Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
March 2004
The New Bureau of Entrepreneurship (BOE)
Recognizing the important contribution of entrepreneurs to the Wisconsin economy, Governor Jim Doyle created a new Bureau of Entrepreneurship (BOE) in his economic strategy, Grow Wisconsin. Located at the Wisconsin Department of Commerce’s Division of Business Development, the BOE serves as a one-stop shop, first point of contact for the state’s entrepreneurs. In addition to basic business start-up assistance, the bureau will also focus its efforts on nurturing high-potential, high-growth companies. Existing Commerce programs geared toward helping small businesses get started are included in the new bureau.

Bureau of Entrepreneurship Staff

Pam Christenson

Renee Lesjak Bashel
Clean Air Specialist

Tom Coogan
Clean Air Specialist

Carol Dunn
Acting Small Business Ombudsman

Aldeen Fjelstad
Business Specialist
Program Assistant

Cheryl Gain
Technology Development Consultant

Britton McKenzie
Business Specialist

Business Startup Assistance
The BOE helps business startups and existing companies by providing license and permitting information, environmental assistance and advocacy services through the agency’s toll-free helpline, the online Business Wizard, one-on-one consultations, workshops and publications.

Technology Development and Outreach
BOE encourages high technology businesses with potential for future growth to start-up, relocate, expand or develop new facilities in Wisconsin. A Technology Development Consultant provides technical assistance, consulting services and outreach to entrepreneurs. The Bureau also works with businesses interested in exploring federal research and development funding opportunities.

Through its cluster initiative, Commerce will target and support established and emerging industries creating quality, high-paying jobs. The BOE works with the 10 industry clusters identified by the state, including: biotechnology, dairy, food processing, information technology, medical devices, paper, plastic, printing, small engine manufacturing and tourism.

Several new publications are available from the Bureau of Entrepreneurship including An Entrepreneur’s Guide for Going into Business in Wisconsin, http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0606.html, Starting a Business in Wisconsin http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0712.pdf, and an updated women's business resource listing, http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0709.pdf.

For more information on the Bureau of Entrepreneurship, contact Pam Christenson (608) 267-9384 or pchristenson@commerce.state.wi.us.

--Pam Christenson

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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