The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin Madison is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.    

2015 Stats:     Served 361 Clients   32 Business Starts   9.6M Capital Infusion

Whether you want help with the skills of starting, running or growing a business, the UW-Madison's Small Business Development Center is your business education resource. We've helped create successful business stories since 1979. Our staff of experienced business professionals teach seminars, answer telephone questions and perform one-on-one counseling for business owners in Dane, Columbia and Sauk counties.

Wisconsin Business AnswerLine

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Our Wisconsin Business AnswerLine consultants have real-world business management experience. They're available to give free answers to your business start-up or management questions from Monday to Thursday, 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. You can call once or on an ongoing basis - SBDC Business AnswerLine consultant will give you personalized attention for as long as you need it.

Call 1-800-940-7232 for a live question-and-answer session with an SBDC advisor. Or, to request assistance online Click Here       


(608) 263-7680

The UW-Madison SBDC offers a full range of business management seminars for both established businesses and start-up companies. Our seminars offer excellent value; fees cover the cost of materials and instruction. For more information regarding these year-round courses, choose from a link below.

Business Consulting

(608) 263-7680

For established businesses that need additional help, you can rely on UW-Madison SBDC Business Consultants. At no charge, our advisors will help you understand how to solve specific business problems or capitalize on business opportunities. UW-Madison SBDC Business Consulting is funded by the Small Business Administration and is free of charge.  Click to REQUEST CONSULTING

The Wisconsin SBDC at UW Madison is proud to partner with Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation to offer the Comienzos program. Comienzos provides business information, resources, counseling and select workshops for Spanish speaking entrepreneurs. The program is housed at WWBIC’s Madison office. For more information please visit



The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center network provides education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources to help businesses evolve while delivering value to our stakeholders.  


To become the most impactful business resource in Wisconsin.

Business Description

We are in the business of helping companies start, grow and succeed.

Service Lines/Products

We help build great companies through education, training, and mentoring to start-up businesses, existing businesses, high tech businesses and CEOs.

  • Start-up businesses

    The First Step – Idea and personal feasibility evaluation

    Fundamentals – Basics in start-up management skills

    Business Plan – Writing a business plan

    Entrepreneurial Training Program -- includes two course: Fundamentals, Business Plan; and personalized one-on-one assistance to help you develop and write a business plan
  • Ongoing management skills for owners, managers and employees
  • CEO peer learning
  • Youth - Youth Entrepreneur Camp

 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 Coordinator, SBDC, 975 University Ave., Suite 3260, Madison, WI 53706, 608-263-9675. An EEO/AA employer, the University of Wisconsin provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title IX and ADA requirements.