Regional & County Resources
Polk County Economic Development CorporationThe purpose of the Polk County EDC is to encourage and promote economic development and capital investment in Polk County in order to create and retain attractive jobs for a diverse population, enhance our community’s tax base, and facilitate positive, sustainable economic growth. Polk County EDC can offer assistance of starting and financing a business.
For more information, please visit Polk County online or contact Terry Hauer, EDC Director at 715-405-3400 or by email.
UW-Extension Office-Polk County UW-Extension Offices provide educational tools in land use and economic matters for residents and businesses. They custom fit their knowledge and provide research to communities with whom they are assisting. In a collaborative effort with UW-River Falls Small Business Development Center, the UW-Extension office also hosts a monthly Small Business Consultation Sessions. These confidential face-to face sessions are an informal opportunity for local entrepreneurs to have their business plans and financial projections reviewed and analyzed.
For more information, please visit UW-Extension online.
Momentum WestThe best of business, education, service, technology and tourism is brought to your fingertips by the creators of this comprehensive website Momentum West. Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties.
For more information, please visit Momentum West online or contact them by email.
Regional Business Fund (RBF), Inc.RBF, Inc. is a non-profit economic development corporation whose purpose is to promote business and economic development in west central Wisconsin. The RBF, Inc. offers loan funds to businesses within the Wisconsin counties of Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, and St. Croix that expand within the region, diversify the economy, add new technology and create quality jobs and capital investment in the region.
In 2008 counties, cities, villages, and towns consolidated 28 different state-funded revolving loan fund dollars into the Regional Business Fund. This created a larger and more diverse fund that includes the Revolving Loan Fund, Downtown Façade Loan Fund, Micro Loan Fund, TEF(Technology Enterprise Fund), and EDA (Economic Development Administration) Revolving Loan Fund.
For more information on eligibility, terms and conditions, and application procedures contact Heidi Biesterveld:
West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
800 Wisconsin Street
Mail Box 9
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Visit RBF online or email the organization.
Revolving Loan FundThe Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is a flexible source of loan funds for commercial and industrial projects. The purpose is to encourage the creation of quality jobs and to increase the tax base. Eligible activities include acquisition of equipment, machinery, furniture and fixtures, and new working capital.
Downtown Façade Loan ProgramThe Downtown Facade Loan Program provides financial assistance to encourage property and business owners in core downtown's to revitalize downtown commercial buildings within towns, cities, and villages of West Central Wisconsin. Eligible activities include facade renovation, exterior lighting, doors, graphics, signage, windows, and awnings, other facade or landscape improvements.
Applicants must provide acceptable facade design plans that comply with approved general design guidelines based on the National Trust or suitable design guidelines prepared and adopted by local governments.
Micro Loan Fund ProgramThe Micro Loan Fund Program provides small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses. The key objective is to assist business owners, who have traditionally had difficulty assessing debt financing, by affording them another alternative to obtaining credit.
Eligible activities include:
- Acquisition of equipment
- Building renovation and rehabilitation
- Furniture and fixtures
- Inventory purchases and supplies
- Leasehold improvements
- Natural disaster recovery
- New working capital
- Real estate acquisition
Technology Enterprise Fund (TEF)Companies locating, or agreeing to locate, their primary operation to Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Polk, or St. Croix County, may be eligible for TEF Funds - a revolving loan fund that provides creative financing to new and emerging technology companies.
The goal of the program is to leverage private investment dollars and enhance sustainable economic development opportunities within the region.Eligible technologies include any business engaged in the activities of research, development or manufacturing of advanced products or materials for use in factory automation, biotechnology, chemicals, computer hardware, computer software, and similar technologies.
EDA Revolving Loan Fund ProgramThe Economic Development Administration (EDA) Loan Fund has been managed by the RBF, Inc. since 1995. The program provides low-interest loan funds to expanding businesses that are creating jobs and making a capital investment.
Forward WisconsinForward Wisconsin is a resource for information on business climate, taxes and costs, workforce and State comparisons.
Wisconsin Department of Commerce: Business DevelopmentThe Wisconsin Department of Commerce offers:
- Business expansion and export development
- Business planning
- Early-stage planning grants
- Employee training
- Federal research grant assistance
- Initial capitalization
- Low interest loans
- Research and development
- Site selection
- Tax credits
- Training incentive programs