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Starting or Owning a Business

Ideal for a small business, this site includes basic business forms, templates, and checklists that you can download to your computer and customize to fit your needs.
For those wanting to start a business in Wisconsin, start here for resources from state agencies, programs, and information.
BusinessWeek's resource center for small business owners, with many useful sites.
"Assist[s] businesses in developing and thriving in Madison;" the Office of Business Resources (OBR) is the central point of contact for business assistance in the City of Madison. OBR services are geared to serve new start-up operations, corporate re-loc
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Advisory Council Online Resource.
Useful, official advice and resources for starting, financing, and managing a small business. The start-up kit and the business plan outline are especially useful.
Information about resources, classes, and the free Small Business Access Line.


Associations and Nonprofits (including grant opportunities)

Analysis and ratings of charities and nonprofit organizations. Includes a list of "Top Ten" and "4 Star" charities.
Includes hundreds of direct links to private, corporate, and public foundations, as well as information about foundations and grant seeking.
Though this site covers fewer charities than some other sites, the reports are detailed and provide financial information, history, and other information on charities and their work. Run by the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
A print and online collection of information related to grants for individuals or non-profits, housed at UW-Madison's Memorial Library.
Information on the programs and finances of more than 850,000 charities and nonprofits.
Offers a searchable directory of nonprofit web sites from 165 countries.


Company Research

Website providing access to corporate registrations in all 50 states
Provides patent information by subscription.
Short, informative profiles of major U.S. businesses and major industries. Fee-based services are usually clearly marked.
Find services, suppliers, and information about local business and demographics.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
A step-by-step process to finding free company information on the web, from company directories to public opinion.
Locate licensed businesses, partnerships, and companies in Wisconsin. Often referred to as the Corporate Registration Information Service (CRIS).
Find financial and annual reports on public companies.
Guide to a system of business classifications replaced by the NAICS.
Search the Thomas Register online by company name, brand name, product, or service. You'll get a brief profile for free. A librarian can provide a login and password in the library.



From the City of Madison Office of Business Resources. Includes key demographics and links to more.
Access information about the workforce for all Wisconsin counties, from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Classification codes for industries and occupations.
Neighborhood associations, plans, businesses, profiles, and maps.



The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is more than 1,400 businesses who support each other and work together as a strong voice for enlightened economic growth in the region.
A joint effort of the Wisconsin Dept. of Commerce and several other agencies, the site provides "contact information for trade offices as well as U.S.-based consulates, trade commisions and chamber of commerce for more than 75 countries."
Annotated, commercial guide to marketing resources.
Business school information from the UW-Madison campus, as well as other selected links.