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About Us

About Our Office: 

Helping Businesses Start, Grow, Expand and Recover.              

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. SBA’s Wisconsin staff is based in Milwaukee and Madison, and travels the state to meet with lenders, small businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, tribal entities, and state and local governments to fulfill SBA’s mission.

Key contacts:

Email us at  General questions; speaking requests;  Wisconsin Small Business Resource Guide requests.

District Director: Eric Ness, 414-297-1471. For meetings with the district director, contact Nicole Boehler

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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Services available

  • Banks, credit unions, and community-based lenders who have questions or need training on SBA lending can contact Lender Relations Specialist and District International Trade Officer Ellie Berg, at 414-297-1488 for lenders in eastern Wisconsin; or Lender Relations Specialist Christena Dedrick at 608-441-5560 for lenders in western Wisconsin.
  • SBA provides small business training and free, confidential small business advising through the SBA Wisconsin office and through a network of partner organizations.  These include SCORE’s experienced volunteer counselorsDownload Adobe Reader to read this link contentSmall Business Development Centers at University of Wisconsin extensions, and Women’s Business CentersDownload Adobe Reader to read this link content.   The Veterans Business Outreach Center also supports Wisconsin’s veteran entrepreneurs.
  • Veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses can get business counseling and information on SBA loan programs and other entrepreneurial assistance for them. Contact Frank Demarest at 414-297-1099.
  • SBA welcomes relationships with chambers of commerce, economic development staff and organizations, and others supporting small businesses statewide to provide training and information about SBA.   Contact  Lead Economic Development Specialist Tammie Clendenning.
  • The U.S. government purchases more than $130 billion in goods and services annually from small businesses. If you are interested in selling to the federal government, contact Lead Business Opportunity Specialist Shane Mahaffy, at 414-297-1455 or Business Opportunity Specialist James Strube, who is also the contact for the 8(a) Business Development Program, at 414-297-3951.
  • To stay updated on SBA’s initiatives and upcoming training in Wisconsin, sign up for our newsletter at  Be sure to enter your zip code to get Wisconsin information.