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April 23, 2004

UW-RF to Offer Small Business Advising at Balsam Lake

Individual advising conferences will be held in Balsam Lake on Thursday, May 6, offering specialized assistance to small business managers as well as to those interested in starting new businesses.

The Polk County UW-Extension Office is arranging the conferences with the business specialist representing the Small Business Development Center Office at UW-River Falls. Anyone who would like to discuss plans for starting or expanding a business or who has problems in any area of business management will be able to take advantage of the Center's professional counsel.

The individual appointments, approximately 75 minutes in length, will be scheduled from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. at the Polk County Extension Office in Balsam Lake. To register for a Business Advising Session, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 715/425-0620 by Wednesday, May 5.

Since the start of this business advising service, over 300 managers of prospective and existing small business firms have been served in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties. These represent a wide variety of manufacturing, retailing and service companies, as well as many people wishing to start new businesses.

The Small Business Development Center also offers a variety of business classes at UW-River Falls. For course descriptions, visit the Web at


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