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SBDC Staff

Director, Ronald "Bud" Gayhart

Ronald 'Bud' Gayhart

As the Director of the Center for Innovation and Business Development, Bud Gayhart oversees the UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center and the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center. In his role as SBDC director, Bud provides consulting to more than 75 business owners annually resulting in new venture launches and sustainability of existing enterprises. In 2011, Gayhart received a State of Wisconsin Service Center Excellence Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. With his experience in economic development, Bud has become a key participant in ongoing efforts to strengthen regional businesses. Perhaps his greatest asset to business owners and community leaders is his first-hand experience previously owning and operating his own businesses: a retail business for more than 20 years and a machine controls manufacturing company with an international client base for five years. In addition to his work as a consultant and director, Bud teaches the Small Business Consulting course at UW-Whitewater.


Office and Business Manager, Sheila Vold

Sheila Vold

As Office and Business Manager for the Center for Innovation and Business Development (CIBD), Sheila Vold coordinates office operations for the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) working with the Center Director to manage financial and personnel matters as well as a myriad of critical day-to-day activities. She serves as part of the business management team for CIBD acting as a point of contact for the center which acts as a gateway to the business outreach resources of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

You may direct emails to all SBDC staff to Usual response times are about one business day.