Economic Development Resources

The Oneida County Economic Development Corporation staff and board of directors are committed to our businesses and industries, and offer a variety of services to insure your business may relocate or expand right here in Oneida County.

The following links are provided as guidance for your efforts in getting started on the path of a successful business venture in Oneida County. We look forward to helping you grow your business in Oneida County!

Education
Customized Training - Maintain your competitive advantage in today's ever-changing business climate with a flexible and highly skilled workforce.
Professional Development - Keep pace with changing job demands, advance in your career, start a business, or make your existing business more successful with affordable and convenient classes designed for busy working adults.
Business Tools
Access to Essential Business Information - The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center is a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, confidential consulting and educational programs. Local SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging mid-size companies and help launch successful enterprises.
Applying for a Federal Employer Identification Number - Purpose of an Employer Identification Number - Employer Identification Numbers are issued for the purpose of tax administration and are not intended for participation in any other activities (e.g., tax lien auction or sales, lotteries, etc.)
Entrepreneurship Guide for MBA Students - The entrepreneur path is not for the weak of heart. When you start down this road, you will face extreme unknowns and take on major risks. As a business owner, you will need to trust your ability to lead an organization through its growth and an unstable future.
SCORE - SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.
Starting & Managing a Business - Resource Guides - Small Business Resource magazine is the most complete guide to starting and expanding your business. You'll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more.
Worknet Business Tools - Are you looking for information on how to start, expand, relocate, or close a business in Wisconsin? On this page check out the variety of programs and grant resources available to assist with your business needs. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Writing a Basic Business Plan - Are you in the beginning stages of starting a business? Here is a great way to start. Begin with writing your business plan.
Economic Development Resources
North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission - The NCWRPC is a public agency dedicated to providing professional planning services to member local governments. We provide both local and regional assistance in the areas of economic development, geographic information systems (GIS), intergovernmental cooperation, land use planning and transportation.
SCORE - SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.
UW-Stevens Point Small Business Development Center - Assisting Startup and Existing Businesses - One of 12 in Wisconsin, the UW-Stevens Point Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers no cost, confidential advising and resources as well as fee based workshops/conferences and trade area mapping to both startup and existing businesses throughout nine counties - Adams, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, Waupaca and Wood.
Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services - The Department of Safety and Professional Services is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals in Wisconsin. The department also administers and enforces laws to assure safe and sanitary conditions in public and private buildings and regulates petroleum products and petroleum storage tank systems. It provides administrative services to the state occupational regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of occupations and offers policy assistance in such areas as evaluating and establishing new professional licensing programs, creating routine procedures for legal proceedings, and adjusting policies in response to public needs.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation - Wisconsin's economic vitality and its ability to remain competitive depend on the efficient transport of people and goods to the nation and the world. WisDOT provides a number of benefits to Wisconsin communities and businesses in the area of economic development. Some of these services act directly as a catalyst for economic development, while others contribute to the prosperity of the state.
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development - The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.

The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation - The WEDC was developed to elevate Wisconsin's economy to be the best in the world by providing a positive business climate, world-class support services, and economic development tools to accelerate business start-up, attraction, and growth. As the state’s lead economic development organization, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing resources, technical support, and financial assistance to companies, partners and the communities they serve.
Financing
Community Development Loan Fund - These funds provide gap financing to area businesses. A gap is the difference between what a private lender is willing to lend, and what a borrower needs. Typically, RRLF money is long-term, has low down payments, and carries lower interst rates than traditional private financing. RRLF's do not compete with banks for projects, but rather complement them and other programs in a total financial structure.
Impact Seven - We serve as an alternative lender to businesses looking to start, grow and thrive.
Regional Revolving Loan Fund (RRLF) - These funds provide gap financing to area businesses. A gap is the difference between what a private lender is willing to lend, and what a borrower needs. Typically, RRLF money is long-term, has low down payments, and carries lower interst rates than traditional private financing. RRLF's do not compete with banks for projects, but rather complement them and other programs in a total financial structure.
U.S Small Business Administration - SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes. Take some time to study the programs described in this section, to see if you qualify to participate.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation - The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) is a statewide economic development corporation providing quality business education, technical assistance and access to capital.
Oneida County Communities
City of Rhinelander - Located in Oneida County - the heart of the Northwoods of Wisconsin- Rhinelander has a population of around 7700, and it stands as the retail hub of northern Wisconsin and upper Michigan.
Town of Cassian - Nestled in the heart of the northwoods, this beautiful part of northern Wisconsin has long attracted residents to live among the lakes, woods and streams that encompass the area. The Town of Cassian covers an area of just 68 square miles and has a population of 996 full time residents and a much greater number of seasonal residents.
Town of Hazelhurst - Since the early days of logging and lumberjacks, Hazelhurst has been known for its beauty and family-style hospitality. Surrounded with beautiful lakes and forests, Hazelhurst today is your peaceful Northwoods getaway, known for its friendliness and small-town atmosphere.
Town of Lynne - The Town of Lynne is located in the southwest corner of Oneida County, bordered to the west by Price County and bordered to the south by Lincoln County. Our eastern neighbor is the Town of Little Rice and our northern neighbor is the Town of Minocqua, both also in Oneida County.
Town of Minocqua - Minocqua is enormous in terms of geographical area--about five times the size of an ordinary township. The town runs eighteen miles from east to west, twelve miles from north to south and contains nearly 200 miles of roads. Minocqua's assessed property valuation now totals almost $1.5 billion.
Town of Newbold - The Town of Newbold offers a website as a way to keep residents informed of activities and events. Free Wi-Fi provided at the Town Hall compliments of the Rhinelander District Library
Town of Nokomis - The Town of Nokomis' website serves as a way for residents to keep informed of meetings and activities in Nokomis as well as a place to download forms for various permits.
Town of Pine Lake - The Pine Lake website helps to keep residents informed with meeting notices and minutes, calendar of events, officials to contact and ordinances and resolutions.
Town of Stella - The Town of Stella's website serves as a way for residents to keep informed of meetings and activities in the Town of Stella.
Town of Sugar Camp - Regular board meetings are on the third Monday of the month at 7:30 pm, unless there is a need to change the meeting date due to a conflict. Check here for any changes.
Town of Three Lakes - A Personal Greeting from the Three Lakes Town Board of Supervisors:
Whether you are seeking governmental assistance, planning a vacation, looking to move a company or business here, or thinking about living here with us in the beautiful Northwoods, you have come to the right source. Please enjoy your tour of our website and don't hesitate to contact us here at the Town Office if there is anything we can do to further assist you.
Tourism Resource
Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce - If your looking for information on the Minocqua Area, Nature's Original Water Park. Contact the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce. We call it Nature's Original Water Park because it's located in the middle of Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country and there are thousands of lakes, rivers and streams that literally saturate the geography. Vacationers have long been visiting the Minocqua Area to enjoy all this water by boating, swimming, fishing, snowmobiling and more. There's no admission fees and we're open year round!
Oneida County Tourism Council - Oneida County, Wisconsin, is your spring, summer, fall and winter vacation destination. Activities include bicycling, hiking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, boating and watersports, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Or, just sit back, relax and take in the incredible woodland scenery. Plan your Oneida County vacation today!
Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce - The Rhinelander area, the Heart of Hodag Country, is one of the Midwests most affordable and rewarding family vacation destinations.
Discover a landscape rich in forests, lakes and trails. The Rhinelander Area is a great place to enjoy the best of the each season. The Rhinelander Area offers the ideal mix of fun activities and outdoor attractions. Start planning your getaway now!
Three Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce - Whether you seek an active vacation, or just want to relax – Three lakes, Wisconsin offers the ideal location for both.

Three Lakes is a small community nestled amidst the 650,000-acre Chequamegon -Nicolet National Forest, known for its crystal clear lakes, abundant fisheries, trophy deer and an array of wildlife species.