Business & Entrepreneur Development

Numerous business development and support organizations operate in Dane County. Please check out the following links to organizations that provide training programs, mentoring, and resource support. We will update this site with new links and programs as they come to my attention (please feel free to let us know about good resources).

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC): WWBIC offers expertise in business planning, financing, and accessing resources that will assist entrepreneurs in making their business dreams a reality. As a statewide organization, WWBIC works with both women and men by offering relevant business classes, business loans up to $250,000, assistance with your personal financial management, and connections to people who can make things happen.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The SBDC offers educational programs to start, grow, manage, and lead in business. New and growing businesses have access to business consultants to develop strategies and ask questions. Courses range from developing a business plan to managing employees, toimproving leadership and communication skills.

Wisconsin Business AnswerLine: Free help for businesses is available from SBCD from experienced consultants.
Call: 1-800-940-7232 (in Wisconsin).

Madison Black Chamber of Commerce: The Madison Black Chamber supports Black owned busineeses in greater Madison through promotions, training, resource sharing, and business services.

Latino Chamber of Commerce: The Latino Chamber of Commerce builds and strengthens the Latino business community.

Kiva Greater Madison: Kiva empowers minority-owned and women-owned small businesses to reach their full potential.They do this by supporting entrepreneurs to develop crowdfunded microloan campaigns. Madison is a Kiva City, and supports the growth of entrepreneurship.

WI Food Business Roadmap: The Wisconsin Food Business Road Map is a guide to getting started as a food processor in the state of Wisconsin. The website features resources and upcoming workshops and events for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs. The roadmap is broken down by aspects of food business development, and includes resources for each.

SCORE: SCORE connects entrepreneurs with mentors to help build their business. SCORE operates throughout the U.S. through local chapters. Peruse this website for the full range of services offered by SCORE.

SCORE Madison: SCORE Madison is one of 350 chapters of the national SCORE organization which is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses, including nonprofits. SCORE is an SBA Affiliate. Our volunteers are experts in such areas as accounting, finance, marketing, retail, manufacturing, management and business plan advisory & strategy review. We provide free and confidential business advice tailored to the needs of your business. We also offers workshops, for a modest fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.