The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $33,333 grant to the Ashland Area Development Corporation (AADC) to help boost veteran entrepreneurship in the area. “The grant received by AADC will specifically support training for military veterans who would like to launch new businesses in either Ashland or Bayfield counties.”

Beginning last month, ten evening classes were held at AADC’s Enterprise Center. These classes will continue into the first part of 2019. The goal of the classes are to educate veterans on “basic accounting and marketing skills, human resources skills such as recruiting and interviewing job applicants, and government contracting opportunities for veterans.” Veterans will also be given access to one on one business development assistance and additional business support. At the completion of the training, up “to four of the participants who successfully complete the first part of the program will be selected to receive a six-month lease, free of charge, in the Enterprise Center.”

The grant targets military veterans who are looking to start new businesses in either Ashland or Bayfield counties.

For more information or to apply to the program, veterans can stop in at AADC, call (715)682-8344, or email ktaylor@ashlandareadevelopment.org.