Small Business Center

Starting and growing a small business is about combining your courage and dreams with the right knowledge. The WCTC Small Business Center helps you acquire that knowledge through a wide variety of affordable classes, services, events and more.

Get started on your path to success by attending a 145-445 FaSTart Workshop. To view the schedule of classes click on the current Full Class Schedule (pdf) and call 262.691.5578 (option 1) to register.

Fall 2016 Class Schedule (pdf)

Spring 2017 Class Schedule (pdf)

Classes (Non-credit)

Small Business Classes

Start-up Basics

Business Planning

Accounting/Taxes

Legal/Insurance

Marketing/Sales

Small Business Action Planning

Computer Technology

Small Business Certificate (Non-credit)

Attend the following courses to obtain the optional Small Business Certificate, $200 scholarship and FREE chamber membership. Attendance at 75% of all class meetings required to qualify. There are no prerequisites and classes may be completed in any order. We highly recommend that you begin by attending a FaSTart Workshop.

Scholarship/FREE Chamber Membership

Small Business Certificate recipients are awarded a $200 scholarship and free voucher redeemable for a free one-year membership at the chamber of their choice

How to Apply

Once you complete all eight courses, e-mail Russ Roberts with your name, student ID number, address and daytime phone number. Scholarship check and free chamber voucher will be mailed with your certificate. Next step is to consider obtaining the CME credential.

Certified Micro Entrepreneur (CME)

The CME credential is awarded to serious micro entrepreneurs who have committed to taking action and following a proven pathway to success. Official awardees are highly encouraged to regularly attend 145-491 Action Plan Update Sessions every 90 days following qualification and may immediately begin displaying the letters "CME" after their last names.  To qualify, you are required to complete the following steps (in any order):

  • Small Business Certificate
  • 145-489 Advanced Marketing Strategies
  • 145-490 Create Your 90-Day Action Plan
  • Hubspot Inbound/Inbound Sales Certificates

CME Exclusive Benefits

Unlock the next level of Small Business Center services including access to a low interest rate micro seed fund.  More info to follow as we continue to build the pathway to success!

CME Scholarship/FREE Education

CME awardees receive a $200 scholarship in addition to the $200 scholarship received for completing the Small Business Certificate. By completing the certificate and reaching CME status, you essentially receive a free education!

How to Apply

Once you complete all CME requirements, e-mail Russ Roberts with your name, student ID number, address, daytime phone number and both HubSpot certifcations. Scholarship check will be mailed with your CME credential.

Services

Free One-on-One Counseling

Get expert help navigating the complexities of the business world, shortening the learning curve and increasing your chances of success.

Business Plan Express

Connect with a business planning professional for a quick, inexpensive solution for preparing a well-written plan.

Technical Assistance Program

Gain access to high-quality, experienced strategic partners who will assist you in business plan creation/polishing, QuickBooks consulting and more...all at affordable rates.

FREE HubSpot Academy Certifications

Inbound Certification - HubSpot's free Inbound Certification includes twelve classes that span the four stages of the Inbound Methodology. From optimizing your website, to landing page anatomy, to honing your inbound sales skills, this free certification covers the basics of what inbound is all about.

Inbound Sales Certification - HubSpot's free Inbound Sales Certification includes five classes that introduce you to the Inbound Sales Methodology. From identifying potential buyers, to developing outreach strategies, to building personalized presentations, this free certification covers the basics of what inbound sales is all about.

Please email Russ Roberts for information on how to access classes for HubSpot Academy Certifications.

Take a Professional to Lunch

Access our exclusive network of community-oriented professionals who have agreed to meet with start-up, emerging and established small business owners at no cost to discuss topics of interest and answer business-related questions. Our goal is simple...to provide you with the insight and guidance you need to propel your business to the next level.

Radio Guest Appearance

Gain valuable marketing exposure for you and your small business by scheduling a free featured guest appearance on WQYL-DB's internet radio show Enterprise NOW! focused on topics that entrepreneurs, business owners and business professionals care about. Tune into this Waukesha-based weekly radio show and view the broadcast schedule by visiting www.wqyl-db.com.  For more information and to explore your featured guest appearance, contact Elzie Flenard at 262.278.0535 or elzief@wqyl-db.com.