About

Mission

WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” We focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being. We provide targeted individuals interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to vital resources and tools such as quality financial and business education and responsible financial products. We improve the economic well-being of targeted low income individuals by building assets and advancing economic self-sufficiency. We particularly focus on women, people of color, and low-income individuals, providing direct lending and access to fair and responsible capital, quality business education, one-on-one technical business assistance and education to increase financial capability.


Opportunity and Hope

The Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) has provided quality business and financial education coupled with access to fair capital and financial products for 30 years. WWBIC’s impact is seen through the many entrepreneurs, business owners and individual whom we assist. Our work and support put your business dreams to work.

Every day we are inspired to improve the economic well-being of our fellow residents through business loans, classes, coaching and money management tools. While we care about everyone, we focus our efforts on women, low-income and people of color.

Since WWBIC was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 1987, we have:

  • Loaned $53.2 million
  • Helped 4,385 entrepreneurs create and retain 9,884 jobs
  • Assisted 57,405 clients
  • Coached 163 individuals and families in purchasing their own homes through our IDA program

WWBIC’s First 25 years – a Timeline

Our team of 50 staff members and 200 volunteers work to ensure that business owners have what they need to be successful.


Our Vision

Job Title: Business Owner

Since our inception, WWBIC’s mission has never wavered. We remain committed to providing:

  • Quality Business Education
  • Technical Business Assistance
  • Access to Capital

Our purpose remains clear:

  • Train, counsel, advise and mentor small and micro-businesses throughout Wisconsin.
  • Promote economic development through individual personal and financial growth.
  • Encourage and support self-employment as a means to self-sufficiency.
  • Create, expand, and diversify business initiatives through technical assistance and the access to capital.

 

 


WWBIC is an Aeris-rated CDFI

Since 2012, WWBIC has been rated by Aeris, the nationally-recognized information service for community investors. Aeris provides comprehensive, third-party assessments of community development financial institution (CDFI) loan fund financial strength, performance, and impact. In 2016, WWBIC was re-rated and demonstrated an improved performance in all categories. To learn more about Aeris or to purchase WWBIC's rating, click here.