Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | August 2, 2021 Recap

Topic: Perception

Tonight, ThinkTankers discussed various quotes from influential individuals—and how they perceive these quotes.

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!

These quotes were presented to the ThinkTankers:

“You have to make mistakes to find out who you aren’t. You take the action, and the insight follows: You don’t think your way into becoming yourself.”

-Anne Lamott


“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.”

-G.K. Chesterton


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

-Peter Drucker


“You have to get good at ceding control and not taking things personally. Even seasoned entrepreneurs have struggled with that. I think it’s about not taking failures personally and also not taking successes personally.”

-Leila Janah, Founder of Samasource and LXMI

Valuable Thoughts on These Quotes From Our Attendees

Our topic of discussion inspired many of our attendees to share their tips on working with a team.

Sharing their 2021 goals—and tips on how to reach those goals–helped inspire and motivate participants.

Responses to the Anne Lamott quote: 

“We try to keep improving things as a way to avoid action.”

 -Joanna Carlberg

Responses to the Chesterton quote:

“The definition of thinking outside the box.”

-Theresa Tews


“I love the Chesterton quote–I think doing the opposite comes down to confidence in yourself and the willingness to take a risk.”

 -Catherine Jozwik

-“My take was to follow your own path.”

-Tracy Champagne


“Make sure your ‘why’ is deep enough when carrying out your dreams

so you can withstand whatever challenges come your way.”

-Sean Stockman, inspired by Al Timm

Responses to the Drucker quote:

“Your future is hidden in your daily routine.”

 -Bill Sargent



Responses to the Janah quote:

”I interpreted that as not letting your ego guide you.”

 -Catherine Jozwik


-“Surround yourself with people you can look up to.”

-Shannon Lowenstein

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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Cindy Van Vreede, Cindy V Video

I take your VHS tapes and your camcorder tapes and transfer them to a DVD or flash drive. I can also do this with your old Super 8 and 8mm films. 

My website is Visit to see all the other video services I have to offer.

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:

Bill Sargent, CPP


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

Doug Williams, One Click Inc.


Managed IT, VOIP Phones, website creation and hosting.

Sean Stockman, Primerica, Corner Street Communications, LLC

I work with middle income families and help them build/manage wealth. I do this by guiding them out of debt, protecting their incomes and helping them chart a course to financial independence. I also work with small business owners to teach financial wellness to employees.


At Corner Street, I provide commercial customers with radio communication and security solutions. This could include security systems, mass notification system, two-way radios and more.


Debbie Kuras, SASI, Inc., Employee Benefits Plans


Caryn Willens, Wellness Inspirations LLC

Introducing simple concepts to create health, wellness & balance for a better quality of life. 608-738-5221

Shannon Ware

Your Heart-Centered Health Advisor

Individuals, families, entrepreneurs, small business

(713) 202 9271

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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.