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Workshops

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, roundtables (Velocity Groups), networking events and more. We work with growth-minded small and microbusiness owners who want to achieve peak performance and sustainable growth. 

Small Business Business Programming


BOOST, 5 Day Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

BOOST Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a new program that is scheduled over five days at the Advance Business & Manufacturing Center in Green Bay. The format includes learning activities as individuals and as a group, 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 entrepreneurship coaches
  • Develop the foundational strategy fora comprehensive marketing plan and branding platform for the service/product

Class Schedule and Objectives:
Wednesday 3/21 - 5pm to 9pm
Thursday 3/22 - 5pm to 9pm
Friday 3/23 - 5pm to 9pm
Saturday 3/24 - 8am to 4pm
Sunday - OFF
Monday 3/26 - 5pm to 9pm

Awards:
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.

Only $199 to Attend!
50% off discount available to current NWTC students - email sbi@nwtc.edu for more information!

Register for the BOOST Entrepreneurial Training Program through Eventbrite


More Information:
Contact NWTC Small Business Initiative, Michelle Madl-Soehren (920) 498-6379
Ticket sales end 3/19 @ 6pm
7 day refund policy



Building a Business Model

Creating a business model allows entrepreneurs to document the rational 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
*Prerequisite for Start Right the First Time

Advance Business & Manufacturing Center (Green Bay)
May 9th and May 16th    5pm to 8pm each night
Register through Eventbrite

Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence (Marinette)
April 5th    4pm to 8pm **condensed class
Register through Eventbrite

Need a 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:
Director
(920) 496-2117
E-mail: sbdc@uwgb.edu
 

GROWing Your Business Wisely, USDA funded grant program

“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 3 two-hour sessions with our Small Business Development Consultant to complete the program. Attendees will learn the following objectives during coaching series: 

Discover & Develop Your Entrepreneurial Talents

  • During the first session, attendees will learn their talents and how they can leverage those talents to effectively grow their business

Build Your One-Page Business Plan

  • Participants will learn the power of the One Page Business Plan (OPBP) and how the system works to help focus energy in what matters most

Grant funds available for qualifying businesses!

To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

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

Only $12 - Programming provided by NWTC’s Small Business Initiative with financial assistance from the USDA Rural Development Grant
NWTC is an equal opportunity provider


Kewaunee County - program scheduled for 3/27 & 4/17 (5pm to 8pm) at the NWTC Luxemburg Campus
Individual consultations also available!
Questions? Contact Michelle (920) 498-6379
Fill out an application today to get GROWing! 
 


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
March 21, 2018    3pm - 4:30pm
May 16, 2018    3pm - 4:30pm 
Click here to register for any of the above workshop dates!

Intro to QuickBooks Online for Small Business

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

This class will cover the basics of QuickBooks Online 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 Online
  • 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
February 8, 2018    8am - 9:30am  
March 22, 2018    3pm - 4:30pm
May 17, 2018    3pm - 4:30pm
Click here to register for any of the workshop dates listed above!


Building Your Business & Your Brand - Intellectual Property Assets

Presented By: Ellen Krabbe, Fresco Services

Do you have an innovative product or design? Protect it!
Intellectual Property can be defined as a work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design, to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc. Today, protecting your innovations and creative work is more important than ever. Don't let someone benefit from your idea, learn how to protect it today! What you will learn in this workshop:

  • Introduction to intellectual property assets
  • Understanding the value of assets to your business
  • Forms of intellectual property – trade secrets, trademarks, copyright, and patents
  • Strategies for increasing value
Advance Business & Manufacturing Center - Green Bay
January 31, 2018    5pm to 7pm
Register for this workshop through Eventbrite!
Small Business Marketing Strategies

As a small business owner, you have a million things on your mind. You get tied up in 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 

Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, Green Bay
January 23rd    8am to 10am    
February 20th    4:30pm to 7:30pm
April 11th    4pm to 7pm
Register for this workshop through Eventbrite
 
Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence, Marinette
April 10th    4pm to 7pm
Register for the Marinette workshop through Eventbrite

Online Webinar - learn in the convenience of your office or home!
Dates coming soon

Facebook for Business

Let us help you understand the power of Facebook! Navigate the tools of your business Facebook page and in just two hours our instructor will walk you through the steps to understanding the features of your business page, promoting your business, earning likes and creating Facebook ads. $69

Advance Business & Manufacturing Center - Green Bay
March 1, 2018
April 5, 2018
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Learning & Innovation Center - Sister Bay
April 16, 2018    6pm to 8pm
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NWTC Luxemburg Campus
May 2, 2018    7pm to 9pm
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Start Right the First Time, One Page Business Plan

Are you ready to launch a new business? The Small Business Initiative at NWTC is now offering 'Start Right the First Time, One Page Business Owners' to help you build a solid business foundation. During this two part series, you will learn numerous key success tools start your business on the right foot. Workshop series is ideal for businesses who have just launched & newly established small businesses. $99

During the workshop, attendees will participate in the following activities:
  • Learn valuable business success tips from our experienced instructor
  • Discover your unique talents through the Entrepreneurial Profile 10
  • Learn tools to develop and direct your unique talents
  • Experiment and build effective relationships in the business community
  • Develop & compose a user-friendly One Page Business Plan
  • Identify your business objectives, strategic direction, ideal customer and unique marketing plan

Wisconsin Martime Center of Excellence (Marinette)
Workshop is a two-part series:
  • Session 1 - 3/15, 4pm to 7pm
  • Session 2 - 3/29, 4pm to 7pm
Register through Eventbrite
Space is limited for this new workshop! Registration will close on 3/13 at noon

Human Resource Tools for Small Business

Is your small business growing? Is it time to hire your first part-time or full-time employee? Do you have questions on best practices, recruiting or learning some basic human resource tools? Join us for this information workshop and receive the following tools that you can easily apply to your growing business:

  • Employment applications
  • An offer letter to a potential employee
  • New hire checklists
  • Employee recognition and retention ideas
  • Termination letter wording
  • Termination checklists

Instructed by Michelle Madl-Soehren $69

Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence, Marinette
April 12th    4pm to 6pm
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NWTC Luxemburg Campus
May 10th    6pm to 8pm
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Social Media Marketing for Small Business

Today there are numerous social media platforms and it can be overwhelming! How you decide which one is suitable to include in your small business marketing plan? In this workshop you will learn to leverage the power of social media for your business by learning the benefits of certain social media platforms and how it can add value to your marketing plan. $69

NWTC Luxemburg Campus
5/2    7pm to 9pm
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Entrepreneurial Talents Strengths Finder

Gallup identified the top 10 talents of successful entrepreneurs and this online assessment, follow-up workshop and coaching identify your entrepreneurial talents and help create a strategy for tapping into your talents to grow your business. Whether you’re launching a business, growing your current business or seeking resources to help you be successful, this workshop will help you develop, discover and direct your entrepreneurial talents. $149 

Green Bay Campus:
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Pathways to Entrepreneurship (Free)

Whether you want to start a business or currently operate a part-time, home-based business, micro business or small business; this workshop will provide you with the information you need for your business to launch, grow and thrive. Learn about the resources available and why a business plan is essential to success in this two hour workshop. Also, learn from other successful, local entrepreneurs and business owners that share their experiences. Limited space available!

Advance Business & Manufacturing Center (Green Bay)
February 6th, 2018    5pm to 7pm
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Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence (Marinette)
February 20th, 2018    5pm to 7pm
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Online webinar coming soon!


Business Owner Meetup Group

Are you ready to take your business or business idea to the next level? Looking for strategies to help you grow your business effectively and efficiently? The Small Business Initiative at NWTC has created a NEW Business Owners & Entrepreneurs Resource Meetup Group. We are dedicated to helping small businesses owners and entrepreneurs in Northeast Wisconsin. Monthly, quarterly, and annual events will be taking place throughout the year. Join Meetup to be included in these exclusive workshops:

Business Insurance: Confidence in Coverage
Presented by: Tiona Petrouske, State Farm
January 30th    8am to 10am    $3
Click here to register

Raising Capital for Your Business: How We Raised 300k in only 16 days!
Presented by: Zeb Pirkey, dodles
February 15th    2:30pm to 4:30pm
Register for this event through Meetup.com

Don’t break the Rules in Today’s Local Advertising
Presented by: Shawn Scray, WBAY
February 21st    8am to 10am    FREE
Click here to register

Now Hiring – Beyond the Sign – How to create a competitive advantage
Presented by: Matt Sullivan, Express Employment Professionals
March 31st    3pm to 4:30pm    $2
Click here to register

 

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 sbi@nwtc.edu -or- call (920) 498-7124

Earn an entrepreneurship credential

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