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 an LLC, writing a business plan, and the 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