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Entrepreneurial Training Program accepting applications

RELEASED: Jan. 7, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — Turning your business idea into a profitable enterprise takes planning. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Small Business Development Center now is accepting applications for its Entrepreneurial Training Program. Class space is limited to ensure an exceptional learning experience, so early registration is recommended.

The series is composed of 12 comprehensive sessions designed to help people learn the fundamentals of small business management, create a business plan that will guide their actions and attract potential investors. Sessions will be held Tuesdays beginning Feb. 9 from 6:30-9:15 p.m. in UW-Eau Claire's Haas Fine Arts Center on Water Street.

"The series is designed for those who are serious about starting a business or those already in businesses that 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 Wisconsin Department of Commerce provides tuition assistance in the amount of $750 to qualified applicants who complete the program with a written business plan, making the actual cost to participate in the program only $250.

The series schedule is:

  • Feb. 9: Feasibility/business plan/online research.
  • Feb. 16: Understanding your market/developing a strategy.
  • Feb. 23: Small business advertising and promotion.
  • March 2: E-commerce/Web site development.
  • March 9: Legal issues and risk management.
  • March 16: Business plan writing workshop.
  • March 23: Financial management.
  • March 30: Customer service and time management.
  • April 6: Developing your financial statements.
  • April 13: Technology and your small business.
  • April 20: Recordkeeping and taxes.
  • April 27: Selling your business and yourself.

By the end of the series participants will have completed a comprehensive business plan. Individualized confidential counseling from the SBDC is available at no charge to all program participants as they work on their business plans during and after the series.

For more information, contact Jim Mishefske at 715-836-5811 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711) or e-mail ce@uwec.edu. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance of the program.

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 businesses throughout Wisconsin.

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