Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get a grant to start my business?

Unfortunately, grants to start small businesses do not readily exist. Although it is possible, the chances of a for-profit business receiving a grant is highly unlikely. Both individuals and businesses set up foundations to provide grants for specific purposes. Many of them offer grants to individuals for educational purposes or for specific fields of research. Many offer grants to non-profit organizations. However, we are not aware of any foundations currently offering grants to individuals to start for-profit businesses. Generally, taxation laws prohibit foundations from granting money to for-profit businesses.

How can I become a speaker/trainer/educator for the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center?

The Western Dairyland Business Center welcomes proposals from qualified candidates to present entrepreneurial and business related topics from their area of expertise or experience at our annual conference. To be considered as a speaker, please complete the proposal form.

Submit the Application Online



Must I already have a business to receive help from the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center?

The Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center can offer assistance to individuals planning to start a business as well as individuals who need assistance in a business that is already in existence.

Who does the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center serve?

Is there a fee for services?

Business start-up counseling is provided at no fee for qualifying individuals within the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center service area. Some specialized counseling and training is available at a low fee. However, scholarships are available.

How do I apply for a scholarship to attend training?

Apply for a Scholarship

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What is your cancellation policy?

We understand life happens. Should you need to cancel your registration, you may substitute someone to take your place, at any time, at no cost to you. If we cancel a class, we’ll give you a choice between receiving your money back in full or receiving a credit for a future class to take place within one year.

What should you do if…

Your class is 14 or more days away:

  • You may transfer once to any currently available class within one year - no charge!
  • If you have to cancel, you will receive a refund, minus a 20% administrative fee.

Your class is less than 14 days away:

  • You may transfer once to any currently available class within one year, plus a 20% transfer fee.
  • If you cancel, you will not receive a refund.
  • If you are registered and do not attend the class, you are responsible for the full fee.

Substitution, refund, or transfer requests must be submitted via email or in writing to:
Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center
418 Wisconsin St
Eau Claire, WI 54703

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