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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.

Instructor

Jason Mueller

Jason Mueller is responsible for the Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) education programs for entrepreneurs and established business owners. He also works with local professional organizations to develop small business education curriculum, ensuring that the Milwaukee business community has access ... read more

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

Testimonials

"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

All sessions are Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.

Wed., Oct. 19

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8476

Registration Deadline: Wed., Oct. 19

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Wed., Nov. 16

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8486

Registration Deadline: Wed., Nov. 16

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Wed., Dec. 7

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5125-8485

Registration Deadline: Wed., Dec. 7

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Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9672

Registration Deadline: Tue., Jan. 17, 2017

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Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9673

Registration Deadline: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

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Wed., Mar. 15, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9674

Registration Deadline: Tue., Mar. 14, 2017

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Wed., Apr. 19, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9675

Registration Deadline: Tue., Apr. 18, 2017

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Wed., May 17, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9676

Registration Deadline: Tue., May 16, 2017

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Wed., June 14, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9677

Registration Deadline: Tue., June 13, 2017

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Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9689

Registration Deadline: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

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Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9678

Registration Deadline: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

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Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9679

Registration Deadline: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

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Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

6-9pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Instructor: Jason Mueller

Fee: $29

Enrollment Limit: 20

Program Number: 5125-9680

Registration Deadline: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

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