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BUSINESS PLANNING AND COUNSELING
- BizStarts Milwaukee
BizStarts Milwaukee offers multiple resources for starting a business, all in one place. These resources include a comprehensive library, getting started guidance, classes throughout the seven county region, assistance for fast growing, innovative companies, and public and private service technical assistance providers.
- City of Milwaukee Office of Small Business Development
The City of Milwaukee gives assistance to women- and minority-owned small businesses in obtaining government contracts. Eligible businesses must complete a certification process.
SCORE provides free business consulting, business plan templates, business management training, financial planning, small business loans and more.
- Milwaukee Public Library’s Business Resources
The Milwaukee Public Library’s provides online resources and search assistance on a variety of business topics.
- UW-Milwaukee Small Business Development Center
The SBDC works with entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable business concepts and help established business improve performance.
- Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network
The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network offers entrepreneurs access to a statewide network of resources and expertise.
- Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation provides educational and technical resources, as well as access to capital for entrepreneurs.
BUSINESS PLANNING SOFTWARE
- Business Plan Pro
Business Plan Pro will save you time, money, and create a professional business plan that will impress investors and lenders. This software offers 500+ sample business plans, financial forecasting made easy, and expert advice.
- Contract Comestibles
Are you an innovator or a marketer, in need of a producer? Many companies large and small have products they sell but don’t want to or can’t make themselves. Contract Comestibles can pack your product according to your formula, on their equipment or yours, short term or long.
COMPOSTING & WASTE DIVERSION
- Compost Crusader LLC
A woman-owned small business, assisting for profit and non profit organizations assess and achieve their waste diversion goals. Focusing on food waste diversion, Compost Crusader LLC can help with overall sustainability practices and planning/implementation of near zero waste events of all sizes. Contact Melissa Tashjian, President with questions.
- WCTC Small Business Center Classes (Waukesha Community Technical College)
Starting and growing a small business is about combining your courage and dreams with the right knowledge. The WCTC Small Business Center helps you acquire that knowledge through a wide variety of affordable classes, services, events, and more. How to Start a Food Business: Learn from an experienced food entrepreneur the step-by-step process of starting a business, including licensing/permitting requirements, health regulations, logistical/legal issues, packaging/labeling guidelines, commercial kitchen rental options and much more. Cost: $17.09
- WWBIC Classes (Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp.)
As a statewide organization, WWBIC works with both women and men by offering relevant business classes, business loans up to $100,000, assistance with your personal financial management, and connections to people who can make things happen. View Upcoming Classes here >>
- DATCP Webinar Archives (Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection)
The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin workshops provide producers with an affordable opportunity to learn technical assistance skills from regional experts and peers in a classroom setting. Archived videos of workshops are posted on this website by topic: Financial, Marketing, and Rules, Regulations and Requirements.
- DATCP Labeling Information (Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protections)
Food labeling requirements fall under state and federal regulation. This page offers general and specific information on labeling a food product, guidelines for specific labeling, and frequently asked questions with answers.
- Bar Codes Talk
Bar Codes Talk offers the lowest prices on bar codes with immediate access to your purchase.
- Living Cookbook
Easy to use, Window program for nutrition/ingredient labeling and much more. Free trial available.
- Online Labels.com
- Free Nutrition Label Generator
Use this free nutrition fact label generator to create your nutrition labels today, or learn more about how to obtain nutrition facts for your products. It’s as easy as Click. Print. Stick.
- Free Barcode Generator
With this free Barcode Generator, you can choose from 9 different barcode types. Create unique barcodes for products, inventory control, mailings and much more. Large selection of barcode labels also available to order.
- Free Nutrition Label Generator
Easy nutrition analysis, nutrition fact labels, ingredient lists, recipe costing, and recipe management. All in the cloud and for a reasonable price.
- SF Analytical Laboratories
Located in New Berlin, WI, SF Analytical Laboratories has been providing lab services to the Food and Agricultural industry since 1966. Their Food Chemistry department performs a complete range of chemistry, nutrition, allergen (ELISA), R&D and quality control services for leading food processors and manufacturers. All analyses are performed by offical methods and conform to FDA and USDA standards.
LICENSING, PERMITS, AND FOOD SAFETY
- DATCP (Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protections)
DATCP serves the people of Wisconsin to assure safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices.
- Farmers Market Permit (Temporary Event Food Dealer License)
A permit is required of every person selling food at a farmer’s market in the City of Milwaukee.
- Food Dealer License
A license is required of every person, partnership, association or corporation that manufactures, offers for sale, stores, distributes or sells food in the City of Milwaukee.
COMMERCIAL KITCHENS & INCUBATORS
- Farm Market Kitchen
520 Parkway Ave. | Algoma, Wisconsin 54201| 920-421-0995
The Farm Market Kitchen Incubator located in Algoma is a shared-use food processing business incubator and food heritage center. It functions as a community-based economic development project serving the Northeast Wisconsin region. Primarily serving Brown, Door, Manitowoc and Kewaunee counties it is also working with tenants/businesses from Wisconsin and surrounding states.
- Innovation Kitchens
PO Box 108 | Dodgeville, Wisconsin 53533 | 608-577-7546
The Innovation Kitchen provides small-batch food processing of quality local foods for businesses, organizations, and food artisans. We provide a safe and cost-effective way for new food entrepreneurs to enter the market and build their new business. Contact Rick Terrien (CEO/Co-Founder) at 608-577-7546 or at email@example.com.
- KASANA Collective Kitchen
241 N. Broadway | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 | 414-224-6158
A certified, spacious, food-processing facility. The KASANA Kitchen includes cooking, preparation areas, as well as a cooler, freezer, dry storage area, and a dishwashing room. In addition the Participant will have access to the loading dock which lands in the kitchen for ease of use. Participants can rent out the work areas at an hourly rate based on the number of hours rented per month. This is a shared kitchen so multiple Participants may be working in the space at one time.
- Kitchen Incubator
234 W Main St Ste 8 | Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
Cooking Incubator, LLC is a boutique kitchen incubator where you can cook, bake, or bottle your food in a licensed commercial kitchen in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Rent by the hour to create your specialty food items for farmers markets, street fairs, coffee shops, or sale to the general public
- the Kitchen (McBob’s Pub & Grill)
Fully licensed kitchen availabel for rent by the hour or at a weekly & monthly package rate. 1300 sq feet of space with stainless steel work tables, 6 burners, 3 ovens, 2 alto shams. Walk-in cooler and dry storage space is also available for rent.
- Lilly Works – Nana’s Kitchen Space Rentals (Commercial Services of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin)
505 Northview Road | Waukesha, WI | 262-953-2263
Nana’s Kitchen Rental is a cost-effective solution for culinary entrepreneurs! Food trucks, caterers and small batch producers can all benefit from using our space. We provide a fully licensed, professionally equipped commercial kitchen with state-of-the-art cooking and processing equipment. With construction completed in June 2014, you can be confident everything is in top operating condition. We also have two “Clean Rooms” where you can package your food products for distribution. If you value your time and would rather be out selling your product, we have options where we can produce and/or package your specialty items. Call Larry Millard at (262) 953-2263 for more information, pricing and room arrangements.
- MKE Kitchens
531 E Keefe Ave. | Milwaukee, WI 53212 | Kathy Papineau @ 414-687-1500
The kitchen is equipped with: two – twelve foot hoods, two – 6 burner stoves – one under each hood – a 36 ” charbroiler, a 40 gallon tilt braising pan, a 30 gallon dbl jacketed steam kettle, and a double stack bank of convection ovens. There are two prep sinks, 4 hand washing sinks, a dishwasher and garbage disposal and composting available.
- MLK – EDC (Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp.)
Coming Soon! MLKEDC will begin building a commercial/incubator kitchen in the coming months. This space will be available to rent out for production and storage, and will be fully equipped.
- Recipe For Success: HALO’s Kitchen Incubator
2000 DeKoven Ave. | Racine, Wisconsin 53403 | 262-676-2317
Offers a fully outfitted kitchen open 24 hours a day. The cost to use the kitchen space is as low as $10.00 per hour for small business start-ups. Fees for larger businesses are competitive with other kitchen incubators in the SE Wisconsin/NE Illinois area. Guidance for start-up businesses in getting their kitchen license (required to use Recipe for Success) is also provided.
- USPTO (The United States Patent and Trademark Office)
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution.
PAYMENT PROCESSING (Point of Sale & Internet)
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