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Programs and Seminars


SCORE  Simple Steps for Starting Your Business Series Workshops

Sessions 1 & 2 apply to new business, sessions 3-5 apply to both new business and existing business.


Is Starting a Business Right for You?


Attend this comprehensive series of workshops to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of:

  • concepts involved with assessing a business idea
  • marketing your product or service
  • understand business financials and how they work
  • how to fund and finance your business

Free, one-on-one mentoring is also a part of the workshop process. Sign up now for these workshops:

Session 1: Start-up Basics $25 - July 16, 2014 - 8 -12:30 (lunch included)

This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Press here for more information.

Session 2: Business Concept $25 - July 23, 2014 - 6-9 p.m.

The second workshop focuses on your business concept and step-by-step guidance in researching your idea, your market and your competition. At the end of the Business Concept workshop, you are able to: identify your target markets, describe your products and services, and collect key competitive information to support your feasibility plan. Press here for more information.

Session 3: Marketing Plan $25 - July 30, 2014 - 6-9 p.m.

The third workshop provides you with an introduction to marketing communication methods and tools to maximize your customer reach. The discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers pricing strategies, positioning, the difference between features and benefits, and different marketing strategies. At the end of this session, you will know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test your marketing message, choose the right sales channel, and exercise your marketing strategy. Press here for more information.

Session 4: Financial Projections $25 - August 6, 2014 - 6-9 p.m.

The fourth workshop uses exercises to help you better understand financial concepts. This session reviews sales and prices, financial risks and rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating expenses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress and the organization of all your financial information. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to use our financial model to forecast sales revenue and build solid pro-forma financial forecasts. Press her for more information.

Session 5: Funding Sources $25 - August 13, 2014 - 6-9 p.m.

 The final workshop offers information on how to finance your small business. In this session, discussions include sources of funds, accounting, the six C's of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis, and monthly preparation and review of financial statements. A bank loan officier will give an inside view of how a banker assesses the merits of business plans and loan application. At the end of the series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide whether or not to launch your small business. Press here for more information.


The UW Oshkosh Small Business Development Center offers a wide range of management programs customized to meet the needs of individual businesses and organizations, such as chambers of commerce and economic development agencies. For more details,contact Colleen Merrill at (920) 424-1456 or e-mail

MBA Leadership Series

The UW Oshkosh MBA Leadership Series provides exceptional continuing education for business professionals in Northeast and Northcentral Wis. These programs give you the opportunity to learn from renowned speakers while engaging with business professionals, entrepreneurs and executives in your community. Continental food and beverage will also be provided. For complete information press here.

On-Line Courses

Through a partnership with US Bank and Virtual Advisor the Wisconsin SBDC offers online business education seminars. These workshops provide strategies, tools and processes that can help you start, grow and manage your business. 

  • Starting Your Business
  • Managing Your Finances
  • Foundations of Marketing

All programs are free. Press here for more information.

  • Spanish Language Courses

This course is also free. Click here for more information.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration's outreach program, which includes the UW Oshkosh Small Business Development Center, offers over twenty on-line programs including the following topics:

  • Strategic Marketing
  • Franchising Basics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Technology for Small Business
  • Green Business Opportunities
  • Taking Your Business Global
  • How to Start and Grow an On-Line Business
  • Federal and State Contracting
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Crime Prevention

All of these courses are free. Click here for more information.

UWGB Small Business Development Center

UWGB Small Business Development Center


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Thriving Local: Business Training Series

Thriving Local is a 13-week intensive course that teaches students about the basics of beginning a new venture in sustainable agriculture such as production, value-added processing, marketing and much more.  We are going to have speakers from many disciplines to discuss things like budgeting, marketing, product development and employee relations.  

Locations: Oshkosh, Waupaca, Appleton   Dates: March - June or September - December

We would encourage you to click here for more information.