Business Expansion

Existing Racine County Businesses are the primary source of investment and job growth in our community. RCEDC’ staff connects local businesses with the right technical and financial resources to meet your company’s growth and expansion goals.

Our mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and provide employment opportunities in Racine County.

Resources For expanding businesses

 Description Contact
Land & Building SearchesAssistance with identifying potential land sites or buildings to meet the needs of your expansion or relocation project. Jordan Brown Business Recruitment Specialist, RCEDC 262-898-7444
Talent Attraction, Development, and RetentionAccess key programs in Racine County to attract, develop and retain employees at your facility.Kate Walker Talent Recruitment Specialist, RCEDC 262-898-7438
Research AssistanceBasic research including: economic, demographic and workforce data; market profiles and studies; and supply chain information.Laura Million Business Development Manager, RCEDC 262-898-7530
Low-Interest LoansLow interest loans to finance real estate purchases, renovation, and new construction; equipment; furniture and fixtures; and in some cases working capital. Projects are financed in partnership with primary lenders.Carolyn Engel Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
State and Local IncentivesTax credits, low-interest loans, and financial assistance available through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and local municipalities to companies expanding or relocating to Wisconsin.Laura Million Business Development Manager, RCEDC 262-898-7530
Racine County Matching GrantUp to $5,000 in grants to qualifying manufacturing, women owned, and minority owned firms to assist with business growth activities including training, consulting, and marketing. Must have less than 200 employees and less than $25M in sales.Carolyn Engel Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
Customized Training & Business ResourcesGTC offers access to resources to assist businesses in areas including: customized training; business planning and mentoring; product development; professional development; and technical courses and certifications.Robin Widmar Account Manager, Gateway Technical College 262-898-7548

Recent Business Expansion News

EVEN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC CAN'T SLOW THIS COMMUNITY DOWN The City of Burlington and RCEDC have been partnering on economic and community development projects since the early 1990’s. Through this team effort, the City has been able to site a…

Vivek Vasudeva (Vick) raised iDental to such an extraordinary level of success, he needed to expand operations. With the help of the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program through Business Lending Partners (BLP) and Town Bank, Vasudeva purchased the building he was leasing at 1320 S Green Bay Rd in Mount Pleasant, Wis.

On January 22nd the Village of Waterford will hold 3 groundbreakings for new developments all on the East side of the Village. Residents will be happy to know that the Dairy Queen Grill and Chill is among them. A new business park and condos will round out the groundbreaking adding new business tenants and residents alike. These projects will add an approximate value of $4.2 Millon to the Village.

The Village of Caledonia, WI is located along Lake Michigan in the northeast corner of Racine County. The community, population 25,400, is known for its rural character, horse farms, and park system. Residents and businesses benefit from the community’s central location in Southeast Wisconsin.

Union Grove, WI – Union Grove leaders want to recruit new businesses to its downtown and spur redevelopment projects. To accomplish this goal, the Village recapitalized a façade improvement grant program. The program, originally established in 2008, has proven worthwhile with…

YORKVILLE, WI -- The world’s leading specialist in hydrostatic transmissions, Poclain Hydraulics, Inc., established a North American headquarters in Racine County over 20 years ago and continues to benefit from its location in the Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor."The benefits of being located in…

Racine, WI -- Opportunity Zones, established under the U.S. 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, encourage private investment and economic growth in severely distressed urban and rural areas. Three of the 120 Opportunity Zones in Wisconsin are located in the City…

RACINE, WI -- Since 1941, Fischer USA has been a part of the Racine County economic community. After years of continued success, they saw a need for expansion. With support from the City of Racine and Racine County Economic Development Corporation…

The Village of Waterford is a bustling exurban community of Milwaukee with a trade population of over 46,000. State Highway 36 connects Waterford’s population to the center of Milwaukee, placing it far enough from the city to retain its Wisconsin…

FRANKSVILLE, WI -- Owned by entrepreneurial couple Jeanne and Max Zuleta, Art Below Zero was established in 1998. Prior to establishing Art Below, Venezuelan Master Ice Sculptor, Max, was previously the owner of Esculturas en Hielo in Venezuela before moving…

MOUNT PLEASANT, WI -- Through a strong established partnership, Seda North America (Seda) will expand its Mount Pleasant operations, providing more jobs for Racine County citizens, more revenue for the Racine County economy, and a longer lasting warm cup of…

Grant opportunity for small businesses with 3-20 employees

Additional Resources

Business Planning & WorkshopsWWBICExpertise in business planning, financing and accessing resources that can assist with starting and growing a business.WWBIC, Racine Office

Startup & Entrepreneurial ServicesUW-Parkside Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Coaching and guidance; financial lending assistance; business/marketing/strategic planning; business plans; market analysis; growth assistance for existing business and tech venture support.UW-Parkside SBDC

Mary Fischer-Tracy

Business Start-up QuestionsWisconsin Small Business Answer LineHelps established, new and aspiring business owners at no cost! Answer Line staff draw from extensive curated resources to provide timely answers to your business questions.800-940-7232
MentoringSCOREOne-on-one, long-term business mentoring and consulting.To be connected to a local SCORE mentor call: 866-548-4358
Financial Capability WorkshopsWisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)Assistance with personal finances including topics such as budgeting, repairing and understanding your credit and protecting your identity. In-person and online on-demand workshops are available.WWBIC

Heather Lux

Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC)Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)Business development services to active duty service members, including Guard and Reserve, Veterans and family members of both.  Resources include Boots to Business, business training, counseling, assistance with loans, and assistance with veteran’s business certification.WWBIC/VBOC

Customer Diversification, Market, Distribution and New Product AssessmentsWisconsin Innovation Service CenterQualitative research to help companies make informed decisions on market opportunities, customers and competition. Inventors can see the feasibility of a new product idea, identify licensing partners, and solve manufacturing challenges.Center for Innovation and Business Development, UW-Whitewater, 262-472-3265
Export AssistanceWisconsin Go Global InitiativeAccess import and export documentation, shipping logistics and distribution information, trade grants, market intelligence and trade data, and other consulting resources to help your business reach new markets.
Wisconsin SBDC Go GLobal
Chad Hoffman
ExporTechWMEPJoin a carefully selected group of up to eight non-competitive manufacturers where you identify your gaps and hurdles to expansion and develop your customized export plan to dramatically drive growth.WMEP

Roxanne Baumann

Director of Global Engagement, WMEP

Food and Beverage IndustriesFood and Beverage (FAB) WisconsinResources focused to assist businesses in the food and beverage industry, including an accelerator, “how-to” series for small businesses, technical assistance, and networking.FAB Wisconsin

Brad Rostowfske

Government Contracting and ProcurementWisconsin Procurement InstituteAssists Wisconsin companies with Government contracting, helping firms successfully enter and develop their Government market segment. More information available at:   www.wispro.orgWisconsin Procurement Institute

414-270-3600, INFO@WISPRO.ORG
Manufacturing ResourcesWisconsin Manufacturing Extension PartnershipProvide a variety of services to assist Wisconsin Manufacturers to grow their operations. Services include company consultations and resources for continuous improvement, Lean Six Sigma, supply chain, human capital, automation, ExporTech and many others. www.wmep.orgWMEP

Dave Bartels

Personal Financial AssistanceGreen PathOne-on-one free credit counseling, specializing in helping eliminate credit card debt, student loan debt and assisting homeowners with avoiding foreclosure.Green Path Financial Wellness

Prototypes & Product DevelopmentGateway Technical CollegeComputer-controlled tools to inspire innovation through prototyping.Fab Lab Program

Supplier NetworkWisconsin Supplier NetworkPromote your business services, solutions and capabilities to original equipment manufacturers expanding in Wisconsin and those located here looking to localize their supply chain. Connect with Wisconsin suppliers for your
Technology Innovation Research Funding AssistanceThe Center for Commercial InnovationProvides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin.  Center consultants are experts in commercialization processes and Federal Grant opportunities and processes.The Center for Commercial Innovation

Dave Linz

Water Technology ResourcesThe Water CouncilPromotes the growth and development of small and medium businesses operating in the water technology sector in the Great Lakes region. Connects small and medium-sized businesses to critical resources such as capital, training, networks, supply chains and technical assistance.The Water Council

Karen Frost,


RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. Over the last three years the RCEDC staff assisted 72 projects that, when completed, will result in 1,000’s of new full time jobs, and will substantially boost local property tax revenues. Your investment allows RCEDC staff to continue these positive efforts.


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