wcedc1 Since 1995, the Waupaca County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC) has been a non-partisan advocate for the benefit of Waupaca County Businesses, communities, and residents by working with both private businesses and public sector organizations to build relationships, secure funds, and promote development in Waupaca County.Contact: David Thiel, Executive Director

WCOC The Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (WACC) is a not-for-profit member investor driven organization which offers ways to grow and improve businesses through networking, marketing, educational and numerous other programs and services. They also serve as the Visitors Bureau for the area.  Currently over 400 member investors are part of the organization working to grow the Waupaca area economy. Any business or group can join the WACC by investing in a membership. It also hosts community events throughout the year including Strawberry Fest, Hometown Day Celebration, Chain O’Lakes Blues Festival and Oso’s Pond Hockey Classic.

Contact: Terri Schulz, President.

UWExtension Waupaca County, University of Wisconsin-Extension provides area residents the opportunity to gain access to University of Wisconsin resources and research offering more opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed at all stages of life and throughout the community. Currently, there are four distinct divisions of the UW-Extension: continuing education, cooperative extension, entrepreneurship and economic development, and broadcast and media innovations.

WEDC Highlighting the unique character of Wisconsin and with more than 600 regional and local partners, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) focuses on customer-service, aligning itself with a businness needs to support sustainable business growth and job creation throughout the state. The WEDC collaborates with the state economic development network to deploy tools, provide financial and technical support, encourage entrepreneurship, and advance industries.Contact: Naletta Burr, Community Account ManagerContact: Melissa Hunt, Regional Account Manager


ECWRPC The East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission is the official comphrehensive planning agency for East Central Wisconsin Counties, including Waupaca. The commision provides a variety of services including Comprehensive and Land Use Planning, Transportation Improvement and Corrdior Planning, Geographic Information Services, and Aerial Photography Distribution.Contact: Eric Fowle, Executive Director

NewNorth With the core value being collaboration, New North, Inc, a regional marketing and economic development, not-for-profit organization focuses on bridging the the gaps between the private and public sectors throughout the 18 counties of Northeast Wisconsin: the New North Region. Throughout this region, New North, Inc works to unite talent development, brand promotion, and business development.Contact: Jerry Murphy, Executive Director

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CAP Services CAP Services is a private, nonprofit community action agency that has been advancing social and economic justice for people and communities in Waupaca, Marquette, Outagamie, Portage, and Waushara counties since 1966. With seven different focus areas (including Housing & Transportation and Child & Family Development) and two dozen programs, CAP helps people attain economic and emotional self-sufficiency.Contact: Mary Patoka, President/Chief Executive Officer.

Venture Center Located at the Fox Valley Technical College, Venture Center provides a variety of information needed for start-ups and existing small businesses to succeed. Resources provided include entrepreneurship classes and training, networking opportunities, and business planning classes. Furthermore, the Venture Center focuses on business management, marketing, organzational, and financial strategies with interactive sessions and one-on-one coaching.Contact: Amy Pietsch, Director


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