KEY RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Local Resources

City of Lake Mills
Lake Mills Business Park is strategically located to contribute to the success and growth of your business. Please feel free to download a brochure about our industrial park LM_Business_Park_Brochure.pdf  other items in this brochure include, city government contacts, utilities, planning department, garbage pickup, taxes, demographics of income, population and type of housing, education, and recreation.  Do you need more information about City of Lake Mills Codes and ordinances.

Jefferson County Economic  Its overall goals are to foster and encourage responsible, sustainable economic development activities that result in job creation, job retention, increase the tax base and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Jefferson County.

Lake Mills Main Street Program
Focused on revitalization of downtown buildings and attracting both business and visitors to the downtown area.

Property in the Industrial Park Area  Local Real Estate agents will be able to aid in finding the availability of property in Lake Mills.

Recommended Resources

Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)
Represents America’s Small Business Development Center network–the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

Business.Gov Wisconsin Small Business Guide
Answers to common questions about doing business in Wisconsin are provided through links.

Locate in Wisconsin

SBA Guide to Wisconsin Resources
A PDF document covering “Getting Started in Wisconsin,” “Financing Your Business,” and “Ideas for Growing Businesses.”

SBA Local Resources
Links to resources for small business owners in Wisconsin on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

State of Wisconsin Business Services
Links to state agencies, resources, programs and information helpful to people interested in doing business in Wisconsin.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Your Small Business Resource
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.

Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
Helping existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to make profitable new product and market development decisions.

 

WISCONSIN REGIONAL RESOURCES

Business.Gov Wisconsin Small Business Guide
Answers to common questions about doing business in Wisconsin.

Buzgate.org Global Resource Network for Small Business
Free Small Business Help in Wisconsin

Family Business Center at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Business
The University of Wisconsin Madison Family Business Center (FBC) exists solely to help its membership of business-owning families address their unique needs.

Forward Wisconsin Business Toolkit
Access tools and business services to start or grow a Wisconsin business.

JSOnline: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Business News
Online source of articles on Wisconsin business.

National Federation of Independent Business—Wisconsin NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of their members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

Pitch then Plan
Buisness plan development web site. Free resource to develop a Power Point pitch, business plan narrative and 20+ pages of financial documents to support the plan.

SBA Guide to Wisconsin Resources
A PDF document covering “Getting Started in Wisconsin,” “Financing Your Business,” and “Ideas for Growing Businesses.”

SBA Local Resources
Links to resources for small business owners in Wisconsin on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

State of Wisconsin Business Services
Links to state agencies, resources, programs and information helpful to people interested in doing business in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Register your company, apply for BBB Accreditation or search for competition and useful networking contacts.

Wisconsin Business AnswerLine
A free service of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center. AnswerLine counselors have real-world business management experience. They’re available to give free answers to your business start-up or management questions.

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD Finance)
WBD Finance has developed an expertise in finding solutions and strategies for small businesses looking to grow.

Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Business Development in Wisconsin
The Division of Business Development works to help Wisconsin businesses prosper in a marketplace that is subject to constant change.

Wisconsin Independent Businesses
A member organization, WIB protects small businesses and farms with expert advice and information on legal, accounting and business management policies.

Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
A member organization that lobbies for lower taxes and fewer government mandates on businesses and offers members access to a wide variety of cost-cutting and profit-improving programs and services.

Wisconsin Minority Business Opportunity Center
A federally funded program of the Minority Business Development Agency.

Wisconsin Procurement Assistance Center
The Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses interested in selling their products and services to the government. Our mission is to provide Wisconsin businesses the necessary tools to be competitive in the contracting arena.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center
Free and low-cost advice and training for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation
WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners helping both women and men launch and expand small businesses.

GENERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)
Represents America’s Small Business Development Center network–the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse
This site provides links to valuable research through the Small Business Information Center.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Starting a Business
Information on entrepreneur readiness, online training and legal structures for forming a business.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Your Small Business Resource
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.

Small Business Digest
Online articles published by the Association of Small Business Development Centers on various aspects of running a small business.

About.com: Small Business Information main page
Includes links to articles on starting a business, business opportunities, business planning, surviving hard times, managing and growing a business and “money matters.”

AllBusiness a D&B Company
The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association and more.

AskJim.biz: Small Business Answers–now!
Archives of questions submitted by users and answered by experts.

bizjournals: National Business News
Bizjournals is the new media division of American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers.

Free Management Library
The Library provides resources regarding the leadership and management of yourself, other individuals, groups and organizations.

GoSmallBiz
The library is organized according to subject matter category, and within the category by type of data being delivered.

IdeaCafe for business owners
Opportunities for networking and information on starting a business, business financing, marketing and more.

Intuit Community Start & Grow Your Business
A website that helps small business owners successfully start and run a business by connecting them to one another.

Links for Small Business Recommended Resource
A list of resources gathered by the Association of Small Business Development Centers to assist small business owners.

MoreBusiness.com
MoreBusiness.com (also known as the Business Resource Center), developed by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs, provides a wealth of useful articles, business tips, insight.

Small Business Ratios
Full of lengthy resources on topics including business planning, accounting, marketing, startup and tax tips.

BUSINESS PLANNING RESOURCES

Pitch then Plan Recommended Resource
Business plan development web site. Free resource to develop a Power Point pitch, business plan narrative and 20+ pages of financial documents to support the plan.

500+ Sample Business Plans created with Business Plan Pro
Features articles about business planning. Designed to sell their software product, but contains useful free information.

About.com Small Business Information; Business Plan FAQ
Common business-related questions with brief answers.

About.com: Small Business Information: common business planning mistakes
Explains the most common mistakes made when writing a business plan and how to avoid them.

BulletProof Business Plans Free Sample Business Plan
“A Public Service From BulletProof Business Plans providing a series of Web pages to assist visitors in furthering their entrepreneurial pursuits.

Free Management Library: Preparation for Planning a Business Venture
An article about things to consider before starting your business.

How to Write a Business Plan and Keep it Updated
A closer look at what is in business plans.

Management Help.org Business Planning (for nonprofits or for-profits)
Covers reasons for business planning, typical contents on a business plan, basic introduction, preparation for planning a business venture and general resources.

The Entrepreneurs’ Help Page
Contains many articles on general business, business strategy, legal issues, marketing, PR, and building your office.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Ideas to Profits conference Recommended Resource
Information about the annual conference run by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center.

NXLevel: helping entrepreneurs reach the next level of success
NxLeveL® Education’s mission is to serve as an entrepreneur training network to support and strengthen small businesses and promote economic development.

MARKETING RESOURCES

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Demographics Recommended Resource
Guide to finding general statistics, demographics by geography, Ring studies and demographics by subject.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Marketing
Information on creating marketing plans, product management and branding, marketing tips and statistics.

FINANCIAL TOPICS

Basic Guide to Financial Management in For-Profits
Encourages business leaders and managers to develop basic financial management skills including cash management and bookkeeping, generating financial statements and analyzing those statements.

BizStats
Free industry statistics and financial ratios.

SBDCNet National Information Clearinghouse: Finance
Online training regarding the SBA’s Loan Guaranty Programs, preparing a loan package and assessing financial needs. Also includes checklists, articles and guides about buying or selling a small business, and financing a business.

LEGAL TOPICS

askthelawyers.com: Your online source for local legal help
AskTheLawyers.com provides access to attorneys in your area who are available for an initial online or telephone consultation for no charge. Also features online articles on many relevant topics.

BitLaw: Contracts and forms index
The Forms & Agreements portion of BitLaw provides access to forms and example contracts relating to intellectual property and the Internet.

Nolo: Law Books, Legal Forms and Legal Software
Includes a section called Nolopedia that features free legal information for businesses.

Wisconsin State Law Library Business Law Recommended Resource
A searchable index of business law topics.