Explore business incentives and historic tax credits
Various programs and incentives are available to help you get started or expand your current business. These programs include both grants and tax credits. Different programs are sponsored by different governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and private firms, so check in with us to help you identify who may be a good match to help you meet your needs.
The City of Racine offers a White Box Grant for interior improvements and an exterior Facade Grant for things such as exterior renovations and signage. Both programs have specific requirements that must be met for eligibility, so be sure to check in with the Business Concierge to see if your project qualifies. In addition to these grants, the City offers a REC Grant to offset the cost of upgrading water service.
Business incentive programs
A number of the agencies we partner with have access to financial resources for startups and expanding businesses. These include some grants and a number of low interest loans. We can assist you in identifying which of these agencies may be a good fit for your situation. The City’s goal is to help you in any way that we can and one of the most important ways to do that is to help you find ways to finance your business.
- See if your project is eligible for PACE Wisconsin Financing
- EB5 Program from FirstPathway Partners
- For a list of location-based incentives, download our Business Development Services Portfolio >> Download link
- Foreign Direct Investment – Racine County Economic Development Corp.
State of Wisconsin Incentives and Tax Credits
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) was created as a public/private partnership in 2010. WEDC offers assistance to businesses in 10 regions located statewide. Each region has economic development staff who have specialized knowledge of their region and the resources available to business. The WEDC’s mission is based on the following key Catalysts of Growth: Strategic Economic Competitiveness; Business Development; Community and Economic Opportunity; Growth; Brand Development and Strategy; and Operational and Fiscal Excellence. The City of Racine is in WEDC’s Milwaukee 7 Region.
The following programs support the rehabilitation of properties that have received a historic designation after review. Strict program guidelines apply. The State of Wisconsin administers these programs. Click on the following links for more information.
- Tax Credits for Historic Building Rehabilitation
- Tax Credits for Historic Income-Producing Buildings
- Tax Incentives for Preserving Historic Properties
Small business resources
There are numerous small business resources available to help you succeed. The City of Racine partners with these organizations to offer you a wide variety of assistance. These organizations offer specified training on topics ranging from marketing, workforce recruitment, accounting, networking and more. They can also guide you in the financial aspects of starting or expanding your business. A number of these programs are free or low cost, so take advantage of these excellent resources available to you.
Free consulting. Work with a Wisconsin SBDC consultant on:
- Cash flow
- Operations (Efficiency and profit)
- Employee recruitment
AnswerLine business assistance: 800-940-7232
For general information, call: 262-595-3363
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141
- Entrepreneur assistance, networking
- Free hour of assistance
- Resource guidance (legal, business plans, HR, insurance, taxes, etc.)
- Mentor pairing
1555 N. River Center Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
- Managing, marketing, product development, financial assistance
245 Main Street, Suite 102
Racine, WI 53403
State resources for starting and growing a business, including:
- Information about hiring veterans, recruiting resources, Worker’s Compensation Insurance
- Business tax information
- Job Center of Wisconsin tools