First Steps to Starting a Business

A bi-monthly workshop taught by members of SCORE is provided free of charge for those wanting to start a business. Topics presented include:

  • 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 business in addition to being introduced to several resources that can help them along the way. 

2018 Meetings

Location: Portage County Business Council, 5501 Vern Holms Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482
For Google Maps directions to the Portage County Business Council, click here

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.


  • January 10
  • March 14
  • May 9
  • July 11
  • September 12
  • November 14


The class is FREE, but advanced registration is required. Register early to make sure you get into the session date you want!


Join us! 


You may also register over the phone by contacting us at 715-346-3861.

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 

YTD 2017 Economic Impacts

106 Face-to-Face Clients
• 350 Phone/Internet Clients
• 23 Businesses Started
$2,901,985 Client Capital 

Small Business
Development Center
UWSP Continuing Education
2100 Main Street, Rm 032
Stevens Point, WI 54481



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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