Milwaukee Small Business Resources

Bonnie Atkinson

Small Business

Well, there's nothing like a global pandemic to expose the inefficiencies within your business. So now's the time to trim the fat, without jeopardizing your future – swapping out that crispy bacon in your Sunday-brunch bloody for a leaner, turkey version.

Streamlining your business doesn't mean cutting out every calorie though. It's simply being intentional about the services your business is consuming and making sure they're adding value to your bottom line.

As small businesses, we need to focus on what we're good at and outsource anything other people can do better. Partnering with the right professionals saves us money in the long run, and, more importantly, gives us time to focus on bringing in more revenue.

Let's use this time to reevaluate our strengths, identify our weaknesses, and build more efficient businesses. For some, this may mean partnering with a strategist or coach, finally outsourcing the bookkeeping, using the downtime to rebrand, or working with an agency to craft a powerful digital marketing strategy to reach all of the consumers now comfortably sat on their couches.

To help get you started, we've compiled an initial list of local resources to help you regroup and grow.

Accounting Services

Banking & Finance

Branding & Graphic Design Services

  • GGMM. Help brands activate strategies and campaigns that command attention and turn audiences into relationships and businesses into leaders.
  • Great Impressions. Graphic design and digital printing for businesses and consumers.
  • Jennie Quinn. Specializes in trends, design, and branding.
  • Liz Martin Creative. Specializes in branding, web design, marketing, and creative services.
  • Lone Shoe Graphics. Provide graphic design services to promote good, not goods.
  • Odvant Creative. Provide worry-free branding and outcome-focused fun.
  • Shelby Design Co. Design branding and websites for small businesses.
  • Strozinsky Design. Help brands reach their audience with smart, engaging and inspiring design.

Business Advisors, Coaches & Strategists

Community Organizations & Social Groups

  • BizStarts. From small stores to scalable start-ups, they provide the tools and resources that clear the path to success.
  • Doyenne Group. Build entrepreneurial ecosystems that invest in the power and potential of women entrepreneurs.
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee. A private sector civic organization whose mission is to contribute to the cultural and economic base of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area.
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Helps individuals, families, and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community.
  • Imagine MKE. The convener, connector, and amplifier of the arts and culture community in the city.
  • Local First Milwaukee. Milwaukee-based business alliance made up of independent, locally-owned businesses and non-profit organizations.
  • MKEFund.org. Directory for donors to find and support local businesses located in Milwaukee County affected by COVID-19.
  • NEWaukee. A social architecture agency that designs memorable experiences that connect the people, places, and companies within a city.
  • Rev Collective. Curates collectives of like-minded women and non-binary individuals with similar career ambitions to address the opportunity gap that still exists for these professionals.
  • Scale Up Milwaukee - Elmer Moore. An initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, they host impactful events and accelerators designed to infuse growth into every corner and help spread inclusive economic prosperity.
  • TEMPO Milwaukee. A professional women's organization that connects its 425 members who hold CEO, executive, and senior leadership positions, with one another and the community.
  • Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. A strong, pro-fairness business community.

Digital Marketing & Content Strategists

  • Brainchild Studios. Provide digital content marketing and website creation for brands targeting millennial moms and nonprofits supporting women and girls.
  • CL Content Marketing. Help entrepreneurs and small businesses create content marketing strategies.
  • GGMM. Help brands activate strategies and campaigns that command attention and turn audiences into relationships and businesses into leaders.
  • Keystone Click. Produce real results through digital marketing and web design.
  • Laura Markz. Help you rapidly and efficiently grow a memorable, profitable, and scalable business leveraging the online space.
  • Mke Mktg Co. Help small businesses in greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin with Marketing services from strategic planning to execution.
  • Musso Creative. Provide marketing services for local small businesses, new entrepreneurs, and nonprofits.
  • STIR. Generates engagement throughout the marketing spectrum.
  • Wild Alchemy. Conduct research to help you stop guessing about what your brand stands for, how to make customers happy and what your ads should say.

Legal Services

  • Athena Legal Solutions. Offer businesses & non-profits an experienced legal advisor who can assist with a wide range of business, commercial, trademark, and other contractual legal matters.
  • Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP. Serve all of Wisconsin and have handled complex legal issues for more than 50 years.
  • Law Offices of Lindsey King. Specialize in small business law and provides a great newsletter with important updates on COVID-19 legislation and how it affects small businesses.
  • Melnick & Melnick, S.C. Counsel business clients and investors about preparing for the what ifs and supports local female business owners, both personally and professionally.

Social Media

  • Earnest Communication. Help businesses increase social media presence and organic growth.
  • Keystone Click. Produce real results through digital marketing and web design.
  • Margle. Provide creative expertise designed to deliver the right message, to the right people you want to reach, at precisely the right moment in time.
  • Musso Creative. Provide marketing services for local small businesses, new entrepreneurs, and nonprofits.
  • Socially Savvy+. Craft strategies to increase brand awareness, engage customers and boost sales through the power of social media.
  • STIR. Generates engagement throughout the marketing spectrum.

Photography & Video

  • Andrew Feller Photography. A commercial and editorial photographer with a special passion for portraiture.
  • BLNK Slate Media. Help personal brands and influencers grow through video content.
  • Chelsea Matson Photography. Photographer of the love and connection between humans with a focus on an honest depiction of you she photographs weddings, families, and small business owners.
  • Circle Pictures. Provide high-quality creative solutions to advertising agencies and brand leaders.
  • Margle. Provide creative expertise designed to deliver the right message, to the right people you want to reach, at precisely the right moment in time.
  • Mina George Films. Create custom videos for small businesses and real estate in Southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Seadog Creative. Specialize in video post-production - offering editing, sound design, and 2D animation services.

PR & Communications

  • Mueller Communications. Wisconsin's leading communications firm.
  • Think Tank. Embrace diverse perspectives to create innovative, relevant and impactful solutions for clients.

Website Design & Development

  • Brainchild Studios. Provide digital content marketing and website creation for brands targeting millennial moms and nonprofits supporting women and girls.
  • Coded Creative. Create WordPress themes and design templates for lifestyle bloggers and creative business owners (just like you) who are passionate about sharing their voice online and are ready to grow their brand with ease.
  • Dotted Design. Craft thoughtful solutions to make your brand thrive.
  • GGMM. Help brands activate strategies and campaigns that command attention and turn audiences into relationships and businesses into leaders.
  • Keystone Click. Produce real results through digital marketing and web design.
  • The Busy Bee. Provide custom Squarespace web design to help your business put its best online foot forward.

Do you have any recommended resources to add to the list? If so, please let us know! We're all about the locals (especially the local ladies!) and will continue to build out this list to connect our community.

Bonnie

Bonnie spent the first decade of her career in the UK where she earned her MBA, led the financial and operational planning of a multi-million dollar acquisition, and worked with executive teams to streamline business processes. Bonnie loves helping business owners earn the right to implement the fun stuff. Now back in her hometown of Milwaukee, she’s taking on the world of digital.

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