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Entrepreneurial Training Program to be offered

RELEASED: Aug. 22, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Business Solutions now is accepting applications for its Entrepreneurial Training Program that will begin Sept. 27. Class space is limited to ensure individual attention, so early registration is encouraged.

The series comprises 12 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 meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:15 p.m. at UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, 210 Water St.

"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, director of the Small Business Development Center. "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, including the preparation of a written business plan, so the actual cost to participate in the Entrepreneurial Training series is only $250.

The fall 2011 series schedule is:

  • Sept. 27: Feasibility/Business Plan/Online Research.
  • Oct. 4: Understanding Your Market/Developing a Strategy.
  • Oct. 11: Small Business Advertising and Promotion.
  • Oct. 18: E-Commerce/Website Development.
  • Oct. 25: Legal Issues and Risk Management.
  • Nov. 1: Business Plan Writing Workshop.
  • Nov. 8: Financial Management.
  • Nov. 15: Customer Service and Time Management.
  • Nov. 22: Developing Your Financial Statements.
  • Nov. 29: Technology and Your Small Business.
  • Dec. 6: Recordkeeping and Taxes.
  • Dec. 13: Selling Your Business and Yourself.

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.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested two weeks in advance. To register or obtain more information, call Jim Mishefske in the Small Business Development Center at 715-836-5811 or 800-582-5182, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or email ce@uwec.edu.

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