Events

Continual skill development is integral for successful entrepreneurs on along their journey. Explore all of the the Institute’s events around the state for prospective and current business owners across any industry in any part of Wisconsin.

For a calendar of Wisconsin’s COVID-19 specific events, click here.
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Enhancing Farm Revenues with Conservation Practices and Ecosystem Services

FFIOctober 26, 2021 | 12:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Food Finance Institute

Topic: Financing

Farmers interested in implementing conservation practices, or providing other ecosystem services, may find themselves eligible for additional revenue streams. In this webinar, we'll talk about NRCS initiatives that provide cost-shares and rental payments, as well as several up-and-coming benefits...

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Fee: No Cost



Navigating Difficult Conversations

SBDCOctober 26, 2021 | 9:30AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Sooner or later, each of us needs to have a conversation with someone or we end up in a conversation that is challenging for us and the other party. This difficult conversation might involve saying "no" to your boss, giving constructive feedback to a co-worker, dealing with an upset customer, res...

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Fee: $269.00



Innovation Funding with the Air Force

CTCOctober 28, 2021 | 9:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Over $100,000 is available from the state and more than $1,000,000 is available in Air Force federal funding for innovative solutions that enhance missions and sustainability. From analytics to education, the Air Force is promoting open topics for a diverse range of innovations.

The C...

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Fee: No Cost



QuickBooks Online

SBDCOctober 28, 2021 | 4:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - La Crosse

Topic: Business Accounting and Budget

QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a training program that will demonstrate how to use this accounting software system to help manage the financial side of your business. The program will show participants how this software system helps a business: . Perform general ledger accounting activities, includin...

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Fee: No Cost



QuickBooks Workshop

SBDCNovember 2, 2021 | 9:00AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior, 108 Erlanson Hall, Superior

Topic: Business Accounting and Budget

QuickBooks® is an accounting software program created by Intuit® for small businesses and self-employed professionals. It can be used for almost all financial business processes. QuickBooks is your business' solution when it comes to bookkeeping and accounting.

During the all-day QuickB...

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Fee: No Cost



Outreach For Introverts

SBDCNovember 2, 2021 | 9:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Marketing and Sales

Money is exchanged through people. And we know that people do business with people they know, like, and trust. In fact, 85% of jobs are filled through networking, and 60% of small business sales come from referrals.

But if the thought of going to networking events makes your skin crawl, or...

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Fee: No Cost



Building Financial Confidence

SBDCNovember 3, 2021 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 1290 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Cash Flow Management

"If you as an entrepreneur or business manager are looking for the answers and solutions to these sorts of questions and challenges, then this class is for you: (1) How to read and understand financial information, (2) How to analyze financial information to improve business management decisions ...

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Fee: $480.00



Hiring to Retain

SBDCNovember 3, 2021 | 1:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Too often, managers look at the hiring process from a technical standpoint. Yet behavioral fit is just as important - if not moreso. Hiring a staff member who does not fit behaviorally can slow down your whole team and lead to high financial and time costs in the form of rehiring and retraining n...

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Fee: No Cost



Hire Badgers: Bringing Two-Way Value to a Student Work Experience

SBDCNovember 8, 2021 | 2:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Did you know that the UW-Madison Work-Study Program, previously reserved for on-campus and non-profit organizations, has recently been expanded to small businesses - and even covers 75% of the wages earned? Or that many UW-Madison students pursue internship opportunities as a way to develop new s...

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Fee: No Cost



NSF Presubmission Panel Review

CTCNovember 9, 2021 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Do you plan to submit to NSF early this winter? Please register with CTC to participate in our free Presubmission Panel Review. CTC, in collaboration with a panel of expert reviewers, will simulate the NSF review process to help you improve your SBIR/STTR proposal ahead of the December clo...

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Fee: No Cost



The Employment Imperative: Tackling Workforce Challenges

SBDCNovember 9, 2021 | 1:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing a Business

If you've noticed challenges with hiring employees in the last few years, you are not alone. Businesses across the state of Wisconsin have struggled with recruitment and hiring in a wide range of industries, and a variety of environmental, historical, and economic factors have lead us to these ch...

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Fee: No Cost



Fearless Performance Reviews

SBDCNovember 10, 2021 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Conducting performance reviews is often the most difficult part of managing others. How do you transform the traditional and often fear-inducing performance review into a more collaborative process? Learn about the Great Performance Management Cycle, methods for setting SMART goals, techniques f...

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Fee: $249.00



Surviving Difficult Conversations

SBDCNovember 11, 2021 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

During this highly interactive workshop, you will learn a set of powerful models, tools, and techniques for approaching difficult conversations with confidence and composure. When emotions run high and there is a lot on the line, you want to be able guide these difficult conversations toward prod...

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Fee: $249.00



Leading with Emotional Intelligence

SBDCNovember 11, 2021 | 8:30AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

Research by the Carnegie Institute concluded: "15% of success is technical skills - 85% is people skills." Emotional Intelligence is all about people skills - how well you know yourself and your emotions and how well you read and interact with others and their emotions. Learn about how the brain,...

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Fee: $299.00



Supervisory Management One

SBDCNovember 12, 2021 | 12:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1204, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Supervisory managers are uniquely positioned to influence and impact performance provided they have the right skills and knowledge. Learn how you can make the transition to your new role smoother and less stressful. Explore leadership styles, motivation techniques, and coaching strategies.

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Fee: $489.00



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 1

SBDCNovember 15, 2021 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

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Fee: $25.00



First Steps to Starting a Business

SBDCNovember 22, 2021 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Thinking of starting a business but not sure where to begin? Join us for one of our First Steps to Starting a Business sessions. We will walk through the many steps involved in starting a new business.

  • Developing a lean or visual business plan to help clarify your business idea
  • ...
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Fee: $25.00



Fearless Performance Management

SBDCNovember 30, 2021 | 9:30AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing Employees

The performance management - or employee feedback - process is one that can fill many managers and employees alike a sense of dread. However, with the right skills and mindset, this process can become a collaborative form of two-way communication that reduces anxiety and sets everyone up for succ...

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Fee: $284.00



Project Management Essentials: The Must Know Tactics for Ensuring Every Project is a Success!

SBDCNovember 30, 2021 | 2:30PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison

Topic: Managing a Business

Why does it seem like such a struggle to get our projects across the finish line? Why do project tasks always seem to take longer than they should? How do we manage and adapt to changing conditions that arise during a project? These are common challenges faced by anyone who leads or manages pr...

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Fee: No Cost



Selling With Nostalgia

SBDCNovember 30, 2021 | 3:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

There are many options available in choosing a CRM software platform for your business. Learn the differences between the various CRM packages as well as differences in versions within each platform.  Make software decisions based on the proper fit and use of products as they pertain to you...

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Fee: No Cost



December - First Steps to Starting a Business

SBDCDecember 1, 2021 | 7:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

Thinking of starting a business but don't know where to begin?

Join us for our 3-part live-stream webinar: First Steps to Starting a Business. Taught by experienced business owners, the class covers the following topics:

  • Coming up with your business idea
  • ...
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Fee: No Cost



QuickBooks - An Introduction to Accounting Software

SBDCDecember 2, 2021 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - La Crosse

Topic: Business Accounting and Budget

This program will introduce you to QuickBooks, an accounting software system used by many small businesses. It will provide details on the accounting software and options for using this software system, including its various functions that: . Perform general ledger accounting activities, includ...

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Fee: No Cost



Superior Visions - Supporting the 3 C's: Culture, Connection & Camaraderie

SBDCDecember 7, 2021 | 8:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Superior Visions is providing a bi-monthly meeting series designed to connect you with other women in the region from a variety of industries to network and learn together. The webinar series will cover a variety of topics chosen to be relevant to working professionals. Although our focus is...

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Fee: No Cost



Think your company is too big for SBIR funding?

CTCDecember 7, 2021 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Topic: Start-up Assistance

If your company is involved in doing things high-risk/high reward projects that don't qualify for internal funding, development of a technology that is in-licensed and/or evolving a new product idea jointly with another company, you may be able to use the SBIR/STTR programs to supplement your int...

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Fee: No Cost



Selling With Nostalgia

SBDCDecember 8, 2021 | 8:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

There are many options available in choosing a CRM software platform for your business. Learn the differences between the various CRM packages as well as differences in versions within each platform.  Make software decisions based on the proper fit and use of products as they pertain to you...

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Fee: No Cost



Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference

SBDCDecember 8, 2021 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Madison, Room 1290 Grainger Hall, Madison

Topic: Marketing and Sales

In this all day conference, you will learn how to engage your customers and prospects online through your website and social media and track your activities so that you know what is working and what needs to be adjusted.


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Fee: $299.00



QuickBooks Online

SBDCDecember 9, 2021 | 9:00AM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - La Crosse

Topic: Business Accounting and Budget

QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a training program that will demonstrate how to use this accounting software system to help manage the financial side of your business. The program will show participants how this software system helps a business: . Perform general ledger accounting activities, includin...

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Fee: No Cost



NIH Presubmission Panel Review

CTCDecember 13, 2021 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Do you plan to submit to NIH this winter? Please register with CTC to participate in our free Presubmission Panel Review. CTC, in collaboration with a panel of expert reviewers, will simulate the NIH review process to help you improve your SBIR/STTR proposal ahead of the January deadline. ...

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Fee: No Cost



Selling With Nostalgia

SBDCDecember 16, 2021 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW - Stevens Point

There are many options available in choosing a CRM software platform for your business. Learn the differences between the various CRM packages as well as differences in versions within each platform.  Make software decisions based on the proper fit and use of products as they pertain to you...

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Fee: No Cost



NSF Proposal Preparation Workshop

CTCJanuary 12, 2022 | 8:30AM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Topic: Start-up Assistance

You've thoroughly read the solicitation and planned your NSF SBIR or STTR project; now it's time to prepare the actual application. This webinar takes you through necessary steps for collecting the application information and completing the proposal components. In addition, it provides practical...

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Fee: No Cost



Stress Reduction, Balance & Healthy Living

SBDCJanuary 18, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

This session focuses on specific techniques to help you stay physically healthy and mentally balanced by controlling your daily thoughts from the time you get up in the morning to the time you go to bed at night. Medical research studies in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) have clearly de...

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Fee: $249.00



New Economy Supervision: Modern Methods for Today's Managers

SBDCJanuary 19, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

People today are rapidly being moved from task-oriented positions to supervisory positions with little or no training. This session provides basic supervisory "boot camp" training to build confidence by providing core leadership skills to become a successful modern day supervisor or lead. Partici...

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Fee: $249.00



Supervisory Management Two

SBDCJanuary 21, 2022 | 12:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Supervisory Management Two:

Leadership development resumes in four key areas (1) orienting people to your work unit, (2) understanding communication behaviors, (3) managing time, and (4) delegation. We build on the skills learned in the first seminar and focus on maintaining a productive w...

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Fee: $489.00



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 2

SBDCJanuary 24, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

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Fee: $25.00



Critical Thinking and Decision-Making Skills

SBDCFebruary 17, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Most people struggle with critical thinking skills for process improvement, decision making and problem solving. This class provides tools and techniques to make this much easier! You will learn how to do process mapping, plan "Kaizen" process improvement events, uncover wasted time, improve safe...

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Fee: $249.00



Time Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder

SBDCFebruary 18, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1204, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

This class offers great stress relief for those who work in a rush, crisis, "put out fires everyday" mode. Learn how to work more efficiently and combat the ten major time wasters. Save time on the phone, set work/personal life goals, develop a short-term balanced life plan, organize your worksp...

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Fee: $249.00



SBIR/STTR Budgets

CTCFebruary 23, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Topic: Start-up Assistance

Developing a proper budget for a grant or contract proposal should not be overlooked. A proper budget can be an effective tool in driving the project from start to finish. Be sure not to leave money on the table. This session will walk through the development of a project budget. Items covered...

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Fee: No Cost



Entrepreneurial Training Program

SBDCMarch 1, 2022 | 5:30PM | St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, River Falls

Topic: Business Basics

Do it right with a solid, researched and tested plan for optimum success. Beneficial for pre-venture through mature businesses in any industry and any size. Learn from the experts and those who have 'been there done that'. Find out if customers want what you have to offer and what they are wil...

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Fee: $250.00



The Art of Delegation

SBDCMarch 2, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Delegation is more than just getting work off of your desk and onto the desks of others. Delegation involves creating a clear, shared vision of the results that you and your "partners" expect and aligning other people's energy and actions toward achieving these outcomes. This seminar covers the b...

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Fee: $249.00



Understanding and Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

SBDCMarch 3, 2022 | 8:30AM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

The research is in: it's not how smart you are that determines your success in life, it's how emotionally intelligent you are. This workshop introduces the concept of emotional intelligence, identifies the competencies of emotional intelligence, and guides you in developing a plan for growing you...

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Fee: $249.00



Supervisory Management Three

SBDCMarch 4, 2022 | 12:00PM | Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse, Wittich Hall, Room 1102/1104, La Crosse, WI

Topic: Managing Employees

Communicating clear, specific expectations to people is critical for operational effectiveness. Giving feedback during day-to-day coaching sessions and during formal performance reviews is an essential skill. We discuss why there is resistance to performance assessment, how to establish job expe...

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Fee: $489.00



First Steps to Starting a Food Product Business - Session 3

SBDCMarch 15, 2022 | 6:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior

Topic: Start-up Assistance

"Everyone tells me that my BBQ sauce should be sold worldwide, but I have no idea how to get started," writes a previous student. Chef Arlene Coco, a long time food business owner, and culinary innovation strategist, will share what every entrepreneur wishes someone had told them at the beginning...

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Fee: $25.00



Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization

CTCApril 14, 2022 | 12:00PM | Online
Facilitated by: Center For Technology Commercialization

Commercialization and transition plans can be a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing a good plan. This session will review the requirements and guide you through where to start, what to includ...

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Fee: No Cost