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Downtown: hotbed of entrepreneurship

Downtown provides a cost-effective and scalable location for businesses to start and grow. Not only were downtowns the first live/work communities (a cost- and time-saving advantage that many entrepreneurs still take advantage of), but historic buildings also offer passive income potential in the form of rental of upper floor spaces, as well as future expansion opportunities. Read More

2017-12-21T02:13:41-06:00June 6, 2017|Preservation, Small Business|

Profiles of Wisconsin’s women entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs make up a large, growing and vital part of the downtown business landscape. Women business owners and managers – who make up 40 percent of all downtown businesses owned in Wisconsin - find the downtown environment to be a supportive place to start and grow a business, offering convenient marketing, built-in foot traffic, and a community of other entrepreneurs to collaborate with. This network of like-minded business owners bodes well for future business growth. Read More

2017-12-21T02:14:22-06:00May 30, 2017|Places, Small Business|

Downtown: hotbed of entrepreneurship

When people hear the word “entrepreneur,” the picture that comes to mind may be a high-tech startup or an enterprising inventor with a new gadget. However, 91 percent of downtown storefronts are locally owned and operated, and these businesses are entrepreneurial ventures in the truest sense of the word.  Webster’s dictionary defines an entrepreneur as

2017-12-21T02:19:14-06:00April 18, 2017|Community Engagement, Places, Small Business|