Office of Business Resources

The Office of Business Resources (OBR) helps businesses locate, open,,and expand within the City of Madison by:

  • Directing businesses toward financial and technical assistance programs available through the City and other sources
  • Guiding businesses through City permitting and approval processes
  • Facilitating appropriate space for business development through participation in City land use planning efforts
  • Maintaining and providing demographic/community information to businesses
  • Serving as City liaisons to local business and economic development organizations, including the Madison Central Business Improvement District, Downtown Madison Inc., Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, THRIVE, and neighborhood business/merchant associations
  • Staffing, the Economic Development Committee, Vending Oversight Committee, Local Food Committee, and overseeing the City's vending, sidewalk cafe and banner placement,programs


Vacant Manager (608) 267-8737
Warren Hansen Street Vending Coordinator (608) 261-9171
Dan Kennelly Economic Development Specialist (608) 267-1968
Eric Melton-White Street Vending Monitor (608) 261-9171
Ruth Rohlich
Business Development Specialist
Hablo Espanol
(608) 267-4933
Peggy Yessa Economic Development Coordinator (608) 267-8721


Last Updated: 02/02/2015

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