Dept. of Financial Institutions (WDFI)
Create a Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) including search for name availability and more
Office of the Secretary of State
Trade name (business name) and trademark registration - online database search
Dept. of Administration - Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disabled Veteran Business (DVB) Development.
The Department of Administration MBE, WBE and DVB Development programs are designed to generate and foster the growth of MBE and DVB businesses in the State of Wisconsin. This program provides certification, consultation and services to minority and/or disabled veteran business owners, entrepreneurs, and resource organizations.
Dept. of Revenue (DOR)
Sales tax (Seller's Permit and tax exemption), income tax, unemployment tax, tax withholding, etc.
Dept. of Safety and Professional Services
This department regulates and licenses 132 positions in 58 professional fields and provides centralized administrative services to 64 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The boards, councils, and advisory committees have varying levels of responsibility and professional oversight based on statutory provisions. This department was formerly known as the Department of Regulations and Licensing.
Dept. Health Services (DHS)
Assisted living, health insurance, etc.
Assisted living contact: Colette Anderson 608-266-7463
Dept. of Workforce Development
This department's programs include UC Insurance, Employment Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Worker's Compensation, Equal Rights and others
Business tools on how to start, expand, relocate, or close a business in Wisconsin: on this page, check out the variety of programs and grant resources available to assist with your business needs.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, created February 2011, is a public-private corporation to replace the state Department of Commerce. WEDC is the state’s lead economic development organization.
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
This department has been replaced by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (see above).
Small Business Development Center-Wisconsin (SBDC)
SBDC champions entrepreneurial success through business counseling and educational programs developed at the local, regional and statewide level to support Wisconsin small business creation and growth. SBDC network consists of twelve service centers and four specialty centers, all located on four-year University of Wisconsin campuses.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) AnswerLine
Free phone answers to your business start-up or management questions (Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.)
Wisconsin Innovation Service Center (WISC)
WISC specializes in new product and invention assessments and market expansion opportunities for innovative manufacturers, technology businesses, and independent inventors.
Wisconsin Rural Partners
Information, resources for WI rural economic development
Forward Wisconsin is a unique public-private state marketing and business recruitment organization. It markets outside Wisconsin to attract new businesses, jobs and increased economic activity to the state - economic development resources, incentives, taxes, business data, etc