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Dept. of Commerce: Commerce Bureau of Entrepreneurship Director Announced

Tony Hozeny, 608/267-9661

MADISON-Department of Commerce (Commerce) Secretary Cory L. Nettles today announced that Pamela Christenson will serve as the director of the department's Bureau of Entrepreneurship.

"Gov. Jim Doyle called for the establishment of this bureau because promoting entrepreneurship is a primary focus of his Grow Wisconsin initiative," Secretary Nettles said. "Pam's impressive credentials make her an ideal candidate for this position. I am confident that she will be a great asset in fulfilling our mission to foster economic development in Wisconsin."

The Bureau of Entrepreneurship is part of the agency's Division of Business Development. It helps emerging high-potential companies find the resources they need to grow, assists small businesses in navigating regulatory requirements, and supports the state's industry clusters. Several new resources available from the Bureau of Entrepreneurship include the newly revised Commerce publication, An Entrepreneur's Guide for Going into Business in Wisconsin, http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0606.html, a revised version of the department's Starting a Business in Wisconsin publication, http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0712.pdf, and an updated women's business resource listing, http://commerce.wi.gov/MT/MT-FAX-0709.pdf.

Pam Christenson has served as the Small Business Ombudsman for the Department of Commerce since 2000. Her duties included managing and coordinating small business activities and issues with the agency. Prior to that, she spent six years coordinating the agency's Small Business Clean Air Assistance Program. She has a BA in Journalism from UW-Madison.

Entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking information or assistance can contact the Small Business Helpline at 1-800-HELP-BUSiness.


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