Business Plan Basics – November 2nd

Small business owners, entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners are invited to attend “Business Plan Basics” onThursday, November 2nd. The class will run from 6-9 pm. at Western Dairyland Business Center, 418 Wisconsin St., Eau Claire.
Class participants will learn how to create an effective and engaging business plan that can be presented to lenders or simply used to guide the launch and growth of a new business. Tuition is $29. Class materials are included. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals.
A business plan is an important document for anyone starting a new business, expanding an existing business, or launching a new product. Fundamentally, a business plan will include a mission statement, business description, product description, market analysis, marketing plan, operations plan, management plan and financial projections. However, more than just a document, the process involved with putting the components of a business plan together will help the entrepreneur identify and mitigate risk.
Kelly Berry is the owner ofResourceAbility, LLC and has been in business for over 12 years. She specializes in research, marketing planning, strategic planning and project management. Kelly is approved as a Service Provider for the Wisconsin Center for Technology Commercialization to write business plans and commercialization plans funded by state grants. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and small business owners across Western Wisconsin
There are three easy ways to register and pay for the class: online at www.SuccessfulBusiness.org, by phone at 836-7511 ext. 1171, or in person at the Western Dairyland office in downtown Eau Claire. Because space is limited, pre-registration and payment is required.

School electronics recycling through E-cycle Wisconsin

Check out the E-Cycle Wisconsin program. It’s designed to help publicly funded schools recycle electronics.

The recent ban of electronics, like computers and printers, from Wisconsin landfills and incinerators has made it challenging for schools to safely discard their outdated products. The E-Cycle Wisconsin website provides helpful information such as links to publications on how to choose a responsible recycler and a list of registered recyclers and collectors. The website also provides class activities to educate kids about recycling electronics.

For more information on how you can take advantage of the services provided by the E-Cycle Wisconsin program, visit the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ecycle/schools.html

If you have any specific questions, contact the E-Cycle Wisconsin program at (608) 266-2111 or DNRWAe-cycling@wisconsin.gov.

*Info from https://dpi.wi.gov/news/dpi-connected/school-electronics-recycling-through-e-cycle-wisconsin?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=e-cycle

An Artful August

August is full of opportunities to support our local solo artists and artist communities. Find the nearest art show or festival and bring the whole family for art exhibits, demonstrations, fun runs and even live art performances!

August 25th-27th

2017 Self-Determination Conference: Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 2017 annual Self-Determination Conference. This conference works to empower people with disabilities in Wisconsin to have more control over their lives.

More than 600 people each year participate in the conference to learn about self-determination and self directed supports so they can live independently, be members of their communities, and use public funds efficiently.

Participants include people with disabilities and their family members, direct care providers, and professionals from Wisconsin’s disability community. 

Register Today! 

Training Grant Opportunity for Small Business & Construction Trades

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) – Office of Skills Development (OSD) will be releasing Grant Program Announcements (GPAs) under Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Fast Forward(WFF) initiative for both Small Business Occupations and Construction Trades and Related Occupations.

Wisconsin employers and workforce partners are encouraged to start preparing innovative and collaborative customized training grant applications. Grantees may be awarded up to $400,000 to upskill construction trades and related occupations and up to $50,000 to upskill workers in small business settings.

Application details follow:

Worker Training Grants for:
– Small Business Occupations
– Construction Trades and Related Occupations

Grant Applications Open: June 09, 2017
Deadline to Apply: June 30, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

Governor Walker’s WFF program was approved with overwhelming bipartisan support from lawmakers in 2013 to address the skills gap through grants to employers for customized skills training to fill current job openings and ongoing skill requirements. DWD has awarded over $18 million in WFF grant contracts to date, supporting nearly 200 worker training projects that are benefitting hundreds of businesses and thousands of trainees across the state. To learn more about WFF-funded worker training projects, please review grant award summaries.

Please contact OSD with questions regarding the WFF GPAs.

Women’s Business Conference – June 8th in Eau Claire

Join us on June 8th for the 14th Annual Women’s Business Conference! This full day conference features an exhibitor hall filled with more than 100 business resources, 20 educational sessions for aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes, and unlimited networking opportunities!
Our new format includes a Power Panel moderated by Sarah Stokes, featuring Sherri Yukel from Big Dot of Happiness, Christina Wiersgalla from Wiersgalla Co., Connie Olson from Micon Cinemas, and Sue Tietz from McDonough Manufacturing.
Pre-Register today at WomensBusinessConference.com and pay only $69!
Scholarships Available! Students of ALL ages registering with a .edu email address as well as any income-qualifying individual who successfully completes the online scholarship application form will receive a reduced rate of $25!
 
Arrive early and attend the Pre-Conference Event on June 7th, 2-5pm provided by the Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Wisconsin Procurement Institute. Topics covered include Selling to the Government, Women’s Business Certifications, AND Mobile Apps you need to start using today to increase your personal and professional productivity. For more information, go to SuccessfulBusiness.org.

News Release: Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition

State Superintendent Tony Evers announced 178 Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition awards for the 2016-17 academic year, an honor that recognizes success in educating students from low-income families.

Additional information is available on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website http://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/news-release/dpinr2017_39.pdf. (Text at https://dpi.wi.gov/news/releases/2017/evers-names-178-wisconsin-title-i-schools-recognition.)

Please direct comments or questions about this news item to Tom McCarthy, (608) 266-3559, Thomas.McCarthy@dpi.wi.gov.

Let’s be Healthy in Minocqua!

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Register Now!

Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: April 2017

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NEWS AND OPINIONS

State

Hawaii: Hawaiians try to convince the state legislature to continue Hawaiian native education at the college level. Hawaii Tribune Herald

Michigan: Malcolm High School uses Running Strong for American Indian Youth grant money to teach a new course on Native American culture. Sault Ste. Marie Evening News

Minnesota: Cultural liaison mends ties between the Native American community and the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District. Savage Pacer

Minnesota: A group of Rochester parents are pushing their district to provide trainings to teachers on American Indian education and to communicate more about the needs and progress of American Indian students. Education Week

Minnesota: Graduation rates for American Indian students increase as achievement gaps continue to close. Hometown Source

Montana: Teachers share creative ways to teach about the cultural heritage and history of American Indians at the 11th Annual Indian Education for All Best Practices Conference. Helena Independent Record

Oklahoma: A new report from the National Indian Education Study shows Oklahoma’s American Indian students leading the nation in fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math scores. Examiner Enterprise

South Dakota: Native American Education Program brings recognition to Native culture in the Hot Springs community. Rapid City Journal

Utah: The Nebo Indian Education program held a Title VI Storytelling Night featuring storytellers who shared their cultural knowledge through hand drum songs and dances. NEBO

Wyoming: Legislators pass an Indian Education for All bill that will provide education materials for the 48 school districts across the state. Billings Gazette

 

 

WIEA is in May!

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Register Now!