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Below is a collection of media including videos, audio and news articles featuring the Door County Economic Development Center.


DCEDC Seeks Award Nominations

Nominate for annual Door County Industry/Manufacturer and Entrepreneur of the Year awards, and Lifetime Achievement

Your opportunity has arrived to honor the people who help make Door County the prosperous community it is today! 
The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors are accepting applications for the annual awards of Door County Industry of the YearDoor County Entrepreneur of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. 
These awards salute and celebrate members of the Door County community who have made a significant impact economically, via business development and operation, civic engagement or community development. The award winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of the Door County Economic Development Corporation this April. The date for the Annual Meeting is April 24, 2019.
 
Nominations are now being accepted! 
Click on the following links for a nomination form: 
 
Deadline to submit nominations is February 25, 2019.
 
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award — awarded last year to the McMahon Family of Door County Brewing Co. & Music Hall in Baileys Harbor — celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. 
The Industry of the Year award recognizes a construction, service or manufacturing business that has made a substantial impact on the community, and has enjoyed significant accomplishments during the past year. This year marks the 46th year of this prestigious award, first presented by the Door County Chamber of Commerce in 1973. Last year’s award winner was Door County Medical Center. 
 
The honor for a lifetime of work – Door County Lifetime Achievement Award – was awarded to Fran Shefchik in 2018. 
This award honors individuals who have spent 20+ years of their career or of their life, building, operating and/or owning business(es) in Door County that have had a uniquely positive and lasting impact on the Door County economy and business landscape, and who actively participate in civic and community development. This honor will be awarded as-merited (not necessarily annually). 
 
Any Door County resident, business or employee can nominate a business, entrepreneur or lifetime achiever by filling out a nomination form via the link above. Self-nominations are encouraged.
 
To ask questions, please email: paige@doorcountybusiness.com.  
Submit nominations to DCEDC by Monday, February 25, 2019.

Door County Manufacturing Days 2018

Watch a robotic welder zap metal parts together at Therma Tron-X, or taste chocolate chip cookies baked in 45 seconds in an industrial oven made at Hatco Corporation (pictured). These experiences and many more await you, your family, friends and co-workers during the second Door County Manufacturing Day, October 27, 2018, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The public is invited for free tours of 12 manufacturing and production companies’ facilities in Sturgeon Bay.

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP AND PRINTABLE BROCHURE: MFGday brochure 2018

This event is hosted by Door County Economic Development Corporation, and sponsored and supported by Door County Manufacturers Association and NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

Our future workforce will have the opportunity to explore career options here in Door County, when 200 high school sophomores from the four Door County mainland high schools will tour 12 businesses Thursday, October 25. The businesses include: Cadence, Inc., ExacTech, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Hatco Corporation, Hi-Tec Fabrication, Key Industrial Plastics, Marine Travelift, Inc., N.E.W. Industries, Pro Products. Inc., Therma Tron-X, Inc., Sunshine House, Inc., and WireTech Manufacturing.

Added this year is a Job Fair at the participating businesses. If you’re searching for a new job or career, bring your resume and prepare to engage with companies that are currently hiring. Tour the business, talk to people who work there, and apply on site.

For safety, please wear closed-toed shoes on the tours – these are active manufacturing and design facilities. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will have its ElectroMechanical Mobile Lab in the Sunshine House parking lot on Saturday. This 53-foot trailer is designed to introduce students to advanced manufacturing careers through hands-on experience with the customized equipment housed within the mobile lab. The Sunshine House will also host a brat fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday tours are free of charge. Donations are encouraged to support the Door County Business & Education Partnership, an initiative of DCEDC. Information about the businesses and a map of the industrial park will be available at each participating manufacturing company and at the Information Tent on the corner of Neenah Ave and Hwy 42 (stop light).

“Helping our businesses reach their maximum efficiency and capacity is our goal in adding a Job Fair to this year’s Manufacturing Day, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to explore and learn about all the high-tech manufacturing facilities we have right here in Sturgeon Bay,” said Paige Funkhouser, DCEDC Economic Development Manager. “We want to engage students by showing them the diverse, creative, and professional jobs available in manufacturing careers. These businesses provide living wages through year-round jobs in Door County. Most offer excellent medical and retirement benefits, in addition to incentives and workplace culture benefits. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and anybody thinking about changing jobs or careers!”


Entrepreneurial Training Program in Door County

               The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center (SBDC) invite you to attend an entrepreneurial training program in Door County! Weekly classes begin Monday, January 28, 2019 at the DCEDC Business Development Center in Sturgeon Bay. This eight-week business planning course takes students through a step-by-step approach to researching and writing a professional business plan.
               Building a business to withstand the test of time requires a unique set of tools. That’s where the Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program course makes a difference, by providing you the opportunity to:

*  Organize and better manage your business. 
*  Identify opportunities and market your business – Will your brilliant idea make money?
*  Understand and get your business financials in order. 
*  Get funding for your business. 
*  Network with other entrepreneurs – Word of mouth is GREAT marketing
*  Develop a network with small business support services – DCEDC can help connect you;
*  Write a detailed, comprehensive business plan – Get ready to make your dream a reality!

          The course is open to those who are considering starting their own business, existing small businesses wanting help to get a handle on the details, or successful businesses looking to grow.
           From 2004 to 2018, the Door County program has had 123 participants, 56 of whom went on to start a business.
           The cost to you for the Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program is $250, which includes books and materials. The full course usually costs $1000, however the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is offering an Entrepreneurial Training Grant to qualified applicants (must submit a passing, completed business plan) that covers 75% of the tuition.

 CLICK HERE for registration forms and additional information, or call (920)743-3113. 

Registration is due by Friday, January 18, 2019.


Take the Leap! Start or Grow a Business

        Are you ready to own or operate your own business? Want to take steps to grow your current business? Find help for both paths by taking the Door County Small Business and Entrepreneurial Training Course this winter. 

2018 Business Plan Contest winners of $1,000! Pictured L to R: Tara Carr, ETP instructor; Courtney Janson, Mike Weber, owners of CLINK! DIY Craft Studio; Paige Funkhouser, Economic Development Manager, DCEDC

Weekly classes begin Monday, January 28 at the DC Economic Development Corporation’s Business Development Center

January 18!
 
This eight-week business planning course will guide you through a step-by-step approach to researching and writing a professional business plan.
           Building a business to withstand the test of time requires a unique set of tools. That’s where the Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program course makes a difference, by providing you the opportunity to:
*  Organize and better manage your business;
*  Identify opportunities and market your business …Will your brilliant idea make money?
*  Understand and get your business financials in order;
*  Get funding for your business;
*  Network with other entrepreneurs…Word of mouth is GREAT marketing;
*  Develop a network with small business support services…DCEDC can help connect you;
*  Write a detailed, comprehensive business plan…Get ready to make your dream a reality!
          The course is open to those who are considering starting their own business, existing small businesses wanting help to get a handle on all the details, or successful businesses looking to grow.

2016 Business Plan Contest winner of $1,000 cash – Angela Lensch Jewelry! Pictured: Sam Perlman (former DCEDC Economic Development Manager) and Angela Lensch.

          Recent data from the SBDC showed that from 2004 to 2018, the Door County program has had 123 participants, 56 of whom went on to start a business. 
 
The cost for the Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program is $250, which includes books and materials. The course usually costs $1,000, however the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is offering an Entrepreneurial Training Grant to qualified applicants (must submit a passing, completed business plan) that covers 75% of the tuition.
 
To REGISTER (by Friday, Jan. 18) and for additional information, visit: UWGB – Small Business Development Center
 
 The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) and the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay are proud to once again sponsor this entrepreneurial training program in Door County.
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER by Friday, January 18, 2019.

“Door County – Business By Nature” Talent Attraction Video

This is a video produced by DCEDC and a number of Door County companies that highlights the positive aspects of work and life in Door County, and can assist local firms in recruiting the skilled workforce required for their continued growth in our community. The video features interviews with Door County employers and employees, talking about their first impressions of the County, recreational amenities, the various communities in Door County, healthcare, schools and community engagement.