October is Women's Small Business Month 


Get WBE Certified!

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Find Resources to Start and Grow your Business


Western Dairyland Women's Business Center
     and watch for the 2017 Women's Business Conference

US Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Office

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center


2016 Proclamation from the Office of Governor Scott Walker proclaiming October is Women's Small Business Month in Wisconsin

To enlarge Proclamation or Poster




to the 2016 Governor's Trailblazer Award Recipients  

Photo by @2016 Bruce Fritz



Janey Brandt (Wauwatosa Day Care & Learning Centers)

Loriana Armstrong (Armstrong General Contracting)

Latrice Milton (Milton Family Law)

Lise Meyer Kobussen (Meyer Insurance Agency)

Joan Collins (Joan Collins Publicity)

Laura Groenier (Silver Leaf Design)



Rosemary Krause (Wauwatosa Day Care & Learning Centers)

Cheryl Treeland (Treeland Resorts)

Nan Zamdars (Nan M. Zamdars, Inc.)

Penny Myers for Carol Oxley (Target Corporation)

Governor Scott Walker

Mary Brazeau Brown (Glacial Lake Cranberries)

Peggy Coakley (Coakley Brothers)

Melanie Lichtfeld (Lichtfeld Plumbing)

Ann Schlaefer (Schlaefer Optometrists)

Bela Roongta (belabela)

Laura Gallagher (The Creative Company) 

Trailblazer Homepage  

The Women's Council is Wisconsin's statutory commission on the status of women and girls.

Next meeting of the Women's Council

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
10:30AM * Wisconsin State Capitol

With a broad mandate, the agency's program agenda is set by a 15-member Women's Council appointed by the Governor and Legislative Leaders. The 2015-2016 agenda is focused on:

Human Trafficking
the Council is undertaking this new priority work for 2015-2016

Ongoing programs include

Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
& Women in Manufacturing

Women's Business Ownership
programs, resources and best practices 

Financial Literacy for Women
programs, resources and best practices 

Status of Women

For more information on the board, mission and history of the Council, see About Us.

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