Rangers love to support and uplift fellow alumni, and celebrate the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of our alumni community. To make that support easier, and to promote small businesses, we’ve created an alumni-owned business directory. This directory is provided as a service to encourage networking and the support of alumni-owned and affiliated businesses.

Are you an alumni business owner or know of a business that should be highlighted? Nominate today!

Highlighted Alumni Owned Businesses

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    Shani Tran '09

    Owner, The Shani Project

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    It helped me discover what I needed to work on to be a better version of myself. In college, my mental health concerns were heightened. But I mean adulting is hard, right? I would give anything to tell 16-year-old Shani to stop wanting to be grown! 

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    Desarae Saffold '17

    Owner, Just Be You Fashion & Official Desarae Blog 

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    My education at UW-Parkside prepared me with many skills I needed to run my business. This happened before I attended college, being a part of Parkside's Pre-College Program in 2012. These skills consisted of working in the various departments on campus like the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), Advising & Career Center, Campus Activities & Engagement, and joining clubs like Black Student Union, Pre-Health Club, Student Nurses at Parkside (SNAP), and Habitat for Humanity to give me confidence and grow my administrative skills. I have been able to network and connect with so many professors, staff, students, friends and outside people that they have become a lifetime community. 

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    Shane Scarbrough '93

    Owner and Founder, Dark Elf Dice 

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    My experience at UW-Parkside has made my life richer and better in so many ways. I actually met my wife Janette in a creative writing class. We’ve been married and the best of friends for over 32 years and have raised three amazing daughters. We’re now grandparents, and I’m so grateful each and every day that Janette walked into class late. Little did I know that morning would be the single most important day of my life. 

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    Sarah Nichols '09

    Director, InterConnections, S.C.

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    UW-Parkside was a big part of my life for many years; as a part-time student, my degree took twice as long to complete. At the time I graduated, I had been going to Parkside for a 1/3 of my life! Parkside prepared me for Graduate school work and gave me the foundation I needed to succeed in furthering my academic endeavors.

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    Jennie Payes '11

    Owner, Senior Helpers Racine

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    The well-rounded course offerings through the Business Management major really prepared me for life after college. I actually had our daughter in the middle of a semester while going to Parkside and was back to classes within 2 weeks because I didn’t want to miss out!

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    Greg Fischer '10

    Co-Founder, Burn Pit BBQ

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    My current business partner, Ben Kreple, and I met at Parkside. We’ve remained good friends since and have worked closely to launch our business in 2020.

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    Loreal Patterson '11

    Founder, Shea Butter & Intuition

     

    How did your UW-Parkside experience impact your professional or personal life? 

    I believe my experience at UW-Parkside prepared me for the world after college. I studied the field of Communication and I use it in my professional and personal life every day. My communication skills allow me to connect with different audiences and speak in ways where I can meet them where they are. Additionally, I had multiple jobs while being an undergraduate student. They prepared me to work hard, be organized, stay disciplined, and have ambition.

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Alumni Businesses

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Balanced Vision Wellness Boutique
Tess Thompson

 

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BCI Burke Company

Brian Johnson '93 
 

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Beauty Blvd
Sonja Mikulecky '08 

 

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Burn Pit BBQ

Gregory Fischer
 

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Chavez Financial Management
Isaac Çhavez '20

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Color Street - EZ PZ Polish
Vivian Krenzke '87

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Congruity Health, Inc.
Justin Davis '09

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Cozy By Castillo 

Maria J. Castillo Venegas '20

 

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Dark Elf Dice 

Shane Scarbrough '92

 

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Data Bindu LLC

Michael Fischer '20

 

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Esperanza Coffee Collective
Sergio E Molina '14

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Esteem by J. Nicole

Jeanni Simpson '05 
 

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Garden of Eatin'
Andy Berg '16 

 

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InterConnections, S.C.

Sarah Nichols '09 
 

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JB's Tee Shirt Factory

Jason Boesel 
 

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Just Be You Fashion
Desarae Saffold '17

 

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Kenosha Beauty Supply
Patrick Langston '20 

 

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Klaas

Sam Goeb '02 

 

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Liebe Luna

Carena Novak '17
 

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McGillyCuddy's

Jason Boesel 
 

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Metz Machines 

Ben Metz '15

 

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Midwest Environmental Consulting

Sean Cranley '86 

 

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Mr. Dye's Pies.

Johnathan Dye '00
 

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Navigator Career Solutions, LLC

Martha Nicks '01 
 

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Official Desarae Blog 

Desarae Saffold '17

 

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Pool Wizards

Jason Boesel 
 

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Red Rock Saloon

Jason Boesel 
 

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RG Performing Arts Studio

Rita Gentile '08 
 

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ROAR, INC.

Gary Schneeberger '86 
 

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RT Home Improvement LLC

Jon Wade '20 

 

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RWB
Jason Boesel '02

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SENIOR HELPERS (Fort Collins, CO)
Gil Atanasoff '99

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SENIOR HELPERS (Racine, WI)
Jennie Payes '11

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Shea Butter and Intuition

Loreal Patterson '11 

 

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The Shani Project

Shani Tran '09

 

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Versatile Voice Academy

Jennifer Hansen Shanin '11 

 

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Virtual Powerhouse

Bryanna Royal '02 

 

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