Southwest WI Staff

Kristi Smith, Business Consultant

Kristi Smith has over 14 years' experience as a business consultant in addition to starting, managing and selling businesses herself. She owns and operates Rainbow Confections and Fudgeraiser in Monroe and also serves on the Board of Directors for Main Street Monroe. 

Smith holds a master’s degree in government from New Mexico State University and an undergraduate degree in Latin American studies and political science from the University of Arizona. 

 “I am eager to help small businesses. Being an entrepreneur can feel lonely at times. I hear many people say. ‘I thought I was the only one who struggled with this problem or question.’ Often, not only have I heard that issue before, I heard it from someone else this week!”




Jason Schleip, Business Consultant

Jason Schleip has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur.  He was previously the President of Falbo Bros Pizzeria, Inc.  He started the business in 1992 in Madison and grew it into a multi-unit, multi-state franchising operation.  Schleip holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I am excited to work with small business owners in Southwestern Wisconsin,” Schleip said. “Working with franchisees as well as owners of other small businesses over the past 25 years has been great.  Now I get the opportunity to use the knowledge and experience I have gained to help others. The SBDC is an outstanding resource.”