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DOA - Office of Business Development

The Office of Business Development works with business owners, trade associations, affiliated organizations and Chambers of Commerce throughout Wisconsin to ensure business has a seat at the table, advocate for business interests within government and present rule change recommendations to appropriate agency or the Legislature. 

Brochure

Presentation (Oct, 2014)

 

Better Business Bureau Online

The Better Business Bureau provides instant access to business and consumer alerts as well as helpful resources. You can even file a complaint online. (http://www.bbb.org/)

 

Internal Revenue Service

Get federal tax information and forms faster and easier by using the IRS site. (http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Small-Business-and-Self-Employed-Tax-Center-1)

 

Small Business Association (SBA) Online

A wealth of information for businesses. (http://www.sbaonline.sba.gov/)

 

DNR Environmental Small Business Assistance Program

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program is a comprehensive set of resources and tools to help a business determine its environmental responsibilities, in regards to complex federal and state regulations. The program also strives to help small businesses take advantage of the opportunities of sustainable practices. Identifying, measuring and managing your environmental impacts can bring tangible business value to companies of all sizes.

 

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers

The Internet's largest industrial buying and specification guide to find suppliers. (http://www.thomasnet.com/)

 

U.S. Department of Labor

Valuable information on consumer spending, inflation (includes an inflation calculator) and many other topics. (http://www.bls.gov/)

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Offers searchable indexes on patents, legal material, patent resources, trademark and copyright issues and much more. (http://www.uspto.gov/)

 

WBD Finance Corporation

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation is a private, not-for-profit corporation created in 1981 to assist Wisconsin businesses to gain access to capital, create jobs and promote community development. Working with our partners, WBD tailors financing packages to meet customer needs. Call (920) 496-2109. (http://www.wbd.org/)

 

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center

New product and investment incentives and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses and independent inventors. (http://www.wisconsinsbdc.org/wisc)

 

Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

WPI guides, trains and provides hands-on help to firms in developing business, upgrading personnel skills and improving process or technical capability to access and compete in the government marketplace. (http://www.wispro.org/)

 

Wisconsin, State of

Provides information about agencies, business forms, business incentives, on-line business services, building your own business, doing business with the state, statistics and professional licensing in the State of Wisconsin. (http://www.wisconsin.gov/Pages/home.aspx)

 

WMEP

WMEP provides technical expertise and hands-on implementation assistance to small and midsize manufacturing firms on strategic reposition, lean services, business process excellence, and lean supplier alignment. Call (920) 366-7532. (http://www.wmep.org/)

 

BadgerLink 

BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state's public, school, academic, and special libraries and Internet Service Providers. (http://www.badgerlink.net/)

 

Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Primary source for consumer spending and consumer prices. Combined with Census data, this information can help estimate potential sales. (http://www.bls.gov/data/)

 

Sperling’s Best Places 

Great website for learning community information and comparative city analysis. (http://www.bestplaces.net/)

 

James J. Hill Business Research Library 

Private non-profit business reference library, located in Saint Paul, MN. Since 1921, the Hill Library has housed a world-class collection of practical business information resources and is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country. (http://jjhill.org/)

 

United States Census Page American FactFinder 

The Census Bureau online, self-serve tool designed to deliver a wide variety of population, economic, geographic and housing information about the United States to individuals, educators, businesses, governments and organizations. (http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml)

 

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 

NAICS is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. (http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/)

 

Seller's Permits

Seller's permits are required of every individual, partnership, corporation, or other organization making retail sales or rentals of tangible personal property or retail sales of taxable services in Wisconsin. (http://www.revenue.wi.gov/)

 

Employer Identification Number
The new Web-based tool instantly processes requests and generates Employer Identification Numbers in real time. Simply answer the questions and receive your EIN immediately after the information is validated. You can download and print the EIN confirmation notice. (https://sa.www4.irs.gov/modiein/individual/index.jsp)

 

Northern Wisconsin International Trade Association
Northern Wisconsin International Trade Association (NWITA) is a non-profit membership organization committed to expanding the knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in northern Wisconsin and the surrounding regions. (http://www.nwitaglobal.org/)

 

SBDCNET 

Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNET) serves as a resource dedicated to meeting the information needs of SBDC counselors and clients. Services include a database of forms, documents, brochures and promotional materials; secondary market research data; demographic information location; site location analysis; business plans and financial ratio information; basic patent and trademark searches; pertinent business articles, e-commerce, market research, rural business and site location training. (http://www.sbdcnet.org/)

 

International Trade - California Centers for International Trade Development publishes an excellent and comprehensive site on all aspects of trade, including a start-up readiness self-assessment tool and many resources available for feasibility research. (http://larexc.org/)

 

Business Owners Toolkit - Basic business forms, templates and checklists that you can download to your computer and customize to your needs. (http://www.bizfilings.com/toolkit/index.aspx)

 

IdeaCafe - Basic business resources and updates for small business owners. (http://www.businessownersideacafe.com/)

 

Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) - As part of the Small Business Association (SBA), the Office of Women's Business Ownership (OWBO) assists women achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity, or business background. OWBO and the Women's Business Center Program are integral components of Entrepreneurial Development's network of training and counseling services. (https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo)

 

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Enables individuals with disabilities severe enough to prevent them from getting from or keeping a job access to appropriate resources and referral services as well as assistance with developing a business plan and some start-up cost funding. (http://www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/)

 

Division of Employment & Training (DET) - DET develops and maintains employment-focused programs that enable employers to hire and retain the workforce they need and that provide individuals and families with services that enable them to achieve financial well-being as members of Wisconsin's workforce. It delivers services through public-private partnerships and a statewide network of Job Centers. For more information, contact 608.266.3131. (http://www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/det/)

 

Experience Works A national non-profit organization which provides older and disadvantaged individuals with opportunities to learn, work and serve others. Call 608.789.5623. (http://www.experienceworks.org/site/PageServer)

 

Job Center - Try out JobNet, a self-service computer aided system that job seekers can easily use to quickly find available job openings. This service lists your job openings, and has unique customized services including, on-site recruiting facilities, tie-in advertising and screening services.  There is also rapid, national exposure for your job listing through America’s Job Bank. They can also help you to better understand your labor market. JobNet is Wisconsin’s single-largest source for job applicants. Call Job Center of La Crosse Help Desk at 608.789.5627. (https://jobcenterofwisconsin.com/)

 

Associations Unlimited - Information on international, national, regional, state and local trade and professional associations relating to your business. (http://www.galenet.com/servlet/AU?locID=lacrosse&finalAuth=true)

 

Census Bureau - Detailed local census data by state, county, city, village, township, census tract, zip code and congressional district. (http://www.census.gov/)

 

Market Segment Specialization Program (MSSP) - Common and unique industry trends, business practices, industry terminology for various industries. (http://www.unclefed.com/SurviveIRS/MSSP/)

 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) - Extensive information about business in the state of Wisconsin. (http://inwisconsin.com/)

 

Business Lending Partners (BLP) (http://www.businesslendingpartners.org/)

 

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) (https://www.wwbic.com/)

 

Center for Technology Solutions (CTC) (http://www.wisconsinctc.org)

 

Business USA (http://business.usa.gov/)

 

Climatology Office for WI (http://www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/)

 

Contracting opportunities (http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sdb)

 

Fambiz - Premier resource for family business executives (http://fambiz.com/)

 

Web Marketing Today (http://webmarketingtoday.com/category/design/)

 

Wisconsin Blue Book (https://legis.wisconsin.gov/lrb/publications/wisconsin-blue-book)