The UW-Madison SBDC helped 261 clients with free business advising in 2009. Business advising helps people launch a new business, an existing business to grow, or helps the business deal with challenges. The SBDC also delivered 110 non-credit business management courses with 2,874 attendees. Courses provide education on finance, marketing, operations, supervision, and leadership. People with better management skills can better help their company prosper. The SBDC also runs the Wisconsin Business AnswerLine, a statewide small business hotline which answered 3,570 calls in 2009.