Economic Development

Business Resources

Marshfield is proud of the diverse business and industry mix located here.  We work closely with our business community to provide a skilled workforce, a pro-business climate, and access to resources and programs to help them succeed.  You will find that no matter how large or small a project may be, our friendly, knowledgeable staff work closely together to guide you through the necessary channels.

If you are interested in starting up a new business or purchasing an existing one, click here for resources that can best assist you.

For loans, grants and incentives, click here or here for additional resources.

Local Resources

  • Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MACCI) — Our mission is to provide leadership and support for the economic advancement of our community, while serving as a catalyst for the development of programs and services that benefit our members.  If you are looking to start, expand or locate your business here, we can provide assistance with site/building selection, business/community information, and connections to local, state and federal resources/programs.  Email Karen Olson, MACCI Business Development Director, or call 715-384-3454.
  • Marshfield Economic Development Board (EDB) — Our mission is to establish and sustain an environment that will lead to the creation of one of Wisconsin’s most desirable and equitable small cities.  We will provide resources and invest in partnerships that will promote quality of life, job creation, innovation and economic opportunity throughout the City of Marshfield.  Email the City of Marshfield Director of Development Services, or call 715-486-2074.
  • Main Street Marshfield — Main Street Marshfield joins with other Main Street programs around the country to enhance community identity and heritage, foster a downtown center of activity and ensure economic stability. Main Street Marshfield, Inc. was founded in the spring of 1990 by a group of about 40 local business people, professionals and city officials. As a not-for-profit volunteer corporation, Main Street Marshfield is designed to act as a catalyst for revitalizing the downtown area through concentrated efforts of organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.  Email the Main Street Marshfield Executive Director, or call 715-387-3299.

State  & Federal Resources

  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) — As the state’s lead economic development organization, WEDC nurtures business growth and job creation in Wisconsin by providing resources, technical support, and financial assistance to companies, partners and the communities they serve.  Email Tim Weber, Regional Account Manager, or call (608) 210-6720.
  • Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Network (WEN) — The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network works with start-up companies and entrepreneurs, especially in technology-based sectors, through the UW-Extension Small Business Development Centers and its four regional directors.
  • Wisconsin Technology Council (WTC) — is the science and technology advisor to the Governor and the Legislature. Launched in 2001, the Tech Council was created by a bipartisan act of the governor and the Legislature. It is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, all levels of education, research institutions, government and law.
  • North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board (NCWWDB) — mission is to lead the development of our regional workforce through an integrated delivery focusing on solutions, coordination, and communication on workforce development issues.  This is a public/private partnership between government and business that plans, administers and coordinates Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and training programs in the nine counties of Adams, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Vilas, and Wood.
  • Wisconsin Department of Revenue — for tax questions and forms.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow business.


You’ve got a great idea, product or service, and you want the world to know about it. You have to look beyond the borders of Wisconsin and the U.S.—exporting needs to be a key part of your plan. Ninety-six percent of the world’s population lives outside of the U.S., so there is tremendous purchasing power to be tapped in emerging economies. That’s why we help companies, large and small, find viable opportunities to reach these markets. More than 8,500 companies in the state are already finding success around the world, and 88 percent of those are small or mid-sized firms.  For more information on how Wisconsin can help your export strategy, email us or call us at 855.INWIBIZ (855.469.4249).

For current Wisconsin Export Data, click here.

Traveling to markets around the world is critical in international business: it will allow you not only to gain firsthand knowledge of the competitive environment in those markets, but to develop strong working relationships with key customers and partners. Many cultures around the world place a greater emphasis on face-to-face meetings, especially in the early stages of a business relationship, than we do in the U.S.  To make it easier for Wisconsin companies to travel abroad and make the right contacts, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) organizes several trade ventures each year. We handle many of the logistical arrangements so you can focus on the business details and your customized appointment schedule. Please consider joining us for upcoming trade ventures.