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New business and pre-venture

A page within Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


The First Steps to Starting a Business class is part of the Business Basics series -  This workshop is designed for new entrepreneurs.  In a small group setting, you will review the basics of going into business and identify your next steps in areas of marketing, finance, and business plan development. 

Business Plan Checklist [.DOC] - A key list of questions and guidelines for preparing a business plan.

Business Plan Template [.DOC] - A template to start writing a business plan.

Business Start-Up Regulations [.DOC]  A comprehensive list of regulatory resources for business start-ups.

Timeline for Starting a Business [.DOC] - A guideline and framework for budgeting time to lay a solid foundation for a new business.

Small Business Administration (SBA) Online - A wealth of information for  starting and managing a business.  For online classes, check out the Learning Center.


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The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the Universities of Wisconsin.  The SBDC is 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. Contact the SBDC office at 608.785.8782 or

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