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
Brillion is a member of 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.

Business Planning Assistance (E-Seed Program)
The development of a business plan is the key tool to starting and expanding a successful business. The City of Brillion supports the E-Seed program, an entrepreneurship training program to assist in the business planning process. A detailed description of the E-Seed program and the registration materials for the course can be viewed at the E-Seed website, hosted by Fox Valley Technical College.

E-Seed Express is an 8-week course designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs to help develop management and planning tools for guiding and growing a small business. Visit the Venture Center website for more information.

PRO-seed™ powered by E-Myth® is a blended learning experience combining online curriculum developed by E-Myth Worldwide, with one-to-one business coaching. Visit www.venturecenterwi.biz for more information.

Free Business Counseling for Calumet County Residents
The UW Green Bay Small Business Development Center, in partnership with Calumet County UW Extension and Economic Development will offer free one-on-one business counseling sessions for new and existing business owners in Calumet County. These sessions are offered on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Chuck Brys, Business Counselor with the Small Business Development Center, will be providing advice on business planning, financing, marketing and other business issues with existing businesses, as well as prospective entrepreneurs.  Appointments are required.  If you're thinking of expanding your business or starting a new business, it is highly recommended you meet with the Counselor.  To schedule a counseling session, contact the Calumet County Resource Management Department at (920) 849-1442 or Email.

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

Revolving Loan Fund
The City of Brillion and Calumet County also has a Revolving Loan Fund Program which offers low interest loans to existing and new businesses.  Need a loan?  Contact City Hall Staff or a Calumet County Planner for more information.

 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) 832-6443. If you are unsure of the zoning necessary for your business, contact us.

Other Helpful Links
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (Food Processing Business Resources)
Small Business Development Center
Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership 
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network
SCORE (Business Mentoring)
LINKe (Global Trade)
United States Chamber of Commerce
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