November 7th, as part of Wisconsin Startup Week, Thinker Ventures will be hosting a special panel discussion edition of One Million Cups. Come for Q&A, actionable advice, and complimentary coffee.

Our expert panel includes:

Reed Sjostrom, Vice President and Brewery Director of Prairie Street Brewing Company, a locally-owned brewery, brewpub, and events facility will discuss the winding path of starting and running a brewery and brewpub.

Jeff Glazer is an attorney at Ogden Glazer & Schaefer, a clinical Assistant Professor at UW Law & Entrepreneurial Clinic, Founder of Madison Beer Week, and owner & Editor-in-Chief of Madison Beer Review. He uniquely understands the challenges and opportunities facing startups that create craft products in crowded markets.

Aaron Sleger is an Advanced Cicerone®️ and Co-founder & Director of Screw City Beer Festival. Since 2011, Aaron has been the Beer Director at Artale & Co. - Rockford’s premiere specialty wine, beer, and spirits shop. Aaron has cultivated 10 years of experience in the craft beer industry.

Jason Todd is Managing Director at Thinker Ventures, a Rockford-based business development company. Jason has started and exited businesses, and regularly consults with business owners on the topics of business strategy, technology, and marketing.

We look forward to seeing you at this special 1 Million Cups panel discussion.

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Beloit at 12:00 PM

Entrepreneurship as a Career Path

Brian Morello, Director of Beloit College's CELEB program, will share his expertise on how students can become involved in entrepreneurship and why they should consider it as a legitimate career path. Student entrepreneurs will be on site to talk about their projects and give tours of the newly-renovated CELEB incubator.