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Plan Your Business

How to Prepare Your Business Plan A business plan can have several uses. The most important use is that it gives you a vehicle to systematically gather and analyze data, and develop your strategy for making money, marketing, and managing your business. A banker will want to see your business plan to make sure you … Continued

OnRamp Business: 4 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs

4 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs Written By: Dan Steininger, President and Co-Founder of BizStarts As seen on the February 2, 2015 post in Milwaukee Business Journal OnRamp Blog. Michael Simmons interviewed some of the most successful entrepreneurs and asked them to share their advice for young entrepreneurs.  It’s always valuable to learn … Continued

The Latest on Crowdfunding

The Latest on Crowdfunding Of all the advances in wireless devices, battery life hasn’t kept up. Most of the available chargers are clunky, inconvenient or keep you tethered to the power source. But three Northwestern University engineering Ph.D. candidates have a new solution. It’s a palm-sized kinetic charger called Ampy which drew $309,323 in a … Continued

5 Lessons for Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs

Written By: Dan Steininger, President and Co-Founder of BizStarts As seen on the November 3, 2014 post in Milwaukee Business Journal OnRamp Blog. The whole process of Angel investing tends to be a mystery to most entrepreneurs. And most angel investors learn the process themselves from actual investing so they learn from their mistakes. And … Continued

Minority Entrepreneur

Minority and Woman Owned Business Resources If you are a minority or woman-owned business, you may qualify for certifications that can increase marketing opportunities for developing supplier relationships with larger companies and the public sector. Business Certifications Many governments have programs for certifying minority and emerging businesses as qualified to participate in disadvantaged business enterprise … Continued

Incubators

Incubator Options for Entrepreneurs Business incubators are facilities designed to accommodate small and startup businesses that usually provide a range of business support services and resources that accelerate the success of the business. Types of Incubators Incubators may have targeted goals and objectives that will direct the services, organizational structure, and types of clients served. … Continued

Economic Development Organizations

All seven counties in Southeast Wisconsin have a county-wide economic development organization dedicated to the economic viability of their county and the Milwaukee 7 region. Additionally, the City of Milwaukee has professional staff dedicated to community and economic development. All of these organizations are members of the Milwaukee 7 Regional Economic Partnership, a Founding Sponsor … Continued

Networking Organizations

Networking Resources for Entrepreneurs BizStarts is dedicated to facilitating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, inventors and service providers. CEO’s of Growing Businesses The CEOs of Growing Businesses (CGB) is a member service of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC). CGB brings together individuals who share a passion for building their businesses. Monthly Roundtables act like a … Continued

University Partnerships

If a business/entrepreneur has developed a product or service that needs to be further researched, they will often engage a university to perform the additional research through a sponsored research agreement. The university may require certain types of agreements in addition to the Sponsored Research Agreements (such as Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements or Option … Continued

Inventors and Entrepreneurs Clubs

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Clubs in SE WI I & E Clubs are forums where inventors and entrepreneurs get together to learn, network and share ideas. The club meetings and membership are free and open to the public. Clubs have attracted speakers on a range of topics including sources of funds, patents, marketing, preparing a winning … Continued

Libraries & Information Resources

Public Libraries Public libraries are often a great source of information for entrepreneurs. Southeastern Wisconsin offers municipal libraries and county-based library systems with resources for entrepreneurs. Typically, any public library in your county or public library system will honor the library cards from any other public library in the county or library system. To take … Continued

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

Accounting

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

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

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