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Forward Fest 2021

Put this session on your Holds List, and “check out” some great resources from your local libraries

When taking your business from idea to reality, you’ll likely have a lot of questions that need answered in order to get your business off to a strong start. For example: What do you need to know about patents for the product you’re trying to create? What legal resources are available? What can local demographics tell you about potential customers? How strong is the industry you’re looking to enter? Who are potential competitors?

Luckily, there are FREE databases, resources, and specialized experts available to help you answer these and many other questions – all found in your local libraries! Want to learn more? Put this session on your Holds List, and “check out” some great resources from your local libraries.


Location: Grainger Hall, 2nd Floor Learning Commons, 975 University Ave, Madison

Date:  Thursday,  August 12, 2021  10:00 am – 11:30 am

Fee:  No cost. This session is offered in partnership with the Madison Public Library; UW-Madison Patent & Trademark Resource Center; UW-Madison Wisconsin School of Business Library; David T. Prosser Wisconsin State Law Library; and the UW-Madison Innovate Network.

This event will now be hosted online via Zoom. Registered participants will receive a link in your email. We look forward to seeing you!

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Interested in viewing other Forward Fest events? Check out the full calendar here!

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.


  • Martin Alvarado – Business Librarian, Madison Public Library
  • Dave Bloom – Science & Engineering Librarian, UW-Madison Patent & Trademark Resource Center
  • Michael Keane – Reference and Instruction Librarian, David T. Prosser Wisconsin State Law Library
  • Peggy Smith – Reference & Data Librarian, Wisconsin School of Business