Grow Your Business

The communities of the Coolest Coast are leading the way for new and existing businesses on the lakeshore. With a renaissance of revitalization and focus on the quality of life, the Coolest Coast is the prime place for your business to grow and thrive. Whether you are a small business, large company or mom & pop shop, there has never been a better time to grow your dream on the Coolest Coast.



Port of Manitowoc

port of manitowoc ship passes through bridge

Conveniently located in the geographic center of North America, the Port of Manitowoc is a deep draft commercial harbor with access to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence Seaway and also has access to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. 

The Port features accessible truck routes to move over-dimensional cargo in and out, and rail siding to maximize transportation and logistics options. 

Transloading, stevedoring, heavy fabrication and ship repair are some of the many services available from the terminal operators and port businesses of the Port of Manitowoc. 

Broadwind Heavy Fabrications

KoneCranes #38 Big Blue Assembly and Departure

Manitowoc County is home to a vibrant business sector with a broad range of manufacturing, food processing, healthcare, wholesale and retail businesses thriving. 


Manitowoc has built a reputation for manufacturing high-quality items. With an unsurpassed work ethic, approximately 30% of Manitowoc’s workforce is employed in manufacturing.

During World War II,  28 gato-class submarines were built in Manitowoc, just like the USS Cobia submarine located at the Maritime Museum in downtown Manitowoc.

Progress Lakeshore is a local organization focused on retaining, growing, and attracting businesses, workforce, and entrepreneurs to Manitowoc County. Whether you’re looking to get started, thinking of relocating, or want to grow your business, Progress Lakeshore can help you with business finance, planning, or development.

Support for businesses in Manitowoc County is strong. The community, through the Chamber of Manitowoc County, can help you celebrate the inauguration of a brand-new or newly-renovated/relocated business with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. 

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