Best Small Business Resources in the Madison 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 Madison 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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Door County Business Development Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

This 32,000 square foot business incubator offers shared offices and light industrial space for assembly or distribution. Amenities include conferences rooms and high-speed internet access, while the manufacturing space offers loading bays and material handling equipment. The average company stays in this facility for 3-5 years, throughout this time tenants have access to mentoring, workshops, and technical advisors.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

185 E Walnut St
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
920-743-3113 x 202
paula@doorcountybusiness.com


100state

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

100state is a large coworking space that hosts frequent entrepreneurial events and workshops. The space is unique in that it includes amenities like a fitness gym with showers, free beer and coffee, and free printing/copying. Membership plans are tiered and range from an annual membership that grants access to the events, shared desks, and private offices.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

316 W. Washington Ave, Suite 675
Madison, WI 53703
608-268-9384


Industrious

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Industrious’ Madison branch is a top-tier luxury coworking space near the capital building. Floor to ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the capital and lake Monona while the interior is well decorated and filled with light. Amenities include the usual (internet, printing, social gatherings, etc.) and extend to the unusual (local pastries and fresh fruit served daily). While Industrious may cost more than other coworking spaces, the price is well justified by the beautiful atmosphere and luxury amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

25 W. Main St., 5th Floor
Madison, WI 53703
608-259-1700
info@industriousoffice.com


Madison Enterprise Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Product Development
  • Networking

Description

The Madison Enterprise Center is a light industrial business incubator formed as a partnership between Madison Gas and Electric and Common Wealth back in 1987. The incubator is an industrial-oriented space with loading docks, minimal decoration or furniture, and industrial-grade electrical capacity. Membership includes access to networking events, a conference room, and an on-site community manager.

Restrictions

Must be a for-profit company that produces a product or service.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

100 S Baldwin St
Madison, WI 53703
608-256-3527 ext. 18
Rachel@cwd.org


Madison Public Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Madison Public Library offers access to dozens of prominent research databases. These resources can help entrepreneurs build a market assessment of current trends and develop an entry strategy. Research can also be conducted on competitors and business plan assistance.

Restrictions

A library membership may be required to access certain amenities.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

201 W Mifflin St
Madison, WI 53703
608-266-6300

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - THU: 9 am - 9 pm

FRI: 9 am - 6 pm

SAT: 9 am - 5 pm

 


Madison 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-Madison

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:

975 University Ave., 3260 Grainger Hall
Madison, WI 53706


Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation Madison

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2300 S. Park Street, Suite 103
Madison, WI 53713
608-257-5450