Introducing Scott Mosley, our new Director of Investment Strategies

Mosley10The Water Council has had a busy few weeks between attending WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans to announcing the SBA Regional Innovation Cluster award. Activity has been moving at a fever-pitch! As part of the also recently announced partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. Small Business Forward program, The Water Council welcomes our new Director of Investment Strategies, Scott Mosley, to take the reigns of this initiative. Please take a moment to meet our newest addition to The Water Council team.

What drew you to get involved with The Water Council?

I grew up in Texas, where water – or the lack of it – is always on people’s mind.  Following university, I spent 5 years in the Navy as a shipboard Officer.  In the Navy, your life is in many ways ruled by the currents, tides, waves and storms – you are constantly surrounded by water and it’s a very integral part of your day-to-day life.  It was in the Navy, that I really began to get an appreciation of how vital having access to safe, clean water was.  Prior to joining The Water Council, I worked at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  During my time at WEDC, I had the opportunity to work with Dean and the staff on a number of projects and I was able to see first hand the quality of the work that was happening and I wanted to be part of it.

What does your role entail?

My role will be twofold.  First, we are working closely with JPMorgan Chase & Co. to build a platform to expand the amount of money flowing into young, high-growth potential water companies.  Second, I will be establishing a presence in Madison so that we will be able to better connect both the talent and the innovation between Madison and Milwaukee.

What are you most looking forward to working at The Water Council?

Seeing the innovation that is happening in the water space and working with the water entrepreneurs as they work to solve very complex problems.

What do you hope to accomplish in your new role?

My number one goal is to increase the amount of money that is being invested in young water companies and innovative water technology.

Any other information or thoughts you’d like to share?

My door is always open and I’m happy to chat.  I’m also looking for a lunchtime cycling group – if anyone wants to ride over the noon hour, let me know!

Scott Mosley is the Director of Investment Strategies at The Water Council, he manages The Water Council’s relationships with outside venture capital funds, corporate venture capital firms and JPMorgan Chase.

In late 2011, Mosley was recruited to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to design and implement a program to recruit foreign capital and companies to the State of Wisconsin. He eventually led all capital formation and recruitment efforts for the organization. He was instrumental in launching the State of Wisconsin’s first venture fund focused on commercializing technology from the University of Wisconsin System campuses.

Scott has extensive international experience having lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe. Prior to joining WEDC, Scott owned an investment consulting firm and served as an Officer in the United States Navy. He is the holder of the prestigious Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation. He has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

 

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HIRING: Communications Coordinator at The Water Council – Apply by Oct. 28

Nametags_HorizontalCropThe Water Council is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Communications Coordinator position.

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR is responsible for enhancing The Water Council’s online platform through website content management, execution of social media, and crafting and distributing effective email messaging. The Communications Coordinator is also responsible for assisting with the development of strategic marketing and communication plans and administering the plans for multiple initiatives and events. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Marketing or Communications; One to three years of experience in creating and delivering electronic messaging and communication plans, and website and social media content management. Design experience and HTML skills are a plus.

CLICK HERE for the complete position description.

Our work environment offers a casual, yet fast-paced atmosphere where multitasking is essential. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working both independently and in a team setting. They must efficiently allocate time for optimal performance and effectively handle multiple demands, priorities and deadlines with an eye for details.

Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to office@thewatercouncil.com by Tuesday, October 28. Please include the position title in the subject line of the email.

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Professional Development Workshop for Young Water Professionals

The Water Council’s Talent & Education Committee and Pentair present:

Professional Development Workshop: Water Professionals and Young Professionals
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences
600 E. Greenfield Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53204
5:30PM-7:30PM

REGISTER HERE! 

The Water Council’s Talent & Education Committee and Pentair are offering a workshop focused on your professional development within the water industry. Success in water combines science, engineering, business development and personal finesse. Those in attendance will learn how to best position themselves for optimal growth and strategic advancement in the expanding water technology sector. Pizza and refreshments are generously provided by Pentair and the Talent & Education Committee! This event is open to all water professionals, but especially geared toward young professionals looking to engage with our growing water network. This event is free of charge. Registration is required

For more information, please contact:

Heather Koehn
Co-Chair, Talent & Education Committee, The Water Council
Marketing Manager, Pentair
heather.koehn@pentair.com
262.518.4335  

 

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October 2014: Event Announcements

Seminar: Water & Wastewater Management for the Sustainability of Water Resources

October 2
1:00-2:00 PM
Global Water Center – Auditorium
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Register Here

This seminar, featuring Professor Maggy Momba, will focus on methods for increasing the sustainability of water resources in rural areas and her work with The Water Academy, a training institute in the Democratic Republic of the Condo (DRC) that she founded in 2013. Prof. Momba is a full Research Professor in the Department of Environmental, Water & Earth Sciences at Tshwane University of Technology and Chair in Water Quality and Wastewater Management in the Republic of South Africa. After 27 years of specializing in the field of water research with an emphasis on health-related water microbiology, she has published over 150 peer reviewed articles, conference proceedings, books, technical reports and is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C2 Rated Scientist. This seminar is free, but space is limited, therefore registration is required.

Manufacturing (MFG) Day

October 3

October is Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Month. MFG Day is a celebration of what 12 million people around the United States experience every day – pride at working in manufacturing. MFG Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is, and what it isn’t. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive. There are over 1,000 events taking place on MFG Day around the United States, find and attend an event near you, HERE.

Conference: Bioscience Vision Summit

October 8
7:15 AM-6:00 PM
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
Register Here

BIOforward has put together a full day of great content, with an emphasis on opportunities and trends to improve access to capital. This day will be worth your time, where you can join hundreds of participants from industry leading biopharma and medtech companies, CROs, and financial and services firms to explore the key issues in the life sciences and health care sectors. For more information: www.bioforward.org. Incoming CEO Laura Bray has also generously extended a 50% discounted registration to Water Council Members, please use the following code at registration: BVS14.

Open House: Discover Manufacturing

October 15
5:00-7:00 PM
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Register Here

Discover what manufacturing looks like today and how it can provide a solid career opportunity for the next generation. Meet cutting-edge manufacturers in our community and view their products; learn about family-supporting and high-demand industry careers; and explore Waukesha County Technical College’s industrial labs and talk with experienced instructors. Parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend!

Conference: “Fresh Water, Fresh Thinking”: Council of the Great City Schools’ 58th Annual Fall Conference

October 22-26
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Register Here

The Council of the Great City Schools brings together the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its 67 member school districts work to help our schoolchildren meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society. Download the conference brochure and agenda, HERE.

Seminar: OPIC Expanding Horizons

October 24
8:00 AM-11:00 AM
UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6000, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Register Here

This seminar, Co-Sponsored by The Water Council, provides companies with information about various products and services offered by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution. OPIC helps small and mid-size businesses gain footholds in emerging market countries and expand their business overseas. During this seminar, you will learn how OPIC can help your business finance overseas projects, protect yourself against political risks, hear success stories about companies who have worked with OPIC, and learn how to start working with OPIC today.

Webinar: Meeting WI’s Phosphorous Water Quality Standards

November 12
12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Global Water Center – Auditorium
247 W. Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Registration Coming Soon!

Wastewater utilities, regulators, and non-governmental watershed organizations will share their approaches, views, and the latest available information on the development of site-specific phosphorous criteria, agricultural partnership pilot projects, and efforts to achieve healthy phosphorous levels in lakes and streams. Don’t miss this opportunity to be well informed about evolving regulatory guidance and successful watershed improvement programs. Look for registration information soon, direct questions to Mark Mittag, mark.mittag@ch2m.com.

Conference: 2014 Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium

November 12-13
8:00 AM-11:00 AM
Monona Terrace Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703
Register Here

The symposium is designed to unlock Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial potential by providing the right combination of ideas, innovation, intellectual property and investment – as well as hands-on instruction and advice targeted to early stage companies ready to make the leap.

This year’s conference, with a theme of “30X10,” is celebrating a rich history that goes back to 1984. That year, Wisconsin’s first annual venture conference was held in Madison, pairing high-growth companies with investors and other business leaders from across the state. Originally the Madison Venture Fair, the event has been called the Wisconsin Venture Conference, the Wisconsin Life Sciences & Venture Conference – and for the past 10 years – the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium. More than 480 companies have presented during the conferences in one format or another, including some of the largest technology companies that call Wisconsin home.

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U.S. Small Business Administration selects The Water Council for Regional Innovation Cluster Award

logoMILWAUKEE, Sept. 30 – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today that The Water Council has been selected as one of four new Regional Innovation Cluster awardees, adding to its portfolio of high-performing regional innovation networks across the country.

These cluster initiatives focus on the most effective approaches to linking small businesses to regional networks of leading research, commercialization tools and financing. The Water Council will focus on the creation of a Center of Excellence (CoE) for Freshwater Innovation and Small Business Development. The CoE will promote the growth and development of small businesses operating in the water technology sector, initially in the Midwest and then expanding across the United States.

“The problem today is that while small businesses act as engines that drive job creation and economic development, many lack access to critical resources needed to catalyze and sustain growth,” said Rich Meeusen, chairman, president and CEO of Badger Meter, Inc. and co-chair and co-founder of The Water Council. “This contract by the SBA will allow The Water Council to invest in building support systems that will increase small water cluster businesses’ access to these critical resources, enabling them to grow faster, employ more people, and have a greater economic impact on their surrounding community.”

“The Water Council has made great progress ensuring Milwaukee’s place as a world water leader, growing the regional economy and has become a global leader in supporting the development of Wisconsin’s small water technology businesses,” said U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin. “By working with the U.S. Small Business Administration, The Water Council can now extend its expertise to small businesses across the United States.”

“With over 300 water technology companies in Wisconsin, the state offers a unique advantage in water innovation and business development through The Water Council,” said Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. “This designation further solidifies the state as a launch pad for small water technology businesses.”

The four Regional Innovation Cluster awardees, ranging from $500,000 to $550,000, were selected from more than 40 applicants and represent a wide range of diverse geographic areas and industries.

“Milwaukee has a history of successfully building small businesses in the water technology industry as evidenced by its current list of multi-national water technology corporations, many which began in the city more than a century ago,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a member of The Water Council board of directors.

The development of the Center of Excellence for Freshwater Innovation and Small Business Development will elevate The Water Council’s role as a global water leader. In partnership with InnovationExchange and inno360, The Water Council will develop the Water Collaborative Innovation Platform, a web-based search, innovation management and analytics tool that will enable water industry and academic researchers worldwide to conduct the most complete mining of water research information that has ever existed.

“The world is undergoing a catastrophic water crisis. No longer is water a calamity for arid developing countries – it is now an issue that everyone must face no matter where we call home,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO, The Water Council. “The Center of Excellence will help train small businesses as they navigate the international marketplace and deploy their innovative technologies to help solve these water challenges.”

Supporting The Water Council’s CoE will be a team of experts that will include the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Defense Alliance, International Water Association, Imagine H2O, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service, Water Environment Federation, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The CoE will further establish Milwaukee’s water technology cluster as the go-to destination for small businesses seeking resources for growth, and continue to strengthen the cluster by attracting new and innovative talent from around the country.

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HIRING: Event Coordinator at The Water Council – Apply by Oct. 13

Nametags_HorizontalCropThe Water Council is seeking qualified applicants for a new full-time Event Coordinator position.

Our work environment offers a casual, yet fast-paced atmosphere where multitasking is essential. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working both independently and in a team setting. They must efficiently allocate time for optimal performance and effectively handle multiple demands, priorities and deadlines with an eye for detail.

EVENT COORDINATOR is responsible for planning, coordinating and execution of all logistical details and operations of multiple events simultaneously. Assists in developing accountable goals and objectives and implements strategies to assure achievement of goals. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Communications or Marketing. Two to four years experience in directing events, developing strategies and successful goal attainment; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

CLICK HERE for the complete position description.

Applicants should submit cover letter and resume to office@thewatercouncil.com by Monday, October 13. Please include the position title in the subject line of the email.

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September 2014 Job Announcements

Nametags_HorizontalCropAttention Job Seekers! Searching for a career in the water technology sector? Below is a list of open opportunities offered by Water Council members. Click on the titles to read position descriptions and application instructions. Please share this with your network!

Badger Meter

Marketing Communications Specialist
This Marketing Communications Specialist is responsible for working directly for the Integrated Marketing Services Manager, and is involved in all aspects of marketing communications, including writing content, developing messaging, and creating materials for market initiatives such as advertising, press releases, case studies, public relations, sales collateral, Web site, and multimedia.

Hydro-Light

Business Development Manager
The Business Development Manager is vital to execute important business development milestones. These include business concept development, partnerships and customer relations. An effective Business Development Manager will combine relevant technical know-how with excellent people skills and an ability to get things done under challenging conditions. The Business Development Manager will be instrumental in devising and implementing the strategy for meeting sales performance targets; this person will drive peak performance and sales success across the organization.  

Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Marketing Intern
Seeking a Marketing Intern for the fall semester of 2014. This intern will be guided by marketing professionals to assist with firm-wide business development initiatives. The intern will gain exposure and develop expertise in the following areas: professional writing, social media, market research, marketing information flow, public relations, database management, technology-related marketing initiatives (e.g., website, webinars, etc.) and promotional efforts.

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator
The Marketing and Business Development Coordinator will work closely with the Marketing & Business Development Manager to coordinate and carry out initiatives for specific practice groups, industry teams and offices. The individual in this position will be responsible for ensuring successful planning, execution and measurement of firm events such as conferences, seminars and tradeshows. The individual will also be responsible for coordinating the activities involved in the document preparation for Requests for Proposals, press releases and research projects. 

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD)

Laboratory Manager
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is seeking an experienced Laboratory Manager.      The District’s laboratory provides environmental testing services, including water, waste and biosolids for regulatory and process purposes. We are the largest municipal wastewater lab in the state, with a staff of 22+ trained professionals.  The laboratory is certified by WDNR and NELAP and the successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of these laboratory accreditation requirements.

The Nature Conservancy 

Water Funds Coordinator
The Nature Conservancy is seeking to hire a Water Funds Coordinator as part of its Global Water Program to lead the curation and dissemination of knowledge products on Water Funds within and outside TNC; facilitate peer-to-peer networking, incl. internal community of practices on watershed conservation; author and review scientific and economic analyses on Water Fund-related projects; build strategic partnerships with water industry and global brands; and, provide high-level administrative and project management support to senior staff and other members of the Conservancy’s Global Water Program. This position is a one year position, pending further acquisition of funds.

Pentair

Product Marketing Analyst I (Job ID 104894)
The Product Specialist is responsible for assisting the Product Managers with day to day activities including price quotations, new product development, product certification, and forecasting. Key tasks will be directed by the Product Managers to help promote activities in multiple sales channels including both the professional OEM customers as well as working with the retail teams to secure new business opportunities.  This will include working with multiple disciplines including sales, finance, engineering, and marketing communications.

Junior Operations Supervisor (Job ID 104943)
This position is responsible for leading and providing direction to an organization that produces products on-time with consideration to all safety, quality procedures, policies, and instructions. Responsibilities include training, scheduling, overseeing quality issues, resolving routine operating problems and employee supervision for all production shifts in Glendale.  All responsibilities are executed in accordance with the mission philosophy and objectives of the company.

Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC

Marketing Assistant
Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC (SSE) is a civil engineering firm specializing in stormwater management, drainage design and green infrastructure. SSE desires to add a motivated part-time individual to assist in various duties relating to water quality project management, including: website updates, direct mailings, clerical duties, and development of marketing collateral materials.

If your a member of The Water Council and have job openings and internships available, please send a position description, details, submission deadline, and a link to posting to: admin@thewatercouncil.com.

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September 2014 Q3 Member Meeting Recap

BrewhouseSquareThursday, September 18 marked our 3rd Quarterly Member Meeting of 2014! Thank you to Grucon Group for hosting us at the RiverCenter in Schlitz Park. As always, it was a pleasure to see many familiar faces, as well as many new members attending for the first time. For those that were unable to attend, here is a brief recap and link to the presentation below.

Gary Grunau, President, Grucon Group, welcomed The Water Council and members to Schlitz Park, site of the former Schlitz Brewery which his company has converted to an urban office park over a decade ago, and recently has undergone another multi-million dollar renovation to accommodate new tenants and add new on-site amenities.

Featured Speaker: Rob Gottschalk, Principal/Economic Positioning, Vandewalle Associates, presented the recently completed Leadership Strategic Vision (LSV) for The Water Council. This new strategic plan re-positions The Water Council as an international organization that is headquartered in Milwaukee, at the center of our water technology cluster.

The LSV’s foundational mission is economic growth through improving world water health. This will be accomplished by: developing solutions that address world water challenges; grow sales, exports, and jobs; and attract businesses and talent to the region.

The Vision of the LSV for The Water Council is to be the globally connected epicenter of freshwater research, innovation, education, and business development.

Rob outlined 3 key strategic directions of the LSV: enhance our leadership position as the Water Center of Excellence; target research and development on global needs; and grow international market readiness, networks, and talent. You can see the specific breakdown of these and other components of the LSV by downloading the full meeting powerpoint (below). It was stressed during a brief Q&A session after Rob’s presentation that the LSV is a working, living document, and it can be altered as The Water Council continues to grow and embark on new paths.

FullSizeRenderThe BREW: Elizabeth Thelen, Director of Entrepreneurship & Talent, The Water Council, briefly discussed ways that members can engage with BREW Batch II entrepreneurs. Specifically, she invited Members to learn about the new companies through conversation, offer pilot/beta sites on their premises to the entrepreneurs, become mentors through strategic pairings, invest in the new companies through projects, contracts, and capital, and connect Batch II winners with a customer base that fits with their product.

Elizabeth also invited Batch II winners to give a 1-minute pitch of their respective companies, and also provide an “ask” of Members, which ranged from funding, acquiring talent, idea sharing, and site visits.

PelicanGuest Presenter: Hensley Foster, President, Stonehouse Water Technologies, talked to the group about the Milwaukee Water Research Project, which features the Pelican, a smart mini water treatment node.

The Pelican is able to eliminate 99.99% of bacteria in water, reduces heavy metals (including, arsenic, lead, mercury, chromium, and others), operates on low energy outputs, and can provide drinking and cooking water to over 1,000 people daily.

The Pelican is unique because it is a state of the art, decentralized, total water treatment system incorporated into one product, with a small, portable footprint, which can increase scale by adding units. The Pelican will soon be operational at the water plaza in Reed Street Yards, directly across from the Global Water Center. Hensley also made a specific call to action of Members to support Stonehouse Water Technologies in the Chase Mission Main Street Grant program, by voting HERE (please note that a Facebook account is required to vote).

Marketing Update: Meghan Jensen, Director of Marketing & Membership, The Water Council, provided a snapshot of activities that have occurred since our last meeting, including the JPMorgan Chase Small Business Forward grant, Investments in Water Technology Week, delegation visits from Israel and Ningbo, China, and the grand opening of UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences expansion.

She also highlighted the planned WI Delegation to WEFTEC 2014 in New Orleans, September 27-October 1. The Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion (Booth 4045) will be located next to the WEFTEC Innovation Pavilion (Booth 4025) and is sponsored by several industry and academic organizations. Various engagement opportunities were touched upon, including the 2014 WI WEFTEC Look Book, Guest-blogging opportunities during the conference, matching services from both WEDC and U.S. Commercial Services, and complimentary, reserved meeting room space. Be sure to mark your calendars for WEFTEC 2015, September 26-30, Chicago, and visit the WI Delegation Website, HERE.

Lastly, new members that have joined The Water Council Member Network since the last meeting were recognized, including: Argonne National Lab, Dairy Business Association, Data Holdings, IFMA Southeast WI Chapter, JPMorgan Chase, K4 Environmental Technologies, Racine Metal-Fab, Schenck s.c., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, and the WI Department of Natural Resources. Become a Member Today!

Talent & Education Committee: Heather Koehn, Committee Co-Chair & Marketing Manager, Pentair, and Joe Russell, Committee Co-Chair & President, Watertech of America,  gave a call to action for those in attendance and all members to increase their engagement through the ‘Pay It Forward’ Campaign. Examples of ways this can be accomplished is by offering tours at your respective facility, making yourself available to be a featured speaker or panelist at industry events,  or connect over coffee with future water leaders. If you are unsure of how you can become engaged, Heather will be happy to assist you in identifying engagement opportunities that fit your schedule, contact her at heather.koehn@pentair.com.

Co-chairs also briefly highlighted Nate Conroy, STEMhero, who participated in the Millennial Trains Project this summer. Nate visited 10 cities across the U.S., including Washington D.C. where he represented Milwaukee’s water technology cluster very well!

Other initiatives announced included: The Water Talent Book; a Professional Development Workshop on October 29, 5:30-7:30pm at the Global Water Center; a Speed-Networking event November 12, also at the Global Water Center; and a call to join the Talent/Education group on LinkedIn, Here.

Download & View the Full Presentation

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US Commercial Service Assistance at WEFTEC

WEFTEC-2014-logo3We are pleased to announce the ShowTime program, conducted at WEFTEC 2014 by the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce. WEFTEC is a participant of the 2014 International Buyer Program and exhibitors are offered free services from the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of the program.
 
Environment Specialists from U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world will be at the show and available for one-on-one meetings with U.S. companies exhibiting at WEFTEC 2014.  These Commercial Specialists are your U.S. representatives and business advocates in their host countries. They can discuss the current market situation, export issues important to your firm, and export opportunities in their respective markets.  If you are already exporting, they are also available to work with you to find additional partners, new markets and/or increase your market share.   
 
Countries participating in 2014*:
Algeria
India**
Saudi Arabia**
Bangladesh**
Latvia**
United Kingdom
Belgium
Mexico
Export-Import Bank
Bulgaria
Morocco
Small Business Administration
Canada
Nigeria**
 
Hungary
Russia
 
 
*Please note the list of countries participating is subject to change.
** Expected but not confirmed
 
Appointments will take place either at the exhibitor’s booth or in the Global Center at WEF Plaza in hall G.
 
Advance registration required:  These appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis and the schedule fills up quickly. Companies that wish to participate must register in advance through the U.S. Department of Commerce ShowTime Program.  There is no fee for this service. The deadline to register is September 19, 2014.
 
To participate in these one-on-one meetings with in-country experts, please complete the registration form at the following link: http://build.export.gov/minnesota/forms/index.asp
 
We will then forward your completed company profile to our country/industry Commercial Specialists from the countries you select.   Meetings will be held on September 29th, 30th and October 1st (You will receive your meeting schedule by Thursday, September 25, 2014). If you cannot personally attend, please make sure your export and/or international department(s) is aware of this value-added service.
 
For further information regarding Showtime appointments with U.S. Commercial Service, please contact: David Edmiston at David.Edmiston@trade.gov, phone: (612) 348-1644.​​
More information about the Wisconsin Water Innovation Pavilion (Booth #4045) at WEFTEC 2014 can be found on the WEDC WEFTEC website.

 

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Be our Guest-Blogger for WEFTEC 2014!

WEFTEC-2014-logo3With a high concentration of water industry experts, Wisconsin has earned a reputation for sustainable leadership that has helped make The Water Council a global authority on advanced water technology development and deployment. Heading into WEFTEC 2014, Sept. 27 – Oct.1, in New Orleans, it’s important to tap that leadership and expertise to achieve visibility on a national and international scale. With almost 50 organizations exhibiting at this year’s conference that are Wisconsin-based or have substantial operations within the state including a number of entrepreneurs and academics, The Water Council would like to provide your company an opportunity for further exposure.

To support thought leadership efforts leading up to WEFTEC, we would like to invite you to write a contributed article that highlights your expertise about a water-related topic. Your article may be highlighted as a blog post on In Wisconsin @Events. Please feel free to choose from the list of topics below or select a topic of your choice. If your article is featured on the @Events blog, we will alert you and promote the piece through The Water Council, WEDC and partner social media channels. We would also encourage you to share the Events Blog with your network of water industry influencers via email, social media or other effective channels. Simply share the link here (www.inwisconsin.com/events-blog).

Below is a list of topics for your consideration:

· Alliance for Water Stewardship: highlight details of new role for TWC; significance for businesses in North America and the world
· Share insight into The Water Council’s Water Collaborative Innovation Platform
· Details of recent study from Fund for Lake Michigan: Measuring the Economic Impact of Water Quality Initiatives: A study of the Fund for Lake Michigan
· Overview of the results of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Survey; and how this compares nationally
· New water companies around Wisconsin and the innovative ideas they’re developing
· Water stewardship for businesses
· Importance of safe and healthy drinking water for the world; how Wisconsin is making a difference

If you’re interested in participating in this opportunity, please contact Katie Waite, PR Account Executive, Nelson Schmidt, Inc., kwaite@n-s.com. Submissions will be edited for style and length, with revisions sent to you for your approval prior to publication. WEDC and Nelson Schmidt are available to help refine your topic prior to writing, or to assist with writing if desired. If your blog post is shared we’d simply need a high-quality headshot from you and any other photos you’d like to share.​

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