About the Conference


Women's Business Center

Receive technical assistance in all aspects of business operation including business plan development, feasibility studies, marketing assistance, business management, and operations.

Women's Business Center works with start-up, existing, and expanding businesses in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, and Trempealeau, and Buffalo counties. Our services are designed to provide entrepreneurs with access to individualized as well as group business training, referrals, financing, technology, and on-going business case management. Assistance is provided at our locations throughout our service area as well as on-site.

The Women's Business Center is a program of the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency.

The Advisory Board

The Women's Business Conference is brought to you by many different people and organizations who donate both their time and money to keep this event affordable and engaging. You can help us keep this popular event growing by joining our Advisory Board.

A special thank you to the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center staff:
Karman Briggs,
Jacob Haupt, Kari Rubenzer & Dale Karls

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Clarion Hotel in Eau Claire for June 7th.  Please call the Clarion Hotel at 715-835-2211 to book your stay. Mention the Women's Business Conference and pay only $89.95. The Clarion Hotel offers an indoor pool, Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, a fitness center, grab-n-go breakfast and is very convenient to UW-Eau Claire Davies Center.


Parking is available on campus in the Phillips Lot directly behind Davies Center, as well as the Water Street Lot and the Human Sciences and Services Lot. Exhibitors are asked to park in the Water Street Lot or the Human Sciences and Services Lot on June 8th. A shuttle provided by Tender Care will be available from the Water Street Lot to Davies Center. To view a pdf file of the parking map, click here

Pre-Conference Event: June 7th, 2:15-4:45pm

Arriving early? Come to the Pre-Conference Event 2:15-4:45pm on June 7th, included with your registration! This program will begin with a brief talk from Nancy Mistele, Director of the Office of Business Development at the Wisconsin Department of Administration. Mistele will explain how her department can assist small and large businesses throughout the state. The remainder of the program will be divided into three sessions:

Session 1: Basics of Selling to the Government
presented by Kim Garber and Patricia Sullivan, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
This presentation will cover the basics of selling to the government, including registration, certifications, and the preparation of marketing materials to target State, Local, and Municipal buyers.

Session 2: The Women-Owned Small Business Program
presented by Mary Trimmer, U.S. Small Business Administration
This presentation will provide a detailed overview of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program including the program's history, program qualifications and the certification process.

Session 3: Mobile Apps to Improve Your Productivity
presented by Denise Woodford, Chippewa Valley Technical College
Do you have too much to do and just can't get it all done? In this session we'll explore a variety of useful free and cheap applications for your phone or other mobile device that will aid you in becoming more productive personally and professionally. This session will focus on the latest tools, sites, and applications built to increase your business productivity while simplifying your everyday life. Walk away with tangible tips you can implement today!

This event brought to you by Western Dairyland Women's Business Center, a program of the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency.
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Small Business Administration Logo funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Agreements for persons with disabilities will be made at all times in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and associated amendments. Arrangements for persons with special needs will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals.