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Mikes-E-Bikes

Mikes-e-BikesIn the spring of 2014, Mike Kelly launched Mikes-e-Bikes, an innovative, green retail business located in downtown Eau Claire that specializes in selling and renting battery operated bicycles that can travel up to twenty miles before needing to be re-charged.

As a retired combat veteran, Kelly felt convicted to continue to serve his country by protecting its resources through the development of eco-friendly technologies. Utilizing his experience in electronics, engineering and mechanical design, he began researching opportunities in transportation when he discovered new high tech electric bicycle (e-bikes). Kelly knew an e-bike would be perfect for the hilly topography of the Chippewa Valley and meet the needs of both young professionals commuting to work and seniors who may no longer have the physical stamina to use a traditional bicycle.

Kelly approached the Western Dairyland Business Center for assistance with incorporating his business and creating a business plan that would create a map for business success. "The help from the Western Dairyland Business Development Specialist has been overwhelming," Kelly said. "The information and assistance I have received is invaluable and is a major reason for my startup success."

Western Dairyland Business Center staff also helped Kelly publicize the launch of his business by preparing a press release that was printed in the DECI News (http://www.downtowneauclaire.org/whats-happening/news/676-Local-veteran-kicks-off-e-bike-shop, published May 22, 2014) and the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram. Kelly has also been featured in Volume One Magazine, "Jay Moore in the Morning" on Moose Country Radio, A Second Opinion Magazine (http://asecondopinionmag.com/archives/4471) and WQOW News Broadcast.

"The bottom line is that Western Dairyland helped me turn my investment into the community into a feasible business operation. My ultimate goal is to bring this new technology to the Chippewa Valley, a major dead spot for electric bikes...let's get people off of using carbon fuel and back into shape," said Kelly.

To learn more about Mike's-e-Bikes you can access Kelly's website at www.mikes-e-bikes.com or call Kelly at (715) 577-5429.

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