Laura Harper Wins Award from DCEDC Entrepreneurial Training Program

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), in association with the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC), recently announced Laura Harper is the winner of the $1,000 cash award for the best business plan originating from the 16th annual Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program course conducted earlier this year.

Harper’s plan is to eventually create a communal art house and boutique featuring gifts and artisan made goods. She hopes to provide space for creative activities and offer workshops in a variety of mediums. She is currently scouting venues and gathering resources for a later date. A jewelry artist and painter by trade, Harper earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from the University of Illinois-Chicago. She brings more than 20 years of experience managing and directing businesses and creative nonprofits. Harper reported being interested in starting her own business and sought out the Entrepreneurial Training Program course to start developing a plan for a future date.

A dozen students representing 10 start-up or existing local businesses participated in the class sponsored by DCEDC and the SBDC. The course culminates with each of the participants writing a comprehensive business plan.

“Laura wrote an incredible, well-articulated, thorough plan,” said DCEDC Executive Director Caleb Frostman. “Due to her extensive research, strong analysis, and professional presentation, her plan received consistently high scores from all judges. However, all of the class participants are winners. By taking the time and putting in the effort to learn the skills of business planning, they have each greatly improved their chances of succeeding in whatever business venture they decide to pursue now or in the future.”

The $1,000 award was generously sponsored by Associated Bank, Bank of Luxemburg, and Nicolet National Bank. The Entrepreneurial Training Program course will be offered again in January 2018. Contact Frostman at [email protected] or 920.743.3113 ext. 203 for information about the class.

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