Kenosha Creative Space announces”The Path” business accelerator program

Kenosha Creative Space announces”The Path” business accelerator program

Kenosha Creative Space today is announcing The Path business accelerator program in partnership with Atlanta-based Plywood People.

Through the local affiliate of this national program, members of Kenosha Creative Space and select program applicants from the Kenosha area will have the opportunity to launch or develop their business idea in community with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

The Path Program is a business accelerator designed to support social and creative enterprises. Facilitated by Jeff Shinabarger, founder of Plywood People, the Path Program provides a 7-week curriculum with proven techniques for problem solving in the early stages of business development. Kenosha Creative Space will supplement this curriculum with a yearlong mentorship and accountability process.

Kenosha Creative Space will launch the program on Oct. 18, 2021, with an open event that will welcome participants and celebrate Kenosha’s wide community of mentors and sources of support for small business. The Program will run for seven weeks beginning in November, with mentoring relationships and check-ins continuing until November 2022. Interested applicants and mentors should contact the Kenosha Creative Space before Sept. 15, 2021.

The launch event will be held at the Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St. in downtown Kenosha. The Path program will be delivered virtually, with participant discussion sessions held at the Space.

This program serves the Kenosha Creative Space’s core mission to grow Kenosha’s creative economy, and to support artists and other entrepreneurs to leverage our collaborative community toward the development of sustainable and profitable businesses with a purpose.

“We’re very excited to partner with this nationally renowned supporter of startups, innovators and entrepreneurs — the very sorts of people and businesses we strive to help locally,” said Kenosha Creative Space Executive Director Francisco Loyola. “The Path and our partnership with Plywood People presents a great opportunity for our creative community to gain skills to allow their ideas to take flight.”

Support for Kenosha Creative Space’s affiliation with the Path Program is being generously provided by the University of Wisconsin System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship.


Plywood People supports startups through community, education and experiences that inspire people to dream. Over the past 10 years, it has worked with more than 670 startup founders, social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders, all working to solve social issues and make their communities a better place.

“I believe the creative possibilities of Kenosha are endless,” Shinabarger said. “The combination of entrepreneurial ideas and social concern are combining for something special to transpire. It's a gift to join this work and community!"

More information about Plywood People is available at To learn more about Kenosha Creative Space and its mission and programming, please visit, call 262-945-9411, or email ###

Kenosha Public Market Partners with City of Kenosha for Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Kenosha Public Market Partners with City of Kenosha for Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Kenosha Public Market, located on Saturdays outside City Hall, 625 52nd St, is partnering with the City of Kenosha for the Annual Fall Festival and the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off on Saturday, September 11, 2021.


Kenosha Public Market is sponsoring a Giant Pumpkin Coloring Book and is handing out collectible pages each week leading up to the event to the first 100 families who come to the Market. On September 11, the families who show 3 pages of their “artwork” will receive a free pumpkin donated by Jerry Smith Pumpkin Farm.


On September 11, the City of Kenosha Fall Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with family activities at Veterans Memorial Park outside City Hall. The Wisconsin Giant Pumpkin Growers will be onsite starting at 9 a.m.


The Kenosha Public Market is open to all from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with early shopping hours from 8:30 to 9 a.m. for seniors and people with disabilities. Shop and find fresh produce, flowers, jewelry, and fall-themed decorations from vendors. Come early for breakfast, stay for lunch at the event or take it to-go. Indigo Canyon will be playing on the stage.


To learn more about Kenosha Public Market, a nonprofit, nonstock corporation, please visit or follow the market on Facebook under Kenosha Public Market.

Picnic in the Park returns to Petrifying Springs Park this Saturday, Aug. 21

Kenosha County Parks will host its annual Picnic in the Park celebration this Saturday, Aug. 21, at Petrifying Springs Park.

The day will be filled with family-friendly activities including live music, interactive kids’ activities, food trucks, fireworks, and educational booths aimed at raising awareness and educating the public on the value of parks.

The festivities will run from 4 to 9 p.m. in the area around the Petrifying Springs Biergarten on the south end of the park. Petrifying Springs Park is located at 5555 Seventh St. in Somers.

“We’re excited to bring back this fun, annual event for the whole community,” said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. “It will be a great day to come out and see our beautiful Petrifying Springs Park in full swing.”

Activities for children will include face painting, sack races, soccer, giant bubble demonstrations and much more.

In addition to the activities, Kenosha County Parks will host food truck vendors as part of the Traveling Food Truck Series in conjunction with the Petrifying Springs Biergarten.

A full late afternoon and evening of live music is also scheduled.

Big Spoon will kick off the event at 4 p.m. with a variety of music from funk to top 40 hits and rock. The headliner act at 6:30 p.m. is Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers. Most notably recognized from her 2019 appearance on TV’s “The Voice,” Ade and the band will provide a fun and exciting show for the evening.

The event will then come to a close with a fireworks show starting at dusk.

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“It’s going to be a great day of summer fun and activities in Petrifying Springs Park,” said Kenosha County Parks Director Matthew Collins. “We hope people will come out and join us and see all that’s available in our great Kenosha County Parks system.”

Western Kenosha County Transit will provide shuttle services for visitors to the Biergarten and parking areas. Additional parking and shuttle services will be available at University of Wisconsin-Parkside Parking Lots B and C in the Rita Lot.

Picnic in the Park events schedule:

  • 4 to 8 p.m.: Nonprofit educational booths

  • 4 to 8 p.m.: Free kids’ games

  • 4 to 9 p.m.: Concessions — 2021 Food Truck Series

  • 4 to 6 p.m.: Live music by Big Spoon (Pop)

  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Live music by Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers (Rock)

  • Dusk: Fireworks finale

    A special thanks to Adams Outdoor Advertising, Blue Sky Inflatables LLC, Gruber Law Offices LLC, Insite Consulting Architects, SC Johnson, and Chiappetta Shoes for their generosity and support of Picnic in the Park.

    See more details on Picnic in the Park and the entire parks system at or

Kreuser announces appointments to Kenosha County’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser today announced the seven applicants he is recommending to serve on the county’s new Racial and Ethnic Equity Commission.

Kreuser interviewed and selected these individuals from a field of 35 individuals who applied before the June 30 deadline.

Under the County Board resolution that established the committee earlier this year, members are to serve three-year terms, staggered so that the committee does not undergo complete turnover at any given time. As such, the initial appointees’ terms are of varying lengths; commissioners may serve up to two consecutive terms.

The appointees and initial terms of service are:
n Brian Martinez, to serve through December 2022 n Tyler Arentz, to serve through December 2022
n Braden Backer, to serve through December 2023 n Justin Crosby, to serve through December 2023
n Elizabeth Garcia, to serve through December 2023 n Mimi Yang, to serve through December 2024
n Derrell Greene, to serve through December 2024

Additionally, under the resolution creating the committee, County Board Chairman John O’Day has the authority to appoint two members of the board to serve on the commission. His selections are Supervisors Daniel Gaschke and Sharon Pomaville.

The appointees’ service on the commission will begin immediately, pending confirmation votes by the County Board on Aug. 17.

“These were difficult decisions to make because our pool of applicants was very strong,” Kreuser said. “I thank everyone who took the time to apply, and I wish the appointed commissioners well as they begin the vital work that this commission was created to do.”

The mission of the commission is to realize greater racial equity and dismantle racism in Kenosha County through research, education and ongoing review of current policies and procedures, as to implement transformative ideas born through research, collaboration, and community engagement.

As outlined in the resolution creating it, the commission is to reflect the diverse racial and ethnic makeup of Kenosha County as determined by the most recent Census data, with five of the seven county executive appointees representing racial and ethnic minorities in the county. Kreuser said he is pleased to bring forth a group of appointees that represent the rich racial and ethnic makeup of the community.

Kreuser said he hopes the other 28 applicants will be willing to serve in other capacities throughout the county.

As for the County Board appointees, O’Day said he is confident that Supervisors Gaschke and Pomaville will serve the commission as thoughtful representatives of the board and the community at large.

“This commission has a significant task ahead of it, and an important role to play in the community,” O’Day said. “I look forward to seeing this work get underway, and to hearing the reports the commission will bring back to the County Board in the coming months and years.”

About the county executive appointees:

Tyler Arentz, of Kenosha, is varsity cheerleading coach at Bradford High School with master’s degrees in education and psychology. A former behavioral treatment technician working with children with autism and a former activity aid at a skilled nursing facility, he has also been involved in numerous volunteer efforts in recent years.

Bradden Backer, of Somers, is an employment lawyer, providing employers and employees with advice and representation on a full range of employment matters and civil rights concerns. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, he has lived in the Kenosha area for more than 30 years.

Justin Crosby, of Wheatland, is a former communication tech with Comcast NBCUniversal. He studied business and computer information systems at Concordia University of Chicago.

Elizabeth Garcia, of Kenosha, is a legal secretary at a law office in Kenosha. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a bachelor’s degree in communications, she has been active with Root-Pike WIN, the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and WIPZ Parkside Student Radio.

Derrell Greene, of Kenosha, is a 23-year U.S. Army veteran, having served tours of duty in Germany, Korea, and in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. He retired in 2015 after seven years as director of the Kenosha County Division of Veterans Services and has been involved in numerous community organizations, including those that emphasize diversity and equity.

Brian Martinez, of Kenosha, is general manager of Martino’s Master Dry Cleaners and a football coach at Bradford High School. He has also been involved with the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and the Kenosha Ramblers and Kenosha Cougars football clubs.

Mimi Yang, of Pleasant Prairie, is a professor emeritus of modern languages and Asian studies at Carthage College and recent recipient of a New England Regional Fellowship from the Massachusetts Historical Society, with her studies focused on race relations, multiracial democracy and multicultural patriotism. She is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish and Chinese.

About the County Board chairman appointees:

Daniel Gaschke has represented the central-city Kenosha 7th District on the County Board since 2018. He and his wife are adoptive and foster parents who operate Kindermusik with Emilie LLC, a music school offering private lessons and small-group music and movement classes for children. He has also worked in education and mental health care.

Sharon Pomaville was elected in April 2020 to represent the 20th District, which includes the Village of Paddock Lake and portions of the Village of Salem Lakes. She is the executive director of the Sharing Center in Trevor and serves on a variety of public interest boards and committees in Kenosha County.

Kenosha County’s bond rating achieves highest level

Kenosha County has received a bond rating upgrade to Triple A (AAA), the highest possible, from Standard & Poors, County Executive Jim Kreuser announced today.


“A Triple A bond rating was a goal for me since I took office in June of 2008,” Kreuser said. “This comes as the result of years of strategic fiscal planning and the implementation of best practices by our county finance team, the administration and the County Board. This assures Kenosha County taxpayers will save money as a result of lower interest rates on our major projects.”


Kreuser gave special thanks to County Finance Director Patricia Merrill and Budget Manager Barna Bencs.


In its report issued today, S&P said it upgraded Kenosha County from AA+ to Triple A (AAA) because it “reflects a strengthening in our view of the county's institutionalized policies and practices, stable budgetary resilience throughout the pandemic, and continued maintenance of very strong available general fund reserves.”


“This is excellent news,” County Board Chairman John O’Day said. “The rating increase verifies that Kenosha County is in strong fiscal health. The majority of the County Board has been pushing for a Triple A (AAA) rating, along with County Executive Kreuser. The focus has been there and the county has put the work in to make it happen.”


The S&P report said the rating reflects its view of the county’s:

  • Strong economy located between the Milwaukee and Chicago, IL Metropolitan Statistical Areas;
  • Very strong reserves with additional levy capacity to provide a cushion in the event of budgetary stress;
  • Improved financial management to, what we consider, very strong levels after it implemented sophisticated long-term financial projections; and
  • Adequate debt profile with participation in a well-funded state pension plan.




County Finance and Administration Committee Chairman Jeffrey Gentz said the increased rating proves that the past 13 years will pay off for taxpayers.


“I’m very proud of the past County Board leaders who put us on this path to achieve Triple A (AAA),” Gentz said. “It shows the importance of doing the right thing, which is not always the most politically expedient thing, but that it will save taxpayers’ dollars so that we can make the appropriate investments in the long-term economic health of Kenosha County.”          


A bond rating from a rating agency is the evaluation of the credit worthiness of a governmental body or tax-exempt organization. Triple A (AAA) is the strongest or highest level of creditworthiness.


Kenosha County is now among only seven of the state’s 72 counties that has attained a Triple A rating. The other counties are Brown, Dane, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha.    The State of Wisconsin is rated AA, while the state of Illinois is BBB- to BBB.


Kenosha Creative Space Fest is Saturday, July 17

KENOSHA — Kenosha Creative Space is hosting a daylong celebration of summer and Kenosha’s local creative talent on Saturday, July 17.

Kenosha Creative Space Fest will include live music, art vendors, family activities and more from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the street in front of the Creative Space, 624 57th St. in Downtown Kenosha.

Admission is free, although a $10-per-person donation would be greatly appreciated, said Kenosha Creative Space Executive Director Francisco Loyola. The event is a fundraiser to support the programming and operations of the nonprofit Kenosha Creative Space Inc.

“This is a block party with two purposes,” Loyola said. “The first is to showcase some of the great artistic and musical talent in our community. The second is to help support our continuing mission to provide a place for creatives in our community to hone their skills, to build their businesses and to share their works with all of us”

The music lineup on the mainstage throughout the day is:

  • 1 to 1:30 p.m.: Salamander
  • 2 to 3 p.m.: Vertigo
  • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Toke Magic
  • 5 to 6 p.m.: Lunde
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.: Spirit Shakers
  • 8:30 to 10 p.m.: Indigo Canyon

An acoustic stage will feature Miss B Haven from 3 to 3:30 and 4:30 to 5 p.m., and Billy Famer from 6 to 6:30 and 8 to 8:30.





Art vendors will include Hot Mess Studios, Leah Jurgens, Nothing’s Wrong Here Studio, Dyes for Your Eyes, Lunar Garden Glass, Lissa Bujniewicz, Kelly Witte, Jill Zgorzelski, Hoop Star/Bakes Unicorn, Aaron Clutter, and Jake’s Pen Art.

Family activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will include painting, lawn games, face painting, tie-dying, art demonstrations, and more.

Those interested in volunteering or sponsoring the event are encouraged to contact the Kenosha Creative Space at


About Kenosha Creative Space:

Kenosha Creative Space is a nonprofit organization committed to creating economic opportunities for local artists, musicians, creatives, entrepreneurs and local partner organizations. The partner organizations and individual supporters share the goal of using their collective resources for the mutual benefit of the Kenosha Creative Space, the creative community and the community at large.

To learn more about Kenosha Creative Space and its programming, check out or search for “Kenosha Creative Space” on Facebook.