Milwaukee Event Calendar


Grow Local Biz Expo

April 25, 2017 11:00 a.m. - April 25, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Business Expo showcases local, independent business, supports local economy

Milwaukee – The Grow Local Biz Expo is Local First Milwaukee’s spotlight event showcasing our annual Grow Local Business Campaign. The event offers a half-day of quality learning, resource gathering, and networking on Tuesday, April 25th, from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery.

Data from the Civic Economics Survey of Independent Businesses shows that in Milwaukee, independently owned, local businesses are reinvesting 44¢ of every dollar they earn into the local economy, compared to only 14¢ on the dollar from national chains. Local First Milwaukee encourages businesses in our region to send a representative to the Grow Local Business Expo to see how they can shift a portion of spending to local vendors.

Christine Hill, Executive Director of Future Milwaukee at Marquette University, will present the lunch keynote, “What’s Holding You Back from Growing Your Business?” and facilitate a panel of local business leaders: Jeff Sherman, OnMilwaukee; Jennifer Bartolotta, Care-a-lotta and The Bartolotta Restaurant Group; Wendy Bast, Go Riteway. Breakout sessions will be presented by sponsors Walcheske & Luzi, Hudson Business Lounge, G2 Insurance Services, and Filament Communication throughout the afternoon. Vendors will showcase products and services ranging from finances, marketing, technology, and so on.

Individual tickets to the Grow Local Business Expo are $50 and include admission, lunch, an afternoon snack, and one beverage during happy hour networking from 5 – 7 p.m. If unable to participate in the full day, individuals are invited to the happy hour networking for $20 (one beverage included).

Learn more about the Grow Local Business Expo or register to attend by visiting:

About Local First Milwaukee
Local First Milwaukee is a metro-Milwaukee independent business alliance serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine Counties. Started in 2006, the organization’s message is simple: choose local first and watch the local economy prosper. Local First Milwaukee currently has over 300 members and is a member of the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), who also serves as the organization’s fiscal sponsor.

Best Place
901-917 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Venue Description:
Best Place, located inside the former Pabst brewery, celebrates the history of Pabst with a rental hall, vintage gift shop, guest center and courtyard. In the tavern and adjacent beer garden, local and Wisconsin-brewed beers are served in an authentic, historic German atmosphere. On weekends, guests can participate in tours through the refurbished parts of the building.
Best Place