March 23, 2021

Moving the Northwest Wisconsin Advantage Forward
We Already Have the Tool We Need to Get the Most Out of Federal Contractors

It’s called CPARS, and we’re just not using it the way we should. Government services have never been more essential to the American people than they are today. The need for the government to excel in meeting all of its responsibilities will persist given the challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, racial and social inequities, and other crises in the United States and around the world.
WI Supplier Diversity Program FY 2020 Annual Report

Big success for Wisconsin meeting it's MBE spend goal for the first time in six years and for the 5th time in the history of the MBE program!
Cybersecurity Agency Takes Over Management of .Gov Domain

The official domain for .gov websites shifted from the government’s landlord to the government’s central cybersecurity shop. Management of the internet domain reserved for government agencies and services—the .gov domain—has officially shifted from the government’s landlord to its cybersecurity agency.
*UPDATED!* Attention Self-Certified WOSB Firms!

The final day to retrieve your documentation from this site is March 31, 2021. After that date, this site will no longer support self-certified WOSB login or document retrieval, and all documentation will be archived according to SBA's Records Schedule under the Federal Records Act (44 U.S.C. 31).
Army Long-Range Acquisition FY2021 Forecasts

Long-Range Acquisition FY2021 Forecasts from USACE, AFC, AMS, and the U.S Army Medical Research and Development Command
Isabella Casillas Guzman has been confirmed as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration

Isabella Casillas Guzman has been confirmed as the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. On March 16, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Joe Biden’s nominee with broad bipartisan support, 81-17 votes as Administrator of the SBA. Guzman will represent the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and lead an agency committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient.
FAR Up Close Series
  • April 7, 2021 - FAR Clauses in Federal Construction Services
  • April 14, 2021 - FAR Regulations for Procurement of Architect Engineer Services
March 25, 2021
Please join us for a discussion on financial preparation, current programs and resources as well as government contract opportunities for Northwestern Wisconsin businesses.
Moving the Northwest Wisconsin Advantage Forward will be about making sure your business is financially fit BEFORE accepting additional funding or government contract and developing new market opportunities.
With lending changes and new lending programs due to COVID-19, if you want to take advantage of recovery lending from a traditional or public revolving loan fund to complete your contract obligation, you need to make sure your company is financially fit enough first. This session will cover pitfalls of taking a loan just because it seems the advantage is there, and having it cost you in the long run. Also, currently available government contracting opportunities will be highlighted – potentially a new and long term customer.
·    Shane Mahaffy, SBA Wisconsin District
·    Tammie Clendenning, SBA Wisconsin District
·    Heather Smith, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
·    Ken Pearson, Northwest Regional Planning Commission
·    Anna Ringstad, Indianhead Community Action Agency
·    Mark Dennis, Wisconsin Procurement Institute
This webinar is presented by the Small Business Administration, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, Indianhead Community Action Agency, and Wisconsin Procurement Institute.
Other News
  • Federal grant opportunity announced for Wisconsin nonprofit organizations facing security risks Read more
  • U.S. DOT Announces Latest Round of INFRA Grants Read more
  • DWD Launches Interactive Map Connecting Job Seekers to Critical Services  Read more
  • Are You a Milwaukee-area Growing Business? The Emerging Leaders Initiative is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities, including Milwaukee. This 100 hour training, held over seven months, is for CEO's of existing companies poised for growth and is recruiting now in the Milwaukee region. The class will start in April and will be held virtually. Learn more: Contact course coordinator Shane Mahaffy,, or visit
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