UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center celebrates small businesses in our area

A program for more than 25 small businesses

The UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center held a breakfast and program, on Thursday, for more than 25 small businesses that started in the Coulee Region.

The event featured Sarah Fecht, a human resources professional and owner of Best Self Leadership, who discussed “Finding the Help to Grow: Strategies and Trends to Meet Workforce Needs.”

The breakfast also included an “Annual Update: The Business Dynamics Driving Coulee Region Economic Activity.” The presentation was geared toward area businesses, those planning on starting a small business, professionals who support businesses, and those involved in economic and community development.

In 2018, the UWL SBDC assisted 374 clients in starting, growing and managing their businesses. The center assisted businesses in accessing $5.4 million in capital investments in 2018.

Six funders; Altra Federal Credit Union, Merchants Bank, Park Bank, Spring Bank, State Bank Financial and Westby Co-op Credit Union were recognized as “Wisconsin Small Business Funders.”

Spring Bank also joined Coulee Bank and Park Bank as “Wisconsin Million$$ Small Business Funders.” Spring Bank is recognized as the “2018 Wisconsin Small Business Funder of the Year” for providing more than $1.9 million to small businesses assisted by UWL’s SBDC.

Terry Whipple, Juneau County Economic Development, and Sarah Arendt-Beyer, an area marketing professional, received “Business Development Champion” awards for their involvement and contributions to supporting businesses and fostering economic growth and activity in the Coulee Region.

“Business in the Coulee Region continues to expand and area resources are critical to enable those businesses to start and grow,” says Anne Hlavacka, director of the UWL SBDC. “The increase we’ve seen in client activity which has more than doubled since 2010 speaks well of the region’s resilience and strength as a place to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The event was financially supported by Merchants Bank and is provided by the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UWL and the UWL Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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