Southwest Wisconsin Business Resources

Business Assistance and Economic Development Resources for Southwest Wisconsin

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The Prosperity Southwest Business Development Series is bringing educational programming to each of its member counties.

Business Development Series

Session 1: Your Keys to Business Success

Your Keys to Business Success, will describe the challenges that each entrepreneur will need to address in the early stages of business development such as:

  • Business planning
  • Marketing
  • Access to capital
  • Cash flow management
  • Staffing
  • Legalities

A wide range of resources exist to provide assistance in the launch and growth of our regional small businesses. Your Keys to Business Success will provide information on these free resources which include the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC), Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative (WWBIC) Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP) and Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) among others. Representatives of these organizations may be on hand to describe their specific offerings and services.

The program will be presented in the following locations:

All of the two hour sessions begin at 6:00 p.m. and there is a charge of $10 per person. Registration is available online.

Bob JonesBob Jones, Cuba City and Lafayette County
Program presenter, Bob Jones, is the Economic Development Director for Cuba City, the Executive Director of the Lafayette Development Corporation and the Vice President of Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin. Bob is an SBA-certified Business Consultant and has assisted in the launch of over 100 small businesses. 73% of these new businesses have seen their second anniversary and beyond.

Jim BowmanJim Bowman, Crawford County
Jim Bowman is a 27-year veteran in economic development working in the areas of business, community, workforce and real estate development for both the public and private sectors. Jim is the Executive Director for the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation assisting businesses large and small with their growth opportunities. He is also leading the efforts to combine area economic development organizations into one cohesive and collaborative entity with the goal of providing more meaningful programs and services particularly for businesses but also for local communities.

Kate KoziolKate Koziol, Richland County
As an economic development specialist with the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Kate is the lead economic development planner creating comprehensive economic development strategy plans and working closely with county and municipal officials to attract, develop and retain area businesses. She works extensively in Richland County as the economic development specialist for Community Prosperity Alliance and has worked throughout her career with both entrepreneurial businesses as well as Fortune 1000 organizations.

Ron BrisboisRon Brisbois, Grant County
Ron Brisbois has been the Executive Director of the Grant County Economic Development Corporation for the past 17 years. During that time the corporation has brought in over $30MM in program funding and incentives for the businesses and communities of Grant County. He is also one of the founders of Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin. Prior to working for Grant County EDC, Ron worked for 7 years as an economic development program specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.

Cara CarperCara Carper, Monroe County
Cara Carper is the Executive Director at Green County Development Corporation. Her passion for building the economic future of communities began while she worked for UW Extension in Lafayette and Green counties. Since then she has put her economic development skills to work, running a conservation non-profit and most recently as the director of the Monroe Chamber.

Brock WatermanBrock Waterman, Small Business Development Center
Brock Waterman is the Senior Business Consultant for the Southwest Wisconsin – Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He provides assistance to existing and new businesses as well as business purchases. He works in the area of business planning and startup; management and strategic planning; finance and capital access; marketing and sales growth; and financial management.

Brock has been consulting with businesses since 2000 and has worked with hundreds of business owners. He is a teaching team mentor for the Ideadvance Seed Fund grant (3 cohorts) where potentially scalable and repeatable businesses receive $25,000 or $75,000 grants from the state of Wisconsin to launch their businesses.

If you have questions about the Business Development Series, please contact Bob Jones at or by telephone at 815-281-2866.

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