Community Economic Development Statewide Programs

From ideas to products; Where to start, who to ask, how to de-risk | January 29, 11:30 am-1:30 pm (Milwaukee, WI) – You have an idea, you may have started the initial research on it, and now you’re trying to see what’s next? This event will allow you to hear from critical commercialization resources and innovators who have been where you are. They will help you answer questions you may not have thought to ask about timeline, strategy and considerations at the state and federal levels. Join us for this FREE lunch and learn that will start you on your entrepreneurship journey.
Build Your Business Monthly Networking | January 30, 3-4 pm (River Falls, WI) – Join other new and established business owners for an hour each month to share successes, challenges, build relationships and learn ways to grow your business. Each month we will offer a presentation by a business expert with time for questions and open dialogue among the group participants as well as time for 1-2-1 networking. Bring your business challenge(s) and find resources to conquer them.
Defying the Odds: How Justice-Impacted and People of Color Are Overcoming Barriers to Economic Mobility | January 31, 12-1 pm (Virtual) – Discover in this webinar what the University of Illinois Extension and Wisconsin Extension have learned through research studies with business owners of color in rural Wisconsin. We will also explore how Defy Ventures’ evidence-based approach to business and personal development education addresses many barriers experienced by people with criminal records, equipping them to contribute to local economic development in their communities.
Money Smart Small Business Series | February-April, 1-2 pm (Virtual) – Join the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin District Offices for the FDIC Money Smart for Small Businesses. Make a plan for growing your business smarts as well as for your business. Sign up for this weekly webinar series developed by the FDIC and SBA to boost your business planning and management know-how. Register now for Feb 7 and you’ll get updates on the rest of the series: Planning for a Healthy Business – Feb 7; Banking Services – Feb 14; Organizational Types – Feb 21; Time Management – Feb 28; Financial Management – March 6; Record Keeping – March 13; Strong Business Credit – March 20; Risk Management – March 27; Insurance – April 3; Tax Planning and Reporting – April 10; Selling your Business and Succession Planning – April 17.
Orientation – Virtual ETP Spring 2024 | February 8, 6-7:30 pm (Virtual) – Find out if the Entrepreneurial Training Program is right for you! Want to know what the Entrepreneurial Training Program is all about? You’re in luck! We are hosting an orientation for those interested in the program and for those that have already registered. Meet the instructors and the Small Business Development Center team. Get an overview of the program, curriculum, and grant scholarship requirements. Most of all, find out how this program can help you reach your business goals.
Wisconsin Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference | May 30-31 (Platteville, WI) – Come to Platteville this spring and explore how local entrepreneurship drives the Driftless Region’s development. The CEC Conference is coming to Wisconsin for the first time in 2024. Business leaders, economic development professionals, local leaders, and community champions will gather in Platteville for two days of programming about strategies for supporting entrepreneurship in Wisconsin’s small towns.
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