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Entrepreneurial Training Program - IN-PERSON - Fall 2024 - Manitowoc County

Thu 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
8 sessions ending Thu, Nov 7
Topic: Start-up Assistance

This ETP offering will be held in-person at Progress Lakeshore, Manitowoc.

Successful business owners have a plan — let us help you build yours!

Whether your business is growing or brand-new, writing a business plan is critical to building a profitable venture, especially to attract financing from lenders or investors.

The Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is eight efficient sessions to help you develop a plan for a thriving, profitable business. In this program, you will learn to identify customers, determine their needs and analyze that information into a feasible plan for starting or growing your business.

  • Organize and better manage your business.

  • Identify opportunities and market your business.

  • Understand and get your business financials in order.

  • Get funding for your business.

  • Complete a written business plan workbook OR write a detailed, comprehensive business plan

  • Network with other entrepreneurs.

  • Develop a network with small business support services.

One-time Scholarship Opportunity Available Cost of Course: The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will offer qualified applicants an Entrepreneur Training Grant* that covers 75% of the $1,000 course fee, reducing the cost to $250. Additionally, Progress Lakeshore is offering a limited number of $200 Scholarships*, bringing the final participant's fee to $50! Space in the course is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To receive the grant and scholarship participants must apply, complete the course and submit a quality workbook or business plan within 2 weeks of the final class session. Participants who accept these funding opportunities, but do not complete the course and/or workbook, will be responsible for the entire course fee of $1,000.

Application process for the WEDC Grant ($750): Once the participant has successfully completed the course and submitted a quality workbook, the Small Business Development Center-UWGB office will serve as proxy to complete the WEDC grant application form for the participant. The information provided in the "Letter of Intent", completed by the participant prior to the start of the course, will be used to complete this application. The SBDC-UWGB will notify the participant of the WEDC grant completion.

To apply for the Progress Lakeshore Scholarship ($200), please contact Ann Flad-Jesion at

Grant and scholarship recipients must attend at least 75% of classes and complete a workbook/business plan within 2 weeks of finishing the course, or recipients will be responsible for the full $1,000.

Class Dates: Sept 19, 26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov 7, 2024

Fee: $ 50.00

Payment can be made online with Credit Card

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Phone: 920-366-9065


Progress Lakeshore
202 N. 8th St., Suite 101 Manitowoc, WI 54220