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, November 13th at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 North Main Street in Viroqua. Networking starts at 5:30, program begins at 6:00 pm.

Dave Myers, a professional animator and illustrator, will present Creative Storytelling with the power of 3D Animation. He will discuss the 12 Principles of Animation and how they can apply to entrepreneurs, including how to use animation to develop a compelling story for an idea from start to finish. You will also learn about all the different realms 3D design covers and how to find free software.

Whether you have an idea or just like to think different, join us for a dynamic evening of networking with lots of creative people. Everyone is welcome!


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Quick VEDA Contact Info

Susan Noble
Executive Director, Vernon Economic Development Association
1201 North Main Street,
Suite 6, Viroqua WI 54665
608.638.8332
snoble@veda-wi.org