The Wisconsin 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 and low-cost entrepreneurial education, 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.

The Results (2016):

  • Served 375 Clients
  • 30 Business Starts
  • $13.5M 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 provides service to the residence of Dane, Columbia and Sauk counties.

Wisconsin Business AnswerLine


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 request assistance online.


The UW-Madison SBDC offers a full range of non-credit business management classes for both established businesses and start-up companies. Our classes are an excellent value, which are offered as 1/2 day, full day or evening programs and are held on the UW Madison campus in Grainger Hall. Parking is available on sire if you register two week prior to the start of the class at ADVANCE PERMITS.

Explore our course offerings below:

Business Consulting

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


Mission & Vision

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.

  • 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.