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Entrepreneurial Training Series Now Taking Applications

RELEASED: July 28, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Turning a creative business idea into a profitable enterprise takes planning. The UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Continuing Education are now accepting applications for the Entrepreneurial Training Program that begins Sept. 30.

Sessions meet Tuesdays from 6:30-9:15 p.m. in Room 105 of UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center, 121 Water St. Class space is limited to ensure individual questions can be addressed, so early registration is encouraged.

The program comprises 12 efficient sessions designed to help participants learn the fundamentals of small business management, create a business plan that will guide their actions and attract potential investors.

"The series is designed for those who are serious about starting a business or those already in businesses who need structured training," said SBDC Director Jim Mishefske. "It is intended for people who need a comprehensive business plan for funding, expansion, planning or evaluation of their business idea," 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 Program is $250.

The fall 2008 series schedule is as follows:

  • Sept. 30: Feasibility/Business Plan/Online Research
  • Oct. 7: Understanding Your Market/Developing a Strategy
  • Oct. 14: Small Business Advertising and Promotion
  • Oct. 21: e-commerce/Web Site Development
  • Oct. 28: Legal Issues and Risk Management
  • Nov. 4: Business Plan Writing Workshop
  • Nov. 11: Financial Management
  • Nov. 18: Customer Service and Time Management
  • Nov. 25: Developing Your Financial Statements
  • Dec. 2: Technology and Your Small Business
  • Dec. 9: Recordkeeping and Taxes
  • Dec. 16: Selling Your Business and Yourself

By the end of the series participants should 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 Mishefske to register, with program questions or for disability accommodations by calling 715-836-5811 or 866-893-2423, using the Wisconsin Relay System (711) or sending e-mail to ce@uwec.edu. 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 providing access to services for small business throughout Wisconsin.

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