Business Services


SDC is partnering with SCORE of Southeastern Wisconsin to provide workshops for entrepreneurers that are contemplating starting a business or that are currently business owners.

Workshops are offered at no cost and offer the opportunity to learn from success, established members of the business community that are also entrepreneurs.


Aspiring entrepreneurs have dreams of launching their own business and realizing success. The Social Development Commission (SDC) has formed a partnership with the southeastern Wisconsin chapter of SCORE to provide seminars to budding entrepreneurs focused on starting a business and developing effective business plans. If you are interested in enhancing your knowledge of how to begin a business or develop a business plan, review the seminars being offered.


Thinking of Starting a Business? What You Need to Know.
Saturday, June 3, 9am - Noon

Are you ready to start a business? Do you have what it takes to start a business? Do you know what it takes to start a business?

This workshop explores what it takes to start a business. It takes you through the personal and professional attributes needed to start a business. Then it looks at what you need to do to start a business, from the idea to business structure and financing. Importantly, it opens your eyes to the importance of market place research and real world complexities of starting a business.

SCORE Workshop Presenter: Craig Ranger
Craig has forty years of business experience. He has founded, grown, and sold two technology companies: Lachat Instruments and Seal Analytical US, both of which focused on automated testing of waters and were "full service" organizations with design, development, engineering, manufacturing, technical support, service, sales, marketing, and accounting, all under one roof. He is currently President and CEO of Microfluidica which markets and sells a diversity of analytical instruments.


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How to Write an Effective Business Plan (two-part seminar)
Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, June 24, 9am - Noon

The workshop is scheduled in two sessions over two weeks. The sessions include lectures, discussions, and homework assignments. The first session provides an overview of business planning. The focus is on the business concept to include product service offering and related research to help validate the business’s revenue and profit potential. An analysis of the business’s Strength, Weakness, Opportunities, and Threat analysis (SWOT) is reviewed to avoid serious planning mistakes. Homework assignments are given following this session.

The second session includes legal structure and ownership, creating financial statements and realistic projections, and financing options for securing a business loan. This session allows you to move forward with a concise, realistic, and well organized business plan.

SCORE Workshop Presenter: Lynne Oehlke
Lynne’s experience includes 34 years developing mission focused, sustainable programs, and organizations including the building of an affordable housing unit. Her accomplishments include 15 years as a CEO of nonprofit organizations managing fund raising, strategic planning, financial over sight, code and statute compliance, and leadership at multiple levels. In addition, Lynne taught management skills at the graduate level for a Milwaukee university.


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Continue with SCORE

Support for further developing your plan is provided by SCORE SE Wisconsin. Request for assistance can be scheduled through their website, or by calling the SCORE office, 414.297.3942. The SCORE office is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm, and is located at 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee.

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