We build strong business communities in partnership with leading suppliers and support networks. Together, our collaborative participation and shared knowledge make Southwest Wisconsin a place to call home.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network.
CONTACT: Marie Steenlage - Regional Economic Development Director
Alliant Energy is a Midwest U.S. energy company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin that is engaged in electric generation and the distribution of electricity and natural gas. Through its Wisconsin utility, Alliant Energy serves 475,000 electric and 190,000 gas customers and provides energy solutions and exceptional service to more than 600 Wisconsin communities.
CONTACT: Donna Walker
The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) optimizes stakeholder value for Wisconsin Manufacturers by expanding their capabilities to grow, be innovative, and achieve operational success. Manufacturing – the science and art of turning raw material into value-added products – has and will continue to be the best source of net wealth creation in the economy. At WMEP, we believe that an innovative, successful manufacturing base is the key to higher paying jobs and a higher quality of life in the state.
CONTACT: Andy Broderick
The Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SWWRPC) assists local communities to save time and money by providing low-cost, expert planning and economic development services in Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland Counties. By collaborating with local governments, communities, and organizations, the SWWRPC develops dynamic solutions to challenges facing the region while providing tangible benefits to build a stronger Southwest Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Troy Maggied
Reach your business goals with no-cost, confidential consulting from the Southwest Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Wisconsin SBDC is part of the University of Wisconsin System's Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship and a nationally accredited member of America’s SBDC, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance; email SBDC@lists.wisconsin.edu or call 608-263-7794.
ONLINE: Confidential Request Form
Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc. (SWCAP) is a nonprofit, anti-poverty agency providing community-level services to low-income residents of Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties. SWCAP services center on food and nutrition, safe and affordable housing, transportation solutions, child development, job skills and business development, and affordable healthcare for dental, physical and behavioral/mental health. SWCAP routinely convenes community stakeholders to collectively address the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwest Wisconsin.
CONTACT: SWCAP main office
The Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (SWWDB) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovation and providing workforce development programs in Southwest Wisconsin. SWWDB programs include services to assist businesses and residents including employment assistance, skill development, and training programs to improve lifestyles and maintain a viable, self-sustaining career.
CONTACT: Rhonda Suda
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension (“Extension”) is committed to working in local communities to apply cutting-edge research throughout the State of Wisconsin. With offices in each Wisconsin county and faculty on UW Campuses, Extension develops practical research-based educational programs to bring experience, research, and education where people live and work.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding Wisconsin’s economy while representing the economic development interests of both the public and private sectors through leadership on statewide initiatives. Through advocacy, networking, and education, WEDA provides members with resources and tools to strengthen their economic development skills, achieve their professional goals, and promote economic growth in communities throughout the state of Wisconsin.
CONTACT: Brian Dounda
For over 45 years, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), as an independent state authority, has demonstrated financial strength and commitment to improving housing quality and economic vitality in Wisconsin. Since 1972, WHEDA has provided low-cost financing for housing and small business development that has created more than 73,000 affordable rental units, helped more than 129,600 families purchase a home and secured more than 29,000 small business and agricultural loan guarantees.
CONTACT: George Petak
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide non-profit organization that supports small business owners and entrepreneurs, specifically by providing small business loans and educational resources. WWBIC has a specific focus on reaching individuals who face barriers in accessing these resources.
CONTACT: Julie Emslie - SW Coordinator