“I recommend the Madison Enterprise Center to any start-up business.”
Madison Enterprise Center
A business incubator in the heart of the vibrant near-east side.
In 1987, Common Wealth formed a unique partnership with Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) that launched the Madison Enterprise Center (MEC).
MEC is Common Wealth Development’s 1st stage business incubation initiative offering office and light industrial business incubation spaces for start-up and expanding small businesses. The suites at the Madison Enterprise Center offer affordable rental rates and shared services, including high-speed Internet and video conferencing equipment. The on-site manager is available to provide business assistance and resource-matching services to connect tenants with existing business support programs.
How Does It Work?
Businesses may stay at the Madison Enterprise Center for 1-5 years (12-month leases, renewed annually). To qualify for acceptance into the Madison Enterprise Center, a business must be a for-profit company, produce a product or provide a service, and have the potential for future job creation. All applicants must prepare a business plan as part of the application package, which will be reviewed and evaluated by the Business Development Committee for final determination.
For more information, contact Brendan Vandenburg-Carroll, Business Development Coordinator
Is intended to be an ever evolving space where creative persons of ALL kinds can come together to create for themselves and others. our motto is: A SPACE + to create + to inspire + to educate + to celebrate
Madison-based florist specializing in wedding flowers that also serves Milwaukee, Chicago, and beyond. We craft awe-inspiring florals authentic to our clients’ story. Atmospheric Floral is the floral designer for anyone who understands how impactful flowers can be to the experience they’re curating for their guests.
Design. Market. Brand. 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Colleen Manner Design Studio specializes in bringing brands to life through visual identity, product design and packaging across beauty, wellness, home, tech, food and beverage industries.
Little Farmhouse Peanuts
Little Farmhouse Peanuts is a local company offering fantastically flavored peanuts that are literally addicting – yes that’s right they taste that good!
Small scale urban mushroom farm. Part agriculture and part recycling program, MicroMyco focuses on locally produced waste to use as a nutritional base in the growing process. MicroMyco sells cultivated and foraged mushrooms to local restaurants and at local farmers markets.
We make cool stuff for cats and the people who love them! We’ve got catnip, catnip toys of all shapes and sizes, cat beds, bows and more! We also offer human stuff like buttons, pins, stickers, magnets and apparel!
Main Street Industries
A second-stage business incubator serving start-up and expanding small businesses.
Owned and operated by Common Wealth Development, Main Street Industries is a second-stage business incubator located in an old 50,000-square-foot Greyhound Bus terminal that was renovated in 1996. The building offers attractive, affordable office and light industrial space and shared services. The manager is available to provide business assistance and resource-matching services to connect tenants with existing business support programs.
How Does It Work?
To qualify as a Main Street Industries lessee, a business must be a for-profit company, produce a product or provide a service, and have the potential for future job creation. Main Street Industries requires all applicants to prepare a business plan as part of the application package which will be reviewed and evaluated by the Business Development Committee. Businesses are not required to “graduate” from (i.e. leave) Main Street Industries, which differs from our Madison Enterprise Center.
For more information contact Brendan Vandenburg-Carroll, Business Development Coordinator
We are a fair trade retail and wholesale business featuring one of a kind clothing & accessories, stone and silver jewelry, wood carvings, home and garden goods, furniture, paintings, gifts and more.
Level 5 Donuts is a 100% Vegan company that specializes in Donuts. Primarily starting as a “pop-up”, donuts can be found in coffee shops all over the Madison area. Custom Orders are also available online through their website.
Red Clover Tattoo Collective is a 50% Native owned and 100% queer owned tattoo and arts collective. We’re focused on community care, mutual aid, and providing a space for people to engage in the healing practice of tattooing. We collaborate with community to uplift local marginalized artists, host events, and promote causes important to us.