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Small Business Development Center at UW-Milwaukee

Helping Start and Grow Small Businesses

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-sized companies and help launch successful new enterprises.

Existing Businesses: Do you need consulting services for growth and expansion? Please fill out an electronic Assistance Request Form.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Startups: Do you need help getting started? Please explore the programs for starting a business as well as the free resources, listed below.

Wisconsin SBDC Network Core Services

  • Business planning and startup
  • Management and strategic planning
  • Finance and capital access
  • Marketing and sales growth
  • Market research and data

 2018 Business Consulting Impacts

Wisconsin SBDC Network

  • 2,928 clients served
  • 253 businesses started
  • 895 jobs created/retained
  • $100 million in capital infusion to small businesses

Milwaukee SBDC

  • 320 clients served
  • 28 businesses started
  • 128 jobs created/retained
  • $6.8 million in capital infusion to small businesses


We are small business-focused and not able to assist in the start-up of nonprofit entities. However, there is an new online course that helps teach you the basics which can be found here: Starting Your Own Nonprofit Organization


SBDC Wisconsin                    University of Wisconsin System                    

The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact: Program Manager, Jason E. Mueller, 161 W. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203, 414-227-3129. The SBDC program does not deny admission or participation in programs or services because of a person's race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternal or parental status.

Receive specific help and resources for your business or idea. Click the link above to get started.