IGNITE! Business Success partners are committed to working together to help you either start, scale or accelerate your business.  To learn more about each resource provider and the key services and programs they provide, just click below.

ADVOCAP Business Development Department

Offers support to entrepreneurs through business, finance and marketing plans. ADVOCAP is an SBA and USDA micro lender that offers small loans to start-ups and expansion businesses.

Center for Enterprise Development

Manages the IGNITE! funds/budget and overall processes and procedures as IGNITE!’s 501(c)3 fiscal agent. The CED promotes economic growth and diversity by assisting underserved populations and collaborating with organizations like IGNITE!

City of Waupun

Offers support to entrepreneurs with services in business planning and site selection as well as referrals to service providers and networking opportunities.

Downtown Fond du lac Partnership

Offers support to entrepreneurs through grant funding, site selections assistance, referrals to service providers and networking opportunities.

Emergent Technology Center (ETC)

Focuses on the development of technology-based companies and businesses in Northeastern Wisconsin. The ETC’s Emergent Lab program provides a 12-week accelerator focused on lean start-up skills, agile operations, and key entrepreneurial skills to be successful.

Envision Greater Fond du Lac

Serves as the lead backbone organization administering the development and implementation of IGNITE! and is the newly combined entity of the former Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce and Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation.

Fond du Lac County UW-Extension

Offers a Going Solo class about the basics of entrepreneurship and provides organizational development education to non-profits and community work groups on an ongoing basis, including evaluation, facilitation and research components.

Fond du Lac Public Library

Offers entrepreneurs access to research materials, specialized reference databases, programming opportunities plus meeting space and a Creative Community Space with 3-D printers and other tools.

Green Lake Renewal

Provides opportunities for mentorship and education to entrepreneurs around the Green Lake and surrounding areas.

Marian University School of Business

Provides college-level coursework in subjects necessary for entrepreneurial success; areas such as finance, accounting, computer software, and other related areas.

Moraine Park Technical College

Invites aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses to explore programs, classes and services designed to help grow their businesses.


Provides volunteer mentors who share their business expertise in person, by phone or online; free business tools and templates; and inexpensive or free business workshops and webinars (24/7).

UW Oshkosh

Grows the community and university campus by uniting its resources with local organizations through faculty experts, student interns, research facilities and survey center.