Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs Welcome

Madison is where innovators launch their ideas and leaders find their footing. The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce wants to help you get started on the right path to launch your business venture. We have access to countless resources to help you take the first step toward your dream.

(608) 256-8348

UW-Madison Small Business Development Center

Questions along the journey toward business ownership? The UW-Madison Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can provide the answers you need. Its free answer line will get you started to grow your business. It also has a range of business courses.


Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit

Everything an innovator wants and needs in one spot. The Wisconsin Technology Council’s Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit is an extensive set of resources for entrepreneurs seeking to establish and build their businesses.

(608) 442-7557

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Small business owners this is the resource for you. Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development organization providing business education and financing to Wisconsin entrepreneurs and small business owners — both men and women — with “an emphasis on women, people of color and people of lower wealth and incomes.”

(608) 257-5450


Experience is invaluable. That’s why the advice from SCORE is priceless. SCORE is a group of retired executives dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Its business counselors are available free of charge to provide support and guidance to prospective entrepreneurs.

(608) 441-2820

Chamber Resources

Business Directory

Business Directory

What Others Have Said

  • Kudos to the Chamber and the Small Business Advisory Council for the creation of the Road Construction Survival Guide. It connects the affected businesses with the city departments and the construction company in charge. The regular meetings and contact with the correct people makes a huge difference in coping.

    Teena Browder, Cork ‘n Bottle
  • My small business has a voice in local politics with the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, I have a voice here. We’re all business people and we look at the bottom line. The return on investment from my Chamber membership and the advocacy it provides is far above what I get from other organizations.

    Tim Lightner, Owner, Two Men and a Truck
  • The Chamber has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of the local business community, and to create and preserve the conditions that allow businesses to thrive, for the good of the entire community. I can think of no organization that is better equipped to guide us through this time than the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, and we all owe it our full support, to our mutual benefit.

    David Stark, President, Stark Company Realtors
  • The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce has been an excellent resource for my small business. The Chamber provides multiple channels for business awareness, networking opportunities and helpful educational programs. Being a member of the Chamber has really made a difference in helping expand my business visibility, growth and development in Dane County.

    John Vardallas, CAE, Founder/CEO, The American BoomeR Consulting Group