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Food Industry Roundtable with Tricia Cummins, Forage Founder/Owner

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Forage founder and owner Trish Cummins will facilitate a roundtable discussion focusing on Food Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from noon to 1 pm at Forage, a shared-use community kitchen and a dining/workshop area, located in Building 13, suite 212 of Banbury Place, 930 Galloway Street in Eau Claire. Entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners in the food and restaurant business are encouraged to attend. The cost is $15, and lunch will be provided.

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Business QuickBooks

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women's Business Center present Business QuickBooks class. The Business QuickBooks class is being held on Thursday November 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire. Tuition is $99. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals. Laptops will be provided for use during the class. Space is limited to 20 participants.


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Women's Business Networking Event: Club MTC

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

The Western Dairyland Women's Business Center is facilitating a business networking event at Club MTC: Chippewa Valley's Makerspace, 128 West River Street, Chippewa Falls, on Wednesday, November 9th 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 Club MTC, led by Dan Green, Community Outreach Coordinator. www.clubmtc.net


Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn't be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone.    



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Secure and Cost Effective Credit and Debit Card Payment Processing

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

               Bill Cunningham, PCI Speaker                                                                            The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women's Business Centerpresent PCICompliance Expert Bill Cunningham to share his Prioritized Approach to PCI Data Security Standardson Thursday, November 10th from noon to 1 pm at the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, in Eau Claire. Small and medium business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in learning how to securely and cost effectively process credit and debit card payments are encouraged to attend. The cost is $15, and lunch will be provided.

Presented by The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women's Business Center, the purpose of this small business training session is to provide entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners with an opportunity over lunch to learn about recent changes on how to process credit card payments.



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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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