In Wisconsin

Business Growth Assistance

Business Growth Assistance

Leverage the support Wisconsin provides to growing businesses

Wisconsin provides many programs to help businesses fulfill their growth plans. And to help navigate the options, our Regional Account Managers (RAMs) provide personalized support for the specific needs of your business, coordinating resources from various partner organizations as needed.


Wisconsin’s Brownfield Program provides grant funds to assist local governments, businesses and individuals with ...

A business must create new full-time positions and/or retain its existing full-time employment base in Wisconsin to ...

Capacity Building (CAP) Grant funds are designed to help strengthen Wisconsin’s economic development network by assisting local and regional economic ...

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Revolving Loan Fund makes low interest financing available to companies to invest in energy efficiency and waste reduction projects.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provides non-refundable tax credits through the Development Opportunity Zone ...

Businesses that begin operating in, relocate to, or expand an existing operation in Wisconsin may be eligible for Economic Development Tax Credits ...

A certified business may qualify for tax credits only for eligible activities that occur after an eligibility date established by WEDC ...

With 96 percent of the world’s population consuming products outside the U.S., and one billion people expected to join the global ...

A community development corporation (CDC) that offers a variety of loans and venture capital for growing Wisconsin businesses through its four major financing programs, Impact Seven offers low cost deals and flexible terms. Greater Wisconsin Fund Impact Seven has assembled a number of different revolving loan funds to create this program, which serves the entire state of Wisconsin. Loans from this program are generally from $35,000 to $1,000,000. Most new and expanding businesses are eligible. Venture Capital Fund Impact Seven’s Venture Capital Fund is one of few such pools in Wisconsin. It is available statewide for ventures that have high growth potential and will consider sharing equity. SBA Microloan Program Impact Seven is an intermediary for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) MicroLoan Program, an alternative loan program providing technical assistance and loans of up to $50,000 to new and expanding small businesses. Generally, if you are the owner of a for-profit small business in Wisconsin, you are eligible for this program.

For more information, visit Impact Seven.

A community development corporation (CDC) that offers a variety of loans and venture capital for growing Wisconsin businesses ...

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) are designed to help Wisconsin municipalities support industrial development through the sale of tax-exempt bonds ...

A certified business may qualify for tax credits only for eligible activities that occur after an eligibility date established by WEDC ...

Effective for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2011, there are two provisions in Wisconsin law that allow individuals to defer ...

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program was developed by Congress to assist growing businesses by offering an attractive financing option for real estate and equipment needs. The SBA utilizes Certified Development Companies (CDCs) to process and administer the loan program on its behalf. There are currently 270 CDCs nationwide, each covering a specific geographic area.

For additional information, visit the SBA 504 Loan Program.

To find the nearest CDC, click here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan program was developed by Congress to assist growing businesses ...

WEDC may provide shorter-term financing options through loans or loan guaranties to businesses that are investing in Wisconsin locations ineligible for traditional ...

Wisconsin provides Training Grants to assist businesses in workforce retention and expansion into new markets and technology ...

WHEDA offers a number of programs and services in support of business development within the State of Wisconsin. Guarantee Programs: Loan guarantees targeted to specific types of economic development projects. Participation Lending: Partnerships with lending institutions to provide commercial credit for larger projects. State Small Business Credit Initiative: Capital access, private equity and other programs that promote job creation and retention. New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program: Serves as a resource to help fuel job creation and economic development efforts by promoting equity investment in low-income urban and rural communities. Businesses involved in NMTC deals can obtain benefits including lower interest rates on loans, interest-only payments for seven years, non-traditional financing not available in the marketplace, access to a reduced cost of capital, and more. Projects must be located in highly distressed census tracts, which are determined by factors such as poverty rates and percentage of median family income.

For more information, visit WHEDA.

WHEDA offers a number of programs and services in support of business development within the State of Wisconsin ...

The manufacturing and agriculture credit is available to claimants that derive qualified production activities income from property located in Wisconsin ...

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. WWBIC makes loans up to $100,000 to small and micro businesses that meet a specific set of criteria and qualifications.

For additional program information, visit WWBIC.

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing ...