The network takes the place of the Supply Chain Marketplace, which was created by New North Inc. That initiative was intended to support supplier diversification by developing supplier resiliency to help offset the cyclical nature of national defense spending.
Due to the tremendous positive response and desire to offer the directory on a statewide scale, New North and WEDC worked together to expand the platform to support all regions in assisting supplier and buyer connections while helping diversify new growth in key driver and emerging industry sectors.
The site is a free online directory of suppliers and services and 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,” WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said in a statement. “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 new site features several improvements, including better-quality data, easier user interface and integration with third-party platforms, such as those of original equipment manufacturers to streamline supplier evaluation to facilitate procurement. In addition, WSN will be a key asset in assisting business attraction, expansion and retention efforts. WEDC will also leverage WSN in industry cluster development.
Businesses can create a free profile at wisconsinsuppliernetwork.com.