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Business Development 2018-01-18T18:06:28+00:00

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.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

​American Packaging Corporation, a leader in the flexible packaging industry, recently selected DeForest as the location for a new satellite facility.

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​While numerous programs in Wisconsin provide support and assistance to startups, Scale Up Milwaukee, a Greater Milwaukee Committee initiative, focuses on helping business in all stages prepare for rapid growth.

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​Schreiber Foods, a U.S. supplier of store-brand cheese and the largest process cheese supplier for the food service industry, recently opened a new headquarters and technology center in Green Bay.

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​Sargento, a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses and other foods, received state tax credits from the WEDC to support two recent expansions.

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REGIONAL STATEWIDE WEDC OFFICES
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BUSINESSES ATTRACTED TO STATE THROUGH WEDC ASSISTANCE
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STATE BUSINESSES PROVIDED PERFORMANCE-BASED FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVED CAPACITY-BUILDING GRANTS
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RAISED FOR EVERY $1 WEDC INVESTED IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Source: WEDC FY17 Annual Report on Economic Development

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Information, tools, programs and partners fuel growth and new market opportunities.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Our passion is supporting yours—through funding solutions, workspaces, mentoring and more.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Revitalizing commercial districts and preserving our state’s history enriches public spaces and helps encourage business activity.

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INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

Public-private partnerships investing in “Centers of Excellence” that drive research, startups and business attraction to advance Wisconsin’s competitive advantage.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Experts here and abroad that help Wisconsin companies navigate exporting logistics to successfully expand their global reach.

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“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