Business

VETERANS
MEAN
BUSINESS

Military veterans play a vital and critical role in Wisconsin’s economy. Available data shows veterans own more than 55,000 businesses in Wisconsin while a new generation of veteran entrepreneurs are forming businesses across the state. Wisconsin's estimated military-affiliated population totals more than 2 million, all consumers looking to patronize veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses.

  • 9% U.S. Businesses Owned by Veterans
  • 10.8% Wisconsin Businesses Owned by Veterans
  • 22% Veterans Creating Businesses
  • 70% Consumers Preferring to Buy From Veteran Owned Businesses

GROW YOUR BUSINESS

Whether you’re a veteran looking to start a business or you want to market products and services to military-affiliated consumers, our events and programs can help you reach your goals. Our mission is your success.

RESOURCES

Resource Directory

We have assembled a directory of resources for entrepreneurs and business owners. Find the guidance you need to start and grow your business.

Guide to Starting a Business

Looking for a step by step guide? You can find it with the Veteran’s Guide to Starting a Business.

Discounts

Our members qualify for dozens of discounts, promotions, and cost savings opportunities. Save money by becoming a member

EVENTS

MORNING FORMATION

Our Morning Formation events feature workshops and presentations from business leaders and experts.

CHAMBER MUSTER

Our Morning Formation events feature workshops and presentations from business leaders and experts.

WISCONSIN VETERANS BUSINESS CONFERENCE

The Wisconsin Veterans Business Conference brings together veteran business owners, veteran friendly businesses, and corporate leaders to recognize the contributions veterans make to Wisconsin’s economy and our communities.

The conference includes:

  • Wisconsin Veterans Business Expo featuring veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses, as well as resource providers from across Wisconsin
  • Breakout sessions offering information on business ownership, supplier diversity, real estate, health care, and more.
  • Wisconsin Veterans Business Awards Luncheon featuring speakers and leaders in Wisconsin's veteran business community

 

PROGRAMS

PROUD TO SERVE YOU

Our “Proud to Serve You” campaign promotes our veteran business community across the state. Explore our business directory to find a veteran owned or veteran friendly business near you.

 

COMMAND POST

The Command Post is Wisconsin’s only business accelerator program exclusively dedicated to veteran entrepreneurs. Located at Ward 4 in Milwaukee’s historic Pritzlaff Building, the Command Post offers veteran-entrepreneurs the resources, information, and support they need to successfully grow their businesses.