Testimonials

It was such a delight to speak! And such great engagement from the attendees. Thank you for organizing such a wonderful event.

– Carolyn Zick, 2022 Conference Speaker & Owner of Bad Axe Enterprises


I really enjoyed this event. Learned lots of great things to bring back to our community and our businesses.

– Jessi Kruger, 2022 Conference Attendee & Executive Director of the Osceola Chamber MainStreet


I wanted to say thank you. I have made lots of great contacts and loved talking to other women with similar questions and like-mindedness! I would love to participate next year.

– Kathy Hansen, Essentially Eiya


Had fun attending the [2022] Women’s Business Conference. Enjoyed networking and sharing about Shine On (and Ramone's Ice Cream)!

– Kayla Midthun, 2022 Conference Attendee & Owner of Shine On Consignment Boutique, Eau Claire


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


#BuildingStrongerCommunities is part of our mission and sponsoring events that help our community members learn new skills is an important way to bring opportunities to the Chippewa Valley. It was great to see so many attendees and presentations highlighting how to take your business idea to the next level.

– Northwestern Bank, 2022 Conference Sponsor


You all did a terrific job setting up your conference and your hard work showed. Nice, nice job. I really enjoyed the sessions that I attended.  And the Power Panel was very good. Also, thanks for lunch and the swag bag. Wanted you to know what a nice conference you put together.  Looking forward to the next conference!

– Theresa Olson, 2022 Conference Attendee


What huge benefits this conference offers, everything from marketing to mindset!!! Loving it and encouraging others to attend next year!

– Village Professional Services LLC, 2022 Conference Attendee


Having never run a business of this scale before, Sorensen appreciated how the Business Development Specialists at the Western Wisconsin Women's Business Center walked her through every step. Specifically, in terms of finances, they assisted her in getting set up with QuickBooks, which she notes has been a great help. As well, she emphasized that they have been able to address her concerns by helping her work through challenges progressively, in a chronological way. She mentions, “The Business Development Specialists have been absolutely wonderful to work with and have been helpful in pointing me in the right direction.”

– Penny Sorensen, Owner of American Phoenix Transportation


“I had absolutely no idea how to start a business," Schneider said. "Karman helped me make sure I took the correct steps to start up.” With the help of the Women's Business Center, she was able to acquire her LLC, find insurance, and prepare for tax season. “The opportunities they have given me to grow and succeed have been so important to me, and without them, I have no idea where I would be at today!” Schneider said.

– Sarah Schneider, Eau Claire Pet Care


Had a fabulous time meeting other women who I was able to network with and simply enjoy their company [throughout the conference]. I was able to attend all four of my workshops and learned quite a bit from all of them. I have a few take-aways that I can apply to my work life and my personal life. Thank you to all who put in all of the hard work. It is never an easy task putting on an event like this. Great job to everyone!

– Lynn, Past Conference Attendee


The FastTrac class helped me shift my mindset into thinking like a business owner and provided me with practical steps for turning my side hustle into a growing business!

– Abby, Local Entrepreneur


Thank you for setting up this helpful webinar. I learned a lot, and am very grateful for the support. I look forward to meeting about setting up an LLC, writing a business plan, and the available Main Street grants.

– Marie, Local Entrepreneur

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.

Western Dairyland Economic Opportunity Council Small Business Administration