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Avoid this Terrible Job Title Mistake


All too often, when starting a new client, the first issue the owner reports is their regret of giving a job title to an employee they wish they hadn’t.   Here's the mistake:   Early on in a business's inception the owner may have a “right-hand person” help them get it off the ground. This person is typically a great task doer, works independently, and values being known as that type of right-hand person.   As the business grows, the owner gives this right-hand person the title of VP. Time goes on, the business continues to grow, and more becomes…

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March 20, 2018

Too Many Meetings? Here’s the Solution!


"We have too many meetings!"     This is always one the first complaints we hear from our clients, and a concerning one at best.     The good news is that this can easily be fixed.     What causes this problem? At times, meetings can become full of non-value added anecdotes or voicing of problems without solutions that take up the meeting's allotted time. Key takeaways, whether or not they are noted, are not followed-up on. The only follow-up activity is another meeting which is even more detrimental. Like with the first meeting, this one is also unproductive,…

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March 13, 2018

3 Reasons Why a Shorter Plan Can Grow Your Business


Many business owners know this. You spend so much time crafting that perfect business plan. It's over 100 pages, it covers every part of your business, it includes graphs, an index, market potential reviews, and perhaps even a glossary! The reality is that when businesses have these complicated plans, they collect dust on the owner's highest shelf. They were made for bankers, investors, and other external stakeholders. They were not made to actually grow the business, nor to share with employees. Lets fix this. We had this same problem when we owned EMTEQ. We found the solution when creating the…

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March 06, 2018

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

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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January 01, 2018
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