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SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans

WASHINGTON – SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued the following statement today in response to the President’s address to the nation: “The President took bold, decisive action to make our 30 million small businesses more resilient to Coronavirus-related economic disruptions. Small businesses are vital economic engines in every community and state, and they have helped make our economy the strongest in the world. Our Agency will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by the situation. Additionally, the SBA continues to assist small businesses with counseling and navigating their own preparedness plans through our network of 68 District Offices and numerous Resource Partners located around the country. The SBA will continue to provide every small business with the most effective and [...]

SBA To Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans2020-03-16T16:32:09-05:00

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series

On March 4th 2020, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation was proud to host another successful Lunch and Learn event at our sponsor, B&B Electric's, facility. The event discussion was led by Justin Kirking (Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development). Justin spoke to attendees about "Wisconsin's Hemp Rebirth" and was focused on addressing the current challenges and future opportunities that exist through Rural Development Programs in order to assist in financing the processing and other value projects that could potentially be eligible under the Rural Development's financial programs and post-harvest eligible projects as well. This event is the first in the upcoming series of similar Lunch and Learns, stayed tuned for updates & flyers for the upcoming events over the course of the next few weeks!

“Wisconsin’s Hemp Rebirth” Lunch & Learn Series2020-03-13T09:48:50-05:00

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Press Release

BrightStar Announces Two New Investments “Give Me Liberty” Receives Acclaim and Awards MILWAUKEE, March 4, 2020 – BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc. today announced that it has invested in two more Wisconsin based companies: Stem Pharm, Inc. and AgriCycle Global, Inc. These investments bring to 54 the number of early-stage Wisconsin companies in which BrightStar has invested. Stem Pharm, Inc. is a Madison biotechnology company focused on creating adult stem cell derived neural organoids to evaluate drug treatments for neural diseases. Its unique in vitro models will explore new therapeutics for the most devastating central nervous system (CNS) diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, and brain cancers such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). AgriCycle Global, Inc. is a Milwaukee based vertically integrated company with a portfolio of ethically sourced and up-cycled consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. Agricycle sells fully traceable, 100% natural, organic [...]

BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Press Release2020-03-06T09:34:54-06:00

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze

Recently, CCEDC was asked by our economic partner UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (hereafter MOC), to help promote their Lean Certification Training Program. In today’s workplace CCEDC understands that Lean Certifications can open up many employee opportunities, position the employee for possible promotions, help the employee better understand a production process within a business, and improve organizational operations by eliminating non-value-added steps (wastes) in processes. Drylock Technologies in Eau Claire, Wisconsin continued on their Lean journey by participating with the MOC by hosting this high impact Lean Certification Training Series. Over fifteen employees from Drylock Technologies and other advanced manufacturers from and around Chippewa County are participating in the class. To further build the talent pipeline in Chippewa County the MOC, CCEDC, and Drylock Technologies reached out to the Chippewa Falls High School to [...]

UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze2020-03-18T14:09:12-05:00

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”

Sarah Gordee (Director of Sales, Hookd Promotions) led another outstanding BEAR Lunch and Learn where over 20 Chippewa County business leaders gathered at Hangar 54 within the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wisconsin to discuss emerging strategies utilized in attracting new employees.  The session also explored trends and statistics around the role that internet video use has on talent attraction and those potential employees searching for new opportunities. Gordee stressed, "companies need to constantly monitor and adjust their social media marketing and utilize optimization strategies effectively, if they're going to have their company websites noticed by these new, savvy job seekers." Another important role CCEDC's Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) program plays is to gather businesses together to discuss the latest trends and issues that may hinder economic development growth in the [...]

Workforce Attraction: Attracting New Employees “Times Have Changed!”2020-02-26T14:46:32-06:00

Business in Focus Magazine

Take a look through and see where we are mentioned. Business in Focus Magazine issue Dec.2019-Jan.2020 https://mags.businessinfocusmagazine.com/e_mag/BIFNADec2019/#page=1  

Business in Focus Magazine2020-02-25T12:15:54-06:00

Chippewa County Economic Development Legislative Committee meets with State Senator Kathleen Bernier

Through its Legislative Committee, CCEDC takes a proactive approach to working with the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, state government agencies, and local legislative bodies whose actions and decisions impact our state and local business climate. We work with our partners to help advocate for policies, initiatives and programs that promote job creation, encourage investment, improves our ability to recruit, grow, and retain talented workers and employers-resulting in economic prosperity throughout Chippewa County. Year round, the CCEDC Legislative Committee monitors notable policies from our local legislators and how these policies might affect our economic development programs and processes. With Wisconsin lawmakers preparing to adjourn for the year-the Chippewa County Economic Development Legislative Committee meet with State Senator Kathleen Bernier on February 21st, 2020 at the Fleet Farm Distribution Center in Lake Wissota [...]

Chippewa County Economic Development Legislative Committee meets with State Senator Kathleen Bernier2020-02-25T10:48:49-06:00

The Review Said What?!? Strategies for Confronting Negative Online Reviews

2020 is starting out great for the BEAR Business Expansion and Retention Lunch & Learn Programs! CCEDC knows that the strong "engines" of our local economy are our existing businesses. Helping them stay in "know" learn strategies to help them grow is what our BEAR Program is all about. CCEDC organized the most recent BEAR lunch & learn was to assist local businesses on how to deal with less-than flattering feedback from online reviews. Presented by Dr. Emily Elsner Twesme owner and operator of Bright Business Consulting the program was held at the The Hive (formerly Deb's Cafe') in Lake Hallie, Wisconsin. Over 17 Business representatives attended discussed reviewing and addressing on-line negative feedback, importance of gathering information on what is being said online about their business and learned steps to implement a [...]

The Review Said What?!? Strategies for Confronting Negative Online Reviews2020-02-10T18:15:52-06:00