Business Development

In Blan­chardville, we work hard to develop and pro­mote local busi­ness. The fol­low­ing are links to resources that will help busi­ness own­ers to develop and grow their businesses. To have your orga­ni­za­tion added to our site, please sub­mit this form.

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Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Center

Whether you want help with the skills of start­ing, run­ning or grow­ing a busi­ness, the UW-Madison’s Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cen­ter is your busi­ness edu­ca­tion resource. We’ve helped cre­ate suc­cess­ful busi­ness sto­ries since 1979. Our staff of expe­ri­enced busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als teach sem­i­nars, answer tele­phone ques­tions and per­form one-on-one coun­sel­ing for busi­ness own­ers in Dane, Colum­bia and Sauk counties.

Wis­con­sin Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Center

Wisconsin’s SBDC net­work con­sists of twelve ser­vice cen­ters and three spe­cialty cen­ters located at four-year Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin cam­puses. The sig­nif­i­cant edu­ca­tional and research resources offered through this strong uni­ver­sity sys­tem pro­vide the SBDC net­work with an array of exper­tise from fac­ulty, staff and students.

Cen­ters serve over 1,800 coun­sel­ing clients annu­ally and train more than 9,000 exist­ing and aspir­ing entre­pre­neurs through a wide vari­ety of edu­ca­tional classes and pro­grams. Wis­con­sin Busi­ness Answer­Line (WIBAL) answers over 2,200 calls annu­ally from nascent and exist­ing busi­ness across the state.

Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Rev­enue Busi­ness Wizard

The Busi­ness Wiz­ard cov­ers licens­ing, per­mit­ting and reg­u­la­tory require­ments for the State of Wis­con­sin, also cer­tain fed­eral and local reg­u­la­tions. Using a series of five question-and-answer pages, the Wiz­ard pro­vides cus­tomized infor­ma­tion to help you start and oper­ate a Wisconsin-based business

Edu­ca­tion and Busi­ness Planning

Ser­vice Core of Retired Exec­u­tives (SCORE)
The Ser­vice Corps of Retired Exec­u­tives (SCORE) pro­vides no cost coun­sel­ing and men­tor­ing to new and expand­ing busi­nesses. SCORE is a nation­wide orga­ni­za­tion with over 13,000 busi­ness expert vol­un­teers. SCORE can help entre­pre­neurs to develop the plans and skills they need to achieve busi­ness suc­cess. Visit their web site to find a local SCORE vol­un­teer by pro­vid­ing your state and a key­word on your busi­ness ques­tion. Although the clos­est chap­ter is in Madi­son, their web­site offers excel­lent tem­plates for busi­ness plans, finan­cial plan­ning, and sales forecasting.

Wis­con­sin Entre­pre­neurs Net­work (WEN)
WEN pro­vides assis­tance with busi­ness plan­ning and apply­ing for Fed­eral research and devel­op­ment fund­ing. Small and emerg­ing busi­nesses through­out Wis­con­sin can receive up to two hours of free legal coun­sel­ing ser­vices from a Busi­ness Lawyer at no cost. Through local and regional cen­ters, this statewide net­work offers busi­ness plan­ning and access to cap­i­tal and finance assis­tance, pro­vides assis­tance with intel­lec­tual prop­erty and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer issues and lever­ag­ing exist­ing pub­lic resources, as well as those avail­able in the mar­ket­place. It also helps busi­nesses with high growth poten­tial reach the next level.

South­west Wis­con­sin Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Cen­ter
Located at UW Plat­teville, they pro­vide low-cost train­ing and no-cost coun­sel­ing to Wisconsin’s entre­pre­neurs and small busi­ness own­ers and man­agers located in South­west Wis­con­sin, includ­ing Lafayette County. Their ser­vices are offered in coop­er­a­tion with UW-Extension, UW-Platteville, and the Small Busi­ness Administration.

Con­tact Gary Smith, Pro­gram Direc­tor. Phone: (608) 342‑1038 Email: swsbdc@uwplatt.edu

Wis­con­sin Women’s Busi­ness Ini­tia­tive
WBIC is a statewide eco­nomic devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion that pro­vides qual­ity busi­ness edu­ca­tion and financ­ing to help both women and men launch and expand small businesses.

Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Trade, and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion (DATCP) Busi­ness Resources
Pro­vides a wealth of busi­ness resources for the farmer includ­ing mar­ket­ing, finan­cial plan­ning, tech­ni­cal assis­tance, tax cred­its, exports, etc.

Cen­ter of Com­mu­nity Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment (CCED)
Pro­vides resources which will help you ana­lyze your busi­ness ideas. Use­ful for aspir­ing entre­pre­neurs and those already oper­at­ing a busi­ness of any kind. Applied Pop­u­la­tion Lab­o­ra­tory (APL) Pro­vides pop­u­la­tion esti­mates and pro­jec­tions, regional and com­mu­nity based demo­graphic pro­files, data access, and inter­pre­ta­tion of cen­sus results.

USDA Rural Devel­op­ment
Rural Devel­op­ment offers pro­grams to pro­vide the edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­ni­ties, train­ing, tech­ni­cal sup­port, and tools for rural res­i­dents to start small busi­nesses and to access jobs in agri­cul­tural mar­kets, the green econ­omy, and other exist­ing mar­kets, as well as acquire train­ing in voca­tional and entre­pre­neur­ship skills they can use in the mar­ket­place and busi­ness sec­tor. Carol Wetuski is a local rep­re­sen­ta­tive, in Dodgeville.

US Small Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion
Small busi­ness is America’s most pow­er­ful engine of oppor­tu­nity and eco­nomic growth. That’s where SBA comes in. SBA offers a vari­ety of pro­grams and sup­port ser­vices to help you nav­i­gate the issues you face with your ini­tial appli­ca­tions, and resources to help after you open for business.

Local Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Resources


Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Exten­sion Office

The local Exten­sion office part­ners with state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment enti­ties on busi­ness, agri-business, and a vari­ety of eco­nomic devel­op­ment issues. They are a knowl­edge­able resource who can also direct you to spe­cific agen­cies and indi­vid­u­als who may be of assistance.

Lafayette County
627 Wash­ing­ton St., Dar­ling­ton, WI
Con­tact: Ela Kakde
(608)776‑4820
ela.kakde@ces.uwex.edu
http://lafayette.uwex.edu

Iowa County
Staff Con­tacts

Green County
http://green.uwex.edu

Dane County
http://dane.uwex.edu