Entrepreneurial Education Program - Rhinelander

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Wednesdays, February 28 - April 17​, 2024 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Nicolet College | Rhinelander, Wisconsin 


The Entrepreneurial Education Program (EEP) in Rhinelander is offered by Nicolet College and UW-Stevens Point Continuing Education through the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program. It is a 8 week course that provides an easy to follow, step by step process that shows you how to:

  • Answer the question – "Will people buy my product or service?"
  • Appeal to more customers
  • Develop a lender-ready business plan
  • Use time, money, and resources wisely
Through instruction and guest speakers, the course serves those who are considering starting a business, owners of existing businesses struggling to get a handle on all the details, and those with successful companies they want to grow.

Textbook will be provided at no charge to participants in the program. If there is a second person registering from the same company, they will need to purchase their own textbook online on Amazon. 


​​Registration Information

Program Fee: FREE

This program is regularly $1000 per participant but through Nicolet College and the SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program, this course is available at no-cost to participants. This program is only offered in-person at Nicolet College. Limited seating available. 

Registration is required to participate in the program. In-person offering only. This will not be hybrid. 

Register Now

2/21/24 Update: Registration is now closed.

The class is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list in case of any last minute cancellations, please reach out to the program coordinator at zyang@uwsp.edu. 


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Jeff Ebel | Angel Investor, Business Owner & Entrepreneur Education Instructor

Jeff Ebel is a former business owner, having had his own business in the 70s and again in 1989 starting Ebel Woodworking in his garage. In between businesses he worked in manufacturing management at two local furniture companies. In 2007 he sold Ebel Woodworking after growing it to over $4MM insales and over 45 employees. He now spends his time mentoring business owners and assisting entrepreneurs as an adjunct instructor of entrepreneurship forthe Fox Valley Technical College, the SBDC at the UW Stevens Point, and presenting the “First Steps” free workshop for the SBDC Stevens Point, Central Wisconsin SCORE Chapter, and CAP Services. He most recently joined forces with co-owner Leon Ostrowski in Midwest Wealth Ventures, LLC as its President, mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs and assisting with funding their ventures through the Wisconsin River Business Angels. He volunteers annually to serve as a judge for the Wisconsin governor’s Business Plan Contest.

Program Reviews

"This information is priceless. I wish I would have taken the class before I started my business 3 years ago as the mistakes are plentiful and this class helps stop those from happening."

"I am currently enrolled in two Entrepreneurship classes, this one and another which isn't affiliated with this instructor (and program). I can tell you that this class is much better and more organized, so thank you for that."

"For me, it really was about the Strategic Positioning. Trying to figure out who my company is, how to define it, and how it fits in the marketplace was really eye-opening."

Cancellation Policy

This program is being offered at no-charge to participants. If for any reason your schedule changes and you are no longer able to attend, we would greatly appreciate a cancellation notification no later than Wednesday, February 14​, 2024, sent to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu. This will allow us to open up registration to more registrants if there is a waiting list. ​

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the UWSP Continuing Education at 715-346-3838 or uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu