Progress Lakeshore has teamed up with Green Bay’s SBDC Entrepreneurial Training Program to offer you invaluable assistance in crafting a comprehensive strategy for a successful and profitable business venture. Throughout this program, you will acquire the skills to identify your target market, assess their requirements, and utilize this valuable insight to create a practical and viable plan for launching or expanding your business.

You will learn to:

  • Organize and better manage your business.
  • Identify opportunities and market your business.
  • Understand financials: costs, revenue streams, profits margins, and cashflow for your business.
  • Learn the process to obtain funding for your business.
  • Complete a business plan or workbook that can become the foundation for a full business plan.
  • Connect with other entrepreneurs.
  • Develop a network of small business support services.
  • Receive confidential one-on-one consulting

Through instruction and guest speakers, the course serves those entrepreneurs who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses that want to get a handle on all the details, and those owners with successful companies they want to grow.

Class Dates: September 19th- November 7th, 2024

Time: Thursday nights from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM CST

Location: Progress Lakeshore Office, 202 N. 8th St, Suite 101, Manitowoc, WI, 54220

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will offer qualified applicants an Entrepreneur Training Grant* that covers 75% of the $1,000 course fee, reducing the cost to $250.

Additionally, Progress Lakeshore Foundation is offering a limited number of $200 Scholarships*, bringing your final cost to $50! Space in the course is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To receive the grant and scholarship participants must apply, complete the class, and complete a business plan or workbook within 90 days of finishing the course. Participants who accept these funding opportunities but do not complete the class will be responsible for the entire course fee of $1,000.

2024 registration is open here: https://centerex.wisconsinsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=11440012 

Apply for grants and scholarships:
The Green Bay SBDC will be contacting those that have registered for the course and paid the registration fee for next steps in the WEDC grant ($750) process.

To apply for the Progress Lakeshore Foundation Scholarship ($200), please contact Ann Flad-Jesion at ann@progresslakeshore.org.

Grant and scholarship recipients must attend at least 75% of classes and complete a business plan/workbook within 90 days of finishing the course, or recipients will be responsible for the full $1,000.

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