Continuing to learn and develop new skills and ideas is always important, not only to business owners but their employees.  WLDEF helps members enhance their knowledge & skills by providing financial assistance to attend Northwestern Lumber Association Roundtables and LumberTech classes.  

*Assistance programs are for WLDEF members only.

Over $138,000 in financial assistance and sponsorship's has been granted

Since 2009 WLDEF has granted over $138,000 in financial assistance and sponsorships of professional development events for the retail lumber industry.


Roundtable Assistance

Roundtable Assistance

Roundtable Assistance


You can learn a lot from your peers, that is why WLDEF would like to help members participate in the Northwestern Lumber Association roundtables by offering an annual grant of $500 per company to help off-set the registration cost.

NLA offers several owner/manager roundtable groups including:

  • Legacy Roundtable -Single retail yard location with sales volume of $1-$5 million. 
  • Classic Roundtable - Retail yards with one-two locations with sales volume of $5-$10 million.
  • Heritage Roundtable - Multi-location retailers with sales volume of $25 million plus.

For dates, locations and roundtable details visit the NLA website -

Tuition Assistance

Roundtable Assistance

Roundtable Assistance


The LumberTech program offers training for all areas of the retail lumber operation including yard & delivery, sales, estimating, and management.  WLDEF provides financial assistance of up to 50% of the registration fee for members attending LumberTech classes. 

Current classes being offered include: 

  • Estimating 1-2-3
  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Advanced Financial Management
  • Yard & Delivery Workshop
  • Contractor Sales
  • HR-Legal & Lien Law 
  • Fleet Management & DOT
  • Yard Safety & OSHA
  • Understanding Sales: How to Sell Efficiently and Effectively
  • Project Management


For dates, locations and class details visit the NLA website -


Roundtable 2018-2019 (pdf)


TuitionAssistance2019-2020 (pdf)



 To be a  member of the WLDEF you must be a retailer or supplier of lumber or building materials that resides in Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is a member in good standing of the Northwestern Lumber Association ("NLA").