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UW-Eau Claire's Entrepreneurial Training Program Now Taking Applications

RELEASED: Dec. 19, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center is accepting applications for its Entrepreneurial Training Program that will begin Feb. 10, 2009. Class space is limited. Early registration is recommended.

The series of 12 comprehensive sessions is designed to help people learn the fundamentals of small business management and to help them create a business plan that will guide their actions and attract potential investors. Sessions meet from 6:30-9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Haas Fine Arts Center at UW-Eau Claire.

"The series is designed for those who are serious about starting a business or those already in businesses who need structured training," said Jim Mishefske, SBDC business director. "It is intended for people who need a comprehensive business plan for funding, expansion, planning or evaluation of their business idea."

The program fee is $1,000. The Wisconsin Department of Commerce provides tuition assistance in the amount of $750 to qualified applicants who complete the program and prepare a written business plan.

The spring 2009 series schedule is:

  • Feb. 10 Feasibility/Business Plan/Online Research
  • Feb. 17 Understanding Your Market/Developing a Strategy
  • Feb. 24 Small Business Advertising and Promotion
  • March 3 Ecommerce/Web site Development
  • March 10 Legal Issues and Risk Management
  • March 17 Business Plan Writing Workshop
  • March 24 Financial Management
  • March 31 Customer Service and Time Management
  • April 7 Developing Your Financial Statements
  • April 14 Technology and Your Small Business
  • April 21 Recordkeeping and Taxes
  • April 28 Selling Your Business and Yoursel

By the end of the series, participants will have completed 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.

Contact Jim Mishefske to register, with program questions or for disability accommodations at 715-836-5811 or 866-893-2423, or e-mail or use the Wisconsin Relay System (711). Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

The Small Business Development Centers are members of the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network, a coalition of more than 100 partner organizations which provide access to services for small business throughout Wisconsin.



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