Economic Developers

Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) are charged with getting local and regional businesses on the path for growth — quite a tall order. The Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship shares that mission — to help build strong businesses. We guide them through applying for and obtaining capital. They develop strong, stable processes and performance. They bring jobs. The community and the state benefit.

Helping develop strong local economies throughout Wisconsin

Small business consulting and education

Through five distinct program units, the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship is providing specialized resources and helping clients craft personalized plans to start and grow their businesses. We’re Wisconsin’s hub for specialized resources — many at no cost — to help small businesses grow. Ultimately, we’ll help Wisconsin prosper. Together. We’re here to help businesses stand out and get ahead to perform at their highest levels.

Explore Local Economic Trends

IBE’s Business Dynamics Research Consortium (BDRC) Provides detailed insights on the trends in your community. Use our data to design/evaluate programs, provide updates to annual reports, answer questions from site selectors and inform your business and retention and expansion visits. Learn more.

Speaking engagements

When you need an expert to break it down, call IBE. Our state, regional and local experts dive deep into local economic conditions — and how to work with them. We help economic developers and local businesses and governments make better strategic decisions using our vast pool of data, tools and connections.

Curious how the Institute might be able to work with your organization? Learn more about our four program units by viewing our one page informational sheet.

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Advisory Board

The Institute and its members cannot do it alone. We rely on the knowledge and experience of business professionals around Wisconsin to continually improve our programs. These members are dedicated to improving and supporting Wisconsin small businesses.

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Partnership Opportunities

Partner with the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship to help enhance Wisconsin’s economy.