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Resources For Businesses in Vilas County

The VCEDC is Dedicated to Your Success!

The VCEDC is a public-private partnership–a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation–dedicated to business growth in Vilas County, Wisconsin. Our staff and "working" board members are committed to your success and:

  • Provide complimentary mentoring and consulting for new and existing businesses in Vilas County
  • Work to attract new business to the northwoods.
  • Offer support for succession planning.
  • Continue to support the development of robust broadband infrastructure.
  • Support education with financial support for video and Fab Lab technology in our schools.

Eagle River Industrial Site - Certified in Wisconsin

On April 24th, 2018 Governor Scott Walker announced that a 21-acre parcel of land in Eagle River has been designated as a Certified In Wisconsin® development-ready site, a move aimed at attracting corporate development projects to the city.

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Entrepreneurial and Business Training

Do you have an idea for a business? Do you have a business plan? Are you currently operating a small business without a business plan? Whether you have a start-up idea or want to take your existing business to the next level, you will benefit from Nicolet's Entrepreneurial Training, known as the NET Blueprint program.

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Entrepreneurs' Toolkit

The Entrepreneurs’ Toolkit is designed to give innovators a guide to resources available in Wisconsin and beyond.

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Financial Support (Angel Investors)

The VCEDC Angel Investor Program can connect Vilas County businesses with potential investors.

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Grants and Loans

There are a number of financial programs that can provide additional financial support to northwoods businesses. The VCEDC can help explain what's available and how to apply.

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Ideal Working Environments (Business Incubators)

The Vilas County Business Incubators are located in Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, Manitowish Waters, and Phelps to offer a cost effective solution for working space for start-up and expanding businesses.

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Wisconsin Housing and Economic Authority (WHEDA)

WHEDA was created in 1972 by the Wisconsin Legislature as an independent authority, not a state agency. As a lender, WHEDA has over $3 billion in assets.

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Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp. (WWBIC)

WWBIC makes loans to small and micro businesses up to $100,000.

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