The success stories have included numerous fitness centers and gyms around the state, an independent book store in Appleton and a home maintenance company in Onalaska that specializes in small projects.

And now the organization that helped those businesses launch is celebrating its own success.

The state’s Small Business Development Centers helped businesses around the state exceed over $100 million in capital investment. It’s the first time the centers, most based at UW System schools, have surpassed that mark.

“Our clients aren’t just starting or running small businesses. They are fulfilling their dreams, reinventing their careers and making positive contributions to their communities,” said Bon Wikenheiser, state director of the SBDC program. “The SBDC empowers business owners with the information they need to achieve their goals.” Read the full story here.