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WEDC hands out grants to support entrepreneurship

January 25, 2017

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OCONTO (WLUK) -- The Oconto County Economic Development Corporation received $25,000 Tuesday to help fund the climate of entrepreneurship in the county.

It's just one of 11 organizations receiving nearly $500,000 from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC is awarding the grants to help develop or expand programs aimed at advancing entrepreneurship in the state.

Oconto County aims to help between 10 to 15 companies over the next two years. Officials say it's important to offer resources to even the smallest of communities.

"We think rural entrepreneurship is a part of who Wisconsin is," Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said. "Rural entrepreneurship is just as much an important a part of Wisconsin's fabric as entrepreneurship within big city centers."

The Center for Enterprise Development in Fond du Lac also received $40,000 to help create a certification and grant program for entrepreneurs in the county.

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