Business Development


Launch your business in La Crosse

The evolution of downtown La Crosse over the last five years has been significant. With over four million being invested in office space, retail, restaurants, educational facilities, convention space and hotel rooms. Downtown La Crosse is a vibrant city center that offers impressive amenities including living, shopping, arts and entertainment. The dramatic growth is providing a surge in momentum for even more development.  In the past five years, 110 new businesses have started in downtown with 90 of those new businesses remaining.  In 2015 we were named #10 in the top ten small cities to start a business in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine.  Launch your new business in downtown La Crosse and join us as we grow greater every day and work to create a true downtown community for those who live, work and play!


Downtown Vacant Storefronts 


Launch La Crosse

La Crosse is a collaborative environment for you to start or grow your business.  The Launch La Crosse initiative is a partnership of La Crosse area economic development organizations.  Launch La Crosse connects aspiring, emerging and established businesses in La Crosse County to a network of entrepreneur resource providers who can help with business planning, capital resources, grants, financing, entrepreneurial training, market research, site selection and access to networking and mentors. This initiative is designed with specific components and resources to grow and support local businesses with everything they need to get their business off the ground or to take it to the next level.


Downtown Mainstreet Business Programs


Accelerate Business Grant Program and Application


Elevate Facade Grant Program and Application


Ignite New Business Grant Program and Application


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