What could be better than the Small Business Development Center helping us out? That was what Shawn Woldt, co-founder and principal of Thunderbird Engineering, thought when he and his business partner, Jim Mickowski, needed immediate help in starting their consulting firm in 2013.
Woldt was born in Eau Claire, Wis., and grew up in Oshkosh. As a boy, his grandmother called him Mr. Professor because he was constantly tinkering and fixing things. He was the only one in the household who could figure outhow to change the clocks for daylight savings time, and he even once built a fan out of a small motor from Radio Shack, a 9-volt battery and a Lego piece. Woldt also began working at a young age, with jobs including mowing lawns and shoveling driveways for neighbors.
“I’ve always been fascinated with how electrical and mechanical things operated,” Woldt said. “But I’ve also been an entrepreneur since an early age.” Woldt attended the Wisconsin School of... Read More