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The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is part of a statewide network of SBDCs working with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth and improvement, and to launch successful new companies. Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies. The Wisconsin SBDC is hosted by the University of Wisconsin System Administration and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Learn more about us.


Business advising

The SBDC offers one-on-one advising for owners, managers and prospective entrepreneurs. Our advisors will help you understand how to solve specific business problems or capitalize on business opportunities. The SBDC at UW-La Crosse business advising is funded by the Small Business Administration and is free of charge. Learn more about business advising.  


COVID-19: Supporting Small Business – Business Strategies and Financial Relief Webinar

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-La Crosse (SBDC) and the La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) are launching an interactive webinar COVID-19: Supporting Small Business – Business Strategies and Financial Relief with sessions starting April 2, 2020. This FREE workshop is an interactive opportunity for small business owners to gain the insight needed to develop a strategy to address business challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will address various forms of financial relief available to small businesses.  Webinar participants will be able to access the SBDC’s FREE consulting services to assist them in defining a business strategy and how to identify and seek the financial support needed to proceed. LADCO also will be available to assist small businesses connect with state, county, and municipal staff and resources. 

This webinar and consulting support are FREE but registration is required. The webinar will be repeated numerous times so interested persons should only sign up for one session. To register:  CLICK HERE   For additional information about this event, send an email to

About the La Crosse Area Development Corporation

The La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO) is a private, nonprofit organization that leads the development and diversification of the La Crosse County regional economy through the location and expansion of quality employers and job producing investments, including foreign direct investment, increasing exports and finding real estate solutions. We exist to drive the Coulee region’s economic growth, and sustainability through recruiting new business to the region, helping our local companies stay and grow, and bridging the gap between education and industry to build a sustainable workforce pipeline for the community. Talent retention, recruitment, housing solutions and barriers to employment are also a large part of our economic development focus.  LADCO is supported by its municipal partners in La Crosse County and more than 110 regional private sector investors. Since 1972, LADCO has assisted companies with their location and/or expansion plans, creating thousands of jobs for Coulee region residents. The La Crosse area is at a pivotal point in history. The region is positioned to be a competitive national and global economy and LADCO is invested in driving that progress. See more at

Business education outreach programs

The SBDC offers business education programs on a variety of basic management, mid-management, executive management and international business topics.

The SBDC can also create custom development programs for a specific company or department and can offer the training in-house. 

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Business resources

The SBDC provides access to world-class information resources to meet the needs of both beginning and experienced business owners. The resources range from local to international and serve as references and networking tools for start-up operations and existing small businesses. 

Refer to the Business resources menu on the left for resources on specific areas or contact us to set up a one-on-one advising appointment. Learn more about the resources we provide.

Additional information

For details about any of the services the SBDC offers, please contact us at 608.785.8782 or send an email to