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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
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Wisconsin Rapids: Higher Grounds Bakery Café Serves Up Success through State & Regional Partnership

DWD Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson visits small business taking part in Job and Business Development Program supported through DWD, local agency

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson met with local entrepreneurs and officials from the North Central Community Action Program (NCCAP) at the Higher Grounds Bakery Café, a small business that takes part in the Job and Business Development Program. The state program is operated locally by the Wisconsin Rapids-based NCCAP as a member of the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP).

"Part of developing Wisconsin's talent is helping those who pursue self-employment and launch small businesses develop skills as entrepreneurs, so their businesses can grow and support more job opportunities," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "Empowering low-income residents to achieve economic self-sufficiency will move Wisconsin's economy forward."

NCCAP is one of 16 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) who are members of WISCAP, a non‐profit association that supports economic self-sufficiency for low-income households. Nine CAAs and the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council operate the Job and Business Development Program in 29 counties as members of WISCAP, which is currently in the second of a two-year contract with DWD to administer $401,200 in state funds - along with local matching funds – for the program.

The funds support activities to help low-income entrepreneurs launch or expand small businesses, create and preserve jobs, and support economic self-sufficiency. NCCAP is in the midst of a one-year allocation of $19,000 in state funds with an equal local match to provide technical assistance to support businesses such as Higher Grounds Bakery Café. Examples of support activities include helping entrepreneurs pursue financing and develop business and marketing plans. The Job and Business Development program, which has operated since 1989, has helped launch more than 2,100 Wisconsin businesses and created over 5,800 jobs.

State Rep. Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids said, "I've seen the progress of job creation in my communities through North Central Community Action's efforts. The job assistance grant program can be determined to be a good success story."

State Sen. Julie Lassa of Stevens Point said, "WISCAP’s Jobs and Business Development Program is a great example of a program that builds our economy as it helps lift people out of poverty. Since the program’s inception, it’s helped low income people become entrepreneurs, creating more than 2,100 businesses and more than 5,000 jobs in the process. I’m glad Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson’s visit will raise awareness of this important program."

For more information: http://wiscap.org/; http://northcentralcap.org/

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