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If you are hoping to start a business, be sure to check out some of the resources on this page. They offer good background information for entrepreneurs, some particular to Wisconsin.
Then, use the following tabs as needed to do your research and help your startup be a success.
Government Business Development Sites
US Small Business Administration
Get support for your small business venture from the SBA. See especially their Office of Advocacy site which covers topics such as competition & mergers, environmental issues, finance, procurement, safety, labor & health, state & local issues, taxes, telecommunications, e-commerce, women & minorities.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
If you are starting a business in Wisconsin, this site offers assistance in many forms. Whether you are just investigating the possibilities or in the midst of starting your own business, this is an invaluable source of information and assistance.
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (UW Extension)
The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center supports entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises.
UWW Small Business Development Center
Access the power of your university with Wisconsin SBDC Network professional business consultants. Get knowledge, tools and connections that work for you. Identify market opportunities and make informed decisions so you can build wealth.
Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
This non-profit program specializes in assessing new products, inventions and market expansion opportunities for inventors, manufacturers and technology businesses. This is a fee-based service.
Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Link to business and tax forms and publications, including corporation and partnership registration forms, income tax forms, sales and use tax forms, excise tax forms, unemployment insurance and much more.
General Entrepreneurship Sites
Business Owner's Toolkit
Advice on all aspects of business ownership, from starting, financing and marketing to getting out (selling or planning for succession).
Business Structures 101
A short overview of sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations.
Encyclopedia of Small Business
Just learning the lingo? This resource can help!
Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
Find global and national reports on the outlook for entrepreneurship around the world.
"SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship."
Small Business How-To Guide
The Wall Street Journal has put together a first-rate site for entrepreneurs that has great advice and helpful tools.
Springwise scans the globe for the most promising, unique and innovative business ventures, ideas and concepts that are ready for regional or international adaptation, expansion, partnering, investments or cooperation.
Starting a Business
Inc., the self-proclaimed "magazine for growth companies," has a helpful guide for starting a business that covers all the territory from start-up funding to marketing to managing employees.
Find out what the latest trends are in various parts of the world.
Associations & Trade Shows
Small Business Rankings
The FSB 100 (2019)
These companies have been publicly-traded for at least 3 years, have revenues and market capitalization of at least $50 million with sizzling sales and earnings per share growth rates.
The largest franchises in the U.S. and Canada based on financial strength and stability, growth rate and size.
The Inc. 5000: America 's Fastest Growing Private Companies ranks companies on their 5-year annual growth rate.
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The Startup Playbook by
Call Number: HD62.5 .K522 2012, Main Collection
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
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Call Number: HD62.5 .C77 2013, Main Collection
Publication Date: 2013-03-18
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Call Number: HD62.5 .T525 2014, Main Collection
Publication Date: 2014-09-16