Business Resources

Every starting business needs a helping hand. That's why Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. (DECI) partners up with experts to provide business counseling and creates financial incentive programs for business owners.

Business Consulting Assistance
510 S. Barstow St. (Federal Building) Phone: (715) 834-1573 (call ahead for appointment)
Small Business Development Center
210 Water St. (UWEC Cont. Ed Bldg) Phone: (715) 836-5811
Western Dairyland Business Center
418 Wisconsin St. Phone: (715) 836-7511
Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network (WEN)
210 Water Street Phone: (715) 836-3636

Financial Programs

Programs listed here are intended to give you an overview of programs available. Please note that all of our financial programs are listed in detail on the City of Eau Claire Economic Development website.

To apply for any of these financial programs please contact the City of Eau Claire Economic Development Director at 839-4914.

Downtown Eau Claire Code Compliance Loan

The City shall provide a loan equal to 50% of the cost of the changes and improvements required to correct building or fire code deficiencies, not to exceed $10,000. A loan under this program must be matched by an equal investment in related improvements to the building by the property owner or lessee..
Code Compliance Info and Application

Downtown Eau Claire Facade Loan

The Downtown Facade Loan Program provides financial assistance to encourage property and business owners in Downtown Eau Claire to revitalize buildings. Eligible activities include: facade renovation; exterior lighting, doors, and graphics; signage, windows, and awnings; other facade or landscape improvements. Loan size can range from $5,000 to $30,000 at 0% fixed interest rate with terms up to 15 years. All loans shall be secured by a mortgage on the property being renovated. Unlimited personal guarantees are required for any owner with greater than 20% ownership interest in the business. Application and design plans are reviewed by the façade loan committee.
Downtown Facade Information and Application

Downtown Eau Claire Loft Matching Grant

Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. shall provide building owners/developers a reimbursement for up to 50% (or $2,000, whichever is less) of expenses incurred with the analysis and/or architectural design of a downtown loft apartment project. If a project is not implemented because it is deemed not economically feasible by the building owner/developer (after services by a licensed architect are rendered), 50% of expenses incurred will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $1,000. A copy of the completed work product of the licensed architect or engineer must also be provided to Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. The Loft Matching Grant intends to stimulate the creation of market rate housing in the upper floors of downtown buildings. This program is designed to encourage the development of new and expansion of existing residential loft housing in the downtown.
Downtown Loft Matching Information and Application

Other Federal, State and Regional Financial Programs

Click the link below to download more information about other federal, state and regional financial programs.
Financial Resources

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