St. Ann Center’s Free North Side Business Incubator

Contact: John Jansen

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).

Aspiring entrepreneurs are asked to fill out an online questionnaire about their idea at by Wednesday, Aug. 16.  Twenty participants will be selected from the entries.

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.