POSTED ON NOVEMBER 23rd, 2009
Workshops help small businesses survive tough times
Small businesses concerned about cutting costs are invited to attend free workshops December 2 and December 8, 2009.
“The success of local companies is vital to the success of Milwaukee,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “These workshops will provide important, practical tools that will assist employers to continue to thrive, even in the midst of the current difficult economy.”
The two identical workshops will present a panel of experts discussing cost-saving strategies that assist companies to improve their bottom line with very little or no out-of-pocket expense. Topics include:
- Strategies to reduce and save substantially on freight costs (FedEx/UPS, LTL, full truck, containers, and air freight).
- Cash incentives available to upgrade and replace HVAC equipment, water heaters, lighting, adding insulation, and identifying problem areas for longer term energy saving improvements.
- Information about maximizing, state, federal and local tax incentives, minimizing tax payments, and increasing cash flow and return on investment.
- Information from the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board on worker training programs, strategies to improve employee skills, and where to find qualified workers.
Workshops will be held as follows:
8 – 10 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Best Western Mitchell West Center Room
5105 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee
8 – 10 am Tuesday, December 8, 2009
6767 N. Industrial Rd., Milwaukee
The workshops, which include breakfast, are offered free of charge by the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP). MEDC is a business development arm of Milwaukee City government; it operates several programs that make loans to small business in partnership with conventional lenders. WMEP helps Wisconsin firms become more competitive through lean manufacturing services, quality systems, and business growth solutions. Currently, MEDC and WMEP are offering grants to assist companies to contract with WMEP for consulting services regarding lean manufacturing and business growth.
There is no charge for the workshops, but advance registration is requested. To register, call MEDC at (414) 286-5841, or send an email to Tracy.Adams@medconline.com.