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SBDC at UW-Superior honored as Center of Year

SUPERIOR – The UW-Superior Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Director Andy Donahue have earned statewide recognition for 100 percent client satisfaction and meeting goals for the past three years.

The 2020 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award is given by the Wisconsin district of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to recognize outstanding efforts to boost the state’s small businesses. In 2019, the center assisted 187 clients, leading to 17 new businesses, 737 jobs supported and $4.22 million in capital investment.

“It is an honor to be recognized amongst our peers,” Donahue said. “Supporting and celebrating our regional entrepreneurs is truly rewarding, and we continue to see the economic impact that they bring to their communities.”

“Andy and his team have done a fantastic job building strategic economic development partnerships and connecting with the region’s wide client base,” State SBDC Director Bon Wikenheiser said.

SBDCs help businesses start, manage and grow through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education.

The award was presented Sept. 14, 2020, ahead of National Small Business Week Sept. 22-24; the celebration is usually held in May but was delayed by the pandemic. Watch this video celebrating all the winners!

The UW-Superior SBDC office is at 108 Erlanson Hall, 825 N. 18th St., Superior; 715-394-8351; and www.wisconsinsbdc.org/superior

The Wisconsin SBDC Network offers no-cost, confidential consulting and business education to new and existing businesses. In 2019, the SBDC served 4,658 clients, resulting in $91.3 million in capital investment, 300 new businesses and 19,717 jobs supported.

About the Wisconsin SBDC

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a nationally accredited statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin System Administration under the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. www.wisconsinSBDC.org  

About the Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. www.sba.gov  

Merrill promoted to associate state director in Wisconsin SBDC Network

MADISON – Colleen Merrill, director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Oshkosh since 2013, has been named associate state director for strategic operations and special projects for the Wisconsin SBDC Network.