Entrepreneurial Training Program

Business Plan Series

Program Details

Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is a 9 week course that provides an easy to follow, step by step process that shows your for-profit business how to:

  • Answer the question – "Will people buy my product or service?"
  • Appeal to more customers
  • Develop a lender-ready business plan
  • Use time, money, and resources wisely

Through instruction and guest speakers, the course serves those who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses struggling to get a handle on all the details, and those with successful companies they want to grow.

Past Participant Program Review

"Jeff was a wonderful instructor who is able to share invaluable knowledge and experience in business. The course materials were useful in learning more about how to develop a successful business plan. There were a lot of great guest speakers that provided necessary resources and the opportunity to network. Mark was a great counselor to assist with applying the tools to my own business plan." ~ M.B. of Stevens Point (Fall 2018 Participant)

Fall 2019

Stevens Point Location

UW-Stevens Point Communication Arts Center
Tuesdays, September 17-November 12, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Antigo Location

Northcentral Technical College - Antigo Campus
Thursdays, September 19 - November 14, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Wausau Location

Entrepreneurial and Education Center
Tuesdays, September 24 - November 19, 2019, 5:30-8:30 p.m.


The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is offering qualified applicants Entrepreneurial Training Grants that cover most of the $1,000 course fee. The grant covers 75 percent of the tuition, reducing your cost to $250.

Grant recipients must meet attendance requirements and complete a business plan within 90 days of completion of the course, or will otherwise be responsible for the remaining $750.


Space in the couse is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at uwbizgrants.org by creating an account and filling out the SBDC ETP grant application. Register early to ensure there is enough time to complete a pre-class consultation with your assigned SBDC counselor.

Proven Impact

Since 2013, 537 students have completed the course statewide, including 40 veterans and 73 minorities.

If you are interested in future ETP offerings, please email uwspce-SBDC@uwsp.edu to be added to our interested list. 



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 uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu.

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