Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence

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FAQ

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the WMCOE facility.

  • Who can be a tenant at WMCOE?

    Dedicated space within the business incubator is open to businesses starting up or looking to expand their operations. Our virtual office tenants can continue to work out of their current location while enjoying some of the shared services the facility offers. 

  • What kind of businesses does WMCOE serve?

    Incubator space is limited to the types of businesses that need an office or light manufacturing space.

    WMCOE staff and partner organizations will provide business assistance services for the tenants to grow and attrition out of the incubator and into their own space in 2-3- years. 

  • What sort of lease terms are available?

    Office and manufacturing tenants requiring dedicated space initially sign a one year lease which can be renewed one year at a time, for up to two years. Lease agreements extending past the original three year period must be evaluated and approved by the facility’s governing board.

     Should the need arise, tenants can request, in writing, to be released from their lease agreement prior to the end of term.

     Virtual tenants initially commit to a three month term, month to month thereafter, for an unlimited period of time.

     Hot Desk clients can choose a daily, weekly or monthly term. All fees are payable in advance.

  • How do I get started?

    Contact Mary Paitrick at info@wmcoe.org or (715) 732-1050 or click Apply now.

  • How do I develop a business plan?

    You have a few options:

    • Develop a business plan on your own by following the steps outlined in “Create a Business Plan and Financial Forecast” on the Marinette County Association for Business & Industry (MCABI) website.
    • Our Partners at SCORE, UW-GB Small Business Development Center, and NWTC’s Small Business Initiative offer business plan development services and/or workshops. They will not write the business plan for you but will help you through the process. Please see our Business Assistance page for links to our Partner websites.
    • Contact Mary Paitrick at info@wmcoe.org or (715) 732-1050 for additional information.
  • What qualifications do I need?
    • Business in the early stages of development or expansion.
    • The ability to pay the rent.
    • Tenant has the technical knowledge/experience to succeed and demonstrates a willingness to take advantage of the value-added services the incubator can provide.
    • Business has the capacity for growth and to provide economic development benefits to the area.
    • Business is not in direct competition with an existing incubator tenant business.

    All applicants are required to complete a tenant application and credit report request form and submit them, along with a business plan.

  • How does WMCOE compare to a traditional office space/lease?

    Rates for office space are slightly below market and the lease is flexible. A flexible lease means WMCOE can release the tenant from its commitment prior to the end of the lease term without penalty.

  • Does the virtual office have any shared/physical resources?

    Virtual office tenants have use of the shared printer/copier/scanner, secure shredding service, secured high speed internet and access to educational resources, workshops and training as part of the rent.

    Tenants can also reserve use of a conference room or the consultant’s office on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Is there a printer/copier available / what are the costs to use?

    The facility has a shared use printer/copier/scanner for use by its tenants. 

    Every month the first 50 B&W pages are free. 

    The following fees apply thereafter:

    Black        

    8 ½ x 11 - $0.02 per copy

    8 ½ x 14 - $0.04 per copy

    11 x 17 - $0.06 per copy 

    Color        

    8 ½ x 11 - $0.08 per copy

    8 ½ x 14 - $0.10 per copy

    11 x 17 - $0.12 per copy

  • Is there an extra cost to get my business name posted on the building sign?

    There is no additional charge to tenants (virtual and dedicated) to have their business name posted on a sign outside the building. 

    This is not an option for Hot Desk tenants.

  • What are the current lease rates?

    Office Space

    Without a window:
    $200 per month

    With a window:
    $225 per month

    Manufacturing Space

    Annual rate is $3.00 per sf + Common Area Maintenance Rate (CAM) per sf
    CAM is evaluated and adjusted annually
    2018 CAM is set at $3.06 per sf

    Virtual Space

    $50 per month for access during normal business hours
    $95 per month for 24-7 access

  • Do lease rates include utilities such as gas, electric, telephone, and internet?

    Office lease rates include everything except long distance telephone calls.

    Manufacturing spaces are separately metered for gas and electric services. 

    Tenants are billed directly by the utility company. All other utilities (except long distance telephone calls) are included in the base or CAM lease rates. 

  • Does my business get an extension or its own phone number to my office or manufacturing bay?

    Tenants will have their own telephone number. Phone system will have call forwarding capability. Tenants are billed monthly for long distance telephone calls made in the previous month. 

  • What is the fee for a virtual office?

    $50 per month for access during normal business hours (8am-4pm), Monday - Friday

    $95 per month for after hours access (6am-10pm), Monday - Sunday

  • What is the fee for a Hot Desk?

    $15 for one day during normal business hours, Monday- Friday, includes use of the conference room for up to 2 hours, if not previously reserved

    $25 for one week, includes 7 days, 24-7 access, use of the conference room for up to 8 hours, if not previously reserved

    $50 Lease a Hot Desk of one month, 24-7 access, use of the conference room for up to 20 hours, if not previously reserved

    Use it or lose it policy—there is no carry over.

    All fees are paid in advance.

  • How often can I use the Hot Desk?

    The Hot Desk includes unlimited use during the lease period (day, week, month)

  • Can the size of the manufacturing bays be changed or adjusted to meet my business needs?

    The interior walls of the manufacturing bays are moveable to allow for expansion or contraction as needed. 

  • Does the WMCOE have conference rooms? If yes, are they available to the public?

    The WMCOE has one large conference room which can be divided into two smaller conference rooms. Conference rooms are available for rent by the public by the hour, half day, or full day. Rental fee for a conference room is $20 per hour, $50 for 4 hours, and $100 for 8 hours. The setup of the conference room is flexible.