On January 4th the New North, Inc., Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (NNSBE) will meet to discuss the work of the Committee for the foreseeable future, based on the findings of the newly created annual Index of Entrepreneurial Capacity and quarterly Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. NNSBE Council member, Bob O’Donnell, Director of the UW-Oshkosh Small Business Development Center will provide an overview and insight into these new tools and what the findings reveal about the New North region in terms of intellectual property creation, financing for entrepreneurs, the number of new start-ups, number of jobs created, etc. The annual Index of Entrepreneurial Capacity provides a framework for the scope of work the NNSBE Committee will tackle in the coming year. The quarterly Index of Entrepreneurial Activity will provide insight to impact and activity. Jerry Murphy, New North, Inc. Executive Director, will lead a discussion about initial findings from these new tools and share New North, Inc.’s ideas around creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial and small business climate and the work of the NNSBE Committee. I am excited to be the Chair of the NNSBE Committee and look forward to building on the hard work of recent chair, Alex Kowalski and the excellent group of people he led. Going forward we want to build the NNSBE Committee membership and are looking for creative problem-solvers who are interested in the economic challenges we face and developing regional solutions that create new opportunities for many. If you are interested in becoming part of the solution, please contact me at
or via phone at 920.735.2594, I look forward to talking with you.