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Kind holds roundtable to grow small business

April 19, 2011
In The News


Congressman Ron Kind hosts a small business roundtable at the La Crosse Public Library.

A panel spoke to area business people about options available to help them be successful.

Starting a business can be a daunting task, with all the tax considerations and financial implications, but the take-away message from this small business roundtable: "There is help."

"Part of it is sitting down and having someone try to understand what you're trying to accomplish. Sometimes business owners don't always have a good answer to that either. It's something that's a work in process," says Anne Hlavacka, Small Business Development Center director.

Rep. Kind hosted the roundtable, saying growing small business is the key to turning the economy.

"We need a growing economy, good-paying jobs being created. The small businesses are in the best position to do that," says Kind, (D) Wisc. 3rd District.

As Kind says, 430,000 small business operate in Wisconsin.

There are many grant opportunities, tax incentives and even health care advantages for small businesses.

"There is help out there. All you have to do is know where to go and look for that type of assistance," Kind says.

"We're not looking to duplicate what's available, but rather, get the most effective resources to the businesses at the time they need them," Hlavacka says.

"The information provided was useful in educating me on how to plan for the future," says Nancy Luedtke, Town N' Country Title owner.

The panelists say a little technical assistance and coaching goes a long way in growing a successful business.

Local resources include the Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse, the Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network, and the IRS.