Resources

Call It Passion.

If you are ready to devote your passion into a business, then we’re here to help. Whether seeking assistance for beginning capital, need some advice, or you simply don’t know where to begin, then you’ve come to the right place. Prosperity Southwest has the resources and business connections to get your business started in Southwest Wisconsin.

Where do we begin?

Entrepreneurship is no easy task, but with the right tools, mindset, and network, you should find Prosperity (pun intended). The first step in this process is realizing you have the right product in the right market.

Be sure to take a second to consider what makes your product or service unique and where your customers are. Talk with people, interview your target markets, and search the web to learn all you can about your target markets and where you want to place that business.

Defining your competitive advantages and finding your customer base ensures you are on the right track and will form an enduring business and business plan.

For more information about conducting market research, check out the Small Business Administration Website at https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/plan-your-business/market-research-competitive-analysis

The Wisconsin Supplier Network (WSN)

The Wisconsin Supplier Network (WSN) is an online directory platform designed to connect suppliers and service providers to new business growth opportunities. Companies are expanding or relocating to Wisconsin use WSN to help identify a local supply chain, while companies already based in Wisconsin rely on WSN to source new services or products. In addition, WSN is a communication platform that provides regular newsletters and alerts to promote new business opportunities, supplier development resources and industry networking initiatives.

Visit the WSN


I Need Some Advice.

I Need Some Advice.

If you’re looking for some advice on how to get your business started or need some guidance with your existing business, try our friends at the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The SBDC offers personalized business assistance to support aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses with no-cost, confidential consulting, and they know what they are talking about. Consultants of the SBDC are or were entrepreneurs just like you.

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.

Website: www.wisconsinsbdc.org/swwi
Email: swwisbdc@uwex.edu
Phone: 608-381-2352
File a confidential request form


Need some space?

If you are looking for a space to work and develop your business, would like business assistance, or have a community of entrepreneurs enduring many of the same business struggles you may face, try contacting one of our regional incubators for assistance.

Our regional incubators offer space for small businesses and industries to work and develop during their first years of business. Incubators include areas for shipping, loading, and manufacturing operations, certified commercial kitchen space, and much more. These organizations also offer onsite business coaching to help you refine your goals and develop business skills to develop and maintain a prospering business in your community.

Platteville Business Incubator Incorporated

Platteville Business Incubator Incorporated

The Platteville Business Incubator has successfully launched 48 local businesses into the Platteville community and yours could be next. The Incubator provides affordable office and industrial suites ranging from 150 to 5,000 square feet, plus coaching and mentorship programs. Join other like-minded entrepreneurial businesses already at the Incubator to experience how this dynamic community can help you reach your goals.

Services offered:

  • Up to 5,000 sq. ft. of space-subdividable
  • At grade and below grade loading docks
  • 220v power
  • 6 inch water main
  • Forklift and hand carts
  • Expert business coaching and mentors
  • Entrepreneurial community
  • Below market rate lease pricing
  • Professional office space and amenities
  • Fiber Optic Internet included

Website: pbii.org
Email: kate@pbii.org
Phone: 608-348-2758
Address: 52 Means Drive, Suite 100, Platteville, WI

Benton Business Incubator

Benton Business Incubator

The Benton Business Incubator assists start-up companies and entrepreneurs through their first few critical years of business. The incubator provides flexible space and business assistance services designed to be tailored to your unique business or production needs at affordable monthly rates.

Benton Business Incubator’s business-assistance services include professional on-site management assistance and a management resource network of professionals in research, marketing, manufacturing, finance, and distribution. Join Benton Business Incubator to develop your business in Lafayette County.

Services offered:

  • Workspaces of 552-sq.-ft. to 2,522-sq.- ft.
  • Computer, copier, and fax machine
  • DSL computer and wireless access
  • Conference room and A/V equipment
  • Kitchen/break area
  • Restroom and shower facilities
  • Grade-level and recessed truck docks
  • Forklift
  • Trash-removal services
  • Business signage
  • Parking and snow removal
  • Ongoing business management assistance

Website: https://bentonwi.us/benton-business-incubator/
Email: bentonincubator@gmail.com
Phone: 608-732-9391
Address: 244 Ridge Avenue, Benton, WI 53803


For more information about starting your business and all the steps in between, check out the Small Business Administration’s website, https://www.sba.gov/.