Innovation Hot Topics

Affordable Care Act 101

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act or ACA) enacted comprehensive health insurance reforms designed to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. Learn what the law means for small businesses and self-employed business owners." [From the Small Business Administration]

Crowdfunding News and Articles

The pending final SEC regulations on equity crowdfunding will have significant implications on entrepreneurs and businesses trying to raise capital. Also included are articles on crowdfunding strategies and best practices under current laws.

Free Sources of Market Data

"The federal government offers many tools to help small business owners understand their markets, but where do go to find that data, and how do you use it once you’ve got your hands on it?" [From the Small Business Administration]

Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit

The Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit is a free collection of online resources including topics such as writing a business plan, finding money to support a venture, locating a business, and selling to the government. The toolkit also provides a directory of entrepreneurial networking venues.

Wisconsin Business Wizard

"The Business Wizard covers licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements for the State of Wisconsin. It also covers certain federal and local regulations." [From Wisconsin.gov]

State of Ingenuity Resource Library

View an extensive library of resources and articles to help start or grow your business. Private and commercial resources have been included in the Resource Library when the website appears to offer free information of value. State of Ingenuity SourceLink recommends that clients use wise consumer practices when purchasing a product or service

Innovation Spotlight

UW-Whitewater graduate, former Launch Pad Scholar, and successful entrepreneur Henry Schwartz is one of less than 18 percent of entrants in the Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest who have advanced to the semi-finalist round of the competition. Schwartz’s company MobCraft Beer, LLC is competing in the advanced manufacturing category—one of four contest categories. MobCraft brews beers based on the voting of its faithful customers. Consumers are even invited to submit their own ideas and recipes. The recipe receiving the most votes is brewed and shipped to the customer’s door. In addition to its ongoing success in the Business Plan Contest, MobCraft was recently voted the best new brewer in Wisconsin by ratebeer.com. 

MobCraft website

Governor’s Business Plan Contest Semi-Finalists

RateBeer.com Top Beers, Brewers, New Brewers by Sub Region