Wisconsin Lenders Conference
May 21-22, 2020
Kalahari Resort and Conference Center - Wisconsin Dells, WI
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 31st Annual Wisconsin Lenders Conference 

May 21, 2020

Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells, WI 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - PRE-CONFERENCE
- RMA Special Workshop*
- Golf Networking Opportunity*
- RMA Sponsored Networking Event

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - CONFERENCE
- Keynote by Small Business Owner
- Twenty-Four Breakouts
- Exhibitor Area
- Networking Reception​

Registrations will open Monday, April 6, 2020. 

* Note: The RMA workshop and golfing opportunity is not part of the Thursday conference registration. 

Important Message:

As you all are aware, there has been much conversation about cancelling a wide variety of high attendance events in response to the COVID19 outbreak. We are keeping on top of the situation and reviewing our options as we speak. At this point, we will be delaying opening registration until April 6, 2020. The health of our conference attendees and attending partners is, of course, of utmost importance and we will take all factors into consideration before making any changes to the conference. 


Conference Highlights

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

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

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. Please email uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu.

Who Should Attend

Bank presidents, CEOs, board and chamber directors, CPAs, commercial lenders, credit analysts, tellers, collection managers, financial, economic development professionals, business chambers, small business owners, and anyone in lending! 

Keynote Speakers

Introducing the dynamic duo from Aeroforce Logistics in Wisconsin!

Heather Varney - President of Aeroforce Logistics  Nick Weissenborn - Aeroforce Logistics

Heather Varney, President and Nick Weissenborn, Vice-President
Aeroforce Logstics, LLC

Heather and Nick are the co-founders of Aeroforce Logistics. Combined they have over 40 years of aircraft maintenance, sustainment, material sourcing, sales, and business development expertise. They ensure Aeroforce is uniquely positioned as a go-to solutions provider in the aerospace and defense market.

Lending is Liberty 

How one small business navigated through lending barriers to access traditional financing.

Dont't miss this awesome keynote presentation by Aeroforce co-founders Heather and Nick!

Presenters and Sessions

Will be announced soon.

 Conference Schedule

Wednesday, May 20 (Pre-Conference Schedule)

  • Golf Networking - Trappers Turn offering discounted golfing*
  • Noon - 4 p.m.   RMA Workshop** (check-in at 11:30 a.m.)

*Golfing and the RMA Workshop are not part of the Thursday Conference registration. For more information, please scroll down to the appropriate golfing or RMA info section.

Thursday, May 21 (Conference Schedule)

  • 7:15 - 8 a.m.   Registration check-in and continental breakfast, visit with exhibitors
  • 8 - 8:30 a.m.   Welcome and commentary by Eric Ness, Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • 8:30 - 9 a.m.   Keynote by Heather Varney and Nick Weissenborn, Aeroforce Logistics
  • 9 - 9:15 a.m.   Refreshment break - Visit with Exhibitors
  • 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.   BREAKOUT SESSION 1
  • 10:30 - 10:45 a.m.   Refreshment break - Visit with Exhibitors
  • 10:45 a.m. - noon   BREAKOUT SESSION 2
  • Noon - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch and special guest speaker, Robert Scott, Small Business Administration
  • 1:15 - 2:30 p.m.   BREAKOUT SESION 3
  • 2:30 - 2:45 p.m.   Cookie and refreshment break - Visit with Exhibitors 
  • 2:45 - 4 p.m.   BREAKOUT SESSION 4
  • 5 - 7 p.m.   Networking Reception - Visit with Exhibitors

Thursday, May 21 (Post Conference)

  • Golf Networking - Trappers Turn offering discounted golfing*
*Golfing is not part of the Thursday Conference registration. For more information, please scroll down to the appropriate golfing info section.

 Continuing Education Hours

Please check back in April for updated CEH information.

 RMA Special Workshop

The RMA special workshop is a separate registration from the Thursday conference. This year's RMA special workshop will be scheduled the day prior to the Thursday conference. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
1-4 p.m.

Workshop: Improving Analysis of Financial Spreads - What are you missing?

Presented by Gary Maples, President, River Edge Consulting LLC

For more information and to register: RMA Special Workshop Event Page


​Golf Networking Opportunity

Trappers Turn Golf Club
2955 Wisconsin Dells Parkway
Wisconsn Dells, WI 53965

Golf at Trappers Turn Golf Club at an exclusive discounted rate for Wisconsin Lenders Conference attendees the day before and after the Thursday conference. Golfing is not included with the Thursday conference registrations. 

Tee Times

  • Wednesday - Please inquire
  • Friday - 8-9 a.m.
Special Pricing
  • Wednesday - $55/person
  • Friday - $65/person
Includes 18 holes of golf, GPS golf cart and use of their practice facility. Each guest is responsible for their fees at time of check-in at Trappers Turn Golf Club.

Lenders conference attendees can contact Trappers Turn Golf Club to make their own golf plans and reserve tee time.
  • Phone: 608-253-7000
  • Promo code: WI Lenders Conference
Trappers Turn will release any unused tee times on May 10, 2020. 

Questions, please contact Trappers Turn Golf Club at 608-253-7000

 Lodging Information

Kalahari Resort and Conference Center

1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Special lodging rate of $112/night available until Monday, April 20, 2020 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.

 Advisory Committee

Bridget Condon

Vice President - Commerical Lending

​Chris Dedrick

Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

​Ellie Berg

Lender Relations Specialist
U.S. Small Business Administration

​Matthew Dolsky

Vice President, Business Development Officer
Byline Bank

​Jim Ebben

Vice President - Business Banker
Citizens Bank

​Carolyn Engel

Business Finance Manager
Business Lending Partners (BLP)

​Kyle Kuntz

Vice President - Loan Officer

​Melissa Meschke

Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point

Melissa Torres

Vice President - Credit Risk Management
State Bank of Cross Plains

Mike Bahr

EVP - Chief Credit Officer
Hometown Bank

​Pete Warmenhoven

Vice President, Credit Administration Manager
Nicolet National Bank

Travis Frazier

SBA Portfolio Manager
First Business Bank

​Zia Yang

Associate Outreach Specialist
Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point


Thank you to our 2020 Exhibitors!

Visit with our exhibitors to learn more about their products and service for your organization or clients. 


  • Capital Lien
  • The Power Formula
  • USDA Rural Development
  • Small Business Administration
  • SBA Office of International Trade
  • US Commerical Services
  • Risk Management Association
  • Robert E Lee and Associates
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • WBD
  • Business Lending Partners 
  • Small Business Development Center

Why Exhibit at the WI Lenders Conference?

  • Be a part of the premier SBA banking event in Wisconsin
  • Showcase your products or services to our 300 attendees
  • Differentiate yourself from your competitors
  • Generate new leads
  • Support lending to small businesses
  • Network with industry professionals

If you're interested in exhbiting, please email us to be on the waiting list. uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu.
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The Wisconsin Lenders Conference was created, and continues today, to educate current and prospective lenders on SBA lending programs, business lending programs, and relevan
t banking topics. The conference is a two day event, with pre-conference offerings on Wednesday and conference breakout sessions on Thursday.

Thank you sponsors!

Learn more about our sponsors by clicking on their logos. Interested in sponsoring our 2020 conference? Email uwspce-sbdc@uwsp.edu for more information.

Platinum Sponsor: 

Networking Sponsor:

jellumLogo.png     Business Lending Partners BLP - WI Lenders Conference Sponsor  WBD - Lender Conference Sponsor

Silver Sponsor:
First Business Bank

Presenting Sponsors:
  UWSP Logo

​Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations or substitution requests must be made in writing to uwspce-bus@uwsp.edu. Full refunds will be given if notified by April 20, 2020. Cancellations made between April 22, 2020 – May 12, 2020 will incur a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 12, 2020. No refunds for no-shows.

Cancelling lodging does not cancel your registration or vice versa. Please contact the Kalahari if you need to cancel lodging.