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WEDC is the state’s lead economic development agency, working with more than 600 regional and local business development organizations to create customized solutions supporting economic growth. These solutions come in the form of capital investment, community development and partnership support.

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Business Lending Partners (BLP) is the only organization headquartered in Southeast Wisconsin that is certified to provide SBA 504 Loans throughout the State of Wisconsin. In addition to the SBA 504 program, BLP administers a variety of community loan programs throughout Racine and Waukesha counties. BLP staff has expertise with many other county, state and federal resources. BLP works closely with small businesses and lenders to provide knowledgeable information on the various products available to finance business growth.

For more information, visit BLP.

Business Lending Partners (BLP) is the only organization headquartered in Southeast Wisconsin that is certified to provide ...

The Center for Technology Commercialization provides early to seed-stage, technology-based entrepreneurs and their businesses with access to hands-on assistance and coaching by an experienced staff, qualified service providers, and a statewide network of additional resources and expertise.

In addition to one-on-one business consultation, Center for Technology Commercialization and its partners conduct statewide webinars, training and workshops to provide skills and knowledge for entrepreneurs and small businesses on topics including starting, financing and managing a business.

Center for Technology Commercialization also awards and manages a series of micro-grants provided by WEDC.

For more information, visit Center for Technology Commercialization.

The Center for Technology Commercialization provides early to seed-stage, technology-based entrepreneurs and their businesses ...

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Great Lakes Asset Corporation (GLAC) operates as a private, not-for-profit organization that works with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local banks to provide SBA 504 Loans to small businesses throughout Wisconsin.

For more information, visit GLAC.

Great Lakes Asset Corporation (GLAC) operates as a private, not-for-profit organization that works with the U.S. Small ...

Impact Seven is a community development corporation (CDC) that offers a variety of loans and venture capital for growing Wisconsin businesses through its four major financing programs.

For more information, visit Impact Seven.

Impact Seven is a community development corporation (CDC) that offers a variety of loans and venture capital for growing Wisconsin ...

The Innovation Foundation is dedicated to advancing new and existing business ventures by providing guidance, mentoring and other resources vital to high-growth product opportunities. IFWW works with innovators, entrepreneurs and businesses to help develop business and product ideas into success stories. By assessing gaps and bringing critical human capital to the project, IFWW seeks to increase the number of vibrant business ventures tied to innovative products.

For more information, visit IFWW.

The Innovation Foundation is dedicated to advancing new and existing business ventures by providing guidance, mentoring and other resources vital to ...

The State of Wisconsin regulates many types of occupations and businesses that frequently have to meet specific regulations, as well as legal, educational and examination requirements. There are several types of business registrations in the state, such as: Please note: The State of Wisconsin does not issue “general business licenses” or a “small business licenses.”

he State of Wisconsin regulates many types of occupations and businesses that frequently have to meet specific regulations, as well as ...

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Its 340+ local chapters across the U.S. hold events and workshops throughout the year, and match up entrepreneurs with local mentors.

For more information, visit contact one of Wisconsin's SCORE chapters.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through ...

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistance primarily through its four programmatic functions:
  • Access to Capital (Business Financing)
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance and Training)
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
The Wisconsin district SBA has developed many small business loan and assistance programs, special outreach efforts and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.

For more information, visit the SBA.

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts ...

Wisconsin’s SBDCs are located throughout University of Wisconsin campuses. Experts at SBDCs offer educational and research resources, including business counseling and educational programs. Counselors experienced in business management are available to provide no-cost answers to business startup and management questions at the Wisconsin Business AnswerLine administered by the SBDC.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin SBDC.

Wisconsin’s SBDCs are located throughout University of Wisconsin campuses. Experts at SBDCs offer educational and research ...

The Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) provides information to companies and investors on equity investment in Wisconsin as well as services and resources.

For more information visit WAN.

The Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) provides information to companies and investors on equity investment in Wisconsin as well as services and resources ...

The Wisconsin Business AnswerLine provides free information to small business owners and their staff in the state of Wisconsin on a wide variety of business topics. AnswerLine staff has access to an extensive document library, phone and web resources and often field calls about starting a business, business planning, permits and licensing, insurance, legal entity types and business financing topics. These resources can also be emailed to the caller to answer their questions quickly and efficiently.

The AnswerLine is available Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Call: 800.940.7232. or use this secure online form.

The Wisconsin Business AnswerLine provides free information to small business owners and their staff ...

The Wisconsin Business Incubation Association (WBIA) is a network of business incubation professionals who work to support the success of Wisconsin small business startups through a variety of services.

The members of the WBIA develop and manage incubation programs throughout the state, which support the successful development of small businesses by providing limited-term services that typically include business counseling and referrals, networking opportunities, shared space and equipment, and financial assistance. The primary goal of business incubation is to advance small businesses to sustainable, successful companies and employers in the community.

For more information on the location, available services and application process for business incubators, please visit WBIA.

The Wisconsin Business Incubation Association (WBIA) is a network of business incubation professionals who work to support ...

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature, providing research and guidance to policymakers. The Tech Council also provides networking opportunities for the entrepreneurship community through the Wisconsin Innovation Network (WIN), which brings together entrepreneurs and other professionals for monthly events in several chapters across the state.

The Tech Council oversees a variety of additional programming in support of the innovation community including the Wisconsin Angel Network(WAN). Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN)—Focused on building the angel network capital capacity throughout the state in order to increase the number and amount of seed-stage equity investments in high-growth Wisconsin companies.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN).

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature ...

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation with an emphasis on providing quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital to entrepreneurial women, people of color and lower income individuals.

WWBIC’s business courses and workshops offer participants a wealth of useful information on topics including business planning, marketing, financing and personal money management. WWBIC’s financial programs make loans of $1,000–$100,000 available to qualified businesses.

For more information, visit WWBIC.

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation ...