University of Wisconsin–Madison

Classes & Training

First Steps to starting a Business  is a FREE, interactive program available online any time. Great course to take to navigate where your at in starting a business

Spring & Summer 2022 Classes

May 2022

Financial Management – Sprint! (LV) starts 5/2/2022

Communication & Delegation (IP) 5/10/2022

Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference (IP*) – 5/24/2022

June 2022

Onboarding for Employee Retention (LV) 6/1/2022

Launch into Leadership (IP) 6/23/2022

July 2022

Biz Smart Sprint (LV) 7/14-8/18/2022

Motivation & Resilience: Thriving in Times of Change (IP) 7/21/2022

Maximizing Your Leadership Potential (IP*) 7/27/2022 – part of the Learning to Lead Summer Series

August 2022

Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation (IP) 8/3/2022 – part of the Learning to Lead Summer Series

Communication & Delegation (IP) 8/10/2022 – part of the Learning to Lead Summer Series

A+ Decision Making (LV) – 8/15-8/17/2022

October 2022

Employee Documentation & Discipline (IP) 10/6/2022

HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals (IP) 10/13/2022

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.

For the Summer 2022 semester, we will be offering our courses in a variety of formats, including:
  • Webinars (noted with a W) – these shorter, virtual sessions typically provide a broad overview of a topic, or more detailed information on a more narrow topic. Webinars generally include opportunities for Q&A but do not include a lot of additional audience interaction due to their shorter timeframes.
  • Live Virtual (noted with an LV) – these longer sessions – ranging from 1.5 hours to multiple days – include a live instructor and almost always include opportunities for the participants to engage with each other and/or the course content.
  • In-Person (noted with an IP) – these courses are located at the Wisconsin School of Business – on UW-Madison’s campus in Grainger Hall – unless otherwise noted.*

This variety of session types will be able to provide you with different opportunities to engage with the content, your peers, and expert instructors.  

“The flawless use of breakout rooms and the well designed user workbook provided great value.”

∼Ed Egan, Owner, Double E Workplace Solutions LLC

[Building Resilience in Stressful Times], information and strategies were presented in a way that has made it easy to employ them in my everyday life right away. Aisha’s candor, knowledge, and delivery created an environment in which participants really participated. The balance between information, explanation, and conversation (break out sessions) was nearly perfect.”

∼Kate Clapper,  Owner, Flying Rabbit Press

Prior SBDC Classes

April 2022

From Side Hustle to Small Business (LV) 4/8/2022

Fearless Performance Management   (IP*) 4/12/2022

HR Basics for Non-HR Professionals (IP*) 4/14/2022

Hire Badgers: Student Staffing Opportunities for Small Business (W) 4/18/2022

Buy, Build, or Sell? Next Steps for Your Business (LV) 4/22/2022

The Future is Diverse: 4 Ways Leaders Can Become Change Agents (LV) 4/27-4/29/2022

March 2022

Buy-Sell Agreements (LV) 3/9/2022

The Employment Imperative: Tackling Workforce Challenges (W) 3/10/2022

February 2022

Entrepreneurial Training Program for new businesses (IP and LV components) – 2/10 – 3/18. See page for details.

Balancing the Leadership Scale: Maximizing Team & Individual Productivity
(LV) starts 2/15

Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation (LV) 2/16/2021

SHRM Certification Preparation for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP (LV, designed for HR professionals) 2/15/2022 – 4/27/2022 (skip March 29 & 30 for spring break)

Launch into Leadership (LV) 2/22-2/24/2022

December 2021

Digital Marketing and Social Media Conference (IP) 12/8/2021

November 2021

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Small Business Websites  (W) 11/2/2021

Outreach For Introverts (LV) 11/2/2021

Hiring to Retain (LV) 11/3/2021

Building Financial Confidence in Your Business: Financial Management  (IP) 11/3 – 12/1/2021

Hire Badgers: Student Employment Opportunities for Small Business (W)  11/8/2021

Leading with Emotional Intelligence  (LV) 11/11/2021

WordPress vs WIX  (W) 11/19/2021

Fearless Performance Management   (LV) 11/30, 12/1 & 2, 2021

Project Management Essentials (LV) 11/30, 12/7 & 12/14, 2021

October 2021

Launch into Leadership  (LV) *this class has been rescheduled to 10/11, 10/12, 10/13, 2021

Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict & Negotiation  (LV) 10/15/2021

Human Resources (HR) Basics for Non-HR Professionals  (LV) 10/18 & 19/2021

Entrepreneurial Training Program (LV) 10/21 – 12/3/2021

LinkedIn MVP (W) 10/26/2021

Navigating Difficult Conversations (LV) 10/26, 27 & 28 2021

September 2021

SHRM Certification Preparation for SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP (LV, designed for HR professionals) 9/21 -12/1/2021

The Freelance Economy: How to Make Money at Home (W) 9/24/2021

August 2021

FORWARD FEST EVENT – BookMarkIT: Free Tools & Tips from Your Local Libraries  8/12/2021

July 2021

*NEW*WordPress vs WIX – 7/8/2021

*NEW* Enhancing Teamwork Together or Apart – 7/13-7/15

BizSmart Sprint – 7/15 – 8/19

Leading with Emotional Intelligence – 7/20

*NEW*Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Small Business Websites – 7/21

Communication Delegation Skills – 7/26 – 7/28

June 2021

Fearless Performance Management – 6/21 – 6/23

*NEW* Building a Better Web Presence: Business websites 101 -6/29

May 2021

 Financial Management Sprint – 5/5 – 5/20

 Staying on Track: Time & Self Management – 5/10 – 5/12

Buy, Build or Sell -Deciding next steps for your Business – 5/18

April 2021

Building Resilience in Stressful Times –    4/5 – 4/7

Digital Marketing & Social Media Conference – 4/12

Understanding and Growing your Investment: Building Value in your Business – 4/20 – 4/21

Positive Power Plays: Skills for Conflict and Negotiation – 4/21

When Every Day Feels Like Monday: Motivating Yourself & Others in Uncertain Times – 4/27, 4/28, 4/29

March 2021

Human Resources (HR) Basics for Non-HR Professionals  –  3/2 & 3/3

Hire Badgers: Bringing Two-Way Value to a Student Work Experience –   3/4

February 2021

The Freelance Economy: How to Make Money at Home   2/9

BizSmart Sprint – 2/9

SHRM Learning System  2/16

Launch into Leadership   2/22 – 2/24

January 2021

Online Retail Marketing for Small Businesses  1/27/2021

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.

How the CARES Act Supports You

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress for the purpose of providing targeted recovery relief. You are likely already familiar with the program for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, and more. 

The CARES Act also provides funding in Section 1103 for entrepreneurial development. It is through this funding that we are able to offer certain classes – as well as Navigating the New Normal, our COVID Response Guide –  to you at no cost. Continue to visit this page to see if additional opportunities have been added.