VEDA Accomplishments

  • Served more than 350 businesses through one-to-one counseling which fostered the creation of 12 new businesses and more than 60 jobs.
  • Developed and managing the former NCR building as the Food Enterprise Center for multiple businesses to startup and expand. Leveraged TIF revenues, a Midwest Disaster Area Bond, grants and private investment to develop the facility which currently has 20 tenants employing at least 55 people.
  • Facilitated the start-up of the Fifth Season Cooperative to coordinate getting local meat, produce and dairy to institutional markets in the region.  Helping more than 50 area businesses by providing access to new markets. Also helped Fifth Season develop value-added frozen vegetable products.
  • Helping Community Hunger Solutions expand its produce harvesting/collection, distribution and education efforts to food pantries and meal sites throughout the region.
  • Received a Wisconsin Top Rural Development Initiative Award in May 2014 for "demonstrating the spirit of partnership and collaboration in creating positive community impacts."
  • Assisting members of the village of Ontario with strategic planning and action projects.
  • Facilitating the Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club which meets the second Wednesday of every month and is open to everyone. Created 9 new businesses and more than 35 new jobs.
  • Partnering with agencies and services to explore in-home care issues for the elderly and others in need, without duplicating what already exists. 
  • Obtained a $600,000 grant for flood recovery loans to 34 businesses in eight communities: Chaseburg, Hillsboro, La Farge, Ontario, Readstown, Viola, Viroqua and Westby.  Repayments are also adding more than $200,000 to the county revolving loan fund to assist other businesses.
  • Hosted a midwinter celebration of local food.

The next Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club meeting is Wednesday, February 12th at the Food Enterprise Center, 1201 North Main Street in Viroqua. Networking starts at 5:30, program begins at 6:00 pm.

This month’s topic, “From Thoughts to Things” brings Gayle O’Meara Nielsen, MHt, for a fun and experiential evening learning how to use the power of the subconscious mind to tap into creativity and inspiration.

Whether you have an idea or just like to think different, join us for a dynamic evening of networking with lots of creative people. Everyone is welcome!

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Quick VEDA Contact Info

Susan Noble
Executive Director, Vernon Economic Development Association
1201 North Main Street,
Suite 6, Viroqua WI 54665