Past Meetup

PANEL: Starting your own business - what is it really like?

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The Spark

821 East Washington Avenue · Madison, wi

How to find us

We'll be in Dream Bank's meeting rooms A&B on the first floor.

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Join us on Monday, January 14th at Dream Bank to hear from a panel of experienced business owners, consultants and freelancers on what it's really like to start your own business.

Listen to stories about how they got started and stay for a Q&A discussion to cover the biggest common questions women have when thinking about starting their own business. Members will leave with ideas and resources on how to get started.


5:00 - Arrive; networking and refreshments
5:20 - Introductions and experiences
6:00 - Q&A with panelists
6:30 - Conclude event


Park at South Livingston Street Garage on 111 S. Livingston Street.

Or, the bus stop is nearby and services 7 routes:


**Olivia Barrow**

Olivia Barrow is a copywriter and journalist. She is the founder of Humanicity Copywriting ( and the co-founder of Badger Labs LLC, a blockchain creative and development studio.

She'd worked as a reporter for the Milwaukee Business Journal for one year before leaving to begin freelancing in July 2016. She slowly made the transition from journalist into copywriter and marketing strategist by focusing on telling amazing stories that spur readers to take action.

Now she is focused on building Badger Labs with her co-founder, identifying and recruiting fantastic talent, and figuring out how to achieve a balanced life as she manages two businesses and a half-dozen hobbies that include running, climbing, reading, writing, drawing and figuring out how to make her friends nerd out with her at all times.

**Alnisa Allgood**

Alnisa Allgood is the Founder and Executive Director of Collaboration for Good, Inc. (, the Executive Director of Nonprofit Tech, and the Organizing Founder of the Madison Nonprofit Day Conference.

Collaboration for Good, Inc. is a dual focus nonprofit working to both 'change the face' of entrepreneurship, primarily through its Social Good Madison initiatives; and grow and enhance the region's capacity for social good by providing targeted capacity building programs and opportunities to the social good sector— nonprofits, public organization and institutions, community leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Alnisa is curious, creative, focused, passionate, and very deliberate about making people's lives better. She's passionate about and specializes in social good, technology, entrepreneurship, civility, capacity-building, creating change, generational inspiration, process, and process automation.

**Candy Phelps**

Candy Phelps is the founder of Bizzy Bizzy (, a Madison-based experiential creative company. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs live their dream working for themselves. She is the creator of the 1 Day Website and other 1 Day digital marketing services. With more than 15 years of experience in writing, design, content marketing and web design, she has been an instructor and speaker at the American Marketing Association, the Small Business Development Center, Dream Bank, Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs, Women in Tech and Social Media Breakfast. Candy is the author of “Grow Your SEO: Search Engine Optimization Concepts Even Your Grandma Could Understand.” She hails from Montana originally and moved to Madison in 2012 from Chicago. Fun fact: Candy once shared a pizza with Garth Brooks!

**Catherine Garcia**

Catherine Garcia is the founder of Catffeinated Creations LLC, a MailChimp-focused digital marketing services company fueled by cats, coffee and creativity. She has 20+ years working in web design and development, and is a former video startup marketing executive. Catherine is also a co-organizer of Madison Women in Tech and 1 Million Cups Madison.