Starting or Expanding Your Business
There are many organizations that can provide assistance or resources to someone wishing to start a small business. The following resources are a good place to start.
Going into Business in Calumet County is an eight-page pre-business start-up counseling primer developed by Calumet County UW Extension. It helps you analyze your business skills and strengths, and helps you with goal setting and business timeline.
Business Assistance Center or 920-496-9010. Located in Green Bay, BAC offers free counseling and assistance to start-up and existing businesses through a partnership of service-providers.
The E-Seed is a 12-week entrepreneurship training series offered through a partnership among the City of Appleton, Fox Valley Technical College, and the Small Business Development Center. E-Seed assists start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs in developing management and planning tools for their new business ventures. There is a cost to the program, but financial assistance is available.
State of Wisconsin Build Your Business is a website that offers a multitude of information on business planning, regulations, financing, permits, and many other subjects. Gives users the opportunity to download many of the necessary forms and resources.
Other sources of business assistance include these three websites:
Wisconsin Department of Commerce or 800-435-7287
Wisconsin Small Business Development Center or 608-263-7794
Small Business Administration or call the local office at 608-441-5263
Once you have developed a sound business plan and have a general idea of you financing needs, you are ready to look at financing your business. Each business has its own unique financing requirements. You will probably use a mix of financing resources, such as:
- Use your own money
- Borrow from relatives or friends
- Borrow from lenders, such as a local bank, Community Development Authority, Small Business Administration (SBA), or regional Revolving Loans Funds
- In addition to the county’s revolving loan fund, the City of Brillion offers low-interest business loans to Brillion businesses.
- A low-interest loan program is also operated by the City of New Holstein for businesses in that city. For information, call 920-898-5766.
- Calumet County participates in the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership, which offers tax credits for high tech business development.