Business Resources

Calumet County is the second fastest growing county in Wisconsin, which means business opportunities are plentiful. We are conveniently located 25 minutes from Green Bay, Manitowoc and Appleton, in a region with a labor force of nearly 800,000 people within 50 mile radius. We are a growing area; our region has grown 12.8% since 2000 (twice as fast as Wisconsin as a whole, and 19% above the national average), making us one of the largest and fastest-growing regions in the state.

Manufacturing accounts for approximately 30% of all jobs in Calumet County and Brillion is home to several well known companies such as Ariens, Brillion Iron Works, Endries, and Professional Plating.  
Our Partners and Services
The Fox Cities Regional Partnership (FCRP), an economic development organization serving all of Calumet County, Outagamie County, and the northern portion of Winnebago County.  FCRP is Brillion's primary economic development organization.  FCRP focuses their services on industry, specializes in business retention and expansion, and works with site selectors to bring businesses to the area that support the region's major industry clusters. Clusters targeted are: manufacturing; food processing; regional offices; and transportation. Visit their site for a list of available properties.

In addition to being served by the FCRP, Brillion is also served by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is a statewide economic development corporation which can offer business incentives in the form of tax credits, grants, training dollars, and other incentive packages. They also provide brownfield and community development services.

NEW NORTH, a regional economic development organization serving 18 counties, also provides services to the residents and businesses in Brillion. NEW NORTH provides business and talent development services. NEW NORTH serves a larger region that FCRP, and therefore targets more industries. The targeted industries NEW NORTH works to attract and expand are: defense; marine; new agriculture and food manufacturing; power and energy; dairy product manufacturing; pulp, paper, and paper converting; and electrical equipment manufacturing.

The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and the Fox Valley Technical College work with businesses in the City on workforce development and training needs. The Technical College also provides international business services.

Brillion is also a member of the Fox Cities Economic Development Partnership (FCEDP), a group of economic development professionals providing assistance to the Fox Cities Regional Partnership (above); the Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Partnership (NEWREP) which works closely with NEW NORTH (above); and the Lakeshore Cluster Initiative which works to strengthen and expand existing industry clusters in the Lake Michigan region. Primary clusters the Initiative focuses on are: agriculture; energy; manufacturing; and tourism.

Thinking of starting a business?
Do you have an existing business that you need assistance in expanding or finding a new location? The Community Development staff is here to help!
The following overview of business resources highlight the most commonly requested services. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us for a custom response to your business needs. For information on business or available sites, visit the Business Resources page.

SBDC Business Counseling
Through Calumet County’s partnership with the UW Green Bay Small Business Development Center, start-up and existing companies in the county have access to expertise provided by Entrepreneurship Specialist Ray York.

Native to Eau Claire County, Ray joined the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation an Entrepreneurship Specialist in 2018.  His position is part of a collaboration with the Small Business Development Center at UW-Green Bay, where he works in coordination with the SBDC as a business counselor.
Ray supports existing and start-up businesses throughout Calumet County.  He meets with businesses at their locations, or at a mutually convenient public space such as a coffee shop.

In addition to his positions at the SCEDC and SBDC, Ray is a small business owner, serving as President of York Estates, Inc, which has owned The Rochester Inn in Sheboygan Falls since 2016.  Ray serves on the board of directors for the Sheboygan Falls Chamber Main Street, participating on the Economic Development Committee, and working as the Tourism Liaison for the Tourism Committee.  Ray is also a SCORE volunteer and mentor.

To schedule a time to meet with Ray, email him at york@sheboygancountyedc.com or call 920-946-9379.
Grant for Business Plan - Early Planning Grant Program 
The Wisconsin Department of Commerce's Early Planning Grant Program (EPG) helps individuals interested in starting or expanding a business in one of the following industries by providing funding for professional consulting services for development of a comprehensive business plan:
- Automation
- Agriculture/Food Products
- Biotechnology
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing
- Medical Devices
- Paper/Forest Products
- Printing
- Tourism
- Childcare (Does NOT include in-home childcare)
For additional information on the program, visit the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation website.

Financing Programs 
There are numerous state and federal programs available to meet your business needs. For additional information on these financing programs, visit the Wisconsin Build Your Business site at http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/byb/index.html

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provides a variety of programs targeted at business development, community development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and international business development.

Free Legal Counseling 
The State Bar of Wisconsin will provide small and emerging businesses throughout Wisconsin up to two hours of counseling from a business lawyer at no cost. This service is provided by members of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. For more information contact the State Bar of Wisconsin at (800) 728-7788 or visit them online at www.wisbar.org.

Business Start-Up Guide 
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation provides information on licensing, permits, financial program, taxes and more. Call the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation at 800-940-7232.

Free Business Counseling 
The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is a free business counseling service. A partner of the Small Business Administration, the Fox Cities SCORE Chapter is located at the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. To request a Fox Cities SCORE Counselor call (920) 734-7101.For information on the national SCORE Association visit www.score.org.

Licenses & Permits 
The City of Brillion does not require a general business license for every business. However, several types of businesses require city, state or national licenses or permits. For information on City licenses or permits contact the City Clerk's office at (920) 756-2250. If you are unsure of the zoning necessary for your business, contact us.

Other Helpful Links
Small Business Development Center
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership
http://www.calumetbusiness.com/index.iml
http://inwisconsin.com/why-wisconsin/available-sites/locate-in-Wisconsin/