WEDC to host free Small Business Academy on Oct 22 in Milwaukee
MADISON, WI. Oct. 6, 2014 – Wisconsin entrepreneurs looking to jumpstart their businesses are invited to take part at the first-ever Small Business Academy, which will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 22 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Conference Center in Milwaukee.
The half-day academy will provide entrepreneurs and start-up businesses the opportunity to connect with financial and technical resource providers, learn the tools needed to start and grow their businesses and network with other businesses.
The free event, presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is being held in conjunction with Marketplace 2014, the Governor’s Conference on minority, women and veteran business development.
“As Wisconsin’s economy continues to improve, we’re seeing more and more people who feel confident enough in the direction we’re headed to start their own business,” said Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who will participate in the workshop. “The Small Business Academy is designed to make sure that those who have taken that step receive the support they need to be successful.”
“For over 30 years, Marketplace has provided small businesses with the tools and contacts they need to do business with state, federal and local agencies. We see the Small Business Academy as a logical extension of those efforts,” said Reed Hall, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development agency.
Among the highlights of the academy:
- Joe Pieper, a commercial lender from Associated Bank, will discuss how businesses can obtain bank financing
- Waukesha County Technical College will lead a discussion on how businesses can find financial and technical assistance
- Marianne Szymanski, former adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Marquette University and the University of Southern California
- A panel of Milwaukee entrepreneurs will share their experiences in overcoming the challenges of starting and growing a business.
The Small Business Academy is free and open to anyone, but advance registration is required. For more information and to register visit inwisconsin.com/smallbusinessacademy.
The academy is taking place on the first day of Marketplace 2014, the premier business capacity building conference of the year for minority, women and veteran business entrepreneurs looking to do business with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. To register for Marketplace or for more information, visit MarketplaceWisconsin.com.
About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing Wisconsin’s business climate. WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation by providing resources, technical support and financial assistance to companies, partners and communities in Wisconsin. WEDC has four focus areas: business and industry development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship and innovation and international business development. Together with more than 600 regional and local business development partners, it represents a highly responsive and coordinated network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.