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The Franklin Economic Development Commission proactively guides business owners through the City's development process, ensuring a positive experience and a warm welcome into the community.

By understanding the unique needs of individual businesses, the Franklin EDC is able to address individual concerns and provide specialized guidance to current and prospective business tenants of the City of Franklin. 

Every tier of our City government, from the Mayor to the Franklin Economic Development Commission to the staff, appreciates, supports, and welcomes business.  We take great care to be sensitive to the issues that affect your success.  As a resident business, you are our customer.  It is our goal to ensure your satisfaction, like you would do for your customers.  We will listen to your concerns, respond to your inquiries, and provide you with answers that are timely and thoughtful.


Business Spotlight

Franklin business leaders gathered with Common Council, City department heads, state elected officials and stakeholders to celebrate the vibrant business community in the City of Franklin. More than 100 guests gathered at The Polish Center on October 24th with keynote speaker Michael E. Zimmerman. Zimmerman is the Chief Executive Officer of ROC Ventures,  a fund and management company, which includes The Rock (ski hill, youth and adult baseball field complex, Umbrella Bar), hospitality venues, a professional indoor soccer team (Milwaukee Wave), the Milwaukee (WI) Milkmen, the Kokomo (IN) Jackrabbits (Northwoods League Team), Ballpark Commons Development in Franklin WI, and a number of other sports and real estate related ventures. The Business Appreciation Celebration culminated with an Excellence Awards Program where the Franklin Economic Development Commission announced the following winners (and nominees) in four categories.

Excellence in Business - Small:

Hide-Away Pub & Eatery
(Anderson Family Dental, Lovers Lane Sushi & Seafood Buffet,
Southwestern Suburban Symphony)

Excellence in Business - Large:

Payne & Dolan
(Dash Medical Gloves, Krones, Inc., Northwestern Mutual, Vesta, Inc./Lubrizol)

Excellence in Innovation:

Forte Theater Company
(Ascension SE Wisconsin Hospital, Aurora Healthcare, Big Bang LLC,
Wheel & Sprocket)

Excellence in Leadership:

Susan Rabe, Conservancy for Healing & Heritage
(Apostale Evreniadis, Mimosa; Tom Schulz, Krones, Inc.) 

"The City is pleased to bring our business community together for an evening of celebration and appreciation for all the hard work and investment of our companies in providing goods, services, and manufactured products here in Franklin,” said Mayor Steve Olson. “We have a robust and active business base and it is a privilege to bring City Staff, elected officials, business owners and stakeholders together to recognize their contribution to the vitality of our City."

The 2020 Business Appreciation Celebration is slated for October 22, 2020 with the venue to be determined. The Economic Development Commission is beginning to plan for the event next year and looking forward to honoring businesses who continue to define what Franklin is all about.

2019 Business Appreciation Celebration - City of Franklin, Wisconsin
Several winners, nominees, and elected officials pose at the Business Appreciation Celebration at the Polish Center.  Left-Right: Alderman Mike Barber; Charles Anderson, Anderson Dental; Apostoli Evreniadis, Mimosa; Alderman Steve Taylor; Mayor Steve Olson; Brenda and Randall Dodge, Forte Theater Company; Alderman Mark Dandrea; Alderman John Nelson; Yanni Jin, Lovers Lane Sushi and Seafood Buffet; Susan Rabe, The Conservancy for Healing and Heritage; Tim Hackett, Payne & Dolan; Senator David Craig; and Representative Ken Skowronski.

Franklin Economic Development Commission Members and City Representatives
Members of the Economic Development Commission and City Representatives. Left-Right: Commissioners Mike Barber, Mike Soto, Barbara Wesener, Matt Cool, Rob Goetsch, and Steve Bobowski (not pictured is Paul Dausman); Mayor Olson; and Director of Economic Development Calli Berg.

Contact Information

For more information about the advantages of locating or expanding a business in Franklin, including site selection assistance for available sites and existing buildings, please contact:

Calli Berg
Economic Development Director
Phone: 414-427-7566
Fax: 414-427-7691

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Related Links

Economic Development Annual Report (2018/2019)►
Economic Development Guide►
Economic Dev. Commission►
City's Development Process►
The Milwaukee Business Journal►