Partner Resources

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, RCEDC (Racine County Economic Development Corporation) 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.

Small Business & Entrepreneurial Resources

Small Business

  Description Contact
Startup & Entrepreneurial Services One-on-one assistance, market and team assessments, financial preparation, workshops and networking opportunities. BizStarts, Inc. 414-973-2334
Coaching and guidance; financial lending assistance; business/marketing/strategic planning; business plans; market analysis; growth assistance for existing business and tech venture support. Jim McPhaul, UW-Parkside Small Business Development Center 262-595-3363
Financial Capability Workshops Expertise in business planning, financing and accessing resources that can assist with starting and growing a business, budgeting, repairing and understanding your credit and protecting your identity. In person and online in demand workshops are available. Heather Lux, WWBIC 262-898-5001
Mentoring One-on-one, long-term business mentoring and consulting To be connected to a local SCORE mentor call: 866-548-4358 or email
Racine County Matching Grant Program Up to $2,500 in grants to qualifying manufacturing, woman-owned or minority-owned businesses that have been in business at least two years.  Funds can be used for consulting, training or marketing costs to grow the business. Carolyn Engel, Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
Low-Interest Business Loans Low-interest business loans with rates currently from 0%-5% generally for building and equipment financing but other uses may be considered. Carolyn Engel, Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
Small and Micro Business Financing Loans up to $250,000 Heather Lux, WWBIC 262-898-5001
Personal Financial Assistance One-on-one free credit counseling, specializing in helping eliminate credit card debt, student loan debt and assisting homeowners with avoiding foreclosure. Brad O’Brien, Green Path 414-282-8064
Seed Capital Provides grants, loans and equity investments to City of Racine technology based (Advanced Manuf., Food Processing, Info Systems, Medical Devices, Biosciences, etc.) companies and emerging growth businesses. Carolyn Engel, Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
Food and Beverage Industries The focus of FaBCAP is to assist food and beverage companies grow. Companies selected for the program receive one-on-one mentoring and $10,000 in seed funding. Brad Rostowfske, FaB Wisconsin 414-287-4135
Prototypes  & Product Development Computer controlled tools to inspire innovation through prototyping. Gateway Technical College FabLab 262-898-7430

Business Expansion & Relocation Resources

  Description Contact
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
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. Carolyn Engel Business Lending Partners 262-898-7420
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 $2,500 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
Workforce Assistance Assistance with workforce development issues and recruitment needs including: employer recruitment events; jobs fairs; on-the-job training grants; and employer workshops. Juan Gamez Racine County Workforce Solutions 262-638-6637
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

Racine County Business Networks

  Description Contact
Racine County CEO Roundtable Owners and CEOs of growth oriented companies meet on an ongoing basis to work on their business; share and learn from peers; gain valuable strategic insights; and network with trusted colleagues and advisors. Download PDF Laura Million Business Resource Manager, RCEDC 262-898-7530
Young Professionals of Racine (YPR) YPR works to attract, engage, cultivate, and retain professional talent to help our community flourish. YPR provides professional development and personal growth opportunities through a variety of networking, social, volunteer, and educational events. Anna Clementi Operations Specialist, RAMAC 262-634-1931

Business Growth Opportunities

  Description Contact
Customer Diversification, Market, Distribution, and New Product Assessments Customized research to help companies find new customers and markets, including analysis and summary of targeted market sectors and potential customers in target segments. Kaia Fowler Center for Innovation and Business Development, UW-Whitewater 262-472-3265
Export Assistance A variety of programs, grants, trainings, and research services are offered by our public and private partners. Resources exist for companies new to exporting and companies with exporting experience. Laura Million Business Resource Manager, RCEDC 262-898-7530
Government Contracting and Procurement Assists Wisconsin companies with Government contracting, helping firms successfully enter and develop their Government market segment.  More information available at: Aina Vilumsons Executive Director, Wisconsin Procurement Institute 414-270-3600
Small Business Development Center Coaching and guidance; financial lending assistance; business/marketing/strategic planning; business plans; market analysis; growth assistance for existing business and tech venture support. Jim McPhaul UW-Parkside, Small Business Development Center 262-595-3363
Prototypes & Product Development Conceive and design new products for your company or customer and access world-class rapid prototyping. Gateway Technical College FabLab 262-898-7430
Focus on Energy -Sustainability and Green Initiatives Free energy assessments to determine eligible program and incentive resources to help your company reduce energy consumption. Available to small businesses and large energy users. More information available at: Focus on Energy Small Business: 877-229-6678 Large Energy User (more than 1,000 kW monthly): 800-762-7077