See how the SBDC has helped these entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses:
The idea for Urban Assets started with a mission: focus on projects that add value to the Madison community either through urban infrastructure or expanding community services.
Voted Madison’s Best Food Cart AND Best Mediterranean restaurant, Banzo has been a client of the SBDC from their inception. They have two food carts, a restaurant in a building they now own, and a wholesale business for their hummus.
After moving to Madison from California, Sharon Billings saw a need. She realized that minority parents struggled with being involved with their children's schools. AllParentsonDeck was born and Sharon began to facilitate meetings and events to help teachers and parents communicate.
Sherry Buechner of Hip City promotes independence by empowering little girls to carry their own items in a fun, easy, hands-free way - therefore easing the burden for mothers.
Kyle LaFond didn't set out to own his own business in all-natural personal products, however, after making his own natural products he launched in May of 2015. Before he knew it, he employed eight people and stores and pharmacies across the state were carrying the products.
Kayla Storlid describes herself as genetically created to clean. With the help of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison, Storlid turned her aptitude for orderliness into a successful business. Kayla’s Custom Cleaning, LLC in Madison currently employs 28 people and has experienced 15 to 20 percent growth annually since launching in 2001.
Carlos and Sara Alvarado own the Alvarado Real Estate Group, a full-service local and independent real estate company. The Alvarado’s work with the SBDC provides them with feedback and guidance on how to maintain a small, team community feel while being successful in the market.
Beer cheese pretzels, a burger and a bottle of local brew are on the menu at The Coopers Tavern, named Best New Restaurant in July 2010 by Madison Magazine. In business for just over a year, its owners attribute their quick success in part to the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center (SBDC) courses they took before launching the business.