Business Outreach & Training

We are dedicated to the steady development and delivery of superior business improvement programming to all customers. To meet this mission, we shall focus on the continued effort to constantly explore new opportunities in programming, foster practical initiatives and partnerships, and steadily deliver quality projects. 


We plan and coordinate several conferences on assorted topics throughout the year. For additional information about the conferences listed, click the links below.  

  • Wisconsin Lenders Conference - May 10-11, 2018 at the Kalahari Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells for commercial lenders throughout Wisconsin. Join the SBA to learn about the latest loan programs and regulations. Network at the Jules Matsoff Memorial Golf Outing or attend an additional training program from RMA-Wisconsin.
  • Central Wisconsin Digital and Social Media Conference - April 4, 2018  This conference assists business owners, marketing managers, and others in learning about new trends and changes in social media and how it can be used in business. If you are interested in presenting or becoming a sponsor for the conference, please contact 715-346-3838.

Workshops and Training 

Our training workshops are led by highly regarded faculty and experienced business practitioners in various Central Wisconsin locations. Click the links to learn more about these popular programs. Our certificate programs include face to face and online components to meet the needs of busy professionals. Click on the programs listed below for additional information and registration information. 

Programs for Business Start-Ups 

  • Entrepreneurial Training Program - learn to write a solid business plan in this 9-session training course with experienced instructors and guest speakers who are experts in their field. Create value through customer focus using lean startup and growth tools.
  • First Steps to Starting a Business - get the basics of starting your own business in these monthly no-cost SCORE workshops in a variety of Central Wisconsin locations.

Business Education Series 

  • Business Education Series - The Small Business Development Center at UW-Stevens Point is excited to offer a four-part series for current business owners across a large portion of North Central Wisconsin. Topics: Finding the Money | Marketing for Talent | Buying and Leasing Commercial Real Estate | Grow your Customer Base
    Check out the 2018 dates and locations today!

Other Professional Programs 

  • Frank P. Saladis Certificate in Project Management - online certificate program! Gain the skills you need to manage projects in your company or organization at your own pace through this online program with one-on-one instructor contact.
  • Central Wisconsin Business Excellence Symposium - This complementary event is aimed at bringing together business leaders in the greater Central Wisconsin Area to share the strategy and tools of Lean Six Sigma and their application within all types of businesses. Join us for presentations, discussions, and a Q&A with a panel of Lean Six Sigma experts. The SBDC at UW-Stevens Point is a proud sponsor.

Other Training Topics or Certificates

  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication Skills
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Social Media Strategies and Techniques

Customized Training Opportunities

Any of our training workshops, seminars, or certificate programs can be customized for your company or organization.

Contact customer service at or 715-346-3838 for more information and discussion on how we can assist your company with customized training programs.

Impacting Wisconsin's Economy 

YTD 2017 Economic Impacts

106 Face-to-Face Clients
• 350 Phone/Internet Clients
• 23 Businesses Started
$2,901,985 Client Capital 

Small Business
Development Center
UWSP Continuing Education
2100 Main Street, Rm 032
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Email: Melissa Meschke


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Diana Wilcott or call 715-346-3861.