Advisory Board

The Wisconsin SBDC Network Advisory Board provides guidance and advice to the state director on  SBDC initiatives and planning.  It also provides advocacy for the Wisconsin SBDC Network, the participating universities and stakeholders. Members of the Board represent the four SBDC regions of the state and include stakeholders, partners and individuals with extensive small business experience. Each member offers a unique perspective on the issues facing small business owners in their region. In addition to participation at semiannual meetings, board members will have ongoing opportunities to share ideas and advice regarding how to make our Wisconsin SBDC Network the most impactful business resource in Wisconsin. 

 

MEMBERS:

 

E. Aggo Akyea

Director, Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

 

Nicole Bowman

President, Bowman Performance Consulting

 

Brian Doudna

Executive Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Association

 

Ann Franz

Director, NEW Manufacturing Alliance

 

Keenan Grenell

Chief Executive Officer, Global Capital Group LLC

 

 

Bob Kazmierski

Community Resource Agent, Polk County UW Extension

University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension

 

Senator Julie Lassa

Wisconsin State Senator, District 24

 

Durwin Long

Director of Continuing Education

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

 

Daniel J Steininger

President, BizStarts

 

Joe Wolfe

President, WBD-Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation

 

 

 

 

UW-EXTENSION, SBDC and SBA REPRESENTATION:

 

Mark Lange

Executive Director, UW-Extension Division for Business and Entrepreneurship

 

Bon Wikenheiser

State Director, Wisconsin SBDC Network

 

Neil Lerner

Associate State Director - Operations, Wisconsin SBDC Network

 

Nathan Gullick

Associate State Director - Data, Wisconsin SBDC Network

 

Eric Ness

District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Wisconsin District

 

James Strube

Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration Wisconsin District