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First Steps to Starting a Business

 

Get the information and skills you need to open a business.

During a fast-paced three-hour course, you will:
- Assess the feasibility of your business idea
- Identify the risks and rewards of starting your business
- Receive tools to calculate start-up costs
- Learn important marketing strategies
- Explore legal considerations
- Understand the value and content of a business plan
- Identify financial resources

Bring your questions, discuss concerns and network with other entrepreneurs. Start working on your business in class and leave with a wealth of information and resources.
The next step after this would be the Entrepreneur Training Program where you can take all of your pre-planning and apply it to writing your business plan. Info can be found here.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Identify where you will need extra assistance and resources to help you
  • Understand what it takes to become an entrepreneur, and decide whether it's the right path for you
  • Receive an overview of elements in a business plan and how you can begin working on your own

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Course Outline/Topics

  • Readiness Assessment
  • Product/Service Offering
  • Startup Cost Assessment
  • List Competitors
  • Resources for permits/requirements
  • Additional outlets for support

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"The class gave us a real sense of direction and the encouragement we need to get started."
Donna & Dan Romani

"A great way to get a brief yet detailed overview all while being in a comfortable non-intimidating environment!"
Lindsee Ollman

  Sessions  
Wed., Aug. 19
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Dave Smulyan, President, Optimal Solutions Squared LLC
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-7885
Registration Deadline: Wed., Aug. 19
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Wed., Sept. 16
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-7884
Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 16
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Wed., Oct. 21
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Sheree Walker-Armstrong, Certified Professional Trainer
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-7869
Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 21
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Wed., Nov. 11
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: Dave Smulyan, President, Optimal Solutions Squared LLC
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-7870
Registration Deadline: Wed., Nov. 11
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Wed. Jan. 20, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8479
Registration Deadline: Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
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Wed. Feb. 17, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8480
Registration Deadline: Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
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Wed. Mar. 23, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8481
Registration Deadline: Wed., Mar. 23, 2016
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Wed. Apr. 20, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8482
Registration Deadline: Wed., Apr. 20, 2016
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Wed. May 25, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8483
Registration Deadline: Wed., May 25, 2016
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Wed. Jun 15, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8484
Registration Deadline: Wed., June 15, 2016
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Wed. Aug. 17
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8474
Registration Deadline: Wed., Aug. 17, 2016
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Wed. Sept. 21
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8475
Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 21, 2016
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Wed. Oct. 19
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8476
Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 19, 2016
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Wed. Nov. 16, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8486
Registration Deadline: Wed., Nov. 16, 2016
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Wed. Dec. 7, 2016
6-9pm
Location: UWM School of Continuing Education (Click link for directions)
Instructor: To Be Announced
$29
Enrollment Limit: 25
Program No. 5125-8485
Registration Deadline: Wed., Dec. 7, 2016
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  Related Courses  
Entrepreneur Training Program (ETP): Develop Skills and Write Your Business Plan
Tax Concerns for a New Milwaukee Area Business (Free)
 
For more information, contact:
Jason Mueller, Program Manager, muell223@uwm.edu, 414-227-3129
 

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