University of Wisconsin–Madison

Small Business Success Stories

The WI Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison works with hundreds of business each year. From start-ups to growing companies the SBDC assists clients as their businesses evolve. We work with individuals on business planning for start-ups, loan and financing preparation, management and operational issues as well as marketing and sales. The SBDC also offers no cost consultation, as well as non-credit courses.

Garth pouring beer

“Beyer connected with SBDC business consultant Anne Inman, whom he describes as “truly remarkable.” He says that’s when things started to take off.”

Garth Beyer, Garth’s Brew Bar

See how the SBDC has helped these entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses!

Prairie Rivet

Metal rivets, semi-tubular and solid, are permanent fasteners that go in everything: cars, windows, cookware, electronics, and boots, to name a few.

Yips Chips

Erin Vranas' who owns Parthenon Gyros with her husband Dimitri, her newest venture is Yips Yogurt Chips. Erin is getting natural yogurt chips into the hands of busy, health-conscious consumers nationwide.

Yips Yogurt Chips

Garth's Brew Bar

Garth Beyer opened Garth’s Brew Bar on Monroe Street in December 2019, just 3 months before Covid 19.

Garths Brew Bar

The Baked Lab

Several years working in arts administration landed him in Madison, where he continued to bake in his spare time and launched an Instagram feed that featured his beautiful culinary creations.

The Baked Lab

Traci Rauner Design

From the time she began filling little notebooks with drawings of floor plans in fourth grade and rearranging the furniture in her childhood bedroom, Traci Rauner has been passionate about design.

Wod Bottom

Popular Online Company Sells Shorts for CrossFit and Weight Training

Wod Bottom owners

“The hardest part was understanding what the market actually looks like,” says Gao. “Working with Anne, we could walk through ways to approach that. The most valuable part of the course for me was the one-on-one customized sounding board, to work with someone who really got to know me and my business throughout the process.”

JENIE GAO, Jenie Gao Studios