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!

Revel Craft Bar

Just off Madison’s Capitol Square sits Revel, a craft bar whose patrons sip beverages and complete a selected craft project to take home. Popular for team-building outings, sorority gatherings, bridal showers, and birthday parties.

Sarah Van Dyke Revel Craft Bar

Green Clean Dry Ice Blasting LLC

Army Veteran John Schroeder launches contract cleaning business

John Schroeder Green Clean

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

Jenie Gao Studios

Bringing together the creative and the logical is an important aspect of Gao’s practice and has been a core philosophy as she built her business in the arts.

Jenie Gao

Tony Trapp Remodeling, LLC

Interacting primarily with people who earned their living through skilled trades, would ultimately influence his choice of career path.

Tony Trapp, LLC

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