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Helping Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Start their Business, Manage their Operations, and Grow their Leaders since 1980

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About Us

Who We Are:

The nationwide SBDC network was established in 1980 by the Small Business Administration in 1980 with legislation written by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Since that time, our office – and SBDC offices across the state – have supported thousands of entrepreneurs across industries through individual consulting and educational classes.

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working to facilitate business growth and improvement and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting and affordable entrepreneurial education, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies.

The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the Universities of Wisconsin and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Whether you want help with the skills of starting, running or growing a business, the UW-Madison’s Small Business Development Center is your business education resource. We work with startups and established businesses across industries and with up to 500 employees.

Classes for Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders

We offer a full range of non-credit business classes for startups and established companies. Our classes are an excellent value, offered at convenient times and are taught by experts. The content is readily applicable to your business.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations or to ask general questions about the SBDC, classes and consulting.

 

Business Consulting

Our Consultants work one-on-one with you to develop your business plan, solve operational issues, and prepare for growth.

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The Wisconsin SBDC at UW Madison is proud to partner with Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation to offer the Comienzos program. Comienzos provides business information, resources, counseling and select workshops for Spanish speaking entrepreneurs. The program is housed at WWBIC’s Madison office. For more information please visit https://www.wwbic.com/en-espanol/

Meet our Staff

Michelle Somes-Booher

Position title: Director

Email: michelle.somesbooher@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-3051

Heather Ferguson

Position title: Program Manager

Email: heather.ferguson@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-9675

Christine Gruneberg

Position title: Business Consultant

Email: chris.gruneberg@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-0224

Amy Bruner Zimmerman

Position title: Business Consultant

Email: amy.brunerzimmerman@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-262-7784

Anne Inman

Position title: Accounting and Projection Clinic Program Manager & Senior Business Consultant

Email: anne.inman@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-265-3052

Stephanie Achten

Position title: Operations and Events Coordinator

Email: stephanie.achten@wisc.edu

Phone: 608-263-2221

Our Sponsors

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The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the University of Wisconsin System.
It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.