A year of entrepreneurship, entertainment, and nonstops

From the pages of In Business magazine.

Another successful year throughout the Greater Madison business market is coming to a close, and as we say goodbye to 2018, here’s my annual look back at a few of the most significant business developments.

1. StartingBlock opens for business – It may have taken six years of hard work and some trying times, but it was worth the wait. StartingBlock, a new entrepreneurial hub for the city, opened its doors in June along East Washington Avenue. There is little doubt that this project is going to put Madison on a whole new level within the national startup/entrepreneurial scene. A big kudos to Scott Resnick, Troy Vosseller, Chris Meyer, and Forrest Woolworth for their determination in bringing their vision to life!

2. Sylvee & Soccer – Starting Block wasn’t the only shining gem to emerge out of the Capitol East District in 2018, as this area continues to lead the way in new development, innovation, and entertainment for the city of Madison. This fall saw the opening of the Sylvee, Frank Productions’ new live music/entertainment venue that promises to turn Madison into a destination for touring artists and acts. Across the street at Breese Stevens Field, Madison will soon be home to a professional soccer team, thanks to the team at Big Top Events. Soccer continues to see tremendous growth in popularity across the U.S., including Madison. Both of these new attractions will continue to make Madison a more desirable community for young professionals.

3. Nonstop flights out west – This was a big year for the Dane County Regional Airport with the news of new nonstop flights scheduled for San Francisco, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. While the flights to Phoenix and LAX are exciting for both business and leisure travelers alike, the new nonstop to San Francisco is especially important as it connects Madison’s growing high-tech industry to Silicon Valley and its vast venture capital market.

While 2018 was a very prosperous year for many, I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge those impacted by tragic events — the Sun Prairie explosion; the severe rain and flooding that affected so many homes and businesses; and the shooting at WTS Paradigm. Our thoughts go out to those who continue to be negatively impacted by these events. 

Here’s to a 2019 that is uneventfully successful.

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