UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
March 22, 2018 - The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has graduated its fourth Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) cohort.
On March 15, 11 new entrepreneurs presented business plans to their class and instructors. Ideas included plans for a popcorn shop, equine facility, business consulting setup, land management company and granite countertop showroom.
ETP is a 10-week, 30-hour class for community members who want to start a new business or grow an existing one.
The class utilizes cutting-edge business concepts such as the Business Model Canvas, Empathy Maps and Lean Start-Up. These techniques produce businesses that are significantly more viable and likely to succeed than those started with traditional business plan writing techniques.
"I am so very thankful that I found ETP. The program has really helped me slow down and think about everything involved in starting a business. It is terrifying what I didn’t know as a budding entrepreneur,” said class participant Thomas Novak of Roberts. “I found great value in sharing ideas with classmates during the sessions which challenged the one-sided way I was looking at my business. I will have a much stronger business because of it."
ETP classes are offered from 6-8:30 p.m. at the UWRF Hudson Center each semester. Applications are being accepted for the fall 2018 cohort.
For more information, contact SBDC Business Consultant Katherine Fossler at 715-425-3472 or firstname.lastname@example.org.