Economic and Small Business Resources

Local Resources

UW Extension – Ozaukee County

Please contact Nicole Sidoff, the UW-Extension Community Resource Development Educator in Ozaukee County, for assistance with finding resources for starting a new business or expanding an  existing business. Additionally, contact Ms. Sidoff if you are interested in being informed of periodic small business development programs and webinars offered by UW-Extension. Nicole Sidoff can be contacted by phone 262.284.8288, by email, or in person at the Ozaukee County Administration Center, located at 121 W. Main Street in Port Washington.

Village of Saukville – Community Development Department

This website has information about Saukville’s Industrial Park and the Dekora Woods Business Park. It also has information about Village incentives and assistance, such as the Revolving Loan Fund, the Village offers for small businesses in the area. The Village’s Community Development Authority also offers land in the business park at rates significantly below market value ($15,000/acre). The website also includes links to the Village’s Downtown Revitalization Plan, Broker Incentive Grant Program, and plan submittal and review requirements. Contact the Village of Saukville for additional information about its community development programs. The Village phone number is 262.284.9423.

Ozaukee County Multi-Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan: Economic Development Element

The Economic Development Element of the County Comprehensive Plan provides countywide information about the County’s labor force and economic base; new businesses and industries desired by the County; the County’s strengths and weaknesses with respect to attracting and retaining businesses; contaminated sites listed by municipality; and State and Regional economic development programs available to County business owners and entrepreneurs, including resources specifically dedicated to Brownfield remediation. Each municipality in the County also has individual Comprehensive Plans with information more specific to the local area. Contact the municipal clerk or community development director in the community in which your business is located for the local government comprehensive plan.

Ozaukee Economic Development (OED)

The Ozaukee Economic Development website has links for various State business incentive and assistance programs, as well as information about County assistance, such as the County Revolving Loan Fund. OED Executive Director Kathleen Cady Schilling is a good contact to make if you are looking for a business consultation, strategies for expanding your business or starting a new business, vacant office or industrial space within the County, or workforce development programs. Ms. Schilling can be contacted by email or phone 262.238.7730. The OED office is located in the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main Street in Port Washington.

BizStarts Milwaukee

BizStarts Milwaukee’s mission is to create a vibrant, innovative, and prosperous entrepreneurial business climate in the Milwaukee 7 region by inspiring, nurturing, connecting, and celebrating entrepreneurs and their companies. BizStarts has resources for all stages of entrepreneurship – from evaluating feasibility and market demand to planning to start up and running a business. The website has literature and pointers for small business owners, as well as a list of classes and events for small business owners and a listing of service providers in the Milwaukee 7 region. BizStarts has also partnered with the Small Business Development Center in Milwaukee to develop the Fast Trac Tech and mentoring program as part of the “Venture Track” initiative, which is intended to provide support and direction for high-growth, innovative companies.

Milwaukee 7

The Milwaukee 7 website has demographic information for each County in the seven county region, including Ozaukee County.  The website also has information about the Milwaukee 7 resource center, which is located in the We Energies headquarters in downtown Milwaukee at 231 W. Michigan Street. The center exists to support the mission of the Milwaukee 7 economic development collaboration to strengthen the economy of southeastern Wisconsin by attracting, retaining and growing companies and diverse talent. The Milwaukee 7 Resource Center provides interested parties with armchair access to information about prospective site locations, demographics, and the region’s cultural and leisure activities.


SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7. SCORE provides resources, templates and tools to assist entrepreneurs in developing tools and plans they need to navigate their way to small business success. SCORE representatives will provide free mentoring services upon request at a mutually agreed upon location in Ozaukee County. Call 414.297.3942 to set up an appointment.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education. The SBDC offers numerous classes throughout the year to help new and existing businesses improve performance and turn ideas into viable business concepts.  Each year, a “First Steps to Entrepreneurship” workshop is offered in both Ozaukee and Washington Counties.  The “Fast Trac“ Entrepreneur Training Course, which is a nine-week intensive course geared toward starting and growing a business, is also offered once per year in Ozaukee or Washington County. All other SBDC courses are taught at the UW-Milwaukee School of Continuing Education campus in downtown Milwaukee. Check the website for course offerings. The SBDC also runs the Wisconsin Business AnswerLine, which provides counselors to answer your small business questions from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. The AnswerLine number is 1.800.940.7232.

State Resources

Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD)

The Wisconsin Business Development Finance Corporation (WBD) was formed to assist small businesses in gaining access to capital in order to grow their businesses, provide job opportunities, and inspire their communities. The WBD provides the knowledge, service, and resources to foster economic development solutions that grow jobs, businesses, and communities. The WBD provides Small Business Administration 504 loans, which help small businesses secure long-term, fixed-rate financing. WBD also provides consulting and loan packaging services to banks and borrowers. The WBD office closest to Ozaukee County is located in Waukesha at W229 N1433 Westwood Drive, Suite 206. The Waukesha office phone number is 262.970.8533.

Wisconsin Business Wizard

The Wisconsin Business Wizard is a tool intended to help new business owners determine licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements; obtain necessary application forms; identify available state resources; and access other valuable business-related information.  The Wizard uses a five-page question and answer tool to create customized information to help entrepreneurs start and operate a Wisconsin-based business.  The site also has additional resources for starting or growing a business in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation – Business Development (WEDC)

*note – this web address may change as former WI Department of Commerce resources migrate to WEDC web addresses

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) offers a variety of resources for starting or growing your business. The WEDC website has information about a variety of technical and financial assistance programs, including technology business tax credit programs,  assistance for minority and women-owned businesses, and regulatory and advocacy assistance. Another WEDC resource is the “Area Development Managers,” who assist business expansions and promote business retention. Area Development Managers (ADM) use their knowledge of federal, state, and regional resources to provide a variety of information to expanding or relocating firms. They also mobilize resources to help struggling businesses. The Area Development Manager for the Ozaukee County area is Region Six ADM Mary Perry. Ms. Perry can be contacted at 414.302.2826 or

Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network (WEN)

The mission of the Wisconsin Entrepreneur’s Network (WEN) is to provide seamless access to the statewide network of entrepreneurial resources and expertise to create new ventures, help grow existing businesses, and move forward high potential entrepreneurs to enable Wisconsin to be competitive in a global economic environment.  Some of the resources WEN offers include up to two free hours of counseling from business lawyers; the Resource Connection, which provides connections with organizations that provide business assistance in the area; the “Entrepreneur@Work Digest,” which features content from business publications; and four grant opportunities – the Early Planning Grant, the Technology Assistance Grant, the Dairy 2020 Grant, and the Entrepreneurial Training Program Grant. WEN also offers the assistance of Regional Directors, who focus on the startup and growth of technology and other growth businesses that can become driver industries by providing: Expertise, coaching, and guidance; strategic connections to resources, information, human and financial capital, advisers, and potential strategic partners; and technology transfer assistance The Southeastern District, which includes Ozaukee County, Regional Director is Mr. David Linz. Mr. Linz can be contacted at 414.227.3106 or

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. WWBIC offers educational programs, small business loans, and individualized business assistance. The WWBIC is located at 2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Milwaukee. Call 414.263.5450 for additional information.

Federal Resources

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA website has information about SBA loans, disaster assistance, free online training courses, laws and regulations relating to small business, and a library of online resources. The closest Wisconsin District Office is located at 310 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Room 400, in Milwaukee. The phone number for the Milwaukee office is 414.297.3941.