Store_Economic_Development_Layton_Boulevard_WestAn Economically Vibrant Neighborhood

The Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods in Milwaukee offer economic vibrancy that make them a great place to do business. Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park feature close proximity to a variety of employment centers including downtown Milwaukee, the Menomonee Valley, and the Miller Park Way corridor.

The neighborhoods also feature a diverse mix of locally-owned and national retailers that contribute to the overall economic development of the city. View the Layton Boulevard West Market Analysis to learn more about economic opportunities in our neighborhood.

Over the past several years, LBWN has worked with entrepreneurs to open dozens of new businesses and create hundreds of new jobs. If you are interested in opening or expanding your business in Layton Boulevard West, please contact Celia Benton,
LBWN Economic Development Manager, at or 414-585-8536.

Streetscape_Layton_Boulevard_WestBusiness Resources

LBWN Technical Assistance

LBWN has provided technical assistance to hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from the basics of starting your own business, navigating city permits and approvals, and accessing financing and grants for small businesses.  Contact Celia Benton, LBWN Economic Development Manager, for more information at or 414-585-8536.

LBWN Grants Available in 2017 for Commercial Property ImprovementsZFF logo-NEW

Business owners in the Silver City, Burnham Park or Layton Park neighborhoods, are invited to apply for a commercial property improvements, façade and/or signage grant through Layton Boulevard West Neighbors.  Review our neighborhood map to confirm if your business is in one of these neighborhoods.

LBWN has a limited number of grants available in 2017 to aid businesses and commercial property owners in improving their buildings. Eligible project examples include window display equipment, window replacements, outdoor seating or patio dining development, signage improvements or street-front landscaping on a commercial property.

Most grants will be between $1,000 and $2,000. Major improvements will be more competitive. There is a 50% grant matching requirement. Applicants that are able to leverage more funding will be more competitive. All grants are given as a reimbursement and projects must be completed within 3 months of LBWN approval. No matter the start date, all projects must be completed by December 1, 2017. Projects that support a new business development or a business expansion are the most competitive, in particular projects that result in additional job creation for full or part-time employees.

Apply Online or Download the Application for the commercial façades and signage grant.  These grants are made possible through funding through the Zilber Family Foundation.

For more information on these resources contact Celia Benton, Economic Development Manager, at or414-585-8536.


City of Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD)Ribbon_Cutting_Economic_Development_Layton_Boulevard_West

The City of Milwaukee Department of City Development offers a variety of business resources including facade and signage grants, retail investment fund, white box program, and more. Check out the City of Milwaukee DCD Business Toolbox or download their Business Resource Guide for more information.

They also provide StartSmart which is an online tool that tells entrepreneurs what City and State permits and licenses are needed to open a business in Milwaukee (now available in Spanish and English).

Small Business Assistance Organizations

Bizstarts Milwaukee

City of Milwaukee StartSmart (English/Español)

LISC Milwaukee

Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute 

Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin

U.S. Small Business Administration

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) – Development courses offered in both Español and English.

Catalytic Development OpportunitiesLBWN_Clarke_Square_Charette_Cover

Looking for an exciting real estate opportunity that will inject new economic vitality into our neighborhood? In 2014-15, LBWN partnered with UWM Community Design Solutions, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative, Milwaukee City Development, and Alderman Bob Donovan to develop concepts for six catalytic economic development opportunities in Silver City and Clarke Square.

This “charette” process involved dozens of community stakeholders and resulted in development concepts for six high-potential sites in Milwaukee’s near south side.

Download your very own copy of the Repurposing Milwaukee’s Commercial Corridors for Today’s Market report and contact Celia Benton at or 414-585-8536 for questions or additional information.

LBWN expresses gratitude to the Zilber Family Foundation, Milwaukee City Development, and LISC Milwaukee for their support of this visioning process.

5 Wise Workshop in Silver City 

5Wise Workshop is a place to work on projects and to engage others. Members of the space use it for working, meeting, teaching, and learning. The space can also be reserved for private events by the general public.

The space is specifically designed to encourage healthy and productive work. It is an ideal environment for getting things done and holding workshops and facilitations.

5Wise is perfect for entrepreneurs, artists, freelancers, and teams!

For more information and to apply to be a member, visit the 5 wise website.