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

The Founder’s Forum is a unique gathering designed to bring together like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners like yourself. It offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, expand your network, and gain valuable insights that can propel your business forward.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2023

Time: 6:00pm

Location: 4given Coffee Shoppe located inside the MPM Center: 

1034 S 18th St, Manitowoc 

Progress Lakeshore is pleased to announce its collaboration with Family Connections to host the first in a series of webinars titled “How to Start a Regulated Child Care Business” for entrepreneurs in Manitowoc County. This initiative aims to address the pressing need for child care services in the region and provide aspiring entrepreneurs with the essential resources and information necessary to launch a successful child care venture.


Date: Monday, June 26th, 2023

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Virtual/Zoom

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.