Here is a list of tools, resources, research links, permits and licenses, and a reading list that we use and recommend to our clients and partners.
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Start… Manage… Grow Your Business.
Wisconsin SBDC Planning Your New Business information
UW-Eau Claire Small Business Development Center’s business startup packet
Business Plan Outline
Wisconsin Business Wizard will help you determine licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements, obtain necessary application forms, identify available state resources and access other valuable business-related information.
- Step-by-step guide to starting your business
- Financing your business
- UWEC SBDC Feasibility Analysis (downloadable)
- Marketing Analysis
- Top Ten Websites for Business Start Up
Sample Business Plans
- The Myth of Government Grants
- What you need to know
- Small Business Association (SBA) programs
- Top Ten Websites for Startup Funding
BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state's public, school, academic, and special libraries and Internet Service Providers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics is a primary source for consumer spending and consumer prices. Combined with Census data, this information can help estimate potential sales
James J. Hill Business Research Library is a private non-profit business reference library, located in Saint Paul, MN. Since 1921, the Hill Library has housed a world-class collection of practical business information resources and is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country.
United States Census Page American FactFinder is the Census Bureau online, self-serve tool designed to deliver a wide variety of population, economic, geographic and housing information about the United States to individuals, educators, businesses, governments and organizations.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office offers searchable indexes on patents, legal material, patent resources, trademark and copyright issues, technical information and much more.
Permits and Licenses
Employer Identification Number
The new Web-based tool instantly processes requests and generates Employer Identification Numbers in real time. Simply answer the questions and receive your EIN immediately after the information is validated. You can download and print the EIN confirmation notice.
Seller's permits are required of every individual, partnership, corporation, or other organization making retail sales or rentals of tangible personal property or retail sales of taxable services in Wisconsin.
Almost all businesses selling retail products are required to collect sales tax. Some businesses providing a service also collect sales tax. Wisconsin's sales tax law is that all services are exempt unless specifically listed.
ResourcesMaterials Science Resource Center
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Materials Science Center has state-of-the-art instrumentation, support facilities and expert technical assistance to solve problems in research and development; manufacturing, new product development, quality control, regulatory affairs and anywhere surface characterization or elemental analysis is needed.
College of Business
Prepares UW-Eau Claire business students for success by giving them the skills and knowledge they need to help build an ethical and prosperous global economy by developing in them the communication, technology, and teamwork skills to lead beneficial change.
Northern Wisconsin International Trade Association
Northern Wisconsin International Trade Association (NWITA) is a non-profit membership organization committed to expanding the knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in northern Wisconsin and the surrounding regions.
Stout Technology Transfer Institute (STTI)
(STTI) was established to promote technology transfer between UW-Stout and industry. The Institute, part of UW-Stout's College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), draws on Stout's impressive technical resources, including the expertise of its faculty, staff, and students and its well-equipped and diversified laboratories.
- Center for Innovation and Development
The Center for Innovation and Development provides a broad range of interaction to manufacturers, inventors, and entrepreneurs through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. Services include feasibility assessment, product engineering and design, prototype development, product evaluation, and patent advice.
- Technology and Business Incubator
The Technology and Business Incubator provides a sheltered environment for emerging enterprises. The incubator fosters technical businesses through close relationships with faculty, students, industry, and the UW-Stout community to better enable Wisconsin to compete in the global economy and sustain employment within the region.
Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC)
The mission of the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC) is to encourage new and emerging entrepreneurial business utilizing community resources to provide temporary facility, managerial, technical, and financial assistance.
Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center
NWMOC provides at-your-location services by seasoned practitioners with expertise in manufacturing management. The experts at NWMOC deliver integrated services to manufacturers in 33 northern and western Wisconsin counties.
Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC) Specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors. Technical experts and researchers use an extensive array of resources to analyze information on technical feasibility, existing patents, market size, competitive intensity, demand trends, and other areas. WISC's research products cover product feasibility, competitive intelligence, distributor assessment, customer satisfaction, and licensing partnerships.
UW-Superior Northwood Nonprofits is a comprehensive program to help nonprofit leaders (staff, board, and volunteers) navigate the current environment.