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

BWZ Architects

BWZ Architects
Architectural professional services firm.

FillMyRecipe

FillMyRecipe
Organic Indian meal kits.

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 Crackers
Organic handcrafted crackers.

The Common Kitchen

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

Hinchey Design Co.

Hinchey Design Co.
We define success by how much our products & services positively impact the lives of each other.

Lily Forest Designs

Lily Forest Designs
Lily Forest Designs is a wedding & event floral atelier set apart by their use of unique and novelty blooms designed in their tailored organic style.

Aurora Creative

Aurora Creative
Design. Market. Brand. 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.

LEV Apparel Inc

LEV Apparel Inc
Designed to Celebrate. Worn to Empower.

Zap Cables

Zap Cables
Custom USB and audio cables, DIY kits, and desk mats for work- and battle-stations.

Grapefruit Fabrications

MicroMyco Growers

The Looking Glass Bakery

The Looking Glass Bakery
Looking Glass Bakery is a small batch bakery with unique flavors and custom designs.

Grapefruit Fabrications

My Payment Network

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.

CraftOptics, LLC

CraftOptics
Magnification device for artists, craftspeople & hobbyists.

Eco-Friendly Flooring

Eco-Friendly Flooring
Woman-owned environmentally-friendly flooring and tile showroom and installation service.

Giant Jones Brewing

Giant Jones Brewing
Organic beer brewery and tasting room.

Hats-O-Fancy

Hats-O-Fancy
Hat maker.

Lotions Limited

Lotions Limited
Lotions Limited does product manufacturing and wholesale sales for sexual health products and devices.

Metalpeople

Metal People
Decorative metal workers.

Old Sugar Distillery

Old Sugar Distillery
Distiller of spirits.

Pat's Gym

Pat’s Gym
Pat’s Gym is a community of passionate, supportive and driven athletes; be part of this special community!

Quince and Apple

Quince and Apple
Our small team handcrafts preserves, syrups, nuts, candy and pickles in the heart of Madison, WI.

Wildwood Productions

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

Lotions Limited

Origin Breads

Wm. Chocolates

Wm. Chocolates
Madison-made, regionally sourced dark chocolate bars.

Wm. Chocolates

[Bayk] Madison

Wm. Chocolates

Jenie Gao Studios

Wm. Chocolates

Steam Instruments

Wm. Chocolates

The Baked Lab

Wm. Chocolates

The Creative Company