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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]