• Downtown Ellsworth
  • Ellsworth & Economic Development

    The Village of Ellsworth is located in Western Wisconsin, minutes east of the metropolitan areas of St. Paul and Minneapolis. As the geographic center of Pierce County we are proud to serve as the county seat. Four major highways – Highway 10 and State Highways 65, 63, and 72 – intersect in the Village. 

    Ellsworth’s downtown has a lot to offer—a supportive business community, active chamber of commerce, prime real estate opportunities on a major state highway, and nearly 200,000 visitors heading to the Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and other local tourist destinations annually.


       Main Street Bounce Back Grants - Applications Now Open!

    The Main Street Bounceback Grants program provides $10,000 to new or existing businesses and non-profit organizations moving into vacant properties in Wisconsin’s downtowns and commercial corridors. The program is open to new or existing businesses opening a new location or expanding operations in a vacant commercial space as of January 1, 2021.

    Grant funds are available as part of the American Recovery Plan Act and will be distributed by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) regional partners. Businesses must apply through the partner organization for the region in which they are located--for Pierce County businesses, the partner organization is the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission.

    Applications are open through December 31, 2022.

    Additional information about the Main Street Bounce Back Grants is available here.

       Red Letter Grant for Women-Owned Businesses

    Open to women throughout ten counties in western Wisconsin who want to start a new business. Existing women-owned businesses looking to expand are also considered (preference is given to applicants in the start-up phase--three years old or younger). If you have already received a Red Letter Grant, you cannot re-apply for the same business, but you may apply for a new start-up.  

    Eligible counties include: Buffalo, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, and Trempealeau. Up to four $2,000 grants are awarded each spring and fall. For timelines and grant application visit the Red Letter Grant website here.

       Kiva US Crowdfunded Loans

    What is a Kiva US crowdfunded loan? Unlike loans from traditional lenders, other microlenders, or other crowdfunding platforms, Kiva US offers loans from $1,000 to $15,000 that are 0 % interest, fee-free, crowdfunded loans with applications that require no credit score, collateral, business plan, or financial statements. Small businesses and their projects in the state of Wisconsin have had great success with this loan program--more than $2 million in Kiva US loans have been fully funded in the state as of August 2020. According to Wisconsin Economic Development (WEDC), our state continues to experience record-levels of applicants.

    Download an informational brochure HERE.
    Begin your application HERE.

    For answers to your questions:
    Errin Welty
    Wisconsin Economic Development/Connect Communities
    EMAIL: errin.welty@wedc.org



    Pierce County Economic Development Corporation (PCEDC): The PCEDC is your business information and financing resource. The organization works to improve the environment for business and job growth to sustain and improve the quality of life in Pierce County. Pierce County offers a unique combination of Minneapolis - St. Paul metro area access with authentic Wisconsin rural character. Contact the PCEDC for assistance with your business opportunity research.

    Pierce County Economic Development Corporation
    Director: Joe Folsom
    UW-River Falls, CBE 410 S Third St.
    River Falls, WI  54022
    Phone: 715-425-3881
    Visit their website here.

    The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps small businesses reach their goals. Offing consulting, education, referrals, and sophisticated tools and resources to support small businesses thrive and grow. Regional SBDC experts facilitate improvement and growth for small and emerging companies and help launch successful new enterprises to enhance the Wisconsin entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether your business is just getting started or you're looking for ways to improve and grow, the services offered by the SBDC are invaluable.

    Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    Center Director: Katherine Fossler
    1091 Sutherland Avenue
    River Falls, WI 54022
    Phone: 715-425-3472
    Visit their website here.

    Momentum West: Momentum West is a regional economic development organization serving Barron, Clark, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Rusk, and St. Croix counties. Momentum West's volunteer Board of Directors provides their time, expertise and assistance in establishing annual goals and activities with a focus on marketing and branding western Wisconsin, serving as an economic development support conduit for western Wisconsin and advocating for the accomplishment of regional initiatives.

    Momentum West
    2322 Alpine Road, Suite 7
    Eau Claire, WI  54703
    Phone: 715-874-4673
    Visit their website here.

    Village of Ellsworth: In Ellsworth, well established enterprises thrive while new businesses abound in and near the village; Ellsworth’s East End Industrial Park has eight acres available, and another 11 acres available in Crossing Meadows Business Park to the north. 

    Village of Ellsworth
    Village Administrator: Nicole Stewart
    Village Board President: Becky Beissel
    130 North Chestnut Street
    Ellsworth, Wisconsin 54011
    Phone: 715-273-4742
    More information about the Crossing Meadow’s Business Park can be found here.
    More information about the East End Industrial Park can be found here.

    Wisconsin's One Stop Business Portal: Open for Business Wisconsin's One Stop Business Portal walks small business owners through three simple steps to start their new business. The site combines multiple forms from the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), the Department of Revenue (DOR), and the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) into a single streamlined process for business creators. If you're a new business owner and job creator, we recommend you start here. The One Stop Business Portal streamlines the new business registration process and exemplifies Wisconsin’s leadership in providing a strong environment for business growth and entrepreneurship in our state. 

    One Stop Business Portal
    Phone: (608) 250-4606
    Visit their website here


    Contact us to learn more about Ellsworth’s business community.