News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Daniel Wackershauser, Marketing Specialist
Phone: 608.822.2303
Mail: 1800 Bronson Blvd., Fennimore, WI 53809
Date of Release: February 13, 2024

Free Small Business Clinic to be hosted on campus

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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Eau Claire and the Southwest Wisconsin SBDC will host a Small Business Clinic, free to all participants on March 4, at Southwest Tech, 1800 Bronson Boulevard, in Fennimore, Wisconsin. 

The event begins at 9 a.m. and is a “choose-your-own-adventure” for entrepreneurs. Sign up for one appointment with an expert or schedule several. Participants can schedule 30-minute sessions with consultants to discuss financials, marketing, taxes, legal issues or starting a business. The confidential, free one-on-one appointments can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Consulting services will be available in Spanish from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 

“Whether you’re not sure where to start or you’re ready to make a leap, our experts are here to offer trusted insights and industry-specific advice, free of charge,” said Nora Roughen-Schmidt, business consultant with the Southwest Wisconsin SBDC. “Please join us on March 4 and we will help get you started.”

In addition to the 30-minute appointments, participants may attend lecture style, group sessions at 11a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sessions include All About E-Commerce and How to Get Your Business Online with entrepreneur Becca Cooke of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; General Business Law with UW Madison’s Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic; and Business Taxes with the Department of Financial Institutions.  

Stay for lunch and meet fellow entrepreneurs, mingle with local organizations that support entrepreneurship, or participate in a business plan working lunch session hosted by local Southwest Wisconsin SBDC Business Consultant Nora Roughen-Schmidt. 

Register for the clinic online: or contact or 608-716-9441. 

This event was made possible thanks to an Innovation Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Thanks to event sponsors: Southwest Tech and The Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship, and special thanks to Grant County Economic Development and Ron Brisbois for helping to make this event possible in Grant County. 

• The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education. Its regional expertise is accessible to anyone anywhere across more than a dozen locations. The Wisconsin SBDC is one of five programs at the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship, which provides specialized resources and helps clients craft personalized plans to grow their businesses. The institute is part of the world-class Universities of Wisconsin. The organization is a nationally accredited member of America’s SBDC, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. 

| Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, is one of 16 institutions that comprise the Wisconsin Technical College System. Southwest Tech offers more than 60 programs in a wide variety of disciplines. Courses are offered on campus, online, HyFlex and in a blended format. The college provides apprenticeship, certificate, technical diploma, and associate degree programs that respond to district workforce needs and prepare student for family-sustaining jobs and career advancement. |

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