First Steps to Starting a Business

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

Join us for one of our upcoming First Steps to Starting a Business classes. Taught by experienced business owners, the class covers the following topics:

  • Coming up with your business idea
  • Prescreening your idea
  • Market research
  • Business feasibility
  • Business model canvas
  • Business plan creation
  • Financing

Participants will receive a variety of materials to help start their for-profit business in addition to being introduced to several resources that can help them along the way. 

No Cost to Attend

The class is offered at no cost, but advanced registration is required. 

2019 Class Dates

All meeting times will be 6:30-9 p.m.

Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce
1120 Lincoln Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
- February 13
- August 14

Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry
700 S Central Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449
- April 10
- October 9

Portage County Business Council
5501 Vern Holmes Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482
- January 9
- March 13
- May 8
- July 10
- September 11
- November 13

Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce
221 S Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981
- June 12
- December 11

(Click on the chamber name for Google Maps direction.)


You may also register over the phone by contacting us at 715-346-3838.

Please note that we need a minimum of four people to sign up to run the class and the class may be canceled if the minimum registration is not met. An email will be sent out to notify you if the class is cancelled. 

Writing a Business Plan? 

Our in-depth Entrepreneurial Training Program is offered periodically at a variety of locations. Visit the Entrepreneurial Training Program webpage for scheduled dates and additional information.

Impacting Wisconsin's Economy 

2019 Economic Impacts
1st and 2nd Quarter

- 245 Clients
- 17 business starts
- 386 total consulting hours
- 24 jobs created
- 943 jobs supported
- $2.3 million in client capital

2018 Economic Impacts

- 313 clients
- 29 businesses starts
- 1,115 total consulting hours
- $5.16m in client capital


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the SBDC at 715-346-3838 or

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