Two Wisconsin businesses invited to White House for small business roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Wisconsin business owners have received exclusive invitations to the White House for an Aug. 1 roundtable on small business.


Kristina Pence-Dunow of Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business in Crandon, and Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire, an Eau Claire startup and 2017 winner of the Governor’s Business Plan contest, will participate in a discussion on “American Small Business – The Engine of the American Dream.”


Northern Star Fire, UW-Eau Claire SBDC client, wins Governor's Business Plan Contest


MADISON – An Eau Claire fire captain who invented an eight-directional compass to save firefighters who become disoriented in a blaze has won the 14th annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest.


Jeff Dykes of Northern Star Fire LLC, a client of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Eau Claire, learned June 7 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference that he earned top honors from among 172 entries for 2017.


UW-Eau Claire SBDC honored by Small Business Administration

EAU CLAIRE – The UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center and Director Luke Kempen have been recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship by the Wisconsin district of the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Wisconsin’s 2017 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award was given to UW-Eau Claire’s SBDC office and Kempen for playing a critical role in the state’s small business community. Last year, the office’s consulting assisted 192 clients and led to 23 new businesses and 95 new jobs with a capital investment of $8.4 million.