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Business Tax Chat

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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:

  • Do you have a hobby or are you operating a business?
  • How do you differentiate between commuter, business and personal travel to be able to accurately deduct appropriate auto and mileage expenses?

  • How do you document and deduct business travel and meals?

  • How do you identify and calculate home office deductions?

  • What is the difference between assets and expenses?

  • How and why do you depreciate assets?

  • When and how do you report Wisconsin sales tax?

  • How much do you need to set aside for employment taxes?

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"Mompreneur": How to Have it All

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women's Business Center present local entrepreneur and mother of three, Vanessa Moessner, to lead "Mompreneur: How to Have it All," to take place September 26, 2017, 6-8pm at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin St, Eau Claire. Vanessa will discuss what it means to be both a mom and an entrepreneur. The cost is $20.


As Vanessa says, "As a mom and an entrepreneur, success comes when a business works for your family, not when you work for your business".  Join us as we discuss how to have success as both a mom and a business owner.


There are three ways to register: visit the website www.SuccesfulBusiness.org, call (715) 836-7511, ext. 1171, or stop in at 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703.


Vanessa Moessner is a wife, mother of three, and a dual business owner of the Lily Pad Lab and Eau Claire Macaroni Kid.  Vanessa took her experiences as a high school science teacher and love for Early Childhood Education to develop a unique learning environment for kids and families based in science and exploration in the Lily Pad Lab.  She's proud to live and own her businesses in Eau Claire and loves being a resource for families in her community.  She and her family enjoy taking advantage of Wisconsin's summer by spending time on the water and at the baseball field cheering on both her kids' and husband's teams.  Vanessa looks forward to where her businesses will take her as her "mom" responsibilities change from having kids at home to having school aged children.

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Cash Flow Management

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

As a small business owner, it is important to know how much cash is moving in and out of your business. You need to think ahead in order to meet financial obligations and run a profitable business on a long-term basis. After completing this module, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of cash flow management in a small business.

  • Make cash flow projections based on the cash cycle.

  • Identify some ways to manage cash flow, including receivables and payables.

  • Work more effectively with technical experts.

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Business Record Keeping 101

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Good recordkeeping is a critical tool for every business, and an organized system can save time and effort at tax time.  Evlyn Carlile, owner of Simple Office Solutions, will teach a hands-on class where participants will learn how to set up an effective small business office filing system, how to set up an effective cash-based recordkeeping system, how to record business income and expenses, and how to create a profit and loss statement that will generate the information needed to complete a Schedule C. 

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Local Winner Announced: Aunt K's Natural Powder

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InnovateHER: 2017 Innovating for Women Business Challenge

The Western Dairyland Women's Business Center is hosting a local competition to select a semi-finalist for the national InnovateHER: 2017 Innovating for Women Business Challenge. Entrepreneurs are invited to compete for $70,000 in cash prizes! Applicants are asked to submit a business plan and 2-3 minute video by May 19th to karman.briggs@wdeoc.org

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Wisconsin Business Incubation Association Announces 2017's Board of Directors

Wisconsin Business Innovation Association (WBIA), a driving force in the professional development of entrepreneurial program managers has announced this year's board of directors.  Elizabeth Slade from the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay, said "Being a part of WBIA is vital to my success as a program manager.  It is a tremendous blessing to be involved with such a supportive group of people that continue to teach me how to improve myself both professionally and personally."

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Meet Alanna, Our New Writing Intern

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