Client Success

Our consulting services for Waukesha County started in December 2016. In 2017, the Center for Growth:

  • served almost 150 companies
  • met with over 40 lenders and resource partners
  • helped 94 clients (53 long term) to improve and grow
  • provided almost 850 hours of no-cost consulting
  • helped to launch 5 new ventures
  • created/retained 13 jobs
  • facilitated almost $500,000 of capital investment in client companies
  • held 2 workshops on woman- and minority-owned business certification and government contracting
  • delivered 2 presentations on local resources for business growth and entrepreneurship to business leaders

We assist a wide range of businesses, such as product manufacturers, tool and die shops, engineering specialists, construction firms, IT solutions providers, retail businesses, restaurants, legal firms, technical consultants, trucking companies and equipment distribution.


Treetop Explorer

By: Curt Andrews, owner of Treetop Explorer. My wife Jennifer and I experience life from a perspective unfamiliar to most—the canopies of trees. Together we share a passion for tree climbing, and with our business, Treetop Explorer based in Waukesha, we can share our adventures and climbing experiences with others.

Right Place, Right Time

It was the right time and the right place when the founders of Wellspring Construction Group established their company in October 2017. President and partner Tim Knepprath was looking for a leadership and ownership role in his career, while Steve Royer, Wellspring’s Director of Construction, desired to move from the private sector back to general contracting.

DryAway poised for growth

Jim Lutz, owner of Jilidoni Designs, invented the first patented laundry drying system out of his Brookfield home in 2000. Today, he sells his eco-friendly DryAway laundry drying racks that are installed inside custom cabinets throughout the U.S.

Attitude Dance Company dances into success

Amy Kelly has a strong vision for molding our youth and future generation through the power of dance. Returning to her hometown of Sussex, Wisconsin, after an illustrious career as a varsity dance team coach and studio manager, Amy established Attitude Dance Company in May 2017.

Blowfish Racing drives in to Wisconsin

Have you been behind the wheel of the S197 Mustang at 160 mph, with adrenaline pumping through your veins? Steve Puffpaff, owner of Blowfish Racing, knows that well. And thanks to the business consultants at the Waukesha County Center for Growth, his business, which manufactures aftermarket performance parts for late model Ford Mustangs, has moved from Stevensville, Maryland, to Waukesha.

Small Business Success Story: McDonough Septic

Entrepreneur Patrick McDonough from Mukwonago had tried his hand at developing a business plan and approaching a bank to raise capital for his proposed septic pumping business. When he encountered problems dealing with the bank, and his accountant of 7 years was unable to help him develop the necessary financial projections for an SBA loan, he decided to seek the help of the Waukesha County Center for Growth and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Waukesha.