Nicolet College trains entrepreneurs

May 23, 2014

From “Vilas County residents graduate from Nicolet College’s E-Seed Entrepreneur program” — Starting and running a business takes a special set of skills. Eleven Vilas County entrepreneurs recently received specialized training to do just that through the E-Seed Entrepreneurship Training program sponsored by Nicolet College and hosted by the Vilas County Economic Development Corp.

Over the 12 sessions students examined numerous aspects of running a successful business. Topics included how to conduct a feasibility study, analyze competition, and understandlegal and insurance issues. Students were also introduced to social media, marketing, financing, and bookkeeping, among others.

“We kept the focus real-world and very hands-on,” said Michelle Madl-Soehren, business development specialist at Nicolet. “It was a great experience. Every one of the graduates walked away with a much more thorough understanding of what it takes to start and run a business.”

Over the course of the classes several successful business owners also spoke with the students, offering their advice on what it takes to create and operate a prosperous business.

Each student received a full-tuition scholarship from the Juday Entrepreneurial Development ScholarshipFund which is administered by the Nicolet College Foundation.

Students graduating from the E-Seed program, shown int he photo above, are, first row, left to right, Steve Strauss, Lynn Upthagrove, Melissa Klessig, Sandy Lotto and Sandy Apfel; back row, Don Kiey, Steve Lacko, Kelly Lacko, Tom Nitz, Jean Nitz, and Linda Tollefson.

The next series of E-Seed classes for Vilas County residents will start in October.

For more information, contact Madl-Soehren at (715) 365-4492, TTY 711 or 1-800-947-3529; or by email at


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