WWBIC presents the Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund

WWBIC presents the Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund

WWBIC presents the Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund

Veteran-owned small businesses play a significant role on the Wisconsin economy and WWBIC and the Wisconsins Veterans Chamber of Commerce have partnered to advance further support offerings through a newly created the Veteran’s Loan Fund.   During these unprecedented and unsettling times, support and resources for small businesses is needed now, more than ever, to aid with resiliency and sustainability for the long haul.

The WWBIC Veteran’s loan fund is for entrepreneurs and business owners needing business assistance and is open to Veteran business owners seeking capital to grow their businesses. The WWBIC Veteran’s Loan Fund offers loans up to $25,000 at a redudced interest rate, and can be combined with other WWBIC funding sources for a maximum $250,000 loan.

“We are thrilled that Bank of America is joining us with this new and additional investment to support our Veteran Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Wisconsin.  These loan funds will prove helpful in providing that working capital and start up funds that are often difficult to secure.  This loan capital along with WWBIC’s business and financial education programming and support through our WWBIC Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC) will bode well with our strong partnership with the Veteran’s Chamber of Commerce.” Said Wendy Baumann, President and Chief Visionary Officer at WWBIC.

“WWBIC has been helping Veteran business owners for years and we are proud to carry on that tradition with our new loan offering. We thank all of our Veterans for their service and encourage veteran business owners to reach out and explore the possibilities of one of WWBIC’s primary focuses: lending responsible capital to Wisconsin Veteran owned businesses.” Said Michael Hetzel, Director of Lending at WWBIC.

“With more than 50,000 businesses owned by veterans in Wisconsin, our state’s economy depends on the success of veteran entrepreneurs and business owners. However far too many veteran entrepreneurs struggle to access the capital they need to successfully start and grow businesses due to their military service. Thanks to the leadership of WWBIC now they are empowered to realize their dreams. When veterans succeed, Wisconsin’s economy and our communities succeed as well.” Said Saul Newton, Executive Director Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce.

“With over 30,000 Veteran owned businesses in the state of Wisconsin, this investment will offer support and assistance to Veteran owned businesses throughout Wisconsin. . Veteran owned businesses make up nearly 11% of all the small businesses in Wisconsin. I am confident that The Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund will be instrumental in assisting these businesses grow ” Said Dan Newberry, VBOC@WWBIC Co-director.

For additional details about the Wisconsin Veteran’s Loan Fund, please click here.

Making An Impact: WWBIC’s Virtual Meeting at the State Capitol

Making An Impact: WWBIC’s Virtual Meeting at the State Capitol

Making An Impact: WWBIC’s Virtual Meeting at the State Capitol

Please join WWBIC on Thursday, August 13th at the frontline of economic development for a virtual meeting to advance support to our Wisconsin micro and small businesses.
While much has changed, the mission remains the same.
We are ALL in! Together we are focused on resiliency, recovery & the rebound!
DATE: Thursday, August 13, 2020
STRATEGIC BREAKOUTS: Begins at 9:30 am
WHERE: Virtual Zoom Meeting
Click here to register for this event.

Thank you, Sponsors!




UPDATE: As of March 23, all WWBIC offices have been closed.


WWBIC is closely monitoring developments of the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Because we are a statewide organization, we have a responsibility to consider health crises that may affect areas of our reach in differing levels of emergency. We wanted to share an update on WWBIC programming and services in light of this situation.

WWBIC Offices
At this time, all WWBIC offices are open for business. However, as this situation is ongoing, we ask that you please reach out directly to our offices for information on potential closures or changes to regular business hours. Calling ahead is highly recommended. We will continue to share information on any changes and on how best to reach us during this time at the numbers
at the bottom of the page.

WWBIC Programming
At this time, WWBIC classes will all be changed from in-person to web based through April. Below is an initial list of our upcoming classes that had already been planned as webinars.
Over the next couple of days, we will be changing our in person classes to webinars. Please continue and check our website for the most current information in regards to our programming at www.wwbic.com/classes.

Disaster Relief Lending
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced small business lending opportunities in the wake of COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For more information, please visit the SBA’s website here.

We appreciate your patience during this time. Our priority is and has always been maintaining the health and safety of our staff and our clients. While we remain open at this time, we advise that all individuals follow the precautions set by the CDC, making sure to wash your hands regularly and avoid larger crowds when possible.
Thank you and be well,
The WWBIC Team


WWBIC Greater Milwaukee/Waukesha: 414-263-5450

WWBIC Madison: 608-257-5450

WWBIC Racine: 262-898-5000

WWBIC Kenosha: 262-925-2850

WWBIC Appleton: 920-944-2700

WWBIC Green Bay Hub: 920-496-2110

WWBIC La Crosse: 608-632-8041

WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC Welcomes Diversity Driven Accelerator to Milwaukee

WWBIC is excited to announce the official launch of cohort one of the new “Diversity Driven Accelerator.” Modeled after the 2018-2019 WWBIC WEDC Growth Accelerator, which focused on Racine, Kenosha and Walworth County businesses, the Diversity Driven  Accelerator will support and grow businesses owned by minorities, veterans and women in Greater Milwaukee to help create jobs and strengthen neighborhoods.

The Diversity Driven Accelerator will consist of four intensive 11-week business accelerator programs made up of five business teams.  During the course of those 11 weeks, teams will develop their business models by engaging in consumer testing: Integrating input from customers, mentors and advisors.  At the end of the program, teams will present their pitches to qualify for a minimum of $500.00 seed grant. 

“The accelerator program has been very impactful to the thought process I have towards business. I found the content to be engaging, applicable, and relevant to any industry one endeavors to serve in. I think every potential business owner should participate in the accelerator program!” Donisha Nesbitt, Owner of CoveredCare Home Care Agency and Growth Accelerator participant.

The application can be found at bit.ly/wwbicaccelerator. Applications must be received no later than close of business Friday, December 6. The program is open to businesses and/or residents of the Greater Milwaukee area. The accelerator will start the week of January 6, 2020, exact date and time to be determined.

This initiative is made possible through the Wells Fargo Works For Small Business®: Diverse Community Capital program, which offers capital and technical assistance to minority-owned small businesses as a way to create local jobs and strengthen neighborhoods.


Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC) is a leading, innovative economic development corporation “Putting Dreams to Work.” WWBIC’s primary focus is 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.   Since 1987, WWBIC has lent over $60 million in micro and small business loans with a current loan portfolio of $18 million and nearly 500 active borrowers. 

Join Us! WWBIC Annual Fundraiser Luncheon to support small business

Join Us! WWBIC Annual Fundraiser Luncheon to support small business

Join Us! WWBIC Annual Fundraiser Luncheon to support small business

Save the Date for WWBIC’s 2019 Annual Luncheon on December 3rd at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

This year our luncheon embraces the theme: Let’s Get Real: Explore. Engage. Elevate. On “Giving Tuesday”, WWBIC will celebrate our local heroes: business owners and their small, independent businesses that bring vibrancy, creativity and innovation to our communities. This year we welcome, Mike Colameco as our keynote speaker. Mike has developed a long and storied career in the food and beverage industry … exploring, engaging and enhancing that which nourishes us. We look forward to his insight!

Colameco is a professionally trained chef, author, radio, and TV host. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and shared his talents with New York’s noted Four Season’s Restaurant, Windows on the World, Tavern on the Green and The Ritz Carlton. In the late 80’s early 90’s his local community Cape Town, New Jersey was home to his restaurant, The Globe. This rich background as a chef lead him to a successful career in food media: as an author with Mike Colameco’s Food Lover’s Guide to New York City, as a host/producer of the radio show Food Talk, and as a host/producer of Mike Colameco’s Real Food. Since it launched in 2000, Mike Colameco’s Real Food on PBS’ Create TV has been a popular, enduring, documentary style show sharing a real chef’s point of view at how the most influential people in today’s restaurant world are transforming the way we think about food.

Let’s Get Real roots itself in the interpersonal experiences and creative talents small business brings to our communities. When we explore, when we engage, we have the ability to elevate. Here at WWBIC we elevate our communities’ one small business at a time. As they say… many hands make light work. We invite you to join us so WWBIC can continue to match resources and needs supporting Wisconsin’s entrepreneurial community.

This year’s WWBIC’s Luncheon will showcase: WWBIC’s impact in urban and rural Wisconsin; independent, locally owned businesses; food and restaurant businesses; our food heritage, our family farms and the beauty new Americans bring in sharing their cultures.

To register, please click here.

For information on Sponsorship Levels and Benefits, please click here.