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Small Business

HERE AS YOU WRITE YOUR SMALL BUSINESS STORY

WEDC offers Wisconsin businesses access to tools and resources to support their growth and development. Why? Because small businesses are the heart and soul of Wisconsin’s economy and communities. Their success stories matter.

Whatever chapter you’ve reached in your business story—business plan development, location expansion, job creation or training—you’ll find resources and support available to you when you contact WEDC. We’ve assisted small businesses across the state with the grants, strategy development, access to expertise, and export assistance they need as they write their success stories. We see the hard work you put into your businesses, and we’re here to support you every page of the way.

Be inspired by fellow Wisconsin businesses that have tapped into WEDC resources. Explore the many programs and resources designed to support business and community growth and economic well-being for all Wisconsinites. And then register with us to stay up to date on WEDC programs, announcements and opportunities. We love hearing great Wisconsin business stories, and we can’t wait to learn about yours.

FEATURED PROGRAMS

MAIN STREET BOUNCEBACK GRANTS

Main Street Bounceback Grants spur economic well-being in communities throughout Wisconsin by providing $10,000 to help new or existing businesses move into and revitalize vacant commercial properties.

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EXPORTECH™

ExporTech helps Wisconsin companies expand their global market reach through targeted export strategy development and execution.

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QUALIFIED NEW BUSINESS VENTURE

Wisconsin’s Qualified New Business Venture (QNBV) Program offers incentives for investment in early-stage Wisconsin businesses with the potential for significant economic impact and job growth.

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REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORS

Regional Economic Development Directors provide personalized support for the specific business development needs of your community, coordinating inputs from various partner organizations as needed.

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Saffi Foods

A strong Wisconsin support system and recycled wine bottles helped Sascha pivot from wholesale to retail sales for her gourmet oils and vinegars business. Read More

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The Sweet Tooth

For Crystal Priebe, owning a candy store was a dream come true. For several years, she had been making hand-dipped chocolates and selling them at Valley Fish and Cheese, her family’s store in Prairie du Chien. Read More

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Minocqua Popcorn & Puffs, Eagle River

Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs opened its Eagle River store in 2019, and soon, long lines of hungry tourists were queuing up for tasty popcorn treats. Read More

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Plush Clothing

As the Mini-Makeover Contest winner, Yolanda saw potential to improve the shopping experience in her plus-size women’s clothing boutique. In just one day. Read More

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A strong Wisconsin support system and recycled wine bottles helped Sascha pivot from wholesale to retail sales for her gourmet oils and vinegars business. Read More

Read Story
Logo_Saffi_R2

For Crystal Priebe, owning a candy store was a dream come true. For several years, she had been making hand-dipped chocolates and selling them at Valley Fish and Cheese, her family’s store in Prairie du Chien. Read More

Read Story
SweetToothLogo

Minocqua Popcorn and Puffs opened its Eagle River store in 2019, and soon, long lines of hungry tourists were queuing up for tasty popcorn treats. Read More

Read Story
Minocqua Popcorn & Puffs

As the Mini-Makeover Contest winner, Yolanda saw potential to improve the shopping experience in her plus-size women’s clothing boutique. In just one day. Read More

Read Story
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