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BizStart Barron County

New Start Up Business Program

A small business start-up program exists in Barron County called “BizStart Barron County”. This comprehensive program assists individuals who want to know more about how to start a business. This program was created by the Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce, Barron County Economic Development Corporation and the regional Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire. 

Indianhead Community Action Program, BCEDC and the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire partner to make this program successful.

BizStart provides all the resources a potential entrepreneur needs to start a new business.

How the program works and how we assist:

  • You have an idea.
  • We help to define.
  • Will it make money?
  • Laying the groundwork
    • Business plan creation
    • How to incorporate
    • Business funding – Finance preparation
    • State and federal registrations
    • IRS forms
    • Expert assistance – legal, marketing, CPA, banking
    • Office/business space location assistance
    • Website creation/logo creation
    • Business cards/printing

Monthly meetings are scheduled at the Chamber office in Rice Lake and individually at the Barron County Economic Development office in Barron with prospective entrepreneurs for one-on-cone, confidential counseling. Counseling and services are free of charge to those that participate and are funded by the Small Business Administration, Barron County Economic Development Corporation and Indianhead Community Action Program. In addition to start-up assistance, expansion assistance, purchase of an existing business, and exit strategy advice for business owners and entrepreneurs is provided.

New Businesses – We Can Help!

  • Define your idea
  • Deal with pitfalls or challenges
  • Develop a business plan
  • Assist with financing ideas

Financial Incentives

Combining federal, state and local programs, leaders of Barron County are committed to providing cost-saving incentives to financially-strong companies that broaden the tax base of the community. Incentive packages are company and location specific and may include: property tax abatements, sales tax refunds, tax increment financing, employee training dollars, low-cost financing programs, infrastructure improvements and utility cost reductions. Consideration is given to firms that:

  • Provide a living wage and full benefits to their employees
  • Provide additional tax revenue to the community
  • Provide significant enhancement to the community

Other incentives include:

  • Loan and Tax Credit Programs
  • Revolving Loans
  • State Grants when available
  • Tax Incremental Financing (TIF)

Available Locations

Entrepreneur Training Program

Class instructor, Dave Armstrong will share with you how to develop and grow a successful venture and use real world examples from his personal experience of starting and operating several businesses. These classes are intended for people who are looking for a model to help them get started and follow to success.

Intrapreneurs are welcome too! Many forward-thinking companies encourage their managers to think like entrepreneurs when developing new business strategies and enterprises. This class is for you too.

Here are a few of the critical steps that will be covered:
  • What is an entrepreneur?
  • Developing and validating your business idea
  • How to create a plan
  • How to get financing
  • Testing the Big Idea
  • Building a dynamic organization
  • Creating a marketing plan with sizzle
  • And more…
About your instructor. Dave Armstrong is the Executive Director of the Barron County Economic Development Corporation and works daily with aspiring entrepreneurs. Dave has started, developed and sold 2 profitable businesses and purchased and integrated over a dozen businesses as part of an industry roll up. He has held executive management positions for several companies. He was an alderman in the City of Rice Lake for 4 years, is President of the Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County and the Rice Lake Cable Commission and is an active supporter and member of several organizations in Barron County including the Rice Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Barron County Economic Development Corporation

335 East Monroe Ave, Rm 2311
Barron County Government Center
Barron, WI 548122

Office: 715-637-6871
Toll Free: 1-800-529-4148
Cell: 715-790-1327