​Center for Growth Partners

Thank you to our partners who share in our vision of a vibrant economy where businesses and citizens thrive.

Waukesha County

Waukesha County, the state’s 3rd largest, is located in southeastern Wisconsin. It includes 37 municipalities within 576 square miles of suburban and rural areas. From beautiful park space and pristine lakes to exceptional roadways and renowned public safety infrastructure, Waukesha County government is a critical component to ensuring and maintaining the high quality of life that our residents expect and visitors enjoy.

Waukesha County Business Alliance, Inc.

The Waukesha County Business Alliance has been the voice of business since 1918. As a private, member-driven organization, we are the countywide chamber of commerce for Waukesha County. We work to strengthen the economy in the county by advocating on behalf of the business community, developing organizations and their employees, facilitating networking opportunities to build strong business relationships and promoting our member businesses.

City of Waukesha

Waukesha was first settled in 1834, became the Waukesha County seat in 1847, and was permanently incorporated in 1852. The City transitioned into a major manufacturing center in the 20th century. Waukesha has an area of 25.7 square miles and is located in Southeastern Wisconsin along the Fox River, just south of Interstate 94 and about 17 miles west of Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful new enterprises.

City of Brookfield

The City of Brookfield was incorporated in 1954 and has become a center for office, retail and light industrial activity with millions of square feet of commercial and industrial space and numerous hotels offering conference and meeting rooms. Brookfield has an area of 27.6 square miles and is located in the more densely populated eastern tier of Waukesha County, along Interstate Highway 94, about 10 miles west of Milwaukee.

City of Delafield

Historic Delafield, established in 1837, offers unique quaintness nestled in the hills of the Kettle Moraine. Surrounding Nagawicka Lake, Delafield is just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee and adjacent to I-94. Our community offers historic sites, specialty shopping, award-winning restaurants, lodging, and a variety of recreational activities year round.

City of Oconomowoc

The City of Oconomowoc was incorporated in 1875. The lakes and abundant natural resources attracted visitors and businesses from around the Midwest and beyond. Oconomowoc has an area of 12.3 square miles and is located on the western edge of Waukesha County, close to Interstate Highway 94, midway between Milwaukee and Madison.

Village of Big Bend

Big Bend was incorporated in 1928. The Village has been a recipient of grants to promote urban forestry to plant and maintain trees, supporting Big Bend’s “green” infrastructure in order to meet the goal of becoming an official Tree City USA community. Big Bend has an area of 3.3 square miles and is located in Southeastern Wisconsin along Interstate Highway 43, about 20 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

Village of Butler

Village of Butler

The Village of Butler, known as Train Town USA, was established on the west side of 124th Street as the Chicago & North Western Railway purchased land on the east side of the street for a major railroad yard to ease freight congestion in the City of Milwaukee. Originally called New Butler, the Village was incorporated in 1913. Railroad workers, businessmen, and developers settled there, drawn to the opportunities associated with the railroad. Butler has an area of about one square mile and is located on the eastern edge of Waukesha County, bordering Milwaukee County, about 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee.

Village of Dousman

The Village of Dousman was established along the newly-built Chicago and North Western railroad line in the 1880s and was incorporated in 1917. The now defunct rail line is part of the extensive Glacial Drumlin State Trail. Dousman has an area of 2.6 square miles and is located in Southeastern Wisconsin along Interstate Highway 94, about 30 miles west of Milwaukee.

Village of Elm Grove

Located on the eastern edge of Waukesha County, the Village of Elm Grove is widely considered a premier outer ring suburb where the natural beauty of sloping hills and forested properties creates a true urban-rural living experience only 15 minutes west of Milwaukee. The community is home to more than 5,900 residents, many of whom commit their time and talent to serve on the all-volunteer Village government standing committees and participate in highly active community organizations. Strong community involvement and engagement is what contributes to the Village’s unique character and charm.

Village of Eagle

Village of Eagle

The Village of Eagle was established along the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad in the mid-1800s and was incorporated in 1899. Today, visitors to Eagle are welcomed to the community by the smiling yellow water tower. The Village is located in the scenic Kettle Moraine area of southwestern Waukesha County, and offers natural beauty and buildings of historic interest. Eagle has an area of 1.4 square miles and is situated near U.S. Highway 43, about 30 miles from Milwaukee.

Village of Lannon

Early settlers to the area quarried the high-grade limestone which has become synonymous with the Village. Lannon was incorporated in 1930. It has an area of 2.5 square miles and is located in Southeastern Wisconsin near Interstate Highway 41, about 15 miles northwest of Downtown Milwaukee.

Village of Menomonee Falls

Settlement along the Menomonee River in the 1800s grew into the Village of Menomonee Falls, which was incorporated in 1892. Menomonee Falls has an area of 33.3 square miles and is located in Southeastern Wisconsin near Interstate Highway 41, bordering on the City of Milwaukee and only 15 miles from downtown.

Village of Mukwonago

Mukwonago was incorporated in 1905 and in recent years has expanded into Walworth County to the south. Mukwonago was recently ranked the third best community in Wisconsin to raise a family and is growing faster than any community along the I-43 corridor in Southeastern Wisconsin. Mukwonago has an area of 8.2 square miles and is located about 25 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

Village of Pewaukee

Pewaukee was established along the shores of Pewaukee Lake and incorporated in 1876. The lake has always been an important feature of Pewaukee, from the early saw mills to collecting ice for shipping perishable goods to summer resort activity. Today, the lake still draws businesses, residents, and visitors for boating, fishing, swimming, and beautiful sunsets. Pewaukee has an area of 4.2 square miles and is located in southeastern Wisconsin near Interstate Highway 94, less than 20 miles west of Milwaukee.

Village of Sussex

Sussex is a fairly young village, having been incorporated in 1924. Since then, the Village of Sussex has shown strong and steady growth in its population and industry. Today, Sussex is home to businesses from “mom and pop” shops to international industries. The Downtown is home to a new civic center and mixed-use developments of apartments and retail. Sussex has an area of 7.7 square miles and is located in the northern part of the County near IH 94, less than 20 miles west of Milwaukee.


The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their business.