Business Resources

All around Madison and its surrounding communities, you will find people wanting to help you succeed. The Madison area has a wide variety of resources available to assist entrepreneurs and early stage businesses as well as existing companies. Find help to take your business to the next level!

Help for entrepreneurial and early stage businesses

License and Patent Assistance

  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation patents the discoveries of UW-Madison researchers and licenses these technologies to companies in the state and worldwide.
  • Wisconsin TechSearch is a fee-based information outreach program. Online literature, patent and trademark searches are available.
  • WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc. manages intellectual property of the UW system. WiSys attracts innovative ideas, manages patents and licenses technologies to generate income to support research.

Help for existing businesses

  • Local Area Chambers of Commerce offer a wide variety of resources and programs to the businesses in their community.
  • PeerSpectives are peer-to-peer business groups composed of eight to 12 noncompeting business owners that gather for confidential sharing of experiences and challenges. It's an opportunity for CEOs, presidents and business owners to receive timely insights from experienced peers and unbiased knowledgeable feedback to help grow their already established companies.
  • UW E-Business Consortium (UWEBC) members validate strategies and achieve operational excellence through the consortium's peer-to-peer learning among leading Wisconsin companies. Resources are open and available to executives and managers of member companies. UWEBC focuses its efforts on marketing, IT, supply chain management, customer service and sales operations.
  • UW-Madison Family Business Center helps family business owners, their families and employees maintain profitable businesses and successfully transfer control by offering informative programs and access to top professional expertise.
  • UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations helps businesses access university resources.
  • UW-Madison Small Business Development Center provides programs, counseling and education to help small-businesses start up and grow.
  • Wisconsin Executive MBA Program gives experienced, high-potential professionals an opportunity to earn an advanced degree in just over 20 months without career interruption.
  • Wisconsin Manufacturers Extension Partnership provides expert and accessible services in the areas of growth and innovation, continuous improvement, training, export assistance, supply chain management and profitable sustainability to manufacturers in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin's Minority Business Enterprise Program helps certified minority-owned companies sell their products and/or services to the State and its agencies. Lists minority-owned firms by county.
  • Wisconsin Procurement Institute helps Wisconsin businesses learn how to win federal, state and local government contracts.