For more than 35 years, Jeff’s career was centered on the woodworking industry. It started in the mid-70s when he and two associates launched their first business in wood crafts. Though it was short-lived, it stoked his passion for woodworking and business.
In the woodworking industry, Jeff spent 13 years working his way up through the ranks at two Central Wisconsin manufacturing companies, and in 1989, he started his own woodworking business. Beginning in his garage, he built Ebel Woodworking to a manufacturing business with two manufacturing locations, 45 employees, and over $4M in annual sales, selling primarily to yacht companies. In 2007, he sold his ownership to his partner and now spends most of his time teaching, mentoring, coaching, and volunteering.
Jeff is active in his community, currently serving as a member of the Stevens Point Area School Board and volunteering as a SCORE member, presenting free monthly workshops in Central Wisconsin for beginning entrepreneurs. As an adjunct instructor for the UW Stevens Point, he conducts two eight-week Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) classes annually for the Small Business Development Center/Continuing Education.
A strong advocate for communication and leadership, Jeff continues his lifelong learning through Toastmasters and is a graduate of Leadership Wisconsin and Leadership Portage County. He has conducted speaker training for his fellow professionals at the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) and was awarded the President’s Award for his work creating their National Speakers Bureau.
His passion for working with entrepreneurs and small businesses led him to join forces with his current business partner, Leon Ostrowski, and to form Midwest Wealth Ventures, LLC (MWV) where he serves as President. Working as a team, MWV provides mentoring and coaching to small young businesses and works to fund these businesses through their angel investing group, the Wisconsin River Business Angels.
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