Build Your Business Foundation with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Madison
We have moved into our new office in the Wisconsin School of Business (Grainger Hall Rm 1290). Our staff is working a hybrid schedule, with our general office hours being 8:30-4:30, Monday – Friday except federal holidays. Please schedule an appointment before arriving. For more information about our new location and parking on campus, visit our FAQ page.
Like you, we also want to continue to take the lessons we’ve learned during the pandemic and continue best practices in the future. We will continue to offer a variety of options to fit your needs. These include:
- continuing online and phone meeting options with our clients
- offering shorter online webinar options on niche topics
- continuing to offer some of our courses in a live virtual format
For the most up-to-date information about business resources, upcoming programs, and more, join our mailing list.
The WI SBDC at UW-Madison provides no-cost consulting and non-credit courses to help businesses from start-up through growth. In 2021, the Center:
- saw 466 consulting clients
- hosted helped clients obtain over $12.52 million in capital
- helped 25 businesses start
- worked directly with clients for 1,063 hours
- hosted 45 classes and webinars attended by 830 participants
The Small Business Development Centers were established by the Small Business Administration in 1980 with legislation written by WI Senator Gaylord Nelson. The mission of the WI SBDC is to provide education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources to help businesses evolve while delivering value to our stakeholders
The SBDC at UW-Madison Helps you START, MANAGE & GROW Your Business!
START a Business
Are you thinking about starting a venture or are in the early stage of your business? The SBDC helps entrepreneurs like you realize the dream of starting a business. We offer entrepreneurship classes & small business consulting for new businesses.
MANAGE Your Business
From digital marketing and financial management to human resources, we help small business owners and managers learn to effectively operate.
GROW Your Leaders
Grow your leaders to take your business to the next level. Our Leadership and communications classes inspire and educate your team.
[My consultant] Amy has been amazing. [When I was building our space], she helped me get insight into the banker’s mind. I made the phone calls, but she was there as a sounding board and my cheerleader... On one phone call, I said, it’s been so hard, I literally just need to plan the next seven days, and she helped me set an achievable goal when I couldn’t see the end in sight.- Brittany Ballweg, Dolphin Swim Academy