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If you are starting a new business, need support in growing your existing Racine County, Wisconsin Business, or are looking to locate your business in the Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor, the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) can serve as your project partner with the state, county and local municipalities. We can apply for incentives and offer attractive financing opportunities for eligible companies. Below are just a few of the services RCEDC and our partners offer to support a vibrant local economy. For additional information, please contact our staff members, Laura Million.
- Racine County CEO Roundtable: Helps executives of small and mid-sized companies improve their leadership and management skills to help drive profitable business growth. The Roundtable:
- Includes 8–12 business executives from noncompeting industries and provides a confidential forum where participants share challenges, experiences and solutions.
- Meets approximately 10 times a year for 3-4 hours each session to share and learn from peers and hear from guest speakers and subject matter experts on topics such as compensation, succession planning, and strategic planning.
For more information on the Racine County CEO Roundtable, along with testimonials from CEO Roundtable participants, please contact Laura Million, Business Resource Manager or view our Roundtable Flyer.
- Marketing for Breakfast: is a group of marketing professionals that meet for breakfast on the first Friday of every month. They share best ideas and practices with others in the field. You are invited to come, meet your peers, learn from others, and share your own area of expertise. To attend, please contact Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce.
- Human Resources Roundtable: Meets once a month for a luncheon and is open to anyone responsible for HR functions within a Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC) member company to discuss topics such as benefits, recruiting and retaining employees, and employment policies from area employers. If you are interested in attending, please contact Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce.
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Government Contracting and Procurement
Wisconsin Procurement Institute: Assists Wisconsin companies with Government contracting, helping firms successfully enter and develop their Government market segment. For more detailed information, contact Aina Vilumsons at 414-270-3600.
Foreign Trade Zone No. 41: Helps facilitate international trade and increase the global competitiveness of Southeast Wisconsin’s companies. Companies importing and or exporting product may benefit from the Foreign Trade Zone. Please contact Nick Grahovac or Betty Nowak at 414-286-8131 or see below for more information.
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 Activation
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 Application Process
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 Consultants
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 Feasibility Study
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 PowerPoint
- Foreign Trade Zone No. 41 Brochure
The Foreign Trade Zone has been expanded in Southeast Wisconsin. Read more here.
- Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partner (WMEP): Enhances the success of Wisconsin's small to midsize manufacturers by providing expert and accessible services in the areas of growth and innovation, continuous improvement, training, export assistance, supply chain management and profitable sustainability. Please contact David York, Senior Manufacturing Specialist, at 414-403-6698 for more information.
Minority and Women Owned Businesses
- Resources for Women Entrepreneurs– Information for women-owned businesses that includes resources for business education and training, financing, government procurement and certification and a listing of women business events is available through the Office of the Women’s Business Ombudsman.
- Resources for Minority Entrepreneurs – A statewide resource that provides assistance to minority-owned businesses, include the Minority Business Enterprise Program, which increases the opportunity for sales to state government. This program also offers certification for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs).
New Product Development
- Gateway Technical College, Workforce and Economic Development Division: the Growth Wheel is a new tool for decision making in start-up and growth companies. It helps entrepreneurs and advisors get focused, set an agenda, and take the next step towards success. For more detailed information, contact Kate Walker at 262-898-7410.
- Wisconsin Innovation Service Center: Services to help companies find new customers and diversify markets, including analysis and summary of targeted market sectors and potential customers in target segments. Grants funds are available to offset costs. For more detailed information, contact Ronald Gayhart at 262-472-3217.
Small Business Resources
BizStarts Milwaukee:Creates a vibrant, innovative and prosperous entrepreneurial business climate in the M7 region by inspiring, nurturing, connecting and celebrating entrepreneurs and their companies.
- The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE): Educates entrepreneurs and helps small business start, grow, and succeed. SCORE is a mentoring program involving 13,000+ volunteers with a combined 270,000 years of experience across 62 industries and offers free advice, tools, workshops, and templates.
- Wisconsin Business Answer Line: Provides free information to small business owners and their staff in the state of Wisconsin on a wide variety of business topics. AnswerLine staff have access to an extensive document library, phone and web resources and often field calls about starting a business, business planning, permits and licensing, insurance, legal entity types and business financing topics. These resources can also be e-mailed to the caller to answer their questions quickly and efficiently. The AnswerLine is available from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 608-263-7680 or 1-800-940-7232.
- Wisconsin Business Wizard: Provides licensing, permitting, and regulatory requirements based on the type of business you own or plan to start.
- Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network (WEN): Provides entrepreneurs with access to a statewide network of resources and expertise, identifies high-potential entrepreneurs and helps move their businesses forward, facilitates collaboration between entrepreneurs and between organizations that assist entrepreneurs, and helps create and grow minority-owned businesses.
- Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Toolkit: Provides business start-up information and assistance, networking contacts and technical resources. The information caters to individuals interested in starting any type of business including retail, service or technology companies.
- Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC): A statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
- UW-Parkside Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Provides education, training, and one-on-one counseling to entrepreneurs and existing businesses throughout Kenosha and Racine counties, while connecting business to university resources including students and faculty at UW-Parkside.
Racine County Workforce Development Center (WDC): Assists with recruiting and screening applicants. Grants are available to cover between 50 to 90% of on-the-job training cost of hiring a new employee. Business must work with WDC prior to hiring an employee to qualify. For further information, please contact Christine Henning at 262-638-6603.
- Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce, Burlington, WI
- Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, Racine, WI
- Union Grove Chamber of Commerce, Union Grove, WI
- Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, Waterford, WI
Infrastructure and Logistics
Racine County has an ideal transportation infrastructure network. From interstates and major highways, airports, seaports, foreign trade zones, and rail infrastructure. Business and industry have advantages of receiving raw materials and getting finished goods to markets quickly. Select here for an interactive map detailing the transportation infrastructure network. A detailed list of websites can be accessed below.
- Wisconsin Department Of Transportation
- Department Of Transportation Railroad Map
- Ports of Milwaukee
- Chicago Port
- Great Lakes Region (locks up north by St. Lawrence seaway)
- General Mitchell International Airport
- O'Hare International Airport
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