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SBDC offers no-cost webinars for owners, executive team members


The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is offering two no-cost webinars for small business owners and their executive team members. The August installment of the no-cost, 30-minute 2015 webinar series features presenter George Garrett on the topic “Secrets to Successful (and Simple) Employee Development” at noon Tuesday, Aug. 11, and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. In September, Tony Busch of Priora Cash Flow Management will present “How to Manage Your Banking Relationship (and Not Be Managed by It)” at noon Tuesday, Sept. 15 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. For details, see the release.

SBDC webinars feature employee development, banking relationship

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering two no-cost webinars for small business owners and their executive team members.

The August installment of the no-cost, 30-minute 2015 webinar series is presenter George Garrett of Future Focus Group. Garrett will present “Secrets to Successful (and Simple) Employee Development” at noon Tuesday, August 11, and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, August 13. Garrett, co-author of the book Evolved: Engaging People, Enhancing Success, will teach attendees how to retain existing employees as well as their emerging workforce through developing paths of advancement.

In September, Tony Busch of Priora Cash Flow Management will present “How to Manage Your Banking Relationship (and Not Be Managed By It)” at noon Tuesday, September 15 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 17. He will teach attendees the relationship between cash flow, budgeting, and what your banker needs to know in the current economy.

For more information or to register for the no-cost, 30-minute webinars, visit the SBDC website and click “Upcoming Webinars” on the left side of the page. You can also view past webinars there online and follow the Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Green Bay on Twitter.

High praise for SBDC’s Brys from Alaska power broker


When David Masephol had the opportunity to buy a utilities company in rural Alaska, he thought his limited business knowledge crippled his chances. Then, after meeting with counselor Chuck Brys at the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay, he realized his dream might be possible. Masephol’s company, Circle Telephone & Electric LLC, provides telephone and electric service to a small native village named Circle, Alaska. It is located at the end of the Alaskan Highway on the banks of the Yukon River, seventy miles below the Arctic Circle. “I rely on him,” Masephol says of Brys. This client success story is featured at the state SBDC website.

SBDC by the numbers

Ryan Kauth, director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center affiliated with UW-Green Bay, is required to make annual reports of SBDC activities. We happened to see his fiscal 2014-15 report for the year just ended. Among the highlights:
• 52 training events with 892 registrations for 321 organizations receiving 4,048 hours of training
• 400 clients given 1,725 hours of business advising helping 30 businesses start and assisting clients obtain over $7 million in capital
• A total of 760 organizations served with 5,773 hours of service provided to our regional small businesses or small-business service provider community

SBDC offering two-day workshops

The SBDC is offering three two-day professional development workshops, part of its ongoing Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program. “Lead with Integrity” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14-15. “Developing High Performance Teams” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13. “Successful Negotiation Skills” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates and will be held at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

SBDC offers three two-day professional development workshops

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering three two-day professional development workshops, part of its ongoing Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program. Workshops meet from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on the scheduled dates and will be held at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, 2701 Larsen Road, Green Bay.

“Lead with Integrity” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14-15. This workshop will focus on creating leaders from within an organization for more positive results. Participants will focus on the true gifts of inspirational and conscientious leaders. They will determine how to stay true to their mission in order to positively impact employee performance and develop strategies for planning with a purpose. Instructor: Stacy Shapiro, founder and owner of Shapiro Strategies.

“Developing High Performance Teams” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12-13. Participants will learn how to create, manage and sustain highly effective teams. They will learn how to foster an environment in which creativity, trust and productivity flourish. This workshop will help participants understand team development, making team decisions, establishing team guidelines, and sustaining team effectiveness. Instructor: Eric Coryell, founder and president, Core Connections.

“Successful Negotiation Skills” will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, June 9-10. Workshop participants will learn how to master the negotiation process. They will discover ways to create a climate for favorable results, while recognizing their own hot buttons, overcoming common obstacles to an agreement. Individuals will practice how to detach when deeply involved in a situation, and to reach satisfying agreements for both parties while improving relationships through amicable negotiations. Instructor: Cheryl Stinski, mediator, trainer, coach and author.

Designed for managers who are looking to build leadership skills and advance their businesses, the Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program and its component courses provide practical and interactive content that attendees can immediately integrate into their workplace leadership. The flexible program is designed for individuals who are just starting out on their leadership path, as well as more seasoned leaders who wish to improve upon specific skills.

Participants who wish to earn a Supervisory Leadership Certificate will be required to attend the two Core programs, Supervisory Leadership I and Supervisory Leadership II, as well as their choice of several elective programs within three years. However, individuals may take courses whether or not they intend to pursue the certificate. A complete list of courses and a downloadable brochure are available online at www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/programs.asp.

Cost for the two-day workshops is $425 per person or $375 per person in a group of three or more attending the same workshop from the same organization. For more information or to register for the workshops, visit the SBDC website or call (920) 496-2117 to register or obtain additional information.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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SBDC offers free monthly webinars for managers, owners

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is offering three no-cost webinars this spring on topics of potential interest to busy professionals. Each session is only 30 minutes in length. Kicking off the spring/summer 2015 Webinar series is presenter Kevin Donnelly of Aurora Health Care. Donnelly will present “How to Develop (and Profit From) a Culture of Wellness” at noon Tuesday, April 21, and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23. May’s installment of the series will be presented by Spencer Smith of Spencer X. Smith Consulting at noon Tuesday, May 12 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14, on the topic “How to Establish Yourself as an Expert.” The final webinar of the series is titled “How to Hire Leaders Who Have it All,” to be presented at noon Tuesday, June 16 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18. For more information or to register for the spring webinars, visit the SBDC website and click “Programs & Webinars” on the left side of the page.

SBDC offers free monthly webinars for managers, owners

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering three no-cost webinars this spring on topics of potential interest to busy professionals.

Each session is only 30 minutes in length.

Kicking off the spring/summer 2015 Webinar series is presenter Kevin Donnelly of Aurora Health Care. Donnelly will present “How to Develop (and Profit From) a Culture of Wellness” at noon Tuesday, April 21, and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 23. He will highlight how companies are experiencing the benefits of providing worksite wellness opportunities resulting in improved employee morale, reduced absenteeism and reduced health care costs. Donnelly will instruct participants on how to develop, and profit from, a culture of wellness at their worksites.

May’s installment of the series will be presented by Spencer Smith of Spencer X. Smith Consulting at noon Tuesday, May 12 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 14. He will teach participants “How to Establish Yourself as an Expert,” emphasizing the importance of using a business website to educate customers, grow sales and cultivate a reputation as an industry expert.

The final webinar of the series is titled “How to Hire Leaders Who Have it All,” to be presented at noon Tuesday, June 16 and again at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 18. Carrie Schochet of Purple Squirrel Advisors will advise participants on growing a business, expanding executive leadership and rethinking skill sets and experience to help drive and achieve growth within an organization.

For more information or to register for the spring webinars, visit www.uwgb.edu/sbdc and click “Programs & Webinars” on the left side of the page. You can also follow SBDC at UW-Green Bay, @uwgbsbdc, on Twitter.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Kauth issues reminder on applications for ‘Ideadvance’ seed fund

UW System, UW Extension and WEDC launched a $2 million seed fund to support faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs to commercialize high-potential, innovative ideas from across all disciplines. Whether directly related to your work on campus or not, the Ideadvance seed fund offers up to $75,000 in competitive grants and a structured program to help you evaluate strategic paths to market. Ryan Kauth of the Small Business Development Center reminds us that the next deadline is April 24 for the cohort that begins in June (a good fit for those who want to use the summer session to evaluate an idea). Funded projects have included ideas to improve language learning, to create safer sleeping environments for newborns, to test novel products for sports and leisure industries as well as innovations in education, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology. Learn more about recent award winners. For general info on the program and application info.