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Facilities, Office & Lab Space

Much of the available commercial, office, and industrial space available in the region is listed on the Milwaukee 7 website. Enter the type, size and geographic area in which you are searching and facilities within this range will be selected. Laboratory Space Options for Entrepreneurs in Milwaukee Laboratory space is available in two business incubator … Continued

Tax Credits

Wisconsin Tax Credits The state of Wisconsin offers a variety of tax credits for businesses at all stages of growth. The Department of Commerce manages the majority of these although other state departments may have some. Click on the following links for more information on the types of businesses eligible for these tax credits. Agriculture … Continued


A good accounting system for recording and summarizing the business and financial transactions of a business is essential for all businesses. The accounting system is based on standardized accounting principles. The accounting system quantifies information about the finances of a business and includes recording, measuring, reporting and describing financial information. Financial reports are used by … Continued


Franchising Tips Buying a franchise business is starting a business but within the security of an existing framework and visibility. In most cases, you own the business but its operation is governed by the terms of the franchise agreement. It allows the buyer of the franchise to capitalize on a business format, trade name, trademark … Continued

Technology Transfer

What is technology transfer? Technology transfer occurs when a technology developed for one organization or environment is moved into another. Often this movement is from a university, federal research lab, another company or individual to a business entity. A new business entity may be formed for that specific technology or an existing business may acquire … Continued

Intellectual Property

What is intellectual property? Intellectual property refers to the right in an intangible asset. Common forms include patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Intellectual property rights determine the rights to make, use, sell, display and manufacture. These rights can be transferred, sold or licensed to others. What is a Patent? A patent is “the right … Continued

Licensing Technology

Tips on Licensing Technology for Entrepreneurs Technology Transfer usually takes two forms Acquiring and/or licensing intellectual property is a common practice of technology based, innovative companies and usually takes two forms: In-Licensing, which is acquiring (for a fee) the intellectual property rights to use or commercialize products or programs. Out-Licensing, which is receiving fees from … Continued

Regulatory Requirements

Regulations for Starting a Business There are a variety of local, state and federal regulations that can apply to starting a business including everything from local zoning to obtaining a federal tax identification number. The most common areas of concern for new businesses are: tax registration payroll/income taxes incorporation filing requirement business licenses building permits … Continued


When Entrepreneurs Should Get Legal Help BizStarts highly recommends consulting with an attorney regarding the following three topics. Determining the legal structure for your business: Sole proprietorship Partnership C Corporation S Corporation Limited liability corporation (LLC) The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. It is important to find the structure that … Continued

Cash Flow and Projections

Cash Flow and Projections Overview for Start-Ups A business plan for a startup should include financial projections for the first three – five years of the business including an income statement, balance sheet, cash flow for the first twelve months, and a capital expenditure budget. This is also known as a pro forma. The projections … Continued

Evaluate Your Business Concept

4 Questions to Evaluate Your Business Idea Many people who want to start a business waste a lot of time and money by plunging ahead without thoroughly researching and evaluating the opportunity. You might want to first wrestle with these key questions: Am I ready to be an entrepreneur? Is there a market for my … Continued

Innovative Avenues for Funding” workshop presented by OfficeMax

  “Innovative Avenues for Funding” workshop presented by OfficeMax, BizStarts July 24th Are you aware of all the options you have for funding your business? Whether you’re starting or scaling up, funding options go beyond banks and investment funds. In fact, there are many avenues for getting funding that will make you more attractive to … Continued

BizStarts’ 4th annual Collegiate Business Plan Competition

3D Printing startup takes top prize at BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition; four other finalists combine to split $15,000 in prize money, bragging rights BizStarts’ 4th annual Collegiate Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Mason Wells, took place Wednesday, April 24th at the Todd Wehr Conference Center on the MSOE (Milwaukee School of Engineering) campus.   After … Continued

BizStarts Investor Forum: where the rubber meets the road

BizStarts Investor Forum: where the rubber meets the road As you likely know, we’re all about getting companies started. A huge catalyst (pun intended) for that is bringing in accredited investors to meet and hear from selected Venture Track companies deemed ready for serious funding in our BizStarts Investor Forum.   Our most recent Investor Forum was held at sponsor … Continued

Reminder: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition entries due THURSDAY

  Reminder: Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition entries due THURSDAY The 10th Annual Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest is accepting entries online for the 2013 competition until 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. To enter, become a judge, or a sponsor, visit Finalists will share in more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. … Continued

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