FREE Business Plan Course

The Menominee Business Center is hosting a small business training session.

 Business Plans 101

Date:  Thursday, October 17

Location:  Menominee Business Center

Board Room

Time:  8:30 am– 4:00 pm Lunch included

FREE OF CHARGE – space is limited to first 10 registered

Contact Menominee Business Center to reserve your spot

715-799-5720

Presenter:  Renee Mahkimetas

If you have been putting off writing or finishing your business plan, then this training is for you.  This training is also recommended for those who have already written their business plan but need to make changes or polish it up a bit.

Training topics include-

  • Business Plan Outline
  • Business Description
  • SWOT analysis
  • Financials

This training is provided through a Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

BPC Works with Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Project Summary:

BPC provides technical assistance and evaluation services to the Menominee Indian Tribe of WI’s (MITW) Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).  This 2 year $250,000 project was funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and helps with mentoring small Native American and rural businesses in northeastern WI.  BPC will provide training services, technical assistance to MITW for developing case management/evaluation systems, and will gather project data to help with the annual evaluation report due to USDA.

Client Sector:

Tribal Government

BPC Services:

Evaluation and Technical Assistance

Project Term:

2012 – 2014

Bowman Performance ConsultingCustom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028

Preparing for Marketplace Rescheduled!

Please note the dates for Preparing for Marketplace have changed! Join us September 17, 2013.

http://www.wispro.org/eventdetail.asp?ID=693

Preparing to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors
Getting Ready for Marketplace 2013 – Keshena


Register For This Event Now
September 17, 2013 — Keshena, WI
Preparing to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors

Time: Registration 8am – 9am, Program 9am – 3pm
Facility: College of Menominee Nation – Campus Commons
Address: N172 State Hyw 47/55
City: Keshena, WI 54135
Focus of Event: Getting Ready for Marketplace 2013
Event Contact: Joseph Smetak 414-270-3600
Contact Email: josephs@wispro.org
Register Online Click Here to Register Now
Hosted by and Sponsored by:
Menominee Business Center
Menominee Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
U.S. Small Business Administration (US SBA)
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW)/ First American Capital Corporation (FACC)
Tribal Procurement Institute (TPI)
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc
WisDOT Inter-Tribal Task Force
Northwoods NiiJii
NiiCaP
USDA Rural Development–RBEG
Description:
***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE***

Getting Your Competitive Edge for MARKETPLACE 2013


MARKETPLACE 2013 is being held on October 15 and 16 at the Potawatomi Conference Center in Milwaukee. At this event, you will have the opportunity to present your business to buyers and buyer’s representatives from Federal, State and Local Governments as well as Corporations both large and small. The market is competitive. Understanding your customer, understanding what your customer is looking for and understanding how to present your value and capabilities are critical to success.

Topics
– Federal and Non-federal certifications
– Teaming and partnering
– Selling and Marketing to the government
– Finding Government Contracting Opportunities
– Preparing to attend Marketplace 2013
– Targeting Your Search for Local, State, Tribal and Federal Contracting Opportunities
– Contract Financing

To view the AGENDA, please click here.

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Register For This Event Now

Making Contacts, Getting Contracts

Be Prepared to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors at MARKETPLACE 2013

*View the PDF.

August 27, 2013 8:00 – 4:00

College of Menominee Nation – Campus Commons Keshena, WI

AGENDA

8:00      Registration

9:00      Welcome and Overview

9:15      Who are your Government and Prime Contractor Customers?

Federal and State Certifications

Finding Opportunities to Sell and Market to the Government and Prime Contractors

10:30    Break

10:45    Unique Opportunities for Native/Tribally Owned Businesses – Teaming for Success

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Maximize your Networking and Sales Opportunities – Marketplace 2013

2:00      Roundtable Discussions:

  • Business Loans – Start-ups/Expansions
  • Contract Financing – Working Capital to Perform Government Contracts

4:00      Adjourn

Hosted and Sponsored by:

Menominee Business Center

Menominee Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin Procurement Institute

Tribal Procurement Institute

U.S. Small Business Administration

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

First American Capital Corporation

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.

WisDOT Tribal Task Force

Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community

NiiJii Capital Partners – NiiCaP

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028

 

RBEG Services

Services offered to participants of the Mentor-Protege program through the Menominee Business Center as made possible by the RBEG grant. Read about the grant and program.

*View the PDF of RBEG Services

1.   Specialized Certifications (Municipal, State, Federal)

BPC can give you info on specialized certifications to help drive more business to your company. Examples: minority business, women business, certified Indian business (WDOT), 8a certification (small minority, disadvantage) to name several. BPC can help you with WME, DOT, and HUB certification.

Minority Business Enterprise Certification Program – The purpose of the Minority Business Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin. A certified minority business is eligible for a 5 percent bid preference on state purchases.  http://www.doa.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=225&locid=171

Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification Program – The Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification provides a State of Wisconsin validation of the ownership of business by a woman or women.  State certified WBE’s are able to provide both governmental entities and private companies with a credible recognition of the business’ ownership.  The WBE certification may serve as an additional marketing tool when seeking contract opportunities with entities that place a value on having a diverse supplier base.  http://doa.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=217&locid=172

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Minority Business Enterprise Certification – The purpose of the Minority Business Enterprise Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the state of Wisconsin. http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/business/mbe/application.htm

8A Business Certification – Although the SBA doesn’t certify minority-owned businesses, it does certify small businesses considered to be socially and economically disadvantaged under its nine-year 8(a) Business Development Program.  The 8(a) program helps these firms develop and grow their businesses through one-to-one counseling, training workshops and management and technical guidance.  It also provides access to government contracting opportunities, allowing them to become solid competitors in the federal marketplace.  In fiscal year 2010, small businesses received more than $18.4 billion in 8(a) contract dollars.  http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/contracting-support-small-businesses/8a-business-developme

HUBZone CertificationThe Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.  http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/contracting/working-with-government/small-business-certifications-audiences/hubzone-certification

Milwaukee County Certifications – Certification is the process used by Milwaukee County’s Community Business Development Partners department (CBDP) to determine the eligibility of small businesses to participate in Milwaukee County’s small and disadvantaged business opportunity program initiatives.  These initiatives are designed to increase the diversification of Milwaukee County’s annual spend to include more small, local businesses.  Doing business with small, local businesses enables Milwaukee County dollars to remain in the community, and for those dollars to work toward sustainable job creation.  Becoming certified may create new, or increase the current number of, opportunities for small businesses to perform work with Milwaukee County.

2.  Tribal Governments and Other Tribal Certifications

Tribal Employments Rights Office (TERO) Certifications – The primary purpose of the TERO program is to enforce tribally enacted Indian Preference law to insure that Indian/Alaska Native people gain their rightful share to employment, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities on and near reservations and native villages. Requirements vary by tribe.

Indian Preference – Indian preference is a unique legal right that tribal members have that entitles them to first consideration at all employment, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities that exist on and in some cases near reservations.

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin – The American Indian Chamber of Commerce (AICCW) exists to promote economic development in Wisconsin Indian Country through directed service delivery to American Indian entrepreneurs. Since inception in 1991, the AICCW has remained committed to providing statewide advocacy, networking, one-to-one business management counseling and access to financial products and services to Wisconsin-based American Indian business people. http://www.aiccw.org/

Native Americans in Philanthropy – Native Americans in Philanthropy is a growing circle of nonprofits, tribal communities, and foundations committed to the beliefs, traditions and gifts of Native peoples.
> Engage We work together to develop meaningful philanthropic opportunities.
> Educate We learn together to master a method of philanthropy rooted in Native values.
> Empower We inspire each other to advance Native assets and strengths. http://www.nativephilanthropy.org/

Indian Chambers of Commerce – There are several American Indian Chambers of Commerce. BPC can help you find the right one(s) to join. http://www.aiccnc.org/aiccs.asp

3.  Non-Profit and Other Certifications
 
What Works Clearinghouse – The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was established in 2002 as an initiative of the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education. The WWC is administered by the National Center for Education Evaluation within IES. The goal of the WWC is to be a resource for informed education decision making. To reach this goal, the WWC identifies studies that provide credible and reliable evidence of the effectiveness of a given practice, program, or policy (referred to as “interventions”), and disseminates summary information and reports on the WWC website. With over 700 publications available and more than 6,000 reviewed studies in the online searchable database, the WWC aims to inform researchers, educators, and policymakers as they work toward improving education for students. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

American Evaluation Association – The American Evaluation Association is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness. AEA has approximately 7700 members representing all 50 states in the United States as well as over 60 foreign countries. http://www.eval.org/

Chambers of Commerce – There are countless Chambers of Commerce. BPC can help you find the right one(s) to join.

Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network – Business assistance, training, financing opportunities and a network of over 100 organizations helping existing and potential Wisconsin businesses succeed. http://www.wenportal.org/index.htm

 

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

BPC In The News – Menominee Mentor Program

Bowman Performance Consulting was mentioned in the May issue of Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce’s newsletter, The Bottom Line.

BPC in Bottom Line newsletter Shawano Chamber

Read the full press release in Menominee Nation News.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

Menominee Business Center Awarded Grant for Rural and Tribal Business Mentoring Program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program.

Area business leaders to mentor under-performing businesses.

Keshena, WI – The Menominee Business Center (MBC) has been awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to provide a mentoring program to assist existing rural and Tribal businesses that are under-performing. Local business owner Nicole Bowman, Bowman Performance Consulting, will be providing evaluation support to the RBEG program leaders and mentoring participants.

Bowman says, “As an established business, I’m excited to work with newer businesses. I give practical advice from my own successes and lessons learned. The real world setting will assist mentees to leverage the resources they have, despite limited capacity. Additionally, I’m looking forward to developing innovative performance metrics that will help the Menominee Nation with implementation and longer-term impact for the program.”

About the Mentor Program

The program will assist in the improvement of the Menominee Nation economy by creating and retaining jobs; provide low cost space for office, business, and light industrial users; support local business development programs; and stimulate private sector initiative on the Menominee Reservation.

During the mentorship, participants will take a readiness/capacity assessment. Then they’ll receive tailored training and technical support to develop their individual and/or organizational business capacity, infrastructure, knowledge, skills, and resources. At the conclusion, summative data will be gathered to measure project impacts and longitudinal changes from the initial baseline.

About Bowman

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028