HELPING BUSINESSES START, GROW AND REACH NEW MARKETS
Wisconsin’s business climate thrives because of our continued investment in creating an environment that fuels your aspirations and success. Helping growth-oriented companies to expand their facilities, hire and train more employees and add new equipment is how WEDC works to benefit the state’s economy.
Forging statewide partnerships among diverse organizations is critical to delivering targeted assistance to help businesses succeed. WEDC works with more than 600 partners including universities and technical schools; workforce organizations; industry trade groups; and local, county and regional economic development organizations to ensure resources are made available to companies and communities to maximize their potential.
BAKER TILLY & BRAKEBUSH
Baker Tilly recognized Brakebush Brothers’ needs and partnered with WEDC to meet them.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAM
Loan program primarily for small businesses that have limited access to standard types of debt or equity financing, particularly in rural areas of the state.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT
Refundable tax credits for companies remaining, expanding or relocating in Wisconsin.
CERTIFIED SITES PROGRAM
Consistent standards developed for Wisconsin sites consisting of at least 20 contiguous, developable acres signaling that key approvals, documentations and assessments for industrial uses are already in place.
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY ZONE
Non-refundable tax credits for new and expanding businesses in the cities of Beloit, Janesville and Kenosha to assist with capital investment and the creation and retention of new, full-time jobs.
ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT
Refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in, or relocating major business operations from other states to, Wisconsin.
INDUSTRIAL REVENUE BONDS
A unique type of revenue bond organized and issued by a state or local government, the proceeds of which are directed to a private, for-profit business.
MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Initiatives include revolving loan funds offered through minority business associations and an annual conference that is the state’s premier event for minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.
WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT
Grants for businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees.
WEDC SUCCESS STORIES
The Wagner Companies
Milwaukee’s The Wagner Companies has saved $350,000 annually on reduced energy usage and waste disposal fees since it participated in the first round of the Profitable Sustainability Initiative. Read MoreRead Story
After considering other U.S. locations, Remedy Analytics, which uses proprietary analytics technology to help self-insured employers reduce prescription benefit costs, opted to expand its operations in southeastern Wisconsin. Read MoreRead Story
With support from WEDC, Gulfstream officially expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport Read MoreRead Story
Source: WEDC FY19 Annual Report on Economic Development, p12
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Public-private partnerships investing in “Centers of Excellence” that drive research, startups and business attraction to advance Wisconsin’s competitive advantage.Learn More
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Experts here and abroad that help Wisconsin companies navigate exporting logistics to successfully expand their global reach.Learn More
"WEDC is a valuable economic development engine. At ConsortiEX, we found WEDC resources, programs and assistance key to expanding our healthcare IT services that support hospital pharmacy quality management."
NEAL K. LONG • CEO, CONSORTIEX
"The state of Wisconsin, through WEDC and the local economic development network, is ready to do business."
MIKE MULLIS • SITE CONSULTANT, J.M. MULLIS INC
"As we are embarking on building one of the largest facilities in the confectionary industry, this location provides ideal conditions to further grow HARIBO’s successful business in the USA."
WES SABER • EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO, HARIBO OF AMERICA INC.
"The WEDC grant is critical for DealerFire to sustain the momentum we have created as a national leader in the automotive web and digital marketing space. The ability to expand our physical footprint will ensure that we can continue to grow our local workforce, while retaining our core technological focus that has gotten us here."
ERIC HOOPMAN • COMPANY FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, DEALERFIRE
"Duluth Trading Company is excited to bring some of our staff to Mount Horeb in a new Innovation Center. We believe that the combination of a new office space and proximity to our first destination store will be a great benefit to our employees, the town of Mount Horeb, and ultimately our customers. We look forward to the move in the fall."
STEPHANIE PUGLIESE • PRESIDENT AND COO, DULUTH TRADING COMPANY