SBDC Seminars

Upcoming Seminars for Small Businesses

Entrepreneurial Training Program

Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP)

What it's about:

This course is a comprehensive series of twelve classes in small business fundamentals and business plan development designed to help entrepreneurs develop business skills. Whether you have been in business for years and need some solid planning tools or are just beginning a business, this training will help you.

Program Components include:

  • Legal Issues

  • Finance

  • Staffing

  • Accounting & Recordkeeping

  • Marketing

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce is supporting this series through an Entrepreneurial Training Grant Program. To take advantage of the Commerce grant reimbursement, participants must apply through the SBDC prior to starting the coursework. Applications must be completed at least two weeks prior to the first class session. The goal is for you to complete a business plan for your business start-up or expansion.

Class Dates:

  • To be announced

To obtain additional information and/or an application for this twelve week program, contact Tina, Small Business Development Center, at 715-425-0620.

Cost for course $250.00.

Cancellations after the start of the program are subject to the full fee. We reserve the right to cancel based on inadequate class enrollment.

Free Business Advising Sessions for Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties

Free Business Advising Sessions will be held throughout the year in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix Counties at specific locations offering specialized assistance to small business managers as well as those interested in starting new businesses. To register for one of our upcoming Business Advising Sessions in a county that's convenient for you, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 715-425-0620 to reserve an appointment time.

Quickbooks Accounting Basics

This course is designed for those with little or no experience with Quickbooks TM software. Participants should be comfortable working on a PC in a Windows environment.

This program is divided into two parts. In the first session, you will learn how to set up the software and start using QuickbooksTM and its basic features. By the end of the first session, you'll know how to set up QuickbooksTM and start using it in your business. You'll have a week to start using what you learned in the first session before you come back for the second part. The second session will continue with the basics, including lists, accounts receivable, payroll and reports.

Session 1; To be announced.

Session 2; To be announced.

Please contact the Small Business Development Center at 715-425-0620 with questions.
Human Resource Seminars

Please stay tuned for an upcoming three-part human resource seminar to assist with your small business needs. If you have immediate needs related to your business, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 715-425-0620 with questions. 

Maximizing Cash In Your Business

Next Session: To Be Announced

Whether you are a seasoned business veteran or just starting out, this seminar will change the way you look at money in your business. The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce introduces its first seminar, highlighting financial techniques that will positively impact your business. Based on improved and simplified financial techniques, this three-hour, hands-on, high-energy seminar is designed to remove the mystery and confusion surrounding financial statements and gives you the techniques to maximize cash within your business. It is a "maximizing cash" class -- NOT an accounting class. This class will empower you to use financial statements to set benchmarks and make decisions, which will have an immediate impact on your business.

This class is taught by Steve DeWald, Director of the Small Business Development Center.

Please feel free to contact the SBDC at 715-425-0620 should you have questions or require additional information.

To learn more about classes and Business Advising Sessions, contact:

Small Business Development Center
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
410 South 3rd Street, South Hall Room 128
River Falls, WI 54022
Phone: 715-425-0620
Fax: 715-425-0707