Staff Spotlight – Jason Schleip, Lead Consultant for Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative & Southwest WI SBDC Business Consultant

Throughout 2020, the Wisconsin SBDC’s 40th anniversary, the network is shining a spotlight on the talented team that makes our work possible. To kick off we talked to Jason Schleip, Lead Consultant for the Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative & Southwest WI SBDC Business Consultant.

Year started with the SBDC: 2019

Proudest work accomplishment in the past year: Jason was recognized for his expertise in the food industry by being selected as the lead consultant dedicated to the Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative. He loves working with small businesses! His experience helping others to franchise Falbo Bros Pizza, a company he began while he was still in college in 1992, translates well to coaching small business owners through the SBDC.

Something exciting at work right now or coming up: He is thrilled to help fill a real need in the entrepreneurship community and is excited to help new business owners in the restaurant and hospitality industry. “I am looking forward to building the Wisconsin Restaurant Initiative from scratch!”

Happiest when: Spending time with his wife and two kids brings Jason great joy!

Favorite way to spend time in the community: He also loves golfing and biking.

Inspiration: Jason views Warren Buffet as an inspiration because he always seems to stay calm and focused on the future even when others are panicking.

Favorite quote:Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.” Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige, Major League Baseball pitcher 

Quote from colleague: “Jason knows how to make restaurants successful and profitable because he did it. From the scary and exhilarating days of startup through keeping the business engines humming, setting up franchisees and finally transitioning the business to new ownership, he has done it all. When you work with Jason, you will receive highly accurate technical advice tempered with good humor and a big dose of ‘I’ve been there too’ empathy. We are fortunate to have Jason’s expertise available to restaurants throughout Wisconsin.” – Kristi Smith, Southwest WI SBDC Consultant

Learn more about Jason Schleip in his full bio.

See all of our staff spotlights and 40th Anniversary celebrations, as well as all of our team bios across our 13 centers.