Space in the course is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online through the UW System Business & Entrepreneurship grant application portal at uwbizgrants.org by creating an account and filling out the SBDC Entreprenuerial Training Program (ETP) grant application.
Please make sure to choose Stevens Point SBDC or Green Bay SBDC as the ETP Host Organization.
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 qualified business plan within 90 days of completion of the course or will otherwise be responsible for the remaining $750.
Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the UW-Stevens Point and UW-Green Bay. It is a 9 week course that provides an easy to follow, step by step process that shows you 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.
We are going virtual for fall 2020!
Three experienced business professionals will be co-teaching this course and using Zoom break out rooms, polls, and interactive group and individual activities to keep the instruction fresh and engaging.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 (register link)
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays, September 24 - November 19, 2020
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Find out if ETP is right for you!
Want to know what the Entrepreneurial Training Program is all about? You're in luck! We are hosting an orientation for those interested in the program and for those that have already registered.
Meet the instructor and the Small Business Development Center team. Get an overview of the program, curriculum, and grant scholarship requirements. Most of all, find out how this program can help you reach your business goals. Register for the orientation: https://centerex.wisconsinsbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=19400077
Please note: When applying for the ETP grant, make sure to enter the first day of class for "Course Start Date" and not the orientation date to assist us with which class location you are applying for.
"This course is an eye opener and shows me the path to open a new business. Teaching is provided in a very friendly environment and the support staff is excellent not only during the training but also afterwards. They (support staff) are very resourceful and always ready to help."
- D.R., Wausau
"SBDC ETP class has changed my views on being in business. The amount of knowledge and practical business skills I have learned outweight the price ten-fold."
- B.L., Stevens Point
"The class had so much information - helpful in informing people what all is entailed to start a business. The class was also a great way to meet and network with new and potential small businesses!"
- B.K., Antigo
Since 2013, 534 students have completed the course statewide, including 40 veterans and 73 minorities.
If you're interested in future ETP offerings, please email uwspce-SBDC@uwsp.edu
to be added to our interested list.