Entrepreneurial Training Program
Conferences and Training, Entrepreneurial Training

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Spring 2022 - Registrations Closed


Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) is offered by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center's UW-Green Bay and UW-Stevens Point centers. It is a 9 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.

In-Person Offering

Orientation: Thursday, February 17 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Classes: Thursdays, March 3-April 28 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: NTC Antigo

Virtual Offering

Orientation: Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Classes: Thursdays, February 24 - April 21, 2022 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Virtual Zoom

Please note an additional $50 reduction in the program fee for participants registering for the virtual class, as you'll be required to purchase your own textbook.

​​Registration Information

Registration Fee

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is offering qualified applicants Entrepreneurial Training Grants that cover most of the $1,000 course fee. The grant covers 75 percent of the tuition, reducing your cost to $250.
Grant recipients must meet attendance requirements and complete a business plan within 2 weeks of completion of the course, or will otherwise be responsible for the remaining $750. There is also an option to complete a workbook in lieu of the business plan to meet the requirement. 

Fall 2022

Registrations are now closd for the 2022 spring offering. Please email us at uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu to be added to our interested list for fall 2022.

Program Reviews - Fall 2021 Graduates

"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."

"The most valuable aspects of the program are the experience of the instructors and counselors in presenting the information that allowed me to look at my business with an objective, critical eye from a financial viability standpoint. Guest speakers were also highly valuable, particularly discussions about watching for pivot opportunities and how to scale."


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Jeff Ebel | Ebel Consulting

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 in sales and over 45 employees. He now spends his time mentoring business owners and assisting entrepreneurs as an adjunct instructor of entrepreneurship for the 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. Jeff will be instructing our in-person Antigo ETP class. 

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Todd Kuckkahn | Public Speaker

As an independent certified coach, teacher, trainer and speaker with The John Maxwell Team, Todd brings incredible resources for his client's intentional growth in their business and personal life. His DISC trainer and consultant certification brings a verifiable assessment of their communication and personality styles to begin their journey. "The biggest gap in life is between what we know and what we do." Todd has taught classes at Mid-State Technical College and UW-Stevens Point. Todd serve as Executive Director for the Portage County Business Council for 6 years before leaving to pursue his passion in coaching and leadership training full-time in 2021. Todd will be instructing our virtual ETP class this spring. 

Proven Impact 

Since 2013, 534 students have completed the course statewide, including 40 veterans and 73 minorities. 

If you're interested in future ETP offerings, please email uwspce-SBDC@uwsp.edu to be added to our interested list. 

Contact Info

Questions regarding this program or the ETP grant requirements, please email uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu. 

Cancellation Policy

Full refund of any program fee payments will be made if cancellation request is received in writing to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu before the start of the first day of class. No refunds for cancellations made after the first day of class. Participants cancelling after the first day of class and/or who do not complete their grant requirements will be billed the remainder of the tuition fee of $750. 

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The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship in the UW-System. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact the SBDC at 715-346-3838 or uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu.