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.

    2021 RCEDC Resource Guide

     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.Cassandra Hathaway Economic Development 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.Wesley Walsh Business Lending Partners 262-898-7436
    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.Andrea Safedis Business Lending Partners 262-898-7422
    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

    Resources for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

    In addition to traditional financial and technical assistance programs, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), defined as ethnic minority, women, and disabled veteran-owned firms, can access targeted programs and resources tailored to support DBE’s. The following list of partner organizations and resources have been collected to help guide DBE companies.

     

     SourceDescriptionContact
    Business Planning & WorkshopsWisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)Expertise in business planning, financing and accessing resources that can assist with starting and growing a business.WWBIC, Racine Office

    www.wwbic.com

    262-898-5000
    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

    wisconsinsbdc.org/business-answerline
    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

    www.uww.edu/wisc


    innovate@uww.edu, 262-472-3265
    Entrepreneurial How-To Video SeriesSmall Business Development CenterExplore complex but important topics – Law, Lending and Accounting – in an approachable way on your own time.Entrepreneurial How-To Video Series
    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
    wisconsinsbdc.org/goglobal
    Chad Hoffman
    608-301-6215, chad.hoffman@business.wisconsin.edu
    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

    www.wmep.org

    Roxanne Baumann

    Director of Global Engagement, WMEP

    262.442.8279, baumann@wmep.org
    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

    www.wwbic.com

    Heather Lux

    262-898-5001, Heather.lux@wwbic.com
    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

    www.fabwisconsin.com

    Brad Rostowfske

    414-287-4135, brostowfske@fabwisconsin.com
    Food Finance InstituteFood Finance InstituteOffers financial resources to every growing food, beverage and value-added farm enterprise. Edible Alpha

    ediblealpha.org


    Food Finance Institute

    foodfinanceinstitute.org


    info@foodfinanceinstitute.org


    (608) 263-0398
    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

    www.wispro.org

    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

    414-659-6704, bartels@wmep.org
    MentoringSCOREOne-on-one, long-term business mentoring and consulting.To be connected to a local SCORE mentor call: 866-548-4358

    counseling.28@scorevolunteer.org
    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

    800-550-1961

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

    262-898-7562

    www.gtc.edu/business-community
    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
    www.uwp.edu

    Mary Fischer-Tracy

    262-595-3363, fischert@uwp.edu
    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 business.wisconsinsuppliernetwork.com
    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

    wisconsinsbir.org

    Dave Linz

    608-263-3315, dave.linz@uwex.edu
    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

    www.wwbic.com

    414-263-5450
    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

    thewatercouncil.com

    Karen Frost, kfrost@thewatercouncil.com
    Wisconsin One Stop Business PortalState of WisconsinWisconsin's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to start a business in Wisconsin.Wisconsin One Stop business Portal

    Recent Business Expansion News

    Zilber Property Group recently announced the planned development of an industrial business park in Caledonia, Wisconsin, on a recently acquired 93-acre land site.

    Centro Sperimentale del Latte USA Inc. (Cultures Supporting Life), a probiotic company, recently established its first operations in the U.S. with a manufacturing facility in Caledonia, Wisconsin. The investment is part of a multimillion-dollar project expected to create up to 31 jobs over the next four years.

    MobCraft Beer of Milwaukee and the Village of Waterford have come to an agreement for MobCraft to purchase and develop the old Waterford fire station located at 122 N 2nd Street off on Main Street along the Fox River.

    The Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) program is a state-funded
    grant program that provides employer-led worker training grants. Applications are now being accepted and are due by 3:00 p.m. CST on Friday, April 15, 2022.

    Creative Welding & Fabrication previously leased most of the space at 120 Industrial Drive in Burlington. After learning about the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 504 program, owners Roger Baumeister and Jeremy Uhlenhake decided to purchase the building, which allowed them to expand operations and begin collecting rent from existing tenants.

    Summit Packaging Systems celebrated the 77,000 sf expansion to their current facility located at 3441 S. Memorial Dr with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 5th.

    Summit Packaging Systems, LLC – a global leader in the manufacturing of aerosol actuators and valves – proposes to add a 77,000 SF expansion to its current Racine facility, which would create an estimated 145 jobs.

    Opened in 1966, the Nestlé plant at 637 S. Pine St., Burlington, makes candy bars, but soon will shift to producing refrigerated cookie dough as part of a $70 million expansion and retooling.

    Meijer expands third supplier diversity event in search of diverse-owned merchandise brands and suppliers

    ExporTechTM is a 12 week program with group and customized personal coaching between sessions. Build your customized, strategic export expansion plan with data, best practices, and a repeatable, results-proven process focused on ROI, execution, and minimal risk.

    On Saturday, December 4th, Tom and Sue Haman celebrated the grand opening of their new Culver’s location on Douglas Avenue, across from O&H Danish Bakery and Starbucks.

    Centered in one of the Midwest's fastest growing commercial corridors - between Milwaukee and Chicago - the Village of Sturtevant is a prime location to do business. Explore some of Sturtevant's available properties and choose Racine County before the opportunity is gone.

    INVEST IN RCEDC

    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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      INVEST IN RCEDC

      RCEDC’s mission is to grow Racine County’s property tax base and by supporting business expansions, provide employment opportunities to Racine County residents. In 2021, RCEDC staff were able to facilitate 95 projects that included comprehensive site selection, loans, grants, and incentives resulting in $360 million in private investment and $210 million in new construction. These business expansion projects will result in 500 new full-time jobs.

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