About Us

The WMC Foundation was founded in 1980 by Wisconsin business leaders who understood that business and economics education is fundamental to a healthy and prosperous state. Today, the 501(c)(3) charitable Foundation remains committed to improving our economy and ensuring a high quality of life for all citizens by providing educational programs and information sources.

The WMC Foundation believes that informed teachers better prepare students for the workforce, well-educated students become high quality employees and employers, and safer workplaces help attract and keep professionals and their families.

The WMC Foundation is dedicated to building a better future for Wisconsin by providing:

  • Support of Local Chambers of Commerce
  • Economics Education
  • Business Education
  • Workforce Development
  • Safety Programs
  • School Improvement Initiatives

Our Mission

Dedicated to a better Wisconsin by providing information on the state and its economy, promoting the value of free enterprise system, and advancing the efforts that ensure a high quality of life for our citizens.

The WMC Foundation is dedicated to building a better future for Wisconsin by providing business and economics education, workforce development initiatives, local chambers of commerce support, safety training programs, and business best practices.

Our Programs

The Future Wisconsin Project

What will Wisconsin look like in 20 years? What will our workforce look like? What sort of businesses will thrive in our economy? How will our tech colleges and universities stack up to those in other states? What sort of jobs will be available? Will we have enough people to fill the jobs? The WMC Foundation, along with public and private partners, is embarking on a process to help us identify, answer and be prepared for the outcome of questions like that.

Workforce Development

The WMC Foundation works with many public and private agencies to address the workforce development needs of employers in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Business World

Business World® is designed to provide students and teachers from across the state with an experience that demonstrates the value of business and economics education.

Wisconsin Safety Council

The Wisconsin Safety Council is the state’s leading provider of workplace safety training and programming. WSC is the reason more people go home safely from manufacturing plants every day.

Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives

Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Executives is a professional association of local chambers of commerce in Wisconsin. WCCE advances the management skills and experience of its members through education and information.

Awards Programs and Best Practices

WMC honors best practices for manufacturing, service industry, environmental protection, education, and safety.

Public Education

The WMC Foundation is pleased to present these videos to help educate the public on issues affecting Wisconsin businesses.

WMC Foundation Board of Directors

Daniel T. Ariens Ariens Company
Kurt R. Bauer Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
John D. Baumann Colony Brands, Inc.
Thomas J. Boldt The Boldt Company
Timothy L. Christen Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
David Hovde
(Business World representative)
American Transmission Company
De Pere
Thomas J. Howatt Wausau Paper Corporation
Robert D. Kamphuis Mayville Engineering Company, Inc.
Scott E. Larson Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tod B. Linstroth Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Karen Nichols
(WCCE representative)
The Chamber of Manitowoc County
Todd J. Teske Briggs & Stratton Corporation
Chad Tisonik
(Wisconsin Safety Council representative)
HNI, Inc.
New Berlin
Katie Yeutter Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce