Start / Grow a Business

Entrepreneurial Services

The Chippewa Valley Area has a proud tradition of developing small enterprises into high-growth businesses.

With affordable business costs, a collaborative community, and a strong support network within Economic Development, our area is increasingly recognized as a startup city to watch.

The CCEDC has a variety of resources available to assist entrepreneurial enterprises to start and grow their businesses, including an increased availability of venture capital.

Incubate at the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center

Business incubation is a proven economic development tool that provides entrepreneurs with not only flexible lease terms, but also the infrastructure and business support services they need in order to be successful.

Under one roof, the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC) provides an array of resources including mentors, investors, community collaborators, business services, and managerial support, creating a stimulating environment that provides what companies need in order to be successful.

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About C2 Space

The mission of the C2-Space is to produce financially-viable and freestanding ventures in the community by providing start-ups with work space, mentoring, guidance, resources, and business support services. The C2 membership program provides early stage start-ups more than just affordable office space. It provides access to a diverse team of people and the resources necessary to move your business forward. The center also houses a co-working program which offers freelancers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and independent workers an authentic experience of working in a shared work space that you can’t get at home or in a coffee shop.

Business Planning Resources

Whether your business is brand-new or expanding, planning is essential. The toughest parts are doing the research, organizing the information, and taking the time to write a business plan. A completed and comprehensive business plan is the most critical part of your business and will:

  • Serve as your objective decision guide
  • Reduce costly trial and error
  • Required by lenders if seeking financing
  • Can attract potential investors
  • Greatly increases your chance of success!

Wisconsin Business Registration Information

Wisconsin's One Stop Business Portal will assist you in registering your new business with multiple state agencies. When you have finished, your new business will be registered with:

  • The Department of Financial Institutions
  • The Department of Revenue
  • The Department of Workforce Development (if required).

The portal has been designed to be an easy step-by-step process where Wisconsin's businesses can find the requirements and tools they need to start a business in Wisconsin.

Let's Get Going

If you are seeking assistance with starting up and/or running your small business CCEDC can assist you to get your business planning tools. CCEDC also provides opportunities to attend business development workshops and events. Contact the CCEDC office to discuss your business plans and get your idea moving forward!

Business Plan Template

The first step to starting a business is writing a business plan. This will serve as a tool to help you navigate the process.

Business Plan Template for a Business Start-up (PDF)

If you have an existing business and are interested in putting together a business plan.

Business Plan Template for an Existing Business (PDF)

Small Business Development Center

Need more help with your business plan, or advice about running your business? The UWEC Small Business Development Center offers free or low-cost professional advice.

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