Wisconsin’s 2019 Top Small Business, Oak-Creek based Academy of Performing Arts, to be celebrated by SBA Administrator

Owner Stacy Tuschl will join winners from around the country in Washington, D.C., on May 5-6
Release Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019
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Shirah Apple, rachel.apple@sba.gov/414-841-7013

MILWAUKEE–Linda McMahon, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will honor Stacy Tuschl of the Academy of Performing Arts in Oak Creek and Franklin as the Wisconsin Small Business Person of the Year during National Small Business Week. Tuschl is invited to join other U.S. state and territory winners at ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on May 5-6 to receive her individual award, which also makes her a candidate for the 2019 National Small Business Person of the Year. Tuschl will be honored in Wisconsin at the state’s 34th annual SCORE/SBA Awards Breakfast on May 10 at the Marriott Milwaukee West in Waukesha.


“We are extremely proud to honor America’s most successful small businesses during National Small Business Week,” McMahon said. “These small business owners have shown tremendous dedication and perseverance. They are the job creators that fuel our economy and best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses.”   


Tuschl’s entrepreneurial dream began with her desire to keep dancing after high school. For three years she taught pom teams in her parents’ backyard at no charge then took a leap and opened her first performing arts studio in 2005. Students, many from her backyard programs, streamed in. In just a few years she felt confident enough to build a custom dance facility in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee. She opened a second location in Franklin, Wis., in 2013 financed with an SBA-backed loan with U.S. Bank. Tuschl expanded her first studio in 2018, again using SBA 7(a) lending, to meet ever-increasing demand. A seven-figure business with 50 employees today, the Academy of Performing Arts is a textbook small business success, serving more than 1,000 students weekly and giving back annually via community events. Tuschl also advises other business owners in person, as well as through her popular podcast and step-by-step business book.


Eric Ness, Wisconsin’s SBA district director, added, “The Academy of Performing Arts represents the best of Wisconsin’s 448,000 small businesses. Through her use of SBA-guaranteed financing, applying sound business practices in her creative field, and giving back to the community, Ms. Tuschl has been able to build an extremely successful company. I congratulate her and look forward to honoring her success during National Small Business Week.”


“I’m honored to be chosen as Wisconsin’s Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration,” says Tuschl.  “ SBA-backed lending helped expand the Academy of Performing Arts to meet growing demand by our student musicians and dancers and contributed to even  greater business success.  I’m truly living the dream of making my passion my livelihood.”


Each year since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week is set as the first week in May, and this year the dates are May 5-11. After the national awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Administrator McMahon will continue the week meeting with local entrepreneurs, visiting small businesses, and holding roundtable discussions with community leaders in Florida, Texas and Utah.  



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