When it comes to starting a business, location is key. A business’s location determines its customer base, informs its marketing and branding strategy and even affects its financials. For longtime residents and transplants alike, it’s important to understand a city from a business perspective before starting a new venture there. NerdWallet talked to Madison business owners and business experts about what to know beforehand.
The Talent Tribune recently named the cities of Platteville and Monroe two of the best places to start a small business in the Midwest. In selecting these cities, the Talent Tribune took three major factors into account when making their selections: net small business growth, net small business employee growth, and percent of employees that employ less than 20 employees.
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network state director Bon Wikenheiser and University of Wisconsin-Superior officials announced today the retirement of Julianne E. Raymond, the director of the Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Superior. Raymond is a 14-year veteran of the SBDC, a business technical assistance program offered through UW-Extension and regional UW universities. She began her career at UW-Superior as a small business consultant for the SBDC in August of 2000, and became the center director in 2005.
IGNITE! Business Success is officially "open for business." Colleen Merrill, director of Wisconsin SBDC at UW-Oshkosh played a key role in supporting the formation of this business-building collaboration.
Barley John's Brewing Compay co-owners John Moore and Laura Subak, secured over $4 million in funding to bring a production facility to Wisconsin. Moore and Subak worked with the SBDC at UW-River Falls on financial documents needed for the loans. With necessary financing in place, they broke ground on New Production Facility in Western Wisconsin in August.
Pictured below are Wisconsin SBDC at UW-River Falls director Steve DeWald with John Moore and Laura Subak.