Wisconsin Business Toolkit
From Forward Wisconsin
Business Assistance Organizations
Here you’ll find links, contact information, and services offered by Wisconsin organizations that provide business assistance services throughout the state:
Links to Wisconsin State Agencies
This handy alphabetical listing will quickly link you to whatever Wisconsin government agency, board, commission or department you are seeking.
Tools for Financing Your Wisconsin Business
Learn about the financial assistance programs, grant and loan programs, development funds, incentive programs and other resources that can help meet your business financing needs in Wisconsin.
Tools for Finding Venture Capital
Information on raising capital and security regulations along with a list of venture capital firms.
The Wisconsin Business Wizard
The State of Wisconsin Business Wizard provides customized information to help you start and operate a Wisconsin-based business. The Business Wizard covers licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements for the State of Wisconsin.
Tools for Wisconsin Online Business Tax Registration
Apply online for a Wisconsin Seller’s Permit, Use Tax Certificate, Wisconsin Employer Identification Number, and other types of business accounts in one simple step.
Tools for Starting a Business in Wisconsin (PDF)
Starting a business? Here’s help. This 19-page pdf document contains everything from writing and funding a business plan, to structuring your business, to obtaining financing, to regulatory requirements.
Tools for Wisconsin Employers
Complete information for Wisconsin employers including finding workers, employment standards and laws, worker’s compensation and unemployment compensation guides, and a directory of employer resources and links.
Tools for International Trade
Here you can access state assistance with international sales, services to facilitate importing products from other countries, learn about international investment in Wisconsin, and explore educational opportunities that will help make you more competitive in the global marketplace.
Tools for Wisconsin Small Businesses
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network educates state entrepreneurs–beginners and veterans alike–through an array of low-cost classes and no-cost confidential counseling. Services can be accessed through the state at 13 University of Wisconsin centers and two specialty centers–the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center and the Center for Innovation and Development.
WI Dept of Commerce: Tools for Wisconsin Ag-Related Businesses and
Univ. of Wisconsin Extension: Tools for Wisconsin Ag-Related Businesses
Here are comprehensive resources for value-added agricultural-related business owners. They include financing program summaries and contact information, special incentive programs, agricultural professional organizations, agricultural academic and educational assistance and farm credit services. Both state and federal resources are listed.
Tools for Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs and Business Owners
Information on programs that target minority-owned, native-American-owned or women-owned business start-ups or expansions.
Tools to Help You Find a Job
Tap into Wisconsin’s JobNet job search system to learn about employment opportunities throughout the state, research careers and occupations, and find special programs for veterans, youth and others.
Key Wisconsin BrokerNET Links: