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Resources for Businesses

  • Forward Janesville
    Promotes economic and community development in Janesville, Wisconsin.
  • Gale Courses (requires HPL library card)
    Free six-week-long online courses in subjects including: Accounting Fundamentals, QuickBooks, Business Analysis, Effective Selling, Creating a Successful Business Plan, Marketing on a Shoestring, Using Social Media in Business, Start and Operate Your Own Home-Based Business, Supply Chain Management, Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications
  • Gale Small Business Builder (funded by HPL)
    Get help planning and optimizing your business or nonprofit. Built for aspiring entrepreneurs and those with existing small businesses, it provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable you to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing your enterprise.
  • Lynda
    Classes focused on learning business, software and technology skills. Each class contains a series of online video lessons taught by industry leaders.
  • Rock County Development Alliance
    Information and resources for business development in Rock County.
    Resources, training opportunities, and access to a volunteer network of local mentors for active or start-up businesses.
  • UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center
    Free counseling services aimed at supporting growth and innovation for an existing business as well as providing training on how to start a business.
  • Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
    A business outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater WISC helps clients make informed decisions by providing qualitative research on market opportunities, customers and competition.

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Business Start-Up Information

  • SBA
    Business planning tools and services from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • US IRS Small Business
    Tax related publications, forms, filing requirements and reporting responsibilities for small businesses and self-employed individuals.
  • State of Wisconsin Business Services
    Provides information for business start-ups, statistics, state taxes, licensing and more.
  • WEDC – In Wisconsin
    Resources and services available to Wisconsin businesses, entrepreneurs, and investors
  • Wisconsin Technology Council
    An independent, non-profit, non-partisan board dedicated to the creation, development and retention of science- and technology-based businesses in Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation
    Business education and financing to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Find Prospects and Suppliers

  • Reference USA (requires HPL library card)
    Detailed information on more than 14 million US businesses - plus a U.S. residential search that acts like a nation-wide phone book, and a Lifestyles search showing consumers' purchasing habits. Build your list of prospects!
  • ThomasNet
    500,000+ manufacturers and industrial suppliers.

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