31st Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference

Please Save the Date
May 21 and 22, 2020

Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Note: The information on this page is from our 30th Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference on May 16, 2019. Information on our 31st Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference will be release in early 2020. Please check back for updated information. For presenter, sponsorship, or exhibitor inquiries, email uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu. 

Conference Highlights

Join us for our 30th Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference on May 16 and 17, 2019 at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. 

The conference will provide educational information and updates for commercial lenders through presentations from SBA, SBDC, RMA, Regulatory Agencies, and more! 

Attend the annual conference for bank presidents, CEOs, Board and Chamber Directors, CPAs, Commercial Lenders, Credit Analysts, Tellers, Collection Managers,  Financial, Economic Development Professionals, Business Chambers, Small Business Owners - anyone in lending! 

A variety of sessions will be available for new and experienced lenders and those who work with SBA loans. The conference also features a networking reception and a chance to engage with exhibitors.

New this Year

  • No closing session panel discussion
  • 25 breakout session offerings instead of 20
  • Golf Networking Opportunity intead of the previously published SCORE Golf Outing event
  • Conference web portal - access handouts, conference information, CEHs and more!

Keynote Speaker


Kristina Pence-Dunow, CEO/Owner of Hometown Trolley

Join us Thursday morning as Kristina presents:

Off the Tracks and Into the Future
The story about a woman’s determination to keep her Trolley company in motion and reach her dreams. 

Kristina will share her journey of the obstacles and breakthroughs she has gone through being the only female transit manufacturer in a male dominated industry. She’ll provide an encouraging message of endurance, persistance and the financial backing that has allowed her business to double several times.

Learn more about Kristina

Conference Schedule

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

7:15-8 a.m. - Registration Check-in, Continental Breakfast, Visit with Exhibitors
8-8:30 a.m. - Welcome and Commentary
8:30-9 a.m. - Keynote Presentation: Kristina Pence-Dunow of Hometown Trolley
9-9:15 a.m. - Refreshment Break, Visit with Exhibitors
9:15-10:30 a.m. - Breakout Session A
10:30-10:45 a.m. - Refereshment Break - Visit with Exhibitors
10:45 a.m.-noon - Breakout Session B
Noon-1:15 p.m. - Lunch, SBA Awards, Guest Speakers
1:15-2:30 p.m. - Breakout Sesson C
2:30-2:45 p.m. - Refereshment Break - Visit with Exhibitors
2:45-4 p.m. - Breakout Session D
4-4:15 p.m. - Refereshment Break - Visit with Exhibitors
4:15-5:30 p.m. - Breakout Session E
5:30-7 p.m. - Networking Reception, Visit with Exhibitors

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

9 a.m.-noon - RMA Special Workshop* 
9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Golf Networking Opportunity*

*Note: The RMA Special Workshop and Golf Networking Opportunity are separate from the Thursday WI Lenders Conference registration. Please visit the RMA Special Workshop webpage for more information and to register. For more information about the Golf Networking Opportunity, please visit the golf networking webpage.

​Continuing Education Credit

The Wisconsin Lenders Conference on Thursday, May 16, 2019 is approved for up to 6.25 CEHs (Continuing Education Hours). 

​Cancellation Policy

Conference registration cancellation or substitution requests must be made in writing to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu. Full refunds will be given if notified by April 26, 2019. After April 26, 2019 a $25 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be given after May 8, 2019. No refunds for no-shows. 


Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Special lodging rate of $112/night available until Monday, April 15, 2019 or when room block is full. Reserve early as rooms can get filled quickly.

Lodging Reservation

Please reserve lodging with the Kalahari directly via phone or online. 

Lodging Cancellation

If you need to cancel lodging, please contact the Kalahari directly. Cancelling your lodging does not cancel your conference registration. Please refer to our conference cancellation policy.

Wisconsin Lenders Conference Sponsors

Learn more about our sponsors by clicking on their logos.

Platinum Sponsor:


Gold / Networking Sponsors:

First Business Bank Logo            
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Silver Sponsors:

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Presenting Sponsors:

  WI SBDC Logo            U.S. Small Business Administration - SBA         UW-Stevens Point Logo

Exhibitor opportunities available. Please contact Zia Yang at 715-346-3861.