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Other Resources

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The City of Milwaukee, surrounding municipalities, and the State of Wisconsin offer a variety of resources to help business owners access funds and develop staff. Start In Wisconsin offers the most comprehensive resources for business owners. Following are other organizations and programs currently available that may also offer the assistance you need. 

Business Resources

BizStarts Milwaukee, Inc. has Venture Track coaches that provide strategic connections and advising for innovative, potential high-growth companies to help them launch, grow, and prepare to raise capital or other sources of funding.  

Brew City Match is specifically designed for small businesses and property owners who are looking to locate in, or are already located in, targeted Milwaukee urban neighborhoods.

City of Milwaukee Grant Programs provide financial and business assistance to businesses and commercial property owners interested in renovating the street faces of their buildings or updating signage. 

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Continuing Education Small Business Development Center supports entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and educational programs and offers  business plan review and assistance with financial projections.

Veterans Small Business Outreach Program offers online resource for veteran-owned or start-up businesses.  

Wisconsin SBDC, a state-wide program, offers consulting, education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources, whether you’re just starting or looking to improve your business

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Lender Resources

Brookfield Development Loan Fund assists businesses throughout the City of Brookfield access capital to sustain success.


Kenosha Area Business Alliance helps businesses looking to locate or expand in Kenosha County.


Ozaukee Economic Development offers revolving loan fund programs to provide a financing alternative for existing businesses or new businesses in Ozaukee County.


Racine County Economic Development Corporation provides existing and new Racine County businesses with the supplemental services needed to create or maintain their economic vitality.


Waukesha County Center for Growth – Grow Fund offers capital to help businesses throughout Waukesha County.

Waukesha County SBDC offers no-cost, confidential consulting and business education across a wide region, primarily serving Waukesha County.

Walworth County Economic Development Alliance offers lending opportunities to new and emerging businesses in Walworth County.

Economic Development Washington County provides low-cost financing primarily to existing companies growing or relocating their businesses in Washington County.

Wauwatosa Revolving Loan Fund provides eligible start-up and existing businesses in Wauwatosa with loans up to $100,000.

West Allis Economic Development Loan Program helps businesses located in West Allis grow and succeed. 

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation serves start-up and emerging businesses, established and growing businesses, financial institutions, and economic development organizations through the SBA 504 Loan Program and Capital Access Program.  

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation nurtures, provides resources, technical support, and financial assistance to companies in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority offers small business loan guarantees, as well as a neighborhood business revitalization guarantees, and agribusiness guarantees.   

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) makes loans to small and micro businesses up to $100,000. 

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Workforce Development

Employ Milwaukee provides education and training that involves local educators, prospective training operators, employers, job seekers, and employees. 


Job Service is a Wisconsin-centered employment exchange that links employers across Wisconsin with people looking for a job.  


Milwaukee Job Corps is an education and career technical training program targeted to teens and adults, ages 16 to 24, to help them improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training.  


Wisconsin TechConnect brings the students and alumni of 16 Wisconsin technical colleges together with employers seeking a skilled workforce.  


University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Career Development Center provides job placement services to students and graduates.  


Milwaukee School of Engineering Career Connections Center assists employers in finding candidates for open positions in a variety of career fields. Services include job postings, intern recruitment, searching resumes, on-campus interviews, as well as an annual career fair.  


Marquette University Career Services Center allows employers to post internships, jobs, and co-ops on their online career management system. The Center also hosts a fall and spring career fair, coordinates on-campus interviews, and connects employers to students and alumni.  


Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership provides referrals of pre-selected workers, training, workplace learning centers, recruiting strategies, and job assessments throughout the state of Wisconsin. 

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Want to learn more about financing through MEDC?

A MEDC Relationship Manager can help you identify the best options for your business needs. Contact us now or call (414) 269-1440 and ask to speak to a member of our lending team. 

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