Starting Your Business

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce and MCDEVCO partner with a variety of community organizations to offer a variety of resources and partners with a variety of community organizations to help businesses thrive, adapt, expand and relocate.

Entrepreneur and Education Center

Provides new businesses with an environment that nurtures and enhances their creativity. With 43,940 square feet of potential, the Center houses 28 office tenant spaces, 17 industrial tenant spaces, a kitchen-café facility with ample parking and convenient freeway access. Provides administrative services, conference and training facilities and wireless Internet. A variety of partners will offer services and programs that support the growth of new business and assist current businesses in moving forward with innovation in products and process. Many of these services will be portable and taken out to the communities as part of the Community Empowerment Program. Partners include American Society of Quality, NWMOC , NTC, WRCC, UWSP – SBDC, SCORE, UWMC, MCDEVCO and Wausau Region Chamber.

Entrepreneurial Mentoring and Guidance

Entrepreneurial Training Course — Create Your Own Business Plan. Classes assist entrepreneurs in writing a solid business plan. Offered in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, the UWSP Continuing Education Small Business Development Center and the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. Fee is $250. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the UWSP-Center for Leadership Wausau site. Register online or call Dorothy Snyder, UWSP Continuing Education Small Business Development Center, 715-346-3861 or 800-898-9472 or the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, 715-845-6231.

UWSP Continuing Education Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Offers no cost business counseling to both start-up and existing businesses. The SBDC also coordinates conferences, workshops and certificate programs on topics ranging from business planning and marketing to financial management and sources of capital. Contact SBDC Director, Vicki.Lobermeier@uwsp.edu by email or phone, 715-346-2288 for more information about SBDC programs and services.

Business Mentoring and Guidance

Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce Business Retention and Expansion Committee. Committee members visit local businesses to listen to business owners’ and workers’ concerns, needs and suggestions. The committee performs maintenance visits every 18-24 months after the initial visit; follow up visits occur as needed. Membership in the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce is not required.

Areas of assistance include:

  • Physical expansion
  • Municipal issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Expanding markets
  • Workforce issues
  • Access to capital
  • Business counseling
  • Technology
SCORE

A free service providing business counseling and mentoring for business entrepreneurs. SCORE counselors are business professionals with backgrounds ranging from small business owner to corporate executive.

SCORE counselors:

  • Assist new businesses with licensing, financing and writing a business plan.
  • Help established businesses secure financing and address existent challenges.
  • Provide SCORE workshops that cover business plans, legal issues, marketing, finances and entrepreneurship.
Municipality Business Development Resources

The City of Wausau Community and Economic Development provides a variety of resources, including available business sites, Wausau-area demographics, business mentoring and guidance, profiles of local businesses and financing resources.

Vision and Goal Setting for Communities

MCDEVCO, Marathon County Government and UW -Extension have partnered to create the Community Empowerment Program. This program brings together community and business leaders in an effort to help them create an economic development plan for their community.