The Near West Side is a great place to open and operate a business. Located just west of Downtown Milwaukee and home to some of Milwaukee’s most prominent business campuses, residents, employees and visitors alike are always passing through the neighborhood.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or a bona fide business leader, there are a number of opportunities and resources available to help your business thrive.

Business Improvement District (BID 10)


Near West Side Business Improvement District (BID) #10 serves the 350+ businesses along the Near West Side’s 5 major commercial corridors. In 2016, the NWS BID 10 expanded to encompass the entire Near West Side of Milwaukee to enable us to bring our successful work to all Near West Side businesses.

Among other efforts, your BID works to:

  • Strengthen our neighborhood and businesses
  • Promote and market the area’s many assets
  • Improve the overall appearance and image of the Near West Side business corridors
  • Develop and implement crime reduction and safety strategies

Business Toolkit

Visit our Business Toolkit page to learn about the resources that are available to you as you start or invest in your new business in the Near West Side.

Safety Resources for Businesses

NWSP Small Business Safety Guide

The NWSP Small Business Safety Guide contains best practices to address security challenges, and includes a reference section, which businesses may use for further advice on particular security and safety situations.

MPD Hot Spot Sheets

MPD Hot Spot Sheets provide details on criminal or nuisance activities to MPD.