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All Businesses Start With An Idea

Chippewa Economic Development Corporation understands the importance of business startups and entrepreneurship and the role they play in the community. That's why for years the organization has organized and sponsored a business pitch competition where a good idea can earn entrepreneurs cash and prizes with the ultimate goal of furthering their business. This year there were over 25 requests for applications from entrepreneurs throughout the Chippewa Valley that showed interest in pitching their business idea to the audience. What is really cool is the number of people who have ideas and want to be entrepreneurs continue to grow each year. The CEDC Hatch - A Shark Tank-like event is obviously working and is enhancing our local entrepreneur ecosystem. From sauna rentals to pet devices, this year's Hatch event is on track to be [...]

All Businesses Start With An Idea2022-11-15T17:14:07-06:00

BEAR Lunch & Learn: OSHA & EPA’s Impact on Small Businesses

Most OSHA and EPA laws were created to regulate large businesses, yet 99.5% of U.S. businesses consist of less than 250 employees. In this BEAR Lunch & Learn, find out from Cory White, co-owner of Small Business EH&S, the three ways that these laws negatively effect small businesses and what you can do to ensure the safety of your employees. Registration is limited; reserve your seat today! Tickets cover the cost of lunch. To learn more about what Cory does, visit his website here.

BEAR Lunch & Learn: OSHA & EPA’s Impact on Small Businesses2021-12-30T09:43:15-06:00

Shop Main Street WI

Good news for all our small businesses in the Chippewa Valley and Wisconsin that offer ecommerce and shipping options – the 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

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

A Maple Syrup Passion – Colfax Teen’s Entrepreneurship

The Wanish family  will tell you that they are proud to produce 100% pure maple syrup near Colfax, Wisconsin. But, they will also tell you that the new budding entrepreneur in the family, with a mind set on success and dedication to harvesting is 16-year-old Will Wanish. Wanish in 2018, started tapping trees and making maple syrup with his uncle, Jon, who has been tapping trees for 20 years. After that season he was hooked and decided to start his own business and Wanish Sugar Bush LLC was born in 2019. His parents, Todd and Heather Wanish, have continuously encouraged his diligent work ethic and are proud of what he has accomplished. Wanish said the decision to get into the syrup business came after the roots of the business were established in the [...]

A Maple Syrup Passion – Colfax Teen’s Entrepreneurship2020-09-30T15:42:37-05:00

CCEDC Hosts Regional Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest, HATCH

The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) is paving the way for local entrepreneurs and assisting them in bringing their business ideas alive by organizing and hosting the Chippewa Valley HATCH Program. Fostering more Startup entrepreneurs makes sense because of the role they play in helping the Chippewa Valley grow and prosper. CCEDC once again teamed with the BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. and several area local businesses at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon in Altoona, WI on Thursday October 17, 2019 to further develop the entrepreneurial eco-system. The HATCH Program-in its second year- is a rotating, high-energy idea pitch program designed to facilitate connections between prospective entrepreneurs and those within a community who support them such as industry experts, professional service firms, banks, non-profits, business leaders and investors. “Brightstar and WEDC were impressed with the [...]

CCEDC Hosts Regional Entrepreneurial Pitch Contest, HATCH2019-10-23T17:29:42-05:00

UW-Eau Claire hosts Entrepreneur Meeting

On September 17th, 2019 Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) participated in the Tech Council Innovation Network luncheon at the University of Eau Claire, WI. Jonathon Horne, managing director of Idea Fund of La Crosse, a seed stage venture capital fund established in 2016 to invest in pre-revenue and early stage revenue startup companies gave a presentation on what his fund looks for when investing in startups. Rosalyn Zirngible, Marketing Specialist and Project Manager of CCEDC, provided the group with an overview of CCEDC's programs which are aimed at improving our entrepreneurial ecosystem such as our upcoming HATCH slated for October 17, 2019 at Cowboy Jack's Saloon.  

UW-Eau Claire hosts Entrepreneur Meeting2019-09-17T16:42:16-05:00

Hatch 2019

Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, (October 17, 2019) – Wrangle up some friends and join the CCEDC at Cowboy Jack’s Saloon for the wildest Entrepreneurial Event in the Chippewa Valley - the 2nd Annual HATCH! Registered Entrepreneurs will each have five minutes to pitch their case to a panel of judges and a live audience about their business ideas. In addition, the audience has a chance to evaluate and vote for their favorite idea alongside the judges. Beyond the prize money, this is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to share their fresh and creative business ideas to supportive investors, businesses, and community members! To register to pitch, visit us at Similar to the Shark Tank Television Show, a panel of local judges will select the best business idea pitched to them by registered entrepreneurs. [...]

Hatch 20192019-09-17T16:42:09-05:00


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