Business Retention

Washington Island Ferry
The future strength of the Door County Peninsula economy is highly dependent upon the success and growth of businesses that already exist in Door County. The Door County Economic Development Corporation works with existing businesses on an ongoing basis to determine the health and strength of the local economy. DCEDC staff and volunteer members of our Business Retention committee work to make local companies stronger by identifying and helping address their business needs.

DCEDC staff and volunteers regularly meet with area business owners and leaders to discuss a number of important topics

  • Address issues with local government
  • Identify resources that foster business success
  • Refer information to appropriate policy makers
  • Uncover trends affecting local business conditions

Each year, DCEDC staff and Business Retention committee volunteers conduct 20 or more business retention meetings with a diverse group of local manufacturing, service, construction, retail and tourism businesses to thank them for doing business in the county and to assist them in resolving any issues constraining their growth. Staff and volunteers utilize Executive Pulse, an on-line business retention software package employed throughout Northeast Wisconsin, which allows for data mining and reporting capabilities on both the local and regional level.

For more information about DCEDC Business Retention efforts, or to volunteer, contact Paige Funkhouser, Economic Development Manager.

DCEDC Business Retention Volunteers

Phil Berndt – Door County Visitor Bureau
Sheila Curtin Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Leslie Gast – Nicolet Bank
Ken Glasheen – Nicolet Bank
Danny Hanson – Nicolet Wealth Management
Carol Karls – Wisconsin Public Service
Pam Seiler – Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center
Brynn Swanson – Baileys Harbor Community Association
Dan Waszak – Industrial Electric Wire Corp. 

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