Supporting Workforce Development

We support Wisconsin communities by helping identify strategies that will open up opportunities for individuals to find gainful employment.

Wisconsin Child Care Business Initiative

Affordable, reliable, high-quality child care is an essential part of thriving communities.  Explore our work supporting child care community child care needs.

Entrepreneurs In Training Partnership

Entrepreneur in Training Partnership, in collaboration with Defy Ventures, is an online Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for formerly incarcerated future business owners.


Homegrown is a program focused on building and strengthening your local entrepreneurial network.  It is a joint effort between the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension, and the University of Missouri, Division of Extension. Homegrown can be tailored to community members or professionals with a shared interest in learning about entrepreneurship. The program offers:

  • Facts about entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and why they are important.
  • A close look at the local entrepreneurial community.
  • The opportunity for participants to identify the local entrepreneurial network.
  • Strategies to build network relationships.
  • Guest entrepreneurs sharing about their business and support network.

Our Work

WIndicators Volume 5, Number 5: Understanding and Mobilizing the Potential of Entrepreneurs of Color in Wisconsin 
Pandemic Fad or Here to Stay? Impacts of Remote Work on Employees, Businesses and Communities
2022 Northwoods Economic Development Summit
A Broader Vision of Quality of Life as Economic Development Policy
The Rise Of Entrepreneurship During the Pandemic
Rural Innovation Report

Latest News & Updates

Econ Quiz: Labor Force Participation
Wisconsin’s housing shortage isn’t just a quality-of-life issue. It’s a workforce issue.
Higher Share of Wisconsin Employees Working from Home
Econ Quiz: Cost of Tuition
Pandemic Fad or Here to Stay? Impacts of Remote Work on Employees, Businesses and Communities
Apply Now – Community Economic Analysis for Rural Wisconsin Communities

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