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Venture Center, Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Venture Center Seminar

Small business and entrepreneurs are the backbone of a growing economy and critically important to the Fox Valley region. Fox Valley Technical College and the Venture Center are committed to servicing the needs of small and emerging businesses with affordable training and technical assistance. FVTC works in partnership with other organizations and small businesses to ensure services address the critical needs of start-ups and small employers.

Featured Seminars

E-seed Co-Creation: Bring Entrepreneurship to Your Community

Hours: 16

Bring entrepreneurship training to your community. This train-the-trainer model will teach you how to instruct an e-seed entrepreneurial training session.

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E-seed Express: Entrepreneurship Training Spotlight

Hours: 24

Focuses on developing a business plan that provides a roadmap to launching or growing a small business. In just 8 weeks, develop a business plan through completion of weekly worksheets and exercises while receiving expert advice in legal, management, accounting, financing and marketing issues.

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E-seed: Entrepreneurship Training Spotlight

Hours: 30

E-seed™ provides practical tools to prepare a business plan that can be applied immediately to your start-up or existing business. Gain awareness and expand your entrepreneurial and small business skills with these hands-on and interactive series.

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Explore Business Model Design Complimentary

Hours: 1.5

Learn to design a business model that empowers your product, service and/or technology. Hear from small business owners who have experienced real results using business model design tools, techniques and resources.

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Explore Starting A Business Complimentary

Hours: 3

Explores key factors in starting a business. Examines how to begin to determine if you have a feasible idea and learn about potential funding sources and additional entrepreneurship training opportunities.

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Marketing Made Lean

Hours: 16

Solidify your value proposition and align products/services with meeting customer’s needs, wants or jobs to be done. Identify current and potential customer segments, and learn to identify customers based on the 80/20 Principle to your marketing resources while driving sales and profits. Explore and develop your marketing channels and create customer service strategies.

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Small Business Design, Plan & Grow: A 2-Module Series Series

Hours: 48

Originality matters. Stop looking to others, including your competition, to define your company’s business model. Design a business model that addresses pain and works for your customers. Transform your business/organization and go from asking “Are we making money?” to confidently knowing “This is how we make money!”

Seminar Series

  • E-seed Express: Entrepreneurship Training
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Thriving Local: Food Entrepreneurship Training Spotlight

Hours: 39

Provides entrepreneurs who have started or are thinking about starting a food-related venture that is not tied to large-scale, commodity-style production or sales. The materials are specifically designed for individuals who are pursuing innovative ideas and enhanced marketing opportunities within the local food eco-system.

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Explore the Fab Lab Spotlight

Hours: 1.5

Tour the FVTC Fab Lab to grasp a better understanding of advanced technology and how it's impacting our world.

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Fab Lab Machine Training: A 4-Module Series New

Hours: 8

Explore the Fab Lab and learn about lab safety, operating procedures, material specifics and tools along with equipment demonstrations. Become certified to operate Fab Lab equipment and discover the 3D printer, laser engraver, ShopBot® and vinyl cutter. Then register for our open lab and come make something!

Seminar Series

  • 3D Printer Training
  • Laser Engraver Training
  • ShopBot Training
  • Vinyl Cutter Training
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OSHA 10-Hour Voluntary Compliance: General Industry

Hours: 10

Learn what it takes to be in compliance with the common General Industry OSHA Regulations. Receive an OSHA 10-hour card upon completion.

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QuickBooks 2013-Level 1

Hours: 6

Learn QuickBooks fundamentals to record and track business transactions.

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QuickBooks 2013-Level 2

Hours: 6

Explore how to customize forms, create and modify reports, and track and pay sales tax. Learn how to use QuickBooks to write letters and synchronize QuickBooks with other contact management software.

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Social Media

Hours: 18

Be introduced to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other new media, as used by professional communicators. This online seminar will stress how to integrate social media for business purposes and apply quality marketing/public relations strategies.

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Fox Valley Technical College
Venture Center
5 Systems Drive
P.O. Box 2277
Appleton, WI 54912-2277

P: 920-996-2949  

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