The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria
Contreras–Sweet announced the SBA’s support of four new Regional
Innovation Clusters, one of which will be in Milwaukee.
“Clusters are public-private partnerships that are driving
innovation and job creation in our most promising regional hubs
for innovation,” Contreras-Sweet said. “SBA has built a
strategic infrastructure of financing and consulting networks in
key regions to help new companies launch and small companies
grow, particularly in underserved communities across the
The Water Technology Cluster will be located in Milwaukee and
was selected from more than 40 applicants.
They will use SBA funding to establish a Center of Excellence
for Freshwater Innovation and Small Business Development.
The Center of Excellence will provide a myriad of small business
services including technology transfer, counseling, acceleration
The other clusters include a Marine Industries Science and
Technology Cluster in the I-10 Corridor (Louisiana, Mississippi,
Alabama and Florida), a Retail Supply Chain and Food Processing
Cluster of the Ozarks Region (Northwest Arkansas, Northeast
Oklahoma and Southeast Missouri), and an Autonomous and Unmanned
Systems Cluster in Southeastern New Mexico.