Two Wisconsin businesses invited to White House for small business roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Wisconsin business owners have received exclusive invitations to the White House for an Aug. 1 roundtable on small business.


Kristina Pence-Dunow of Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business in Crandon, and Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire, an Eau Claire startup and 2017 winner of the Governor’s Business Plan contest, will participate in a discussion on “American Small Business – The Engine of the American Dream.”


Northern Star Fire, UW-Eau Claire SBDC client, wins Governor's Business Plan Contest


MADISON – An Eau Claire fire captain who invented an eight-directional compass to save firefighters who become disoriented in a blaze has won the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.


Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire LLC, a client of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, learned June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference that he earned top honors from among 172 entries for 2017.