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development association From left: Ye Chen, Nicole Olson and Roberta Mey- er research the steps to writing a business plan. UW-Superior Students 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 62 P.S. june.july 2013 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.