SBDC - Small Business Development Center

COVID-19: How we can help businesses

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There are centers all throughout the state that can provide consultation and guidance, including an office for southeastern Wisconsin on the UW-Parkside campus. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories, including Wisconsin as of March 20, low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) for working capital as small businesses have been forced to close or scale back significantly to contain the spread of the virus.

“We’re being bombarded with information about the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is very important. The SBDC will assist with information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program,” said Parkside SBDC Director Jim McPhaul. UW-Parkside buildings are currently closed to comply with the State’s “Safer at Home” order so McPhaul urges those in need of assistance to contact him directly at 262-595-3363 or McPhaul’s colleague at the UW-Parkside SBDC office Mary Fischer-Tracy is their business consultant and can be reached at the same number. The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside annually assists more than 300 small business owners and entrepreneurs in southeast Wisconsin.




Thinking About Starting a Business or Ready to Grow? 

You're in the right place! The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside annually assists more than 300 small business owners and entrepreneurs in Southeast Wisconsin. Whether you are at the discovery level of becoming an entrepreneur, someone researching ideas to develop into a business, or if you're looking for methods to grow an existing business, we can assist you.

About The SBDC

The Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Parkside is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Local SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful enterprises. 

The Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Parkside is hosted by the College of Business, Economics, and Computing and UW-Extension. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Some key roles of the SBDC include:

  • Coaching and guidance to businesses
  • Financial lending assistance
  • Business/Marketing/Strategic Plan development
  • Business startup plans
  • Market analysis for businesses
  • Financial analysis
  • Minority business assistance
  • Growth assistance for existing businesses
  • Tech venture support

Register for Consulting

The SBDC at UW-Parkside is located in room D127 of the Molinaro Building. Please call 262-595-3363 to make an appointment. If you need immediate assistance with general business issues call our business answer line at 1-800-940-7232.

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