Proceeds to Change

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So many things have transpired in the world within the last couple of months. We are still deep in the middle of a global pandemic (COVID – 19) as well as a pandemic that has plagued our country for hundreds of years… RACISM! It is crazy to think that here we are in 2020 and we are STILL marching, protesting, painting and renaming streets, toppling statues of racist figures, and banning confederate flags… all in the name of eradicating racism. Many of us watched in horror and disbelief as an unarmed black man took his last breaths at the knee of a white police officer. George Floyd is the name that most people think of right away, but there are …

Megan Diaz-Ricks Named Director of Economic Development at Common Wealth!

Karen Bednar Announcements, Business Incubators, Southwest Partnership, Youth Programs

On behalf of Common Wealth Development, we are honored, privileged, and excited to announce Megan Diaz-Ricks as the Director of Economic Development for Common Wealth Development. “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to support our mission and help to lead our team towards our vision for Madison.” In this role and impact, Megan will lead all aspects of our Economic Development work, including the general vision, program development and administrative and personnel oversight of our Youth and Adult Workforce Development Programs, our Business Incubators (Main Street Industries & Madison Enterprise Center) and our commercial development projects and portfolio. Megan previously served as a Coordination of Care Specialist, supporting Common Wealth’s work in West Madison in the areas of adult workforce …

Common Wealth Congratulates Sarah Hole!

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It is our honor and privilege to announce that Sarah Hole will be leaving Common Wealth Development, effective July 31, to enjoy her retirement. Over the past 22 years, Sarah has been instrumental in Common Wealth’s success as well as being an integral piece of Madison’s economy as the Facilities Director for Common Wealth’s two business incubators, Madison Enterprise Center and Main Street Industries. Prior to her arrival at Common Wealth, Sarah earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Earlham College and a MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Sarah joined the Common Wealth family on September 1, 1995, and has been an ambit of growth and development for our economic development efforts ever since. Through Sarah’s stewardship …

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CraftOptics featured in Wisconsin State Journal

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CraftOptics, one of Common Wealth’s business incubator tenants at Main Street Industries, was recently featured in the Wisconsin State Journal. Click here to learn more about their prescription glasses with telescopic lenses, especially made for artists and jewelers doing detailed work:

Dan Norton (Filament Games), Sarah Hole (Common Wealth), Dan White (Filament Games)

Recap of Lunch & Learn with Filament Games

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On April 5, 2016, we were fortunate to host our business incubator tenants for a Lunch & Learn at Old Sugar Distillery, one of our incubator tenants. Underground Catering (another incubator tenant) provided a delicious meal of pulled pork and smoked brisket, as well as kale salad, potato salad and brownies. Hinckley Productions hooked us up with a sound system. Kent Sweitzer took photos of the gathering, which are available in this online album. Filament Games co-founders Dan White and Dan Norton shared their experiences of being a tenant in the Madison Enterprise Center. In 2011, they moved to the top floor of 316 W. Washington Avenue, near the capitol in Madison. Filament Games is an educational gaming company started by …

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Congratulations to Virent, Inc. for “40 Hottest Small Companies” award

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Congratulations to one of our business incubator graduates! Virent, Inc. took the top spot in the 2015-2016 “40 Hottest Small Companies” at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC) in San Francisco. Read more about their award. Congrats again to Virent and to all the current and former businesses that make up our incubator spaces that are doing good in this world!

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Quince and Apple moves to Main Street Industries

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“Quince and Apple has been so lucky to be part of the Common Wealth family. Starting our business at the Madison Enterprise Center, we were able to pay very affordable rent and incrementally increase our space in line with our growth. When we graduated from MEC, we were lucky enough to find the perfect space at Main Street Industries and we are so happy to be here. Common Wealth is hugely important to our community and provides awesome support for small businesses to start up.” Clare Stoner Fehsenfeld, Quince & Apple > Read more about Quince and Apple’s move.