WEDC launches Wisconsin Supplier Network website

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. has launching a new website to help connect new and existing businesses in Wisconsin with buyers, suppliers, and service providers. The new Wisconsin Supplier Network (WSN) will take the place of the previous Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace site.

The new site features a free online directory of suppliers and services, as well as a communications platform that provides regular newsletters and alerts to promote new business opportunities, supplier development resources, and industry networking initiatives.

“We want to do everything we can to make it easy for businesses in our state to grow,” says WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes. “The Wisconsin Supplier Network will help companies — whether they’re new businesses, existing businesses looking to expand, or out-of-state businesses looking to come here — make the connections they need with suppliers and service providers.”

The original Wisconsin Supply Chain Marketplace was the result of a collaboration between WEDC and the New North, the regional economic development organization covering the 18 counties in northeast Wisconsin. That initiative was designed to support supplier diversification by developing supplier resiliency to help offset the cyclical nature of national defense spending, but due to the tremendous response and a desire to offer the directory on a statewide scale, New North and WEDC worked together to expand the platform. It now supports all regions in assisting supplier and buyer connections.

Among the improvements on the new site will be better-quality data, an easier user interface, and integration with third-party platforms such as those of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The changes should streamline supplier evaluation to facilitate procurement.