Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Restaurant Initiative

We provide confidential, no-cost consulting services for the restaurant industry. Our industry experts can help you with any area of your restaurant operation.


Restaurant owners have a dream of turning their passion into their profession. However, there are many aspects of running a profitable restaurant beyond making and serving food.  Restaurateurs do not always have the resources available to operate at peak profitability. At the SBDC’s Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative we offer free consulting services from dedicated industry experts to help turn your restaurant dreams into reality.  Areas of expertise: Startups, operations, cash flow, marketing, troubleshooting, and transition.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise (Specialty)
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Loans
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes

Training and Education

  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
Contact Information
Jason Schleip
432 N Lake St
Madison, WI 53706