Local program helps entrepreneurs succeed

Local Program Helps Area Entrepreneurs

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - UWL's Small Business Development Center has been helping business owners in the area for the past 20 years.

During the 2016 fiscal year, the center helped more than 330 entrepreneurs create a business plan and during that same year they received $6 million in funding to grow their businesses.

By helping area business owners through strategic planning, financial management and marketing, the program is helping entrepreneurs get to where they need to be.

And by creating more jobs and opportunities in the area, it's a win-win situation for both business owners and those who live in the community.

"They helped us in every aspect of opening the business. from how it would look, really our traffic flows, how we would do our drive thru, we're seeing success through our drive thru I think because of their recommendations and their perspective," said Steve Miller, co-owner of Cool Beans Coffee Shop in La Crosse.

The program's training includes free consultation and an eight-week, start-up and business plan writing workshop.

It's helping business owners like Miller create a another space for people in the community to meet or work.

"There is a lot of entrepreneurs out there and they know that spirit."

Program directors say the center helps entrepreneurs narrow down their ideas.

"The need is there, there is increased economic activity and as a result of that, they need resources to go to to make sure they're doing it correctly to get up and running."

The Small Business Development Center also helps businesses in Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, Monroe, Trempeleau and Vernon counties.

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