Through a variety of programs, the Business & Entrepreneurship Division helps entrepreneurs, businesses and economic development professionals achieve their goals by connecting them with technical assistance, consulting, training, data analysis, resources and other services. We follow a collaborative model, working alongside local organizations and other institutions to best serve clients across all of our program areas.


Whether you are planning a new business or are a long-time entrepreneur, the Division for Business & Entrepreneurship is proud to help connect Wisconsin’s businesses through our wide-reaching programs.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Centers Network

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. 

Center for Technology Commercialization

The Center for Technology Commercialization (CTC) works with innovators, inventors and researchers to bring new technologies to market by navigating the process of commercialization.

Food Finance Institute

The Food Finance Institute (FFI) is a collaborative network of food entrepreneurs, finance expertise and investment resources focused on Wisconsin’s food sector. 

Center for Business Intelligence

The Center for Business Intelligence (CBI) converts the power of data, research and technology into decision-making tools for business owners.

Business Dynamics Research Consortium

The Business Dynamics Research Consortium (BDRC) compiles multiple data sets to track performance and growth factors for more than 144 million businesses across the United States.

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After attending UW-Manitowoc, I am a much better-rounded person. Even though school can be a struggle, I am happy to be bettering myself! Initially, I chose UW-Manitowoc because of how close it is and the low cost. When I found out about the quality of instruction and how easy it is to get one-on-one time with my professors, it would have been my first choice. I chose philosophy as a major because of the enthusiasm and expertise of Professor Al White. He teaches in such a unique way. After attending several of his classes, and discussions with him, I decided that continuing the tradition of teaching philosophy in an engaging way is what I want to do when I grow up. Take advantage of the small campus at UW-Manitowoc. Get to know your professors early - they are a great resource. Get involved in the campus as well. Join a club, and join the Student Senate. Don't just come for your classes and then go home. Most of us who have been here for a while have seen how much better students do when they stay on campus.

UW-Extension: Ideadvance Seed Fund

In this video, Scott Vanderbeck discusses how Ideadvance Seed Fund helped his company, Organic Research Corporation, pivot and succeed in the medical marketplace. Dave Linz and Idella Yamben, two UW-Extension employees intimately involved with Ideadvance, explain the program’s role in growing new companies like Vanderbeck’s.

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