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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I chose UW-Fox because the price was right and it was very close to home. The small class sizes were attractive to me as a non-traditional student who had been out of school for quite some time and was somewhat nervous about sitting in huge lecture course settings. I had always wanted to help others with substance abuse issues, as I struggled for years with drug addiction myself. I feel I would be better able to assist others who want help because I can relate to the many facets of addiction personally. In the summer of 2015, a friend and neighbor died of an overdose. This event made my decision to return to school more resolute than it had ever been. I plan to continue my education at either UW-Green Bay or UW-Oshkosh. After graduation, and earning my bachelor's degree, I hope to work closely with addicts in the community and contribute both my knowledge and personal experience to the field of drug counseling.

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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