The Door County Economic Development Corporation is a great resource for anyone thinking about starting a new business in the Door County Peninsula. We have the programs, people and a proven track record of helping businesses of all sizes succeed. DCEDC wants to continue to nurture a strong entrepreneurial community spirit in Door County. Whatever your dream, we can help you achieve it. To speak with a member of our staff, please contact us any time.
In addition to our full time staff, a counselor from the Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay comes to Door County once a month to meet with entrepreneurs and other people wanting to start a business in the county. E-mail us to arrange a meeting.
New businesses find an enthusiastic, nurturing partner at the Business Development Center, a small business incubator located in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Tenants, paying competitive rents, share services and equipment, which allows them to keep overhead costs low and get off to a strong start in business.
Each year, DCEDC co-sponsors a multi-week entrepreneurial training program course, taking students step-by-step through the process of writing a business plan. Registration for the course begins in November; the class runs from late January until mid-March. E-mail us to get on the mailing list.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation offers two grant opportunities for the creation of business plans for new businesses.
Wisconsin Early Planning Grant
The Center for Technology Commercialization manages a series of micro-grants of up to $9,000 (per small business) on behalf of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) for those starting or expanding a technology-based or research oriented business or a firm located in Wisconsin that relies on use of technology.
*Examples of projects eligible for funding:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Biomedical/Biotechnology/Medical Devices
- Dairy/Agricultural Research
- Energy and Biofuels
- Healthcare Information Technology
- Nano Technology
Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) Grant
Provides funding for entrepreneurs to attend a course focused on determining the viability of their business. Coursework addresses legal and financial issues, staffing, accounting, record-keeping and marketing. In addition, individual counseling and coaching will help to complete the business plan and prepare to request financing from banks, investors and/or public institutions.
Each year, DCEDC co-sponsors an eight-week entrepreneurial training program course in Door County, taking students step-by-step through the process of researching and writing a comprehensive business plan. The grant covers up to 75% of eligible tuition costs; you will be required to provide a cash match of at least 25% of the eligible tuition costs.
The Wisconsin Business AnswerLine (800-940-7232) provides free information to small business owners and their staff in the state of Wisconsin on a wide variety of business topics, including business planning, business permits or licenses, insurance, obtaining business financing, start-up tips, and more. AnswerLine staff draw from extensive resources and their own business ownership experience to provide timely answers to business questions. They also serve as a quick source of referral to regional SBDC consultants and educational programs statewide. The service is free
There is also a wealth of other information available online regarding starting a business. For your convenience, some of the most helpful web sites are listed below:
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation programs for entrepreneurs and innovators
Business Cost Comparison – Compare Wisconsin business factor costs with 13 other states with a click of your mouse.
- Wisconsin Business Toolkit
- Wisconsin Innovation Service Center
- Wisconsin Innovation Network
- Wisconsin Angel Network
- UW-GB Small Business Development Center
- Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest
- US Small Business Administration: Starting & Managing a Business
- www.entrepreneurship.org from the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship
- Free sample business plans online
- Service Corps of Retired Executives
- Resources for Entrepreneurs with a Disability
- Marketing and Branding: Small Business Resource Center
- Expertise.com: Small Business Resources