School of Continuing EducationRegistration InformationContact UsUWM HomeShopping Cart
UWM logo

SCE HomepageDean's WelcomeCourses & ProgramsCertificate ProgramsDistance EducationCalendarSpecial EventsDepartments & CentersCommunity ResearchInternationalCenter for the Study of the WorkplaceFaculty & StaffCustomized TrainingKeep Me Posted

Connect With Us

HomeCourses & Programs

Small Business Development Center

Helping Start and Grow Small Businesses


For 30 years the SBDC has worked with new entrepreneurs to turn ideas into viable business concepts, and with established businesses to improve their performance. We champion entrepreneurial success through business counseling and educational programs developed at local, regional and statewide levels to support Wisconsin small business creation and growth.


Existing Businesses: Do you need counseling services for growth and expansion? Please fill out an electronic Assistance Request Form.

Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Startups: Do you need help getting started? Please explore the programs for starting a business as well as the free resources, listed below.


Federal Fiscal Year 2013 Counseling Impacts

  • 264 Clients Served
  • 22 Businesses Started
  • 852 Jobs Created/Retained
  • $6,614,000 in Capital Infusion to Small Businesses
  Program Areas  
Programs for Growing a Business
Programs for Starting a Business
  Course Series  
Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Social Media Series

Entrepreneurial Training Program

12 Tue., Sept. 2-Nov. 18

First Steps to Starting a Business

Wed., Apr. 23

Wed., May 21

Wed., June 18

Wed., July 16

Wed., Aug. 13

Wed., Sept. 17

Wed., Oct. 15

Wed., Nov. 12

Wed., Dec. 10

Lean Start

Wed.-Thu., June 11-12

Wed.-Thu., Oct. 15-16

Selling in the Connection Economy

Wed., June 4

  Dates To Be Announced  
Numbers Based Strategy for Your Business
SEO for Your Website
Social Media Sales Tactics
  Entrepreneur Training Program Resources
Page dedicated to the ETP graduates which contains presentations, templates and more from the Summer ETP course
  Government Contracting and Small Business Certifications
Click the link to request Assistance from the SBDC on this topic. A counselor can walk you through the process for these topics.
  Online SBA Resources for Managing a Business
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about managing a business.
  Online SBA Resources for Starting a Business
Several free online courses are offered by the SBA to help prospective and existing entrepreneurs understand the basics about writing a business plan.
  Ozaukee L.O.N.G. Program Resources
Contains presentations and speaker information from the Ozaukee L.O.N.G. program
  Virtual Advisor
Through a partnership with US Bank and Virtual Advisor the Wisconsin SBDC offers online business education seminars. These workshops provide strategies, tools and processes that can help you start, grow and manage your business.
  Complimentary Resources
Free Resource Documents (PDF)
  Newsletter Archive
  Success Stories
SBDC clients share their business success.
  Wisconsin SBDC Network
Additional resources from our statewide SBDC network including FAQs, information and a variety of online classes.
  Free Online Course - First Steps
Free online course offered through our statewide network to help determine if business ownership is for you.
For more information, contact:
Jason Mueller, Program Manager,, 414-227-3129


SBDC Assistance Request Form
Receive specific help and resources for your business or idea. Click the link below to get started!
Assistance Request Form

SBDC Front Page Newsletter
Now accessing the best small business resources is easier than ever. Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter: Front Page!
Front Page Newsletter
View the latest edition

Be Among the First
Hear about new classes, discounts and important updates as they're announced.

Sign up to receive SBDC emails!

2014 Educational Programs
2014 Educational Programs
Download PDF

Center for the Study of the Workplace
Learn about the real-world impact of workplace changes. Hear what leaders in both business and academia have to say and help propel yourself or your company into the future.
Learn more>>