Let’s build strong, diversely owned businesses, together.

Diversely owned small businesses make their communities and Wisconsin stronger. They create jobs, build generational wealth, and inspire others to dream big. To build a successful business—especially as a member of an underrepresented community—takes vision and fearless determination. WEDC and its statewide network of partners are here to help you succeed and grow. We collaborate with other agencies, corporations, and not-for-profit minority business associations to provide financial and operational assistance, resources, statewide networking opportunities, and more.

Our work with Latino Chambers of Commerce, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, the Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, and First American Capital Corp. (the business financing arm of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin) helps hundreds of businesses grow each year. We’d love to help you find success, too.

Diverse Business Development

Your success is Wisconsin’s success.

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Programs at a Glance

Business Development Tax Credit

Take advantage of refundable tax credits for companies remaining in, expanding in, or relocating to Wisconsin.

Industrial Revenue Bonds

Tap into these unique revenue bonds organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.

Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

Make use of refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in or relocating major business operations from other states to Wisconsin.

Resources for Diversely Owned Businesses

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Attend this annual diverse business development conference to make connections and learn ways to grow your business. Learn More
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Small Business Academy

Explore everything from financing options and IT to new markets and small business certifications with this free opportunity. Learn More
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American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Training

Learn about the various ARPA grants available and how to access and use them. Learn More
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Cybersecurity Matters

Understand cybersecurity issues and learn how to protect your diversely owned or small business with this free video series and access to experts. Learn More
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SizeUp Wisconsin

Get free access to big data to optimize customer targeting and marketing; compete with other local businesses; and grow your small, diversely owned business. Learn More

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Resource Directory

There are so many resources available across Wisconsin to help your business thrive and grow. Select from these options for a list of organizations you can contact to learn more about funding opportunities, mentorship, technical assistance, and certification in various diverse business categories.

Mentorship Programs

We can all use a friend in business. Connect with experienced professionals for support, advice, and connections to grow your business acumen.

Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program 
SCORE offices in Wisconsin 
Wisconsin Diverse Enterprise Network (WiDEN)