SBDC Day March 21: Celebrating small businesses

MADISON – Help for small business owners shouldn’t be a secret. That’s why the Wisconsin SBDC Network is spreading the word for the second-annual national SBDC Day — March 21, 2018.
Small Business Development Centers have provided entrepreneurs the education and resources they need to start, manage and grow since 1980.
In 2017, Wisconsin SBDC consultants across 14 locations provided confidential, no-cost consulting to 2,677 clients, leading to 281 new businesses, 878 new jobs, 234 retained jobs and more than $80 million in capital investment.
“We are proud to support our state’s dreamers, innovators and doers,” said Bon Wikenheiser, state SBDC director. “Small businesses are the foundation of our cities and towns.”
Social media will play a central role in #SBDCDay. Small businesses, partners and advocates are invited to help spread the word using the hashtag #SBDCDay leading up to and on March 21, to share what SBDCs do and how small businesses make a difference in their communities.
One easy way for everyone to participate is through the use of Thunderclap, which posts a one-time message to your social media account of choice at 3 p.m. March 21; sign up at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/67086-sbdc-day-2018.
Those interested in showing a little more support can consider becoming an SBDC ambassador. Email sbdc@uwex.edu to learn more and receive a kit.
The effort will also be marked by public relations initiatives, proclamations and events. The message that small businesses play a strong role in our economy is one worth repeating.
“It’s great to see SBDCs, their clients and supporters come together to celebrate SBDCs and their amazing clients. With SBDC support small businesses around the country raised over $5 billion in capital and created nearly 100,000 jobs,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.
The SBDC is the nation’s most comprehensive business assistance network. In 2016, centers provided 1.24 million hours of consulting to 188,602 businesses, resulting in 17,174 new businesses, 96,095 jobs, $6.4 billion in sales growth and $5.16 billion in capital investments.
To learn more about #SBDCDay and to join the movement, visit www.AmericasSBDC.org/SBDCDay.