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.

Our Synergy Resource Providers

Grow Downtown

Downtown Mainstreet Inc (DMI)

ensuring ongoing economic development while cultivating a revitalized downtown.

(re) Locate

La Crosse County Convention and Visitors Bureau

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

Regional Growth

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).

Attract Visitors

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

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

fThrough 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

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

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)

Funding

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

Tax Incentives

  • Manufacturing and Agriculture Credit
  • Training Grants

Exporting

  • Upcoming trade ventures
  • Global market opportunities

Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)

Business Lending Partnerships

  • Business Financing Products
  • New Market Credits

Developer & Mangagement

  • Financing
  • Tax Credits
  • Property Managers

Data

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

UW-Extension

Community development studies:

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

La Crosse County Revolving Loan Program

  • Area profile
  • Plans and maps

Worknet

Wisconsin’s workforce and labor market information system

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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

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

Transportation

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. 

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