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Meet Our Advisor, Chuck


We had the opportunity to meet, get to know, and recognize Chuck Harris as a Certified STUCK Advisor. He will work with businesses to help them "get unstuck" by using our strategies and tools paired with his own skills and expertise.   A Little Bit About Chuck Chuck is passionate about helping new and established businesses improve their financial health.  He is a Credit and Finance Specialist with Credit Matters of Appleton Wisconsin and Options Lending Group in Milwaukee. He coaches business owners with negative credit and financial issues, to qualify for and obtain financing to start grow or refinance…

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February 15, 2018

STUCK Acquired BioCut Systems


STUCK, Inc. announced in November 2017 that they had acquired Milwaukee-based BioCut Systems, a manufacturer of cutting solutions to the bioscience industry specializing in regenerative medicine. STUCK, Inc. acquired 100 percent of BioCut Systems from Mark and Janet Jeske. The sale was completed October 31st for an undisclosed price. STUCK, Inc. was co-founded by Jerry Jendusa, Paul Schulls and Jim Harasha in 2014 after Jendusa sold EMTEQ, the then-New Berlin-based company he founded in 1995. They offer advisory services for business leaders seeking growth and invest in companies they feel can scale with unique product offerings.   The Future for…

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February 12, 2018

Jerry Jendusa is Returning to Project Pitch It


STUCK’s Jerry Jendusa will be returning to the panelist table for the second season of Project Pitch It, Milwaukee’s own version of Shark Tank. Joined by fellow business moguls David Gruber, Tina Chang, Nancy Hernandez, Deb Allen, Jim Lindberg, and Peter Feigin, they will listen to a total of 24 different local entrepreneurs pitch their business idea. These contestants will have the ability to have their products evaluated, ask questions, and win prizes.   As a passionate entrepreneur, Jerry is not only excited to help the show's contestants, but he hopes the show will inspire other local entrepreneurs. For him,…

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January 22, 2018

The Importance of Innovation for Small Businesses


Early in my career, there was a very wise mentor who lead the engineering department where I worked and his name was Fred Whitson. Fred would eloquently state, “how high does the customer want us to jump”? What I took from his statement was the more atypical decision of qualifying a customer before developing a solution for them. I now call this decision process “Zero Gate” to reflect what should be the first step in the typical “5 Gate” process of innovation. To successfully innovate, you have to listen to your customers. Without knowing the customer, their pain points, and…

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January 18, 2018

MMAC Future 50 – Keynote Speakers


MMAC/COSBE began the Future 50 program to recognize the outstanding achievements of local, fast-growing entrepreneurs.Winners must be privately-owned, located in the seven-county region, have been in business for at least three years, and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.The winning companies are honored at the annual Future 50 Luncheon, are highlighted in the MMAC's Membership Directory and are often featured in news articles published by the local media.

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January 27, 2015

Ready for Takeoff — The Sky is the Limit for EMTEQ


Over the past 12 years, New Berlin-based EMTEQ Inc. has evolved from a basement startup company to a global aerospace supplier specializing in airline components, lighting, engineering and certification that expects $100 million in revenues by 2010. The firm's customers are primarily the military, aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and aircraft manufacturers. EMTEQ's founders – Jerry Jendusa, Jim Harasha and Todd Lyda – began designing and building radio frequency cables for aircraft in the basement of Jendusa's Wind Lake home in April 1996. That August, EMTEQ moved to a 4,000-square-foot facility in Muskego's industrial park, and the company had $1…

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November 18, 2014

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Midwest Awards – Jerry Jendusa


Jerry Jendusa has never been afraid to take risks. So when he was approached by a customer at Gulfstream Aerospace with the idea of replacing fluorescent tubes in airplanes with LEDs, Jendusa was excited to tackle the challenge. He began working on a plan in his basement while honoring a non-compete agreement that meant he could not draw a salary for more than a year.Jendusa obtained equity through family and friends and cobbled together a small amount of cash, a Small Business Administration loan and a minimal line of credit. Despite the financial difficulties, Jendusa was driven to make this…

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November 18, 2014

Biz Times Featured Cover Story


"Get Unstuck" Jendusa sells company and tackles his next challenge. "Fake it 'til you make it" is a fitting mantra for Jerry Jendusa's entrepreneurial journey. Back in 1995, he had five years of aviation industry experience under his belt and was working as a health care technology sales manager. He wanted to use his aviation background to start a new business that created unique, niche products and provided value-added service in the aerospace industry. And the culture of the company must be unique, too. But how could he start a company like that without any manufacturing experience? Enter Jim Harasha,…

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August 18, 2014
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