Resources

 

Grants.gov is the single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by all Federal grant making agencies.

www.grants.gov

Office of Energy Independence provides a list of financial incentives for the production of clean energy.

Click here

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) programs are available through the Vernon County RLF Committee, Hillsboro City Revolving Loan Fund, Couleecap, and the CMV fund of the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission.  These are low-interest loans to assist businesses with start-ups or expansions and eligibility is based on the number of jobs created. 

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is available through districts established in Coon Valley, DeSoto, Hillsboro, Ontario, Viola, Viroqua and Westby.

Contact the VEDA office regarding RLFs and TIFs

Organizations:

Center for Land Use Information, UW-Extension
A series of publications about planning, zoning and land use topics has been compiled with assistance from the Department of Natural Resources and the Office of Land Information Services of the Department of Administration.

http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/landcenter/pubs.html

Couleecap

A private, nonprofit agency established in 1966 to secure and direct anti-poverty programs that assist people in Crawford, La Crosse, Monroe and Vernon counties. Programs focus on needs related to Housing, Family Support Services, Youth, and Energy Services.

http://www.couleecap.org

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Wisconsin’s primary agency for delivering integrated services to businesses.

http://inwisconsin.com/

Equipment and Metal Manufacturing Association (EMMA)

An industry cluster association comprised of equipment, machinery and metal manufacturers working together to improve the competitive advantage of their firms by developing innovative ideas to increase productivity and by cost sharing on equipment and workforce development programs.

www.emmatristate.org

Energy Star

A government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

http://www.energystar.gov

Focus on Energy

Works with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through information, resources, grants and other financial incentives.

http://www.focusonenergy.com

Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC)

A Commission of nine counties located along the Mississippi River in Western Wisconsin, organized in 1964 under Wisconsin State Statutes to plan for the physical, social and economic development of the Region.  Provides services such as: comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision ordinances, grant writing, geographic information system map production, revolving loan fund administration, State Technology Zone tax credit administration, administering the Wisconsin Federal Grant Review Program, economic development planning, economic data collection and dissemination, and advocating public policy positions on issues affecting the Region.

www.mrrpc.com


Office of Energy Independence
Created by Governor Doyle to lead the state’s effort toward a goal of supplying 25% of its electric power and transportation fuels from renewable resources by the year 2025.

www.energyindependence.wi.gov

Small Business Administration (SBA)

A United States government agency that provides support to small businesses to help them start, grow and succeed. 

www.sba.gov

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) UW-La Crosse

Provides business advising services, business education programs and information resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the 7 Rivers Region. The SBDC is affiliated with UW-La Crosse College of Business Administration and its service area includes: Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties.

http://www.uwlax.edu/sbdc

USDA Rural Development

Offers programs to help improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. Financial programs support:
  • Essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.
  • Loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools.
  • Also offers technical assistance and information to
    • help agricultural and other cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their member services.
    • help communities undertake community empowerment programs.
www.rurdev.usda.gov

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Serves Wisconsin residents and communities by working with others to provide creative financing resources and information to stimulate and preserve affordable housing, small businesses and agribusiness.

www.wheda.com

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation  (WWBIC)

Provides hands-on assistance to business owners through classes, on-on-one assistance, and access to capital through direct lending programs.

www.wwbic.com

The next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting is Wednesday, August 9th at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 North Main Street in Viroqua. Networking starts at 5:30, program begins at 6:00 pm.

Business Counselor Terri Urbanek will discuss how to launch a strong, successful company and how to put together the pieces you need for faster and better growth. Find out about resources that will help you manage your business and keep customers coming back.

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

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