2021 WWBIC Annual Celebration Highlights

The Next Vintage | Cultivating a Legacy

Please join WWBIC in celebrating highlights from our 2021 annual celebration!

On Thursday, November 4th we gathered virtually and in person as we looked to the future while continuing to create new ways of garnering support and matching resources with the needs of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial community.

The theme of this year’s event was: The Next Vintage | Cultivating a Legacy. Our program honored the roots of our past work, but also looked toward the future with intention – cultivating our work, spaces, and places into our shared legacy full of hope. To embrace our nod to the future, we welcomed Cristina Torres, Marimar Estates Director of Sales and Marketing, as our keynote speaker.


Watch the 2021 Annual Celebration video using the link provided above. Presentations begin at 35:30.

Shop Small!

Make your holiday purchases this year from WWBIC clients with our 2021 Shop Small Digital Catalog, featuring products and listings for over 200 clients!



Cristina Torres is a member of Familia Torres, a fifth generation family business with roots that trace back to the 17th century in Barcelona, Spain. Cristina inherited the love of the vineyard from her family and grew up working alongside her mother and their business namesake, Marimar.

The Torres family business has been handed down from father to son for five generations, but this is the first time that the baton will be passed from mother to daughter.

Cristina graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Cristina achieved the WSET Level 3 certification from the renowned Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is in the process of obtaining the WSET Level 4 diploma. She is fluent in Catalan, Spanish, English and French.
Wine from Marimar Estate Vineyard & Winery are now available in Wisconsin! Contact your favorite alcohol retailer for availability, or sign up for the Marimar Estate Wine Club here.

Club ORO — Stories of Impact Sponsors

Club Plata — Small Biz Market Sponsors

Club Cobre — Wisconsin Makers Sponsors


Club Verde – Client Scholarship Sponsors

Andrea & Orendorff, LLP


Badger Liquor




Entrepreneurs Coalition

ERC Midwest

Foley & Lardner

Godfrey & Kahn

Housing Authority for the City of Milwaukee (HACM)

Hurtado Zimmerman

Ixonia Bank

Marquette University Institute for Women’s Leadership

Landmark Credit Union

Lincoln Property Company

Machare & Associates

Michael Best & Friedrich

Milwaukee Bucks

North Shore Bank

Palermo Villa

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren sc

RitzHolman CPAs

TEMPO Milwaukee

Town Bank


WaterStone Bank


Zizzl, LLC

CLUB AZUL – Corporate  Sponsors

BioForward ~ City of Middleton/Mike Davis ~ City of West Allis ~ Clark Gridley/Carl Trimble ~ Diamond Discs International ~ Grandville BID/EDC ~ Greater Milwaukee Committee ~ Heartland Information Research ~ Hmong Chamber of Commerce ~ Irene Strohbeen & Associates ~ Marcus Hotels ~ Milwaukee Business Journal ~ Milwaukee Development Corporation ~ Milwaukee Downtown BID #21 ~ Milwaukee Northshore Rotary ~ Mueller Communications ~ New Covenant Housing Corporation ~ One Community Bank ~ Realty4Good ~ Self-Help Federal Credit Union ~ SCORE ~ Tri-City National Bank ~ U.S. Small Business Administration ~ Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions ~ Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corporation ~ Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Media Club Sponsors

88 Nine Radio Milwaukee

BizTimes Media (Milwaukee Business News)

El Conquistador Latino Newspaper

Milwaukee Business Journal

Shepherd Express

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