We work directly with businesses to access resources such as:

  • Business Planning
  • Site Selection
  • Funding Assistance
  • Business Advocacy
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Management & Staff Training
  • Marketing Assistance
  • Workforce Development & Training

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 Ashland and Bayfield Counties Inventors & Entrepreneurs Organization’s mission is to help grow local businesses that are in all stages of development by linking resources and experts.

A series of quarterly meetings, called “Business on Stage” are planned featuring presentations from successful business people. Educational and networking opportunities are available for all attendees. Business On Stage events in 2016 will take place on the fourth Tuesday of every quarter.


  • 10/25/16
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Telecommuting made easy with high bandwidth fiber infrastructure available throughout the area.

More companies are gravitating towards telecommuting to promote work/life balance. Industry leaders like Deloitte, IBM and Intel hires for several positions across departments, which require telecommuting. Critics have identified countless benefits of telecommuting.

These are some of our favorites:

  • Fewer interruptions
  • Better time management
  • Greater flexibility
  • More time for work
  • Reduced down time
  • Greater efficiency
  • Better balance
  • Increased confidence
  • Avoid stress
  • Save time and money

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Enjoy exceptional health care choices…

Memorial Medical Center

Bayfield County residents have access to quality care at Memorial Medical Center. Our critical access facility blends the best in technology with a highly trained workforce that genuinely cares about your recovery. With more than 450 staff and strong regional partnerships, we provide comprehensive care without the long wait you might experience in urban areas. Our Urgent Care is staffed 10am to 10pm everyday, year round and our emergency room doors never close. We work round the clock to ensure you have quality care whenever you need it.

NorthLakes Community Clinic

NorthLakes Community Clinic provides comprehensive, integrated primary care services including medical, dental, mental health, chiropractic, physical therapy, pharmacy, lab and x-ray. Although dental services are limited primarily to children and folks with Medicaid, all other services are open to everyone: insured or uninsured, wealthy or struggling financially, and regardless of where they live. Our Bayfield County location is in beautiful Iron River. We also have clinics in Ashland, Washburn and Sawyer Counties.

Red Cliff Community Health Center

Red Cliff Community Health Center care providers can take care of everyone in your family. We can test for common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. We can take care of your bumps, scrapes, fractures and lacerations too. Walk-ins are welcome. We also offer dental services. All of our services are available to everyone in the Wisconsin South Shore region. Visitors are always welcome to stop by for a tour.

… and quality education.

Public School Districts


Nestled in the heart of Chequamegon Bay and overlooking the waters of Lake Superior, Washburn School District glows with a unique combination of culture, nature, and sense of community.

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Drummond Area School District’s visions states that it is “a safe, trusting and collaborative environment that develops lifelong, self-directed learners by providing excellent academics and co-curricular activities”.

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The School District of Bayfield is one of the oldest school districts in Wisconsin founded in 1859 as a Wisconsin public school.

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At South Shore School District, school and community work together to inspire lifelong learning and develop successful, creative and compassionate people.

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Higher Education


WITC-Ashland, located in a progressive community situated on the shores of Lake Superior, is known for its commitment to academic excellence and personalized instruction.

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Offers 30 different undergraduate programs as part of the UW system including accounting, teacher education, and biology, along with innovative programs in the fields of legal studies, art therapy, and transportation and logistics management.

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The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post-secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwa.

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Northland College is a private, liberal arts college with a progressive focus on the environment and sustainability.

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Throughout Bayfield County, there are seven business parks for everything from retail to heavy manufacturing.

We partner with Visions Northwest to offer a comprehensive site locator tool. Check out the locations and amenities included in each site.

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Regional Revolving & Facade Loans

Regional revolving loan funds (RLF) can be used for land & buildings, renovation & facade upgrades, and equipment & machinery. Funds are not intended to provide the total financing and are generally limited to 50% of total project costs. Interest rates for revolving loan funds are currently at 5%. Loans of up to $20,000 with an interest rate of no more than 2% are available for the repair or replacement of business building facades in the downtown areas of municipalities with downtown design guidelines.

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Authority

WHEDA offers products dedicated to improving the economic vitality of Wisconsin communities. WHEDA’s Small Business Guarantee (SBG) and Neighborhood Business Revitalization Guarantee (NBRG) help new and existing businesses grow and expand. WHEDA’s Contractor’s Loan Guarantee (CLG) assists small business expansion and development by providing an opportunity to enter into contracts with WHEDA approved organizations. The WHEDA Agribusiness Guarantee (AgBG) helps small businesses develop new products or expand the production of existing products using Wisconsin’s raw commodities.

Wisconsin Economic Development Association

In 2010, a study conducted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association called “Be Bold Wisconsin” set in motion a new era of Economic Development in Wisconsin. Following this study, the Wisconsin Department of Commerce was abolished and replaced by a public-private entity called the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC has multiple funding opportunities.

Technology Assistance Grant

TAG offers up to $3,000 to assist high-technology, high-growth companies with the cost of obtaining professional assistance needed to finance & grow a technology based business.

Entrepreneurial Training Grant Program

ETP offers an 8-12 week course providing assistance with business plan development. Included with the program is individual coaching. The maximum funding available is 75% of eligible tuition costs.

Early Planning Grant

The Early Planning Grant (EPG) program is designed to help individual entrepreneurs and small businesses obtain the professional services necessary to evaluate the feasibility of a proposed start up or expansion. The EPG provides funds to cover a portion of the cost of hiring a for-profit third party to develop a business plan.

USDA Rural Development

We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we touch rural America in many ways. Our financial programs support such essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools.

Bayfield Office

117 S. Broad Street
Bayfield, WI 54814

Iron River Office

68240 S. Main Street
Iron River, WI 54847

Washburn Office

104 S. Washington Ave
Washburn, WI 54891

Cable Office

43480 Kavanaugh Rd
Cable, WI 54821

Drummond Office

52485 Wisconsin Ave
Drummond, WI 54832

Barnes Office

50490 Hwy 27
Barnes, WI 54873

Washburn Office

31 W. Bayfield Street
Washburn, WI 54891

Bayfield Office

129 S. Broad Street
Bayfield, WI 54814

Iron River – Main Office

PO Box 157
Iron River, WI 54847

Port Wing Office

PO Box 27
Port Wing, WI 54865

Washburn – IGA Office

226 W. Bayfield Street
Washburn, WI 54891