Business Centers

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The College of Business and Economics serves businesses in the region through a variety of outreach centers offering faculty and professional staff expertise and employing student interns.  These centers provide excellent value to the community.  Does your organization need assistance with economic impact analysis, customer research, start-up strategies, global expertise, or a new web site?  Or do you as an individual need help in preparing your income taxes or dealing with an IRS problem?  These centers are intended to serve the public at the same time as they give students applied business experience.  Located in the Kachel Center on the first floor of Hyland Hall, these centers are easily accessible.

The Fiscal and Economic Research Center
The Fiscal and Economic Research Center helps area businesses, local governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations with economic research.  If your organization needs help determining the economic impact of an event or activity, or if you need help with land-use planning, public policy analysis, or geographic studies, this center group can assist you.  Find out more about center services, or ask specific questions of Dr. Russell Kashian ( who directs the center.

The Institute for Sales Excellence
Through a guest speaker series, workshops, certificate programs, job shadowing, day-in-the-field, internships and other activities the Institute for Sales Excellence creates opportunities for hands-on learning experiences while developing the marketability of our students. The Institute develops strong collaborations between faculty and business, offering opportunities for professional development, faculty internships, and scholarly/practitioner research. The Institute serves as a regional resource for businesses and organizations, by providing graduates, business training, and networking opportunities.  If you have questions regarding the Institute for Sales Excellence, please contact Dr. Jimmy Peltier (

The Institute for Water Business
The Institute for Water Business serves as the home to Integrated Science Business-Water BBA Majors, Water Business Minors, and the UW-Whitewater Water Council for the purposes of academic advising, co-curricular engagement, and outreach.

Launch Pad
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Launch Pad is a premier university student start-up accelerator. The Launch Pad mission is to educate, inspire and accelerate entrepreneurial growth for University of Wisconsin-Whitewater students. Launch Pad Scholars receive start-up training, coaching, round-tables, access to start-up resources, space at the world class Whitewater Innovation Center, the option to take Launch Pad for independent study credit and more. If you have any questions regarding the Launch Pad program please contact either of the Launch Pad Directors: Dr. William Dougan ( or Dave Gee (

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The Small Business Development Center works with business clients employing up to a maximum of 500 individuals.  The SBDC serves as a consultant for new or growing businesses in the Southeast Wisconsin region.  The SBDC partners with the Small Business Administration, the University of Wisconsin – Extension, and the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics to provide a wide variety of services from starting a business to completing mergers and acquisitions.  

The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center specializes in assessments of new products and inventions, whether they come from established businesses or independent inventors.  WISC can help innovators with research projects such as customer studies, product feasibility, or distributor analyses.  With excellent connections with College of Business and Economics faculty and outside experts, WISC can improve an innovator’s chance of success in the marketplace.

Wisconsin Center for IT Services (Wi-CITS)
The Wisconsin Center for IT Services  assists small businesses and not-for-profit organizations by providing IT solutions including website design and development.  Student interns and faculty supervisors help clients with optimizing search engine results, improving web site security, and creating user-friendly designs and easy updates.  Wi-CITS also offers non-credit courses in Web Design and Development and in Project Management leading to certificates.