Events

Continual skill development is integral for successful entrepreneurs on along their journey. Explore all of the the Institute’s events around the state for prospective and current business owners across any industry in any part of Wisconsin.

For a calendar of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 specific events, click here.
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Food-Focused Trends Talk

FFIJanuary 24, 2022 | 12:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Food Finance Institute

After a newfangled 2021, you are likely wondering what trends are driving consumer behavior and new product development for the food, farming, and food systems industries in 2022. On January 24th, FFI staff and special guests will share with you the major highlights! Your business or clients ...

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Fee: No Cost



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 2

SBDCJanuary 24, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

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Fee: $25.00



Global Business Peer Group Roundtable

SBDCJanuary 28, 2022 | 1:00PM | Wisconsin Small Business Development Center- Go Global

Topic: Managing a Business

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) intends to host regional meetings that convene businesses interested in global trade and will provide a confidential forum where participants are open to discuss the challenges they face as it relates to international trade, logistics, and bu...

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Fee: No Cost



Superior Visions - Integrating a Healthy Balance Between Work and Personal Life

SBDCFebruary 1, 2022 | 8:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Superior Visions is providing a bi-monthly meeting series designed to connect you with other women in the region from a variety of industries to network and learn together. The webinar series will cover a variety of topics chosen to be relevant to working professionals. Although our focus is...

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Fee: No Cost



February - First Steps to Starting a Business

SBDCFebruary 2, 2022 | 7:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Thinking of starting a business but don't know where to begin?

Join us for our 3-part live-stream webinar: First Steps to Starting a Business. Taught by experienced business owners, the class covers the following topics:

  • Coming up with your business idea
  • ...
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Fee: No Cost



Food-Focused Sales & Distribution Planning Workshop

FFIFebruary 3, 2022 | 12:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Food Finance Institute

Topic: Business Basics

The MVP Series is about Maximizing [your business'] Value Potential. This series of workshops focuses on Accounting, Sales, Marketing, and Operations and will help you develop the details you need to scale and grow your business. Interested in all four workshops? Check out our four pack offer her...

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Fee: $100.00



Entrepreneurial Training Program - Spring 2022

SBDCFebruary 9, 2022 | 6:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior, 108 Erlanson Hall, Superior

Topic: Business Basics

The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Superior. This program provides an easy to follow, step by step process that shows you how to:

  • Answer the question - "Will people buy my product or service?"
  • Appeal ...
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Fee: $250.00



Entrepreneurial Training Program Orientation (Virtual)

SBDCFebruary 10, 2022 | 5:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Find out if the Entrepreneurial Training Program is right for you!

Want to know what the Entrepreneurial Training Program is all about? You're in luck! We are hosting an orientation for those interested in the program and for those that have already registered.

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Fee: No Cost



NSF Presubmission Panel Review

CTCFebruary 15, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Do you plan to submit to NSF spring? Please register with CTC to participate in our free Presubmission Panel Review. CTC, in collaboration with a panel of expert reviewers, will simulate the NSF review process to help you improve your SBIR/STTR proposal ahead of the December close of cycle...

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Fee: No Cost



Balancing the Leadership Scale: Maximizing Team & Individual Productivity

SBDCFebruary 15, 2022 | 2:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

As leaders, we are often pulled in many directions at once, with critical tasks and functions competing for our attention. We're responsible for the success of our teams, but we also have our own projects and responsibilities. How do we ensure we're maximizing the return on the investment of our ...

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Fee: No Cost



Entrepreneurial Training Program Orientation (Antigo)

SBDCFebruary 17, 2022 | 5:30PM | Northcentral Technical College - Antigo Campus, Antigo

Find out if the Entrepreneurial Training Program is right for you!

Want to know what the Entrepreneurial Training Program is all about? You're in luck! We are hosting an orientation for those interested in the program and for those that have already registered.

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Fee: No Cost



SBIR/STTR Budgets

CTCFebruary 23, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Developing a proper budget for a grant or contract proposal should not be overlooked. A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish. Be sure not to leave money on the table. This session will walk through the development of a project budget. Items covered...

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Fee: No Cost



Critical Thinking and Decision-Making Skills

SBDCFebruary 24, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Most people struggle with critical thinking skills for process improvement, decision making and problem solving. This class provides tools and techniques to make this much easier! You will learn how to do process mapping, plan "Kaizen" process improvement events, uncover wasted time, improve safe...

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Fee: $249.00



Virtual ETP - Spring 2022

SBDCFebruary 24, 2022 | 5:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Green Bay

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Fee: $200.00



Entrepreneurial Training Program (Virtual)

SBDCFebruary 24, 2022 | 5:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Orientation: Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Class Dates: Thursdays, February 24 - April 21, 2022 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This is a virtual class.


The En...

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Fee: No Cost



Time Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder

SBDCFebruary 25, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

This class offers great stress relief for those who work in a rush, crisis, "put out fires everyday" mode. Learn how to work more efficiently and combat the ten major time wasters. Save time on the phone, set work/personal life goals, develop a short-term balanced life plan, organize your worksp...

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Fee: $249.00



Entrepreneurial Training Program

SBDCMarch 1, 2022 | 5:30PM | St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, River Falls

Topic: Business Basics

Do it right with a solid, researched and tested plan for optimum success. Beneficial for pre-venture through mature businesses in any industry and any size. Learn from the experts and those who have 'been there done that'. Find out if customers want what you have to offer and what they are wil...

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Fee: $250.00



The Art of Delegation

SBDCMarch 2, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Delegation is more than just getting work off of your desk and onto the desks of others. Delegation involves creating a clear, shared vision of the results that you and your "partners" expect and aligning other people's energy and actions toward achieving these outcomes. This seminar covers the b...

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Fee: $249.00



Business Plan Writing Series-Orientation Free

SBDCMarch 2, 2022 | 6:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Parkside, Room D127 Molinaro Hall, Kenosha

Topic: Business Basics

Find out if the Business Plan Writing Series is right for you! Want to know what the Business Plan Writing Series is all about? You're in luck! We are hosting an orientation for those interested in the series. Meet the instructors and the Small Business Development Center team. Get an overview o...

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Fee: No Cost



Understanding and Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

SBDCMarch 3, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

The research is in: it's not how smart you are that determines your success in life, it's how emotionally intelligent you are. This workshop introduces the concept of emotional intelligence, identifies the competencies of emotional intelligence, and guides you in developing a plan for growing you...

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Fee: $249.00



Entrepreneurial Training Program (Antigo)

SBDCMarch 3, 2022 | 5:30PM | Northcentral Technical College - Antigo Campus, Antigo

Orientation: Thursday, February 17, 2022 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Class Dates: Thursdays, March 3 - April 28, 2022 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: NTC Antigo


The Entreprene...

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Fee: No Cost



Supervisory Management Two

SBDCMarch 4, 2022 | 12:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Supervisory Management Two:

Leadership development resumes in four key areas (1) orienting people to your work unit, (2) understanding communication behaviors, (3) managing time, and (4) delegation. We build on the skills learned in the first seminar and focus on maintaining a productive w...

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Fee: $489.00



Business Plan Writing Series

SBDCMarch 9, 2022 | 6:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Parkside, Room D127 Molinaro Hall, Kenosha

Topic: Business Basics

This is a 7 week series that will guide you through writing a business plan. The class fee includes a textbook for the series.


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Fee: $349.00



The Employment Imperative: Tackling Workforce Challenges

SBDCMarch 10, 2022 | 9:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing a Business

If you've noticed challenges with hiring employees in the last few years, you are not alone. Businesses across the state of Wisconsin have struggled with recruitment and hiring in a wide range of industries, and a variety of environmental, historical, and economic factors have lead us to these ch...

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Fee: No Cost



Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) - Informational Session

SBDCMarch 10, 2022 | 5:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Join us in early March (date and time yet to be determined) for a FREE informational session that gives details about what is covered in the Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP). Get the details about the grant and how to apply for it. This session can help you decide if you want to take ETP....

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Fee: No Cost



NIH Presubmission Panel Review

CTCMarch 15, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Do you plan to submit to NIH this April? Please register with CTC to participate in our free Presubmission Panel Review. CTC, in collaboration with a panel of expert reviewers, will simulate the NIH review process to help you improve your SBIR/STTR proposal ahead of the January deadline. ...

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Fee: No Cost



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 3

SBDCMarch 15, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

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Fee: $25.00



Superior Visions - How to Hack Habit Formation

SBDCApril 5, 2022 | 8:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Superior Visions is providing a bi-monthly meeting series designed to connect you with other women in the region from a variety of industries to network and learn together. The webinar series will cover a variety of topics chosen to be relevant to working professionals. Although our focus is...

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Fee: No Cost



Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) - Spring 2022

SBDCApril 5, 2022 | 5:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Start-up Assistance

The dates and times for the ETP program are yet to be determined. The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) provides the tools you need for business idea testing and business model improvement. Through instruction, guest speakers and coaching, the course serves those who are considering startin...

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Fee: $250.00



First Steps to Starting a Small Business

SBDCApril 5, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to begin? Join us for one of our First Steps to Starting a Business sessions. We will walk through the many steps involved in starting a new business.

  • Developing a lean or visual business plan to help clarify your business idea
  • ...
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Fee: $25.00



April - First Steps to Starting a Business

SBDCApril 6, 2022 | 7:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Join us for our 3-part live-stream webinar: First Steps to Starting a Business. Taught by experienced business owners, the class covers the following topics:

  • Coming up with your business idea
  • Prescreening your idea
  • Market research
  • Business feas...
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Fee: No Cost



From Side Hustle to Small Business

SBDCApril 8, 2022 | 1:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Start-up Assistance

THIS IS AN ONLINE EVENT

Have you been thinking about turning your hobby into a business, but aren't sure where to start? Do you have a side hustle that's grown and you want to explore next steps? Are you interested in learning more about how to explore a business idea you have? This sess...

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Fee: No Cost



Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization

CTCApril 14, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Commercialization and transition plans can be a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing a good plan. This session will review the requirements and guide you through where to start, what to includ...

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Fee: No Cost



Supervisory Management Three

SBDCApril 15, 2022 | 12:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Communicating clear, specific expectations to people is critical for operational effectiveness. Giving feedback during day-to-day coaching sessions and during formal performance reviews is an essential skill. We discuss why there is resistance to performance assessment, how to establish job expe...

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Fee: $489.00



Hire Badgers: Student Staffing Opportunities for Small Business

SBDCApril 18, 2022 | 2:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 1290 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Did you know that the UW-Madison Work-Study Program, previously reserved for on-campus and non-profit organizations, has recently been expanded to small businesses - and even covers 75% of the wages earned? Or that many UW-Madison students pursue internship opportunities as a way to develop new s...

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Fee: No Cost



The Future Is Diverse: 4 Ways Leaders Can Become Change Agents

SBDCApril 27, 2022 | 9:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

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Fee: No Cost



Fearless Performance Reviews

SBDCMay 12, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Conducting performance reviews is often the most difficult part of managing others. How do you transform the traditional and often fear-inducing performance review into a more collaborative process? Learn about the Great Performance Management Cycle, methods for setting SMART goals, techniques f...

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Fee: $249.00



Surviving Difficult Conversations

SBDCMay 13, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

During this highly interactive workshop, you will learn a set of powerful models, tools, and techniques for approaching difficult conversations with confidence and composure. When emotions run high and there is a lot on the line, you want to be able guide these difficult conversations toward prod...

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Fee: $249.00



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 4

SBDCMay 17, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

Details

Fee: $25.00



June - First Steps to Starting a Business

SBDCJune 1, 2022 | 7:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Thinking of starting a business but don't know where to begin?

Join us for our 3-part live-stream webinar: First Steps to Starting a Business. Taught by experienced business owners, the class covers the following topics:

  • Coming up with your business idea
  • ...
Details

Fee: No Cost



NSF Program Overview & Planning the Project

CTCJune 2, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Find out if your R&D project qualifies for funding through the National Science Foundation's SBIR or STTR programs and learn how to lay the groundwork for your NSF SBIR/STTR project. In this virtual training we'll discuss the steps needed to get your proposal started, how to communicate ...

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Fee: No Cost