Registration is open for SBDC and the UWGB Virtual Business Class

The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation has teamed up with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay to bring the Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) virtually, via Zoom, to entrepreneurs of Sheboygan County. To register for the class, call (920)-366-9063 or email sbdc@uwgb.edu.

For more details: https://www.seehafernews.com/2020/08/27/registration-open-for-sbdc-and-uwgb-virtual-business-plan-class/

UW-Green Bay alumna Jodi Gonzales is Door County Business Plan Winner

Congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumna Jodi Gonzales of Jodi Rose Studio for submitting the winning business plan of the 19th annual Door County Entrepreneur Training Program business plan contest.

Jodi Gonzales

Gonzales completed the Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) class facilitated by Small Business Development Center Director Tara Carr. ETP is an eight-week course for startup ventures or current business owners that want to grow an existing business. SBDC consultant David Stauffacher has consulted Jodi throughout the process.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation and UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center commend Jodi Rose on her exceptionally written business plan, which scored 97/100 points.

“The Entrepreneurial Training Program was a real game-changer,” Gonzales stated. “Alongside a general description of my business, and development of my budget, I was encouraged to closely examine the various staff and management roles I perform as a solo entrepreneur. This informed improvements in time management, work space, job satisfaction, and overall performance. Meanwhile, it helped me define more specific and attainable goals.”

As the 2020 business plan contest winner Jodi Rose Studio receives $1,000 in cash to use on business expenses. The $1,000 award was generously sponsored by Associated Bank, Bank of Luxemburg, and Nicolet National Bank.

“I have reviewed many business plans in my career but Jodi’s was not only detailed and well researched, it was stunning in design,” noted Steve Jenkins, executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation. “Jodi not only had a robust, well-crafted plan but she was able to draw you deeply into her vision and story to better understand her business.”

A panel of experienced judges representing the 3 sponsoring banks evaluated the top business plans from the entrepreneurs enrolled in the 2020 class. The entrepreneur students learned the building blocks of a successful business plan, and wrote their plans with the help of Tara Carr and Dave Stauffacher from the UW-Green Bay SBDC and DCEDC. The eight-week course covered such topics as Research, Marketing, Organizational Matters, Financial Planning, Projections and Managing Growth.

Other business plans submitted for consideration represented a variety of different industries:

  • Smokin’ Tom’s TEAM BBQ – BBQ Food Truck (2nd Place)
  • Euphoria 54209 – Hair Salon (3rd Place)
  • Door County Yoga & Massage – Yoga, Health & Wellness (4th Place)
  • Bill’s Farmer Gene & Aquaponics – Aquaponics
  • Door County Kicksled- Outdoor winter activities
  • Farm & Forest Woodworking – Custom woodworking shop
  • Mi Casa Business Plan – Cleaning & rental service
  • Ollin Mushroom – Cultivation company
  • Under an Acre Farm – Farm Stand & Edible Plant Nursery

All students who took the time to finish their business plan is a winner. By putting in the effort to learn the skills of business planning, they have each greatly improved their chances of succeeding in their business ventures. Students that finish and turn in a passing business plan are eligible for a grant from the Small Business Development Center, reducing the cost of the class for each student from $1,000 to $250.

“The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is a great resource for business owners, at any stage, to create marketing, operational and strategic plans, while preparing financially to meet their goals” added Tara Carr, Director of the Small Business Development Center. “The Small Business Development Center gives ongoing support and consulting expertise to ETP clients and Door County businesses. The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Development Center work collaboratively by strengthening entrepreneurial skills and developing strong relationships with the business community.”

SBDC hosts U.S. SBA’s administrator

On Friday, July 31st, the U.S. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, along with Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness toured three businesses in the Green Bay area that received Paycheck Protection Program loans. UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center consultant, David Stauffacher, joined Administrator Carranza for the tour at Reynolds Packing. Stauffacher has been advising Reynold Packaging, a woman-owned business, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reynolds Packaging pivoted their business to manufacture personal protective equipment. Reynolds quickly started mass producing two types of PPE: a face mask specifically for those in healthcare and a filter that sticks to reusable masks. The non-woven material has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization. The filtration level is at least 95 percent and helps keep particles from entering or exiting the mask.

UW-Green Bay’s SBDC director gives input on PPP loans | NBC 26

The PPP loan is one of the largest that Northeast Wisconsin received. New records released by the federal government show thousands of other local companies got loans. Records show that 15 area companies received between $5 and 10 million. Dozens more received more than one million dollars.

“The big picture is that businesses need help right now,” UWGB Small Business Development Center director Tara Carr said.

Carr said there were some overall trends in who received loans.

“There is a difference in the money that has been accessed in Green Bay, which is primarily construction and retail and restaurants and accommodations,” she said. “You see the same in Appleton, but then there’s also that healthcare transition of businesses and that need.”

Source: What we learned after PPP recipient information released | NBC 26

Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay turns it into overdrive | All In Wisconsin

When local small businesses and entrepreneurs needed help navigating the pandemic, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of UW-Green Bay answered the call—literally—serving remotely, 591 distinct businesses with disaster consultation since March 15… the most of any state center (Madison was second with 163 businesses served).Wisconsin SBDCs have been the “go to” for the EIDL and PPP opportunities for small businesses. During the start of the pandemic, UW-Green Bay transferred three people from the Continuing Education and Community Engagement Staff to temporarily  the SBDC staff to help manage the overwhelming workload.

Source: Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay turns it into overdrive | All In Wisconsin

Resources and assistance for Sheboygan County small businesses

Sheboygan County, Wis. (WBAY) – The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay (UWGB) to provide timely guidance to Sheboygan County entrepreneurs on the various assistance programs related to the COVID-19 economic disaster.

Source: Resources and assistance for Sheboygan County small businesses

COVID-19 Business Guidance for Local Entrepreneurs through SCEDC/SBDC Partnership | Seehafer News

A key mission of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) is to provide opportunities to Sheboygan County entrepreneurs and help them make informed business decisions. The SCEDC has partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay to provide timely guidance to Sheboygan County entrepreneurs on the various assistance programs related to the COVID-19 economic disaster. Source: OVID-19 Business Guidance for Local Entrepreneurs through SCEDC/SBDC Partnership | Seehafer News

Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay turns it into overdrive

UW-Green Bay responsiveness helped the local Center serve more clients than any in the state of Wisconsin

When local small businesses and entrepreneurs needed help navigating the pandemic, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of UW-Green Bay answered the call—literally—serving remotely, 591 distinct businesses with disaster consultation since March 15… the most of any state center (Madison was second with 163 businesses served).

Wisconsin SBDCs have been the “go to” for the EIDL and PPP opportunities for small businesses. During the start of the pandemic, UW-Green Bay transferred three people from the Continuing Education and Community Engagement Staff to temporarily  the SBDC staff to help manage the overwhelming workload.

“Our center has provided triage counseling to more businesses in three weeks, than we typically do in a year,” said director Tara Carr. “I am so very thankful for the support and commitment the University has taken to assist the SBDC in the recovery efforts with small businesses in our 12-county region. Once the administration was aware of the overwhelming workload the SBDC was experiencing, with no hesitation and within hours, additional temporary staff were assigned to the department. As I reflect on the timeline, these changes were made on a Saturday and the temporary staff began that Monday! Words cannot describe my gratitude and sense of pride to be a part of the UW-Green Bay family.”

The need is great.

“The majority of small business owners have been extremely concerned and scared of losing their business,” Carr said. “Scared in the sense of having the fear of ambiguity regarding the future and how long they will have to endure the economic slowdown. The other part of the concern is how long can the business financially endure the decreased or ceased revenue, while continuing to pay overhead expenses? To get funding for a startup, business owners collateralize their homes, retirement, savings, and/or use personal credit cards. As you can imagine, when the revenue comes to a halt for an extended time, the stress can be insurmountable.”

At the same time, the SBDC is getting calls from entrepreneurs who want to start a business or need advice.

“There are also many existing business that have been able to pivot their business model to accommodate the social distancing issues and changing consumer needs,” Carr said. “Entrepreneurs are amazingly creative people with tremendous problem-solving skills. They are able to identify a need and figure out how to take the resources they have and make it work for the consumer. It is truly impressive to watch!”

UW-Green Bay was proactive in its response to the COVID- 19 crisis. As a result, the Small Business Development Center at UW- Green Bay temporarily closed the center doors on March 11. The staff has been working at home since March 12 and continue to serve clients by phone, email, and virtual meetings.

“We were fortunate enough to have previously replaced all desktops with laptops and phone lines with cell phones,” Carr said of the quick transition. “The SBDC staff is mobile. Typically we meet with our clients face-to-face, and the social distancing can create some challenges for the non-technology clients, particularity in the rural areas. (Staff members) are highly skilled and their solution-oriented approach is the key to success.”

Over the past several weeks, triage outreach has been made by phone, email and social media, informing business owners and SBDC clients how to prepare for the economic crisis they are experiencing. Triage is the first line of contact provided to these businesses. For more advanced and customized consulting, appointments were made with the expert business consultants.

The current SBDC at UW-Green Bay team: Diane Welhouse, David Stauffacher, Ray York, Judy Price, Tammy Clausen, Melissa Schleicher and Tara Carr

Highlights of the SBDC community outreach:

  • Clients consulted since January 1, 2020: 350 (goal for 2020 = 351)
  • Non-clients consulted since March 15, 2020: 507
  • Total small businesses served since January 1, 2020: 857
  • Consulting hours for non-clients: 318.70
  • Consulting hours for clients: 608.90
  • Total consulting hours by SBDC since January 1, 2020: 927.60
  • In addition to consulting, the entire team attends multiple weekly federal and state webinars and trainings for consulting clients.
  • Disaster 2020 consulting: The Green Bay Center is #1 in the state by serving 591 distinct businesses since March 15th. (Madison is #2 at 163 businesses).

 

Small Business Development Center – Local Resource for Businesses in NE Wisconsin

The Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay is hard at work helping small businesses throughout Northeast Wisconsin with counseling, answering questions, providing resources of grants and loans, as well as scheduling one-on-one telephone conferences. Our assistance is free to all small businesses in the region. If you or someone you know has a small business and needs help at this time, please have them reach out to the SBDC at the website www.uwgb.edu/sbdc and click on the Request for Counseling action button. Someone will return the request within 24 hours. Email: sbdc@uwgb.edu