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2018 Client Showcase Countdown #5 – Wisconsin SBDC Client MobCraft Beer, a Crowdsourced Brewery, Finds Success in Milwaukee

MobCraft BeerMeet MobCraft Beer ( | @mobcraftbeer)

MobCraft turns ideas into beer. Submit your idea, vote on what’s next.

MobCraft Beer is a crowd-sourced brewery – each month they leverage the power of the crowd to generate ideas for unique craft beers. Beer fans across the U.S. submit ideas ranging from a couple of flavors to tried and true home-brew recipes. The ideas go up for a vote each month on our website. Votes are cast by placing a pre-order for the beer you would like to see brewed. The beer with the most pre-orders wins and is brewed, packaged, and shipped straight to your door through an online retailer or made available for pickup at the brewery.

We have taken the fan favorites and brought them back as flagships which can be found at your favorite bars, liquor stores and or grocery stores throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

If you find yourself in Milwaukee, stop by our taproom where we offer our flagships, crowdsourced beers, beers from our Wild & Sour Program, as well as a variety of taproom only releases. The spacious taproom boasts views of our brewhouse and wild & sour room, as well as foosball, ping pong, live music, outdoor seating and much more!

SBDC: Wisconsin SBDC at the UW-Madison Wisconsin School of Business (
SBDC Advisor: Michelle Somes-Booher

“We started working with the SBDC very early on in our business planning process. The tools and resources that Michelle equipped us with have been influential in helping us get to where we are today.” – Henry Schwartz, Co-Founder, MobCraft Beer

Listen to a Food Finance Institute podcast with Henry Schwartz, co-founder of MobCraft Beer, about creating a successful business.


2018 Client Showcase Countdown #6 – Louisiana SBDC Client Tadpole LLC Creates Products To Make Everyday Life Simple

Meet Tadpole LLC (
Tadpole tape cutterConnect on Facebook (

Tadpole LLC is an evolutionary inspired company, bringing products to market that make everyday life simple and easy for the jobs we all do. Tadpole teams up with the Louisiana Association for the Blind to produce 100% Made In America products and help create jobs in the community! Tadpole is also proud to have set up a fund called 10% First, allowing its customers to choose the direction of the company’s giving back each year.

SBDC: LSBDC, Monroe LA. / Shreveport LA. (
SBDC Advisor: Virendra Chhikara

“LSBDC gave of their time and talent at the start up stage to give us good direction and a solid foundation for success.” – Lee G Mallahan III, President, Tadpole LLC


2018 Client Showcase Countdown #7 – Ohio SBDC Client WaterStep Empowers Developing Countries By Providing Water Usage Training

WaterStepMeet WaterStep
( | @WaterStep |

WaterStep trains people in developing countries on how to use safe water solutions like water chlorination, bleach making, health education and well repair, empowering communities to take care of their own water needs for years. We believe that the best solutions to water problems are rooted in simple tools and effective training.

SBDC: Butler County, Ohio SBDC (
SBDC Advisor: David Riggs, CBA

“The SBDC at The Hamilton Mill (Hamilton, OH) was extremely helpful in helping us assess our short-term and long-term goals, especially as it relates to entering markets with which we did not have a whole lot of experience. Additionally, they were able to connect us with valuable international trade resources that allowed us to mobilize and deliver our product into disaster recovery situations.” – Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep


2018 Client Showcase Countdown #8 – North Carolina SBTDC Client Kepley BioSystems Inc. Creates a Synthetic Bait Poised to Disrupt a $20 Billion Market

Meet Kepley BioSystems, Inc. ( | @organobait)

Kepley BioSystemsKepley BioSystems, Inc. (KBI) is a North Carolina life-sciences company dedicated to disruptive innovation and global solutions. Developed with National Science Foundation (NSF) support, OrganoBait™ is the KBI patent-pending, synthetic bait poised to disrupt a $20 billion market and conserve billions of wild baitfish every year. KBI is also seeking to ranch and protect horseshoe crabs to sustainably produce the natural substance vital to ensuring global pharmaceutical, vaccine and medical device safety, and unmatched in detecting endotoxins.

SBTDC: North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (NC SBTDC) – Greesnboro (
SBTDC Advisors: Mr. Chris Veal and Dr. Nicole Schwerbrock

“In mid-2014, KBI sought the expertise of Chris Veal at the Triad Regional Service Center of the North Carolina SBTDC for help with preparing an (ultimately funded) National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. Throughout this process Chris and the NC SBTDC provided assistance with commercialization strategies and business plan development. This assistance has led to over 1.3 million dollars in federal and state-based funding opportunities.” – Anthony L. Dellinger, Ph.D., President, Kepley BioSystems, Inc.


2018 Client Showcase Countdown #9 – Iowa SBDC Client Gross-Wen Technologies Inc. Takes Wastewater Treatment to the Next Level

Meet Gross-Wen Technologies Inc. (

Gross-Wen TechnologiesGross-Wen Technologies uses its patent pending wastewater treatment technology, known as the revolving algal biofilm system (RAB), to cost-effectively address the new nutrient standards that are being enforced by municipalities nationwide. The system uses algae to recover nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.

SBDC: America’s SBDC – Iowa (
SBDC Advisor: Lisa Shimkat

“Compared to other nutrient treatment options this system is a fraction of the cost and produces algae biomass which can be sold as a slow release algal fertilizer. Overall the process is carbon negative, making it the most sustainable approach to treat nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. SBDC has really helped our company by connecting us with partners that are critical in helping us reach our milestones.” – Martin Gross, President


The America’s SBDC 2018 Client Showcase Reception will be at 5 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, in the Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria.

Invite your Members of Congress now!

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