Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | June 21, 2021 Recap

Topic: What are your best tips for working with a team?

Today, ThinkTank participants shared their best tips for working with a team. Learn more about these helpful tips, and how they can improve your business, by reading this ThinkTank recap. Want to contact one of the meeting attendees? Find their information in the article below, and please tell them you learned about their business through this Think Tank article!

Valuable Quotes from our Attendees

Our topic of discussion inspired many of our attendees to share their tips on working with a team. Honest and clear communication, plus an emphasis on collaboration, were the overall themes of the meeting. 

Laura Van Schyndel

“Trust and treating others well are all important for working together.” 

Catherine Jozwik

  “Collaborating with other small business owners is mutually beneficial–

it allows you to share your ideas and, in turn, gain a fresh perspective on different issues.”

Kim Knaak

“Treat your coworkers, staff, collaborators as ADULTS. When you talk down to others you bring down morale and their faith in YOU. Being a manager or a leader does not mean you have to act in a different manner than those you are working with.” 

Michelle Guthrie

“Being unclear is unkind.”

Today’s Attendees

As a thank you for attending, we want to give you a shout-out! 

Kim Knaak – Opportunity’s Knaaking  

Coming to you from St. Francis, WI!  Enjoying virtual networking to develop relationships as I build Opportunity’s Knaaking. I provide Social Media Management & digital consultations to help small businesses. I also proudly work directly with Tracy Champagne at Small Business Milwaukee as the Director of Membership Services!  My hands are full, but that’s the way I like it!

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Joanna Carlberg, Joanna’s Digital Images

I am a portrait and event photographer in SE Wisconsin. I specialize in photographing families and special events, I digitally restore old photographs, and I am happy to help you with real estate and product photography, and images and video for your website.

You can contact me through my website:, on LinkedIn:, on Instagram: or on Facebook:

Here is a link to my digital business card:

Aimeé Louw, Director, Customer Solutions, LAK Group

Let’s connect on LinkedIn

Please check out my personal website

Michelle Guthrie, Ballroom & Latin Dance Coaching


Laura Van Schyndel

My focus is on getting more qualified leads to your website. I specialize in Google Search Ads and Google My Business. Free consultations!


Facebook –

LinkedIn Profile-

LinkedIn Business-

Jonathan Heider, Split Star Productions

Motivational Public (Keynote) Speaking; Diversity and Inclusion Workshops

Area of Expertise: 

Architecture + Accessibility

Accessible Design

Spatial Planning

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Accessibility Code

Diversity and Inclusion

Sensitivity Trained in LGBTQ

Sensitivity Trained in Accessibility


Disability Awareness


Professional Sports

Mental Health & Athletics


Athletics Discipline & Life Balance

Contact Info:

Phone: 920-327-3734




David Pede 

If a business you know of could benefit from an open discussion on business goals and technology, feel free to reach my cell at (414) 218-3573 or message me for some initial info:

Written by Catherine Jozwik

Catherine Jozwik is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and publisher and editor-in-chief of Brewtown Buzz South, a print and online publication focused on promoting the great things happening in Milwaukee’s South Shore communities. Check out Brewtown Buzz South at, and look for a print Summer Dining Guide at more than 40 South Shore locations. Contact Catherine at or at 414-708-2213.