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Freelance 101: Getting Started as a Freelancer

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

The Western Dairyland Business Center invites individuals interested in pursuing a career as a work-at-home freelancer to attend Freelance 101 on Tuesday September 13th from 6-8pm at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin St in Eau Claire. Tuition is $39. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals.This class will introduce opportunities for you to think bigger and potentially expand your client list and income as a freelancer.


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Julie McFadden, Owner, eco Urban Timber

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

What do you do with the wood from 40,000 Ash trees within the next 10 years before the expected arrival of the Emerald Ash borer insect? If you're Julie McFadden, you create elegantly crafted Tree of Life shadow boxes, snowflake, flying dragon, and pixie moon ornaments, and personalized beer caddies. Join the Women's Business Networking Group to find out how Julie formed her business "in response to a problem looking for a solution posed by the City of Eau Claire." Tour eco Urban Timber LLC's production facilities at 3132 Louis Avenue in Eau Claire on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm. Register for $5 at www.successfulbusiness.org.

Website: http://ecourbantimber.com/

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Start a Small Business in 8 Steps

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Western Dairyland Women's Business Center invites entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to "Start a Small Business in 8 Steps" on Tuesday, September 20th. The training will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire. Tuition is $29 for individuals and class materials are included.  Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. 

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Art Entrepreneurship Roundtable Discussion with Susan Santee, Local Artist and Educator

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Local artist and educator Susan Santee will facilitate a roundtable discussion focusing on Art Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 from noon to 1 pm at The Volume One Gallery, 205 N. Dewey Street, in Eau Claire. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners in the business of art are encouraged to attend. The cost is $15 and lunch will be provided.

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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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Are your entrepreneurial efforts on summer vacation?

Whether summer is your business's down time or peak season, know that nearly all businesses experience some degree of seasonality. The key for continuous growth is to recognize your specific business's cycle and plan ahead -- not just by gearing up for the busy times but by effectively capitalizing on those not-so-busy times. Here are five ideas to make the most of your summer vacation.

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