a great place

to grow


Retaining existing businesses in our area is one of Progress Lakeshore’s building blocks. We want companies to stay here, enhance our community, and grow economic opportunity for the Manitowoc area. If you’re based in Manitowoc County, looking to expand or in need of resources to help your business, click here.


Growth is a thing of beauty & we’re always working to help ideas bloom. Progress Lakeshore works with start-ups and entrepreneurs, even at the very beginning of their journey, to help their plans flourish. We see your dreams as the businesses of the future. If you’re looking to start down the path of entrepreneurship and looking for resources, click here.


Manitowoc County has so much to offer. Who doesn’t want to live on the #CoolestCoast? At Progress Lakeshore, we do what we can to attract both new businesses and new talent to our area. We are always on a mission to grow our workforce, bring in new companies to plant their roots here, and show off our amazing community. Want to know more? Click here.

Our Mission

It is our goal to be a leader in the community – promoting economic growth and enhancing the quality of life in our area. We work tirelessly to retain, grow, and attract businesses, workforce, and entrepreneurs to Manitowoc County. We collaborate with local & regional organizations to expand our reach and assist everyone, from small start-ups to large corporations, with any aspect of business finance, planning, or development.

Meet the Team

Get ready to Level UP your entrepreneurial journey with Progress Lakeshore’s Level UP Pitch Contest happening on November 16th from 5-6:30 PM at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center!

In partnership with New North, Inc., the New Launch Alliance, and WBD, this event provides aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs with a golden opportunity to present their innovative business ideas to a panel of seasoned experts. And here’s the best part – you could win a fantastic cash prize! 

The winner of the Level UP Pitch Contest will take home the first place prize of $1,000! And the runner-up will receive $500!

Progress Lakeshore is a proud partner of Coolest Coast – a brand that the community can rally behind, that accentuates what truly makes this area the coolest coast. The more we shine a light on great attributes in our community, the more they can be appreciated, creating an awareness of the unsurpassed quality of life along the lakeshore.