Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | November 4, 2021 Recap

Topic: Favorite Local Businesses to Support – Food Edition

Tonight’s ThinkTankers discussed local businesses they love to support and why. Links to many of these places will be included from the participants below.

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

Check out some of our attendee’s favorite places below. Have anything to add to the list? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Just some local favorite flavors and favors…

Penzey’s -Mitch Nelles
Soul Boxer premixed Old Fashioneds -Mitch Nelles
Usinger – cheese and sausage baskets -Debbie Kuras
Consumer Beverage -Jeff D’Agostino
American Science and Surplus -Sara Deacon
Deberges Framing and Gallery -Joanna Carlberg
Treehouse gifts -Caryn Willens
Family Portrait Gift Certificates from Photos Limited -Bill Sargent

From the audience: Sendicks | Halfnuts | gift certificates for brents carpet cleaning

Fish Fry’s

Bavarian Bierhaus -Sara Deacon
Final Approach -Kim Knaak
Reefpoint Brewhouse -Laura Van Schyndel -Joanna Carlberg -Jeff D’Agostino
Carinis -Jeff D’Agostino -Carynn Willens


Peter Sciortinos -Jeff D’Agostino
Honey Pie -Kim Knaak
Bishop Sweets -Debbie Kuras -Sara Deacon -Joanna Carlberg -Joanna Carlberg

Ice Cream/Custard

Kopps -Caryn Willens; Tracy Champagne -Bill Sargent -Debbie Kuras
Leon’s for Butter Pecan & Cinnamon Custard -Kim Knaak -Bill Sargent
The Sugar Shack Sweet Shop in Racine has Cedar Crest ice cream -Laura Van Schyndel
Hansen’s Ice cream, -Joanna Carlberg


Hups -Bill Sargent
Di Stefano pizza -Jeff D’Agostino
Ned’s Pizza – -Debbie Kuras
My house-my husband makes awesome pizza! -Joanna Carlberg
Well’s Brothers and Infusinos -Laura Van Schyndel
Filippo’s -Sara Deacon
Driftless Café in Viroqua -Caryn Willens -Joanna Carlberg

Kim Knaak

Thin Crust – Hups
Thick Crust – Marco’s Oak Creek
Square Pizza – DeMarinis

Today’s Attendees
As a thank you for attending, we want to give you a shout-out!
Bill Sargent, CPP

Greater Milwaukee Area’s best Headshots:
Certified Professional Photographer
President of the Wisconsin Professional
Photographers Association

Tracy Champagne, Small Business Milwaukee

Small Business Digital Marketing, Website Design. Small Business Networking Events.
See all of my links here:

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:

Caryn Willens, Wellness Inspirations LLC 

Holistic Wellness helping people feel better in
MInd, Body, Family/Relationships, Finances & Contribution to Society.
Experience a better quality of life & age gracefully using non-invasive, non-drug solutions for wellness.

Debbie Kuras,SASI, Inc.

Employee Benefits Plans

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! I also can help you out with a program for CRM, email marketing, review management, and more for small business. Talk to me to get your free trial!
Facebook –
LinkedIn Profile-
LinkedIn Business-
YouTube Channel:

Sara Deacon

Holiday Balance calls with me! Free! It’s totally possible to create balance, peace and joy through the holiday season. We’ll talk about your struggles and strengths in this area so you can take some new ideas and share what works for you with others. Hope to see you there!
Connect with me at

Written by Kim Knaak

Kim Knaak owns Opportunity’s Knaaking specializing is social media managment and digital consultations. You will also see Kim performing many duties around here as our Director of Membership Services with Small Business Milwaukee.

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