FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I get a grant to start my business?
Unfortunately, grants to start small businesses do not readily exist. Although it is possible, the chances of a for-profit business receiving a grant is highly unlikely. Both individuals and businesses set up foundations to provide grants for specific purposes. Many of them offer grants to individuals for educational purposes or for specific fields of research. Many offer grants to non-profit organizations. However, we are not aware of any foundations currently offering grants to individuals to start for-profit businesses. Generally, taxation laws prohibit foundations from granting money to for-profit businesses. To consider other, more practical options, please view our list of financing options.
Must I already have a business to receive help from the Western Dairyland Business Center?
The Western Dairyland Business Centers can offer assistance to individuals planning to start a business as well as individuals who need assistance in a business that is already in existence.
Who do the Western Dairyland Business Centers serve?
The Western Dairyland Business Centers serve individuals primarily in Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin & Trempealeau counties. Typically underserved populations including women, minorities, veterans, disabled and low-income individuals are targeted.
Is there a fee for services?
Counseling and training services are provided for no or low cost to individuals with qualifying incomes. Contact us for scholarship information.