Getting Started

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Business Assistance Programs

  • Small Business Administration (SBA)
    http://www.sba.gov
    The SBA has a wide variety of startup tools, checklists, and resources to help you begin your business. In Wisconsin, the SBA offices in Madison and Milwaukee offer training through numerous venues such as workshops, seminars, and courses. Many are free. Online courses, workshops and guides are available at http://www.sba.gov/training/courses.html. 608-441-5263 or 414-297-3941.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    http://www.wisconsinsbdc.org

    Housed on or near 13 of the University of Wisconsin campuses, the SBDCs are designed to deliver up-to-date counseling, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management. SBDC Business AnswerLine at 1-800-940-SBDC.
  • Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
    http://www.score.org
    Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteers to provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.
  • State Bar of Wisconsin - Business Assistance Program
    Small and emerging businesses throughout Wisconsin can receive up to two hours of counseling from a business lawyer at no cost. For more information on the Business Assistance Program, please call the State Bar at 608-250-6006, service@wisbar.org or visit http://www.wisbar.org/bar/pbbap.htm
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
    http://www.wwbic.com
    WWBIC provides quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital for entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on serving women, people of color, and those of lower incomes. 414-263-5450 or 608-257-5450.
  • Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
    http://www.witechcolleges.com
    The 16 technical colleges with 47 branches throughout the state provide a wide range of services to businesses and industries in Wisconsin. Some campuses offer programs specifically geared toward planning and operating a small business.
  • Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP)
    http://www.wiscap.org
    WISCAP provides business and job opportunities to low income entrepreneurs, providing technical assistance to individuals who have sound ideas for establishing a small business but lack the expertise and knowledge to succeed.

Business Plans

Funding Your Business Plan

Choosing a Business Structure

Marketing and Feasibility Studies

State Overview