Walworth County Economic Development Alliance Newsletter
January 2017
Walworth County Economic Development Alliance
Advocate. Catalyst.
Facilitator. Resource.
The best way we can help the local economy is by visiting with businesses to help match resources, create productive networks, and discover new opportunities.

           WCEDA Offices     
       New WCEDA Office
Located on the Gateway campus in the South Building on the corner of Centralia and County. Hwy. H, Room 105

SBA October Workshops
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Madison and Milwaukee

November Webinars


WWBIC Business Consulting
No Cost
Schedule Appts.
Gateway Campus - Elkhorn


Gateway Business Consulting
No Cost
January Appts. Available
9:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m.


Small Farm Business Workshop
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
East Troy

EIGERLab Innoaation Tuesday
Marketing Innovation Made Simple
$10.00 (food provided)
5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Tech Tutorial
Abram Library
9:30 a.m.

Melding Your Passion with Purpose to Transform Society
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
UWW - Whitewater


Digital and Social Media Worksip
UW - Whitewater
9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.



Inspire Forum
8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Gateway - Elkhorn

General Job Fair
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Gateway - Elkhorn

2017 Walworth County  Business Expos and Job Fair
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Lake Geneva

Quickbooks Online Class - Beginners
February dates available
WCEDA Offices

Fundamentals of Supervision
February dates available
(6, two-hour classes)
WCEDA Offices

Connect Communities
East Troy - 3rd Tuesday @ 3:30 p.m.
Elkhorn - 1st Thursday @ 7:30 a.m.
Click here for more info. 

WWBIC to Deliver Free Business Classes at Badger High School
WWBIC joined forces with Badger High School and area partners to offer free business classes to community members in the area. This will be a great resource for small businesses. For more information, click here.



Change Management
Soft Skills
Customized Training
On-site training available
 Click here for more information.

East Troy Community Development Alliance (ETCDA)

Elkhorn Economic Development Alliance (EEDA)

The City of Elkhorn recently hired the firm Redevelopment Resources to conduct a market study to assist in its economic development efforts. The EEDA will be seeking input from business owners and residents. For more information, or to get involved, click here
Wisconsin is currently phasing in a state income tax credit for manufacturers and farmers. These two sectors are currently taxed at 7.9% but will be eligible for a 7.5% tax credit by 2016. Click here for more information

WCEDA Welcomes
New Members
To become a member, click here

Wisconsin Tax Bulletin

here to see new tax laws and other tax-reIated informaiton or details.

Virtual Tenant Program
Great program for startup businesses, especially those in technology related areas. Whitewater University Technology Park (WUTP) will offer a number of valuable services for virtual tenants who are working from home or in another location. For a nominal monthly fee of $100, virtual tenants To learn more about this opportunity, click here.
Walworth County Business Mentor Network
What studies find with the companies that conduct formal plans is that their revenues are double those that do not conduct plans, and more importantly, their profits are 2.5 times those that do not conduct plans. Obviously, there is a strong case to be made for the value of planning. The good news is that Walworth County have a network of mentors who are ready and willing to help businesses in their planning process. And, the bonus is that these mentors do not charge for their services. Click
here to see a video of these mentors. And, click here to find out about the business mentor network that is available to you. 


"When the new becomes common place people become accustomed to it. That's a tribute to our sense of adventure."
~ John Glenn
Expand Your Employee Pipeline - March 1st - 8:00 -9:30 a.m.
Are you worried about having an adequate workforce to grow your business into the future? Participating in the INSPIRE program may be one of the most important efforts you can participate in to develop a strong connection to the up-and-coming employee pipeline. Inspire is a web-based program that interfaces with students, teachers, administrators, and parents. You have the ability to interact with this group in a multitude of ways, including messaging your brand, job-shadowing, speaking to classes, asking students to solve real-world problems, career expos, and summer internships. Inspire is a unique way to engage local students and even their parents and community members who might otherwise look outside of the county for career opportunities. WCEDA is proud to be leading the Inspire program for Walworth County in partnership with Milwaukee7 through the Inspire Southeast deployment. Want to learn more about the benefits of Inspire and how to participate in this vital initiative? Join us on March 1st at the Gateway Campus in Elkhorn from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. to meet the key players and learn more. There is no cost to attend this event, but reservations are require, and seating is limited. Click here for more details.

Spring Job Fair - Enhance Your Recruiting Efforts

The Walworth County Job Center, Gateway Technical College, and WCEDA are presenting a job fair on Thursday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Your business is invited to join us for the General Job Fair ideally located on the Gateway Elkhorn campus. This is an opportunity for your company to meet job seekers and introduce your company to the community.  Company's will be able to meet job seekers and discuss their resume on site. Click here for more information or to register.

Walworth County Business Expo and Job Fair 2017

The Walworth County Business EXPO and Career Fair is the ideal opportunity to promote your products,  and services to neighboring businesses across the county. Exhibitors will be on display to showcase their products, meet decision makers, and reconnect with past customers and clients.  Attendees can learn about job opportunities, leading products and services, and the latest best business practices. Last year nearly 500 people participated in this event. Click here for more information or to reserve a booth. Early bird special and member discounts available. Click here for more details. And, for sponsorship opportunities, click here. Renowned speaker John  Blumberg will give a Keynote presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Workforce Development News
Unemployment Rates and Wages
The most current unemployment rate for Walworth County was 3.6%. This compares to Wisconsin at 3.7% and the U.S. at 4.5%. Fourth quarter wages were up 2.9% than a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Available Training Grants for Construction & Small Business

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Construction Trades and Related Occupations: (FF171CL1)
Company size: any
Award amount: $5,000 to $400,000
Match: $1:$1 ($1 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM 

Worker Training Grants for Wisconsin Small Business Occupations: (FF171BS1)
Company size: 50 full-time employees or less
Award amount: $5,000 to $50,000
Match: $ .50:$1 ($ .50 applicant / $1 WFF)
Deadline: March 03, 2017 at 11:59 PM 

Gov. Walker announces Wisconsin Works for Everyone Initiative
Recently, Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his welfare reform package -- Wisconsin Works for Everybody. The comprehensive initiative, which will be included in Walker’s budget proposal, will look to extend work requirements to able-bodied adults with school-age children who are receiving FoodShare, as well as to able-bodied adults receiving housing assistance. Click here for more information.

Unique Training Institute Locates in Sturtevant, WI

BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) recently introduced its new, state-of-the art technical training institute within its local manufacturing plant. It will host dealers and technicians from throughout the Americas and have the ability to train them in four languages: English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. "This training institute, one of five that cover our regions across five continents, is a focused investment to better equip our U.S. network to deliver an excellent customer service, " Marin Soucy stated in a press release. Soucy is Vice President for Global After Sales. Could this be a glimpse into a new training model among global companies? To read more about this story, click here.

Degrees, Certificates, Business Solutions and Training 

Gateway Technical College has nearly a hundred different degrees, technical diplomas, or certificate offered at its various locations across, Walworth, Kenosha, and Racine counties. Click here to see programs of study. And for a quick overview of Gateway programs and certificates, click here. It also offers a wide array of business and workforce solutions that can be customized to the needs of individualized businesses. Click here for more details. Gateway was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce for being an innovative college. It's a great asset for our communities. EMPLOYEE ASSESSMENTS are a great way to identify skills that are needed to be successful in the workplace. Gateway can bring these assessment tools to your business. Click here for more information.

Free Online Courses Now Available to Walworth County

Hundreds of online courses are now available, free to residents of Racine and Walworth counties, thanks to a partnership between the local libraries and the counties' job centers. The Gale Course platform offers programs in a variety of areas such as business, computers and writing. Fifteen public libraries in the Lakeshores Library System, Racine County Workforce Development Center,and the Walworth County Job Center provided funding to support a region-wide subscription. Click here to read more about this opportunity.
Access to Capital News

Hometown Entrepreneur Loan Program (HELP)
Are you having trouble getting a loan? Are your revenues under $1 million? WCEDA may be able to HELP. We have a loan program through the USDA for small businesses called the Hometown Entrepreneur Loan Program (HELP) that aims to help small business access capital. Many times we can work with banks or other programs like SBA or WHEDA to make a loan work for companies. Click here to review the application, or click here to have someone contact you about this program. Click here for additional funding sources for small businesses and startups.
Crowdfunding for Startups
Obtaining funding is one of the biggest hurdles that most entrepreneurs will have to overcome. If a bank loan won't cover what you, and you don't have connections to investors, it can be tough to know where to begin. Online crowdfunding, raising smaller amounts of money from multiple backers, has become an increasingly common solution to this dilemma because it allows startups to reach out to a large number of potential investors at once. To learn more, click here.

Kiva Zip is a program that makes small micro loans to entrepreneurs. Rather than assessing your credit history and financial statements, Kiva Zip uses your character and trust network as a measure of your credit worthiness. Almost 63,000 people have supported a small business owner through Kiva Zip. Click here to learn more about how this program works.

Other News

Federal News Updates
  • Producer Price Index
  • Local Employment Dynamics
  • Real Earnings
  • Business Employment Dynamics
  • U.S. Import and Export Prices Indexes
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation
  • Consumer Price Index
Click here.

Increasing Demand for Locally Produced Food
A surge in consumer demand for locally-produced food is creating jobs and opportunity throughout rural America for farms as well as the small businesses that store, process, market and distribute food locally and regionally. Industry data indicate that local food sales totaled at least $12 billion in 2014 and estimate that the market value could hit $20 billion by 2019. To read more, click here. To access a guide to locally grown foods, click here.
Will 50% of Current Jobs Be Automated in the Next 15 Years? 
Almost half of all jobs could be automated by computers within two decades and “no government is prepared” for the tsunami of social change that will follow, according to the Economist. Specifically the Economist points to new tech like driver less cars, improved household gadgets, faster and more efficient online communications and ‘big data’ analysis to areas that humans are quickly being superseded. And while new start-ups are raising billions, they employ few people - Instagram, sold to Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion, employed just 30 people at the time. To read more on this story, click here.
A Better Way - Congressman Paul Ryan
Congressman Ryan and his colleagues put together an agenda this past fall to tackle the major challenges that our nation is facing. They are calling this plan, A Better Way. The plan addresses poverty, national security, the economy, the constitution, tax reform, and healthcare. To read more about this plan, click here
4 Trends to Keep in Mind When Blogging for 2017
As you know being successful online means being at the mercy of every algorithm update and trend that the channels we choose to publish across makes.Whether you are starting from scratch or just keeping your blog game going from previous years, here are 4 things to implement immediately:Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), mobile-first indexing,voice search, and Google’s Penguin 4.0 update:. To read more about this, click here


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Derek D'Auria, Executive Director | Email | 262.741-8134
Cathy Anderson, Executive Assistant | Email | 262.741.8508