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.
|Land & Building Searches||Assistance 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 Retention||Access key programs in Racine County to attract, develop and retain employees at your facility.||Kate Walker Talent Recruitment Specialist, RCEDC 262-898-7438
|Research Assistance||Basic 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 Loans||Low 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.||Thomas Van Gent Business Lending Partners 262-898-7434|
|State and Local Incentives||Tax 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 Grant||Up 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 Resources||GTC 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|
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.
- Wisconsin Supplier Diversity Program Business Certification Program
- HUB Zone Program: Specific to businesses located in historically underutilized business areas
Ethnic Minority-Owned Business Focus
|Business Planning & Workshops||Wisconsin 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
|Business Start-up Questions||Wisconsin Small Business Answer Line||Helps 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
|Customer Diversification, Market, Distribution and New Product Assessments||Wisconsin Innovation Service Center||Qualitative 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
|Export Assistance||Wisconsin Go Global Initiative||Access 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
|ExporTech||WMEP||Join 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
Director of Global Engagement, WMEP
|Financial Capability Workshops||Wisconsin 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
|Food and Beverage Industries||Food and Beverage (FAB) Wisconsin||Resources 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
|Food Finance Institute||Food Finance Institute||Offers financial resources to every growing food, beverage and value-added farm enterprise.||Edible Alpha
Food Finance Institute
|Government Contracting and Procurement||Wisconsin Procurement Institute||Assists Wisconsin companies with Government contracting, helping firms successfully enter and develop their Government market segment. More information available at: www.wispro.org||Wisconsin Procurement Institute
|Manufacturing Resources||Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership||Provide 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.org||WMEP
|Mentoring||SCORE||One-on-one, long-term business mentoring and consulting.||To be connected to a local SCORE mentor call: 866-548-4358
|Personal Financial Assistance||Green Path||One-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 Development||Gateway Technical College||Computer-controlled tools to inspire innovation through prototyping.||Fab Lab Program
|Startup & Entrepreneurial Services||UW-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
|Supplier Network||Wisconsin Supplier Network||Promote 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 Assistance||The Center for Commercial Innovation||Provides 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
|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
|Water Technology Resources||The Water Council||Promotes 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
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|Wisconsin One Stop Business Portal||State of Wisconsin||Wisconsin's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to start a business in Wisconsin.||Wisconsin One Stop business Portal|
The Build Your Own Business program helps entrepreneurs open a storefront location for 3 - 5 months in downtown Union Grove. Business owners receive assistance in finding a store front location, business and marketing plan assistance from the SBDC at UW Parkside, and access to a $500 grant upon signing a lease of no less than 3 months and no more than 5 months.
Case High School graduate and Milwaukee Brewers former draft pick, Lee Jaramillo now owns Northterra Real Estate Group. Jaramillo recently used RCEDC's High Impact Revolving Loan Fund for interim financing to construct the new O&H Danish Bakery on the corner of Douglas Avenue and 4 Mile Rd.
With infrastructure improvements completed and development plans in place, the Village of Waterford and a few of its local businesses are utilizing RCEDC resources to spur recent development activity.
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…
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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…
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.