Business Centers

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 Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at UW-Whitewater is part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Local SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful enterprises. The Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Whitewater is hosted by the College of Business and Economics. Wisconsin SBDC is a program of UW-Extension funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at UW-Whitewater offers free tax help and free electronic filing of 2014 federal and Wisconsin tax returns for full-year Wisconsin residents. The VITA Tax Clinic reception is in room 1001 of Hyland Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus. Hours are Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from January 31 through April 7. Please note that the Tax Clinic will be closed Saturday, March 21, and Tuesday, March 24 during the University Spring Break.
Please see the UW-Whitewater - VITA 2016 Information Sheet for more details.

The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center is a specialty center of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center. As part of the statewide Wisconsin SBDC Network, WISC helps clients make informed decisions by providing research on market opportunities, customers and competition. Inventors can better understand their idea's market potential, identify licensing partners, and solve manufacturing and distribution challenges. Business owners gain a competitive advantage through assessments that provide up-to-date, in-depth knowledge. WISC market research helps companies strategically diversify their customer base and identify target markets for cost-effective growth. 

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.