Tools to Grow Your Business in La Crosse County

Economic Development creates the conditions for economic growth and improved quality of life by expanding the capacity of individuals, firms, and communities to maximize the use of their talents and skills to support innovation, lower transaction costs, and responsibly produce and trade valuable goods and services.

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Our Synergy Resource Providers

Grow Downtown

Downtown Mainstreet Inc (DMI)

ensuring ongoing economic development while cultivating a revitalized downtown.

Attract Visitors

La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau

builds awareness of La Crosse County as a global tourism destination.

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La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO)

promotes economic advancement through a triad of development — attraction of industry,  retention, and the management of the Coulee Region Business Center (CRBC).

Regional Growth

7 Rivers Alliance

a tri-state leadership council dedicated to regional economic growth by fostering collaboration in southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, and northeast Iowa.

Startup & Growth Programs Including Funding

LAUNCH LA CROSSE connects aspiring, emerging and established businesses in La Crosse County to a network of entrepreneurial resource providers who can help with entrepreneurial training, business planning, capital resources, grants, financing, market research, site selection and access to networking and mentors. This initiative is designed with specific components and resources to grow and support local businesses with everything they need to get their business off the ground or to take it to the next level.

Small Business Development Center

Through no-cost consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial education, and strategic facilitation, SBDC experts serve as resources for small and emerging mid-size companies.

City of La Crosse Economic Development Dept.

  • Small business development loan
  • Large scale business assistance program
  • Architectural and engineering analysis program
  • Upper floor renovation loan

La Crosse County Economic Development Dept.

  • Revolving loan funds
  • Micro-lending
  • Innovation & Diversification Grants

Couleecap Job and Business Development

helps aspiring business owners whose income is at or bleow 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines to turn their business indea into a reality.

Small Business Administration

  • Business guides
  • Loans & grants
  • Government contracting
  • Learning center

Energy Rebates

  • equipment rebates
  • energy audits & studies
  • new construction & whole buildings and renewable programs

Business Financing Guide

Showcases available funding programs to assist with start-up and expansion in our region

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Economic Development Corpration (WEDC)


  • Access to capital / funding
  • Programs to grow technology companies
  • Technology development loans
  • Minority business development programs


  • Upcoming trade ventures
  • Global market opportunities

Tax Incentives – WEDC

  • Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit
  • Training Grants
Department of Administration (DOA)

Start Your Business

  • One Stop Business Registration
  • Certification, Licenses and Permits for Health Services
  • Trademarks/Tradenames
  • Site Selection
  • WI Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) Business Resources
  • Uniform Commercial Code Resources
  • Wisconsin Business Questions Answerline

Fund / Grow Your Business

  • Business Lending Financing Products
  • Economic Development Programs
  • Minority Business Developmoent
  • Community Development Programs & Grants
  • Wisconsin DOT Economic Development Programs

Tax Incentives – DOR

  • Interactive Incentive Finder
  • Opportunity zones
  • Hiring incentives

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Business Lending Partnerships

  • Business Financing Products
  • New Market Credits

Developer & Mangagement

  • Financing
  • Tax Credits
  • Property Managers

Financing Solutions

The Export Import Bank (Ex-Im) of the United States

EXIM Bank provides financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers – to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services. Our products have many uses, so whatever your need EXIM can find a solution that fits.

What can Export Credit Insurance do for your business?

  • Protect Against Buyer Nonpayment
  • Financing to empower your business to compete more effectively
  • Win foreign projects that require bid or performance bonds.
  • Sell to Foreign Customers on Credit Terms
  • Borrow Against Export-Related Assets
  • Finance a Foreign Buyer’s Purchase, and more!


Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission (MRRPC)

  • County profile
  • Economic base
  • Population (projection, age, race)
  • Housing trends
  • Employment trends
  • Top employment
  • Poverty trends
  • Top 25 employers
  • Educational attainment
  • Municipal indebtedness
  • Real estate equalized values
  • Commuting times
  • Water treatment facilities
  • County map

Census Business Builder

Provides easy access to information about potential customers and similar businesse for those starting or planning a business. Presented as a map. Data includes:

  • Demograhics, socialeconomic, and housing data
  • Business Data
  • Imports and exports data from the International Trade program
  • Consumer Spending data
  • Farms dats
  • Your own data, mapped, with your upload

Parcels, Zoning, Public Land Survey System (PLSS) Elevation maps

Interactive maps with drawing and measuring tools including:

  • municipality limits
  • tax parcels
  • addresses
  • subdivisions
  • contrours
  • rivers & streams
  • roads
  • soils
  • zoning history
  • conditional use and permit info
  • FEMA Flood mpas

Labor Market Data

Wisconsin’s workforce and labor market information system


Community development studies:

  • Large employer housing studies
  • Community cost comparisons
  • La Crosse housing challenges
  • Challenging trends report

Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue Business Development & Goverment Relations (BDGR)

  • State labor data
  • Economic outlook
  • Exporting Info
  • State construction projects & bidding
  • Becoming a State Vendor

Wisconsin Department of Health Data

  • Poverty Status & Health Insurance Coversage – La Crosse County
  • Public Health Profiles – La Crosse County
  • Wisconsin Birth, Death, Population, Injury Data (WISH data system)
  • Wisconsin Local Health Department Survey of Finances and Staffing


La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce

Offering cubicle rental and limited hard-walled office on a short-term or annual basis.

Coulee Region Business Center (CRBC)

Provides facilities, resources, mentoring and coaching to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the La Crosse area. The Center offers shared services and a network of professional assistance, giving entrepreneurs access to a wealth of business knowledge and support services.

The Gig

Affordable co-working space for entrepreneurs of any income. Desks and offices available for rent.

La Crosse Area Development Corporation (LADCO)

  • Sites & Facilities
  • Shovel-ready sites (Golden Shovel)
  • Industrial parks
  • Commercial land
  • Commercial buildings

La Crosse County Properties

  • Lakeview Business Park (West Salem)
  • Other Propoerties

Industrial Parks in the Region

Available Sites

  • Sites & buildings
  • Industrial parks
  • Redevelopment
  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)

City of Onalaska Planning Dept.

Village of Holmen Planning Dept.

Available Sites

  • Online location search tool
  • Certified sites

Tax Credits

  • Brownfields
  • Historic Preservation
  • More


Municipal Transit (MTU)

Public transportation around La Crosse, Campbell, portions of Onalaska, and La Crescent.

  • Routes
  • Times
  • Fares
  • Trip Planner

SMRT Bus (Scenic Mississippi Regional Transit)

Bus service for La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon and Crawford counties

La Crosse Area Planning Commission (LAPC)

The Metropolitan Planning Organization designated to perform transportation planning activities for the La Crosse and La Crescent Area. The main objectives of the LAPC are to develop and maintain a long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan and a short-range Transportation Improvement Program, and other regionally significant projects.

Small Business Resources

Check Out the IRS Small Business Self-Employed Tax Center

The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center provides information on business structure, preparing taxes, filing/paying taxes, stages of owning a business, general topics, and online tools such as videos providing short, informative information on various tax related topics in English, Spanish, and ASL.

IRS YouTube:

IRS YouTube Spanish:

IRS YouTube ASL: 

Confused by Environmental Regulations? WE CAN HELP!

Wisconsin’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) provides free and confidential assistance to help small businesses proactively understand and comply with environmental requirements.

Any business in Wisconsin with fewer than 100 employees can receive compliance and pollution prevention assistance.

Contact the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program.
1.855.889.3021 (search “small business”)

Are you an Environmental Champion?

Become part of Green Tier, a program that supports your efforts in improving your green bottom line. We work with you to acknowledge your commitment to continual environmental improvement thus enabling your business to be a powerful, sustainable force for Wisconsin. We look forward to workgin together to enhance your productivity, cut your costs and strengthen the health of your community. Dynamic, forward thinking business and cahrter associations are encouraged to apply.

Why participate? Who can participate in Green Tier?

Contact us today!