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Healthy Credit Loan Initiative: A new option to help small businesses prosper in Southwest Wisconsin

The Southwest Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) want to help strengthen small businesses with a healthy credit option. Heavy credit-card debt and high-interest loans can burden, hamper or even threaten small business operations. But owners don’t have to feel trapped. It is important to know that […]

Job posting: Marketing and Communications Intern

Internship Title: Marketing and Communications Specialist Name of Office To Hire Intern: UW-Extension Division for Business & Entrepreneurship, 432 N Lake Street, Room 501D, Madison, WI 53706 Reports to: Jennie Broecker, Marketing and Communications Manager, 608-262-6126 Estimated State Date: 5/29/2018, though could start earlier with reduced hours Duration of Internship: 12 weeks Estimated Hours per Week: 40 Brief Summary of […]

Wisconsin beer innovator MobCraft taps national attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MobCraft Beer, a Milwaukee brewery that lets fans submit and choose its monthly flavors online, is being recognized for its innovation on Capitol Hill. MobCraft is one of just 11 companies invited to the 2018 America’s Small Business Development Centers’ Client Showcase & Reception, a Feb. 13 event to celebrate small business and […]

Wikenheiser joins Wisconsin Economic Development Association board

MADISON — The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) has unanimously elected Bon Wikenheiser, state director of the Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network at the UW-Extension Division for Business & Entrepreneurship, to serve a three-year term on its board of directors. The election took place at WEDA’s annual meeting Feb. 1 during the 2018 Governor’s […]

Ideadvance Seed Fund pursues past and present UW System colleagues

        MADISON, Wis. – Innovators with current or past ties to the UW System are invited to apply to the Ideadvance Seed Fund with business ideas that could contribute to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy.” The Ideadvance program provides business funding and mentoring toward a scalable, profitable business model. Grant dollars are earned by […]

Wisconsin SBDC supports entrepreneurship initiative in Green County

MONROE – The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is partnering in 2018 with the Green County Development Corporation (GCDC) to boost small business startups and growth. Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), GCDC will implement an entrepreneurship support strategy to engage, assess and provide mentorship and coaching […]

‘Leading the Way’ in economic development in Wisconsin: 2 of our examples

  The UW-Extension Division for Business & Entrepreneurship is proud to be included in the Wisconsin Economic Development Association‘s Leading the Way magazine for 2017. The publication is designed to showcase problems being solved by Wisconsin’s economic development experts and support organizations.               On pages 20-21 of the magazine, you […]

State matching grants to boost six high-tech small businesses

      MADISON – Six small high-tech businesses in Wisconsin will receive up to $75,000 each to commercialize their innovations, thanks to the SBIR Advance program’s latest round of funding. The state matching grant program provides assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) […]

Business & Entrepreneurship staffers Ferraro, Johnson earn Chancellor’s Awards

  Mark Lange (center), executive director for the Division for Business & Entrepreneurship, with Tera Johnson (left) and Gina Ferraro (right). MADISON – Two members of the UW-Extension’s Division for Business & Entrepreneurship were honored Sept. 21 with the 2017 UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor’s Awards. Gina Ferraro, Financial Officer, received the Award for Excellence, and […] updated with 2016 data

            MADISON — YourEconomy provides a useful, up-to-date snapshot of the composition of your local business community. Dig in to see insightful data that can help with client or project work: Go to Click “Go” in the lower left section Select Wisconsin in the State dropdown menu Select your […]

SBDC at UW-Stevens Point welcomes Meschke as new director, congratulates Wescott upon retirement

STEVENS POINT — Melissa Meschke has been named Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Stevens Point, taking over for Mary Wescott, to lead regional efforts in the nation’s largest business assistance network. The SBDC at UW-Stevens Point is one of 14 offices in the Wisconsin SBDC Network offered through UW-Extension’s collaboration with […]

Milwaukee to host 2017 Health and Human Services SBIR/STTR Conference

          Milwaukee has been dubbed the “Heartland of BioHealth Innovation.” The Clinical Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI), a part of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was chosen by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to host the national 2017 Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer […]

2 Wisconsin SBDC clients recognized at White House event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Wisconsin business owners were among five America’s SBDC clients who visited the White House Aug. 1 for the “Small Business in America – The Engine of the American Dream” roundtable. Hometown Trolley of Crandon and Northern Star Fire of Eau Claire were invited, along with Veterans MFG and Bear Creek Smokehouse of Texas and Motus Motorcycles of Alabama, plus dozens of […]

SBIR Road Tour draws strong attendance in Madison

Dave Linz of the Center for Technology Commercialization and UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen touch base before the lunch panel at the SBIR Road Tour. See our photo gallery from the day  MADISON – The 2017 SBIR Road Tour drew 137 registered attendees from Wisconsin and beyond on July 18, giving small businesses the coveted opportunity to […]

Food Finance Institute leader: Amazon ownership of Whole Foods could play well for small food brands

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market will be a disruptor of the food industry but might be an opportunity for businesses looking to boost food sales online, according to the Food Finance Institute’s Tera Johnson. Amazon will bring the borderline sensual, foraging experience of Whole Foods online, Johnson wrote for New Hope Media, the largest […]

High-tech small businesses could receive up to $75,000 from SBIR Advance matching grant

      MADISON – UW-Extension’s Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) is offering a matching grant of up to $75,000 to provide additional assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This is the ninth round of SBIR […]

Transforming innovative UW System ideas into new businesses: $200,000 awarded by Ideadvance Seed Fund

        MADISON – Up to $200,000 in grants will be awarded to five small businesses in the latest round of awards in the Ideadvance program fostering the entrepreneurship ecosystem across Wisconsin. Ideadvance is a rigorous two-stage process of seed funding and mentoring to move innovative ideas forward into feasible businesses. It is […]

Eau Claire inventor of life-saving compass for firefighters wins Governor’s Business Plan Contest

MADISON – An Eau Claire fire captain who invented an eight-directional compass to save firefighters who become disoriented in a blaze has won the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire LLC, a client of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, learned June 7 at the Wisconsin […]

SBA’s Small Business Innovation National Road Tour is coming to Madison

          MADISON – The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Wisconsin on July 18, giving small businesses the coveted opportunity to learn more about America’s largest seed fund for research and development. This stop, part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 11-state, 15-city road tour, will allow entrepreneurs and small technology […]

Food Consultant, Food Financial Analyst training and certification available

MADISON — The Food Finance Institute (FFI) is offering two training and certification sessions for people interested in taking Food and Beverage (FaB) businesses to the next level. “Level 1: Food Consultant Training and Certification – Market Trends/Market Research in Food, Business Model Optimization, and Capital Structure” will be May 18-19 at the Pyle Center in Madison. […]

Ideadvance Seed Fund now open to many UW System alumni

      MADISON, Wis. – Innovators from across the UW System with a business idea that could contribute to Wisconsin’s “knowledge economy” are invited to apply for the Ideadvance program. New this year: Beginning with the April 28 deadline, Ideadvance will accept applications from graduates of any UW System campus except UW-Madison. The program […]

UW-Eau Claire SBDC honored by Small Business Administration

          EAU CLAIRE – The UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center and Director Luke Kempen (above, left) have been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship by the Wisconsin district of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Wisconsin’s 2017 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award was given to UW-Eau Claire’s SBDC […]

$525,000 in state matching grants to boost 7 high-tech small businesses

      MADISON – Seven small high-tech businesses in Wisconsin will receive up to $75,000 each to commercialize their innovations, thanks to the SBIR Advance program’s latest round of funding. The state matching grant program provides assistance to companies in the process of completing a project in the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) […]

New course teaches how to make a business case for innovation

      MADISON – A new quick course on business development skills for graduate students and early-career scientists is available through the Center for Technology Commercialization. SBIR Ready is a free month-long program that teaches students how to evaluate an innovative technology idea from multiple angles to make a business case. Upon completion of […]

Wisconsin’s Hometown Trolley in national spotlight

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business from Crandon, Wis., has received an exclusive invitation to share its success story on the national stage Feb. 6 at the 2017 America’s Small Business Development Centers Client Showcase & Reception. The Capitol Hill event celebrates small business and the success of SBDC clients around the […]

SBIR Ready teaches business skills to compete for tech funding

      Do you: Want to learn how to be competitive and function as a scientific leader for your company or another small business? Want practical experience making a business case to get an idea to market (aka, technology commercialization)? Want strategies to access non-dilutive funding to reduce early technology risk? Want to improve […]

Dave Linz wins prestigious Small Business Administration award

          Dave Linz with U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Mark Walsh, Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dave Linz, Associate Director for the Center for Technology Commercialization, has earned a prestigious award from the U.S. Small Business Administration for achieving significant economic impact in advancing small technology businesses. Linz […]