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Women's Business Conference

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

UW-Eau Claire Davies Center

The 14th Annual Women’s Business Conference, presented by the Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire W.R. Davies Student Center.

The conference is expected to attract more than 500 business owners, aspiring business owners, entrepreneurs and exhibitors from across the Midwest. This year’s conference features 100 exhibitors and 20 educational sessions on business planning, marketing, legal issues, business finance, and current trends in business.

The conference will start with a Power Panel moderated by Sarah Stokes, featuring the leaders of four successful women-owned businesses. Included in the Power Panel will be Sherri Yukel from Big Dot of Happiness, Christina Wiersgalla from Wiersgalla Co., Connie Olson from Micon Cinemas, and Sue Tietz from McDonough Manufacturing. Each participant will share their tips for success and explain how they got started and how they overcame obstacles during their business careers.

The conference will conclude with a Closing Celebration and goal-setting session moderated by Kari Dahl from the UW-Stout Leadership Development Institute.

Conference participants will attend four educational sessions throughout the day and may choose from the following topics:
• The New Digital Consumer: Create & Cultivate Your Online Presence
• Crowdfunding Your Startup
• Are You an Entrepreneur?
• Effective Engagement with Government
• Employment Law Update
• Stop Wasting Marketing Money
• Business Account Fraud
• Vetting Your Business Idea – The Business Model Canvas
• Social Media for Employee Recruitment
• All Things Family Law and How they can Impact Your Business
• How to Build A Customer-Centric Brand that Wins
• Start Strong, End Strong: Build, Maintain & Repair Credit
• Rural Business: Getting Started and Strategies for Growth
• Outlook Tips & Tricks
• Understanding Business Contracts
• Content Marketing and Using Social Media to Promote Your Business
• Ask the Lender
• Social Enterprise
• You Created an Instagram Account. Now What?
• Business Succession Planning

The 2017 Women’s Business Conference is presented by the non-profit Western Dairyland Community Action Agency and the Western Dairyland Women’s Business Center, which is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The conference is sponsored by more than 30 businesses and organizations, including 98.7 The Brew, Weld Riley, WQOW TV-18, Queen of the Castle, Chippewa Valley Family, Eau Claire Pet Care, Leader-Telegram, and Chippewa Valley Technical College.

The registration fee is $69 per person. Scholarships are available for veterans, students and income-eligible individuals. For more information or to register, call 715-836-7511, ext. 1171 or visit

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