First Steps

First Steps in Starting Your Own Business Workshop

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? First Steps in Starting Your Own Business is a two-hour, quarterly workshop and is open to the public. This workshop focuses on questions entrepreneurs may face when taking the leap. Some topics covered include: business plan development, market feasibility, financial and lender resources, and Small Business Administration (SBA) resources.

$10 per registrant 

The next First Steps session will be held:

Tuesday, August 6th | 4:30pm-6:30pm | Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA)


Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside is proud to announce our new Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP). ETP is an intensive six-month process to help qualified applicants wanting to start a business or grow an existing business, and who want to write a high-quality business plan suitable for presentation to a bank. This is a grant-based program presented in cooperation with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation WEDC to qualified applicants.

 Key Program Features

  • Face-to-Face classes
  • Individual Business Planning Consulting outside of class time
  • Networking with other Entrepreneurs
  • Bank Ready Business Plan Upon Completion
  • Guest Speakers from the Community Including:
    • Huntington Bank
    • Community State Bank
    • CenTrust Bank
    • SBDC Successful Clients

Is ETP right for you?

For more information or to apply for the program please call our Program Assistant Tessa at (262)595-3362. She will go through a list of questions with you to help evaluate whether or not the program will be a good fit.

Once the questionnaire is completed you will be contacted by our Business Consultant Mary Fischer-Tracy who will talk to you about your business and whether or not you will be accepted to the program.

Next Session: Spring 2019

To register
Complete this form and return it to: 


For more information please call 262-595-3362 or visit 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. Contact Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside, 900 Wood Road Kenosha, WI 53144. 

Tips at the O Workshop Series

Tips at the O is a collaboration between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Parkisde and the Backyard Dreams Studios/The O Co-Working Space. Together we introduce a series for tips on all things business! Whether you are starting a business, growing a business, or just throwing ideas around... come to the O!


Tips at the O: Business Financing for START UPS!

Wednesday, June 5th | 3pm-5pm | The O Co-working Space

Tips at the O: Branding for Beginners

Thursday, May 16th | 6pm-7:30pm | The O Co-working Space

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