We're here to help businesses thrive

Ashland Area Development Corporation (AADC) is the primary economic development agent in Ashland County, Wisconsin, working in close partnership with local municipalities, including Ashland County and the City of Ashland, and other stakeholders in an effort to create and promote economic development that improves the quality of life of the people of the Ashland area.  AADC is a facilitator of economic development, a resource and advocate for businesses in Ashland County.  Together with our stakeholders we are  fully engaged in supporting and encouraging business growth and development in the region.

 Our services are centered on helping businesses access resources and find the information they need to succeed.  Are you interested in opening a business in a beautiful and vibrant setting?  Hoping to relocate or expand your existing business or need assistance with your business plan, site location or securing financing?  We can help!  

An overview of our services

Our expertise is available, free of charge, to any Ashland County, Wisconsin business which needs some help.  Please call us to discuss your needs, whether you're currently in business here or hoping to establish a business here.
 
AADC is committed to facilitating all activities which provide opportunities for growth and expansion of our local economy,including encouraging and supporting businesses which are already established in our Ashland County communities. 
 
Partnering with others, we promote responsible and equitable economic development.  The potential for progress in a community requires private-public partnerships which set the course for encouraging and assisting all manner of businesses, including start-up, retention and expansion. 
 
Often people think economic development is defined by the work of attracting new companies to the area, but it's more often about business retention and expansion of jobs.  Studies show that the most effective economic development dollars are those spent working with existing businesses, since most of the economic growth in a community is a result of established enterprises.  Supporting and growing local businesses who are already here is crucial to achieving long-term growth and expansion of our local economy.
 
In our efforts to spur generation and retention of jobs, AADC supports economic development and new business start-ups, relocation, or expansions in multiple ways, including but not limited to:
 

  • Acting as a resource for all businesses to help them find whatever they need.
  • Reviewing business plans and acting as a sounding board for business ideas
  • Administration of eight Revolving Loan Funds.
  • Assisting business with financing needs which may include utilizing revolving loan funds, lending agencies, and local lenders.
  • Site location assistance and help with City/County Planning and Zoning Department issues.
  • Marketing Industrial Parks in Ashland County
  • Hosting city or area tours for business prospects/owners, local, state, and national officials
  • Collaborating with local, regional, state, and national agencies and staff on issues that impact businesses or our area
  • Cultivating good working relationships with city, county, state and federal government officials and staff, local business leaders, partner organizations and citizens, and other economic development officials and staff
  • Acting as a liaison with local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Joining with others in regional marketing efforts
  • Grant writing/application - as a 501(c)(3) company, AADC can apply for grants which benefit our communities
  • Project administration 
  • Advocating for infrastructure upgrades to address deficiencies and community needs 
  • Managing the Ashland Area Enterprise Center, a 60,000 square foot business incubator facility which provides leased space, support and services to small businesses
  • Communicating with businesses and educational providers regarding area workforce job skills, helping employers address educational and training needs
  • Participating in events, including serving on panels and speaking in public forums
  • Making introductions and fostering relationships
  • Hosting meetings and sponsoring events - for example, sponsoring the annual Business of the Year Award and luncheon
  • Memberships in numerous organizations that advance our communities economic security