Small-business bootcamps coming to Beaver Dam this week

May 6, 2019

It’s time for the Beaver Dam business community to get whipped into shape.

Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. is hosting two “small-business bootcamps” in the next two weeks geared toward both existing businesses in the area and people who are thinking about starting something new. The events will include networking and sessions covering various topics about running a business.

The sessions will provide tips about how to make a business thrive and possible sources for mentorship.

The first bootcamp at the Beaver Dam Area Chamber of Commerce, 12 S. Spring St. will be Wednesday, followed by a second on May 14.

Mayor Becky Glewen said she is excited for the bootcamps, which are part of ongoing efforts to attract and strengthen business in Beaver Dam, including downtown, with the plan to continue these kinds of events. Just two weeks ago, the Chamber of Commerce hosted different gatherings as part of a week dedicated to young professionals.

Wednesday’s bootcamp will cover exploring business ideas, good accounting practices, human resources and financing. Topics at the May 14 bootcamp will cover marketing, retail pitfalls, customer experiences and a panel with business mentors.

The Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and American Bank in Beaver Dam are co-sponsoring the bootcamps. The development center provides outreach and consulting to help businesses start and grow, helping owners plan, obtain loans, market and other aspects of running a business.

The bootcamps are free for members of Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. Non-members will pay $30. Participants can choose one or both nights, each starting at 5 p.m. Sign-up is available on the Downtown Beaver Dam Inc. website.