Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence

Supporting strategic business growth In Marinette County

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The WMCOE incubator consists of 11,000 square feet with a mixture of office and flexible manufacturing space.

What is a business incubator?

Business incubators are facilities that provide shared resources for young businesses, such as office space, consultants, and personnel. They may also provide access to financing and technical support.
For new businesses, these services provide a more protected environment in which to grow before they become self-sustaining. The ultimate goal of any business incubator is to produce viable businesses, called "graduates" of the incubator. From INC.com

The Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence (WMCOE) incubator was created to stimulate the establishment and growth of maritime based start-up industries and accelerate the growth of the supply chain for the maritime industry and other industries in northeast Wisconsin. By fulfilling this objective, WMCOE would provide business expansion, employment, and quality of life opportunities for its businesses, residents, and industry related growth.

WMCOE will provide the opportunity for individuals (engineers, scientists, manufacturers) to parlay their skills and experience into robust companies producing the materials and services needed by the major ship builders. These are the same skills that will benefit Marinette County’s other industries, who need many of the same support services.

WMCOE includes flexible facility space, manufacturing bays, offices, collaborative space, flexible leases, shared usage of office equipment, direct business assistance and counseling, mentoring, networking, access to capital, and various additional technical resources. In partnership with the SBDC and SCORE, new and existing resources in the community and region, both public and private, will be developed to support the needs of tenants and the business community at large.

The Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence business incubator is owned by the Marinette County Association for Business & Industry, Inc. It's primary goal is to assist small businesses become sustainable, successful companies and employers in the community. Providing industry related growth and quality of life opportunities for Marinette County businesses and residents.

Our Tenants

The WMCOE currently has one anchor tenant, Fincantieri Marinette Marine and three incubator tenants, Strom Worldwide, West Ventures LLC and CTB LLC.

Strom Worldwide

Strom provides a variety of workforce solutions through recruiting, selecting, deploying, and managing workers. Using a nationwide recruiting network and the latest advanced resume management system, the result is a steady stream of candidates with the expertise sought by industry professionals.

If you are an employer or a job seeker, please feel free to contact Ashley Young at ayoung@stromworldwide or by calling 715-280-1500.


CTB LLC manufactures metal parts to customer specifications using a centerless grinder. To learn more, contact Mike Bergfelt at mike@ctbmfg.com or 715-587-2699.

West Ventures LLC

West Ventures LLC specializes in accounting and bookkeeping for small businesses and not-for-profits. As a certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Robin can provide company set-up, training and ongoing support.

Contact Robin Kinzer West at robin@west-ventures.com or 715-923-4427 for more information.

West Ventures LLC

West Ventures LLC

Our Partners

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