The Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers broad support, specialized expertise and leadership in developing access to international markets for Wisconsin businesses. As a result, the center earned statewide and regional recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
SBA Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness announced that the center has won the organization’s 2012 Small Business Development Center Service Excellence Award at both the state and regional levels. Director Anne Hlavacka accepted the award at the April 24, 2012, meeting of directors in the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, which is managed by UW-Extension.
The center provides one-on-one small business counseling, classes, networking events and access to numerous development groups including the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Clubs and the 7 Rivers Alliance.
“The center also offers specialized expertise to small businesses in such areas as Anne’s in depth knowledge of procurement and certification processes,” Ness said, adding, “Her participation in the planning committee for Wisconsin’s Marketplace provides minority businesses with vital skills and up to date information on acquiring federal, state and local contracts.”
Ness recognized the center’s role in developing access to international markets through the Certified Global Business Professional Series, which trains businesses on import and export issues, and also through a partnership with the UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration to host a Chinese delegation in the summer of 2011. “This exchange offered businesses the opportunity to connect, opening potential doors to the Chinese marketplace,” Ness said.
The center is part of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network, which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, with matching funds from the UW System.