Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
July 2004
First comprehensive list of WI business incubators now available

People interested in starting or expanding a small business in Wisconsin may now find a business incubator that fits their needs from their home computers. The first comprehensive description of all of Wisconsin's business incubators is now available free of charge at CAP Services' www.vbi.biz in the Business Space/Support section. Incubators are listed alphabetically by county or can be found by pointing and clicking on a map of Wisconsin.

CAP's Project Coordinator Heidi Schueppel O'Brien said the site has been designed to be convenient and user friendly. The description of each incubator is presented in the same, consistent manner to allow viewers a quick comparison of features.

Each business incubator has its own mini-home page that includes: a description of services; how to become a tenant; a list of current clients/tenants; and, what's new.

Doug Thurlow, economic development specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, asked CAP Services to add the descriptions of Wisconsin's business incubators to its vbi.biz web site. Thurlow said CAP's Virtual Business Incubator (www.vbi.biz) is the logical site to meet the increasing demand for accurate, easily accessible information on Wisconsin's growing list of business incubators.

Thurlow also arranged for the Wisconsin Business Incubator Association to participate in the project. Funding for the project came from a $20,000 Wisconsin Department of Commerce Community Based Economic Development grant and matching funds from WBIA and CAP.

The incubator listing is free to WBIA members and at a nominal charge to non-members. A template design allows participating incubator personnel to enter and update their own information.

Launched in November 1999, the VBI provides a one-stop World Wide Web resource that offers comprehensive business start-up and expansion information 24-hours a day. It also includes a search function, and links to other business development organizations and agencies throughout the state. With more than 25,000 hits a month, the VBI has proven to be an invaluable resource for new and expanding small businesses.

-- Paul Jaeger, CAP Services
-- Lori Kohl, CAP Services

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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