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.

Hotel Accommodations

A block of rooms have been reserved for your convience at Hampton Inn Eau Claire, located at 2622 Craig Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Hampton Inn has a complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet, Free Wireless Internet, Indoor Pool and Hot Tub, and a 24 hour Fitness Facility. Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check out is at Noon. Please call 715-833-0003 to make your reservation, and mention you are with the Women's Business Conference to get the group rate. 


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 May 22nd. To view a pdf file of the parking map, click here

Pre-Conference Event: Dealing With Difficult People and Negotiations 

Arriving early? Come to the Pre-Conference Event on May 21st, from 1-5 pm at UW-Eau Claire Centennial Hall, Room 1704. 

The Women’s Business Center is hosting Deb Clarke, trainer and consultant at CVTC, and Carol Murphy and Jean Polka, both from Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), to discuss “Dealing With Difficult People and Negotiations”.

We have all been there – trying bravely to reason with an incredibly difficult person. Attend this event to learn concrete strategies for better understanding yourself, solving problems, and improving your relationships and professional productivity.

  • Learn to identify major types of difficult behavior
  • Develop useful strategies for dealing with difficult behavior
  • Explore our behaviors in difficult situations

The ability to handle contrary and unreasonable people with determination and diplomacy is a valuable skill for anyone.

Negotiations can be intimidating.  How to negotiate is more than a “nice skill to have”.

In this training you will:

  • Learn how to prepare for negotiations
  • Develop basic negotiation attitudes
  • Explore various techniques
  • Strive for a Win/Win Outcome

Registration is $49 or FREE with a Women’s Business Conference registration. Scholarships are available for income-eligible individuals.

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

This event brought to you by Western Dairyland Women's Business Center, a program of the Western Dairyland Community Action Agency.

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.

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