From left: Ye Chen, Nicole Olson and Roberta Mey-
er research the steps to writing a business plan.
Give Entrepreneurs a
Helping Hand Through
a New Start-Up Guide
A By Amanda Palmer
group of students at the University of Wisconsin-Su-
perior has partnered with The Development Associa-
tion, Inc. through Academic Service-Learning (AS-L)
to create a comprehensive start-up guide for entrepre-
neurs who are interested in starting their own business
in Douglas County, Wis.
AS-L’s mission is to “provide support and resources to match
learning with community needs.” Through AS-L, instructors and
students work together with nonprofit organizations in the com-
munity to complete a project. Departments and classes either are
assigned a project or select a project/partner they wish to pursue.
The Development Association, Inc. is a nonprofit organization
that assists with retention, expansion, creation and recruitment of
businesses in Superior and Douglas County, Wis., which it has served
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for more than 50 years. The staff members describe themselves as
“the bridge between businesses that would grow in our community
and government entities that help facilitate that success.” Seeking the
assistance of AS-L at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, The De-
velopment Association, Inc. stressed the need for a start-up guide in
our community, particularly in print form, although it is anticipated
that an online version will be available as well. Its goal is to provide
a guide that will show entrepreneurs the basics regarding the major
steps involved in starting a business, as well as links to sources that
will provide further information.
Miguel Soler Salem and Audra
Austin collaborate with their
group members on the topic
of licensing requirements.