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We provide support with business plan development, financial projections and training for female entrepreneurs in Western Wisconsin. Learn About Business Counseling

Women's Business Conference

Our annual conference is designed to connect you with other empowering women and provide resources to help start or expand your business. Learn About the WBC

Business Training

We offer online and in-person training with practical information on the steps you will need to take in order to start or grow a small business. See Upcoming Events

One-on-One Counseling

We specialize in helping our clients start and grow their businesses. Click below to fill out our online form. As soon as we’ve received your information, we’ll set up an in-person or virtual meeting with you.

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Business Resources

Your business is unique, but that doesn’t mean you have to build everything from scratch. Our business resource center has many road plans to help you.

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Our Story

We succeed when you succeed. From helping you write your business plan, to group training exercises, browse the many services our business center offers.

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Upcoming Events

Virtual Business Tax Chat with Amy

December 15, 2022  |  10 - 11 AM
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Start A Small Business in 8 Steps

December 29, 2022  |  6 - 7 PM
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Personal Branding 101 — Increasing Your Visibility and Credibility as a Business Owner

January 18, 2023  |  10:30 - 11 AM
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November 30, 2022 – Are you thinking about starting your own business in Western Wisconsin? Take a look at the business advice shared by Coulee Boutique and other entrepreneurs (click image to see all comments).

November 29, 2022 – Wisconsin LLC Changes Effective January 1, 2023: The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (“SBDC”) at UWL is hosting a FREE webinar to identify the new LLC changes and how the changes might impact your business. All webinars are FREE, but registration is required as space is limited. Virtual Session dates and times: Nov. 30 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Dec. 15 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. https://centerex.wisconsinsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=12420050

November 29, 2022 – Starting tomorrow at 11 am.

November 26, 2022 – Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. Let's support our Western Wisconsin businesses by #shoppingsmall all holiday season long!

November 23, 2022 – This Saturday, November 26, 2022 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Please join U.S. Small Business Administration and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business. If you're a business owner, click to get free Small Business Saturday marketing materials – including sample posters, and social media resources: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/merchant/shop-small.html#toolkit

November 18, 2022 – Congratulations to these four inspiring and deserving entrepreneurs! If you are looking to start or expand a business, consider applying for the Red Letter Grant this spring.

November 17, 2022 – Have you dreamed of opening a small restaurant or retail business? Do you want to get in on the ground floor of the vibrant, cutting‐edge container park development in downtown Altoona in the summer of 2023? Click below to apply. Contact the Women's Business Center if you need help crafting a project narrative, marketing plan, competition/market analysis, financial plan, management strategy or have other business questions. We're here to help!

November 15, 2022 – Have you been thinking about starting your own business? Join our FREE monthly webinar to learn the steps it takes to get started and get your questions answered! Register here: https://www.successfulbusiness.org/events#upcoming-events

November 8, 2022 – Startup Chippewa Valley is starting on Monday! Register here: https://www.colabec.com/startupcv?fbclid=IwAR3bUVx9btf_uGZQY4QSvwmD45HSrbvOD5UR_sj9SEunBiyNNBJ0u_FYTWg

November 3, 2022 – Would you like to become a speaker for the Women's Business Center and/or annual conference? Do you have a presentation in mind that will help nurture entrepreneurship in Western Wisconsin? We welcome proposals from industry and subject matter experts year-round. To submit your proposal, please click below. https://www.womensbusinessconference.com/speaker-proposal.phtml

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November 26, 2022 – Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. Let's support our Western Wisconsin businesses by #shoppingsmall all holiday season long!

November 23, 2022 – This Saturday, November 26, 2022, is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. If you're a business owner, visit www.shopsmall.com to download Small Business Saturday marketing materials. #smallbusinesssaturday #shopsmall #startinwisconsin #madeinwisconsin

November 15, 2022 – Have you been thinking about starting your own business? Join our monthly live webinar about the steps it takes to get started! Register via link in bio. #womeninbusiness #femaleentrepreneur #startinwisconsin #startabusiness

November 8, 2022 – Join us for a Virtual Business Tax Chat with Amy Vik of H & R Block on Thursday, Dec. 15 from 10-11 am. This is a great 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. Register via link in bio.

November 3, 2022 – Would you like to become a speaker for the Women's Business Center and/or annual conference? Do you have a presentation in mind that will help nurture entrepreneurship in Western Wisconsin? We welcome proposals from industry and subject matter experts year-round. To submit your proposal, please click the link in our bio.

October 12, 2022 – That’s a wrap! We are so grateful to our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, panelists, volunteers, and attendees for making the 2022 Women’s Business Conference a success. Stay tuned for more pictures. We hope to see you next year! #womensbusinessconference #femaleentrepreneur #madeinwisconsin #wisconsinbusiness

October 12, 2022 – Off to a great start! #womensbusinessconference #femaleentrepreneur

October 11, 2022 – We can’t wait to see you tomorrow! Registration, breakfast and vendor hall starting at 8 am and the first presentations at 9:30 am. Due to limited parking we recommend taking the shuttle from Carson Park. #womeninbusiness #womensbusinessconference #femaleentrepreneur

October 8, 2022 – We're so excited to see you all on Wednesday (or Tuesday, if you're there to set up your exhibitor table)! You can still get tickets or sign up as a vendor until Monday at 5 pm. Click on the link in our bio to learn more.

October 7, 2022 – There are various ways you can participate in this year's Women's Business Conference on Oct. 12! Attend the sessions with a friend ($20-54 per person) or go all out and set up an exhibitor table to promote your service/product ($224). All registrations must be completed by Monday, Oct. 10 at 5pm. Click here on the link in our bio to learn more.

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Testimonials

 

I was thrilled to speak at the 19th Annual Women’s Business Conference sponsored by the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center. It was such a fabulous conference! This event provided us with the perfect setting to share, learn from each other, network and I even got a few hugs. Can’t wait for next year's conference! If you have the chance, I highly recommend attending.

– Laura Gmeinder, 2022 Conference Speaker & Owner of Laura Gmeinder Coaching & Consulting, LLC

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The Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center is a program of Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council (WDEOC). 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. This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.

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