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Sponsors of Beloit-Make48 Competition

Updated: Oct 25, 2022

In a few weeks, Make48 will head to The Lincoln Academy in Beloit, WI for a 48-hour competition! Many companies have jumped in to support as well as individuals including Brian Morello, Beloit College Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Kerry Frank, with Beloit 200. It’s a bustling city of innovation with thriving business incubators for small and large businesses alike. The city encourages a creative economy that connects startups, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, educators and corporations. Beloit sees challenges as opportunities to shine and we’re sure to see plenty of innovation as the teams compete at The Lincoln Academy.

The Lincoln Academy (TLA) is a premier K-12 public charter school serving Wisconsin residents and is committed to reflecting the diversity of Beloit. Built with input from the community, access and equity drives TLA as an innovative, high quality, free public school option. Committed to an equitable environment with rigorous instruction, joyous interactions, and strong community partnerships, TLA ensures that ALL scholars gain the skills and experiences necessary to be productive and informed citizens who lead choice-filled lives.

Since 1982, ABC Supply has become the country’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing supplies and one of the largest of siding, windows and other select exterior and interior building products, tools and related supplies. Their mission is to be the biggest, best and easiest service company distributing select exterior and interior building products. ABC Supply is recognized as an employee-first company producing world-class associate engagement, customer engagement and financial results.

From Beloit, Wisconsin and beyond, Hendricks Commercial Properties focuses on revitalizing historic properties and creating environments where businesses flourish, jobs are created and communities are transformed. Hendricks invests in, manages and develops real estate throughout the United States and specializes in net leased real estate investments, management and development with outside-the-box solutions to the most challenging of real estate needs.

The Beloit Sky Carp are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the High-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. The Sky Carp plays ball in Beloit, Wisconsin at ABC Supply Stadium. But the Sky Carp almost wasn’t. Following the 2019 season, in a preliminary list of Minor League teams, Beloit was on the list of teams that would be eliminated. Despite the uncertainty, Quint and Rishy Studer offered to purchase the team and began working with community members to secure the team a ballpark that would meet all MLB requirements for affiliated facilities. Many across Beloit rose up together, to make the team’s stadium dreams possible, with Beloit-native Diane Hendricks spearheading a group to privately fund a new downtown stadium for both the team and the community.

In just 13 months, ABC Supply Stadium was built, immediately becoming one of the finest facilities in Minor League Baseball. With the construction of ABC Supply Stadium and the team providing a sound economic plan centered around their rebrand, Major League Baseball awarded Beloit a 10-year contract to be the High-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, saving the franchise.

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) builds, maintains, and services the most trusted naval power and propulsion systems on the planet. For more than 100 years, FMD has been a principal supplier of a growing array of leading marine technologies, OEM parts, and turnkey services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and Canadian Coast Guard. FMD stands ready to rapidly support the systems that power military fleets without compromising safety or quality.

From a small dairy company in the southwest of Ireland to a global multinational in 50 years, the journey of Kerry Ingredients tells a story of how belief and vision were combined to create a unique company. The last five decades have seen extraordinary change in the way people live their lives. Kerry’s experience rises to this challenge: developing solutions that meet evolving tastes and providing nutrition for generations to come.

Hidden Creek Estates is owned and run by Kerry & Dude Frank. In 2018, they sold their aviation software company shares and changed the legacy of their family forever. After learning that 30 acres of beautiful farm land nearby was for sale and would potentially be turned into a subdivision they had to do something. In just a few days, they chose to purchase the property to preserve the integrity of the grounds and its natural beauty. After Covid-19 hit, the Frank family offered to host a wedding on the new property, and an idea sparked. Before they knew it, word began to spread, and they realized this property was perfect to host special events and make amazing memories. Today the Frank family continues to improve and care for the grounds and are currently remodeling their iconic antique yellow barn to host events.

Geronimo Hospitality is a Beloit, Wisconsin based company that owns and operates businesses in the dining, lodging, golf and fitness industries. Geronimo's collection of award-winning boutique hotels, restaurants and clubs create exciting and comfortable experiences for guests. Founded in providing memorable guest experiences through their genuine service & original brands.

Beloit College is a private liberal arts college in Beloit, Wisconsin. Founded in 1846, when Wisconsin was still a territory, it is the state's oldest continuously operated college. It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and has an enrollment of roughly 1,400 undergraduate students.

Innovative and human, Beloit develops in students the capacities critical to building flourishing careers and meaningful lives in a rapidly changing world: effective communication, productive collaboration, creative problem solving, and personal and professional agility.

With more than 130 years in the banking business, First National Bank and Trust is a local, family-focused community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. FNBT serves communities throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. From excellent customer service, to the best-in-class offerings, FNBT treats customers like family. FNBT believes it's their responsibility to help the community grow by supporting the economic well-being and quality of life for everybody.

Corporate Contractors, Inc. (CCI) is a leading general contracting firm focused on a special goal: to make every project an example of inspired design realized by purposeful construction that reflects a sensibility to their clients’ vision. Headquartered in southern Wisconsin, CCI has decades of experience in a broad range of projects. Over the course of four+ decades, CCI has completed thousands of construction projects locally and across the nation — from designing industrial sites and building new community assets to preserving cherished landmarks and renovating historic commercial buildings. Thus, whatever the project, our diversity of services, products, and practices across a broad range of industries allow us to ensure every client a successful outcome.

Established in 1987, The Neese Foundation, Inc. is a foundation that gives primarily in Wisconsin. Areas of interest include; Higher education, Health, Human services, Libraries (public), United Ways and Federated Giving Programs and additional areas.

Visit Beloit has a team of staff and volunteers that can answer all questions about living, working and playing in Beloit. With travel-related information about the greater Beloit, visitors can visit their new office and space in the downtown area, near the Beloit College Powerhouse and ABC Supply Stadium.

Northstar is a recognized, emerging global leader with a proven track record and strong vision for the future of radiopharmaceuticals. Their innovation-driven technology is transforming the landscape for medical radioisotope production and distribution around the world. Northstar are pioneers working with industry leaders to develop and commercialize new diagnostics and therapeutics that will serve the next generation of medical advances for patients.

When you partner with Mid-States Concrete for your precast project, they’re with you every step of the way — from pre-construction assessment, design and engineering support through construction and completion. It’s how they’ve done it for over 75 years and three generations of family ownership. Precast concrete is widely known for its high product quality and aesthetic appeal. It is a resilient, efficient and versatile product and Precast's all-weather use results in easy and fast construction. Its structural integrity and reliability means reduced costs over the building's lifetime. Their goal is to help you discover the elegance, beauty and value of architectural and structural precast concrete building systems.

Blackhawk Bank operates ten banking centers in south central Wisconsin and north central Illinois and serves individuals, families, business owners and their employees with a wide array of innovative products and services. The Company offers a variety of value-added consultative services for small business owners such as cost-saving Health Savings Accounts, Investment Management, Human Resource consulting and more.

Welcome to Bud Weiser Motors in Beloit Wisconsin! They offer new and used Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles near Rockford IL and Janesville Wisconsin. Be sure to view their internet specials if you're looking for a good deal on a quality vehicle. Conveniently accessible from Interstates 90 39 and 43 they are open six days a week to serve you!

Alliant Energy has been a BIG supporter of Make48! Alliant provides regulated electric and natural gas service to customers in Iowa and Wisconsin. Headquartered in Madison, WI, they are careful stewards of the environment and support the communities they do business in. Alliant was named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies (second year in a row). Alliant Energy was recognized for its strong devotion to good causes and support of diversity in its workforce. The high ranking is indicative of the company’s commitment in several categories including increasing the number of women and minority employees while also advancing their transition to generating clean energy. []

Since 1859, the Harris family has had a proud history of serving the residents the finest in products and services for the home. Today, they proudly continue this family tradition through five (5) Ace Hardware stores in Beloit, Janesville and Monroe. With long-standing business relationships with the communities and valued customers, they’re dedicated to those original family values that, for over 140 years, have made Harris Ace the helpful neighborhood hardware store.

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