In this month's BizStarts event, Peter Wills, the executive director of Progress Lakeshore, will share how his organization can assist your business with financing, business planning, workforce recruitment, site selection, and connections with other regional resources like SCORE and SBDC. Don't know what these are? That's a great reason to attend!
What you'll learn by attending:
>> Entrepreneurial bootcamp training dates
>> Local and regional resources available to you, including training and financing information
>> Key economic data about starting a business in Manitowoc County
>> Government contracting opportunities for small businesses
>> Finding technology and other talent to grow your business
>> Much more!
As the leader for economic development programs for Progress Lakeshore, Peter brings over 20 years of experience in finance, management, and community outreach. He has worked for BMO Harris, Chase Bank, and Morgan Stanley and has held management roles with Enterprise Fleet Management. He has a degrees in business administration and political science from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Peter holds several regional board positions and is a member of the Two Rivers Business Association (TRBA) and many other organizations.
Saul Newton, founder and executive director of the Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce, will discuss how veteran entrepreneurs and business owners can leverage resources and networks across the state. Whether you are a veteran or an entrepreneur of any stripe, Saul will share resources and stories to inspire your business startup efforts. Please join us.
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We know WHAT we do, we sometimes know HOW we do it, but we rarely know WHY we do WHAT we do.
Leadership is about getting people to act and with Simon Sinek’s "Golden Circle" you can learn how today’s leaders inspire generations of thinkers and doers. With the "Golden Circle" you can figure out WHY you do the things you do and learn how to communicate to encourage people to act.
Attendees will learn:
1. How to communicate like a leader
2. Figure out their WHY
About the workshop facilitator:
Heather Schroeder is an artist, dreamer, and doer. An aspiring entrepreneur testing the waters, she is a student at Fox Valley Technical College in the Individual Technical Studies program with an emphasis in Educational Consulting. Born and raised in a small town in Northeast Wisconsin, Heather looks forward to spreading her knowledge and experiences and to inspiring generations of thinkers.
Do you need an LLC? What's the right legal structure for your company? Should you trademark your business name? Eric Pangburn of West & Dunn law firm will speak about common legal challenges faced by new business owners and strategies for overcoming them.
Some of the topics Mr. Pangburn cover include:
1. Corporate Structure-C Corp vs. LLC vs. S Corp
2. Operating Agreement-why you need one and what should be in it
3. Intellectual Property-how to avoid infringement or protect your own
4. Employees-handbooks, development of culture, planning for bad apples
5. Strategic Use of Professionals-lawyers, accountants and insurance agents
:: About Eric Pangburn ::
Eric Pangburn is a partner at West & Dunn, a law firm dedicated to providing legal services to individuals and businesses, with a particular focus on assisting veterans of the United States Military Service. Mr. Pangburn's experience includes civil and criminal litigation in state and federal court, the representation of veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and representation of individuals and business in corporate matters.
Meet in the library's Community Room at 6 pm for networking. The meeting begins at 6:15 pm.
Identify sources of funding and prep yourself to ask for money with confidence. Learn about library resources that are available to help you seek funding. Get insights about local opportunities, both ongoing and special events like Light Up the Lakeshore Business Idea Competition. Meet in the Community Room at 6:00 for networking. Meeting starts at 6:15 pm.
This month's meeting will all about market research. You may have an amazing idea but if the location and timing are wrong, then it will be that much harder to achieve success. We'll bring you more great resources and ideas for conducting your own market research and will be discussing more about the kinds of businesses that would do well here in Two Rivers and Manitowoc County.
We will also be talking more about the upcoming Light Up the Lakeshore business idea competition that will have cash prizes for your business idea. Be sure to show up and get the inside scoop .
This is our first official meeting. Be ready to tell us about your business ideas, current needs, and the topics you'd like to see featured in future meetings.
The theme of our first meetup is Beginnings. Not sure where to get started with your business idea? Writing your first business plan? First time looking for an accountant? Not sure how to shop for insurance?
If you've ever stared at the first blank page in a journal, you get the idea. Getting started is hard and we're here to help with ideas, connections, and inspiration. Please join us.
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Arrive & network
6:30 - 7:30 pm - Beginnings
7:30 - 8:00 pm - Network & adjourn
Learn about the program, meet with other business owners who want to collaborate, and sign up to stay informed. FREE pizza & soda will be provided by the City of Two Rivers!
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