Wisconsin Business Leaders for Hillary launches today

Hillary for Wisconsin on Aug. 23 announced the launch of Wisconsin Business Leaders for Hillary. The statewide coalition of business leaders is uniting around the Democratic candidate’s economic plan.

A campaign announcement said business leaders across the state are rallying in support of Clinton’s “new plan that includes proposals to support small businesses from their creation to their day-to-day operations. Small businesses continue to be the primary generator of new jobs in America, and Clinton’s plan would support them at every step of their life cycle — from starting up to getting a loan to having one less form to fill out.”

A member of the coalition, Alex Lasry, vice president of the Milwaukee Bucks, said, “I know Hillary Clinton understands Wisconsin business owners because her economic plan presents thoughtful solutions for the obstacles we face each day.”

Lasry continued, “If we’re going to continue building an economy that includes every American, it’s crucial that the next president have a fundamental understanding of the issues and the calm judgment to solve them. Hillary Clinton has both — it’s exactly why she must be our next president.”

Kyle Weatherly, former president of Solaris, Inc. of Milwaukee, added, “America will be making an investment in our next president. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate with a plan that will help grow, not hurt Wisconsin’s businesses. Her proposals show that small businesses and entrepreneurs will have a seat at the table in her administration and that she will listen to our concerns and work to address them. Donald Trump has made it clear that he only has one economic priority — himself.”

The coalition was to debut at a morning news conference at the Milwaukee Public Market with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Cordella Jones of ASAPk!ds LLC and Leonard Sobczak of Eastmore Real Estate. Sobczak also is CEO/principal of WiG Publishing, publisher of the Wisconsin Gazette.

Later in the day, a roundtable was to take place at Kavarna Coffeehouse in Green Bay with state Rep. Eric Genrich and local business leaders.

“No one is more qualified to lead the greatest economy in the world than Hillary Clinton. I trust her personal commitment to make sure small businesses have opportunities to prosper,” said Mary McComb of Sugar Doll Chocolate & Cards in Stevens Point. “I know that as president, she’ll make sure that our economy works for everyone. With Hillary Clinton as president, the American Dream remains within reach.”

Other leaders in the Wisconsin business community issued statements on the launch day:

“It’s alarming that we might put the economy in the hands of a self-professed ‘King of Debt’,” said John W. Miller, former CEO of Miller-STN in St. Nazia. “The last thing business owners need is the lengthy recession that could result from Donald Trump’s plans. Hillary Clinton will cut red tape and simplify taxes, ensuring that Wisconsin has the support to take businesses small and large to the next level.”

“I wouldn’t hand Donald Trump the keys to my business, much less the keys to the American economy,” said biotech CEO Kevin Conroy of Madison. “From entrepreneurs who are just getting that great idea off the ground to CEOs, a Donald Trump presidency puts American success at stake. Hillary Clinton has a record of success and an economic plan that speak to the clear choice in this election.”

Small businesses create nearly two-thirds of new American jobs and fuel innovation but small businesses were hit hard by the Great Recession. New business formation has fallen 15 percent since 2007 and the gains seen have been isolated. The campaign said between 2010 and 2014, just 20 counties represented half of the growth in new businesses for the entire country.

Business leaders across the state are joining the Wisconsin Business Leaders for Hillary launch, include:

Richard Abdoo, R.A. Abdoo and Company, LLC – Milwaukee
Chris Abele – Milwaukee
Masood Ahktar, Clean Tech Partners – Middleton
Mark Bakken, HealthX Ventures – Madison
Rick Bechen, Bechen Forestry – Brooklyn
Donna Beestman, Career Success Strategies – Madison
Cindy Brown – Menomonie
Jack Cameron, Jack’s Cafe – Waukesha
Deb Carey – New Glarus
Richard L. Cates Jr., Cates Family Farm LLC – Spring Green
Maurice Cheeks – Madison
Ryan Clancy and Becky Cooper-Clancy, Bounce Milwaukee – Milwaukee
Fred Clark – Madison
Peggy Coakley – Milwaukee
Don Colber – Grafton
Virgis Colbert, Retired Miller Brewing Co. Executive – Milwaukee
Heather Colburn – Madison
Kevin Conroy – Madison
Martha Davis Kipcak, Mighty Fine Food LLC – Milwaukee
John DeWitt, Dewitt Real Estate Development – Madison
Helen Dixon, Helen Dixon & Company – Milwaukee
Russell Doane – Menomonie
Jane Donaldson – Tomah
Bernie Fatla, Le Dame Footwear – Verona
Louis G. Fortis – Milwaukee
Alex and Linda Galt, Kavarna Coffeehouse – Green Bay
Mark Gehring – Madison
Patrick Guarasci – Milwaukee
Marcos Guevara – Sheboygan
Betty Harris Custer – Madison
Charles Harvey, Retired Johnson Controls, Inc. Executive – Milwaukee
Mohammed Hashim – Madison
Natalie Hinckley, Hinckley Productions – Madison
Tom and Sue Holmes, Glenville Timberwrights – Baraboo
Martin Huennekens, Pilgrim Imports, Inc. – Milwaukee
Wendy Sue Johnson – Eau Claire
Cordella Jones, ASAPk!ds LLC – Milwaukee
Mickey Judkins – Eau Claire
Linda S. Katz – Milwaukee
Juli Kaufmann, Fix Development – Milwaukee
Erin Klaus, Tangled Up in Hue – Eau Claire
Julilly Kohler, JWK Management LLC – Milwaukee
Laura and Sachi Komai, Anthology – Madison
Jamie Kysler, Tangled Up in Hue – Eau Claire
Alex Lasry, Milwaukee Bucks – Milwaukee
Lindsey and Lynn Lee – Ground Zero and Cargo Coffee – Madison
Steve Lipton, WIPFLi Consulting – Fitchburg
Sheldon Lubar – Milwaukee
Darcy Luoma – Madison
Linda & Dan Marquardt, Hillside Pastures LLC – Spring Green
Mary McComb, Sugar Doll Chocolate & Cards – Stevens Point
Phyllis Mensh Brostoff – Milwaukee
Tom and Peggy Metcalfe, Clancy’s – Eau Claire
John W. Miller – Milwaukee
Kari Miller-Cameron, A Little Bit Country – Waukesha
Brian Mitchell – Menomonee Falls
Wendy Moore Skinner, Wendy Moore Designs – Madison
Thad Nation, Nation Consulting – Milwaukee
Cory Nettles – Milwaukee
Tim Padesky – La Crosse
Khary Penebaker, Roofed Right America – Waukesha
Jeff Perzan – Whitefish Bay
Rollin Pizzala, Pizzala Trucking – Kenosha
Scott Resnick, Hardin Design and Development – Madison
Jeff Rochan, Rochan Investments, Eau Claire
Anne E. Ross, Foley and Lardner LLP, Madison
Kelda Roys, Open Homes – Madison
Jacqui Sakowski – Barneveld
Ron San Felippo, Three Bridges Development Group – Milwaukee
Thelma A. Sias – Milwaukee
Leonard J. Sobczak, Eastmore Real Estate – Milwaukee
Chris Spah – De Pere
David Walsh – Madison
Kyle Weatherly – Milwaukee
Debbie Werra, Robin’s Next Gifts – Stevens Point
Todd Wickus – Baraboo