Keynote speaker and CEO of Maddock Douglas Mike Maddock discusses finding soulmates in business and the two types of mindsets needed for a business to work: idea monkeys and ringleaders.
Keynote speaker and CEO of Maddock Douglas Mike Maddock discusses finding soulmates in business and the two types of mindsets needed for a business to work: idea monkeys and ringleaders.

   Green Lake residents celebrated “craziness” last week Friday morning.

   Specifically, the type of craziness that inspires entrepreneurs to start successful businesses; entrepreneurs, such as Matt Trotter of Horseradish Kitchen + Market and John and Jennifer Meiborg of Shoreline Boat Center.

   Trotter and the Meiborgs were honored last week Friday at Green Lake Renewal’s second annual Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

   According to Green Lake Renewal’s website (www.greenlakerenewal.org), the awards breakfast recognizes two local entrepreneurs “who have built thriving companies. The event is designed to inspire others to embrace the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.”

   However, when people create a business ­— even one that becomes a success — they hear two things: “‘You’re crazy’ and ‘You’re going to fail,’ to which we say, ‘Yes, I am’ and ‘No, I’m not,’” said Fran Hill, president of the board of directors for Green Lake Renewal.

   She explained it is these “crazy” people — who work all the time even when their business is not open — “that really make our community and our economy work.”

   Read the full story, including how to harness "craziness" to create a successful business, in the May 2, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.