December 2023

Business Advancement & Advocacy | Entrepreneurial Growth
Sustainable Living | Communications & Engagement


CAMERA CORNER CONNECTING POINT actively supports various businesses in Door County and aspires to be a preferred local partner within our flourishing community.

CCCP, a family-owned enterprise with a proud history spanning more than seven decades, provides custom solutions for Information Technology, Audio/Visual, Unified Communications, Security and more.

CCCP sets itself apart with an expansive network of businesses in Green Bay, Eau Claire, Duluth, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston. This wide-ranging footprint empowers CCCP to deliver a comprehensive suite of technologies that enable businesses to enhance their operations through locally supported technologies.

Representing CCCP in Door County is Senior Account Executive Joshua Adams, who lives in Sturgeon Bay and has 13 years of IT experience. Reach out to Joshua and CCCP by visiting the company's website.



Looking back at 2023 and ahead to 2024

As the year winds down, we’re proud to reflect on some of our 2023 accomplishments and we’re also excited to start our 2024 initiatives as we enter the second year of our three-year strategic plan.

Special thanks to our many investors for their wonderful support and our Board of Directors for helping guide our non-profit organization! Through great collaboration, DCEDC continues to carry out its mission of improving the economic vitality of Door County and its residents.

Not an investor, but interested in joining us in 2024? Check out our 2023 Year in Review, Investment Opportunities and Current Investors by clicking HERE

Calling all entrepreneurs! ETP classes start Jan. 18

There's still time to register for the Entrepreneurial Training Program that DCEDC is once again offering in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Small Business Development Center.

The eight-session program begins Jan. 18 at the DCEDC Business Center (185 E. Walnut Street, Sturgeon Bay) and is open for all Door County individuals and businesses to apply.

Through instruction, guest speakers and coaching, the Entrepreneurial Training Program is designed to help new business owners chart their course to success. It equally benefits existing business owners looking to improve or grow.

More than 120 entrepreneurs have successfully completed the program over the years, including 10 in 2023.

For more information, please contact Devin Vandertie, Director of Business Development, at or (920) 743-3113, x 2.

You can also learn more about the Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program and register HERE

A "Gabbin' with Gabi" visit to Cornucopia

We enjoyed a recent visit to Cornucopia Kitchen Shop, where our youth apprentice Gabi Tjernagel caught up with co-owners Carrie Hauser and Kim Herlache for our business video series called "Gabbin' with Gabi."

These successful Door County entrepreneurs have a store that's loaded with kitchen products!

Check out Gabi's second episode to learn how Carrie and Kim became business partners and have grown a store that truly lives up to its slogan "Everything for the Kitchen."

We would love for you to share comments and suggest story ideas as we look to highlight and promote Door County businesses. Please send your thoughts and ideas to DCEDC Marketing and Communications Director Korey Mallien at or call (920) 743-3113, x3.



DC Laundromat opening soon in Sturgeon Bay

Longtime Door County entrepreneur Lori DeJardin is opening a new business, and DCEDC is pleased to be assisting her in the process.

DeJardin is renovating the space next to DeJardin Cleaners in downtown Sturgeon Bay for a self-service laundromat. DC Laundromat is expected to open in January.

DeJardin has owned and operated DeJardin Cleaners for 25 years, and is excited to describe her new business in the video below. With the side-by-side businesses, DC Laundromat and DeJardin Cleaners are a one-stop shop for laundry services.

Are you thinking about expanding your business and interested in Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) opportunities administered by DCEDC? If so, please contact Devin Vandertie, Director of Business Development, at or (920) 743-3113, x 2.


City of Sturgeon Bay receives WEDC grant for plaza

The City of Sturgeon Bay has been awarded a $250,000 state grant to support the construction of the Sturgeon Bay Plaza, an exciting waterfront plaza and community space to be developed on the West Side between the Michigan Street and Maple-Oregon Street bridges.

By creating public and retail space in this underdeveloped area, the Sturgeon Bay Plaza aims to bring visitors to surrounding businesses and landmarks.

"Vibrant, accessible public spaces are key to growing Wisconsin downtowns," said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. "By creating spaces for people to work, live and socialize, we are building stronger communities to meet the challenges of tomorrow."



Business plan contest accepting entries

The annual Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest is accepting online entries for the 2024 competition until Jan. 31.

The mission of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest is to encourage entrepreneurs in the startup stage of tech-enabled businesses in Wisconsin. The contest links up-and-coming entrepreneurs with a statewide network of community resources, expert judges, mentors and possible sources of capital.

Contest categories are Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences.


Learn more about the contest HERE


KWIK TRIP opened its second gas station and convenience store in Sturgeon Bay. The new store is located on the city's West Side off of South Duluth Avenue.

DOOR COUNTY COWORKING recently opened in Fish Creek to provide space for remote workers in northern Door County. The business, created by entrepreneurs Chris Schmitz and Corey Reyment, features open work spaces on the first floor and two private offices on the second floor. Read more HERE

GRAMMY nominee and acclaimed musician Hans Christian recently opened STUDIO 330 in downtown Sturgeon Bay. The music business features multiple recording booths and practice areas.

SIP restaurant recently reopened in Ephraim following planned renovations. The northern Door County business is owned and operated by Fred Bexell and his sister Jennie Bexell, who also owns a women's clothing store called SPOT and was the recipient of the DOOR COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION'S Lightkeeper Award in 2021 for Women & Minority Owned Business of the Year.


The DCEDC staff and Board of Directors wish everyone a fabulous holiday season and a happy new year!

Bottom row, left to right: Jackie Bongle, Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward, Todd Thayse, Brian Stephens, Greg Stillman and Door County Administrator Ken Pabich.

Back row, left to right: Dan Tjernagel, Jamie Alberts, Tim Duquaine, DCEDC Executive Director Michelle Lawrie, Dale Wiegand, Ryan Hoernke and Jeff Miller.

Other board members include Moriah Brey, Robert Cornell and MaryKay Shumway, and Ex-Officio members Camryn Ehlers-Kwaterski, Julie Gilbert, April Konitzer, Jim Stawicki and Josh VanLieshout.


How Can We Help You?

Did you know that the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents?

DCEDC partners with companies and entrepreneurs to help build successful businesses in Door County and continuously improve the area’s economic climate. It’s a relationship that allows businesses to tap into the expertise of area leaders, and provides them with access to a variety of local, state and federal resources.

FREE No Cost Services to Door County Businesses

Hundreds of businesses and entrepreneurs have benefitted from DCEDC services at no cost!

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