Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | July 8, 2021 Recap

Topic: If you had to start your business all over again, what would you tell yourself to do?

In today’s ThinkTank meeting, participants discussed advice they’d give themselves if they were just starting their businesses.

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 recap!

Valuable Quotes from our Attendees

Participants shared things they’ve realized in hindsight, as business owners

David Pede

“Remember, you can’t be too hard on yourself. Hindsight is always 20/20. Just try to get laser-focused on what your path is and execute it as best as possible.”

Sara Deacon

  “(Things I’ve learned): Playing, trying new things; not being afraid to take risks. Bring okay with what works and what doesn’t. Not needing to be all the things to all the people. Also, getting help. I love learning from the people I’m networking with. Everyone has value to offer. Most people are really eager and willing to share what they know with others who want to know it, too.”

Caryn Willens

“Be flexible, and calm with change.”

Jonathan Heider

“Narrow your menu—find your niche.”


Today’s Attendees

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

Emily Cappelle, Fundraising Consultant

Laura Van Schyndel-“The Google Girl”
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 Sara Deacon, Life Coaching


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, Adoption, Disability Awareness, Athletics, Professional Sports, Mental Health & Athletics, Paralympics, Athletics Discipline & Life Balance 

Contact Info:

Phone: 920-327-3734




 Caryn Willens, Wellness Inspirations LLC

Working remotely from La Crosse as a Certified Personal Development Facilitator, Yoga Teacher, Life Coach and educator. I also recommend products which empower people to feel better, have more energy, sleep better and aging gracefully advocate so they can experience a better quality of life.  Call 608-738-5221 or visit

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:

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