Written by Vicki Resech
Entrepreneurial Leadership Course
After 4 months of hard work, MCDEVCO’s Entrepreneurial Leadership course concluded May 27, 2021, with 2 nights of “dolphin tank” presentations from a class of 18. From the group of entrepreneurs, we have seen the following businesses launched already:
- Business coach
- Video business
- Voiceover business
- Counseling service
- Natural soap business
- Photography business
- New ginseng product
- Excavating business
- Food trailer / catering
- Sponge cake business
The other entrepreneurs are fine-tuning their business plans and financing, and preparing to open soon. With 50% of the class now being open for business by their final presentation, we are extremely excited for their futures!
Re-VISION Your Success Post-COVID Workshop Series
Our new workshop series will include taking 100% responsibility for your future, creating vision boards, goal setting, and putting your plan into action. The series runs 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, and 9/15 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MCDEVCO.
GEAR up to succeed!
Fall 2021 will begin with some new programs for entrepreneurs, another leadership class, and a women’s program with Allison Liddle as our keynote speaker on November 5. Follow our Facebook page or visit www.mcdevco.org for additional details.
Lunch & Learns
Beginning in June, I will be offering quarterly “Lunch & Learns” on the topic:
Where & How Do I Start My Business?
This 1-hour session will cover topics asked in the 14–24 calls each month that I receive. Then, we will be able to route questioners to our corresponding business classes, workshops, and mentors, as appropriate.
Crops & Shops Marketplace
MCDEVCO’s Crops & Shops Marketplace will be held on 6/24, 7/22, 8/26, and 9/23, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This will be a time for our Ag businesses to be present and sell at the EEC (located at 100 N. 72nd Ave. in Wausau) along with our pop-up shops, proof of concept, and new products & services entrepreneurs / small businesses.
Food trucks will be available, along with a children’s make-and-take, live music, and tours of the EEC at 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars to join us at the EEC to support small businesses from Marathon County!
MCDEVCO has GAP financing throughout Marathon County to assist entrepreneurs. We partner with your financial institution to “fill the lending gap” to help:
- Create new and expand existing small businesses throughout Marathon County
- Invest in larger projects that support significant community/economic development
- Help finance projects that create and retain jobs (to include low-to-moderate income individuals)
- Improve underserved and/or distressed areas
- Develop community services
Contact us today at MCDEVCO to find out more about GAP financing — or any of our other programs or services.
Ready. Let’s Grow!
Executive Director | MCDEVCO, Inc.
Vicki has always been driven to help others succeed. As the Executive Director of MCDEVCO, her goals reflect the mission and strategic plan of the organization — GAP financing available throughout Marathon County, entrepreneur development and education, municipalities, and businesses having the resources they require to succeed into the future. Blue jeans with holes in the knees and a pair of worn cowboy boots are her favorite attire to be spotted in alongside one of her beautiful horses. In her spare time, Vicki enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, hiking, gardening, photography, and camping. Email Vicki Resech.
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