Small Business Development Center

SBDC Classes and Workshops


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.

Speaker(s): Commercial Lender, Sales Expert, Business Professionals Fee: No Cost

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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 ETP is 10 week course that offers an easy, step-by-step process based on the Lean Business Model Canvas framework.
ETP shows you how to:

  • Answer the question "Will people buy my product or service?"
  • Appeal to more customers
  • Quickly develop a business plan to show investors and lenders
  • Use time and money in smarter ways


ETP will help you achieve your goals if you are an entrepreneur or small business owner and want to:

  • Start a new enterprise
  • Learn more about how to run your business
  • Create a solid strategy for increasing sales and/or profits
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Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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