In 2019, SBDC worked with over 425 business owners, helped start 38 new businesses, and facilitated nearly $ 8 million in small business financing from regional lenders and investors.
“Starting a business is difficult, but SBDC is committed to helping business owners reach their potential,” says Anne Hlavacka, Director of SBDC. “We find the enthusiasm and hard work of small business owners to be remarkable. We really love supporting them in their efforts to turn ideas into viable businesses. “
Barney has always had a passion for baking. But it wasn’t until college that she believed it could be her career or that she might one day open her own business.
“I was in my twenties, going to school to be a social worker, and I saw an advertisement for Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts,” she recalls. “It was like lightning – I realized I could combine food with art and get paid to do it. It was like, ‘Whoa, I have to change everything I do.’ “
Barney attended Le Cordon Bleu and went on to work in bakeries and pastry shops in La Crosse, the Twin Cities and New Mexico.
The Stanley, Wisconsin native has finally settled down …
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