About Our Women's Business Center

The Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center, established in 1999, is a program of Western Dairyland EOC Inc. and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Our services are designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to individualized as well as group business training, referrals, financing, technology, and ongoing business case management services. Owners of start-up, existing, and expanding businesses receive technical assistance in all aspects of business operation including business plan development, feasibility studies, marketing assistance, business management, and operations. Special efforts are made to assist economically and socially disadvantaged women. We continue our commitment to providing 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.

Service Area

We provide assistance to individuals interested in starting, expanding or improving small businesses primarily in these counties:

  • Barron
  • Buffalo
  • Chippewa
  • Dunn
  • Eau Claire
  • Jackson
  • Pepin
  • Pierce
  • Polk
  • St. Croix
  • Trempealeau
Our Service Area
 
Our Service Area

Our Programs

Business Counseling

Business Counseling

The Women’s Business Center specializes in helping clients start and grow their business. You can request business counseling by phone, video call or on-site at our office in Eau Claire or Independence.

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Online and In-Person Training

Online & In-Person 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. Hone your business skills by signing up for our upcoming classes.

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Laptop Lending Library

Laptop Lending Library

The Western Wisconsin Women’s Business Center seeks to equip low-income, entrepreneurial individuals with laptops, mobile hotspots and education so that they can access the Internet, engage with the global marketplace.

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Women's Business Conference

Business Conference

Designed to inspire and connect you with other empowering women, this event will provide you with the resources you are looking for to start, improve, or expand your business.

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Video Library

Video Library

Did you miss a workshop or webinar? No problem! We offer a 24/7 online video library to help you start or grow your business. Click below to fill out our general client form in order to access the videos.

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Peer-to-Peer Groups

Peer-to-Peer Groups

The Western Wisconsin Women’s Business Center is now offering Guided Peer Groups. Working with your peers has been shown to increase confidence, promote collaboration, and help members stay focused on their business growth.

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Meet the Team

Jacob Haupt

Jacob Haupt
Director of Jobs & Business Development
Eau Claire Office
715.836.7511 x1172

Barb Shepherd

Barb Shepherd
Business Training Specialist
Independence Office
715.530.5004

Walmsley Johnson-Cole

Walmsley Johnson-Cole
Business Development Specialist and Certified Personal Finance Counselor
Eau Claire Office
715.836.7511 x1171

Allie Coen

Allie Coen
Administrative Assistant
Eau Claire Office
715.602.3152

Meet Our Advisory Board

Are you interested in joining our advisory board? If so, send us an email.

Angela Eckman

Angela Eckman
Campus Manager - Chippewa Falls & Neillsville, Chippewa Valley Technical College

Traci Hollister

Traci Hollister
Partner, Wipfli LLP

Gretchen Hudacek

Gretchen Hudacek
VP-Business Loan Officer, Royal Credit Union

Harlie Juedes

Harlie Juedes
Assistant Director, Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire

Tesha Knudtson

Tesha Knudtson
Branch Manager, Associated Bank

Danielle Kummer

Danielle Kummer
Finance Director, Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce

Sara Larsen

Sara Larsen
Business + Communications Specialist, City of Eau Claire (Economic Development)

Lindsey Minser

Lindsey Minser
Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Ann Rupnow

Ann Rupnow
Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Coordinator, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Connie Russell

Connie Russell
Eau Claire County Board

Jan Schaffner

Jan Schaffner
Owner of Schaffner Tax Solutions, Schaffner Tax Solutions

Jen Sonnentag

Jen Sonnentag
Marketing Coordinator, Market & Johnson

Bre Starken

Bre Starken
Mortgage Lender, Citizens State Bank

Carrie Timp

Carrie Timp
Entrepreneur, Revolution Coffee

Karlee Wallin

Karlee Wallin
Small Business Lending Officer, Royal Credit Union

Patricia Warner

Patricia Warner
Owner, Southern Exposure

Amelia Wenzel

Amelia Wenzel
Regulation & Recruitment Specialist, Childcare Partnership

Stacy Whaley

Stacy Whaley
Owner, Fire Up & Lead

Memberships & Partners

The Western Wisconsin Women's 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.

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council Small Business Administration