LOCATING YOUR BUSINESS
Where should you locate your business? Visit “Locate In Wisconsin” at the WEDC website to find available sites, building, community profiles and more.
- Leasing a Building – Compare the benefits of leasing versus buying your business property.
- Leasing Checklist
- Leasing Equipment
Regional economic development groups – Wisconsin has a number of regional economic groups as marketing and development arms for multiple counties in various regions of the state. Review these regions and find an appropriate group. Or search these individual regional websites:
- 7 Rivers Alliance
- Grow North
- Madison Region Economic Partnership
- Milwaukee 7
- Momentum West
- Prosperity Southwest
- The New North
- Visions Northwest
Entrepreneur‘ Organization Wisconsin – A support system of entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, to help you take that next big leap (EO Wisconsin).
Here are some specific business incubators and accelerators:
- 100State – 100State is a non-profit with the mission to help the Madison community flourish. They assist innovators, and help uncover and solve challenges facing local people, organizations, and governments.
- Advance Business & Manufacturing Center, Elizabeth Slade, 920-496-2110
- Ashland Area Enterprise Center, Dale Kupczyk, 715-682-8415
- BizStarts Milwaukee – BizStarts Milwaukee works with entrepreneurs, service providers, capital connections and other resources to help launch and grow new companies.
- Capital Entrepreneurs – Their 300+ members are dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship in Madison by bringing entrepreneurs together to create new connections and a community around the startups in Madison.
- Chippewa Valley Innovation Center, 715-836-2842
- Coulee Region Business Center, 1100 Kane St., Dave Loomis, 608-782-8022
- Digital Fertilizer – Northeast Wisconsin
- Door County Business Development Center, 185 E. Walnut St., Sturgeon Bay, Wis. 54235, Sam Perlman, 920-743-3113
- Empire Builders – A consulting firm and startup generator in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, that teaches startups, entrepreneurs and small business how to launch, navigate and manage a competitive internet presence.
- Fitchburg Technology Campus – Established in 2002; 120 acres south of Madison with science-tech focus.
- Fox Valley Technical College Venture Center, 5 Systems Drive, Appleton, Wis. 54912, Amy Pietsch, 920-735-5709,
- gener8tor invests capital, expertise and more in capable, first-stage entrepreneurs in the mobile, social and software-as-service space.
- Global Freshwater Accelerator in Milwaukee – The Water Council’s Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator is one of the world’s first mentor-driven seed accelerator focused on startups that address global challenges in freshwater.
- Horizon Coworking – Located in Murfie‘s offices on the third floor of 7 North Pinckney, they offer shared desk and counter space, a limited number of reserved desks, and other amenities.
- City of Janesville Economic Development 608-755-3181
- Jefferson Area Business Center, 920-674-4010
- Madison Enterprise Center – Light industrial business
- Metro Innovation Center/University Research Park – Info tech, engineering, medical devices, computer sciences, 608-441-8000
- MiKE in Milwaukee – Brings together Milwaukee’s innovative talent to develop creative solutions.
- Milwaukee County Research Park, 414-778-1400
- Applied Technology Center, 2322 Alpine Road, Eau Claire, Wis. 54703, Doug Olson, 715-833-6237,
- The Opportunity Center, Prairie du Chien,
- Platteville Business Incubator Inc., Platteville, Wis., Ed White, 608-348-2758
- Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work on, build, and create next-generation technology.
- DesignTech – operates OPEN MiKE, which is an open source design, tech and entrepreneurship lab in Milwaukee.
- Startup Milwaukee – Startup Milwaukee offers valuable workshops, resources and programs, to help entrepreneurs successfully launch and scale their companies.
- Superior Business Center Inc., Lynn Johnson, Superior, Wis., 715-718-2327
- Urban Hope Entrepreneur Center, 443 S. Jackson St., Green Bay, Wis. 54301, Mark Burwell, 920-884-9707
- University Research Park/MGE Innovation Center, 510 Charmany Drive, Madison, Wis. 53719, Paula Romeo/Greg Hyer, 608-441-8040
- Wausau Business Development Center, 100 N. 72nd Ave., Wausau, Wis. 54401, Romey Wagner, 715-848-2016
- Whitewater University Innovation Center, 1221 Innovation Dr, Whitewater, WI 53190, (262) 472-5290