VEDA Accomplishments

  • Served more than 350 businesses through one-to-one counseling which fostered the creation of 12 new businesses and more than 60 jobs.
  • Developed and managing the former NCR building as the Food Enterprise Center for multiple businesses to startup and expand. Leveraged TIF revenues, a Midwest Disaster Area Bond, grants and private investment to develop the facility which currently has 20 tenants employing at least 55 people.
  • Facilitated the start-up of the Fifth Season Cooperative to coordinate getting local meat, produce and dairy to institutional markets in the region.  Helping more than 50 area businesses by providing access to new markets. Also helped Fifth Season develop value-added frozen vegetable products.
  • Helping Community Hunger Solutions expand its produce harvesting/collection, distribution and education efforts to food pantries and meal sites throughout the region.
  • Received a Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Award in May 2014 for "demonstrating the spirit of partnership and collaboration in creating positive community impacts."
  • Assisting members of the village of Ontario with strategic planning and action projects.
  • Facilitating the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club which meets the second Wednesday of every month and is open to everyone. Created 9 new businesses and more than 35 new jobs.
  • Partnering with agencies and services to explore in-home care issues for the elderly and others in need, without duplicating what already exists. 
  • Obtained a $600,000 grant for flood recovery loans to 34 businesses in eight communities: Chaseburg, Hillsboro, La Farge, Ontario, Readstown, Viola, Viroqua and Westby.  Repayments are also adding more than $200,000 to the county revolving loan fund to assist other businesses.
  • Hosted a midwinter celebration of local food.

The next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting is Wednesday, March 14th at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 North Main Street in Viroqua. Networking starts at 5:30, program begins at 6:00 pm.

“Branches Winery - What we've learned in five years” brings co-owner Therese Bergholz to share some of the challenges and celebrations they have experienced as new entrepreneurs. Learn about marketing and branding strategies, how to assess and attract your customer base as well as what worked and what didn’t work as she and her husband developed a new business in rural Westby. 

The club meets the second Wednesday of every month at the Food Enterprise Center starting at 6:00 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. 

Click here for more info on the I&E Club

Attend a free business workshop on Transferring Assets on March 15th

Attend Farmers and Producers Listening and Network Sessions

WWBIC award for work with entrepreneurs

The Food Enterprise Center and Viroqua are featured in national online Ozy news magazine

Read national online news about the economy of local food in our region

VEDA is celebrating their Tenth Anniversary

See three local businesses on Wisconsin Public Television's "Wisconsin Foodie" program

Read the economic impact of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Festival

Read about Vernon County in national e-magazine, Business in Focus

Read 2016 USDA Rural America report

Read  Vernon County 2015 Workforce & Economic Profile

Read Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report

Read about Wisco Pop in the Wisconsin State Journal

Food Enterprise Center's Wisco Pop featured in Milwaukee magazine

Read about bike friendly towns through Travel Wisconsin

Read about food insecurity in the region

Read newsletter from Fifth Season Cooperative

Food Enterprise Center is highlighted in national news

The work of the Community Hunger Solutions project

USDA grant helps businesses grow

Solar project at the Food Enterprise Center

Smart Rural Community Award for Communication Infrastructure

Exploring Home Care issues in Vernon County region

Read the Wisconsin Economic Outlook report

Food Enterprise Center receives Top Rural Initiative award

Vernon Electric Co-op's Community Solar project

Read Rural Wisconsin Today 2014 report for rural trends

MRRPC's Business Financing Guide

Click here for more articles in the News Archive

Quick VEDA Contact Info

Susan Noble
Executive Director, Vernon Economic Development Association
1201 North Main Street,
Suite 6, Viroqua WI 54665