of Economic Development Reorganized
Secretary Cory L. Nettles recently announced
the reorganization of the Division of Economic Development. This
reorganization should help Commerce operate more efficiently and
more effectively in this time of scarce state resources.
- Renames the division the Division of Business
Creates a new Bureau of Entrepreneurship;
Consolidates the Bureaus of Business Development
and Business Finance; and
Transfers the Bureau of Manufacturing Assessment
to the Division of Safety and Buildings.
Renames the Division
The entire department is in the business of economic
development. The new name more accurately reflects the mission
of the division and its focus on private-sector companies.
Creates a New Bureau
Wisconsin needs more entrepreneurs to build the next
generation of employers, and Gov. Doyle has made the promotion
of entrepreneurship one of the focuses of his Grow Wisconsin initiative.
As a result, Commerce has created a Bureau of Entrepreneurship
to house the Departmentís initiatives to nurture high-potential
entrepreneurial companies and to help small businesses, entrepreneurial
or otherwise, navigate state and federal regulations. The bureau
Conduct outreach to emerging technology
companies in the state, serving as a conduit between them
and state, federal, and private sector resources, including
those offered by Commerce.
Operate an expanded program to help Wisconsin
firms win federal research grants such as those offered through
the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.
Help small, often entrepreneurial, Wisconsin
businesses locate resources and navigate the state bureaucracy
though the existing small business help line, expanded Internet
resources, and direct case work.
Help self-identified clusters of high-potential
businesses conduct joint activities.
Consolidates the Bureaus
of Business Development and Business Finance
These two bureaus work hand-in-glove on almost all
development projects that come before the agency. Both have experienced
significant staff reductions, and consolidating them will reduce
overhead and promote operational efficiency.
Transfers the Bureau
of Manufacturing Assessment to the Division of Safety and Buildings
This bureau, formerly part of the Division of Marketing,
administers the WiSCon program, which offers safety consultation
services to Wisconsin companies under contract with OSHA. Since
the Division of Safety and Buildings offers similar consultation
services to public sector entities in Wisconsin, the bureau will
be transferred to the Division of Safety and Buildings.
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