Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. Sponsors Governor’s Business Plan Contest

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Winners to be announced at the 10th Wisconsin Technology Council Annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference June 8-9 in Milwaukee.

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Kohner, Mann & Kailas has agreed to sponsor the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest for 2012. The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage Wisconsin entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses. Finalists will share in $100,000 in seed capital and in-kind services that will help them launch their businesses. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1,500 entries have been received and $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded.    

Organized by the Wisconsin Technology Council, the contest involves a six-month process that includes mentoring from judges. It also offers valuable public and media exposure for the best business plans and encourages economic growth in Wisconsin. In addition, past finalists have raised a reported $11 million in private equity, such as angel and venture capital. Winners of the contest will be announced at the 10th Wisconsin Technology Council Annual Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference on June 8th and 9th in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the Wisconsin Governor and Legislature. Launched in 2001, the Tech Council was created by a bipartisan act of the governor and the Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, all levels of education, research institutions, government and law.

Kohner, Mann & Kailas shareholder and business attorney Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton has served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Technology Council since its founding, and been appointed and re-appointed to the Board by Wisconsin Governors of both parties. Other KMKSC attorneys (including business attorney Stephen D. R. Taylor) have also volunteered their time to the Business Plan Contest as judges and mentors to companies involved in the Contest.

“We are proud to support this contest and the mission of the Tech Council, as for over 75 years, the attorneys at KMKSC have been dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes get started providing them with the legal services they need not just to survive, but to thrive,” said KMKSC President Steve Kailas.

For more information on Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C., visit their website: http://www.KMKSC.com or contact Stephen Taylor at (414) 962-5110.

About Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C. (KMKSC)
Founded in 1937 as a law firm devoted exclusively to advancing the interests and upholding the rights of businesses, Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. is a business transactions, commercial finance and litigation law firm offering sophisticated, high-quality legal expertise in the areas encountered by businesses in the course of their commercial operations and development. The firm’s services range from high-profile appellate representation and international business issues to ensuring that critical everyday commercial needs, such as debt recovery, are fulfilled efficiently and expertly. The firm’s purpose is to deliver excellent results to their clients in negotiations, transactions, litigation, and alternative dispute forums across North America and beyond.

Kohner, Mann & Kailas S.C. is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.

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