Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions

Helping small businesses play a bigger role in building Wisconsin

State and local agencies are partnering together to help small and disadvantaged businesses play a bigger role in Wisconn Valley construction work.  A survey of small and disadvantaged businesses indicated two significant barriers to bidding for Wisconn Valley projects – lack of access to capital and lack of access to quality, trained job candidates.  

Wisconn Valley Small Business Capacity Building Sessions are designed to address the barriers to bidding most commonly identified by certified small and disadvantaged businesses and provide strategies and tools they can use to overcome those barriers.  At the sessions, attendees will learn about the following tools:

  • WHEDA Contractor Loan Guarantee program
  • City of Milwaukee Contractor Loan Fund
  • Racine County Revolving Loan Fund
  • DWD Wisconsin Fast Forward Grants
  • Pre-Apprenticeship & On-the-job training
  • DCF Transitional Jobs program

Capacity Building Sessions Dates/Locations:


​Friday, August 24, 2018: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Gateway Technical College
SC Johnson iMet Center
2320 Renaissance Blvd.
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Audience: Racine County-based Contractors, Certified Small and Disadvantaged Businesses, Related Lenders, Area Chambers of Commerce & other Business Associations.

The sessions are free, but registration is required.  Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CapacityBuildingWI to register.

The following partners will be available for questions and to share more information:

  • City of Milwaukee
  • Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
  • Legacy Redevelopment Corporation (LRC)
  • National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) – Wisconsin Chapter
  • Racine County
  • Racine County Economic Development Corporation
  • UMOS
  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)