Find out if your businesses is eligible for a federal disaster loan program due to this year’s unusually mild winter.

STRENGTHENING MINORITY BUSINESS GROWTH

WEDC works collaboratively with other agencies, corporations and nonprofit minority business associations to provide financial and operational assistance, resources and statewide networking opportunities to minority entrepreneurs and business owners.

Hundreds of businesses each year are served by WEDC, including the Latino Chambers of Commerce, the African-American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, the Hmong Chamber of Commerce and First-American Capital Corporation, the business financing arm of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. By working with minority business associations and their partners, WEDC helps support the attraction, development and growth of diverse companies in Wisconsin.

WEDC PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES

ARPA TRAINING

This series of trainings provides materials and information related to internal control functions and grants management pursuant to Uniform Guidance.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies remaining, expanding or relocating in Wisconsin.

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CERTIFIED SITES PROGRAM

Consistent standards developed for Wisconsin sites consisting of at least 20 contiguous, developable acres signaling that key approvals, documentations and assessments for industrial uses are already in place.

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CYBERSECURITY MATTERS!

A series of informational videos to help diverse and small businesses understand cybersecurity threats and take the first steps to protect their operations.

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DIVERSE BUSINESS RESOURCE DIRECTORY

A list of organizations you can contact to learn more about funding opportunities, mentorship, technical assistance, and certification in various diverse business categories.

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ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in, or relocating major business operations from other states to, Wisconsin.

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INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS

A unique type of revenue bond organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.

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SMALL BUSINESS ACADEMY

Watch recordings from the four-day virtual conference occurring on May 2-5, 2023.

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WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT

Grants for businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees.

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SIZEUPWI

An easy-to-use tool designed to help small and mid-sized businesses understand relevant insights on local competitors, consumers, advertising hotspots, suppliers, and much more.

LAUNCH TOOL

MARKETPLACE WISCONSIN

The Governor’s Annual Conference on Diverse Business Development connects business owners seeking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

Blue Line Battery

A vision for cleaner battery technology for industrial forklifts used in manufacturing plants is the goal of Blue Line Battery, a lithium-ion battery company based in Beloit. Its batteries are now used in 35 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Read...

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Salm Partners

Since its founding by four brothers in 2004, Salm Partners has grown to about 200,000 square feet—and is the nation’s largest co-manufacturer of sausage and hot dog products. Read More

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Smartcare

Smartcare Software simplifies record-keeping for home health caregivers, keeping families better informed, improving patients’ results, and reducing employee turnover rates. Read More

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DataChat

The goal of DataChat is to make it easier for anyone at a company to seek answers to detailed questions in simple language, especially smaller businesses that can’t afford to hire a pricey data scientist. Read More

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A vision for cleaner battery technology for industrial forklifts used in manufacturing plants is the goal of Blue Line Battery, a lithium-ion battery company based in Beloit. Its batteries are now used in 35 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Read...

Read Story
blueline-logo

Since its founding by four brothers in 2004, Salm Partners has grown to about 200,000 square feet—and is the nation’s largest co-manufacturer of sausage and hot dog products. Read More

Read Story
Salm Partners logo

Smartcare Software simplifies record-keeping for home health caregivers, keeping families better informed, improving patients’ results, and reducing employee turnover rates. Read More

Read Story
Smartcare-logo-300

The goal of DataChat is to make it easier for anyone at a company to seek answers to detailed questions in simple language, especially smaller businesses that can’t afford to hire a pricey data scientist. Read More

Read Story
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