Business Development

City of Antigo New Business Checklist
Make sure you have items completed before opening a new business in the City of Antigo.  Download a list of items that need to be completed before opening the doors to your new business.

Department of Economic Advisors
The Office of Economic Advisors (OEA) assists economic data users to better understand the relationships between labor markets and other economic and demographic specifics. OEA helps users interpret labor force data and focus on the issues and trends influencing employment growth in the State of Wisconsin.

Department of Workforce Development
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is a state agency charged with building and strengthening Wisconsin's workforce in the 21st century and beyond.  The Department's primary responsibilities include providing job services, training, and employment assistance to people looking for work, at the same time as it works with employers on finding the necessary workers to fill current job openings.  Under the DWD umbrella, a wide variety of employment programs can be found which range from securing jobs for people with disabilities, assisting former welfare recipients as they make a transition into work, promoting employment in the state through Wisconsin Job Centerslinking youth with jobs of tomorrow, protecting and enforcing worker's rights, processing unemployment claims and ensuring workers compensation claims are paid in accordance with the law.

Focus on Energy
Focus on Energy offers financial incentives to help Wisconsin homes, farms, and businesses take advantage of clean, green, renewable energy. Whether you’re installing a system at home or at work, Focus on Energy is a valuable resource.

Grow North-Regional Economic Development Corporation
Serving Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, and Vilas Counties.  Grow North exists to create, sustain and promote an environment conducive to regional economic development and prosperity.

Job Center of Wisconsin
The Job Center of Wisconsin can help job seekers and business looking for employees.  The Job Center of Wisconsin is everyone-stop stop place for jobs, training, and information related to various industries.  The Job Center of Wisconsin does have limited hours in Langlade County at the Antigo Public Library.  Click here to find out more information. Schedule a virtual meeting by clicking here and create an account with Job Center of Wisconsin.

North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning  Commission
The NCWRPC is a public agency dedicated to providing professional planning services to member local governments. We provide both local and regional assistance in the areas of economic development, geographic information systems (GIS), intergovernmental cooperation, land use planning and transportation.

Small Business Assistant-Permit Primer
As a Wisconsin business owner, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the number and complexity of rules and regulations in today's society. And you may be wearing many hats (accountant, environmental manager, CEO, etc.).  The Permit Primer provides a step-by-step, question-and-answer tour of the DNR regulatory programs to help you.

Small Business Development Center
At the SBDC at UW-Stevens Point, we treat all businesses, no matter how large or small, as though they are our own. Through our passion, experience, and dedication, we hope to assist all business owners in the areas they need it most. The center provides educational opportunities through individual counseling sessions, as well as conferences and presentations, and builds strong relationships with community leaders so all businesses can achieve their version of success!

Small Business Administration
Whether you’re sitting down to write your business plan, wondering about your legal obligations, or researching your financing options, you’ll find the information you need right here.

Transitional Jobs (TJ) Program by UMOS
The TJ Program helps individuals transition into stable employment while helping employers find needed talent in exchange for the simple investment of providing training and mentoring.  The program helps businesses find good workers to fill jobs at no cost to you.  Your recruitment and hiring cost are significantly reduced or eliminated.  UMOS will pay wages (at $7.25/hour) for up to six months as well as payroll taxes an workers compensation insurance.  The program allows you to "try out" job candidates, and you have the choice to interview and select the right worker(s) before you hire.

Wisconsin Angel Network
The mission of the Wisconsin Angel Network (WAN) is to build early-stage capital capacity throughout Wisconsin, increasing the number and amount of equity investments in Wisconsin's entrepreneurs.

Wisconsin Business Development
Wisconsin Business Development (WBD) continues to expand our goal of lending support to small business by adding new products and services that increase the availability of solutions that work. We take great pride in the achievements of all the businesses we serve and we value the talent and experience of our staff to provide a statewide network for lending support to small businesses.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
At DATCP, we serve the people of Wisconsin to assure safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; healthy people, animals and plants; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce. 

Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Wisconsin Department of Revenue has a One-Stop Business Registration to register your business with multiple agencies, including the Department of Revenue, the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Workforce Development.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is the state's leading agency for fostering the growth and diversification of the economy of the state. The mission of the department is to drive retention and creation of quality jobs and promote safe, healthy communities. This mission is carried out through the administration of statewide business development programs, including export development assistance, minority- and women-owned business certification, entrepreneurship services, and economic development financing programs.

Wisconsin Housing Economic Development Association (WHEDA)
WHEDA’s mission is to stimulate the state’s economy and improve the quality of life for Wisconsin residents by providing affordable housing and business financing products.  

Wisconsin Procurement Institute
The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI), a non-profit organization established in 1987, is an outgrowth of then Congressman Les Aspin’s efforts to help Wisconsin businesses win federal contracts, especially defense contracts.  WPI’s mission is to assist Wisconsin businesses in creating, developing and growing their Federal, State and Local Government sales, revenues, profits and jobs.

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC)
WWBIC is a statewide economic development corporation that provides quality business education and financing to Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Learn more about what WWBIC has to offer in their 2023 Program Guide.

U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.

USDA Rural Development
Business and Community programs offer a variety of assistance to rural business and communities. The programs revolve around financial partnerships with local economic organizations such as banks, lenders, economic development groups, cities, counties, tribes, and utility cooperatives.