Extension Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

The Extension Defy Ventures Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a 14-week program for people with criminal histories who want to explore entrepreneurship and develop their small business idea into formal business concept and pitch. The program is designed for adults (18 and over) who are stable in their reentry (employed and housed) and have been released for […]

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Video: Black Business Owners Study & Discussion, 11.14.2020

In this session for Startup Wisconsin Week, Black Business Owners Speak (event flyer with speaker details, 295KB) UW-Madison Extension educators and area business owners discuss the results of interviews with 48 African American business owners in northeast Wisconsin in 2019. In the video recording (65 minutes) of the presentation and discussion, you’ll learn about the […]

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Small Business Resource Pages – Quick Links

Below you will find two resource pages for small businesses – one related to funding and the other related to health and safety considerations to reopen. These webpages are intended to provide quick access to important information. Both sites are “living” resources where information will be updated and added to as needed. Financial Assistance for […]

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Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce Board

Diana met with the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce Board to teach them about the responsibilities of board members, including setting a vision and long-term strategy for the organization.   This type of group planning can be useful in a crisis but is not advisable during a crisis. If you have a COVID-19 related challenge […]

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Office Operations March 2020

As a Division of UW-Madison, Extension is following the lead of UW-Madison leadership in responding to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, in conjunction with public health and county officials. The latest guidance from UW-Madison and local government is to limit on-site work in addition to postponing events. This guidance is in reaction to a worldwide event […]

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WHBY Interview on Black Business Owners Speak – Podcast

This summer Extension partnered with Fit Oshkosh to interview 48 African American business owners in Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties. Extension’s Diana Hammer of Extension as well as FITOshkosh’s Rajon Hall and Tracey Robertson discuss their findings on Fresh Take with WHBY’s  Josh Dukelow. (40:16) Researching Support for Black Biz-Owners Reporting Names, […]

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Black Business Owners Speak

This summer Extension partnered with Fit Oshkosh to interview 48 African American business owners in Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie, and Brown Counties. Preliminary findings are now available in this infographic. In coming months, Extension is analyzing the interviews and will publish on themes including 1) access to financial resources, 2) motivations for starting a […]

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Disparities in Entrepreneurship

Parity Analysis – Black or African American Owned Businesses Fond du Lac, Outagamie, and Winnebego Counties Fond du Lac      Outagamie       Winnebago  Percent Population-Black or African American  Share of Firms- Black or African-American Owned  Share of Employment in Black or African American Owned Businesses  Share of Sales/Receipts by Black or African American […]

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