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WWBIC – Greater Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wauwatosa, West Allis)

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a leading-edge economic development corporation celebrating over 25 years of entrepreneurship, opportunity and success.

WWBIC’s regional office in Milwaukee 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 office in Milwaukee is 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

If you’re interested in starting a business, expanding an existing business, or require assistance with managing, marketing, product development or other business issues, please call our Milwaukee office directly or send us an email detailing your business needs.

Contact Info:
Project Director: Amber Miller, MBA, MHEA
1533 N. Rivercenter Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
General information: 414-263-5450
Fax: 414-263-5456

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 Milwaukee:

Financial Awareness/Personal Money Management Programs
In Milwaukee, WWBIC offers a comprehensive money management course, Make Your Money Talk, for individuals looking to shore up their personal finances. In addition, we offer an Individual Development Account (IDA) savings program to help eligible individuals with a dream of owning a home, pursuing a post-secondary education or starting a business.  See our Financial Awareness page for details.

Coffee With A Conscience®
Coffee With A Conscience® is a social business venture of the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation. We view our location as a learning-laboratory for our clients – a place to understand how a small business operates and to incubate food-related ventures. All of our products are from WWBIC clients or other small, local businesses. By making a purchase with Coffee With A Conscience®, you will enjoy a great cup of coffee while contributing to WWBIC’s mission; CWAC is a revenue generating source for both WWBIC and clients with great potential for growth.  Visit our café today.

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 and home page for upcoming events.

Business Loans
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
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
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!

Not in the Milwaukee/West Allis area?
WWBIC has additional offices in Madison, Kenosha and Racine.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request, with at least two weeks notice.  
Please contact WWBIC for arrangements.  WWBIC is an equal opportunity provider.

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