A collaboration between the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is helping would-be business operators be successful.
The two programs have partnered to offer the Job and Business Development Program, an effort designed to assist budding small businesses. The three week class provided training in how to identify a need for service or products, create a business plan, and identify their target market.
The program recently graduated seven young entrepreneurs from their program. They presented their business plans to their classmates, teachers and friends who attended the ceremony. The proposed businesses ranged from music and video production to opening an assisted living facility to a food service business.
An example of the graduates is Joseph Maroney, a recent graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The young graphic designer and illustrator has been trying to set up his own business but needed help in formulating an action strategy. The Job and Business Development Program helped him draw up an action plan and establish a roadmap to help him achieve his dream.