SBDC | Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside helps entrepreneurs succeed at any stage. We offer no-cost, confidential consulting and business education across a wide region, primarily serving Kenosha and Racine counties. The SBDC at UW-Parkside annually assists more than 300 small business owners and entrepreneurs in southeast Wisconsin. 



Leverage our dedicated network of experts for impartial guidance. We’ll help you make informed decisions. Whether you are at the discovery level of becoming an entrepreneur, researching ideas to develop into a business, or looking for methods to grow an existing business, we can assist you.

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. 


  • Coaching and guidance to businesses
  • Financial lending assistance
  • Business, marketing, and strategic plan development
  • Business startup plans
  • Market analysis for businesses
  • Financial analysis
  • Minority business assistance
  • Growth assistance for existing businesses
  • Tech venture support


Online Entrepreneurship and Finance Certificate Programs and Courses

The Small Business Development Center at UW-Parkside in collaboration with MindEdge Learning offers the very latest in online courses and certificate programs.

Whether you are looking to expand your skill set, earn professional credits, or learn something new, our online professional development courses and certificates pair perfectly with your busy schedule. Courses are self-paced, accessible from anywhere and available on mobile.

MindEdge is committed to the 21st century professional, providing programs that are affordable, engaging, current and comprehensive, while addressing the demands and skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive and ever changing market place.

Courses Include

  • Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs
  • Business Law for Entrepreneurs
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs
  • Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • Financial Planning and Control
  • How to Read a Financial Statement
  • Introduction to Business Statistics
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Time Value Money and Risk
  • Understanding and Managing Budgets




The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is here to help businesses connect with important resources and information amid quickly changing conditions and unprecedented measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Downtown Racine Corporation (DRC) |  

Gateway Technical College |

Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) |

Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce |

Kenosha County Job Center

Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) |  

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) |  

Twin Lakes Area chamber of Commerce |

UW Extended Campus |

UW-Parkside College of Business, Economics and Computing

Racine County Workforce Sollutions |

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) |

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) |

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions at the Business AnswerLine.

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The Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Parkside is hosted by the College of Business, Economics, and Computing and the UW System Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact or 262-595-3362.

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