If you need help with business development, check out these resources!
The Business Council (TBC) is a membership organization designed to assist minority business enterprises in scaling by offering targeted programming, education, and advocacy alongside our partner organizations and corporate members seeking to diversify their spend or achieve their supplier diversity goals.
Small Business Association (SBA) - In addition to their loan programs, SBA has trainings on growing and sustaining businesses.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) - Focused on women-owned businesses, WWBIC offers development opportunities for growth strategies, loans, and financial knowledge.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) - WEDC provides many financial development opportunities to businesses as well as support for entrepreneurs and training programs.
Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) - WPI provides assistance to businesses applying for certifications and bidding on federal, state and local contracts.
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation's (WisDOT) Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance (OBOEC) - In addition to certifying diverse suppliers, OBOEC offers a mentor/mentee program, networking events, and other training opportunities.
Here are some additional training resources:
Chambers are a great way to network and develop your business with the help of a nonprofit in niche areas. If you need help with completing the application or business development in general, consider contacting a Chamber.
Here is a list of Diverse Chambers in Wisconsin:
* The WI Supplier Diversity Program is a proud member of this organization.
Here are a few places to begin with for financial assistance:
(Note: This list is not exhaustive.)
There are other certifiers of diverse populations in Wisconsin besides the Supplier Diversity Program.
WisDOT - Office of Business Opportunity and Equity Compliance (OBOEC) is our highlighted resource! WisDOT houses the Disadvantaged-Business Enterprise (DBE) certification within the State of Wisconsin, as well as many other development opportunities for businesses. If your business becomes certified with WisDOT, you are able to streamline the certification process with the SDP using a Substantially Equivalent Application (SEA), which is a wonderful resource!
Other certifications available in Wisconsin:
The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) provides assistance with applying for certifications and bidding on federal, state, and local contracts.
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