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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For the past two years, I have been fortunate to be part of the Youth in Government program, which affords local high school students the opportunity to play an active role in discussions and decisions at City Council. As a mentor, we are paired with local students to work with and show them how government and the decision making process at the committee level works and how it impacts communities. The youth are treated just as the local officials are by receiving all meeting materials, having a voice in the discussion, and having the opportunity to have the first vote on topic matters. This program is of great benefit to the committee and process because it provides the local elected officials with a perspective that they may not have considered. It also gives us the opportunity to hopefully spark future involvement in local government, whether it be as a career or as an elected official. For the youth, it allows them to have a voice on the decisions that impact them now and in the future, to speak up for what they believe in, and can help with their public speaking skills. We are so fortunate to have this program!


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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