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2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

On November 17, 2011, business leaders and entrepreneurs from around the heartland of America attended the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash, a featured event of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week.  The Bash featured a panel of world class company founders who started from scratch and blazed a trail to success at $250 million and more.  The founders,  Mike Domek (TicketsNow), Ron Galowich (Initiate Systems Inc. & First Health Group Corp.), Jim Gray (optionsXpress), and Dane Miller (Biomet), shared key insights and ingredients that made their companies extraordinarily successful – as well as the challenges they faced along the way. Over 30 co-hosting organizations, including ACG Chicago, Built In Chicago, Tech America, MIT Enterprise Forum Chicago, TiE Midwest, and many more, came together in the spirit of entrepreneurship to help make the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash a success. With the help of all of the co-hosts, over 250 entrepreneurs, company owners and executives attended.

Throughout the panel discussion, many attendees tweeted comments and quotes from the panel. “‘Don’t listen to most of the stereotypes…Make mistakes and learn from them’ –Mike Domek |#entrepbash #startup #entrepreneurship,” tweeted @rrpichardo, Richard Pichardo.  Following the panel, hundreds attended a reception where they could network and meet the panel. Denise Siegel, President of deniseSiegelbronze, attended the event saying “[I] really enjoyed the panel, and came away with a couple thoughts that I’ll carry with me, probably always… These were cool guys and SO interesting and I could have listened to them for a lot longer.”  The Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash will be back in 2012 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. For more information or to stay up-to-date on the latest news from the Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash 2012 visit

Watch the 2011 Great Lakes Entrepreneurial Bash panel here.

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Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash Panel

On October 17, 2011 top business leaders, executives, company owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash at the Comcast Center at the University of Maryland to celebrate outstanding entrepreneurship.

A panel of world class company founders spoke including: Troy Henikoff (SurePayroll, Excelerate Labs), Howard Tullman (Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy), Ted Leonsis (Monumental Sports & Entertainment, AOL), Ara H. Bagdasarian (Omnilert), and Mark Walsh (Genius Rocket). The event was made possible by 17 co-hosts and sponsors including CBIZ, Cbeyond, and Maryland Entrepreneur Quarterly.

Watch the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Entrepreneurial Bash panel here.


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2011 New York Entrepreneurial Bash Highlight Video

On October 3, 2011 top business leaders, executives, company owners, and aspiring entrepreneurs attended the New York Entrepreneurial Bash at the NYSE to celebrate outstanding entrepreneurship. Watch this two minute video with event highlights from five amazing company founders: Bonnie Baskin (AppTec Labs), Glen Tullman (co-founder, ECIN; now CEO, Allscripts (Nasdaq: MDRX)), Jim Dolan (The Dolan Company, NYSE: DM), Mark Tebbe (Lante Corp;, and Al Berning (co-founder, Pemstar; now CEO, Hardcore Computer).

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5 Days Till the New York Entrepreneurial Bash. Register Now.

5 Days Till the New York Entrepreneurial Bash. Register Now.

Join me and five of the founders featured in How They Did It at the NYSE on October 3rd for the New York Entrepreneurial Bash. This event is featured by Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and is a celebration by and for entrepreneurs and business leaders.

I look forward to moderating this panel and want to thank these amazing founders who each started and grew companies to $100 million+ success:

Bonnie Baskin, Founder, AppTec Laboratory Services and ViroMed
Glen Tullman, Co-Founder, ECIN; CEO, Allscripts
Jim Dolan, Founder, The Dolan Company
Mark Tebbe, Founder, and Lante Corp
Al Berning, Founder, Pemstar; CEO, Hardcore Computer

Register at and use the discount code “HTDIWeb” to receive $15 off the listed ticket price.

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Founders Share Advice at Entrepreneur Bash

Seven founders featured in How They Did It gave great advice at the Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash on November 16th in Chicago. Take a look at these videos from the panel that included:

Bill DeVille, Health Personnel Options, Ohio
Jim Dolan, The Dolan Company, Minnesota
Tim Krauskopf, Spyglass, Illinois
Vince Pettinelli, PeopleServe, Ohio
Chris Moffitt, Rubicon Technology, Illinois
Michael Polsky, SkyGen, Illinois
Mark Tebbe, Lante Corporation, Illinois

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Win 2 Signed Copies of How They Did It

Here’s your chance to win 2 holiday gifts: signed copies of How They Did It – one for you and one for an entrepreneur friend.

On December 17 we will be announcing 10 winners who will each receive 2 copies of How They Did It. To enter, all you have to do is tell us:

–          Why should we send you a copy?

–          How will your friend be inspired?

We look forward to reading your thoughts and comments* and sharing inspiration with you this holiday season!

* Submissions must be received by 6pm cst on December 15. Post here or email Winners will be announced at 12pm cst on December 17.


What’s Your Number?

The Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash on November 16 had a great turnout. Photos of the event are now posted on Facebook and the HTDI website. Feel free to tag yourself and your friends/colleagues.

The panel provided us with great insights — Mark Tebbe, founder/chairman of, spoke eloquently, advising everyone to “know your number,” while Jim Dolan, founder/CEO of The Dolan Company, said “I don’t have a number.” Do you have a number? What would be a successful exit for you? Share your thoughts and be a part of the ongoing conversation.

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Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash Recap Video

November 16, 2010 marked the launch of  How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America and the first ever Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash. The evening was a HUGE success — with almost 350 people joining us in Chicago to celebrate entrepreneurship. Here is a short video recapping the event.

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How They Did It Featured in Chicago Tribune

How They Did It and some of the company founders featured in the book appeared on November 18 in a Chicago Tribune article written by Melissa Harris.

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Tuesday marked the launch of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America and the first ever Great Lakes Entrepreneur Bash! The evening was a HUGE success – with almost 350 people joining us in celebration of entrepreneurship and for the panel discussion with seven of the HTDI founders: Bill DeVille, Jim Dolan, Tim Krauskopf, Mark Tebbe, Vince Pettinelli, Chris Moffitt and Michael Polsky.

We couldn’t have done this on our own. Kudos to all of our sponsors, presenting organizations and co-hosts for their support and for the amazing job they did helping us spread the word and pack the room.

Special thanks to our sponsors: IBM, Grant Thornton and SurePayroll. In particular, Dave Carlquist, Anthony Dudek, Michael Emerick, Kathy Watts, Mary Lyons, Laura Mumper, Jim Huisel and Ronnie Todd at IBM; Anthony Bonaguro, Steve Siemborksi, Mike Schamberger, Kristin Ehrhardt and David Heinke at Grant Thornton; and Michael Alter, Francesca Zelasko, Tracy Toth and Scott Brandt at SurePayroll.

To our presenters – TechAmerica, Illinois Technology Association and MIT Enterprise Forum – thank you for organizing the event and spreading the word! We surpassed our goal and you made that happen.  Many thanks to Fred Hoch and Sarah Habansky at ITA; Terry Flannagan, Nancy Munro and Ted Wallhaus at MIT Enterprise Forum; and Ed Longanecker at TechAmerica.

Thanks to our co-hosts:   Craig Miller at ACG; Dana Damyen at Chicago Booth Business Book Roundtable; John Roberson and Caity Moran at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center; Raman Chadha and Stephanie Furlan at DePaul University’s Coleman Entrepreneurship Center; Kelly Cutler at Entrepreneurs’ Organization; Kapil Chadhary at I2A; Maura O’Hara at the Illinios Venture Capital Association; Anne Gilberg at Global Entrepreneurship Week; Mary Paskell at Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago; Brad Lehrman at MOJO Minnesota; Linda Darragh and Tracey Keller at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship; John Hanak at Purdue Technology Centers; Jim Jay at TechPoint; Maria Katris at TiE Midwest; Spencer Stern and David Guttman at Wharton Club of Chicago; and Gaye van den Hombergh at Winning Workplaces.

We got great video last night and will be sharing that with you soon – so stay tuned!

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