Our mission is to improve the economic climate by supporting new and existing businesses.

The BCEDC is a non-fee service that can help connect you to:

Business Planning

Site Selection

Funding Assistance

Business Advocacy

Coaching & Mentoring

Management & Staff Training

Marketing Assistance

Workforce Development & Training

Contact Our Executive Director Today.

Cole Rabska

Cole Rabska

Cole has a CVTC diploma in Wood techniques along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education from UW-Stout. His work experiences include: Middle School/High School Technology Education Teacher at the Drummond Area School District, Maintenance Manager for Grand Pines Resort and Recreation Rental Properties, and General Manager for Telemark Vacation Condominiums.

Cole’s experiences in education and business provide a expanse of knowledge to assist businesses in Bayfield County.

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Our Board of Directors

The board of directors meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 10:00am. The public is welcome to attend. Please call for the location.

Chad Young, Board President

Colleen O’Shaughnessy, Board Vice President
Partner – Versus Capital Partners, LLC

Melissa Martinez, Treasurer
Washburn Chamber of Commerce

Julie Poepping, Board Secretary
Mid-Market Account Representative
Xcel Energy

Taylor Pearson, Board Past President
Vice President Sales & Operations
Washburn Iron Works

Bambi Pattermann
Dean, Workforce and Economic Development

Melissa Rabska
Director of Operations & Communications
Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board

Mark Abeles-Allison
Bayfield County Administrator

Jeff Silbert
Bayfield County Supervisor

Charly Ray
Bayfield County Supervisor

Jake Hipsher,
Bayfield Electric Cooperative

Mike Mikula, CEO
Ashland Ford-Chrysler

Marty Milanowski
Bayfield County Supervisor

Annalisa Bermel
President & CEO – CFS, LLC

Margaret Friedenauer
Economic Development Recovery Coordinator
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa