The Water Council’s small business development initiative is a national and international network that links small and medium water technology businesses to critical resources.
As an economic development organization, support for small business is an important function of The Water Council (TWC). The Council’s small business development initiative connects small and medium sized businesses to critical resources such as capital, training, networks, supply chains and technical assistance. Participating in a menu of services through TWC enables small water technology businesses to shift from working in isolation to connectivity with the larger water technology industry and provides the opportunity to significantly enhance credibility and grow networks. Originally established through a U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Innovation Cluster award, TWC’s Small Business Development initiatives promote the growth and development of small and medium businesses operating in the water technology sector in the Great Lakes region, across the United States and around the world.
TWC leverages a broad network of international relationships through their 18 global partners and European representative. The focus is on connecting foreign-owned companies with services and soft landing options in Wisconsin, as well as connecting companies in the Wisconsin water technology hub to international business development opportunities, export training and connections to foreign markets through the partner network. In addition, through hosting various global delegations each year, TWC offers regular opportunities for members and cluster companies to explore new business relationships and showcase their products, services and expertise.
“To successfully scale up in business, you need to look for ways to value add, leverage and network. And that’s what the water hub in Milwaukee has delivered to us. We’re plugging into an influential and well established industry network, helping us to make better informed decisions as we grow our client base in the U.S.”
–Paul Hatten, CEO, BioGill, based in Australia
VP Economic Development