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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 ...

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The State of Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) certifies firms for eligibility to participate in the state’s disabled veteran business bid preference program, providing an increased opportunity for disabled veteran firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin.

For more information on program benefits, certification criteria and the application process, visit Wisconsin DOA.

The State of Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) certifies firms for eligibility to participate in the state’s disabled ...

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 ...

To provide an increased opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin, Minority Business Enterprise laws establish a 5 percent procurement goal for state agencies and UW campuses, and a 5 percent price preference for certified minority business enterprise firms pursuing state contracts. To qualify, firms must be certified by the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) as a minority business.

For more information on program benefits, certification criteria and the application process, visit Wisconsin DOA.

To provide an increased opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin, Minority Business ...

Our dedicated Regional Account Managers (RAMs) will provide personalized support for the specific growth needs of your business, coordinating inputs from various partner organizations as needed. Our RAMs also develop customized solutions for your business and determine what resources can help you achieve your goals throughout the state.

To locate and contact your RAM, click here.

Our dedicated Regional Account Managers (RAMs) will provide personalized support for the specific growth needs of your business...

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 ...

NWMOC provides business assistance and management expertise to small and midsize manufacturing enterprises in 33 counties in northern and western Wisconsin.

For more information, visit MOC.

NWMOC provides business assistance and management expertise to small and midsize manufacturing enterprises in 33 counties...

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 in the state of Wisconsin on a wide variety of...

Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) helps business owners find solutions and strategies to help their small businesses grow by providing access to the SBA 504 Loan. The organization also provides consulting and loan packaging services to banks and borrowers, which provides small businesses greater access to working capital and restructuring solutions.

For more information, visit WBD.

Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) helps business owners find solutions and strategies to help their small businesses grow by providing...

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) provides many avenues for business owners to work with the agency in growing and sustaining Wisconsin’s economy. The Office of Business Support and Sustainability is the agency’s one-stop shop for business assistance, working across programs and providing sector-focused resources to create a business climate that yields better environmental and economic performance.

For more information, visit WDNR.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) provides many avenues for business owners to work with the agency in growing...

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

For more information, visit WHEDA.

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

WMEP is a private, non-profit organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. Providing expert and accessible services in the areas of growth and innovation, continuous improvement, training, export assistance, supply chain management and profitable sustainability, WMEP has helped to generate more than $1 billion in economic impact.

For more information, visit WMEP.

WMEP is a private, non-profit organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. Providing expert and accessible services...

The State of Wisconsin provides woman-owned businesses with a credible certification that validates their business ownership, allowing them to be identified as such while participating in local, state and federal government procurement opportunities.

For more information on pre-certification assessment and how to apply, visit Wisconsin DOA.

The State of Wisconsin provides woman-owned businesses with a credible certification that validates their business...