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About Us

Calumet County is the second fastest growing county in Wisconsin, which means business opportunities are plentiful.  We are part of the Fox Cities, a region with a labor force of nearly 800,000 within 50 miles.  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 county jobs and includes well known companies such as Ariens, Brillion Iron Works, Amerequip and Endries.  We also have several major food processing firms such as Briess, Sargento, and Bel Gioso.  Our agricultural sector is very strong and provides jobs for 19% of our residents.  

To learn more about Calumet County's economy you are encouraged to review our Workforce Development Profile and our Agriculture Value & Impact Report.

Our Partners and Services
FCRP Calumet County 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 Calumet County'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.

  • Independent of the FCRP, the County offers free business counseling through the University of Wisconsin Green Bay Small Business Development Center. The Business Counselor meets the third Tuesday of every month, in Chilton, 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 Resource Management Department at (920) 849-1442 or Email.
  • The County also has a Revolving Loan Fund Program which offers low interest loans to existing and new businesses.  Need a loan?  Contact the county planner for more information.

In addition to being served by the FCRP, the County 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 Calumet County residents and businesses. 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 County on workforce development and training needs. The Technical College also provides international business services.  

Calumet County 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.

Calumet County's tourism sector focus on nature based tourism and agri-tourism. For more information visit TravelCalumet.com.  The county is a member of the Wisconsin Counties Association, which has regional economic development organizations known as International Trade, Business and Economic Development Councils (ITBECs). The East Central Regional ITBEC focuses primarily on tourism and promotes four counties via their Travel the Lakes promotion.

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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206 Court St.
Chilton, WI 53014

Ph: 920-849-1493, ext. 263
Fx: 920-849-1481

Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Calumet County
206 Court St
Chilton, WI 53014

Main Offices
920-849-2361
920-989-2700




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