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Business Plan Basics

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend Business Plan Basics on Tuesday, January 24th. 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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Women's Business Networking Event: Artisan Forge Studios, LLC

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Greg Johnson, Artisan Forge StudiosThe Western Dairyland Women's Business Center is facilitating a business networking event at Artisan Forge Studios, LLC, and Artisan Forge Metalworks, 1106 Mondovi Road, Eau Claire, on Wednesday, February 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 Artisan Forge Studios, LLC, led by creator/owner Greg Johnson and facility manager Jackie Boos. www.artisanforgestudios.com

Now in its second year and providing work space for 20 artists, Johnson had the vision of bringing together like-minded artists under one roof to work side by side, to naturally collaborate, and 

 Greg Johnson, Founder

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Top 10 Social Media Trends

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

The Western Dairyland Business Center and Women's Business Centerpresent Shelly Cedarblade, local social media expert and principal of Woo! Social Media Marketing to share her Top 10 Social Media Trends for 2017at a small business training on Wednesday, February 15th from noon to 1 pm at Western Dairyland Community Action Agency, 418 Wisconsin Street, in Eau Claire. Entrepreneurs, aspiring business owners, and social media experts are encouraged to attend. The cost is $15, and lunch will be provided.

There are three ways to register: visit the website www.SuccessfulBusiness.org, call (715) 836-7511, ext. 1171, or stop in at 418 Wisconsin Street, Eau Claire, WI 54703. Because space is limited, pre-registration and payment in advance are required.


Shelly Cedarblade, founder and chief creative officer of Woo! Social Media Marketing helps businesses connect with their clients and customers using social media. She helps individuals and small businesses 1) build their brand online and maintain a professional online presence, 2) develop a social media strategy, 3) manage the task of email and social media marketing, 4) create content to engage their clients and customers, 5) conduct successful online contests and ads, and 6) measure social media results. She holds a BA in psychology and family studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She also is on the Marketing Advisory Committee of Chippewa Valley Technical College. http://woosmm.com/

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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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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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