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Financial Literacy

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

The Western Dairyland Business Center and the Women's Business Center invite small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to attend Financial Literacy on Thursday, February 16th. The class will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire.  Tuition is $29 and class materials are included.  Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. 


Are you thinking about starting a business?  Perhaps you are wondering how your credit plays a role in the process of getting a loan.  Adrian Klenz is a certified financial counselor through the Association of Financial Counseling, Planning, & Education.  He has taught financial capability courses and helped write curriculum for 3 national organizations.  Mr. Klenz will present a workshop that discusses credit reports and scores.  The presentation will focus on understanding credit and ways to improve your credit so that you can get the loan you need to start your business.



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Start a Small Business in 8 Steps

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Western Dairyland Women's Business Center invites entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners to "Start a Small Business in 8 Steps" on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The class will run from 6pm to 9pm 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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Women's Business Networking Event: The Eau Claire Sport Warehouse

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Jodi Thesing-Ritter, EC Sport WarehouseThe Western Dairyland Women's Business Center is facilitating a business networking event at The Eau Claire Sport Warehouse, 2983 11th Street, Eau Claire on Wednesday, March 8th at 5:30 pm. Registration is $5 per person at www.SuccessfulBusiness.org. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

Meet local women interested in starting, growing, or expanding a business while participating in a behind-the-scenes tour of The Eau Claire Sport Warehouse led by founder/owner Jodi Thesing-Ritter. http://www.ecsportwarehouse.com/

Thesing-Ritter's development of The Eau Claire Sport Warehouse came out of her passion for youth athletics and the opportunity to build strong kids through their participation in sports. She has four children and engaged her daughters in co-ownership to help build their leadership skills.

 Jodi Thesing-Ritter, Founder


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Business Plan Basics

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Small business owners, entrepreneurs, and aspiring business owners are invited to attend Business Plan Basics on Saturday, March 25th. The class will run from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire. 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.Tuition is $29, and class materials are included. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals.  


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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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