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 has been reserved for your convenience at The Lismore Hotel, 333 Gibson Street, Eau Claire.  The discounted rate is $119 per night.  Guests must state that they are with the Women's Business Conference at UW-Eau Claire to get the rate.  The hotel is located in beautiful downtown Eau Claire and is a 1.3 mile walk from UW-Eau Claire.

PARKING

May 15th Pre-conference Event at CVTC

If you are joining us for the Pre-conference event at the CVTC Business Education Center, 620 West Clairemont Ave, Eau Claire, WI, you may park in Lots P1 or P3.  A parking permit, which must be printed and displayed on your dash, can be found here: CVTC Parking Pass

May 15th Exhibitor Setup at UWEC

If you are an exhibitor, and are planning to set up your booth on Wednesday, May 15th, you may do so between 3 pm and 7 pm.  Parking is available in the Phillips Lot near the Davies Center.  No permit is required, but parking is limited.  A map of the UWEC Campus can be found here.


May 16th Women's Business Conference at UWEC

There will be no parking available on the UWEC Campus for the Conference. 

Parking is available in the stadium lot at Carson Park in Eau Claire.  Shuttles will be running from 7 am to 6 pm, providing transportation to and from the conference for all attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.  Vino Cappuccino Artisan Bistro is sponsoring our transportation shuttles and will be providing free coffee and snacks while you wait! 

If any special accommodations are needed, please contact Karman Briggs at 715-836-7511, extension 1174. Requests should be made as soon as possible, but at least two weeks prior to the date of the conference.


Directions to Carson Park:
Carson Park
199 Carson Park Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54701


From Hwy. 53 north or south:
Take exit #87 off Hwy. 53 onto Clairemont Ave. (Hwy. 12). Travel west on Clairemont Ave. for 3.4 miles to Menomonie St. (Just before Menomonie St., you will pass over the Chippewa River.) Turn right onto Menomonie St. at first stoplight after going over river. Take first left off of Menomonie Street (at Roadside, formerly Dairy Queen) onto Carson Park Dr. Follow Carson Park Dr. to parking and athletic fields.


From the west on I-94:
Exit Interstate 94 at Hwy. 37 (exit #65) and turn right. At third stoplight, turn left onto Clairemont Ave. (Hwy. 12). Travel west on Clairemont Ave. over Chippewa River, turn right onto Menomonie St. at first stoplight after going over river. Take first left off Menomonie St. (at Roadside, formerly Dairy Queen) onto Carson Park Dr. Follow Carson Park Dr. to parking and athletic fields.


From the east on I-94:
Exit Interstate 94 at Hwy. 53 (exit #70) and follow Hwy. 53 north. Take exit #87 off Hwy. 53 onto Clairemont Ave. (Hwy. 12) and go west for 3.4 miles to Menomonie St. (Just before Menomonie St., you will pass over the Chippewa River.) Turn right onto Menomonie St. at first stoplight after going over river. Take first left off Menomonie Street (at Roadside, formerly Dairy Queen) onto Carson Park Dr. Follow Carson Park Dr. to parking and athletic field.

 

 

Pre-Conference Event: Delivering Fantastic Customer Service

Arriving early? Come to the Pre-Conference Event on May15th, from 1 pm-5 pm at the Business Education Center at CVTC.

Learn info and tools you can use today to better attract and retain customers and increase your bottom line with little or no additional expense! This session will be facilitated by Deb Clarke, Leadership and Organizational Trainer at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Pre-Conference Evening Networking and Resource Mixer:

Our evening event will be held from 5:30-8:30 at the Business Education Center at CVTC.

The Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and Wisconsin Procurement Institute present a networking event and mixer.  This event will connect you to business development resources from your area and the State of Wisconsin that could fuel your business growth strategy.

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, Tammy Simon & Dale Karls

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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