Business Resources

Starting a New Business? Expanding a Current Business? Click on any of the topics below to view the available internet resources to help guide you in the right direction for all your business needs.



Recommended Resources

Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)
Represents America’s Small Business Development Center network–the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

Business.Gov Wisconsin Small Business Guide
Answers to common questions about doing business in Wisconsin are provided through links.

Locate in Wisconsin

SBA Guide to Wisconsin Resources
A PDF document covering “Getting Started in Wisconsin,” “Financing Your Business,” and “Ideas for Growing Businesses.”

SBA Local Resources
Links to resources for small business owners in Wisconsin on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Your Small Business Resource
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.

WCTC Small Business Center 
Free and low-cost consulting, training and connections to resources for small business owners in Waukesha County.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center

Helping existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to make profitable new product and market development decisions.


Business.Gov Wisconsin Small Business Guide Recommended Resource
Answers to common questions about doing business in Wisconsin. Global Resource Network for Small Business
Free Small Business Help in Wisconsin

Family Business Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Business
The University of Wisconsin Madison Family Business Center (FBC) exists solely to help its membership of business-owning families address their unique needs.

Forward Wisconsin Business Toolkit Recommended Resource
Access tools and business services to start or grow a Wisconsin business.

Governor’s Business Plan Contest Recommended Resource
The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the creation, start-up and early-growth stages of high-tech businesses in Wisconsin. Participants have the chance to win seed capital, valuable services that will help them launch their businesses and a Grand Prize worth $50,000. Since its inception in 2004, more than 1,300 entries have been received and nearly $850,000 in cash and in-kind prizes has been awarded. In 2008, 17 finalists won cash prizes.

JSOnline: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Business News
Online source of articles on Wisconsin business.

Pitch then Plan
Buisness plan development web site. Free resource to develop a Power Point pitch, business plan narrative and 20+ pages of financial documents to support the plan.

SBA Guide to Wisconsin Resources Recommended Resource
A PDF document covering “Getting Started in Wisconsin,” “Financing Your Business,” and “Ideas for Growing Businesses.”

SBA Local Resources Recommended Resource
Links to resources for small business owners in Wisconsin on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

WCTC Small Business Center
Free and low-cost consulting, training and connections to resources for small business owners in Waukesha County.

WisBusiness: Wisconsin’s Business News Source
Business related news in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Register your company, apply for BBB Accreditation or search for competition and useful networking contacts.

Wisconsin Business AnswerLine Recommended Resource
A free service of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center. AnswerLine counselors have real-world business management experience. They’re available to give free answers to your business start-up or management questions.

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD Finance)
WBD Finance has developed an expertise in finding solutions and strategies for small businesses looking to grow.

Wisconsin Business Incentives
Information on a wide variety of business incentive programs available through the Department of Commerce, other state agencies, local economic development officials, utilities, the state’s technical college and university systems and other groups. Through these partners, a wide variety of business incentive programs are available.

Wisconsin Business Wizard Recommended Resource
Determine licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements, Obtain necessary application forms, identify available state resources, access other valuable business-related information.

Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Business Development in Wisconsin
Recommended Resource
The Division of Business Development works to help Wisconsin businesses prosper in a marketplace that is subject to constant change.

Wisconsin Department of Revenue: Businesses Recommended Resource
Information intended to help your business comply with state tax laws.

Wisconsin Independent Businesses
A member organization, Wisconsin Independent Businesses (WIB) provides small businesses and farms with professional state government representation to insure that they are treated fairly in the development and enactment of state tax and regulatory policies. WIB protects small businesses and farms with expert advice and information on legal, accounting and business management policies.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
A member organization that lobbies for lower taxes and fewer government mandates on businesses and offers members access to a wide variety of cost-cutting and profit-improving programs and services.

Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership
A list of links to business resources in Wisconsin as well as information about WMEP.

Wisconsin Minority Business Opportunity Center
A federally funded program of the Minority Business Development Agency.

Wisconsin Procurement Assistance Center Recommended Resource
The Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses interested in selling their products and services to the government. Our mission is to provide Wisconsin businesses the necessary tools to be competitive in the contracting arena.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Recommended Resource
Free and low-cost advice and training for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation Recommended Resource
WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners helping both women and men launch and expand small businesses.


Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) Recommended Resource
Represents America’s Small Business Development Center network–the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse Recommended Resource
This site provides links to valuable research through the Small Business Information Center.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Starting a Business Recommended Resource
Information on entrepreneur readiness, online training and legal structures for forming a business.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Your Small Business Resource Recommended Resource
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.

Small Business Digest Recommended Resource
Online articles published by the Association of Small Business Development Centers on various aspects of running a small business. Small Business Information main page
Includes links to articles on starting a business, business opportunities, business planning, surviving hard times, managing and growing a business and “money matters.”

AllBusiness a D&B Company is an online media and e-commerce company that operates one of the premier business sites on the Web. The site has received critical acclaim and notoriety from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business 2.0, Fortune, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, and other publications. helps business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions. The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association and more. Small Business Answers–now!
Archives of questions submitted by users and answered by experts.

bizjournals: National Business News
Bizjournals is the new media division of American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers.

Free Management Library
The Library provides easy-to-access, clutter-free, comprehensive resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations. Content is relevant to the vast majority of people, whether they are in large or small for-profit or nonprofit organizations. There are approximately 650 topics in the Library, spanning 5,000 links. Topics include the most important practices to start, develop, operate, evaluate and resolve problems in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related Library topics.

IdeaCafe for business owners
Opportunities for networking and information on starting a business, business financing, marketing and more.

Intuit Community Start & Grow Your Business
A website that helps small business owners successfully start and run a business by connecting them to one another.

Links for Small Business Recommended Resource
A list of resources gathered by the Association of Small Business Development Centers to assist small business owners. (also known as the Business Resource Center), developed by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, provides a wealth of useful articles, business tips, insight, a free Intranet and other material to help small businesses grow – all for FREE on the World Wide Web.

Small Business Ratios
Full of lengthy resources on topics including business planning, accounting, marketing, startup and tax tips.


Pitch then Plan Recommended Resource
Buisness plan development web site. Free resource to develop a Power Point pitch, business plan narrative and 20+ pages of financial documents to support the plan.

500+ Sample Business Plans created with Business Plan Pro
Features articles about business planning. Designed to sell their software product, but contains useful free information. Small Business Information; Business Plan FAQ
Common business-related questions with brief answers. Business Plans
Information on creating business plans, including what they contain, how they’re used, how often to update, and why your business needs one. Small Business Information: common business planning mistakes
Explains the most common mistakes made when writing a business plan and how to avoid them. Small Business Information; main business plan page
Overview of sections of a business plan (Executive Summary, Industry, Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Marketing Plan, Operating Plan, Financial Plan).

BizPlanit: Your Roadmap to the Capital Markets
BizPlanIt is a professional business plan consulting firm that helps companies develop investor-grade business plans to move down the road towards a successful capital or strategic transaction. In addition to their fee-based services, they have a page of free business planning resources including a Virtual Business Plan, Free Business Plan Newsletter, recommendations of the best business plan books and software as well as useful business plan links.

BulletProof Business Plans Free Smaple Business Plan
“A Public Service From BulletProof Business Plans providing a series of Web pages to assist visitors in furthering their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Free Management Library: Preparation for Planning a Business Venture
An article about things to consider before starting your business.

How to Write a Business Plan and Keep it Updated
A closer look at what is in business plans.

Management Business Planning (for nonprofits or for-profits)
Covers reasons for business planning, typical contents on a business plan, basic introduction, preparation for planning a business venture and general resources.

PaloAltoSoftware Sample Business Plans
60 sample business plans edited using Business Plan Pro software.

The Entrepreneurs’ Help Page
Contains many articles on general business, business strategy, legal issues, marketing, PR, and building your office.

U.S. Small Business Administration Small Business Planner
Recommended Resource
Careful planning is fundamental to success. The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle.


WCTC Small Business Center 
Free and low-cost consulting, training and connections to resources for small business owners in Waukesha County.

Ideas to Profits conference Recommended Resource
Information about the annual conference run by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center.

NXLevel: helping entrepreneurs reach the next level of success
NxLeveL® Education’s mission is to serve as an entrepreneur training network to support and strengthen small businesses and promote economic development.

Small Business Administration Online Courses Recommended Resource
Free online courses offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Public Entity Risk Management (PERI) Education and Training
PERI maintains this training site as a service to its constituents to disseminate a broad range of useful, practical risk management information. Includes free and affordable online training.


Basic Business Research Methods
Helps the entrepreneur select and use various methods of researching.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Demographics Recommended Resource
Guide to finding general statistics, demographics by eography, Ring studies and demographics by subject.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Marketing Recommended Resource
Information on creating marketing plans, product management and branding, marketing tips and statistics.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center Recommended Resource
Helping existing and aspiring entrepreneurs make profitable new product and market development decisions.


Basic Guide to Financial Management in For-Profits
Encourages business leaders and managers to develop basic financial management skills including cash management and bookkeeping, generating financial statements and analyzing those statements.

Free industry statistics and financial ratios.

Corporate Turnaround
Corporate Turnaround [CT] is an alternative to bankruptcy for smaller businesses. CT offers a comprehensive program to pay your creditors with a budget you can afford. CT, in cooperation with the ASBDC, has written a free guide on managing business debt.

D&B Small Business Credit Solutions
Leading and trusted source of information on business credit–fee/subscription based.

Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI)
Serving the risk management needs of local governments, small business, and small nonprofit entities. They offer education and training and a resource library.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Finance Recommended Resource
Online training regarding the SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs, preparing a loan package and assessing financial needs. Also includes checklists, articles and buides about buying or selling a small business, and financing a business.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Taxes and AccountingRecommended Resource
Information on taxes including W-2 filing, and accounting including software and web-based accounting services.

U.S. Small Business Administration Financial Assistance informationRecommended Resource
This site reviews eligibility requirements, SBA’s loan programs, surety bonds and the role of SBA, equity capital topics, special purpose loans, SBA partner topics and 7(a) lender programs. Though the SBA does not provide grants to help you start a business, included is information on organizations and sites that can assist you in locating special purpose grants.

LEGAL TOPICS Your online source for local legal help provides access to attorneys in your area who are available for an initial online or telephone consultation for no charge. Also features online articles on many relevant topics.

BitLaw: Contracts and forms index
The Forms & Agreements portion of BitLaw provides access to forms and example contracts relating to intellectual property and the Internet.

Nolo: Law Books, Legal Forms and Legal Software
Includes a section called Nolopedia that features free legal information for businesses.

Wisconsin State Law Library Business Law Recommended Resource
A searchable index of business law topics.