UW-Green Bay partners with Entrepreneurial Training Program – Door County Pulse

Whether your business is growing or new, a business plan is critical to building a profitable venture and attracting financing from lenders or investors. The Entrepreneurial Training Program, conducted by the Small Business Development Center and hosted by the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation, offers eight efficient sessions to help you develop a plan for a thriving, profitable business. Learn to identify customers, determine their needs and synthesize that information into a realistic plan for starting or growing your business. The cost is $250 if you complete an accepted business plan. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation provides the remaining $750 in tuition assistance. Call 920.366.9065 to obtain an application. You must register through both UW-Green Bay and the University of Wisconsin System to be fully registered for this course. To find out more and get links for registration, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or info@kcedc.org. Source: Enroll in the Entrepreneurial Training Program – Door County Pulse

Wisconsin SBDC celebrates 40 years of helping businesses

The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 as one of the first SBDCs in the country. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin paved the way for this critical assistance to new and existing businesses by spearheading the Small Business Development Act of 1980.

Today, the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s no-cost, confidential consulting and business education are accessible to anyone anywhere across 13 locations. In 2019, the SBDC served 4,658 clients, resulting in $91.3 million in capital investment, 300 new businesses and 19,717 jobs supported.

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and economies,” said Bon Wikenheiser, state director. “We are grateful to be a trusted resource for business owners, whether they’re writing a business plan, looking for financing, exploring new markets, developing new products, ramping up their marketing or preparing to sell to the next generation.”

The University of Wisconsin System has hosted the Wisconsin SBDC since its inception, with the state’s first centers at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater. This partnership, a financial match to U.S. Small Business Administration funding, has been integral to its success throughout its 40-year history.

“Our universities are proud partners of the SBDC network and know what a vital service it provides to businesses in our communities,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Collaborating with Wisconsin’s SBDCs to help the state’s most innovative and creative entrepreneurs find success reflects UW System’s longstanding commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and our mission to serve the people of Wisconsin.”

An anniversary highlight will be March 18, 2020, the fourth annual SBDC Day, which celebrates the collective impact and success of SBDCs across the nation and in local communities. Small businesses, partners and advocates are invited to use the hashtag #SBDCDay and #SBDCsCelebrate40.

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2018, America’s SBDC clients experienced annual sales growth of 17.7 percent, almost four and a half times more than the national average. SBDC assistance resulted in 99,194 jobs created, $7 billion in sales growth, $5.6 billion in capital investments, and 16,499 new businesses started.

“SBDC clients give their SBDCs 4.4 out of 5 stars, and 93 percent of SBDC clients recommend their SBDCs to other small businesses. With 40 years of expertise, proven ROI and stellar client ratings, it’s clear that America’s SBDCs are the nation’s most trusted small business resource,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

This release is reprinted from the SBDC

SBDC offering eight-week Entrepreneurial Training Program

The SBDC at UW-Green Bay is offering an eight-week Entrepreneurial Training Program in Brown County starting March 30, 2020, and in Sheboygan County starting April 1, 2020. The program helps participants write a comprehensive business plan for their start-up business or their company experiencing growth. The cost is only $250 when you complete an accepted business plan. The WEDC provides the remaining $750 in tuition assistance. For more information, visit the website at https://www.uwgb.edu/sbdc/html/programs.asp, email sbdc@uwgb.edu or call us at 920-366-9065.

Register for the SBDC Entrepreneurial Training Program

The Small Business Development Center of UW-Green Bay has scheduled several eight-week Entrepreneurial Training Programs (ETP) for help in writing a business plan for your new or growing business in three different counties over the next few months: Brown, Door, and Sheboygan. For more information, as well as registering and applying for the grant, please see the website.

Small Business Development Center now located in Austin E. Cofrin School of Business

2020 brings much change and excitement for the Small Business Development Centers of Wisconsin, as it celebrates its 40-year anniversary. The first change is the rebranding of the new Wisconsin SBDC logo. The second change is the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay has moved to campus! The SBDC is now located in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business in Wood Hall 202. Watch the Log for an upcoming announcement for an SBDC Open House in February.

SBDC client, Metal Art of Wisconsin, is celebrating expansion

Small Business Development Center client, Metal Art of Wisconsin, has a lot to celebrate! Building a garage business to a 15,000 square foot factory, owner Shane Henderson has grown his business exponentially in the past few years. Shane participated in the SBDC’s Entrepreneurial Training Program in Sheboygan, facilitated by Director Tara Carr.  Following the class, Shane has worked with Senior Business Consultant David Stauffacher addressing production inefficiencies and financial projections.  In 2019, Shanewon the Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for Manitowoc County for his business success and starting the veteran program Flags for Fortitude program.  Read more about Shane Henderson and the cool products Metal Art of Wisconsin offers.


Wild Restaurant concepts expands brand with help from DCEDC and UW-Green Bay’s SBDC | Door County Pulse

UW-Green Bay’s Small Business Development Center and the DCEDC’s entrepreneurial development program provided business and financial-plan development to Britt Unkefer’s new restaurant. See more via Wild restaurant concepts expands brand with help from DCEDC and UW-Green Bay’s SBDC.