Gov. Jim Doyle visited UW-Eau Claire Dec. 1 to announce the selection of UW-Eau Claire as one of four regional centers for the new Wisconsin Entrepreneur's Network.
The network is a joint effort among the UW Extension , the WiSys Technology Foundation, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
It will be funded with $1 million a year through 2006, as part of a bill signed by Gov. Doyle in April. The measure provides money for the entrepreneurial centers and tax credits for early-stage investors and establishes a technology commercialization grant and loan program.
UW-Eau Claire's regional center will be in the Continuing Education office at 210 Water St., according to Kevin W. Jones, director of the Small Business Development Center, which also is housed in that office. At least one new staff person, a technology transfer specialist, will be in the office, Jones said.
In addition to the Eau Claire office, the network will include regional centers in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee and several outreach centers. Doyle said the centers will open in three to six months.
- UW-Eau Claire News Bureau