By Tim Kowols
The Door County Economic Development Corporation hopes to help aspiring entrepreneurs get on the right track when its annual business planning course begins later this month. In cooperation with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Door County Entrepreneurial Training P rogram helps businesses develop a plan from identifying and meeting market needs to responding to the changes that might affect. Sixty-seven percent of entrepreneurs have gone on from the class to start their own businesses in Door County, which executive director Caleb Frostman says is high when compared to the regional (54 percent) and statewide (48 percent) conversion rates.
The eight-week program begins January 23 and runs until March 20. Participants in this year’s program will benefit from an entrepreneurial training grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, covering three-quarters of their fees. The deadline was technically Friday, but Frostman says there might still be room for the course if you call their office on Monday.