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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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

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 […]