WWBIC – Southeast


The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a leading-edge economic development corporation putting dreams to work since 1987.

WWBIC’s regional office in Southeastern 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 offices in Kenosha and Racine are 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.

At this time, all WWBIC offices are closed. However, we continue to serve our communities virtually.

We are working hard to make sure you have the tools, guidance and access to relevant information for your small business needs. Click this link for Covid-19 related business resources.  Or, contact us at the information below.

To further assist small businesses affected by Covid-19, WWBIC is now expanding our services through a new initiative, Project Optimize! This targeted, one-year effort will provide additional education, training and business coaching to women and socially/economically disadvantaged business owners and entrepreneurs now facing unprecedented realities.  Project Optimize is supported by the Office of Women's Business Ownership from the US Small Business Administration, and we are now recruiting for team members to join WWBIC’s Project Optimize team – Click here for details.

Contact Us for Small Business Assistance

For help with business planning, managing, marketing, product development or other business issues, please call our Kenosha or Racine office directly, or send us an email detailing your business needs.

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Or by appointment

Contact Info:

Project Director: Heather Lux

Kenosha Office Street Address:
600 52nd St, Suite 130
Kenosha, WI 53140
General information: 262-925-2850
Fax: 262-925-2855

Racine Office Street Address:
245 Main Street, Suite 102
Racine, WI 53403
General information: 262-898-5000

WWBIC - Kenosha

600, 52nd St, Suite 130
Kenosha, WI 53140

Kenosha Office Map

WWBIC - Racine

245 Main Street, Suite 102
Racine, WI 53403

Racine Office Map

Unique Services in our Southeast Office

Initiatives to Overcome Barriers to Success

Throughout the southeast region, many citizens continue to face barriers to achieving their dreams due to the poor economic climate. WWBIC has forged multi-faceted partnerships with local organizations such as the Kenosha Job Center, HALO Homeless shelter, Racine/Kenosha Community Action Agency, the Shalom Center, the Racine County Job Center, Urban Outreach, and Veterans Outreach Center to assist homeless or unemployed individuals. Programs include personal money-management workshops, entrepreneurship exploration, credit-building, and business planning.

In Southeast Wisconsin, WWBIC partners with the SBDC on our Small Biz planning series. This 10-14 week series provides in-depth learning for starting and running a small business. The Small Biz series is offered in Kenosha, Racine and West of I-94.

Small Business Development Center – University of Wisconsin Parkside

Small Business Development Center – University of Wisconsin Parkside

In Southeast Wisconsin, WWBIC partners with the SBDC on our Small Biz planning series. This 10-14 week series provides in-depth learning for starting and running a small business. The Small Biz series is offered in Kenosha, Racine and West of I-94.

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 – $250,000. 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 Save$
Wisconsin Save$ 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 Save$ believes that anyone can build wealth by developing positive spending and saving habits. So don’t wait any longer… enroll in Wisconsin Save$ today!

Not in the Racine-Kenosha area?
WWBIC has additional offices in Madison, Milwaukee and Appleton.

Click here to view WWBIC’s 2020 Regional Contact Map.

WWBIC is an equal opportunity provider.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request with at least two weeks’ notice. Please contact your local WWBIC office for arrangements.

Through a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) cooperative agreement, WWBIC is partially funded by the SBA. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are offered to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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