About WWBIC

What We Care About

WWBIC is a leading innovative statewide economic development corporation that’s been “Putting Dreams to Work” since 1987.

We open the doors of opportunity by providing targeted individuals who are interested in starting, strengthening or expanding businesses with access to critical resources such as responsible financial products and quality business and financial education.

We focus on individuals who face barriers in accessing traditional financing or resources in pursuit of their dreams and economic well-being … in particular women, people of color, veterans and low-income individuals.

Every day we work hard to achieve our social goal of improving the economic well-being of individuals by advancing inclusive entrepreneurship and facilitating self-sufficiency strategies.

Opportunity & 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 since 1987. 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, veterans, low-income and people of color.

Loaned over $60 Million

Helped 4,770 entrepreneurs create & retain 10,725 jobs

Assisted 60,145 Clients

Coached 187 individuals & families in purchasing their own homes through our IDA program

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.

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