After 4 months of weekly classes, 35 (volunteer) professional business class instructors, and one-on-one mentoring, 18 entrepreneurs are on their way to launching — or already have launched — their businesses right here in Marathon County with the help of MCDEVCO.
Learn about their “dolphin tank” experience, upcoming programming for future assistance, and their “Crops & Shops Marketplace” events that feature food trucks and children’s crafts and are open to the public to purchase items that are ag-related (CROPS) or from a small business located throughout Marathon County (SHOPS).
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MCDEVCO is working daily to assist small businesses in Marathon County with questions about loans, grants, and federal programs available to businesses affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about how businesses, municipalities, and others can look to MCDEVCO for helpful resources and mentoring as the State implements a phased reopening of businesses through the Badger Bounce Back plan. (Click the title to read more…)
A new fund awarded to MCDEVCO assists local minority entrepreneurs by providing gap financing to secure startup funds to bring new business dreams to life. Learn about the fund and local business entrepreneur Summer Vang’s photography venture — Aperturesque — in the full story. (Click the title to learn more…)
The County Board and a local foundation are working to grow MCDEVCO’s Marathon County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) by contributing $2 million to “bridge the financing gap” on approximately $20 million of economic development projects within the County! Learn about the fund & a range of programs & workshops for business owners & entrepreneurs. (Click the title to read more…)
MCDEVCO invites you to share in two inspiring talks to be held at the YWCA to kick off their new “Women Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs” community programming in Marathon County. The talks are part of MCDEVCO’s celebration of National Women’s Small Business Month in October. (Click the title to read more…)
When it comes to moving Wisconsin FORWARD (as our state motto suggests), there’s a new message in the air… and on billboards across the state: THINK-MAKE-HAPPEN. So, what do these 3 words mean? (Click the title to find out…)
Have you heard of MCDEVCO’s new “Wausau SOUP” night events? You’re not gonna want to miss “SOUPthree,” featuring a massive pop-up art gallery & local musicians. Find out the SECRET LOCATION of your next chance to experience these trendy $5 crowdfunding dinners designed to enhance our local community. (Click the title to read more…)
Over 175 events in 25 communities across Wisconsin provide a weeklong series of events focusing on discovery, adventure, and meaningful conversations about issues that matter to young professionals during YPWeek Wisconsin. Local events in the Wausau area will include a Speaker Crawl, SOUPthree event, Riverfront Rally, and Cultural Festival, as well as collaborations with Urban Pulse, Friday Night Fun, Wausau Quadcopter, and Toward One Wausau, to name a few. (Click the title to learn more…)
Entertainment and ambiance you wouldn’t believe all for a mere $5. Find out who SOUP II attendees awarded a $957 micro-grant for a new citizen-led project. (Click the title to read more…)
There’s a new kind of soup in the community, but it’s not being served by a restaurant, a food truck, or even a kitchen, but rather by MCDEVCO—the county’s economic and community development corporation. Food, fun, fellowship, and funding—See how this creative new Wausau SOUP initiative is making an impact on your community. (Click title to read more…)