In these difficult times, it is nice to take a moment to celebrate. Fifty years ago, Sentator Gaylord Nelson - who grew up in the North Woods of Wisconsin - turned to the people of Wisconsin to support the environment through the
first national Earth Day
This day was an opportunity for citizens nationwide to raise awareness of environmental problems through grassroots efforts. Today, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison continues that lasting legacy through their free online Earth Day Celebration and Business Workshop.
40 Years of the SBDC, and We're Still Here for You
Just as Senator Nelson's vision for supporting the environment survives today, so does the SBDC - the support system he helped establish for small businesses. Forty years ago, he spearheaded the bill that would eventually become the Small Business Development Act of 1980. This Act established the pilot program of 11 operating Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).
oday, there are nearly 1,000 SBDCs across the nation. The
Wisconsin SBDC Network
's no-cost, confidential consulting and low-cost business education classes are accessible to anyone
across the state
In 2019, the SBDC at UW-Madison:
- Helped start 33 new businesses
- Provided business consulting to 482 clients, and
- Helped clients obtain over $11.75 million in capital
In the last month, our three business consultants have also connected with over 160 businesses in response to COVID-19 concerns.
Free Virtual Conference Featuring Business Sustainability Workshop
If your business has been contemplating how to operate more sustainably, this workshop - celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day - is a valuable resource.
- Defining Carbon Jargon
- Carbon Reduction And Management Tools
- Strategies To Address Carbon In Your Business: 10 a.m., April 20
- Innovation and Climate Leadership by Business: 2 p.m., April 20