Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 17, 2015
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DWD-Supported Job and Business Development Program Helps Stevens Point Small Businesses Grow
STEVENS POINT – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson today visited four area small businesses that are participating in the Job and Business Development Program administered locally by CAP Services, Inc. of Stevens Point. The statewide program is financially supported by DWD to help small businesses expand and create jobs to drive Wisconsin's economy.
"Small employers across the state are developing thriving businesses that are moving Wisconsin's economy forward, and the Job and Business Development Program has played an important role," Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson said. "These are the kinds of investments that support growth and develop the workforce in local communities."
The local businesses that Assistant Deputy Secretary Anderson visited to highlight the program include:
- O'So Brewing, which in 2013 was named the 2nd fastest growing brewery in the state by the Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association.
- Central Waters Brewing Company, which began using retrofitted dairy equipment in an old brick building that once housed the Junction City Model-A Ford dealership, and now produces beer in a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable brewery in Amherst.
- Our Chop Shop Barber Shop, LLC, a full-service barber shop that provide customers with an old-fashioned barber shop experience.
- Tortuga Express, whose owner, Alec Linde, sells ethnic foods at festivals throughout central Wisconsin out of a converted cheese curd food truck.
CAP Services is one of 16 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that 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. CAP Services is in the midst of a one-year allocation of $19,000 in state funds with an equal local match to provide local businesses with technical assistance, such as financial, business and marketing plan development.
The Job and Business Development program has operated since 1989 and has helped launch more than 2,100 Wisconsin businesses and create over 5,800 jobs.
For more information: http://wiscap.org/; http://capservices.org/