Near West Side Business Toolkit
Entrepreneurs' Dreams are Born Here

The Near West Side is a fantastic place to start your new business.  We have a mix of locally owned and national retailers as well as major global brands.  It is the birthplace of Harley-Davidson, MillerCoors, and the next great Milwaukee entrepreneur. 

If you are thinking of investing or starting a business in the Near West Side, take a look at our business resources below to get started. Please also visit our Assets Tab to see our current businesses in the Near West Side.

The Near West Side provides business resources such as key contacts, maps, resident spending data, and more.  If you are interested in opening or expanding your business in the Near West Side, please contact the Executive Director, Keith Stanley (414-933-0640).


  • 30,000 residents call the Near West Side home
  • 29,000 employees working in the area
  • 450+ businesses in the neighborhood
  • 7 unique neighborhoods
  • Rich assets including entertainment, cultural, and historic attractions

Business Resources

Town Bank Small Business Loan

Near West Side Partners is proud to launch a small business loan program in partnership with Town Bank. Town Bank can help by providing creative financial solutions, personalized service and quick loan decisions for businesses in the Near West Side.

Additional information can be found online. To access a credit application, visit or email

BID Support

BID #10 offers improvement grants to upgrade property façade, signage and more for businesses in the Near West Side. 

As a member of the BID, you help support – and benefit from – a wide range of programs that are available to help your business including: 

  • Façade grant
  • Signage grant
  • Business promotions
  • Networking/community connections
  • Graffiti removal
  • Architectural support
  • Technical assistance for your small business needs

If interested or need help figuring out where to start, contact Keith Stanley (414-933-0640) to learn more.  Feel free to submit the forms at any time to be reviewed by the BID board. Please submit completed forms and attachments in written form to 624 North 24th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233.

City of Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD)

Need funds to improve your business or commercial property? The city offers a variety of resources.

Small Business Assistance Organizations

Milwaukee is quickly becoming an entrepreneurial hub.  A number of resources can help with business plan development, technical assistance, mentorship, and even nontraditional loans to get your business and dream off the ground.