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Business and Industry

With its close proximity to Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, and even Minneapolis, Pewaukee is a perfect place for businesses to relocate and grow. Economical opportunities are in abundance here, while the village still holds on to its unique historical character. A revitalization of the downtown area and outlying shopping district has included new construction and large renovation for office, recreational, retail and infrastructure developments. Pewaukee is also home to two convention centers, County Springs Hotel and Milwaukee Marriott West, perfect for the business traveler and meetings.

Large, locally owned and small businesses are found in the Pewaukee area. Harken, Inc. is headquartered here and has offices in 48 countries. As the largest business in the area, it is dominant in such events as the America’s Cup and the Olympics. Their products (blocks, travelers, furling systems and winches) are aboard the smallest dinghies to the largest mega yachts and cruisers. While large companies are important to the area, locally owned small businesses keep the character of Pewaukee. Several different types of business can be found here from service businesses, retail and restaurants making up the majority of businesses, while health, beauty and different types of salons round out Pewaukee.


Pewaukee is part of the Wisconsin Main Street Program, established in 1987, which encourages and supports historical and economical redevelopment of traditional business districts. Positively Pewaukee is another group helping the businesses in downtown, which strives to attract new businesses and uplift current ones. Pewaukee has a thriving business community, not just with help from these groups, but from the workforce that is in the area. About 40 percent of the Pewaukee population has a college degree, with 12 percent also having a graduate degree and more than 30 percent have some college experience or an associate’s degree. Getting great employees will never be an issue in Pewaukee as about 75 percent of the working population are professionals.

The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for current Pewaukee businesses, as well as ones looking to relocate or start a business in the area. The Chamber’s mission is “a business organization stimulating growth and prosperity among its members through advocacy, education and business growth opportunities.” Becoming a member of the Chamber includes a long list of benefits, such as networking with other businesses, being listed in the business directory, staying informed about happenings in the community that affect businesses and opportunities to promote events, discounts, and specials online to con°©°©sumers.

For a complete list of benefits, membership application and resources for your business visit the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce at

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