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Wisconsin Business Resources & Links

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  • Wisconsin Business Wizard. A good place to start exploring.
  • Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network (WEN).
  • Wisconsin Business resources. 'Got-Moola', a great collection created by Carl Rainey at DATCP
  • For folks in Southwest WI - The Small Business Development Center at UW Platteville
  • Choosing a legal entity.
  • Form a Wisconsin LLC. Instructions and application. (Note - If the link above does not connect, Google "DFI Wisconsin LLC".)
  • Search available business names in WI. Type in the name you are considering to see if it or any similar ones are in use.
  • Info on registering trade name & trademark registration in WI.
  • Applying for a trade name or trademark in WI
  • Search trademarks on file.
  • Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
  • Minority Business Development Program
  • Minority Business Development contacts
  • Tips and resources for starting a business in Wisconsin
  • Franchising info with link to typical duties and obligations.
  • To check and see if a franchisor is legally registered to do business in Wisconsin call Mary Wells at the Department of Financial Institutions, 608 266 8557
  • Wisconsin - Information about registering your new business and obtaining a WI seller's permit (BTR)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Sellers Permit / Business Tax Registration (BTR)
  • Information about WI sales and use taxes
  • WI Housing and Economic Development (WHEDA) small business and agriculture financing site
  • WHEDA program to help borrowers obtain financing on favorable terms to start-up, acquire or expand a small business
  • State fees for certain businesses and occupations.
  • Starting technology based businesses
  • Technology development loans. To commercialize innovations.
  • Apply online for a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)