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BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Growing businesses can find resources, support and opportunities in Wisconsin. WEDC offers programs and incentives that celebrate business growth and continually take bold action to provide a supportive business climate that encourages growth and expansion in our state.

Here companies will find a powerful economic development engine, powered by a network of local and regional business development organizations. These organizations connect businesses to growth-oriented solutions in the form of capital investment, community development, and tools and resources from across the state, helping them maximize their potential and make an even bigger economic impact.

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

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero Group, Inc., has been manufacturing best-in-class kitchen appliances in Wisconsin since its founding in 1945. Now a third-generation family-owned business with three brands—Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove—the company continues to grow its product lines and invest in its future. Read More

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MARKETPLACE Conference

​MARKETPLACE, the state’s premier gathering for minority, woman and veteran business owners, brings together current and aspiring business owners with service providers and buyers and is growing each year. Read More

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Werner Electric Supply

​When Werner Electric Supply, Wisconsin’s largest electrical supply distributor, outgrew its current location, it invested in a new headquarters and regional distribution center in the Town of Grand Chute. Read More

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Sargento

​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. Read More

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Sub-Zero Group, Inc., has been manufacturing best-in-class kitchen appliances in Wisconsin since its founding in 1945. Now a third-generation family-owned business with three brands—Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove—the company continues to grow its product lines and invest in its future. Read More

Read Story
Sub Zero logo

​MARKETPLACE, the state’s premier gathering for minority, woman and veteran business owners, brings together current and aspiring business owners with service providers and buyers and is growing each year. Read More

Read Story
MARKETPLACE_Logo

​When Werner Electric Supply, Wisconsin’s largest electrical supply distributor, outgrew its current location, it invested in a new headquarters and regional distribution center in the Town of Grand Chute. Read More

Read Story
werner-electric-supply

​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. Read More

Read Story
sargento-logo

“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