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Business Plan Basics

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend Business Plan Basics on Tuesday, February 10th. The class will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire.  Tuition is $29 and class materials are included.  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. 

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February Women of the Valley

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Women of the Valley, a project of the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center, will be touring Willow Creek Women's Clinic at 5pm Wednesday, February 11th at 130 South Barstow Street Suite 1B, Eau Claire.  Afterwards, there will be an informal networking dinner at the Acoustic Café, 505 South Barstow.

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First Break All the Rules - Women's Leadership Book Club

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Looking for a chance to invest in your professional development in a casual, no cost way? Come to the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center's Women's Leadership Book Club, February 13, 2015.

We will meet monthly at The Goat Coffee House, 336 Water Street, Eau Claire. Discussion, facilitated by Karman, will start at 8:00am, but feel free to come early to network and chat over coffee and yummy baked goods.

This month, we'll be reading and discussing First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently. We'd love to see you there!

The world's greatest managers differ in sex, age, and race. They employ different styles and focus on different goals. Despite their differences, great managers share one trait: They break virtually every rule conventional wisdom holds sacred. They don't believe that, with enough training, a person can achieve anything he sets his mind to. They don't try to help people overcome their weaknesses. They disregard the golden rule. They even play favorites. Gallup presents the remarkable findings of its massive in-depth study of great managers - those who excelled at turning each employee's talent into performance.

Companies compete to find and keep the best employees using pay, benefits, promotions, and training. But these well-intentioned efforts often miss the mark. The front-line manager is the key to attracting and retaining talented employees. This amazing book explains how the best managers select employees for talent rather than for skills or experience, how they set expectations, how they motivate people, and how they develop people.

Gallup's research produced twelve simple questions that distinguish the strongest departments of a company from the rest. This book introduces this essential measuring stick and proves the link between employee opinions and productivity, profit, customer satisfaction, and rate of turnover.

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Writing & Publishing Industry Roundtable Disscussion

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend the Writing and Publishing Industry Roundtable Discussion on Wednesday, February 18 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire. Individuals in the writing and publishing industry or interested in entering this industry are encouraged to attend, network, discuss collaborative marketing opportunities, share best practices and more. The cost is $15 and lunch will be provided. 

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2015 Black River Area Chamber of Commerce Election Results

The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce is a working partnership of business people who seek to promote the commercial, industrial, educational and health-related activities to support the well-being of the area and its citizens.  Each year the Chamber seeks individuals to engage in this partnership and serve on the Chamber Board of Directors.

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GrowthWheel Certified Advisor

Karman Briggs, Director of Jobs and Business Development for the Western Dairyland Business Center, recently completed training and received certification as a GrowthWheel® Certified Advisor.

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New Business Development Specialist Hired

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