As part of our commitment to supporting small business and entrepreneurial growth in the region, the Small Business Initiative at NWTC offers workshops, one-on-one coaching, round tables, networking events and more. We work with growth-minded small and micro business owners and entrepreneurs who want to achieve peak performance and sustainable growth. 

Small Business Business Programming

BOOST, 5 Day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp - $175

BOOST Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a new program that is scheduled over five days. The format includes individual learning activities as well as group activities , interactive dialogue with the presenters, individual project work on your business idea and opportunities to network with presenters and classmates. The topics covered in this program are a sampling of high demand areas that any entrepreneur would be seeking for approval of a product and/or service. They include:

  • Risk and inspiration to begin the journey of an entrepreneur
  • Accounting
  • Legal Matters
  • Marketing, Branding, Social Media
  • Local Resources
  • Capital and Banking
  • Business Insurance

The goal of this boot camp is to provide you with working tools to utilize in additional training programs over the course of the business development process. The additional investment of time and energy will yield the following results:

  • Establish the initial framework necessary to create and/or revise a solid business plan
  • Create a presentation showcasing initial business plan highlights and present to an executive panel of investors, business leaders and entrepreneur coaches
  • Develop the foundational strategy for a comprehensive marketing plan and branding platform for the service/product


Participants are eligible for awards providing complementary professional services and scholarships for additional training. In addition, all participants completing the Boot Camp will receive a certificate of completion and graduation gift.

Available Classes:

Wednesday 9/26/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Thursday 9/27/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Friday 9/28/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 9/29/18 - 9am to 3pm
Sunday - OFF
Monday 10/1/18 - 5pm to 9pm

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Ticket sales end 9/21/18 @ 6pm
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Wednesday 10/17/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Thursday 10/18/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Friday 10/19/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 10/20/18 - 9am to 3pm
Sunday - OFF
Monday 10/21/18 - 5pm to 9pm

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Wednesday 11/7/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Thursday 11/8/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Friday 11/9/18 - 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 11/10/18 - 9am to 3pm
Sunday - OFF
Monday 11/12/18 - 5pm to 9pm

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Only $175 to Attend!

20% off discount available to current NWTC students - email for more information!

For More Information:
Contact NWTC Small Business Initiative, Michelle Madl-Soehren (920) 498-6379

Building a Business Model

Creating a business model allows entrepreneurs to document the rationale of how their business will develop and grow. Learn the fundamental building blocks of a business model: customer segment, value proposition, revenue streams, key partnerships and more! Join us for two 3-hour session to complete this valuable strategic planning tool. $99

** Attendance is required for both workshop dates
Learning & Innovation Center - Sister Bay
6/4/18         6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
6/11/18       6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Need a  Comprehensive Business Plan to Secure Funding? 

Whether your business is growing or brand-new, writing a business plan is critical to building a profitable venture, especially to attract financing from lenders or investors. 

The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is eight efficient sessions to help you develop a plan for a thriving, profitable business. In this program, you will learn to identify customers, determine their needs and analyze that information into a feasible plan for starting or growing your business.
​Brought to you by our partner Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay

For more information on dates and pricing, please contact:
(920) 496-2117

GROWing Your Business Wisely, USDA Funded Grant Program

This is a “Unique program that is designed to help small business owners grow their businesses beyond the first stage.” Qualifying participants will meet for a total of either (1) 6-hour session or (2) 3-hour sessions. Attendees will learn the following objectives during this series: 

Discover & Develop Your Entrepreneurial Talents

The first two-hours of the training series is designed to help the business owner understand his/her talents and how they can leverage those talents to effectively grow their business through the following activities:
  • Explore the different skills needed to start, sustain and grow the business
  • Discover entrepreneurial talents
  • Identify potential gaps in current skills and talents that might be holding the company back
  • Develop a strategy to capitalize strengths and manage the gaps
  • Introduction to Business Modeling

How to Use the Business Model Canvas

Throughout the remainder of the workshop, participants will learn the nin building blocks that make up the business model canvas:
  • Assessment of current state of your business
  • Discover the difference between a business plan and a business model and the benefits of creating a business model
  • Learn about and identify your customer segment and value proposition
  • Benefit from learning about your strategic partners, key business activities and resources, cost structures, value proposition and customer relationships. We will also explore distribution channels, customer segments and revenue streams.
  • Create a business model that drivees growth
  • Learn to prototype and test your business model
  • Learn how to use your business model as a tool to create a business plan or updat ean existing business plan.

Grant funds are available for qualifying businesses!

To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Business must be located in Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Oconto or Shawano County
  • Have less than 10 employees
  • Annual Revenue under $1 Million
  • A desire to GROW!

Only $24Programming provided by NWTC’s Small Business Initiative with financial assistance from the USDA Rural Development Grant NWTC is an equal opportunity provider

Grow Grant 1 & 2 6/19/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Marinette
Grow Grant 1 & 2 6/26/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Oconto Falls
Grow Grant 1 & 2 7/19/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Aurora (Woodland Center)
Grow Grant 1 & 2 7/24/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Crivitz
Grow Grant 1 & 2 7/26/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Luxemburg
Grow Grant 1 & 2 8/8/2018 8:00 - 4:30pm Shawano
Grow Grant #1 8/14/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Crivitz
Grow Grant #2 8/21/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Crivitz
Grow Grant #1 8/16/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Oconto Falls
Grow Grant #2 8/23/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Oconto Falls
Grow Grant #1 9/13/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Luxemburg
Grow Grant #2 9/20/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Luxemburg
Grow Grant #1 10/3/2018 5:30 - 8 30pm Marinette
Grow Grant #2 10/10/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Marinette
Grow Grant #1 10/30/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Aurora (Woodland Center)
Grow Grant #1 10/24/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Shawano
Grow Grant #2 10/31/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Shawano
Grow Grant #2 11/6/2018 5:30 - 8:30pm Aurora (Woodland Center)

Individual consultations also available!  Fill out an application today to get GROWing!  Questions? Start by calling our Customer Support Specialist, Lynn Rickert-Steeno, at (920) 498-7124, or email


Small Business Workshops

Intro to Quickbooks Desktop for Small Business

Presenter Name: Mike Hall, CPA Partner with Apex Accounting Plus, LLC 

This class will cover the basics of QuickBooks Desktop for entry level learners. Topics will include chart of accounts, setting up items, customers, vendors, entering and paying bills, invoicing customers, receiving payments, making deposits, running reports, and other topics that the attendees may have questions on. There will also be a limited discussion of differences between Desktop and Online. $19

Having previously used QuickBooks is helpful but not required

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to navigate through QuickBooks Desktop
  • Obtain a basic understanding of how to set up background items to be able to enter transactions correctly
  • ​Learn how to run and get a basic understanding of reports
Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, Green Bay

May 24, 2018    3pm - 4:30pm 

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Start Right Intro to Entrepreneurship

Build the business of your future from idea…to launch…to sustainability!

Do you have an idea for a business? Do you need a business plan and not sure where to begin? Are you lacking direction in an existing small business?

Attend Start Right the First Time: Intro to Entrepreneurship to find answers to your questions and discover how to get connected to the people and resources that can help you succeed. Whether you want to start a business or currently operate a part-time, home-based business, micro business or small business and want to take it to the next level, you will benefit from this information-packed session that will help your launch, grow and thrive. Learn about the resources available in your community and why a business plan is essential to success. - $12

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

Class Dates:

6/12/18         6:00-8:00pm      Luxemburg
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6/13/18         5:00-7:00pm      Aurora (Woodland Center)
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6/21/18         6:00-8:00pm      Shawano
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6/27/18         6:00-8:00pm      Crivitz
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7/17/18         6:00-8:00pm      Marinette 
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8/1/18           6:00-8:00pm      Sister Bay
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8/6/18           6:00-8:00pm      Green Bay​
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8/9/18           6:00-8:00pm      Oconto Falls
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8/30/18         6:00-8:00pm      Sturgeon Bay
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Pathways to Creativepreneurship

Pathway to Creativepreneurship was designed specifically for the right-brain, free-spirited, talent-driven artisans and creative entrepreneurs who want to turn their passion into a profitable business venture. If you have been wanting to turn your side-hustle into a full-time gig, then this Creativepreneur Masterclass is just what you need to turn your passion into profit!

A gateway for creative entrepreneurs to develop a business mindset. By mapping out the building blocks for business success, participants will discover how to craft a foundation that will lead to a profitable business. $150

Time Commitment:

3 Hours/Night for 4 weeks (12 hours)


$150.00 includes program materials, snacks and beverages


  • Craft your mission, vision and value statements that are reflective of your “Why.”
  • Discover business opportunities and develop your value proposition in the marketplace
  • Identify key tools and resources to help you launch or grow a successful creative business.
  • Learn from current “creativepreneurs” who will share their story and provide useful insight. 
  • Put it all together in a One-Page Business Plan.


9/4/18    5:30-8:30pm     Artisan Center Green Bay
9/11/18   5:30-8:30pm     Artisan Center Green Bay
9/18/18   5:30-8:30pm     Artisan Center Green Bay
9/25/18   5:30-8:30pm     Artisan Center Green Bay

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10/2/18   5:30-8:30pm    Sister Bay
10/9/18   5:30-8:30pm    Sister Bay
10/16/18   5:30-8:30pm    Sister Bay
10/23/18   5:30-8:30pm    Sister Bay

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Marketing Strategies for Small Business

As a small business owner, you have a million things on your mind. You get tied up in a multi-tasking tornado on a daily basis. Marketing tends to get lost in that tornado, am I right? Do you want to better understand your customer? Do you want to sell more products? Do you want to expand your business or product offerings? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Small Business Marketing Strategies will help you build a solid marketing foundation in a few hours!
Topics to be covered include:
  • Understand your unique brand and leveraging the marketplace
  • Discover your 'marketing mindset' to develop and carry your marketing initiatives
  • The importance of storytelling and your business success
  • Review and discover useful marketing avenues to promote your product and business
  • Walk through the steps to write an effective marketing plan
Workshop participants will leave this series with a better understanding of the importance of marketing strategies to implement, storytelling and content creation tools, online and local marketing resources to reference for advice and a yearly marketing plan. $69 


11/27/18          5:30-7:30pm          Sister Bay

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One-on-One Coaching

Are you struggling with certain aspects of your business and not quite sure where to turn? Having a confidential, professional coach help you work through those issues is a proven and effective way to grow professionally. Help your business move to the next level by working with our confidential coaching program. Your first session is always complimentary!

Contact us today for your complimentary consultation!
Email -or- call (920) 498-6379

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