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Business Tax Chat

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The Business Tax Chat is an opportunity for small business owners, particularly individuals who may be filing for the first time, to bring questions about their specific small business tax concerns. Topics covered include:

·         Differentiating between a hobby and a business

·         Vehicle, mileage and meal expenses

·         Home office deduction rules

·         Assets vs. Expenses

·         Depreciation

The Business Tax Chat will be facilitated by Amy Vik, a master tax advisor and enrolled agent for H&R Block with 22 years of experience.

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Business Plan Basics

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

The Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc.'s Business Development Program and the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center invite small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to attend Business Plan Basics onWednesday, December 7th. The class will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Washburn County Economic Development Center, 208 Vine Street, Spooner, WI.  Tuition is $29 and class materials are included.  For more information or to register, go towww.SuccessfulBusiness.org or call (715) 836-7511 ext. 1171.


A formal business plan is a required document for anyone in search of funding to start a new business, expand an existing business or launch a new product. Class participants will learn how to create an effective and engaging business plan that can be presented to lenders and used to guide the launch and growth of a new business. Topics to be discussed include a mission statement, business description, product description, market analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management plan and financial projections. Learning how to put these components together in a cohesive business plan will help the entrepreneur identify and mitigate risk prior to launch.


Because space is limited, pre-registration and payment is required. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. 

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Mechanics of Starting a Small Business

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The Western Dairyland Business Center and the Women's Business Center invite entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to "Mechanics of Starting a Small Business" on Thursday, December 8th, from 1p.m. to 3p.m. at Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire. Tuition is $29, including materials.  Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. 

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Women's Business Networking Event: Beacon House

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The Western Dairyland Women's Business Center is facilitating a business networking event at Beacon House at 309 E Lake Street, Eau Claire, WI on Tuesday, December 13th at 5:30pm.  In lieu of the registration fee, attendees may bring a donation of diapers, baby wipes, laundry soap or a bed pillow, which will go directly to families staying at Beacon House.


Beacon House, part of the Eau Claire Interfaith Hospitality Network Inc, is a shelter for children and their families that are homeless in the Eau Claire area. Beacon House is at capacity nearly every day. Last year, 43 families from the Eau Claire community received shelter as well as access to a range of additional case management services including assistance with employment needs, rental assistance, emergency food, bus passes and gas vouchers.


Meet local women interested in starting, growing, or expanding a business while participating in a behind-the-scenes tour of Beacon House, led by executive director Kelly Christianson. For more information or to register, call (715) 836-7511 ext. 1171, email michelle.wanstead@successfulbusiness.org.


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Meet Alanna, Our New Writing Intern

Alanna Witter has joined the Western Dairyland Business Center as a writing intern for the fall. She will work with writing e-newsletter content, client success stories, grant applications, and press releases. Alanna is currently in her Junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, majoring in Technical Writing and minoring in Information Systems. 

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9 Essentials when Starting Your Own Business

Many businesses start out as a simple hobby or interest. You like website design, build a stellar site for your sister and before you know it, your uncle and your cousin's cousin and friends' friends are seeking your services. That's the dream, right? But, what do you do when you never planned on being an entrepreneur? What do you need to do to be legit? Before you get in over your head, run down this checklist of the 9 essentials for starting your own business.

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Entrepreneurship: A Three Legged Stool

A satisfying and successful entrepreneurial pursuit is like taking a seat on a simple, three-legged stool. For stability and for your business idea to be sustainable, all three legs need to be securely in place.

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6 Tips on Raising an Entrepreneur

Raising a child with the skills, abilities and opportunity to be an entrepreneur can instill him or her with an enormous amount of self-confidence as they learn to successfully interact and negotiate within the community at large. Better yet, tapping in to the potential of your young Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey may be easier than you think!

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