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WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER

Western Dairyland's Women's Business Center was established through funding in 1999. In the first year of operation this center provided business-related training to 323 individuals, assisted in the development of seven new businesses, guided five business expansions, and created 13 jobs. The Center's primary service areas are Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin and Trempeleau counties in Western Wisconsin. Clients can receive services on-site at Western Dairyland's Eau Claire or Independence offices or over the internet.

Our Women's Business Center (WBC) specializes in providing services to assist women entrepreneurs. Special efforts are made to assist economically and socially disadvantaged women. We continue our commitment to provide intensive group and one-on-one business training and technical assistance that will assist women to grow their business ideas and acquire or improve their business management skills.

Entrepeneurs who learn business and planning skills are likely to have a greater success rate than those who do not. In fact, 80% of the businesses started by Western Dairyland Business Center clients are still in operation three years after opening the doors - in contrast to the statistics that state 80% of start-ups nationwide are out of business after three years of operation. Small business ownership allows people of low and moderate income to create their own destinies. These entrepreneurs bring with them a set a values and concerns that will change the face of small business for many years to come.

When you become a WBC client, we can provide assistance in Business Plan Preparation. This includes group training in a variety of general business, finance and marketing topics and one-on-one business counseling to assess the potential of your market and the feasibility of your business idea. Our staff will then assist in the completion of a marketing plan, three years of financial projections, and a full business plan. As a WBC Client, you will have access to our mobile computer lab to research your market(s) and our computerized business plan format to produce, modify, and update your plan. We also assist WBC clients with preparing to present a completed, feasible business plan to a lender within our network of over 15 area SBA lenders, plus regional, state, and federal loan fund managers. This includes assistance to complete applicable loan application paperwork.

Western Dairyland's Women's Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Agreements for persons with disabilities will be made at all times in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and associated amendments.
Arrangements for persons with special needs will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Below is a list of website resources specifically for women entrepreneurs:

U.S. Small Business Administration

Office of Women's Business Ownership - The Office of Women’s Business Ownership's mission is to establish and oversee a network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) throughout the United States and its territories. 

National Association of Women Business Owners - Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) represents America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses - the fastest growing segment of the economy.   

National Association of Female Executives - The National Association for Female Executives, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources – through education, networking, and public advocacy- to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success.

Wisconsin Women's Council - The mission of the Wisconsin Women's Council is to enhance the ability of all Wisconsin women to participate fully in all aspects of life, as defined by S.1601 of the Wisconsin statutes.

American Business Women's Association - ABWA brings together businesswomen of diverse occupations and provides opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Organization of Women in International Trade - United around the globe to foster international trade and the advancement of women in business.

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