Small Business Opportunities
Greater Milwaukee/Waukesha Area Opportunities
Brew City Match
Greater Milwaukee Foundation ThriveOn Small Business Loans
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation through impact investing has committed $1 million in Milwaukee’s Harambee, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill neighborhoods to curtail the negative impacts COVID-19 on small business and the subsequent economic crisis which continues to affect small businesses owned by Black and Brown entrepreneurs.
Second Mortgage Program
Working with conventional lenders, MEDC offers low interest financing to businesses and entrepreneurs for projects that create new employment opportunities, retain jobs, and stabilize neighborhoods.
Capital Access Program
The Capital Access Program provides access to financing for companies in the state of Wisconsin, especially start-ups and small businesses, which may not be able to obtain conventional financing.
MEDC Venture Capital Fund
The M7 Venture Capital Fund provides debt financing in collaboration with equity investment from accredited investors in a non-dilutive manner. This funding is intended to increase the ability of emerging growth companies to access capital that will increase liquidity as well as their ability to reach cash flow break-even and beyond.
MEDC Community Advantage
Community Advantage is a pilot initiative by the SBA aimed at increasing access to capital for underserved communities and borrowers.
Milwaukee County Small Business Recovery Initiative Grant
Milwaukee County Revolving Loan Fund
The Milwaukee County Revolving Loan Fund allows Milwaukee County companies to take advantage of low-interest loans to assist in financing their business projects.
Scale Up Milwaukee
Waukesha County Revolving Loan Fund
The Waukesha County Revolving Loan Fund allows Waukesha County companies to take advantage of low-interest loans to assist in financing their business projects.
Kenosha/Racine/Walworth County Opportunities
Racine Community Foundation
United Way of Racine County has joined forces with Racine Community Foundation to advocate for the needs of local Racine County social service agencies – with a focus of basic needs, who are currently receiving funding from UWRC and/or RCF. The fund has been established to provide flexible financial resources to 501(c)(3) organizations working with clients who are impacted by the Coronavirus.
Greater Madison Area Opportunities
UW-Madison Financial Education Center - Online Modules
UW-Madison Financial Education Center
Dane County Small Business Pandemic Support Program
Green Bay/Appleton/Fox Valley Area Opportunities
Southwest Wisconsin Area Opportunities
Rock County Small Business Loan Fund
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Aspen Institute
MyWay to Credit
MyWay to Credit is a referral platform that connects small businesses to business mentors and credit options from trusted community lenders. Through our compliant, simple-to-use, and flexible marketplace, we are reinventing the customer experience for small business owners, community organizations and banks.
The HartBeat of Main Street
CTC Quick Chats
CTC will be hosting weekly or bi-weekly “Quick Chats”, where experts from various agencies, organizations, and programs will share their experience with CTC. These 20-30 min chats are a great way to get an introduction to new resources, funding, and programs.
The Business or Commercialization Planning assistance micro-grant can fund up to 75% of the costs, limited to $4500, spent on hiring an approved, independent, third party to write a comprehensive business or commercialization plan for a Wisconsin business.
Small Business Fund
The Grow With Google Small Business Fund supports minority and women-owned small businesses, and other underserved local businesses, are facing unprecedented challenges as they navigate COVID-19.
Google Grant Program
Small Business Finance Forum
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories were able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
Express Bridge Loans
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration Learning Center has courses for business owners.
Social Enterprise Alliance Mentorship Program
Introducing SEA’s Mentorship Program, an initiative that gives members the opportunity to connect with seasoned, successful social enterprise leaders and business experts for advice, instruction and support.
Social Enterprise Alliance Webinars
This webinar series will explore the growing landscape of conscious online marketplaces and equip social enterprises with the knowledge and tools they need to access these markets and sell their products. Many social enterprises only sell on their own websites, thereby missing out on opportunities for expansion of their audience and profits.