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About Us

About Our Office: 

Since 1953, SBA has provided access to capital; small business support; and economic development and job creation for small businesses. The Wisconsin District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA's programs and services to the Badger State’s 72 counties.  SBA maintains 68 offices around in the U.S. with Wisconsin locations in Milwaukee and Madison.

Key contacts:

Email us at:

District Director: Eric Ness, 414-297-1471

Deputy District Director/Veteran Representative:  Frank Demarest, Jr,  414- 297-1099

District Counsel Andrea M. Button, 312-886-0704

Media inquiries: Shirah Apple, 414-841-7013.

Twitter: @SBA_Wisconsin



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Helping Businesses Start, Grow, and Succeed

U.S. Small Business Administration-backed lending helped nearly 1,000 new Wisconsin businesses access capital in FY18, nearly doubling this figure over last year’s.  Startups received 925 7(a) and 504 loans for $389 million; another 68 startups received SBA micro-loans for $1.2 million, representing more than 60 percent of total SBA loans statewide.  In FY17, SBA guaranteed $208 million in 7(a) and 504 loans to 554 startups, 37 percent of total lending, and supported another $1 million in micro-loans to 56 startups. 

SBA guaranteed a total of 1427 7(a) and 504 loans for $626.1 million in Wisconsin in FY18, including 1277 7(a) loans for $510.1 million and 150 504 loans for $116 million, with both programs showing declines over FY 2017 Lending.  Seven micro-loan intermediaries made 126 loans totaling $2.4 million, a jump from $1.9 million and 100 microloans the previous year.

The SBA continued to innovate and improve processes by leveraging enhanced technologies. Lender Match is an SBA technology platform that gives entrepreneurs the ability to complete a quick online form, without registration or cost, and be connected with an approved SBA lender within 48 hours. To date, Lender Match has generated 3.6 million leads on behalf of small businesses to our lenders and over 160,000 unique borrowers have been contacted by lenders with financing options. 

  • Banks, credit unions, and community based lenders who have questions or need training on SBA lending can contact Ellie Berg, Lender Relations Specialist and District International Trade Officer,  414-297-1488; or Christena Dedrick, Lender Relations Specialist, 608-441-5560.
  • Our Veteran representative is Frank Demarest at 414-297-1099. Frank is also our Native American and Latino Representative.
  • Tammie Clendenning, Lead Economic Development Specialist is our Women’s Representative, African American Representative, SCORE Liaison, and our Hmong Representative.

To request a speaker from SBA, contact one of the specialists above or email at least three weeks in advance.  We may not be able to meet every request. To schedule a meeting with District Director Eric Ness, contact Shirah Apple (414) 297-1096. To request a Wisconsin SBA Resource Guide, or for general questions: