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Economic Developer Links

The links from this page go to other areas in the Department of Workforce Development Web site and to external sites. These links should be viewed as informational resources and not as recommendations.

Forward Wisconsin is a unique public-private state marketing and business recruitment organization. Their job is marketing outside Wisconsin to attract new businesses, jobs and increased economic activity to the state. Forward Wisconsin is a resource for Economic Developers that provides information and links to various sites as well as their own business toolkit.

The In Wisconsin resources offer a clear choice for businesses looking to start, relocate or expand their operations in Wisconsin. Throughout the state, there are a wide variety of property types available for sale or lease. Through the online location tools, it is easy for your business to find a home in Wisconsin.

Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership (NEWREP) is a web site that has resource information about programs for economic development in Wisconsin. NEWREP is comprised of 16 northeast Wisconsin counties plus the Menominee Tribe. While NEWREP's focus is on businesses engaged in research and the development of advanced products, NEWREP also assists businesses that use advanced technology in their production, operations or manufacturing processes.

United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development provides program information and links to business and community development program sites.

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development provides several programs targeting non-profits, community development corporations, businesses and local government to promote economic development activities. Programs include Brownfields Economic Development Initiative, Rural Housing and Economic Development and the Community Renewal Initiative.

University of Wisconsin-Extension uses business and economic development for information on Community Indicators, Tourism Business Toolbox, and the Northern Center for Community and Economic Development.

Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is a statewide non-profit membership organization providing professional development, continuing education opportunities and other services for economic development organizations and professionals.

Workforce One3is a collaborative effort that represents the merging of national, state, and local leadership into one system committed to embracing and installing a demand-driven culture in the publicly funded workforce system. The Workforce3 One Integrated Webspace offers the public workforce system, employers, economic development professionals, and education professionals an innovative knowledge network designed to create and support a demand-driven community, one that responds directly to business needs and prepares workers for good jobs in the fastest growing careers. (Registration is required to access certain areas of this site.)

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Economic Census for Business website has a two fold purpose. By using 2002 economic census data, select industry snapshots were create to showcase the variety of information gleaned from the survey.  Secondly, the Economic Census site is encouraging businesses to complete the 2007 Economic Census survey.  The 2007 Economic Census site has its HELP page  in which key information and download software for electronic filing are available. This U.S. Census program counts business every 5 years from the national to the local level, and the data results helps organizations make informed business decisions.   Counting American Business.  Charting America's Progress. 

Service Corps of Retired Executives allows you to ask specific questions on-line or access a business toolbox with resource information.

State of Wisconsin Business Services has business start-up and operation resource information. The site also links to state agencies, programs, grants and other financing.

United States Small Business Administration for Wisconsin has resource guides and hot links through local resources.

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation is a private non-profit business development organization.

ConnectED introduces businesses to the resources they need to succeed.

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network provides integrated statewide support to entrepreneurs in all industries and developmental stages.

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program has a detailed manufacturers resource directory.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center consists of an FAQ section and links to UW Centers, Wisconsin Innovation Service Center, Center for Innovation and Development and Center for Advanced Technology.

Wisconsin Technology Council has a resource guide that lists specific providers in the following categories: Angel & Venture Capital, Products and Services, Entrepreneurial Networks, Incubators, Higher Education and State Agencies. Wisconsin Technology Council has a CD with Business Development information and contacts: it is available for purchase for $3, information on their website.

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation has on-line resources and hot links to other sites.

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Impact Seven, Inc is a federally -funded, non-profit community development corporation that offers help in business financing, technical assistance and community assistance. It is the only place in Wisconsin that is working with New Market Tax Credits.

Mason Wells is a middle-market private equity investor serving Midwest entrepreneurs who need capital to start a business, acquire a business or to support growth.

Silicon Pastures is based in Milwaukee, WI, and is a premier local network of angel investors and strategic partners for emerging businesses, especially those based in the Midwest. The group's central focus is on technology companies, with an emphasis on Wisconsin's core industries.

State of Wisconsin Business Services provides business start-up and operation resource information. Has links to state agencies, programs, grants and other financing.

Venture Investors manages seed and early-stage venture capital funds primarily serving Wisconsin and the Midwest. Provides private equity financing to high-growth companies in the Health Care and Information Technology sectors.

Wisconsin Angel Network lists resources for angel investors and entrepreneurs.

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) has programs for small business and agricultural financing. WHEDA also makes a CD available with state and federal economic development program information as well as links to local and county organizations. Contact or 1-800-334-6873 to obtain a copy of the CD.

Wisconsin Technology Council has a resource guide that provides specific providers in the following categories: Angel and Venture Capital, Products and Services, Entrepreneurial Networks, Incubators, Higher Education and State Agencies.

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation has on-line resources and hot links to other sites.

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Center for Community Economic Development (CCED) is a University of Wisconsin Extension web site for Community Economic Development data, resources and education.

Econdata.Net is a guide to regional economic activity. This site has 1,000 links to socioeconomic data sources, arranged by subject and provider.

Entrepreneurs' toolkit is designed to give innovators a guide to resources available in Wisconsin and beyond. Some of those resources have been available for years, if not decades; some are relatively recent additions to the toolbox and reflect Wisconsin’s commitment to building on its historically entrepreneurial culture and economy.

Forward Wisconsin provides a link to online searchable databases with information on buildings, sites and locations for businesses looking to expand. This link will give you access to both the Location One and Choose Milwaukee searches.

Location Quotient Calculator is a calculator from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). It is a web tool for creating, on demand, private sector employment data by industry to compare to US, statewide, county and MSAs.

United States Census Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Tool where you can select a year, quarter, gender, age group, area, industry and ownership, and data is returned for total employment, net job flows, job creation, new hires, separations, turnover, and average earnings.

Wisconsin Applied Population Laboratory (APL) provides consulting and direct client service, issues published reports, gives presentations, provides instruction and training to undergraduate and graduate students, provides online access to data, and conducts research on current demographic and economic topics.

Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) has population estimates and projections for all Wisconsin towns, villages, and cities.

Wisconsin Economic Development Institute, Inc is an informational resource on Economic Development in Wisconsin.

WORKnet Data Analyst page is the site for Wisconsin Labor Market Information (LMI) query and download.

Thanks go to Wood Communications Group for their contribution. Many of these links above were taken from a document distributed at the Building the New Wisconsin Economy conference held in August, 2005.


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