SHEBOYGAN, WI — The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay aim to provide a wide variety of services, resources, and expertise to help encourage entrepreneurial opportunities in Sheboygan County, including businesses that offer unique services and experiences to the community. The Accelerate Sheboygan County Business Challenge is a program designed to assist entrepreneurs and innovators in furthering their ideas. The 2022 Business Challenge is in full swing following a very successful first year.
Everyone is encouraged to submit to the challenge— unique products, business ideas, and existing businesses are welcome. Applications can be submitted online at www.accelsc.com and are due by October 31, 2022. Each idea submitted is reviewed by professionals and receives guidance free from the SCEDC and SBDC at UW-Green Bay.
“I really enjoy working with Accelerate Sheboygan County applicants,” stated Ray York, SBDC at UWGB Business Counselor. “It’s always fun to assist entrepreneurs, help them with their business planning, and connect them to resources that will further develop their unique ideas. The SCEDC has provided Sheboygan County entrepreneurs with a great resource.”
Five idea applicants will win a $1,000 grant to go towards business services and drive the idea forward. In November 2022, five or more applicants will then go on to pitch their idea to business professionals and investors to gain further support and compete for the grand prize of $10,000. The winner will be announced in December 2022 after the business ideas are presented.
Andy Bartell, a 2021 $1,000 grant winner, said that the application process and opportunity was incredibly beneficial to his business, On Par Engraving. “Business right now is going really well,” said Andy, “and I owe so much thanks to the Sheboygan County EDC and this program for my success!” On Par Engraving creates made-to-order, custom golf course memorabilia for any golf course in the world. Andy used his grant money to make the first few payments on a new expansion to his business. Accelerate Sheboygan County is a public-private effort to provide outreach and engagement solutions to attract, retain, and encourage business resiliency and a more diverse and inclusive community essential to growth. To learn more about Accelerate Sheboygan County, visit www.accelsc.com. For more information about the SCEDC’s entrepreneurial services, call (920) 452-2479 or email Ray York at [email protected]