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Business Help Directory Now Available
Sen. Lassa’s guide features dozens of federal, state and local resources
 
Madison A guide to more than a hundred contacts for assistance to Central Wisconsin businesses is now available, State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) announced today.
 
The Business Help Directory, published by Sen. Lassa, lists a wide variety of public, private, non-profit and educational organizations that offer services to businesses.  The directory is newly updated for 2012, and is available at no cost by contacting Sen. Lassa’s office.
 
“It’s amazing how many groups there are out there that help people start or grow a business—everything from help creating a business plan, research and development, registrations and trademarks, regulatory assistance, locating investors, employee training, and financial help,” Lassa said. “But businesses can’t take advantage of these programs if they’re not aware they exist.  The idea of the Business Help Directory is to link businesses to the agencies and groups that can help their companies thrive.”
 
One feature of the Business Help Directory is a breakdown of the new divisions and contacts at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the public-private corporation created this year to replace the state Department of Commerce.  “If you have questions about what WEDC is doing or who to contact for help, the Directory will steer you in the right direction,” Lassa said.
 
“Many people are responding to a change in their employment status by starting their own businesses,” Lassa said.  “I hope the Business Help Directory will let these new entrepreneurs know they don’t have to go it alone, and help them find the expertise and assistance they need to be successful.”
 
Individuals can get a copy of the Business Help Directory by contacting Sen. Lassa at (800) 925-7491, emailing her at sen.lassa@legis.wi.gov, or writing her at P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707.  An electronic version can be downloaded from Sen. Lassa’s website at lassa.senate.wi.gov.