As our small businesses face trying times here are resources that can offer aid and relief options.

Offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide

USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through: • technical, training, and management assistance; • financial assistance; and • state and local assistance.

Wisconsin businesses look forward to a future when they can return to providing the products and services their customers need and crave, unencumbered by threats to the health of their employees and those they serve. Working toward that future will require the gradual adoption of new business practices that reflect the evolving reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and our success in mitigating the effects of this unprecedented global health emergency.

With input from national and state health and industry experts and in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and our regional economic development partners, WEDC has compiled a series of industry-specific documents to help you get back to business while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. Following these guidelines will help us all get Wisconsin’s economy back on track.

Enhanced Unemployment Benefits in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act– FINAL VERSION

Nurturing the seeds of Economic Growth!

We are truly a regional umbrella.

We truly are a regional “umbrella” tying in County, City, Village and Township governments with Chambers of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, State Economic & Tourism Departments and business leaders from each member County.   We always strive to keep communication lines open across the board for the benefit of our member Counties.​
​In 1992, The Wisconsin Counties Association and the Governor Tommy Thompson Administration came up with a program that would expand international  tourism and trade to Wisconsin and encourage economic development in our State. This was the genesis of the ITBEC movement in Wisconsin.

Each ITBEC's mission is to work on a multi-county level to enhance economic activity in its respective region; by  promoting regional tourism, regional business development, and international trade.

The Southwestern Region of Wisconsin [SW-ITBEC] strongly supports regional economic development and tourism.  SW-ITBEC has been a strong partner in area forums, conferences and educational programs.  

2018 Matching Grants Awarded

Each year SW-ITBEC awards matching grants to many different projects that have a positive effect on economic development and/or tourism in our Member Counties.  This year's line-up was very diverse and ranged from enhancing current events, creating new events to aiding flood ravaged communities.

  • Warrens Events - Cranberry Harvest Day & Cranberry Discovery Center

  • Black River Falls Events - Karner Blue Festival & Oktoberfest

  • Tomah Kite Fest - new event

  • LaFarge Area Partners - new Christmas lights replacing the ones destroyed by the floods

  • Monroe County Workforce Alliance - Workforce Summit

  • Vino Fest - new event

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Meetings - 1st Friday of each month @ 10:00am

Sparta American Legion

1116 Angelo Road, Sparta, WI


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Re-Open Guidelines for Businesses

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