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OCEDC Services

The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation is charged with fostering economic development in Oconto County. We do this in a number of ways including working with prospects and leads, providing data and information on the County, compiling available buildings and sites information, and working with new business start ups. However, our major economic development tool is our loan programs which are available to new and expanding companies. The Micro Loan Program, is described below. Contact the OCEDC for further information.

What is a Micro Loan Program?
The Micro Loan Program is an Oconto County Economic Development Corporation financing program designed to provide loans to new or growing businesses in Oconto County. There are no job creation requirements associated with this program. The program was created to assist small businesses with financial needs that have difficulty accessing traditional financing. Loan amounts are based on the type of project and needs of the business.
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Micro Loan Program Application
If you are interested in applying for Micro Loan Program funds the application should be completed and submitted to the Oconto County Economic Development Corporation, Inc.
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Time Frame – Every effort will be made to expedite the review and approval process. However, applicants should expect the process to take approximately 60-90 days from application to approval.

Small Business Handbook
This hand book is a useful tool to help you determine if a small business start-up, improvement or expansion is right for you or your business in Oconto County, Wisconsin.
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Other major functions of the OCEDC are to assist entrepreneurs and new business start-ups and to work proactively to retain existing businesses in the County. We work closely with service providers at agencies such as Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay to make certain that start-ups and emerging businesses get the help they need to succeed. We also make periodic calls on existing manufacturers through our Retention Committee to identify help with local expansion plans.

Useful Links:
Small Business Development Center
U.S. Small Business Administration
NWTC Entrepeneur Resource Center

For more information contact:
Paul W. Ehrfurth, Executive Director
Oconto County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC)
1113 Main Street, Oconto WI 54153
Phone: (920) 834-6969