Business Climate

The Madison Region’s cooperative spirit and strong support network create a culture built to sustain growth, and offers a business climate that enables industries to flourish.

From business-friendly policies to competitive incentives, the Madison Region provides a welcome home for companies looking to start, expand, or locate.

A Collaborative Environment that Creates Business Success

As the region’s lead economic development agency, MadREP has cultivated solid relationships across all eight counties, including business and community leaders, elected officials, industry councils, and economic development professionals to increase the region’s global competitiveness by addressing the current and future needs of our diverse businesses, entrepreneurs, and workforce.

Region and State Resources that Spur Growth

Both the Madison Region and the State of Wisconsin continue to create a climate conducive to business success. MadREP works with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) – the state’s leading economic development agency – to provide programs, resources, and support to new and growing businesses. And organizations such as the Madison International Trade Association provide export assistance to help the region’s businesses look beyond domestic markets and take advantage of global growth opportunities.

Wisconsin has taken great strides to make our state a better place for business. The success of businesses in Wisconsin is the result of many forces, new and old, coming together: our location, skilled workforce, commitment to cutting-edge research, and business policies.

Wisconsin: #10 Best States for Business
(up 31 spots since 2010)
Chief Executive Magazine, 2017

Business Cost Comparison

Compare the cost of doing business in Wisconsin with other states you might be considering.