Small Business Milwaukee ThinkTank | November 22, 2021 Recap

Topic: What Inspires You to Be Creative

Tonight’s ThinkTankers discussed continuing the creative process. What is creativity to them? How do they continue to be inspired? What if you are on a deadline and the inspiration isn’t coming easily?

Interested in any ideas offered 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

Find ideas for continuing the creative process below!

Sara Deacon

“noun -the state or quality of being creative. the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination: the need for creativity in modern industry; creativity in the performing arts. the process by which one utilizes creative ability: Extensive reading stimulated his creativity.”
“Journaling in the morning along with other structure I’ve added to my daily habits has helped to open up space for the creative impulse to run into.”
“Either something else has to be produced first, like Anne said, and sometimes it’s something I need to experience or learn before the thing I need to create can be born.”

Tracy Champagne

“because I want the result”
“and there is a sense of achievement”
“Books always inspire me to be creative”
“and then… there is creating your future :)”
“it does take a lot of creativity to problem solve and on demand usually”
“what about the too much creativity , lol…that Is where the discipline needs to come in”

Kim Knaak

“I am least creative when I am forced”
“I find myself producing – but it’s not my best, or most creative work if I don’t have inspiration behind it”

Anne Richie

“The Artist’s Way – A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.”

Jon Goltz

“When you realize not every situation fits you.”
“Reading has given me creativity from time to time. It was a book that got me thinking about entrepreneurship, especially within the sports world.”

Bill Sargent

“Creativity is taking two things that were not connect, maybe totally abstract, and combining them in a brand new way.”

Dwight Lumaque

“What MOTIVATE my creativity is the meditative effect of prayer. Like, if I ask for a solution to a problem that has not been made yet, I pray for an answer.”
“For me, problem solving is the best result of creativity.”
“Needs does come in demand from everyday life. And it takes a lot of creativity to figure out the solution.”

Caryn Willens

“Creativity is partly problem-solving, partly meditation, partly Divine Inspiration”

Doug Williams

“Creativity in business can come when your client has an issue they can’t figure out and you come up with a solution for them.”

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

Tracy Champagne, Small Business Milwaukee

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

Debbie Kuras,SASI, Inc.

Employee Benefits Plans
[email protected]

Anne Richie, Professional Home Staging and Organizing, LLC

You can reach me at 904-534-4419 or [email protected] The website is  

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:

Cindy Van Vreede, Cindy V Video LLC

I take your VHS tapes and camcorder tapes and put them onto a DVD or Flash Drive. I can also do this with your 8mm or Super 8 films. I do not send you films or tapes out of state. I work in the City of Milwaukee.

Bill Sargent, CPP

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

Jon Goltz

Working on sports-related opportunities in consulting, speaking, photography, and even podcasting.
Business email: [email protected]

Doug Williams, One Click Inc.

IT Managed Services, VOIP Phone Systems, Website creation/hosting, SEO, Social Media Marketing
[email protected]

Sara Deacon, Life Balance Coach

How’s your balance? Hi, I’m Sara Deacon, a life balance coach helping ambitious professionals create balance so that they can experience more freedom and fulfillment at work AND at home with their families. Right now I’m offering weekly “Holiday Balance” group calls every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00pm.
Contact me for details or use this link:
Can’t make it on Tuesday afternoons? Book a 1:1 Holiday Balance call with me at a time that works for you:

Caryn Willens, Wellness Inspirations LLC 

I introduce simple concepts to create health, wellness and balance for a better quality of life. Create the harmony you want in your life in body, mind, relationships, & career.

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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