September 2013

Free co-working space will open in downtown Racine

A free co-working space is expected to open in downtown Racine next month, modeled after similar initiatives in Milwaukee. “Launch Box,” a program started two years ago by the Racine County Economic Development Corp., has helped connect entrepreneurs and small businesses to area resources that offer business services and mentor opportunities, said Kristin Niemiec, Launch Box manager. Now Launch Box is moving into its next phase with nearly 2,700 square feet at 141 Main St. ... Read More

New agreement means more Gateway students can transfer to UW-Parkside

Gateway Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this week entered into seven new partnerships to simplify business and graphic design students’ transitions from Gateway to Parkside.  Students graduating from Gateway with associate degrees in accounting, business management, marketing and supervisory management will be allowed to transfer into bachelor’s degree accounting, management information systems and business management programs in Parkside’s Colle... Read More

Modine to acquire British firm

Racine-based Modine Manufacturing Co. ... Read More

How to start a small business with smarts

For USA TODAY's new Smart Small Business series, four expanding firms will discuss their entrepreneurial triumphs and challenges, and share their specific tactics for success.  Farmstead Cheese Co. in Point Reyes, Calif., first decided to diversify beyond milk production on their farm, they sold off half the cows in their herd and used the proceeds to build a cheese-producing creamery.   ... Read More

Business plan workshop Sept. 25

STURTEVANT — The Racine County Office of Emergency Management is hosting A Day Without Business “Make A Plan!” workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the SC Johnson iMET Center (formerly CATI), 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant.  This hands-on workshop will assist business owners and administrators in developing their own customized business continuity plans. The four-hour workshop will walk participants through the steps needed to make an effective business continuity... Read More

RCEDC reports results of business surveys

In 2010, the Racine County Economic Development Corp. designed a new program, “Jobs for Racine County.” It strengthened our business retention and expansion efforts as well as our business recruitment strategies.  From 2011-13 RCEDC, working with our partners in local and state government, has completed 71 projects, most of which have helped local companies expand and brought new companies to the community. These companies are expected to create and/or retain 3,370 jobs with tot... Read More

Porters of Racine building set for $6.5M rehab

The owners of the vacant Porters of Racine building, which occupies a full block of the city’s downtown, have lined up financing to renovate the building into apartments and plan to start construction in November. ... Read More

County seeks to sell Belle Harbor

YORKVILLE — The Racine County Board voted Tuesday to solicit bids to sell the Downtown Racine Belle Harbor Marina to an outside party.  The county acquired the approximately 40-slip marina alongside the Root River for $1.3 million in 1990, using it to provide winter boat storage as required by its contract with the former Reefpoint Marina owners. ... Read More

Businesses Aim to Ride New Funding Wave

Bob Carbone, who runs a technology startup in upstate New York, said he can't tap a bank for capital and "it's difficult to find local investors." So he is thrilled that on Sept. 23, he will be allowed to start wooing small investors nationwide with ads—online, in newspapers, on TV, on billboards or T-shirts. ... Read More

Uptown study to begin

RACINE — In the spring of 2007, former Mayor Gary Becker returned from a trip to Paducah, Ky., with an idea he thought was sure to turn around the struggling business district southwest of Downtown. As city leaders had in Paducah, Racine would attract artists to Uptown, and those artists would fix up the buildings and transform the area. ... Read More