The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will hold an open house in recognition of Small Business Development Day on Wednesday, March 20, from 2-4 p.m. in Erlanson Hall, Room 106. This event to celebrate the success of SBDC clients is open to the public.

"Over the past 12 months, we have marked incredible growth for our eight-county region," said Andy Donahue, director of the SBDC at UWS. "We are so proud to be working with so many passionate and driven entrepreneurs who are committed to strengthening our economy and workforce day in and day out. Together, we were able to serve over 100 clients through one-on-one consulting and training events, along with helping these individuals with over $4 million of direct financial impact to their business."

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Wisconsin's SBDCs achieved a capital investment total last year exceeding $100 million for the first time. SBDCs have provided entrepreneurs the education and resources they need to start, manage and grow since 1980.

In 2018, Wisconsin SBDC consultants across 13 locations provided confidential, no-cost consulting to 3,780 clients, leading to 256 new businesses, 9,617 jobs supported and $101 million in capital investment, which is an increase from $80 million in 2017.

"SBDC clients give their SBDCs 4.5 out of 5 stars and 92 percent of SBDC clients recommend their SBDCs to other small businesses," said Charles "Tee" Rowe, president and CEO of America's SBDC.

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