WWBIC – South Central (Madison)
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 South Central 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 office in Madison 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 Madison office directly or send us an email detailing your business needs.
Project Director: Andrea Hughes
2300 South Park Street, Suite 103
Madison, WI 53713
General information: 608-257-5450
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 South Central Office:
Comienzos Fomentando Empresas Latinas
Comienzos provides business information, resources, counseling and select workshops for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs. The Comienzos program is a partnership between WWBIC and the UW-Madison Small Business Development Center. For additional information, please visit our En Espanól page.
Se habla Español, llame Comienzos para asistencia.
Coordinated Entrepreneurial Services
To create coordinated services for entrepreneurs, our South Central office works in close partnership with the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, the Latino Chamber of Commerce, The Black Chamber of Commerce, The Northside Planning Council FEED Incubator, The Financial Education Center and many other organizations in the City of Madison and Dane County.
Entrepreneurship doesn’t stop at the city line! Home-based business, small-scale agricultural and arts businesses are only the tip of rural business opportunities. Through technology and strong partnerships with local economic development organizations and financial institutions, WWBIC expands our services into counties beyond our regional offices. Our South Central location is the primary point of contact for rural entrepreneurs.
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!
Links to Partner Organizations:
We want to make sure that you get the assistance you need to build a successful business. WWBIC works with a number of other community organizations that offer great resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the South Central region:
- City of Madison Office of Business Resources
- Dane County Business Services
- Dane County Buy Local
- Dane County Latino Chamber of Commerce
- Financial Education Center
- Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
- Madison Black Chamber of Commerce
- Madison Development Corporation
- Madison Fund
- South Central Library System
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