January 20, 2021

UW-Superior Small Business Development Center director receives award

Andy Donahue, left, Small Business Development Center director at UW-Superior, is presented the SBA’s 2020 Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award by Eric Ness, Wisconsin district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Andy Donahue received the SBA’s 2020 Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award

Andy Donahue, Small Business Development Center director at the University of Wisconsin-Superior received the SBA’s 2020 Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award. The award was presented by Eric Ness, Wisconsin district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“It is an honor to be recognized amongst our peers and to receive the SBDC Excellence and Innovation Center Award,” said Donahue. “Supporting and celebrating our regional entrepreneurs is truly rewarding and we continue to see the economic impact that they bring to their communities. Even more in today’s environment, it shows the resiliency and partnerships that develop that are instrumental in bringing an entrepreneur’s dream to life.”

The award recognizes the SBDC’s outstanding goal achievement and collaborations with stakeholders and the university. Key among these are the student-to-business collaborative cultivated through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic and an economic research consortium.

“Our local businesses are the backbone of the regional community,” said Donahue. “Now more than ever, it is important to learn, visit, and shop from them so they can continue to thrive and support the region. We are thankful that UW-Superior has provided an opportunity for continued outreach, support, and program offerings that help inspire and educate our communities. Great things continue to happen in northwest Wisconsin, and we are honored to share this with everyone.”

Through Donahue’s hands-on engagement with businesses and partners throughout the eight-county area covered by the SBDC, SBDC-assisted businesses received infusions of capital totaling $4.1 million, 150 percent of the SBDC’s goal. The center also achieved 100-percent client satisfaction and has become a well-known resource in the region under his leadership.

“The success of the center and this award would not have been possible without the team of Emily Schoenborn [SBDC associate outreach specialist] and Nicole Olson [SBDC business consultant],” said Donahue. “We are here for any business, big or small. We want all organizations to thrive and whatever we can do to make that happen, we will be a resource to find a solution.”

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