Business Incubation

“I recommend the Madison Enterprise Center to any start-up business.”

Randy D. Cortright

Founder & CTO, Virent Energy Systems

Madison Enterprise Center

A business incubator in the heart of the vibrant near-east side.

Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) and Common Wealth, a non-profit community development corporation, formed a unique partnership in 1987 that launched the Madison Enterprise Center (MEC).

MEC is a 1st stage business incubation initiative of Common Wealth Development, offering office and light industrial business incubation spaces, serving start-up and expanding small businesses. The Madison Enterprise Center offers an affordable rental rate 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 from 3-5 years. 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 that is reviewed and evaluated by the Business Development Committee, which makes acceptance decisions.

Current Tenants

Bespoke Talent

Bespoke Talent
Recruiting Firm.

BLUEPRINT - Student Athletes

BLUEPRINT – Student Athletes
Holistic development and wellness for student athletes.

BWZ Architects

BWZ Architects
Architectural professional services firm.

Dashelito Enterprises

Dashelito Enterprises
Locally made hot sauces.

FillMyRecipe

FillMyRecipe
Organic Indian meal kits.

Grapefruit Fabrications

Grapefruit Fabrications
Small metal fabrication business.

JABMO

JABMO
Account-based marketing and integrated suite of applications.

Mad Urban Bees

Mad Urban Bees
Sustainable urban beekeeping.

Metta Monday Creative

Metta Monday Creative
Boutique media company.

OneEnergy Renewables

OneEnergy Renewables
Developer of distributed, utility-scale renewable energy projects.

Pikku Takki, LLC

Pikku Takki, LLC
Quality artisan, avant-garde children’s clothing.

Potter's Fine Foods

Potter’s Fine Foods
Organic handcrafted crackers.

SchoolPay

SchoolPay
Payment services & integrated software provider.

 SNL Design Works, LLC

SNL Design Works, LLC
Glass studio.

The Common Kitchen

The Common Kitchen
Full-service co-packing partner for micro-batch producers.

Main Street Industries

A second-stage business incubator serving start-up and expanding small businesses.

Main Street Industries is owned and operated by Common Wealth and located in an old 50,000-square-foot Greyhound Bus terminal, renovated in 1996. The building offers attractive, affordable office and light industrial spaced 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 reviewed and evaluated by the Business Development Committee, which makes acceptance decisions. Businesses are not required to “graduate” from (i.e. leave) Main Street Industries, which differs from our Madison Enterprise Center.

For more information contact Megan Diaz-Ricks, Director of Economic Development, via phone (608) 516-0872 or email.

Current Tenants

Bali & Soul

Bali & Soul
Importer.

Chris Hynes Photography

Chris Hynes Photography
Commercial photography.

CraftOptics, LLC

CraftOptics, LLC
Magnification device for artists, craftspeople & hobbyists.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Eco-Friendly Flooring
Wholesale distributor and installation contractor for environmentally sensitive floor and wall coverings.

Giant Jones Brewing

Giant Jones Brewing
Organic beer brewery and tasting room.

Harvest Technologies

Harvest Technologies
A computational block-chain servicing company.

Hats-O-Fancy

Hats-O-Fancy
Hat maker.

Lotions Limited

Lotions Limited
Wholesale lotion production and sales.

Metalpeople

Metalpeople
Decorative metal workers.

Old Sugar Distillery

Old Sugar Distillery
Distiller of spirits.

Pat's Gym

Pat’s Gym
Personal training.

Quince and Apple

Quince and Apple
Handcrafted artisan preserves & syrups, and small batch artisan spiced & candied nuts

Santi - Superfood for Dogs

Santi – Superfood for Dogs
All natural, grain free, human-grade, by-product free treats for dogs.

Underground Catering

Underground Catering
Catering with locally sourced foods.

Underground Meats

Underground Meats
Locally sourced meat & salami production.

Wildwood Productions

Wildwood Productions
Manufacturers of high-quality 100% cotton screen-printed apparel using water-based inks.

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