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Tools for Business

Portage County Business Council


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Our local Stevens Point SBDC helps new and existing businesses with business planning, finding financing, doing research and much more. They are truly partners for our businesses! And their services are free.

Personal connections are essential to a business' success. The Portage County Business Council connects you with potential customers, suppliers, and mentors.

The Library has online research tools to help you understand your market and its trends. The Reference Librarian can often help you answer questions that you have about competitors, market size, and more.

EVERY business should make an appointment with the SBDC, the chamber, and the library to see how we can help you grow your business.

 
 
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Welcome to the Portage County Business Community!

These resources will help you with starting and growing your business. All businesses are encouraged to visit the SBDC - where we will provide one-on-one help for business plans, research, financing, strategic planning, and much more.

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First Steps in Starting a Business

 

The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin provides free one-on-one help to people starting a new business. They can help you with determine the feasibility of your business idea, create a business plan, and find funding. Their services are free. Contact them at 715 346 3838 or visit https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/sbdc/Pages/default.aspx

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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Identifying your Sales Strategy

 

The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin provides free one-on-one help to businesses looking to expand their business or improve its profitability. The SBDC can help you with identifying the best marketing strategies, understanding your financial situation, and expanding your business through social media. Their services are free. Call them at 715-346-1316 or visit http://portage.uwex.edu/agriculture/

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  • Business Tune-Up

  • SWOT

  • Customer Retention

Grow your Business

Hire Employees

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Discipline & Termination for Supervisors

 

North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board can find employees for your business at no cost. The Workforce Center can advise you on whether there is funding for training for new or existing employees. Call them at 715.204.1640 or visit http://ncwwdb.org/business-and-industry/business-services/

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  • Business Tune-UP: HR

  • Create a Healthy Workplace

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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Customer Service

 

The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin provides entrepreneurial training. Contact them at 715-346-3861 or visit http://www.uwsp.edu/conted/SBDC/Pages/entrepreneurial.aspx

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  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

Greening your Business

  • Business Entity Wizard
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      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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    • What's Your Footprint

      Calculate your Business' Carbon and Water Footprint

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Cash Flow Management

 

The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin can help you prepare your financial information so you can apply for a business loan. The SBDC can also provide information on sources of loans for your business. Contact them at 715 346 3838 or visit https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/sbdc/Pages/default.aspx

Short Courses (low cost)

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  • Business Tune-Up

    Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

    Email address

Financing/Managing Money

Protect your Business

  • Business Entity Wizard
    • The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

      Entity Wizard

      The answers to a few questions usually determines the best business entity for you.

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Information security training for new employees

 

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

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    • Prevent Fraud

      Protect your Business from Fraud. It happens more than you think.

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Legal Requirements for Small Businesses

 

The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin provides free one-on-one help to people starting a new business. They can help you with determine the feasibility of your business idea, create a business plan, and find funding. Their services are free. Contact them at 715 346 3838 or visit https://www.uwsp.edu/conted/sbdc/Pages/default.aspx

Short Courses (low cost)

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    • Business Tune-Up

      Track your business' progress with this series of tune-ups. Your information is private; no one has access to it.

      Email address

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Encore Entrepreneurship for Women

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Your Assessment

  • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

  • New Ideas

  • Use of Technology

  • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

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    Contracting Opportunities for Veterans

     

    The Stevens Point Small Business Development Center at University of Wisconsin provides free one-on-one help to veterans seeking to start a business. The SBDC can help you develop a business plan, find funding, work with you on government contracting, and more. Their services are free. Call them at 715-346-1316 or visit http://portage.uwex.edu/agriculture/

    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    University of Wisconsin Extension Service can help you with both production and the business part of your agribusiness. Their services are free. Call them at 715-346-1316 or visit http://portage.uwex.edu/agriculture/

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

  • Agriculture

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    Check out the Idea Center in Stevens Point. it is a center for artists and innovative entrepreneurs. Visit them at 1039B Ellis Street, call them at 715 254-0460 or visit http://www.createportagecounty.org/innovation/

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

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    Fall Protection

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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  • Food Processing

    Sell Globally

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    Take your Business Global

     

    The Wisconsin Global Development Program helps Wisconsin businesses expand their business globally. For information, go to http://inwisconsin.com/export/assistance/global-business-development-program/ or call

    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

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    Introduction to Lean Six Sigma video series

     

    The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership can help you improve operations by training you in advanced manufacturing procedures. Their services are low-cost. Please contact them at 877 856-8588 or visit http://www.wmep.org

    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

  • Manufacturing


    Restaurants/Tourism

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    Commercial Kitchen Safety

     

    Join the Partners in Tourism Program from the Stevens Point Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visit https://www.stevenspointarea.com/about/about-spacvb/partner-in-tourism/ or call them at 715-344-2556.

    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

  • Markup Calculator 

    List Price Markdown Calculator 

    Layaway Calculator 

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    Courage to Coach - Retail

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address

  • Retail

    Selling to Government

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    How to Market to the Government

     

    The Wisconsin Procurement Institute provides information, seminars and one-on-one help in getting government contracts. Please call them at 414-270-3600 or visit https://www.wispro.org/

    Short Courses

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    Your Assessment

    • Characteristics of "Best in Your Industry"

    • New Ideas

    • Use of Technology

    • Threats to your Industry

  • Your email address