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Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at River Falls:   The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at River Falls is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted education training programs.  Whether you are contemplating the start of a business or already own and manage one, the SBDC is an invaluable resource.  Our consultants are paid professionals with extensive, practical experience and advanced training in areas such as marketing, finance, operations and business planning - plus many have been business owners themselves.  Let us know how we can help.

First Steps to Business Success

Have a business idea but don't know where to start or what to do next? In this class we will learn the building blocks and important steps to starting a successful business. Get answers to questions like: Will people buy my product/service? What type of business structure is best for me? How do I market my business? What is the process to get start up funds? Class will include discussion, worksheets and a panel of experts to make sure you have resources for your next steps.

Held six time a year at the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center in River Falls.

More information here


The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP)

Offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW campuses statewide, provides the tools you need for business idea testing and business model improvement. Through instruction, guest speakers and coaching, the course serves those who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses and those who want to grow their companies.

The ten week Entrepreneurial Training Program is held in the fall and spring.  

Click on the Classes for Entrepreneurs button below for more information.

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Funded in part with a Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Administration.



Katherine Fossler
Associate Director







Phone: 715-425-0620

Office hours available by appointment

Located in the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center

1091 Sutherland Ave.

River Falls, WI  54011

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