The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Director Danielle Campeau have been recognized for extraordinary improvements in client outreach by the Wisconsin district of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The UWRF SBDC received the Wisconsin 2019 Small Business Development Center of Excellence and Innovation Award for significantly improving the center's role in the state's small business economic impact. Since 2016, Campeau, Associate Director Katherine Fossler and Julie Fronmueller, coordinator of external relations and business development, built critical strategic economic development partnerships and more than doubled their client base. In 2018, the center consulted with 126 clients leading to 22 new businesses, 48 new jobs and $3.5 million in capital investment.

"It is an honor to be recognized for the work we do supporting local entrepreneurs and small businesses," Campeau said. "Helping businesses grow and seeing the resulting economic impact are truly rewarding."

SBDC helps businesses start, manage and grow through no-cost, confidential consulting and business education.

Campeau, UWRF SBDC director since 2016, also serves as director for the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center (SCVBIC), which opened in 2018 after an eight-year regional collaboration. SCVBIC, which houses the SBDC and a business incubator program, offers co-working space, office space, conference rooms and other services.

"This team's energetic persistence delivered success for clients, engaged stakeholders and further boosted the SBDC's credibility as a leading small business resource," State SBDC Director Bon Wikenheiser said.

In 2018, the Wisconsin SBDC network's 13 centers provided confidential, no-cost consulting to 2,944 clients, leading to 256 new businesses, 906 new and retained jobs, and more than $101 million in capital investment.

The SBA will present all 17 of its honors at the SCORE/SBA Small Business Awards Breakfast at the Marriott Milwaukee West in Waukesha on May 10.

For more information, email jennie.broecker@uwex.edu or call 608-262-6126.