St. Ann Center to Host Free North Side Business Incubator
Apply by Aug. 16 to get help with a start-up or expansion
If you’ve got a unique business idea, apply now for the North Side Business Incubator to get from planning to profitability. The free incubator will be Thursday, Aug. 31, at St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus, 2450 W. North Ave.
Planned by Ald. Russell W. Stamper II, St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care and the North Avenue Marketplace Business Improvement District (BID) 32, the incubator is designed to provide resources and advice to people looking to start or expand their own business in the 15th Aldermanic District (53205, 53206 and 53210 ZIP codes).
“This is a chance to bring your business idea directly to the people who can make it a reality,” says John Jansen, St. Ann Center vice president of Grants, Community & Capital Development. “We call this a business incubator because we are committing to a full year of providing everyone with ongoing support throughout their journey to success.”
All participants will have a chance to meet one-on-one with Ald. Stamper, business coaches and investors to discuss their ideas. They’ll get step-by-step guidance to help write or enhance a business plan and the opportunity to network with city officials, mentors and other business hopefuls, plus a certificate of completion. After-event support will include invitations to other business start-up and investor group meetings, direction to online resources and more.
This is the third North Side Business Incubator held at St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus Campus since the campus opened two years ago in the 15th District. Past participants will describe how the event helped them successfully establish and grow their businesses; one plans to offer other entrepreneurs an opportunity to join a collective of small businesses ranging from plant nursery management to a café and artisan craft shops.
Also on hand will be representatives from the city, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, Milwaukee Black Business, African American Chamber of Commerce, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Small Business Development Center and other experts.
“Thanks to the first two incubators, four businesses are on their way to opening up in the 15th District,” Ald. Stamper says. “This is bringing growth and economic development to our inner city. We will continue to make progress until our corridors are filled with vibrant activity and businesses that support and employ locally. I look forward to working with all entrepreneurs interested in building the 15th District.”
Printed questionnaires can be picked up at the Bucyrus Campus. For more information on the business incubator, email or call John Jansen at (414) 977-5031.
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