Photo Credit: Rachel Aranda

ICAA’s Business Development Program serves clients in Ashland (except the city of Ashland), Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas (except the city of Superior), Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties. Our Business Development Department assists entrepreneurs in achieving self-sufficiency through self-employment. Clients of the program receive technical assistance in all areas of business.

Although the primary focus of the program is to help low-income entrepreneurs start new businesses, we also provide business development services to entrepreneurs to preserve or increase jobs at existing, qualifying businesses.

Clients of the program receive technical assistance in all areas of business including:

  • website development
  • social media
  • financial analysis
  • bookkeeping
  • marketing
  • business plan development
  • business management
  • loan packaging
  • case management
  • group training sessions
  • and more!

Loan packaging and ongoing case management is available. Assistance is offered in a classroom setting or on a one-on-one basis. Through the program, individuals may be able to take advantage of a Micro Loan Fund as well as financing through traditional lenders.

Program funding is made available through partnerships with USDA, WDVA, WEDC, and WISCAP.

For more information, contact ICAA Small Business Development at 715-532-1608 and follow us on Facebook!

Main Street Tacos: Local Success!

Meet Rachel and Sandra! In 2017, they opened their family-run business, Main Street Tacos, in Hayward, WI. ICAA’s Business Development program had the privilege of coming alongside them to help with a business plan as well as some training and technical assistance.

The business was recognized as Small Business of the Year in Hayward in 2018 and has been frequently featured in the local media. Click here to read a July 2020 article about the business and follow Main Street Tacos on Facebook!

Check out “The Business at Hand,” a podcast full of valuable content for anyone interested in the business realm!