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.

Resources for Small Businesses During COVID-19

The GRID has complied resources for small businesses and employers in the Northwoods to assist during the challenges created by COVID-19.

NET: Nicolet Entrepreneurial Thinking

Every entrepreneurial journey is unique. No matter where you are in your journey, this workshop series will give you the resources, support, and inspiration to define/refine your entrepreneurial vision and apply simple, practical tools to move forward on your road to success.

Begin by exploring the entrepreneurial mindset. Fundamentally, entrepreneurship is a way of thinking that enables you to seek opportunities, develop creative solutions to problems, and overcome challenges. Then we’ll dive into the entrepreneurial process, not from a theoretical or technical standpoint, but from a practical, no-nonsense point of view – with simple tools and one-on-one help along the way. Finally, you’ll create an abbreviated business plan (just 3 – 5 pages) that will serve as your road map for success.

Preparing for Entrepreneurial Success

Have you been thinking about starting your own business? Do you have an idea for a new business? Are you looking for support and guidance to turn your idea into reality?

Attend a workshop to get answers to your questions and find out if entrepreneurship is right for you. You’ll complete a comprehensive self-assessment, receive advice and guidance from an experienced business coach, and identify your next steps.

For more information, contact  715.365.4905 or


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.