Community Economic Development Program, Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The goal of the UW-Madison Extension Community Economic Development Program is to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for Wisconsin residents. Our purpose is rooted in working with community leaders by applying research and providing educational programming.


The Community Economic Development (CED) program is a valuable resource to Wisconsin communities, providing support directly to entrepreneurs and working with the organizations and decision-makers that support entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. With county-based educators located across the state and specialists ready to answer questions and offer technical expertise, the CED program helps entrepreneurs make informed decisions and provides educational programming and technical assistance to entrepreneurs – particularly those entrepreneurs from underserved communities and niche audiences such as people of color, childcare providers, nonprofits, and food businesses. UW Extension’s CED program also supports thriving communities by focusing on research and educational programming that creates and strengthens the conditions for entrepreneurial growth and strong entrepreneurial networks.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Demographic and Census Data

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Demographic/Census Data (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Board Development
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Hispanic Business
  • State Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business Issues
Contact Information
Brandon Hofstedt
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706