Resources for new business owners in Madison
Madison has many groups outside of local government that are here to help you get started with your business plans. We've included short descriptions from each website to give you a sense of the services each organization offers.
Also, the City of Madison has our own Office of Business Resources (OBR) that may have helpful resources for you!
“…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.”
Sector 67: http://www.sector67.org/blog/
“…a non-profit collaborative space in Madison, WI dedicated to providing an environment to learn, teach, work-on, build, and create next generation technology; including software, hardware, electronics, art, sewing, metalwork, apps, games, etc.”
Madison Enterprise Center: https://cwd.org/
“…a 1st stage business incubation initiative of Common Wealth Development that was launched…in 1987. MEC offers office and light industrial business incubation spaces, in order to support start-up and expanding small businesses.
The Madison Enterprise Center offers an affordable rental rate and shared services including high-speed internet and video conferencing equipment. The on-site manager is available to provide business assistance and resource-matching services to connect tenants with existing business support programs.”
Main Street Industries: https://cwd.org/
“Main Street Industries (MSI) is a second-stage business incubator serving start-ups and expanding small businesses. Owned and operated by Common Wealth, MSI is located in an old 50,000-square-foot Greyhound Bus terminal which was renovated in 1996. The building offers attractive, affordable office and light industrial spaced and shared services. The manager is available to provide business assistance and resource-matching services to connect tenants with existing business support programs.”
“We focus on three core strategies to support women entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their ventures: Develop the Entrepreneur… Fund the Ventures… Transform the Narrative…”
Synergy Excelerator at Synergy Coworking: http://www.synergymadison.com/
We strive to cultivate a collaborative space for Entreprenuers, Small Businesses, Community Leaders, and Nonprofits to engage, explore, innovate and grow to enhance their professional ventures, wellbeing, and social impact.
Collaboration For Good, Inc.: https://collab4good.org/
“…a communications and capacity building organization focused on economic equity and growing social good. We are small and nimble, and provide targeted programs, services, and resources to strengthen, support, extend, accelerate and sustain social good in a flexible manner.”
Social Justice Center: https://www.socialjusticecenter.org/“Our aim is to create an inspiring environment where tenants, community members and social justice groups can share space, share resources, and work together in support of the common good.”
Feed Kitchens at Northside Planning Council: https://feedkitchens.org/
“The FEED facility includes five commercial kitchens, with specialized equipment for baking, produce preparation and processing, deli prep and meat processing. The facility is available for rent so that food businesses, nonprofit organizations, vocational training programs and individuals seeking to prepare food to sell to the public have a legal place to prepare their food.”
WI Center for Technology Commercialization: https://wisconsinctc.org/
“…provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin. …from agriculture to biotechnology…”
Madison Black Chamber of Commerce: https://www.madisonblackchamber.com/
“Our focus is building Black owned businesses in greater Madison for the betterment of our entire city and community.”
Latino Chamber of Commerce: https://lccwi.org/
“Joining the LCCDC provides your business with strategic benefits such as exposure, recognition and involvement within the Latino business community of Dane County. The Chamber has become the ultimate resource for outside organizations that wish to do business with Dane County’s Latino business community. Become a member and be part of a network of businesses and corporate partners striving to grow our local economy. Various membership packages are available based on business size.”