Get the Small Business Academy advantage

The Small Business Academy features workshops on what’s important to you and your small businesses, including financing options, legal concerns, regulatory issues, information technology, small business certifications, and identifying markets and sales opportunities, as well as practical advice from business owners who have successfully made it through the initial stages of starting and growing their companies.

If you are an existing small business, an individual thinking of starting a business, or an entrepreneur looking for funding and resources, take advantage of this free virtual and in-person event.

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2023 Program

Run in conjunction with National Small Business Week, the Small Business Academy provides a series of panels and speakers to help your businesses grow.


  • Show me the money: non-traditional sources of funding
  • Successful scaling strategies: planning how and when to grow your business
  • Leveraging your Federal, State, and Local certifications to build your business
  • Effective workforce retention and attraction: childcare, benefits, and other ways to engage your workforce
  • Upcoming business opportunities in Wisconsin


  • Understand your cashflow: record keeping and financial management
  • Putting you in your business: using video storytelling to build your brand
  • Enhancing your online presence: implementing your brand in digital marketing

2023 Small Business Academy Recordings


The 10th Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Academy is hosted by WEDC and its partners: the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, Wisconsin Procurement Institute, Ethnic Diverse Business Coalition, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, SCORE Association, and US Bank .

US Bank

Resource Directory

Explore the resource directory to find and connect with organizations focused on small business development. This comprehensive list can serve as an essential tool to help you discover information specific to your journey.

“These business owners need to understand that they’re not alone as they work to grow their business. The entire state of Wisconsin is supporting them with educational opportunities such as the Lieutenant Governor’s Small Business Academy, grants, and partnerships with nonprofit groups and the federal Small Business Administration that offer training, advice, loans, and so much more.”



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