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HATCH Business Pitch Competition

Do you have a scalable business model that can reach high growth rates over time? Do you have a product or idea that can transform into a wide variety of products or a service that is specific to certain industries or markets? Is the product at an early stage and currently being tested as the go-to market strategy and sales channels are being fine-tuned? Then the Chippewa Valley HATCH Pitch Competition is for you! CCEDC partnered with CoLab and other sponsors to gather regional investors at the River Prairie Center in celebration of Startup Chippewa Valley Week. Investors are looking for exceptional teams and products that fit their investment criteria so they can make a return on their investment. Local investors are a key part of the Chippewa Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem and might [...]

HATCH Business Pitch Competition2021-11-08T16:23:53-06:00

CCEDC 2021 Round-Up HATCH Business Pitch Event

Wrangle up some friends and join the CCEDC at Chippewa Valley Music Festivals for the wildest Entrepreneurial night at Chippewa Valley Wisconsin largest Start Up Pitch Event! Come cheer on your favorite entrepreneur and show your support. Entrepreneurs will each have five minutes to pitch their case to local judges and you the audience about their business ideas. In addition, you will have a chance to evaluate and vote for your favorite idea alongside the judges. Space is limited! RSVP to save your seat and watch this Wild West Idea Showdown. The best wins $5,000.

CCEDC 2021 Round-Up HATCH Business Pitch Event2021-04-23T10:25:34-05:00

Youth Entrepreneurship…a Sweet thing!

Fostering entrepreneurship is essential for any community to grow, no more so is this true than in rural areas like Chippewa County. It takes a certain type of person that wants to create new products or services. These entrepreneurs stimulate new employment, which positively impacts our economic growth. So, it makes sense that the sooner entrepreneurs are cultivated, fostered, incubated, and supported-the more benefits our local region will receive. One does not need to look far to find success stories of young adults that have taken the entrepreneurial route. According to www.investopedia.com - Hart Main created manly-scented candles when he was 13 only after he kept teasing his sister about her girly-smelling candles. Then there is Caine Monroy, who transitioned some space in his father’s auto parts store into a makeshift arcade at [...]

Youth Entrepreneurship…a Sweet thing!2021-04-20T16:26:59-05:00

BEAR Discussion with Dr. Vijay Sasi from ABECS Global

Join us for a BEAR Discussion with Dr. Vijay Sasi owner/president of ABECS Global from Stanley, Wisconsin, is a custom manufacturing company involved with the production and distribution of animal health nutritional supplements. Specialize in manufacturing and packaging quality nutritional and nutraceutical products. ABECS Global LLC conducts business globally with specific emphasis to the USA.

BEAR Discussion with Dr. Vijay Sasi from ABECS Global2021-03-08T15:07:22-06:00

Happy International Women’s Day!

CCEDC would like to wish a Happy International Women's Day! It is important to celebrate the women who lead, inspire and achieve every day!  This year's theme is #ChoosetoChallenge, calling on us all to think critically about our own thoughts and actions and how we can better promote gender inequality and celebrate women's achievements. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women‘s achievements here in the Chippewa Valley and beyond. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge!

Happy International Women’s Day!2021-03-08T16:09:49-06:00

Shop Main Street WI

Good news for all our small businesses in the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin that offer ecommerce and shipping options – the MainStreetWI.com online retail portal is expanding statewide. The portal, launched in June for participants in WEDC’s Main Street and Connect Communities programs, will be expanded! This campaign will include additional media and social media tools and resources which will be released on November 16th, but in advance of this launch, WEDC is hoping to identify additional businesses that should be added to the site to allow Wisconsinites to shop local when they are shopping online this holiday season. Surveys show that more than 70% of consumers plan to do at least some online shopping this year, and WEDC would like to make it easier to identify and purchase goods online from local [...]

Shop Main Street WI2020-11-10T15:30:01-06:00

National Veterans Small Business Week

Veteran business owners drive our economy and power the American Dream.  As these patriots apply many of the skills they obtained in the Armed Forces, they make valuable and lasting contributions to our robust business landscape.  During National Veterans Small Business Week, we celebrate these hardworking men and women who defended our Nation in uniform and continue to strengthen it by starting businesses when they return to civilian life. Join us at Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) as we celebrate veteran-owned businesses across the country from Monday, November 2nd thru Friday, November 6th! Each year the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrates, connects, and empowers service members, veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW). This year marks the seventh annual NVSBW and this [...]

National Veterans Small Business Week2020-11-02T11:16:47-06:00

VES Co-Founder John McBride Announces Retirement

John McBride said he’s dedicated his career to improving the health of cows, which in turn, leads to higher milk production. Since its founding in 2008, VES has been the global leader in innovating Animal-Centered Environments (ACE) to optimize cow health and welfare at many of the world’s most successful dairies. From its headquarters in Chippewa Falls, VES has designed ACEs for customers in 30 countries. VES Environmental Solutions is a premium manufacturer and sourcing company of ventilation equipment for industrial, agricultural and horticultural industries. Their wide variety of air circulation fans, exhaust fans, ventilation fans, ceiling fans, fiberglass fans make them one of the leaders in the HVAC industry. Their team of design engineers has developed some of the most energy efficient, quiet, low maintenance and innovative ventilation components in the world. [...]

VES Co-Founder John McBride Announces Retirement2020-11-11T11:58:26-06:00

We’re All Innovating Contest

Innovation can come from many directions – a small business that offers new ways of dining; a precision machining shop that tweaks a new part for ventilators; or a startup that’s using software to improve e-learning. Whatever it may be Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) would like you to know about a new contest that Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is offering for Wisconsin businesses. Wisconsin businesses of all sizes and in all industries are demonstrating resilience, ingenuity and compassion—all traits our state is well known for—in their response to COVID-19. WEDC is recognizing and rewarding these companies with Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through the We’re All Innovating Contest, administered in partnership with the Wisconsin Technology Council.  As we work together to build a stronger economy, we [...]

We’re All Innovating Contest2020-10-01T12:23:29-05:00

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Apply Now for Walmart’s 7th Annual Open Call for U.S.-Manufactured Products

Do you have a product made, sourced or grown in the U.S. that belongs on store shelves across the country? Well, Walmart is serving up a chance at the big break you’ve been looking for. The application process for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call is open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their U.S.-manufactured products on Walmart shelves to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on Oct. 1, 2020 via virtual pitch meetings. Walmart started the Open Call event back in 2013 after announcing a commitment to purchase $250 billion in American-made products by 2023. The company estimates that the initiative will create up to 1 million new jobs in direct manufacturing and the support and service sectors. While finding products that fulfill the needs of Walmart's customers [...]

Entrepreneurs Wanted: Apply Now for Walmart’s 7th Annual Open Call for U.S.-Manufactured Products2020-08-03T12:30:46-05:00

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