Small Business Resources Reference List
Start in Wisconsin: https://www.startinwi.com/
Start in Wisconsin powers connections to start, scale, and accelerate area entrepreneurs. Search the database of service providers by the service you are looking for.
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC): https://wisconsinsbdc.org/
The Wisconsin SBDC offers consulting, education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources, for new and existing businesses.
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC): https://www.wwbic.com/
WWBIC assists individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses by providing direct lending, quality business and financial capability education and one-on-one technical business assistance.
Wisconsin SCORE offices: https://www.score.org/find-mentor
SCORE mentors offer free consulting and no-cost or low-cost educational workshops and webinars.
UW Extension: https://extension.wisc.edu/ (find your county agent here: https://counties.extension.wisc.edu/)
Extension experts offer insights and solutions based on a deep understanding of local needs and priorities.
Local Chamber of Commerce Directory: https://www.wmc.org/wisconsin-chamber-of-commerce-executives/local-chambers-of-commerce/
Search this extensive list of local chambers of commerce throughout Wisconsin – they are a great resource to engage with in your community.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC): https://wedc.org/business-development/
WEDC helps businesses start, grow, and reach new markets. They work with more than 600 partners to ensure resources are made available to companies and communities to maximize their potential.
Local Small Business Development Resources:
Regional Economic Development District and Technical Assistance: Northwest Regional Planning Commission: https://www.nwrpc.com/64/Economic-Development
NWRPC administers various revolving loan fund programs across the region. NWRPC also owns and operates a regional network of enterprise centers (business incubators) and provides technical assistance to businesses.
Regional Economic Development Organization: Visions Northwest: https://www.visionsnorthwest.org/
Visions Northwest represents county economic development, tribes, education, chambers of commerce, workforce development as well as the private and public sector in the NW region of Wisconsin.
Local Economic Development Organizations:
Local economic development organizations can provide the most up to date resources for your local community, including, but not limited to, local revolving loan funds, local entrepreneurial services and organizations, ordinances, zoning, and more.
Bad River tribal nation: https://www.badriver-nsn.gov/
Lac du Flambeau tribal nation: https://www.ldftribe.com/
Lac Courte Oreilles tribal nation: https://www.lcotribe.com/
Red Cliff tribal nation: https://www.redcliff-nsn.gov/
St Croix tribal nation: https://stcroixojibwe-nsn.gov/
Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board: https://www.nwwib.com/
The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board (NWWIB) provides a variety of services to employers to assist with workforce needs. Staff can assist employers with recruiting and hiring, as well as training new and existing employees. The NWWIB can also help employers develop a strategic approach to addressing workforce challenges and offers opportunities for business representatives to participate in local and regional workforce initiatives.