United States Small Business Entrepreneurs. Who are those guys, anyway? Patrick Snyder, out of the Whitewater Office (located on the UW campus there) lives on Water Street in Lake Geneva. As if out of some variant of the plot portrayed in the first Godfather movies, Mr. Snyder appears to be conducting some sort of protective enrollment of local businesses in and around Lake Geneva. So who are these people and what is Mr. Snyder really doing? According to their own sales brochure: “The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. With over 1000 members from universities and colleges, for-profit businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.” They appear to be legit but what good they actually perform for the hundred and twenty-five dollar annual fee remains to be seen. It was started in 1988 to help college graduates open new businesses. What it’s doing today is a mixed bag.
Brunk Pavilion. This unfortunately beautiful example of city leadership gone south sits at the very heart of Flat Iron Park and serves an unlikely purpose. It serves the purpose of pointing out just how much stupid decisions can cause damage and pain in a small community. The pavilion itself is quite attractive. But it’s out of place and cost about four times what it should have. Who got the money? Nobody gets to know because the pavilion was built using private funds. Hogwash? Yes, mostly, but who can argue. Ridiculously, because of the “private funding” moniker slapped on it, whether valid or not, no information will ever be provided about who got the money to build the edifice. Any construction person, engineer or building firm must look at the structure and simply wonder how approval might be sought for other projects wherein the profit runs at about five hundred percent above costs.
The Burger Barge is real and coming to Lake Geneva. Several readers called and wrote about the Burger Barge. All of them thought that the Burger Barge was a figment of one of the Geneva Shore Report’s rather fertile imaginations. A burger barge circulated around the waters of Lake Zurich for a few years to such success that The Burger Barge, a full-fledged restaurant built on the shoreline is now a successful restaurant there. What will happen with the one coming to Lake Geneva this summer is anybody’s guess, except it sounds like a good time if environmental, docking, commercial fees and local ordinances don’t get in the way. But it is real.
Welcome to the beginning of a gorgeous summer, it is so hoped by one and all. Lake Geneva’s Driehaus Fountain, actually fountain located at the base of Riviera Pier (nobody want’s to out-Bunk the Brunk Pavilion by naming the fountain after its benefactor). Spring is here. People are getting married out in front of the public (and hopefully divorced in private!).