Dept. of Commerce: Gov. Doyle Announces Early Planning and Best Grants

Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608/267-9661

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today announced that nine Wisconsin businesses
will share $26,160 in funding from the Department of Commerce (Commerce)
Early Planning Grant (EPG) and Business Employees Skills Training (BEST)

“My Grow Wisconsin initiative calls for building Wisconsin’s economy by
improving its business climate,” Governor Doyle said. “These grants will
help entrepreneurs and small businesses obtain professional advice in
assessing the feasibility of their business ideas.”

The projects are as follows:

* Incorporation Resources Company, Green Bay, Brown County, $3,000 EPG
* Visonex, LLC, Green Bay, Brown County, $3,000 EPG
* Nancy Rezmer, Appleton, Outagamie County, $3,000 EPG
* Signature Coatings, Inc., Appleton, Outagamie County, $3,000 EPG
* Smoxrox, Inc., Menasha, Winnebago County, $3,000 EPG
* Tough Solutions, Inc., Neenah, Winnebago County, $3,000 EPG
* James C. VanHandel, Menasha, Winnebago County, $3,000 EPG
* Benchmark Pattern, Inc., Denmark, Brown County, $2,160 BEST grant

Entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout Wisconsin can access early
planning grants to assist them in obtaining the professional services
necessary to evaluate the feasibility of a proposed start-up or expansion
project. Specific allocations have been set aside for dairy farmers, rural
businesses, recycling firms, and enterprises owned by people with
disabilities or members of minority groups. For further information about
this program, contact the Commerce area development manager in your region

Businesses throughout Wisconsin can apply for funds through the BEST program
for assistance in training employees. Interested businesses should contact
their Commerce Area Development Manager to determine if one of Commerce’s
programs can assist them. Contact information can be found at