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Summit Draws Apartment Developer Pre/3
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Living RoomAt a 2015 developer’s summit, the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC), City of Sheboygan and Sheboygan Square provided a trolley tour highlighting the county’s attributes and flourishing economy. The tour piqued the interest of PRE/3.

“The SCEDC’s economic and demographic data as it introduced potential development sites especially impressed and encouraged us,” said Sarah Hillenbrand, Vice President of PRE/3, one of the state’s largest apartment developers.

Program Helps Entrepreneur Chart his Course Kager BBQ
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KagerKevin Kager’s father had a favorite axiom, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” So, when Kevin decided to start a food truck, he made sure he had a solid plan. Helping him pull everything together was an Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP) offered through the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation. “No one should start a business without taking that course. 

Financial Planning for a Financial Planner | The Financial Group, Inc.
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TFG PhotoWhen Greg Casper found himself positioned to become sole owner of The Financial Group, Inc., he knew it would be advantageous to tap into the expertise of professionals well-connected to the local financial and business network. 

“Partnering with the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation allowed me to secure the additional financing I needed to acquire the business. They connected me to resources available through the City of Sheboygan and provided connections that were very helpful,” said Casper, a Sheboygan native and University of Wisconsin – Madison graduate.

Sealing the Deal | Safety Fresh Foods
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Safety FreshWith its strong food manufacturing presence, Sheboygan County offers excellent potential for Safety Fresh Foods. The business, which recently built a state-of-the-art facility in Plymouth, provides high-pressure pasteurization (HPP), a technology used by many local food companies, which currently ship their products to and from HPP facilities in other cities. 

“We are looking forward to working with local companies on innovation, cost savings, food safety and process enhancement to increase profitability and long-term viability,” said Mark Maglio, who is co-principal of Safety Fresh Foods with his father, Sam Maglio Jr.

Starting a New Business on the Right Foot | Red Wing Shoes
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RED WINGWhen John and Kelly Church opened a new Red Wing store in Sheboygan County, it helped fill a retail gap in the area. And with reciprocal twist, the area nicely fit the couple’s personal life, too.

John was assistant operations manager at the Red Wing shoes Minnesota plant when his daughter accepted a job at Johnsonville Sausage. After numerous visits to the area, the Churches, who had been looking for the right city to open a store, found Sheboygan County to be an ideal place for both the store and themselves.

SCEDC Helps Facilitate Growth | DURA-TREL INC.
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DURATRELDura-trel Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of vinyl lawn and garden products, experienced significant growth over the past few years to the point of requiring additional employees and tooling to meet an increased demand.

Established in 1998 and headquartered in Sheboygan Falls, the company’s arbors, trellises, planter boxes, compost bins, picnic tables and other home accessories are handcrafted in-house. Bob Schnettler, President/CEO reports that the company enjoys robust sales with direct customers that include Home Depot and Wal-Mart.

Local Entrepreneurs Switch Things Up | Switchgear Brewing Co.
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Switchgear elkhart lake 053017 ContributedA brewing company that opened in the spring of 2017 was conceived over the years by a group of coworkers at Masters Gallery Foods.

The skilled and passionate team of Nick Kullmann, Ryan Feldmann and Mark Grasse brought the combined expertise of electrician, maintenance and business/accounting to create SwitchGear, a craft brewery located in Elkhart Lake. 

Cooking Up a Palatable Business Plan | Seeboth Delicatessen
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seebothOffering in-house roasted and smoked meats, made-from-scratch soups, and fresh bakery and salads, Gwen and James Seeboth set out to create a delicatessen that would keep customers coming back again and again. They reached out to the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) to help make their dream a reality.

Gwen, well-seasoned in the art of customer service, and James, a long-time restaurateur, dreamed of owning and operating a business together. 

A Top Shelf Renovation | Urbane
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UrbaneIn 2006, Urbane purchased the property at 1231 N. 8th Street, Sheboygan, known as Mr. Glen’s bar. Owner/operator Jennifer Schreiner’s plan was to turn the more than 100-year-old building into an upscale venue.

Extensive renovations included electrical, plumbing, flooring, exterior painting and repairs, windows, and refurbishing an original tin ceiling and bar, which was built in the 1800s.
By 2016, Urbane was achieving the success Jennifer had envisioned: a bar with a casually sophisticated atmosphere offering an extensive menu of specialty cocktails and freshly squeezed juice drinks served by a staff of professional bartenders. However, Jennifer wanted to restructure

Condo Project Driven by Passion Wolf Motorsports & Motorsports Villas
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Bart2Bart Wolf, owner of Wolf Motorsports and Motorsport Villas in Elkhart Lake, has been a part of the racing scene since he was seven years old. Since then, he was won more than 60 national Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) titles while simultaneously building a successful business in track side services, automotive restoration and storage, and driver coaching.

When his business outgrew his rented garage facilities in Plymouth, Wolf decided it was time to relocate. He began looking for a new site and also developed the vision for his “car condos.” The condos are designed for automotive enthusiasts, who can live or vacation near the iconic Road America Race Track with their prized vehicles safely stored right at their condo.

Business is Barreling Along 3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
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Grant Pauly 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. Owner BrewmasterWith cutting-edge marketing, a creative approach and a renowned product, 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. rose to the top of micro-brew markets in southeastern Wisconsin, Madison, Minneapolis and Chicago. With that success, the microbrewery outgrew its rented facilities, and owner Grant Pauly consulted the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) about acquiring a new building and additional equipment.

“Our growth exceeded anything we could have hoped for. As exciting as this was, it meant that we had to figure out how to expand much sooner than we anticipated,” said Pauly. “We wanted to keep everything in-house, which meant we had to figure out how to raise the money to do so.”

Pursuing More Opportunities HCI Properties
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636330590765684493 she n Portscape Apartments 0614 gck 10The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) specializes in finding an open door where others may only see a wall. In HCI’s first new market rate housing development in the area, the SCEDC staff was able to find and open doors for HCI Properties when they proposed building luxury apartments in the City of Sheboygan.

“The staff at SCEDC really helped us identify a shortage in the marketplace, guided us on setting our price points, and worked with us to solidify our plan,” said David Griffith, of HCI Properties. “And frankly,” he added, “they nailed it.”

"Someplace Better" Fills Jobs Efficiently Plymouth Foam Inc.

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Plymouth Foam Job Fair reducedPlymouth Foam Inc.partnered with the SCEDC to organize and promote a job fair to attract employees. Leveraging the “Someplace Better” digital campaign the company’s $1,500 investment in Facebook, Craigslist and billboard advertising, along with press releases, signage and flyers, resulted in 120 applications for 20 posted entry-level positions. "The marketing efforts we achieved through our partnership with SCEDC generated interest that vastly exceeded our expectations,” said Amanda Novak, Human Resources Generalist. 

Army Veteran's Dream Becomes Reality | Compassionate Care Animal Clinic
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Compassionate Care airDr. John Prellwitz dreamed of owning his own veterinary clinic and spoke to dozens of people  seeking help until he talked with staff of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC). After months of Dr. Perllwitz spinning his wheels the SCEDC helped him with a business plan, financials and helping the Village of Elkhart Lake create a new commercial development using a TIF.  Within a year of meeting the SCEDC, Dr. Prellwitz was cutting the ribbon on his new clinic.

Restaurant Goes From Renting to Owning | The Black Pig
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Black Pig OwnersThe Hurries operate The Black Pig restaurant in downtown Sheboygan and sought to expand into catering. Just one problem, they didn't want to stick money into a building that was not theirs.  Working with the SCEDC entrepreneurship team, the Hurries developed a business plan and were able to get traditional financing and a loan from the City of Sheboygan's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to purchase and renovate their existing place of business.

Innovative Financial Solutions The Osthoff Resort
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Grand Libelle Empty 007 cmyk lights adjThe Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI serves as an inviting destination for years. The resort realized a larger conference space would help fulfill an unmet need.  To support the project the Village of Elkhart Lake created a TID while the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation helped secure a $500,000 loan thru the Sheboygan County Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).  

Women-owned Business Explodes Dollhouse Dance Factory  
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dollhouse studioLooking to expand, Dollhouse owner Kayla Pittner sought help from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC).  The SCEDC helped Ms. Pittner to wirte a business plan and get it funded thru the City of Sheboygan Revolving Loan Fund (RLF).  Ms. Pittner stated "The SCEDC was the perfect partner, assisting me with my financial records and walking me through the entire process step by step...Within two weeks, I was handed a check.