A Free Entrepreneurship Training Program for Military Veterans of the Chequamegon Bay Area


AADC’s Ready-Vet-Grow program is back! After a successful class series over the 2018/19 winter, we are once again offering this free class series to area veterans! Applications are due by June 18, 2019, and class begins on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Ashland Area Development Corporation proudly presents “Ready-Vet-Grow” -- A new entrepreneurship training program for military veterans who reside in either Ashland County or Bayfield County, Wisconsin. The goal of this free program is to provide training and support to veterans as they learn how to develop and launch their businesses in Northern Wisconsin.

Ashland Area Development Corporation (AADC) received a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, which is funding this free program. The WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs established this grant with the “purpose of assisting non-profit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes”.

AADC Executive Director Betsey Harries developed this program to help our local veterans successfully start their businesses. The program will provide instruction and on-going support as participants work toward completing a business plan and opening a new business. Program participants are NOT required to have prior experience with starting a business.



  • 5 group classes + 1 free individual session with the Small Business Development Center, UW-Superior, as well as unlimited free consultations with AADC staff. We will cover many aspects of business development as well as veteran-specific resources. Classes will begin on the evening of June 20, 2019.

  • Class presentations and mentoring from local veterans who are established business owners.

  • Individual coaching and assistance tailored for each program participant.

AADC is dedicated to supporting area veterans’ success in their business ventures. Entrepreneurship classes provide the training, structure, and networking opportunities to succeed in business in the Chequamegon Bay area. All participating veterans will be supported to the fullest extent of AADC’s capabilities and grant funding, within the rules and regulations set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and the AADC Board of Directors.

WHO MAY APPLY: Open to Ashland County and Bayfield County veterans who are interested in starting their own businesses. No prior business experience necessary!

APPLICATIONS DUE BY: Tuesday, June 18, 2019

FIRST CLASS: Thursday, June 20, 2019, from 5:30-7:30 pm

WHERE: Classes to be held at AADC’s Enterprise Center located at 422 3rd St. W, Ashland, WI.

HOW TO APPLY: Call AADC at 715-682-8344, email, or stop in person at 422 3rd Street West, Suite 101, Ashland, WI 54806. An application is attached.

PROGRAM SYLLABUS - Each class is from 5:30-7:30 pm at AADC (*unless otherwise noted)

  • JUNE 20 CLASS: Intro to “Ready-Vet-Grow” Program & New Business 101: Your Business Plan

  • JUNE 27 CLASS: The Basics of Small Business Accounting

  • JULY 11 CLASS: Legal Considerations for Small Businesses

  • JULY 18 CLASS: The Basics of Marketing + Social Media Marketing

  • JULY 25 CLASS + BUSINESS ON STAGE EVENT: Building Your Support Team, Local Mentors & Resources for Veteran Entrepreneurs (*class time to be announced for this date)

  • INDIVIDUALLY SCHEDULED SESSION: Financial Planning and Projections - Individual private sessions with Small Business Development Center Director, Andy Donahue, of UW-Superior (*session date/time to be scheduled individually)

Download the application here!