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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Madison , WI 53706

Christopher F

I grew up in a small community unsure of what I wanted to do and whether I would have the money for school. I began my education at the U.W. Marathon County in the fall of 2004 and am grateful for having done so. Between the teachers, counselors, staff, and the educational and extracurricular activities, I was able to discover and hone skills while deciding a future career for myself. At the extension, I was able to set an educational plan for myself and transferred to the U.W. Madison. Thanks to skills and experience from the extension I was able to secure a job working in Human Subjects Research and Communication both during and after graduating. From this I moved to becoming a business consultant for one of the larger insurance companies in the U.S and continue to use support and community outreach programs offered by the school system. If it hadn't been for the U.W. extension program I never would have found the path that I am on currently let alone had the resources to initially pursue higher education and that is something I consider almost every day in my career.

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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