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One Community Bank Leader in C-PACE Financing

One Community Bank is proud to announce the closing of a $7.5 million C-PACE transaction (Commercial
Property Assessed Clean Energy) with Madison-based hotel developer, North Central Group. The new
boutique hotel project known as, “The Trade Milwaukee”, is a 205 room Autograph Collection Hotel by
Marriott located within the Deer District Entertainment Area in downtown Milwaukee, WI, which
surrounds the Fiserv Forum, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Gebhardt Development multifamily proposal approved by Village of Windsor

This month, The Village of Windsor Board unanimously approved Gebhardt Development’s latest multifamily proposal; the project will consist of 122 market-rate, workforce housing apartments located in Windsor at the intersection of Lake and Gray Roads.

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Wisconsin Technology Council: Calling all companies! Sign up for Early Stage Symposium; learn a lot, meet with investors

Contact: Joe Kremer or Tom Still at 608-442-7557
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Calling all companies! Sign up for Early Stage Symposium; learn a lot, meet with investors

MADISON, Wis. – Applications are being accepted now from young companies that want to tell their stories to investors at our annual Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium, planned for an in-person format Nov. 3-4 at Madison’s Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The 2021 format includes two pitch opportunities – the Tech Council Investor Networks track (five-minute presentations) and the popular Elevator Pitch Olympics. All registered companies are eligible for Investor Intros,” which will allow pre-selected companies brief, one-on-one meetings with targeted angel and venture investors.

Instructions for how to apply for all or a mix of the investor presentation opportunities can be found at on the “ESS Application” tab.

General registration is also now open by clicking here!

At least one applicant must register in advance for the conference at a discounted rate of $179. Additional team members may register at the rate of $129. All meals, breaks and reception included. Companies selected for the Tech Council Investor Networks track presentations will also receive a complimentary individual membership to the Tech Council’s Innovation Network for one year (a $120 value).

The deadline to apply online is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

Here are the three company forums; companies may apply for one, two or all three opportunities to be seen, heard and make a splash!

Tech Council Investor Networks Track – Wednesday, Nov. 3:

These tracks will feature more than 20 companies from the Midwest representing an array of industries, such as advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, health care, information technology, medical device and mobile application sectors.

Companies selected will have many opportunities to interest investors: a five-minute presentation, networking receptions and an executive summary published in the investor-only program. Selected companies will also be invited to participate in a pre-conference practice session with a group of mentors.

Elevator Pitch Olympics – Thursday, Nov. 4:

Companies or entrepreneurs selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics will give a 90-second pitch in front of conference attendees and a panel of investors. The investors will score the presenter on a scale of 1 to 5, focusing on whether the pitch was compelling enough to arrange a follow-up meeting, and will offer immediate feedback.

About 15 companies will be selected for the Elevator Pitch Olympics. In past years, these have been companies just forming, seeking a smaller investment round or planning to do so within the next year. There are crystal awards for the top presenters!

Investor Intros – Thursday, Nov. 4:

Companies selected for the popular Investor Intros will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with investors from Wisconsin and beyond. To foster this type of communication, the Investor Intros will feature pre-scheduled, strategic meetings between investors and emerging companies. This format will resemble a “speed dating” exercise, allowing both parties to learn more about each other and explore potential relationships.

The conference will feature a number of opportunities for young companies to learn:

  • Keynote speakers and targeted panel discussions featuring leading entrepreneurs, investors and others tied to the tech sector making an impact nationwide.
  • The 8th annual “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Education” award presentation and luncheon.
  • Exhibit hall showcasing more than 40 innovative Wisconsin companies.
  • A Nov. 3 conference reception, two luncheons, two breakfasts and other networking opportunities, including an investors-only dinner.

The Tech Council produces the conference. Sponsors so far include: Aberdean Consulting, Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, Advocate Aurora Health, American Family Insurance, American Transmission Co., AT&T, Baird Capital, Baker Tilly, BDO, City of Fitchburg, CUNA Mutual, Dedicated Computing, DeWitt, Exact Sciences, Findorff, First Business Bank, Godfrey & Kahn, Google, HealthX Ventures, Husch Blackwell, Idea Fund of La Crosse, KW2, M3 Insurance, Madison Development Corp., Madison Gas & Electric, Makin’ Hey Communications, Marquette University, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Michael Best, Mobile22, Morgridge Institute for Research, N29 Capital Partners, Neider & Boucher, One City Schools, Perkins Coie, Quarles & Brady, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, RSM US, State of Wisconsin Investment Board, TASC, University Research Park, UWM Research Foundation, UW-Madison Computer Sciences, Venture Investors, Versiti, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., Wipfli, WEA Trust, Zendesk and Ziegler.

To learn more about sponsorship information, please reach out to Angela Schlobohm at  


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Mitchell International Honored with 2021 Innovation Award by Naviant

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Jenifer Hein | +1 888.686.4624 |

Mitchell International Honored with 2021 Innovation Award by Naviant

SAN DIEGO, CA; SYRACUSE, N.Y.; VERONA, WI.; MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH; OREM, UT September 15, 2021 Mitchell International, Inc., a leading smart technology company that simplifies and optimizes P&C claims handling, headquartered in San Diego CA, was honored by Naviant Inc Wednesday morning at the 2021 Naviant Summit for its outstanding achievements in Digital Transformation. Mitchell International was awarded the 2021 Innovation Award and recognized for its creative and highly successful innovative uses of OnBase document management and ABBYY capture solutions.

The criteria for the prestigious Innovation Award are based on how the solution has changed the way the organization does business, the return on investment, and the extent to which the organization is using the solution to meet broader organizational goals. Additionally, the award’s criteria consider the level of innovation and creativity present in the organization’s development, use, and vision for the solution.

Mitchell International, a leading expert in the P&C industry that enhances and accelerates claims processes for more than 300 insurance companies through its comprehensive software and service solution portfolio, was awarded for its creative, expansive use of its OnBase and ABBYY intelligent process automation solutions. Before implementing these solutions, the company relied on a manual, time-consuming process to meet its clients’ needs regarding outsourced bill review, which inhibited productivity and delayed response times. 

Today, Mitchell International uses Document Management to OCR capture and classify documents like bills and set up and manage user roles. Mitchell International has also used it as a user-friendly online portal for client communications.

On the difference the solutions have made, Norman Tyrrell, Vice President of Product Management at Mitchell International, said, “We’re very pleased with what we’ve been able to accomplish using OnBase and ABBYY. Automating our bill review workflow has simplified the entire process while leading to marked productivity gains. Our clients have responded positively to this change as well, as the client-facing Exception Manager enables intuitive client input, and we’re able to respond to customers more quickly.”

“We are very excited to be awarding the 2021 Innovation Award to Mitchell International in recognition of their continued proven ability to find new ways to utilize and optimize their solutions,” said Michael Carr, President & CEO of Naviant. “Naviant takes great pride in supporting Mitchell International’s initiatives and sees them as a shining example of digital transformation excellence for all organizations striving for innovative change.”

“Looking to the future, Mitchell International plans to roll out Document Management to more clients and applications in phases to further extend its solutions’ impact. “

About Naviant

Business processes and solutions that empower better and faster decisions are what we do best. As a nationally recognized intelligent automation solutions integrator and business process consulting organization with over 30 years of experience headquartered in Verona WI, our clients do more with less by streamlining processes and gaining visibility into the information they need to make better decisions. As a long-standing key partner of Hyland, Naviant helps organizations operate more efficiently using Hyland’s OnBase enterprise information platform, Brainware intelligent capture platform, the Hyland Cloud, and Hyland RPA, as well as the ABBYY intelligent capture and Kryon RPA platforms. Naviant’s “process-first” approach brings focus to the importance of process improvement prior to implementing best-in-class enterprise content management (ECM) solutions and technology. Naviant is a top-tier partner for Hyland’s OnBase, an enterprise information platform for managing content, processes, and cases, that combines ECM, case management, business process management (BPM), records management, compliance, and capture functionality on a single platform. In addition, Naviant also partners with Kryon Systems for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology to enable organizations to drive business agility and efficiency by offloading repetitive high-volume work to a digital workforce (aka software robots).  To learn more about Naviant, visit Naviant.comProcess focus. Excellence.

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Jill Skowronski promoted to President at 6AM Marketing

In January 2021, Jill Skowronski was promoted from Director of Strategy and Accounts to President at 6AM Marketing, Inc.

Jill has made a name for herself in Wisconsin for her creative thinking and customer relationship management style, earning a “40 Under 40” honor from “In Business Magazine” at age 29. With over 20 years’ experience in marketing, Jill has worked with national clients, from State Farm Insurance to Beer Nuts, and spent the last 10 years as a vice president in both the technology and food and beverage sectors.