Small Business Resources

Starting or Expanding Your Business:

Here are just a few links and downloads with regards to starting a new business or planning a business expansion.

  • The Venture Center
    • Run through Fox Valley Technical College, based on the belief that small businesses are the backbone to a strong economy.
    • Provides small business owners and those interested in opening a business the tools and knowledge needed with customized training and seminars.
      • Training opportunities include topics such as business feasibility, start-ups for specialized markets, and social media marketing.
      • Seminars focus on marketing, entrepreneurship training (including for food), communication skills, customer service, and human resources.
    • Consultation and advisory services are also available.
  • Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Toolkit
    • Sponsored by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Mortenson Construction, provides a holistic examination of starting and fostering a business.
    • Includes a Toolkit section that includes quizzes, blogs, and links to explore state regulations.
    • Specific attention given to women, minorities, and tribes and how to find money to fund a business.
    • Database of business incubators by county across the state.
  • Small Business Association – Year by year Guide
    • From the United States Small Business Administration, provides strategic and tactical information  on starting and managing a business during the first few years it is open.
      • Specifically, provides information on cash flow, reserve credit, and resources on financial management.
    • Includes detailed sections with links to resources for Veterans’ businesses and women’s business centers.
    • Provides information on contracting support for small businesses
  • In Wisconsin: Get Connected
    • Provides the support needed to launch, improve, or expand your business in the State of Wisconsin.
    • Focuses on different regions in the state, with a dedicated site selector application.
    • To cultivate communities into economic epicenters community development (including programs and resources) is highlighted.
  • Wisconsin One Stop Business Portal
    • The Wisconsin One Stop Business Portal is here to create an easy step-through process where Wisconsin’s businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to start a business in Wisconsin.

Business Plan Development Links

  • Building a Strong Business Plan Section by Section
    • Works through the phases of writing a business plan and the importance of structuring it appropriately.
    • Examines key components of feasibility, financing, strategic alliances, hiring employees, presentations, and personal confidence.
  • Interactive Business Planner
    • Provides and answers a variety of questions many business owners have; including “why do I need a business plan” and should information in a business plan be protected.
      • Includes sample business plans
    • Explores how market research can improve the success of a business.
    • Dedicated section for non-profits and social enterprises.

Additionally, the City of Waupaca and its surrounding area are home to a number of locally and Wisconsin based banks that can offer business services tailored to fit the needs of your business whether a start up, relocation, or expansion. In addition to viewing their presence in the Waupaca community, please view the links below to see what area banks might be able to offer to your business.