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Walt Muellenhagen, SBDC Small Business Consultant, Talks About the Six Week Business Plan Class on the Ron Jolly Show on WTCM





Walter Muellenhagen, SBDC Small Business Consultant, is interviewed on the Ron Jolly Show.

Topic: The Six Week Business Plan for Business




Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan
First class begins Sept. 9th in Traverse City!


Traverse City auto dealership owner Otto Belovich will be the opening guest speaker at a class that will help business owners learn how to develop a business plan in just six weeks. The Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering "Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan," beginning September 9 in Traverse City. The class will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday through October 14. The classes will be held at the Northwest Michigan Small Business Development Center at the Michigan Works! Center located at 1209 S. Garfield.

Along with Belovich other guest speakers will include: Lisa Newhouse, Cherry City Consulting; Mike Weitschat, Peterson McGregor Insurance; Vernon LaLone, CPA; Beth Bozung, Safety Net; Mike Caruso, MBank; and Mary Rogers, SBDC Regional Director.


Walter Muellenhagen (pictured above), SBDC Small Business Consultant and former business banker, will be the Venture Plan presenter. In his role at the SBDC, Walt assists all clients in gaining access to capital. From business plan creation to managing  budgets, inventory and cash flow, Walt brings his experience as a small business owner to area business people and looks forward to leading the Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan classes.

The intense, six-week class is for highly motivated early-stage business owners creating a business plan. In addition to the guest speakers, participants will meet weekly with SBDC Small Business Consultant Walt Muellenhagen, and will spend time developing a winning business plan that will include start-up costs and cash flow projections, market research and defining your target customer, social media and marketing strategy, operations management, and more.


“Walt and our line-up of guest speakers have a wealth of experience in a wide variety of businesses,” said Mary Rogers, SBDC Regional Director (pictured left). “They’ll share their many successes and failures of owning and operating their own small businesses, and will offer encouragement and insight to people taking the class.”

The SBDC is a statewide business assistance program that provides one-on-one counseling, training and research support for Michigan small businesses. The Northwest Michigan Regional office is hosted by the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments. For more information, go to:




"Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan” costs $149 per participant.
Questions? Tricia Stevens at: or 231-922-3780.

Register Online:  Venture Plan: Six Week Business Plan.



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