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Celebrate Small Business event discusses area growth and trends

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse celebrated small business owners on Tuesday morning.

The Celebrate Small Business event recognized more than 30 small businesses that started in the Coulee Region last year.

Kathy Helgerson was among business owners honored for exceptional work in the community.

Those in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) say business is growing in our area.

"We're going to continue to emphasize the support businesses need in terms of access and capital, and we're also going to try and do more to just reach more individuals that need help getting off the ground or transitioning their businesses which is also actually kind of a trend today," said Anne Hlavacka, Director of the UW-La Crosse Small Business Development Center.

Last year, the Small Business Development Center saw a $3 million increase in business loans and investments.

The Small Business Development Center serves as a resource for small businesses in a seven-county area.

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