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.

#SBDCDay March 22: Celebrating small businesses


MADISON – The Wisconsin SBDC Network invites everyone to “get social” March 22 for the first-ever SBDC Day celebrating the collective impact and success of small businesses and the nation’s largest business assistance network.


With 14 locations across Wisconsin and nearly 1,000 across the country, Small Business Development Centers have provided businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start, manage and grow since 1980.


Wisconsin’s Hometown Trolley in national spotlight



WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hometown Trolley, a third-generation family business from Crandon, Wis., received an exclusive invitation to share its success story on the national stage Feb. 6 at the 2017 America’s Small Business Development Centers Client Showcase & Reception.