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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 is the Entrepreneur Training Program, where you can take all of your pre-planning and apply it to writing your business plan.

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

Course Outline/Topics

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

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

Wed., Sept. 16

6-9pm

Location: Concordia University, 12800 Lake Shore Dr., Mequon, WI

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-7884

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 16

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Wed., Sept. 23

6-9pm

Location: UWM - School of Continuing Education, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 6000, Milwaukee, WI

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8801

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 23

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Wed., Oct. 21

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Sheree Walker-Armstrong

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-7869

Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 21

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Wed., Nov. 11

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Dave Smulyan

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-7870

Registration Deadline: Wed., Nov. 11

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Wed., Dec. 9

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8801

Registration Deadline: Wed., Dec. 9

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Wed., Jan. 20, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8479

Registration Deadline: Wed., Jan. 20, 2016

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Wed., Feb. 17, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8480

Registration Deadline: Wed., Feb. 17, 2016

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Wed., Mar. 23, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8481

Registration Deadline: Wed., Mar. 23, 2016

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Wed., Apr. 20, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8482

Registration Deadline: Wed., Apr. 20, 2016

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Wed., May 25, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8483

Registration Deadline: Wed., May 25, 2016

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Wed., June 15, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8484

Registration Deadline: Wed., June 15, 2016

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Wed., Aug. 17, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8474

Registration Deadline: Wed., Aug. 17, 2016

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Wed., Sept. 21, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8475

Registration Deadline: Wed., Sept. 21, 2016

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Wed., Oct. 19, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8476

Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 19, 2016

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Wed., Nov. 16, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8486

Registration Deadline: Wed., Nov. 16, 2016

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Wed., Dec. 7, 2016

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: TBA

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8485

Registration Deadline: Wed., Dec. 7, 2016

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