Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2006
Secretary's Column
Mary P. Burke, Secretary
Mary P. Burke, Secretary

The Wisconsin Economy: Strong Prospects for Growth
As we enter 2007, Wisconsin's economy is strong and growing, and we can point with pride to many accomplishments. Read more.

Featured Articles
Commerce Ombudsman Helps Navigate Maze of Administrative Rules for Small Business Owners
More often than not, small business owners aren't aware of when state agencies write rules that affect them. Too often they find out about an administrative rule change after the fact, and, having missed the public hearing, simply have to live with an administrative rule change. Read more.

Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: One Small Business's Choice
Former Minnesotan shares his story about moving his business to Badger State. Read more.

State Shelter Subsidy Grant 2006 Provides Help for Homeless Throughout the State
The Bureau of Supportive Housing recently awarded $1,400,000 to 32 homeless provider agencies. The 32 awards incorporate the efforts of 42 agencies. Read more.

"Sprinkler" Hearing Set for December 21 in Madison
A public hearing on proposed rules under chapters Comm 14 and Comm 60 to 66 relating to the Fire Prevention Code and the Commercial Building Code will be held on December 21. Read more.

Wisconsin MBE Wins Top National Award
Jacqueline Moore Bowles, President and CEO of MBE-certified Creative Marketing Resources was on hand Wednesday, November 1 to receive the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc.'s highest award. Read more.

Also In This Issue
Additional Training on Chapter COMM 47 Offered

CBED Applications Now Available

Commerce Grant Helps Town of Bell Create New Full-Access Community Center

Commercial Building Code Class in Milwaukee

Commerce Reps Meet With Fire Victims in Sharon

Commerce Seeks Wisconsin Partners for EntrepreneurshipWeek USA

Construction-Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Issues Clarified

Former SBDC State Director Erica Kauten Wins Ernst & Young Supporter of Entrepreneurship Award

Governor's Conference on Economic Development Set for February 7-9 at Monona Terrace

Governor's New Product Award Search is On

Holiday Events and Displays in the State Capitol

Holiday Tours of Wisconsin's Executive Residence to Begin December 7

Inc. Magazine Announces Search for the 5,000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America

International Trade Team Works for You

Making Sure Skiing is Safe in Wisconsin

National SBIR Conference Helped Entrepreneurs Learn to Compete Effectively for Federal Funding

PECFA Hydrogeologist Gena Larson Presents at Navy Technology Seminar

PECFA Training Registration Reminder

State Shelter Subsidy Grant 2006 Provides Help for Homeless

Trade Missions Offer Business Opportunities Throughout the World

Used Remedial Equipment List Defunct

WIFrontDoorHousing is on the Move!

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