The Future of Waukesha’s Business Community

An Interview with Sally Kahlfeldt

With YP Week fast approaching, we connected with Sally Kahlfeldt, Small Business Program & Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Waukesha, to hear her perspective on Waukesha’s thriving business community and the role of young professionals in it.

What do you love about Waukesha for small businesses?

It’s a city of opportunity. The infrastructure of our downtown is an ideal model that I see many other cities trying to emulate. Waukesha also has a diverse population with eclectic tastes. As a result, small businesses, regardless of genre, have the opportunity to succeed here.

What do you see as the future for business development in Waukesha?

This is an exciting time in the City of Waukesha. The continued redevelopment and revitalization efforts that have occurred, combined with the creation of various programs and events that happen throughout the year are beginning to get noticed by neighboring cities, as well as by other cities in the greater southeast Wisconsin area.

We have a beautiful city that has a nice mix of stores, restaurants, and services.  I believe that as we move forward, this mix will continue to develop as demand for certain types of businesses are needed. 

On a personal note, I would love to see a small grocery store in our downtown.

The YP Week Summit Conference being held in downtown Waukesha is a pretty big investment in local young professionals. Why do you think the city and so many local businesses have rallied behind it?  

I love seeing how local businesses continue to support this event without hesitation.  The city and local businesses want to show their support because they believe in the continued development of our emerging leaders.

To the best of my knowledge, we do not have an organized Young Professional (YP) Network in the City of Waukesha.  The idea for this Summit was conceived by a group of young professionals who have experienced professional success and wanted to create an avenue to network and grow other YPs. The Summit focuses on our next generation of leaders with networking and breakout sessions that concentrate on various professional and personal topics. 

I believe that the most important reason the City and many local businesses have rallied in support of this Summit is that we realize enriching the lives of rising young business professionals will be a benefit to everyone involved, as we come together to invest in the City's future.

If you had one piece of advice to give to young professionals, what would it be?

I would say, have courage, dream big and pursue your dream with a passion so that it can become a reality.  If you have many dreams focus on one of them at a time, because you’ll have time for the others as you continue on your life’s journey. A great way for you to start the process is to network with other YPs at the YPWeek Waukesha Summit!  Registration on-site or at See you there!


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