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Entrepreneurial Training Series
Now Taking Applications

RELEASED: Dec. 22, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Turning a creative business idea into a thriving enterprise takes planning. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center and Continuing Education are now accepting applications for the Entrepreneurial Training Series, which will begin Feb.13, 2007. Classes fill quickly, so early registration is recommended.

The series includes 13 sessions designed to help entrepreneurs learn the fundamentals of small business management and create a business plan that will guide their actions and attract potential investors, and is often required by lenders. Sessions meet Tuesdays from 6:30-9:15 p.m. at the UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education office, 210 Water St.

"The series is designed for those who are serious about starting a business, or those already in business who want some structured training, rather than moving ahead on their own," said SBDC business counseling outreach specialist Jim Mishefske. "It is intended for people who have little or no business experience or formal business training," he added.

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce provides tuition assistance in the amount of $750 to qualified applicants who complete the program, including the preparation of a written business plan, so the actual cost to participate in the Entrepreneurial Training Series is only $250.

The spring 2007 series schedule follows:

Feb. 13: Getting Ready to Start a Business
Feb. 20: Developing Your Marketing Strategy
Feb. 27: Do-It-Yourself Market Research
March 06: Advertising and Promotion
March 13: Legal Issues
March 20: No class — Spring Break
March 27: Managing Employees
April 3: Insurance and Risk Management
April 10: Customer Service and Time Management
April 17: Writing Your Business Plan
April 24: Recordkeeping and Taxes
May 1: Financial Management
May 8: Financing the Business
May 15: Putting It All Together

By the end of the series participants should complete a comprehensive business plan. Individualized counseling from the Small Business Development Center is available at no charge to all program participants as they work on their business plans during and following the series.

To register or obtain additional program information, contact Continuing Education. An application for the series is available online at http://www.uwec.edu/ce/SBDC/entrtrain/description.htm. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. Contact Mishefske at 715-836-5811/toll-free 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), e-mail ce@uwec.edu or visit the Continuing Education Web site.

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