To Start or Relocate a Business

You Can Start at Any Age!

Entrepreneurs come in all shapes, sizes and ages!  Just ask 18 yr old Emilee Rysticken, founder of the ice cream shop, Scream 'N Conuts, in Two Rivers.  She got the idea for her business while traveling overseas and her family helped her make the dream come true following her early graduation from high school.  Manitowoc County is a great place to make your dreams come true too!

See the Facebook page - FB Link

Read More About Emilee's business - HTR Article

Congratulations Progress Lakeshore Annual Business Award winners!

September 2020

Congratulations to the winners of our Annual Awards Breakfast!
We had so many excellent nominees for our Annual Excellence in Economic Awards Celebration last week! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated & to our Honorable Mentions & Winners - listed below.
Entrepreneurial Achievement
Honorable Mention - Petskull Brewing
Neighborhood Development
Honorable Mention - Pizza Garden
Community Enhancement
Honorable Mention - Manitowoc City Police
Corporate Investment
Honorable Mention - Redline Plastics
Economic Accelerator of the Year
Honorable Mention - Missy Brandt
Winner - Jason & Tina Prigge

Covid 19 is impacting businesses across the world including Manitowoc County.

Progress Lakeshore, the economic development corporation for our community, has a vast array of resources available to answer your questions related to the current resources available.  CLICK HERE FOR SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES REGARDING COVID 19.

Clipper City Co-op has chosen its preferred site, and also plans to open an online store

MANITOWOC - Clipper City Co-op, an emerging community-owned food cooperative for Manitowoc County, has announced plans to open an online store while it continues negotiations for a lease agreement at 702 York St. in downtown Manitowoc.

These were highlights shared Thursday in a virtual owner meet-up conducted by the co-op board and staff.

Site Selection Committee Chairman Tony Fodden revealed active discussions are occurring with Mike Howe, owner of the property at 702 York St., to determine a lease arrangement that will be a long-term sustainable location for the co-op, including 6,000 square feet and adequate off-street parking. 

The area is bordered by neighbors Lakeshore Technical College to the east, Harborside Restaurant to the south and Rose-Colored Glasses and Ryan’s on York to the west.

Fodden indicated discussions are complex and will take some time to assure all the essential needs and features of the co-op can be accommodated in this space. 

The goal of the store is to provide full-service grocery products, offer a deli, grab-and-go items and café, along with locally sourced produce, dairy, meat and bakery.

The online store is being planned by a special committee consisting of board, staff and co-op owners. The store will feature an online catalog of fresh, locally sourced products, including produce, dairy and meat. Customers will establish an account on the online store site and then be able to order items at their leisure. Pick up of items will occur at the co-op’s current office at 814 S. Eighth St., or home delivery will be offered for a fee.

Sally Peck, operations coordinator for the co-op, will assist with creation and management of the online store. 

“This will be a wonderful way for the co-op to begin living its mission of providing quality, locally sourced foods that will improve the health and wellbeing of our community," Peck said in a news release. "Our customers will have a one-source, go-to opportunity to support our local agriculture community and put fresh foods on the family table. 

"An additional benefit is less likelihood of interruptions in the food chain, as we’ve seen with the pandemic," Peck added. "It’s pretty much a farm-to-table type of operation, with the co-op being the connector between farmers and consumers."

Peck reports the online store will take several months to get up and running, but also reports the co-op will offer select holiday items to begin the operation. 

The launch of a capital campaign to build essential funds for the creation of the co-op store was announced as well. While fundraising has been ongoing with small special events, the first formal phase of the campaign will be to invite current owners to become donors. This part of the campaign will begin later this month with the next phase of requesting community, business and organizational support after that, a news release said.

The co-op is celebrating National Co-op Month in October and welcomes all to be an owner in the organization. Anyone is eligible to be an owner with a one-time fee of $200. 

Information about the co-op, ownership and ongoing progress can be found on the organization's website,, or by calling 920-905-7334.


A food cooperative in Manitowoc?  

Yes!  It's becoming a reality.  Join today!

Temporary office headquarters:  814 S. 8th St.

Downtown Manitowoc


This is the timeline for the Clipper City Co-op

Wonderful progress is being made on this community-driven new business to be located in downtown Manitowoc.


Art Becomes a Business

Can your hobby and passion create a business?  It did for Shane Henderson and his family.  Metal Art of Wisconsin has become an international success and their creations can be found with business leaders, politician and celeb's.  They do business right here in Manitowoc and their work can be found in homes throughout the community.

Metal Art of Wisconsin is just one of the successful new businesses in our area.  There are supportive governments, great economic development resources, strong organization partners and support at all levels from banks, accounting firms, attorneys and area businesses. 

Whether you're 15 or 75, your business idea can find a home and the resources needed to build future success. 

See what Metal Art of Wisconsin does - Visit MAW Site

Connect with Metal Art on Facebook - MAW Social

Manitowoc County businesses:  Even a pandemic won't keep us down in 2020!

Manitowoc County was RED HOT in 2019 and even with the setback of the Corona-virus pandemic, there is a LOT happening here!  There has been the most significant growth in recent history, with expansions in existing businesses and a variety of new businsses across many industry segments.  Review the visual review below to see some of the great activity of the area.  

These companies know Life IS All Here as evidenced by their financial investment in our economy.


Manitowoc County Business News

8 of Our Favorite Business Podcasts


In a recent LinkedIn post, the great motivational speaker and New York Times best-selling author Tony Robbins said, “You have the ability to architect your life’s experience by setting goals for yourself and taking massive action to achieve them. Commit just 30 minutes a day to your growth by learning something new.” If you don’t have time to read 30 minutes a day, Robbins suggests listening to a podcast that inspires you on your drive to or from work.

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing digital media formats, and the business genre is one of the top five most popular in the industry. Podcasts make learning simple and convenient, which is especially appealing to the busy entrepreneur.

With that in mind, the Investors Community Bank business banking team has compiled a list of their favorite business related podcasts. Whether you’re looking to be educated or inspired, you’ll come away motivated, energized and ready to take steps toward achieving your personal and business goals. 

Click any of the title names below to be taken to the podcast home page. 

Business Wars (Wondery)
This podcast recounts different business battles between companies/industries over time and gives you the real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights – or to ruin. Recent examples of shows include Boeing vs. Airbus, Ford vs. Chevy, Macy’s vs. Gimbels and Facebook vs. Snapchat.

How I Built This (NPR)
This podcast dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies, weaving a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists – and the movements they built. You’ll hear straight from the founders how they built their empires. Recent episodes highlight Dell Computers, Edible Arrangements, Spanx and Steve Madden.

Everybody Matters (Barry Wehmiller) 
Like its sister blog, the Everybody Matters podcast provides thoughts, insights and stories from throughout Barry Wehmiller’s leadership journey. The podcast focuses on the mantra preached by Bob Chapman and highlights the culture of his companies. The show features other like-minded leaders who are trying to change the world, such as Simon Sinek, Amy Cuddy, Lynne Twist and many more.

Masters of Scale (Reid Hoffman)
Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a “gazillion,” testing his theories with legendary leaders. Recent guests include Arianna Huffington, Tristan Walker, Bill Gates and Tory Burch. This podcast may be of special interest to female business leaders, as it is the first American media program to commit to gender balances for guests.

Stop the Vanilla (Steve Van Remortel)
This podcast has a local touch! Steve Van Remortel is Chief Strategist and Talent Advisor at Stop the Vanilla, which is based out of Green Bay. Steve’s bi-weekly podcast will inspire, empower and educate you on the proven processes and methodologies to achieve what you want in your business, career and life. He’ll offer tips to help you achieve the most out of your talent along with finding the right type of talent to add to your company.

Tech News Briefing (Wall Street Journal)
Listen to the latest in technology news during your weekday commute! In this daily podcast, Wall Street Journal reporters and editors highlight leading companies, new gadgets, consumer trends and cyber issues. The Wall Street Journal offers a variety of other podcasts on a wide range of subjects, which are also linked on the Tech News Briefing podcast page.

IdeaCast (Harvard Business Review) 
The HBR IdeaCast is a weekly podcast featuring leading thinkers in business and management. Recent topics include Setting a High Bar for Customer Service, The Right Way to Form New Habits, the Art of Asking for (and Getting) Help, and the Tipping Point Between Failure and Success.  

TED Talks Technology
In this podcast, some of the world’s leading inventors and researchers share demos, breakthroughs and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. Topics include smartphone technology, artificial intelligence, DNA technology, solar power and more.

Like these podcasts, Investors Community Bank’s business bankers offer practical guidance to help businesses thrive. To learn more about what we can do to support your business, download 8 Ways Your Banker Can Impact Your Business.

Happy listening! 

Important Key Links and HELP to Succeed at

Business in Manitowoc County

Local Governments - Local Info Scroll to Government Contacts 

Manitowoc Industrial Park - Park Link

Two Rivers Industrial Park - Park Link

Kiel Economic Development - Contact Link

Chamber of Manitowoc County – Business Resource Directory

Lakeshore Technical College - Info on LTC Business Tools

UWGB – Manitowoc - Info on Local Campus

UWGB Small Business Development Center - Visit SBDC Site

Holy Family College - Info on HFC

Progress Lakeshore - Help from Progress Lakeshore

Senior Core Of Retired Executives Mentoring - Visit SCORE Site

Biz Start Ups Two Rivers - Start Up Site