Economic Development

The City of Burlington was settled in 1835 by Moses Smith and William Whiting. Since then Burlington has become home to the Nestle Chocolate factory, and nearly 10,500 residents. Situated between Milwaukee and Chicago, the city is centrally located with effective transportation provided by four major highways. Located on the White and Fox rivers, the city offers the best of all seasons with a historic downtown, improved infrastructure, broad clientele base, a business & office park and an industrial park offering large and small lot opportunities, making Burlington an inviting place to do business. For the complete economic profile, please click here

Business and Information Resources

Area Development Online

Did you know that Wisconsin is one of the leading states for manufacturing resurgence? Wisconsin’s manufacturing companies employ about 17 percent of the state’s non-farm work force, according to the BLS (November 2012) — nearly twice the national average (9 percent). The state is home to 11,453 manufacturers that employ more than 450,000 (BLS, Nov. 2012) workers and support thousands more jobs in other industries. 

Racine County Economic Development Corporation

Mission Statement: The mission of the RCEDC is to ensure the economic vitality of Racine County by working with our partners to support innovation and creativity that leads to business investment.

iMET

Formed to promote business development, workforce development and technology innovation in southeast Wisconsin. Located in Racine County, Wisconsin, iMET represents a partnership among local and regional educational institutions, regional business development organizations, local and regional governments, and private industry. It's this strategic partnership that allows iMET to bring all the necessary skills, capabilities and resources to develop new products, services, and businesses, while simultaneously creating the future technology workforce.

Racine County Workforce Solutions

Provides training and job opportunities in Racine County

The current issue of the industry employment for the state and metropolitan areas is online. To view this monthly report, click here

OES occupational wage and employment estimates for Wisconsin’s State, Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) and Balance of State areas (BOS) are now available. To view this report, click here.

In cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the State of Wisconsin conducts the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey to collect data each month on employment, hours, and earnings from a sample of nonfarm establishments (including government). The sample includes over 7,000 reporting units in Wisconsin. From these data, employment, hours, and earnings estimates are produced for various industry detail at the state and the major metropolitan statistical area level.

The data are published each month and are considered one of the earliest indicators of the state's economic health in terms of employment. If you have questions about the data please contact Bradley Campbell, at bradley.campbell@dwd.state.wi.us or call him at 608-266-5322.

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)

The QCEW data reflect the introduction of the NAICS 2012 revision. There have been relatively minor changes compared to past revisions. A spreadsheet summarizing these changes will be posted on the data downloads page.To view these reports, click here for query data. New to this page is the Data Updates link, where I will place from time to time, notes about the data and changes. To download text file pages for those who use QCEW data in databases or spreadsheets, click here. Use this query format to view not only the newest data, but all quarters from year 2001. Annual data can be selected from this page as well. Questions or comments? Please contact: Deb Holt Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program manager (608) 266-5321

Small Business Resources

 

IRS Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center - SB/SE serves taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million.

U.S. Small Business Administration - provides templates for writing a business plan, interactive workshops for starting a business and information on loan programs.  

www.ideacafe.com - a fun, interactive "coffee house" which provides helpful information, expert advice and chats on how to start or expand an existing business. 

www.inc.com - a comprehensive site providing information on starting and expanding a business, including information on e-commerce startups and buying a franchise. 

www.entrepreneur.com - valuable information on starting a home-based business. 

Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority - provides information on the WHEDA small business guaranty and linked deposit financing programs. 

Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions - information on incorporating a business and registering a business name.  

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation - information about the organization and the services they provide to Wisconsin small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

www.womenbiz.gov - provides information to women-owned businesses interested in selling products and services to the federal government.

www.sewrpc.org-The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) is the official metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and regional planning commission (RPC) for the seven county southeastern Wisconsin area.