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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.

WEDC PROGRAMS

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.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies remaining, expanding or relocating in Wisconsin.

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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.

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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.

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ENTERPRISE ZONE TAX CREDIT

Refundable tax credits for companies undertaking major expansion projects in, or relocating major business operations from other states to, Wisconsin.

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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.

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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.

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WORKFORCE TRAINING GRANT

Grants for businesses to upgrade or improve the job-related skills of their full-time employees.

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WEDC SUCCESS STORIES

Gulfstream

With support from WEDC, Gulfstream officially expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport Read More

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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 More

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Phillips-Medisize

Thanks to Wisconsin’s skilled workforce and friendly business climate, which have helped Phillips-Medisize succeed globally, the company embarked on a $30-million expansion at six locations in Wisconsin in 2015. Read More

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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 More

Read Story
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With support from WEDC, Gulfstream officially expanded its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations at Wisconsin’s Appleton International Airport Read More

Read Story
Gulfstream_Aerospace_logo.svg

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 More

Read Story
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Thanks to Wisconsin’s skilled workforce and friendly business climate, which have helped Phillips-Medisize succeed globally, the company embarked on a $30-million expansion at six locations in Wisconsin in 2015. Read More

Read Story
Phillips-Medisize-logo

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 More

Read Story
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$
MILLION AWARDED IN PROGRAM
$
BILLION TOTAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT
$
LEVERAGED FOR EVERY $1 WEDC INVESTED
PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS ASSISTED

Source: WEDC FY19 Annual Report on Economic Development, p12

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