Sawyer County
Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corp. Update
October 2019 v.1
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For information on any topic, contact: 
Nicole "Nikki" Olson
Business Consultant at SBDC-Wisconsin
and Now Serving Sawyer County
Nicole "Nikki" Olson is a Business Consultant at the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, University of Wisconsin-Superior. She will be serving Sawyer County and joined us at our SCLCOEDC October board meeting to share with us the many FREE services available to our local business owners and entrepreneurs:
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Financial Management
  • Capital Access
  • Marketing and Sales Growth
  • Operations Management
  • Market Research
  • And More!
If you would like to connect with Nikki, we would gladly make the referral. Email us at for more information.

October Update -

  • PLACEMAKING: Node Team Leaders met in October to discuss how to pursue goals established in our community meetings earlier this year. Wayfinding signage is a top priority of many of the node teams and as such, is a primary topic. The Placemaking team recognized an opportunity to collaborate with the City of Hayward in exploring signage. as the City will be engaging extensive construction to Main Street in 2020. If you are interested in volunteering with Placemaking activities email:

  • Entrepreneur Training Program: This eight-week business plan series will conclude in November. Nikki Olson, Business Consultant with SBDC-Wisconsin, our partner in this endeavor, gave us an update on the current session. The training program includes a smaller group of four participants. Nikki reports the small class size has actually afforded the participants expanded interaction with both presenters and each other. The participants have found they are able to engage fellow participants with ideas and feedback in a way that is not possible with larger classes. Their business planning has moved forward and each is excited about the progress they are achieving. Nikki foresees another program being made available beginning January of 2020. If you have interest in participating, please contact us at

  • Cliff Williams has accepted the position of Vice President of the SCLCOEDC Board of Directors after his nomination at the October board meeting. Our thanks to Cliff, for stepping up and bringing your energy and experience to this busy position. Cliff joins our current Executive Committee members:
Lynn Fitch, President
Bruce Paulsen, Treasurer
Linda Graham, Secretary
Mike Stamp, Member at Large

  • Workforce Housing in Sawyer County remains a pressing topic. SCLCOEDC has been working with stakeholders across Sawyer County to address the shortages and bring development to our county. To participate or find out more:

Fundraising Continues – Thank you to our most recent donors. Your generous contributions enable us to provide services to Sawyer County businesses throughout the year! If you would like to support the SCLCOEDC with a financial contribution, remember that we are now a 501(c)3, non-profit. As such, your contributions may be tax-deductible. If you would like to support us with a donation, please email Bruce Paulsen:
Board Member Spotlight
Ed Peters
Draper, WI
Sawyer County is "more than just Hayward" and our Board Member Spotlight this week focuses on a man who helps keep our organization mindful of what that means. Ed Peters brings years of experience in the Natural Resources and Education fields to our Board, which is valuable by itself. But he also brings a passion for championing his southern portion of Sawyer County, and all it has to offer us, in meeting our mission of Promoting a Thriving Sawyer County. The added bonuses: he does it all with infectious good humor and unfailing congeniality.
Ed joined the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation Board in February 2017. A resident of the Town of Draper since 2005, he was elected to the Town of Draper Board of Supervisors in April 2009. Ed was a faculty member of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as a Professor of Natural Resources, from 1975 to 2005. His teaching and research focused in fisheries and aquatic ecology. Prior to that Ed taught Biology at Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1972 to 1975. Graduate Studies: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1967 to 1972; M.S. and PhD in Zoology, Botany and Geology. Undergraduate Studies: Wisconsin State University – Stevens Point 1962 to 1967; BS Conservation and Biology Ed’s home town is West Allis, Wisconsin and he graduated from West Allis Central in 1962. He has been married to his lovely wife, Dianne, since 1965. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. His interests include outdoor sports (hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, nature study, cycling, snow shoeing), writing, reading, music, and travel.

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 SAWYER COUNTY is a Certified
Sawyer County has taken the steps to reduce obstacles to broadband investment in our area. We are eager for broadband expansion and our streamlined permitting will expedite the process for new broadband developers. Interested? Contact Bruce at:

SC/LCO EDC Survey Data Available:

  • Sawyer County High School Survey Data. Sawyer County high school students were surveyed regarding several key issues including what services they would like to see in our county and what might help them consider living and working here, after graduation. If you would like access to this data or to receive a summary report, please contact us at

  • Sawyer County Housing Survey 2018 – If you would like discuss this data or to receive a summary report, please contact us at

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December 5, 2019
Board Meeting – Thursday, 8:30 a.m, at WITC-Hayward
Please note the time change..
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Workforce Resource Guide
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