Monday, July 26, 2010

Madison College Offers Training on Working with the Federal General Services Administration (Madison College)

The Business Procurement Assistance Center of Madison Area Technical College is hosting two seminars entitled, "Introduction to GSA Schedules Program" and "GSA Solicitations - Responding to Requirements" at the Madison College's Fort Atkinson Campus on August 17th. Each year more and more federal buyers use General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules to do their buying. Businesses can learn more about GSA by attending one or both of these seminars. These two seminars are recommended for commercial goods/services businesses.

Attached you will find a news release for the event along with a flyer that provides more details and registration information for the events. Hopefully you will share with businesses that may be interested.

If you have any questions about the seminar, BPAC, or government contracting, please contact our office at 608-243-4490 or email

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Isthmus Counts Taste of Sun Prairie as Being on "Madison' Eats Agenda" This Weekend (

The Taste of Sun Prairie brings together more than a dozen restaurants and other businesses together for a feast that doubles as a fundraiser for the Dream Park. Built in 2007 and also known as Fireman's Park in the Prairie and located within the confines of Angell Park, the intent of this recreational area is “to offer children of all physical abilities a safe, accessible and friendly place to play.”

Restaurants and other businesses and groups signed up to participate in the Taste include: Atlantis Taverna, Beans n’ Cream Coffeehouse, Big Apple Bagels, Cannery Grill, Cardinal’s Nest, Cousins Subs, Culver's, Golden Days Bakery, Herreman’s Supper Club, JB’s Italian Grille, Kwik Trip, Market Street Diner, My Menu, Panda Garden, Pizza Hut, Sassy Cow Creamery, VFW Post 9362 Men’s Auxiliary, and What’s Brew’n’.

Vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the park. The benefit will also feature live music, kids' activities, special outdoor sales, and a beer garden hosted by the Sun Prairie Lions Club. Cannery Square Plaza, Sun Prairie, noon-7 p.m., dishes $5 and less. Call 608-837-5213 for more info.

WPPI Energy's sustainable building earns LEED 'Gold' certification (Sun Prairie Star)

WPPI Energy's office and operations facility achieved Gold certification through the U.S. Green public power system's image as a leader in the industry

Click here to read the full article in the Sun Prairie Star.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

THRIVE Releases "Capital Connections Inventory" (THRIVE/Wisconsin State Journal)

One of the barriers that companies and communities face when seeking economic development funding is the lack of concise, accessible information - there just isn't time to identify and understand each of the hundreds of programs that are available.

To address this barrier, Thrive has created a comprehensive inventory of financial tools that are available for businesses and economic development projects in the 8-county Madison Region. The inventory includes over 350 financial programs available at the federal, state and local levels to businesses, communities, and nonprofits. This inventory, coupled with Thrive's expertise, will allow businesses and communities to quickly identify appropriate financial resources.

The Capital Connections Inventory is free, and Thrive staff is here to help businesses and communities identify programs that fit their needs.

The inventory includes a brief description and basic eligibility criteria for each program. It also includes typical program terms such as loan or grant amounts, loan amortization periods, interest rates, and contact information. When a business owner walks through the door at Thrive, he/she will know what is available and if their project is eligible. If the business chooses to seek funding, it will receive skilled and informed support from the staff at Thrive.

Existing regional businesses, businesses interested in locating in the region, and local communities are encouraged to contact Thrive for assistance in accessing the region's diverse financial resources.

For more information about how you can use the Capital Connections Inventory, contact:

Brad Elmer, Project Director, 608-443-1967

Thrive is the economic development organization for Dane, Rock, Green, Iowa, Sauk, Columbia, Dodge and Jefferson counties.

Click here to read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Monday, July 12, 2010

WPPI Energy Announces New Construction Design Assistance Program (WPPI Energy)

The New Construction Design Assistance Program provides financial incentives and technical assistance to encourage building owners, developers, architects and engineers to design and construct high-performance buildings. This program is available at no charge for any non-residential new construction or major renovation projects within the City of Sun Prairie.

Benefits include:
  • Financial incentives of up to $100,000 per project
  • Free technical engineering and architectural design assistance
  • Opportunity to save energy and lower operating expenses
  • Improved systems performance and greater comfort
  • Increased property value and reduced environmental impact.

Questions regarding the program should be addressed to Ben Dickson, Program Coordinator at (608) 834-4500 or, or Tamara Sondgeroth at (608) 444-1154 or