Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Small businesses are vital to the Northwoods economy, accounting for a third of all jobs and more than 80% of businesses across the region. Nicolet offers a range of programs and services to support entrepreneurs and foster business growth.

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Nicolet Entrepreneurial Training (NET)

Exploring Entrepreneurship - FREE Informational Session

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Vilas County Incubator
555 Enterprise Way
Eagle River, WI 54521

Do you have an idea for a new business but don’t know how to turn that idea into reality? Have you already started a business and want to improve your chances of success? No matter what type of business you’re considering or where you are in the process, this short informational session can help you determine your next steps and lead you to people and resources to help you succeed. You’ll leave this workshop better understanding the feasibility of your business idea and equipped to determine your entrepreneurial readiness.

Please direct questions and RSVP to or call 715.365.4905.

NET: Business Blueprint Course – 7 Weekly Sessions

March 6 through April 17, 2019
5:30 - 8 pm
Vilas County Incubator
555 Enterprise Way
Eagle River, WI 54521

This practical, fast-paced course will cover all aspects of business planning and give you the tools and framework for creating a solid business plan, an essential guide and blueprint for success. Over seven weeks, you’ll hear from experts in the fields of banking and financing, business law, insurance, accounting, marketing, and more. Designed for both new and existing business owners, this course offers access to industry and market research tools, individualized support and guidance, and resources to help transform your dreams and ideas into reality.

Cost: The NET Business Blueprint course is valued at $495 per person. Vilas County residents can apply for full funding through the Juday Entrepreneurial Scholarship Program. Partial funding may be available to residents outside Vilas County through the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC).
Prerequisite: Completion of NET Exploring Entrepreneurship information session or instructor approval.

Please direct questions and RSVP to or call 715.365.4905.

Small Business Resources


Small Business Essentials Classes

From social media marketing and QuickBooks™ classes to the latest cybersecurity strategies, we provide solutions to help you manage your business effectively.

Affordable Online Classes (non-credit)

Starting Your Own Business

Related Links

US Small Business Administration:

UW-Stevens Point Small Business Development Center:

UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center:

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation:

Oneida County Economic Development Corporation:

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Online Continuing Education

We partner with ed2go, a leading online training provider, to offer access to a wide variety of non-credit continuing education classes for professional or personal development. Learn from the comfort of your home or office at the times that are most convenient to you. All of these courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors, speakers, and consultants.

  • Sessions start monthly
  • Convenient six-week format
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Instructors lead each course
  • Award of completion with passing score
  • All classes are $79

Online learning is affordable, fun, convenient, and geared just for you.