It’s National Write a Business Plan Month

The U.S. Small Business Administration provides great templates and tools to get you started on the your business plan. Start 2018 with a brand new business plan and you’ll be sure to succeed in the new year.

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, 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.

April is Financial Capability Month

April is Financial Capability Month, so now it’s a great time for small business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs to brush up on their financial skills. SBA has numerous resources to help you get your business financially fit.

Is Your Business Fiscally Fit?

Financial Literacy and Education Commission

The Financial Literacy and Education Commission was established under Title V of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003 to improve the financial literacy and education of persons in the United States. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) wishes to bring financial literacy not only to America as a whole, but specifically to small businesses and future entrepreneurs.  The commission was asked to develop a national financial education website (, along with a hotline (1-888-My Money) and a national strategy on financial education. It is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and comprises the heads of 22 federal entities, including SBA.

Check out more resources here!

Resources for Women Entrepreneurs

wosbWomen-Owned Businesses

Friday Funny! Grow your Business


You CAN grow your business to the next level!

Enjoy some resources from BPC:

Tips for Business Owners / Entrepreneurs (YouTube playlist)

Grant Writing (YouTube playlist)

Funding (related blogs)

KERRETV Webinar Today (Tues Nov 15) 2pm-3pm, EST


Grant Acquisition for Small Business in Indian Country

Join this webinar to receive specific strategies to help small businesses locate available funds.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to develop relationships with small business funders
  • How the Self-Determination Act helped our Federal Agencies create Indian Country agencies within their Federal Department
  • How to find the right small business funder
  • How to write the proposal by “telling your story”
  • How to report back to the funder in a way that will increase your chances of continued financial assistance

To register follow this link:

Find Funding for your Business!

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses grant writing, services BPC offers, and how to get grants. She suggests diversifying your services, and communicating them well. Visit her website for a list of grants available for for-profit businesses.

Grants and Loans for Businesses through Non-Profits

Federal Funding Sources for Entrepreneurs

Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

American Indian Business Resources

Deadline 7/29! SBA Requesting Quotes for Small Business Research

sbaThe Office of Advocacy (Advocacy) is pleased to announce a series of solicitations for small business research.  Proposals are due by 7:30 AM Mountain time on Friday, July 29, 2016.

The Office of Advocacy’s mission includes providing research documenting the status of small businesses and the impact of important trends. To fulfill this task, Advocacy periodically fund small business research from researchers through requests for quotations (RFQs). Areas of interest have been chosen because they are researchable, show the status or role of small businesses, can be a catalyst for further research, or may provide policymaking insight.

For more information see here:

Are You a Small Business? Take a Look How to Stand Out From Big Businesses in This SBA Blog.

As many celebrated National Small Business Week May 1-7, the strengths of America’s small businesses were at the top of many minds. Small businesses are essential to communities and help to foster innovation in every industry.

Read the complete blog online here: Blog | Stand Out From Big Businesses