Best Small Business Resources in the La Crosse Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Wisconsin has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the La Crosse area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Wisconsin.


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Coulee Region Business Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Product Development

Description

The Coulee Region Business Center is a multi use facility offering office space, a commercial kitchen, 3D printing, and conference rooms. The center is a non profit organization where member companies share overhead costs and resources. As an incubator, the center also serves as a funding and knowledge hub, attracting investors and other entrepreneurs who share information about the local Eau Claire business environment.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1100 Kane St
La Crosse, WI 54603
608-782-8020
office@crbc.biz


CouleeCO

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking

Description

CouleeCO is an organization offering several programs that assist entrepreneurs in starting new companies. They offer a coworking space in downtown La Crosse, known as “The Gig,” a 9-week program for aspiring entrepreneurs called “Co.Starters,” and a mentorship program called “Co.Mentors.” Co.Starters is a national program that involves an experienced entrepreneur leading a small group new entrepreneurs through the basics of starting a business.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

119 19th St N
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-797-5746
aaron.reimler@couleecap.org


La Crosse Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The public library offers access to research databases and meeting rooms that may be of interest to entrepreneurs without a physical location. The library also offers computer skills development classes.

Restrictions

A library membership may be required to access some amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

800 Main St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
608-789-7100

HOURS OF OPERATION:

SUN 1 pm - 5 pm

MON 9 am - 8 pm

TUE 9 am - 8 pm

WED 9 am - 8 pm

THU 9 am - 8 pm

FRI 9 am - 6 pm

SAT 9 am - 5 pm


La Crosse SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Wisconsin SBDC at UW-La Crosse

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1701 Badger St., 120 W. Carl Wimberly Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601