Grow Your Business

Port has been such a welcoming and supportive community to start and grow my business. Main Street has been an integral resource in growing my business and a big reason we continue to attract many people downtown.

Kelly Brown

Owner, Locally Inspired

Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

Find resources to expand your business here in downtown Port Washignton

Financial Resources

Find grants, community loans, tax credits, crowd funding, etc.

Property Inventory

Coming soon! Find a new space to expand your business.

WEDC Resources

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation runs the statewide Main Street program.

Main Street offers design assistance, free consultation and renderings, as well as promotional assistance through marketing plans/templates, merchandising, etc.

And they offer financial assistance through Kiva Loans, Historic Tax Credits, and more.

Learn more

Building Design Resources

At Main Street, we value historic charm. Wisconsin’s Main Street program offers FREE design renderings and assistance to Main Street businesses. Historic preservation is one of the four Main Street pillars. Contact us for more information on design services.

Hiring Resources

Hiring Your First Employee 

Step 1. Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) 

Step 2. Obtain a WI Withholding Tax ID  

Step 3. Set up Records for Withholding Taxes

Step 4. Employee Eligibility Verification (I-9 form) 

Step 5. Register with Your State’s New Hire Reporting Program (WT-4 form) 

Step 6. Obtain Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Step 7. Post Required Notices

Step 8. File Your Taxes

Step 9. Get Organized and Keep Yourself Informed

Step 10: Apply Standards that Protect Employee Rights

Find more info.

Marketing and Advertising

Advertise through Port Main Street with business banners and the new website or advertise on Tourism’s!

Contact us for options.

Store Aesthetic

Wisconsin’s Main Street program runs an annual Mini-Makeover Contest. Pitch why your business needs merchandising help, and you could work with a merchandising consultant and receive matching funds to complete your makeover. Plus, this is excellent PR!

Port Main Street’s Economic Revitalization Committee is also available for free consulting sessions, including the topic of merchandising.

Contact us if you are interested in merchandising assistance.

Small Business Resources

Take full advantage of the Small Business Association and their resources to grow your business. 

And tap into the Small Business Development Center for a more regional partner.

Maximizing Event Impact

Promotional events are hosted to bring customers or potential customers to your business. Make sure to capitalize on these events by:
– Hold a ribbon cutting or other unveiling during an event
– Plan giveaways/promotions and promote these through the event
– Collaborate with other businesses for cross-promotion
– Extended business hours during event
– Partner with a charity in lead-up to event
– Host a contest
– Offer product or service sampling

These are a roundup from several websites.  Read more.

Consulting Session

The Main Street Economic Revitalization Committee is available and eager to meet with business owners seeking advice, brainstorming, and networking.
Here to help with topics, such as increasing foot traffic, merchandising, business expansion, etc.


Contact Executive Director Kristina Tadeo to schedule a session.


(262) 268-1132

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222 E Main Street

Suite 214

Port Washington, WI 53074