Some of Our Most Requested Online Tools and Resources:

BizStarts Milwaukee connects entrepreneurs with resources to help them envision, establish, fund and launch successful companies in the Milwaukee 7 region.

An entryway to the US Census Bureau data.

This organization seeks to improve and enhance the economic vitality of the county-wide community by serving as the central voice on economic development issues, retaining and expanding the current manufacturing and commerce sectors, attracting and creating new family-supporting jobs and supporting quality of life issues.

A primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. See data sets for Wisconsin.

Provides demographic and economic data

Offers free workshops, low-cost non-degree courses, an Entrepreneurship Certificate and an associate degree in Business Management – Small Business Entrepreneurship.

Learn about LLCs, business plans, financing, and more—everything you need to start and run a smart, successful small business.

“Counselors to America’s Small Business” is an excellent source of free and confidential small business advice.

The SBDC offers one-on-one counseling and a variety of educational services to clients.

A primary source for consumer spending and consumer prices. Combined with Census data, this information can help estimate potential sales.

Provides resources on a variety of topics, including grants, business law, environmental regulations, e-commerce, taxes and starting a business. Also provides resources to Home-Based Businesses, Specific Industries, Minority-owned Businesses, Non-Profits, Self-Employed, Veteran-Owned Businesses and Woman-Owned Businesses.

The SBA and its programs can help with economic statistics and research.

This Center creates, applies and transfers multidisciplinary knowledge to help people understand community change and identify opportunities.

OCR is the front door to the university for companies and entrepreneurs that could benefit from UW assistance but may not know where to start. Their job to ensure that people in the business community are connected to the people and places on campus that can help reach that goal.

Resources for creating a corporation or LLC in the State of WI.

WISC specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses and independent inventors.

Provides quality business education and financing programs to help both women and men launch and expand small businesses.

Questions or Concerns? Contact the Community Development Staff


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