WWBIC – Southeast (Kenosha/Racine)
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a leading-edge economic development corporation celebrating over25 years of entrepreneurship, opportunity and success.
WWBIC’s regional office in Southeastern Wisconsin serves emerging and existing small business owners (men and women) by providing quality business education, one-on-one business assistance, direct loans and access to other capital, financial awareness and asset-building programming.
WWBIC’s offices in Kenosha and Racine are part of a nationwide network of Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). The WBC program was founded to foster the growth of women-owned businesses by providing access to education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities to women throughout the United States and its territories.
We work with businesses in all market sectors, in any phase of development. Our clients include start-ups, established entrepreneurs, expanding businesses, and individuals seeking to improve their financial well-being.
Contact Us for Small Business Assistance
For help with managing, marketing, product development or other business issues, please call our Kenosha or Racine office directly, or send us an email detailing your business needs.
Project Director: Heather Lux
Kenosha Office Street Address:
600, 52nd St, Suite 130
Kenosha, WI 53140
General information: 262-925-2850
Racine Office Street Address:
245 Main Street, Suite 102
Racine, WI 53403
General Information: 262-898-5000
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
Click here to email us or view a map of our office locations.
Unique Services in our Southeast office:
Initiatives to Overcome Barriers to Success
Throughout the southeast region, many citizens are facing harsh barriers to achieving their dreams due to the poor economic climate. WWBIC has forged multi-faceted partnerships with local organizations such as the Kenosha Job Center, HALO Homeless shelter, the HOPES Center, Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency, the Shalom Center, and Racine County Workforce Development Center to assist homeless or unemployed individuals. Programs include personal money-management workshops, entrepreneurship exploration, credit-building, and business planning.
Launch Box Initiative
Racine has initiated an innovative approach to bring streamlined business services to area entrepreneurs. The new Launch Box program brings together numerous partners, including WWBIC, to offer comprehensive programs and resources to accelerate entrepreneurial activity.
Small Business Development Center – University of Wisconsin Parkside
In Southeast Wisconsin, WWBIC partners with the SBDC on our Small Biz planning series. This 10-14 week series provides in-depth learning for starting and running a small business. The Small Biz series is offered in Kenosha, Racine and West of I-94.
Our Business Services
Business Education and Workshops
We offer a wide variety of workshops/trainings — from one-hour presentations to trainings that last several weeks. Prices vary depending on the topics and the duration of training. Many of our workshops are no cost. Reduced-fee scholarships are available for low-income households. Check the WWBIC calendar for upcoming events.
WWBIC offers direct business loans from $1,000 - $100,000. Loans are available to both women and men, for viable, for-profit ventures located in Wisconsin. For more information and our online application, check our Business Lending page.
Financial Awareness/Personal Money Management Programs
WWBIC recognizes the importance of strong personal credit and money management skills in helping future dreams come true… whether that’s starting a business, buying a home, pursuing a college degree or other dream. Throughout our regions, WWBIC offers a comprehensive money-management course, Make Your Money Talk, for individuals looking to shore up their personal finances. See our WWBIC calendar for upcoming events.
Business Counseling and Networking Opportunities
Individualized and small-group counseling is available to eligible businesses. One key feature of WWBIC’s loan program is the availability of business coaches to assist during the life of the loan. Networking events, such as WWBIC’s Annual Luncheon, are opportunities for clients to showcase their products and services to a broad audience.
Wisconsin Saves is a statewide initiative devoted to promoting financial awareness and encouraging financial action among people of all economic levels. Through resources and access to diverse products, Wisconsin Saves believes that anyone can build wealth by developing positive spending and saving habits. So don’t wait any longer… enroll in Wisconsin Saves today!