News: Business Success with a Large Event; SBA Backs Wisconsin's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Wisconsin District Office - October 15, 2019

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SBA Awards Nearly $400,000 to Wisconsin Organizations to Assist Emerging Entrepreneurs

To help small businesses start, grow, expand, and recover from disaster, SBA works closely with partners throughout Wisconsin and across the country.  Last month, two SBA micro-lenders, the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation, which operates statewide, and ADVOCAP, based in Fond du Lac, received more than $300,000 through the SBA's Program for Investment in Micro-entrepreneurs (PRIME) to work with emerging small businesses. 

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Madison-based startup accelerator  Gener8to, one of the largest such programs in the country, received its first SBA award, a $50,000 Growth Accelerator grant, to support its training budget. The program awarded $3 million in funding across 39 states.   Read more>  

Other funding news: $674,000 in state matching grants advance 8 high-tech small businesses

Registration Deadline Approaching!


MARKETPLACE Wisconsin, the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development is next week! This is a one-stop shop for networking, learning and meetings that result in new business for minority-owned, woman-owned, veteran-owned and LGBTQ-owned companies as well as buyers and service providers that want to connect with them.

Registration is closing soon! SBA will be available to work with small businesses throughout the Contracting Academy on October 23rd and one-on-one buyer meetings on the 24th.

Learn more and Register

Reboot Oct 24

Preparing for Success at a Large Event-November 14

Learn from experienced entrepreneurs how to do good, make money, and be successful next July when the DNC comes to Milwaukee. Connect to service providers (contracting, financing, business development, and marketing to name a few), other business owners in the region, and businesses that thrived during previous conventions. This activity is in conjunction and collaboration with Startup Week MKE November 11-17, 2019. Hosted by SBA's resource partner the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Milwaukee.


More information and registration

National Small Business Week Awards, are you the next winner?

SBA loves small businesses, and we love to tell their stories. When you nominate a small business for an SBA award, you tell the tale of humble beginnings, challenges, successes, and how they got to be where they are today.

If a business is three or more years old, there's a category to fit: Small Business Person of the Year; Exporter; 8(a) Graduate; Emerging, Family-Owned; Young Entrepreneur; or Business Success—and our newest category, Rural Small Business.  Get started now!


Nominate a business today


Wisconsin Events and Classes to 10/31

October 15

A Matter of Speaking: Maximizing Your Professional Presence with Voice Coaching (SBDC), Madison

October 16

Start, Run, and Grow Your Business (weekly through 11/6) (WWBIC), Racine

October 17

Leadership Essentials and Coaching (SBDC), Madison

Biz Smart Training for Entrepreneurs (SBDC), Madison

October 22

Brandstorming Workshop:Creating a Foundation for Your Brand (SBDC), Madison

Start a Small Business in Eight Steps (Western WI WBC), Eau Claire

October 23

Start, Run, and Grow Your Business (weekly through 11/6) (WWBIC), Racine

October 24

Skills for Conflict and Negotiation (SBDC), Madison

Boots to Business: Reboot, (VBOC), Camp Douglas

October 29

Pathways to Success for Women Entrepreneurs (VBOC/WI Vets Chamber), Milwaukee

October 30

Start, Run, and Grow Your Business (weekly through 11/6) (WWBIC), Racine

October 31

Leading for Performance and Accountability (SBDC), Madison

Online and Always Available!

BizTalk with SCORE radio show and podcast 

Biz Connection with SCORE radio show and podcast

First Steps to Starting a Business-Free online course with the Small Business Development Center-Wisconsin


For more events and classes, visit the calendar at

Find SBA partners in your area  here for more offerings and business assistance.