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Entrepreneurial Business Resources

The Janesville Innovation Center (JIC) is open for business!

jvl-innovationbackThis 22,000 sq. ft. facility has 17,600 sq. ft. of production space divided into seven manufacturing suites.  These range from 450 sq. ft. to 5,400 sq. ft. The facility also has nine offices ranging in size from 178 sq. ft to 328 sq. ft. A conference and break room is also available to facility tenants. Monthly office rents include utilities, common area, Internet and office furniture.  Rents for manufacturing spaces include access to the common areas and Internet.  Utilities are separate for manufacturing bays 150, 170, and 190. For more information on the standard rates and fees check out the JIC leasing information webpage here

The Janesville Innovation Center has three leasing objectives.  One is to support start-up companies that have the capacity to create jobs and expand within the Janesville area. 

Office Hours  8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

2949 Venture Drive, the southeast corner of Beloit Ave. and Venture Dr.

Telephone (608) 206-7121

Meet the staff

Mike Mathews, Operations Manager

The second objective is to provide short-term space to existing companies for product or process development. The third objective is to provide space to companies that have decided to locate in Janesville and need temporary space while their facilities are being constructed or renovated.

The JIC facility is owned by the City of Janesville but managed by a non-profit entity named Janesville Innovation, Inc. (JII).  The JII Board of Directors is responsible for managing the internal workings of the JIC including tenant selection, finances, tenant technical assistance support and other administrative responsibilities. 


A statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises. Access the power of your university with Wisconsin SBDC Network professional business consultants. Get knowledge, tools and connections that work for you. Identify market opportunities and make informed decisions so you can build wealth.

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UW-Whitewater Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides business owners and entrepreneurs complimentary and confidential consulting services and educational programs. As a program of UW-Extension, regional experts coordinate the improvement and growth of mid-size and small businesses through education, referrals, tools and resources to help businesses grow and adapt.

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UW-Whitewater Innovation Center Business Research Services

The Wisconsin Innovation Service Center is a specialty center of the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center. As part of the statewide Wisconsin SBDC Network, WISC helps clients make informed decisions by providing research on market opportunities, customers and competition. Inventors can see the feasibility of a new product idea, identify licensing partners, and solve manufacturing and distribution challenges. Business owners gain competitive advantage through primary research results, helping them to grow and improve their companies.

To learn more, please visit the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center »

WI Entrepreneurs Start-up Toolkit

Entrepreneurs' Tool Kit LogoThe Entrepreneur’s Toolkit is designed to give innovators a guide to resources available in Wisconsin and beyond. Some of those resources have been available for years, if not decades; some are relatively recent additions to the toolbox and reflect Wisconsin’s commitment to building on its historically entrepreneurial culture and economy.  The WI Technology Council has created the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Toolkit website to provide business start-up assistance, networking contacts and technical resources. 

The WI Innovation Network is a community based network of professionals assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) provides workshops and financial assistance for female entrepreneurs in the Greater Madison, Greater Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Walworth Counties.  They offer over 400 workshops annually evenings, weekends, online and in many locations throughout the state.  Check out their class calendar!


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