Entrepreneurons

Meet WARF's New Chief Venture Officer

  • Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
  • H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration requested.

Join us as WARF’s new Chief Venture Officer, Mike Partsch, officially launches WARF Ventures and shares his initial impressions of how WARF’s venture office can make a difference to UW-Madison’s entrepreneurial environment. Veteran business lawyer Paul Wrycha, partner at Foley & Lardner LLP, will join Mike to talk about where the Madison startup scene is heading.

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Financial Management Series

  • Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $536

In this series, you will learn how to set up financial records, how to use and analyze financial statements to make decisions, and how to manage profitability, cash flow, and financial position. You may choose individual programs to fit your schedule, but most participants benefit from taking the entire series since the sessions build on each other.

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Basics of Financial Management

  • Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn accounting jargon, bookkeeping basics, the three types of financial statements, and how your management decisions affect your firm's financial future. Get the most from your accountant and gather meaningful information to help you manage your business.

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Innovation Roadmap: The Workshop Series

Hands-on training to take your idea from concept to reality

  • Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
  • Discovery Building
  • Cost: Free, registration required.

Explore key elements of a successful pitch deck. Getting your message across to potential partners and investors is an art and a science. This hands-on series is for UW-Madison faculty, students and staff and requires you to have a current project you can workshop. You do not need to have a startup.

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Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference

  • Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

In this one day conference, area experts will give you actionable items that you can take away and implement into your business immediately. Bring your laptop, tablet or mobile device to take full advantage of working along with the experts by creating videos, reviewing your website and social media accounts. This one day conference includes four 90 minute sessions, a keynote marketing speaker, lunch and refreshments.

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Analyzing & Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Wednesday, May. 01, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Use your financial statements to take advantage of opportunities, improve business performance and discover problem areas. Manage accounts receivable, inventory and debt through ratio analysis. Compare your company performance to industry standards. Take a fiscal examination of your company's health.

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Tuesday, May. 07, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $289

Learn the reason why traditional means of motivating others often do not work in today's diverse workforce. From understanding how our communication affects others to recognizing how others best receive our communication, we can begin to master the principle that One cannot motivate others - one can only create an environment in which others motivate themselves.

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Budgeting and Profit Planning

  • Wednesday, May. 08, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn the steps in the budgeting process. Develop a simple, effective financial plan for your business and make adjustments to stay profitable. Predict required sales volumes, estimate expenses and assess different business strategies.

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Application Deadline for Innovation to Market (I2M)

Apply by May 15 for the Summer 2019 cohort

  • Wednesday, May. 15, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Learn how to avoid one of the main reasons startups fail: building something nobody wants. Minimizing this risk involves going out and interviewing real people in the field. I2M teams will be asked to conduct 20 interviews over the course of five weeks to refine what’s known as product-market fit. The course includes 3 classroom sessions and 2 team meetings with a mentor. Summer dates: Wednesdays, June 5 – July 17 (no class June 19 or July 3) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Application Deadline for Igniter

Apply by May 15 for the Summer 2019 cohort

  • Wednesday, May. 15, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Igniter is an intensive eight-week course for teams that have matched their innovation to a viable market and are ready to move toward launching a startup. The spark from your ideas is fueled by the Igniter course’s guidance to create and validate all aspects of your innovation's business model. The Igniter course consists of eight classroom sessions and individual mentor coaching. Summer dates: Tuesdays, June 25 – August 20 (no class July 2) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Managing Cash Flow

  • Wednesday, May. 15, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: 149

Forecast and manage cash inflows and outflows to ensure available cash when needed. Identify influences on current asset levels. Develop a cash-flow plan and budget. Understand the difference between short- and long-term growth.

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Youth Entrepreneur Camp

  • Monday, Jun. 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $349

The UW-Madison SBDC Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will utilize a 40-hour entrepreneur program curriculum. The curriculum incorporates a variety of educational training techniques including classroom instruction, interactive activities, computer lab, and field trips to local businesses. The Youth Entrepreneurship Camp will be held during the day, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and will be a hands-on learning experience designed to guide program participants in becoming the owner of a real small business.

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Leading with Performace & Accountability

  • Friday, Jul. 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $165

This new SBDC program presents a model for managing employee performance and provides you specific tools you can use for setting performance goals, maintaining communication, managing performance, conducting the performance review, and developing performance improvement plans.

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Leadership Essentials & Coaching

  • Friday, Aug. 02, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

You will learn the 8 impacts of leadership, the 6 leadership styles (by Daniel Goleman), and when/how to use them. We will discuss the 5 reasons why managers fail, how to use the change formula to help the people you manage adapt to new ideas, and how to coach others through affective dialogue.

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Application Deadline for Innovation to Market (I2M)

Apply by September 19 for the Fall 2019 cohort

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Learn how to avoid one of the main reasons startups fail: building something nobody wants. Minimizing this risk involves going out and interviewing real people in the field. I2M teams will be asked to conduct 20 interviews over the course of five weeks to refine what’s known as product-market fit. The course includes 3 classroom sessions and 2 team meetings with a mentor. Fall dates: Wednesdays, October 9 - November 6 See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Application Deadline for Igniter

Apply by September 19 for the Fall 2019 cohort

  • Thursday, Sep. 19, 2019, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Igniter is an intensive eight-week course for teams that have matched their innovation to a viable market and are ready to move toward launching a startup. The spark from your ideas is fueled by the Igniter course’s guidance to create and validate all aspects of your innovation's business model. The Igniter course consists of eight classroom sessions and individual mentor coaching. Fall dates: Tuesdays, Oct 8 - Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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SHRM Learning System Course

  • Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $1345 (Non-SHRM members) $1295 (Local SHRM members) $1245 (Nat’l SHRM members) $1195 (Local & Nat’l members)

The SHRM. Learning System Course is designed to provide you with an overview of key areas in human resource management. Materials include six modules that correspond to the six functional areas, responsibilities, and associated knowledge as defined by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

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Launch into Leadership: New Supervisor Training

  • Thursday, Oct. 03, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

This short, dynamic workshop will get you going in the right direction with some fundamental skills and ideas for how to continue your growth as a supervisor and leader.

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Entrepreneur Training Program Orientation

  • Thursday, Oct. 03, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $250

Does your business have a good plan to help you grow and expand? OR Planning to start a business and have... Relevant experience, adequate financial resources, market potential ...but need to formulate a plan to tie is all together? Then the ETP grant program is right for you! APPLY for the grant today.

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Biz Smart Training for Entrepreneurs

  • Friday, Oct. 04, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $349

The Biz Smart program is an eight week program that includes all of the business areas crucial to planning and running your business. It incorporates not only the crucial areas, but helps you apply them to a business plan that you can then use as a roadmap for your business.

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How to Sell your existing products on Amazon

  • Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

A half a day workshop for business owners who already have products they are selling, but want to use Amazon to enhance their sales. Topics Include: •How to gauge your product viability on Amazon •How to set up an Amazon account •How to create a product listing that sells •How to market your product on Amazon •Key drivers for selling on Amazon successfully

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Supervisory Leadership Series

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $735

Supervision is a key factor to the success of any business that has employees. Often, people have not learned how to supervise and lead in an effective manner because they just learned from experience versus having training and skill development in supervision. This series is designed to offer core supervisory leadership skills development with a minimum time commitment.

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Communication and Delegation Skills

  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $299

You will get feedback on your behavioral and communication style using the DiSC Personal Profile System and use this self-awareness to strengthen your business relationships. You will leave the session with a personal plan for improving your communication skills.

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Leadership Essentials & Coaching

  • Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

This module provides insight into aspects of effective leadership, the roles and responsibilities of a successful leader, the strategies needed for dealing with a change in roles and different supervisory styles. Performance coaching is a necessary element in fostering this advantage. This module will enable you to become a more effective mentor and coach.

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Business Valuation and Buy-Sell Agreements

  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

This half day class will help you understand how businesses are valuated (and it’s not what you hear on the street), what you can do to increase the value in your business and why you need to have a buy-sell agree­ment even before you are exiting your business.

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Financial Management Series

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $536

In this series, you will learn how to set up financial records, how to use and analyze financial statements to make decisions, and how to manage profitability, cash flow, and financial position. You may choose individual programs to fit your schedule, but most participants benefit from taking the entire series since the sessions build on each other.

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Basics of Financial Management

  • Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn accounting jargon, bookkeeping basics, the three types of financial statements, and how your management decisions affect your firm's financial future. Get the most from your accountant and gather meaningful information to help you manage your business.

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Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation

  • Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

All leaders deal with conflict in one form or another. Learn how to turn conflict into collaborations and reach win-win resolutions. You will realize that conflict management can build trust, self esteem, and constructive communication. Conflict can ultimately clarify roles, relationships, and heighten creativity. Learning how to reach beyond the impasse and find solutions that work is one of the best tools that leaders can use.

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Analyzing & Interpreting Financial Statements

  • Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Use your financial statements to take advantage of opportunities, improve business performance and discover problem areas. Manage accounts receivable, inventory and debt through ratio analysis. Compare your company performance to industry standards. Take a fiscal examination of your company's health.

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Leading with Performance & Accountability

  • Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $274

This new SBDC program presents a model for managing employee performance and provides you specific tools you can use for setting performance goals, maintaining communication, managing performance, conducting the performance review, and developing performance improvement plans.

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Blind spots - Challenging Assumptions to make you a stronger leader

  • Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

Our experiences and background effect how we see the world; it is where are assumptions are formed. In this Interactive one day class you will learn how assumptions influence your effectiveness as a leader. We will review what assumptions are and how they may be there without you even realizing it. We will use exercises and class discussions to identify how and when assumptions should be challenged so that they can be utilized in the workplace to make you a better leader

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Budgeting and Profit Planning

  • Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Learn the steps in the budgeting process. Develop a simple, effective financial plan for your business and make adjustments to stay profitable. Predict required sales volumes, estimate expenses and assess different business strategies.

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Thursday, Nov. 07, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $289

Learn the reason why traditional means of motivating others often do not work in today's diverse workforce. From understanding how our communication affects others to recognizing how others best receive our communication, we can begin to master the principle that One cannot motivate others - one can only create an environment in which others motivate themselves.

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Managing Cash Flow

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $149

Forecast and manage cash inflows and outflows to ensure available cash when needed. Identify influences on current asset levels. Develop a cash-flow plan and budget. Understand the difference between short- and long-term growth.

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Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch

Ross Freedman & Brad Schneider, Rightpoint

  • Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, 12:15 p.m.
  • 5110 Grainger Hall
  • Cost: Free

Come join us on Wednesday, November 13 for our Distinguished Entrepreneurs Lunch to meet Ross Freedman and Brad Schneider of Rightpoint. Recognizing a void in the market for service providers that could deliver both robust technology solutions and effective user experiences they co-founded Rightpoint, a technology and design services company. Named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work, they were recognized in 2015 with the coveted EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® award. RSVP to lisa.collins@wisc.edu.

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Leader: Coach or Critic

  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $259

You will improve your power as a coach, helping your people to grow and adapt to today's dynamic business demands. Proven principles of emotional intelligence, motivation, change, and communication will hone your coaching and mentoring abilities. Through better coaching, you'll enhance your retention, maximize productivity and create a nimble, learning organization.

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Business Tax Basics for Small Business

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
  • Grainger Hall
  • Cost: $110

This one Day program is your chance to learn about federal and state taxes including payroll, unemployment compensation and sales taxes. You will learn about the pros and cons of different entity types from both the legal and financial aspects.

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Application Deadline for Innovation to Market (I2M)

Apply by January 27 for the Spring 2020 cohort

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Learn how to avoid one of the main reasons startups fail: building something nobody wants. Minimizing this risk involves going out and interviewing real people in the field. I2M teams will be asked to conduct 20 interviews over the course of five weeks to refine what’s known as product-market fit. The course includes 3 classroom sessions and 2 team meetings with a mentor. Spring dates: Wednesdays, February 12 - March 11 See web link for detailed meeting times.

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Application Deadline for Igniter

Apply by January 27 for the Spring Cohort

  • Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, 12:00 a.m.
  • 1403 University Ave
  • Cost:

Igniter is an intensive eight-week course for teams that have matched their innovation to a viable market and are ready to move toward launching a startup. The spark from your ideas is fueled by the Igniter course’s guidance to create and validate all aspects of your innovation's business model. The Igniter course consists of eight classroom sessions and individual mentor coaching. Spring dates: Tuesdays, Mar 3 - Apr 28 (no class Mar 17) See web link for detailed meeting times.

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