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Anne Hlavacka

Small Business Development Ctr
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Brief biography

Anne M. Hlavacka is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) as well as the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Prior to joining the UWL staff in June 2010, Anne practiced law for over 20 years with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., a large corporate law firm headquartered in Milwaukee, WI. Her legal experience includes extensive work with general corporate and small business matters, government contracts, international/immigration law, dispute resolution, and compliance with federal, state and local regulatory requirements.  Anne is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Marquette University Law School.  She is admitted to the Wisconsin Bar; United States Circuit Court – Seventh and Ninth Circuits; United States District Court – Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.

Anne is a frequent guest panelist/presenter at various entrepreneurial and economic development programs.  She has been recognized with the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee Women of Influence Award (Mentor category), the Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Mentoring Award and the Small Business Administration’s Legal Assistance Award in Wisconsin.  Anne is board member of the UW-La Crosse Foundation, Pump House Regional Arts Center, Coulee Region Business Center, and Workforce Connections, Inc.