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

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: Progress Lakeshore Awarded Dream Up! Child Care Supply-Building Grant!

Progress Lakeshore was one of the twelve applicants awarded the Dream Up! Child Care Supply-Building Grant to participate in the spring cohort. Administered by First Children’s Finance, Progress Lakeshore and its Core Team of local community organizations will receive strategic planning support and $75,000 in grant funding to evaluate, plan, sustain, expand existing child care, and support new child care programs in Manitowoc County.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of Progress Lakeshore’s 2022 Excellence in Economic Development Awards.


Progress Lakeshore held their Eleventh Annual Excellence in Economic Development Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, May 3rd at The Venue at Union Square in Manitowoc. The event was sponsored by Bank First (Title Sponsor), Allstates Rigging, Nicolet National Bank, and Lakeshore Technical College (Platinum Sponsors), and Parker, UW-Green Bay, and Prevea Health (Gold Sponsors).

The Annual Awards Breakfast recognizes the best economic development projects and the year’s most influential leaders. These prestigious awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in our community. To see a full list of nominees, learn more information about then and find out who won visit our event page. 

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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.

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