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WWBIC to open new office in north central Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WBBIC) will open a new regional office in North Central Wisconsin to better serve the state’s Indigenous communities, according to a press release.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of 17 new women’s business centers around the country, with one in Wisconsin through WWBIC. The new office will be located in Hayward, Wisconsin, with the intention to reach native communities better to offer more support in their businesses.

“We’re so grateful for our continued growth through SBA programs and support and thrilled to be opening a new women’s business center,” Wendy K. Baumann, President and Chief Visionary Officer at WWBIC said in a statement. “This will allow us to further work in partnership with our state’s tribal communities in the northern part of Wisconsin, bringing our training and technical assistance services closer to where the residents of these communities live and want to start or grow their small businesses.”

The SBA has seen continuous highlights throughout the Biden Administration as he toured the state. The SBA has seen a historic increase in small businesses filings with women, especially women of color, at double the rate of men around the U.S.

The new WWBIC regional center plans to open the office in Hayward with a full opening in the third quarter of this year. It currently holds offices in Appleton, Kenosha and Racine, La Crosse, Madison and its headquarters in Milwaukee.