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A weekly summary of Business Development News from across Wisconsin. These articles are compiled by the Department of Administration Office of Business Development. To suggest an article, story idea,  or link call The Office or Email Nancy. We also maintain links to many of the Business Development resources you may need at FutureWisconsin.com.
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DOA Unveils Revamped Website, New Logo
MADISON - The Department of Administration (DOA) announces the launch of its redesigned website, doa.wi.gov.  The modernized site includes navigation which makes it easier for users to find information and connect with DOA services. The updated site is mobile responsive, allowing taxpayers to access content from tablets and mobile devices.  The new design is also more cohesive with many other state agency websites, including the Wisconsin.gov state portal.

“It is important that the taxpayers and governmental bodies we serve are able to efficiently find the information they are looking for,” Secretary Scott Neitzel said.  “The mobile responsive design of our revamped website increases the effectiveness and efficiency of our operations.  We are excited about the improved user experience of the website and the new look of DOA.”

Popular DOA website resources include:

    State Biennial Budget Documents
    State Construction Projects
    General Procurement Bids and Proposals
    Economic Development Grant Information for Local Governments
    Office of Business Development
  
With the launch of the revamped website, DOA also unveiled a new logo. The new logo has begun appearing on our electronic items, such as websites, electronic letterhead, and newly acquired business cards.  It may take some time to fully decommission DOA’s previous logo, as we will efficiently use remaining resources that display the old logo.

Additionally, the DOA Division of Personnel Management launched dpm.wi.gov, in conjunction with DOA’s launch, to build a more robust site and accommodate the human resource shared service responsibilities established under the 2017-19 state budget.  The resources will continue to be developed as human resource shared services are implemented. 

The website and logo were developed through a partnership with the Wisconsin Interactive Network, LLC.

About Wisconsin Interactive Network
Wisconsin Interactive Network is part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies. Its focus is accelerating the number of online services available to Wisconsin citizens and businesses through the state’s official portal, Wisconsin.gov.
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Notes From the Office of Business Development.
As we close out the year, we want to thank you for the opportunity to speak to your organization, to be a resource or provide assistance to you and express our deep appreciation of your gratitude for our efforts. We look forward to doing more of the same and wish you prosperity & growth in 2018!

Business news includes information on Broadband Expansion Grants, Tourism Grant Training as well as DNR grant opportunities.  Learn more about the Supply Chain Marketplace, and the recently signed bill that will bring growth & production of Industrial Hemp back to Wisconsin. The Governor also signed bills supporting Veterans. Follow the links provided for more information.

A business driven request (for change) that came through this office was accepted and recently announced. Our thanks to the business owner who hires apprentices for bringing this idea forward. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance & The Department of Workforce Development announced a program change that allow Workers Compensation Premium Credits for hiring apprentices.

Have a new business idea? Consider entering the Governor’s Business Plan Contest (applications due Jan 31, 2018.)

Take a winter break and attend the First Lady’s Wellness Weekend (Jan 19-21, 2018.)

And something from the Department of Financial Institutions: A College & Career Readiness Guide.

Lastly, the Department of Administration has redesigned the website.  Let us know if you have any issues finding what you need.

Reach out if we can provide any assistance or to schedule a presentation in the new year!
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Governor Walker Announces $15 Million Available in Grants for Rural School Districts to Upgrade Technology
MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today announced the availability of $15 million for Technology for Educational Achievement (TEACH) Information Technology Infrastructure grants. The Department of Administration (DOA) is now accepting applications from eligible school districts. The Information Technology Infrastructure grants assist districts in acquiring the equipment and services necessary to build a modern infrastructure system.   ...more

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Making Wisconsin a workforce destination

Local business leaders talk attracting millennials, veterans

WAUKESHA — With industries facing tough waters recruiting qualified employees, local business leaders gathered Friday morning at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center to talk about how best to attract millennials and other talent pools.

What they learned is that while there is no one-size-fits-all approach, the key is to get their story out to workers about what their workplace, and their community, has to offer.

Organized by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, the event featured a panel discussion with industry experts, and was capped by a keynote address by Tricia Braun.

The chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Braun gave the gathering a glimpse into the agency’s new marketing campaign aimed at attracting and retaining Midwestern millennials, alumni from the state’s universities, and veterans.

The WEDC has already earmarked about $1 million of its own funds to target those groups in Chicago, but Gov. Scott Walker has called on lawmakers to approve another $6.8 million to expand those efforts to other Midwestern cities, like Detroit and Minneapolis.   ...more

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Wisconsin creates benefit corporations, a new for-profit business entity
On Nov. 27, 2017, Gov. Scott Walker signed into effect 2017 Wisconsin Act 77, which creates a new category of Wisconsin corporation, the “benefit corporation.”  This new business entity provides an avenue for businesses to pursue profits and at the same time strive to fulfill a socially responsible mission...

What is a benefit corporation?...

Wisconsin benefit corporations...

What’s in store?...

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