Business Resources

Helping Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses

The Whiteater community provides many resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, the City of Whitewater, the Community Development Authority, and other community organizations have partnered to create a network rich in entrepreneurial resources.

The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater is known for its AACSB-accredited business school and their entrepreneurship program serves as a model for the nation. The University powers the Incubation Program at the Whitewater University Innovation Center and business outreach centers at the Community Engagement Center.

The City of Whitewater and the Community Development Authority (CDA) promote economic development throughout the community. The CDA offers financial assistance such as grants for qualifying startups, industrial development loans for manufacturing businesses, commercial enterprise loans for retail and service businesses, etc.

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Local & Regional Resources

The Whitewater Community Development Authority (CDA) works with businesses and city government to promote economic growth and development. The CDA specializes in economic development, business relocation, permits and licenses, loan programs, and seed capital funding. 

SCORE is America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. SCORE has a network of 10,000 volunteer business experts across the nation who are experienced in all aspects of business development & offer a variety of expertises.

The Cybersecurity Center for Business (CCB) is a nationwide initiative aimed at tackling the growing risk of cyber-crime in America’s small business ecosystem. The CCB provides cybersecurity education and resources for small businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. 

The UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers consulting, education, referrals, sophisticated tools and resources, whether you’re just getting started or looking for ways to improve your business. 

The Fiscal and Economic Research Center (FERC) provides outreach services to members of the community. FERC specializes in economic analysis, land-use planning, statistical analysis, simulation analysis, economic forecasting, etc. 

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) provides research and analysis services for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and inventors throughout the United States. WISC’s specialty is market research to help you launch or grow your business.

The Community Engagement Center is a one-of-a-kind place designed to combine great ideas and organizations with the  campus. The Community Engagement Center offers meeting rooms and is home to many of the business outreach service centers (i.e. SBDC and WISC). 

The Whitewater University Innovation Center provides education and resources for entrepreneurs. As the cornerstone of the Whitewater University Technology Park, the Innovation Center serves an entrepreneurial community and is home to over 20 startups. 

The Walworth County Economic Development Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Walworth County residents by working with public and private sector partners to advance efforts that create jobs and build private sector investment in our communities.

Thrive Economic Development (ThriveED) is a non-profit organization focused on the prosperity and economic development efforts in Jefferson and Dodge counties. ThriveED aims to attract and support business growth within these communities. 

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is committed to creating and maintaining a business climate that allows you to maximize your potential. Working with more than 600 statewide partners, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions, and industry groups, we’re enhancing our communities, supporting business development, advancing industry innovation, tapping global markets, and developing a talented workforce to help Wisconsin realize its full economic potential.