WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  

CCEDC hopes that you and your families are safe and healthy in this incredibly challenging time.  Our hearts go out to all those who are being impacted by this crisis around the United States, and particularly our business partners, communities, and neighbors in the Chippewa Valley. We are  working in close partnership with many others in our state economic development and business community, to advocate for resources to be put to work in response to this COVID-19 health emergency. CCEDC wants you to be aware of some of the latest programs that have just been announced:  WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency $5 million grant program to assist “smallest of the small” businesses around state MADISON, WI. March 18, 2020 – In another step toward assisting [...]

WEDC announces targeted grants to small businesses suffering losses due to COVID-19 emergency  2020-03-18T16:11:04-05:00

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

STEAM Leaders in the Chippewa Valley

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) was proud to collaborate with Chippewa Falls High School on the 6th Annual S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) open house this past week.  S.T.E.A.M aims to spark an interest and lifelong love of the arts and sciences in students from an early age. Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math are similar disciplines in that they all involve creative processes and none uses just one method for inquiry and investigation. Teaching relevant, in-demand skills that will prepare students to become innovators in an ever-evolving world is paramount, not only for the future of the students themselves but for the future of the Chippewa Valley. This year included over 40 local businesses, universities and military recruiters that setup booths and incorporated hands-on-learning activities for students . [...]

STEAM Leaders in the Chippewa Valley2020-03-13T12:45:01-05:00

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

26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally

Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) had the opportunity to join in this year's 26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally in Madison, Wisconsin. This annual event is organized by the Chippewa Valley Chamber Alliance, representing the Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and Eau Claire Chambers of Commerce. This unique opportunity brings the collective voices of Chippewa Valley businesses and community leaders to the capital all at one time to recognize and strengthen our region's mutually-beneficial relationship with state government, which includes topics on transportation, workforce development, economic development, education and other critical areas. With workforce at the top of the agenda, CCEDC was there to help emphasize issues on workforce challenges, as this shortage continues to be the number one challenge for many local businesses in Chippewa County and throughout Wisconsin. Discussions highlighted on filling positions [...]

26th Annual Chippewa Valley Rally2020-02-26T17:52:32-06:00

CCEDC and CESA 10 host Central Region Business & Industry Luncheon

While Wisconsin continues to experience substantial growth in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare, engineering and many others industries the pace of change continues to accelerate as we prepare tomorrow's workers for their future jobs, some which do not even exist yet. Many middle schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions are quickly adapting their programs and curriculum to best prepare our students for these new advancements and environments that are developing right here in Wisconsin. To help strengthen our local employers and district stakeholders Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and CESA 10 hosted a seminar on February 12th, 2020 where over a dozen businesses and district leaders gathered for a conversation regarding "Central Region Business & Industry." This seminar luncheon provided district stakeholders valuable feedback from Chippewa County companies on their labor market needs, [...]

CCEDC and CESA 10 host Central Region Business & Industry Luncheon2020-02-12T15:19:27-06:00

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

BEAR Lunch Dialog

CCEDC’s economic development programs prioritize business expansion and retention (BEAR) above all else. Estimates show that approximately 60-80 percent of  all new jobs in a rural community are created through the expansion of the existing businesses that are already here. Chippewa County’s existing employers are the foundation of our local economy and must be supported through a strong BEAR program. The areas existing clusters of precision manufacturers, technology/e-commerce businesses, value-added agriculture/food processors, and healthcare employers are the backbone of our Chippewa economy. On January 29th, 2020-BEAR endeavors continued in New Auburn, Wisconsin where over a dozen business leaders gathered for a conversation about “Attracting the Modern Employee.” As part of the BEAR Lunch and Learn series-Justin Vajko the Chief Conversationalist of the Dialog Design Company led the group though a discussion that highlighted [...]

BEAR Lunch Dialog2020-02-07T10:31:32-06:00

Discovering Export Opportunities in Central Europe

The potential exists to increase local companies’ sales through exporting. CCEDC hosted a round table discussion where over a dozen Chippewa Valley companies asked questions about the advantages of exporting their products to Central Europe. Paul Smerda, the Senior Manager at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) European Trade Representative Firm in Berlin, Germany lead a discussion and answered questions concerning the upcoming WEDC trade venture to Germany in June 2020, market trends, and recommended pro-active sales strategies for doing business in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Scandinavia. Wisconsin has a history of strong German immigration and shares many similarities such as a strong manufacturing base, an emphasis on quality, and instilling a strong work ethic. In 2018 Germany was Wisconsin’s 4th largest trading partner exporting $814 million worth of goods and [...]

Discovering Export Opportunities in Central Europe2020-01-31T15:34:27-06:00

Farm Ventilation Business Expands In Chippewa Falls

Chippewa Falls, WI (December 2nd, 2020) – A Chippewa Falls manufacturer is planning a $9 million expansion that will allow the company to double its staff. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for December 14th. VES has completed an agreement to purchase a 12.4 acre parcel in the Lake Wissota Business Park from Chippewa County for $1, said Chippewa County Supervisor, Steve Gerrish. The property is in one of the city’s tax-increment financing districts. VES designs ventilation systems for barns and agricultural buildings, which improves the overall quality of life for animals. Their website states, “our direct drive fans pull fresh air into the structure, direct the air in waves to cow level, and then remove the dirty, heated air. Fresh air keeps your cows body temperatures down, keeps bedding dry, helps prevent diseases from [...]

Farm Ventilation Business Expands In Chippewa Falls2020-01-22T12:35:54-06:00