Wisconsin State Sources of Funding for Entrepreneurs

i.      Delivered by the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s) of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the Entrepreneurial Training Program provides expert guidance on business plan development to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small businesses through an 8 to 12-week course.

i.      The Center for Technology Commercialization manages a series of micro-grants of up to $8000 (per small business) on behalf of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). You can apply for a micro-grant to obtain the services of a qualified Service Provider within the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN). The micro-grants are staged in smaller tranches so that you can accomplish the necessary milestones for your project plan.

i.      The Early Planning Grant (EPG) program is designed to help individual entrepreneurs and small businesses obtain the professional services necessary to evaluate the feasibility of a proposed start up or expansion. Under the EPG program, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network (WEN) can provide a grant to cover a portion of the cost of hiring a for-profit, in-state, independent third party to develop a comprehensive business plan.


i.      Operated by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, this program funds projects that train workers in support of business expansion/development. Offer quarterly grant opportunities, though some may require a dollar to dollar match.

i.      The WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. WWBIC makes loans up to $100,000 to small and micro businesses that meet a specific set of criteria and qualifications.