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Small Business Center Gathers Momentum
JAN. 7, 2005--After a year under new director Chris Bye, the University
of Wisconsin-River Falls, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
is reaching out to the business community.
Bye, a River Falls native, was named director of the SBDC last January.
Over the last year, Bye has been leading the 3-year-old center to new
heights by taking a more active role in the community. "I want to
let people know we are here," says Bye. "We want to be a partner
with the business community and to be a source people can use."
Working to increase its visibility by offering free business advising
classes in the community as well as one-on-one consulting, the SBDC hopes
to expand business ownership in the three counties it serves, which includes
Pierce, Polk and St. Croix.
The SBDC assists those looking to launch a new business and those who
have just started a business. It also helps existing businesses become
even better, says Bye. "We provide any and all types of business
resources for organizations."
Free business consulting through advising and training sessions are offered
by the SBDC. Small business specialists are available by appointment through
the center. The specialists are experts in the area of entrepreneurship
and can help solve problems that small businesses can face at any stage
of development. During these individual consulting sessions, topics can
range from business plans, finance, marketing and strategy to helping
get businesses organized and running smoothly. Bye said he meets with
approximately 6-10 businesses a week in such sessions.
Additionally, the SBDC offers free business advising sessions one day
a month at a location in each county including Hudson in St. Croix County;
Balsam Lake in Polk County; and Ellsworth in Pierce County. Individual
appointments are approximately 75 minutes in length and are designed for
anyone who would like to discuss plans for starting or expanding a business
or who has problems in any area of business management.
The SBDC also offers training for businesses through class offerings.
The Entrepreneurial Training Program focuses on starting a business and
creating a business plan. The course covers issues such as employee relations,
human resources management and basic business management.
A class on QuickbooksTM accounting basics shows participants how to set
up and use the software for their business. The SBDC also offers a course
on human resources. Additional classes focus on marketing, finances and
small business strategy. The SBDC also serves as a resource for businesses
to connect with other professionals either in the university or private
By offering training and free advising for businesses, Bye hopes to increase
the economic viability in this area. "Our goal is to increase business
ownership, not only by launching new businesses but by making businesses
already here better and more profitable," said Bye.
For more information about the SBDC and its offerings, contact Bye at
715-425-0620 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010 16:21:18 Central Daylight Time