Economic Development Committee


The Town of Boulder Junction Economic Development Committee is pleased to announce a series of public outreach events aimed at gathering input from community members for the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan. The Town of Boulder Junction recognizes the importance of strategic planning in fostering sustainable growth, improving community services, and enhancing the overall quality of life for its residents. To ensure that the Strategic Plan reflects the aspirations and priorities of the community, the town is actively seeking public participation and input. These meetings will provide an opportunity for permanent residents, seasonal residents, visitors, business owners, and stakeholders to voice their opinions and contribute to shaping the future of Boulder Junction.

These meetings will take place at the Boulder Junction Community Center, and everyone interested in contributing to the development of Boulder Junction's future is encouraged to attend. The Town of Boulder Junction values the input of its community members and believes that their perspectives are vital in creating a well-rounded and effective Strategic Plan. The public outreach events will be held the following dates and times:

· June 15, 2023, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
· June 15, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
· June 17, 2023, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
· June 22, 2023, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
· June 22, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

During the meetings, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions, provide feedback, and share their ideas on key topics such as economic development, infrastructure, community services, recreational opportunities, and environmental sustainability. The Town's Economic Development Committee Strategic Plan Workgroup will be present to facilitate the sessions and gather valuable insights from the participants. Following the conclusion of the public outreach phase, the Strategic Plan Workgroup will carefully review and incorporate the feedback received into the Strategic Plan. The finalized plan will serve as a roadmap for the future development and growth of Boulder Junction.

Strategic Planning Outreach events presentation HERE.

For those that chose to complete their worksheets from the Outreach Events at home, please return and deposit your completed worksheets in the Towns Drop Box located at the front door of the Community Center. For questions or comments, the EDC has a new email. Reach out to us at [email protected].


The Boulder Junction Economic Development Committee (BJEDC) has opened a Beautification Grant program for Boulder Junction businesses.

The intent of the grant program is to foster community development and beautification within the Town of Boulder Junction for our citizens and our visitors. The goal of the program is to improve local businesses by visually enhancing the business, creating a more welcoming environment, and providing for public enjoyment.

Local businesses can apply to the BJEDC for a grant of any amount up to $750 which the business would be required to match. For example, a local business can apply for a $750 grant then match the grant for a total of $1,500 to improve the public facing side of their respective business on the street or roadway on which the business is located. 

Projects can include but are not limited to: new signage, hardscape – landscaping architectural (i.e., paths, retaining walls, patio), softscape – flowers, trees, shrubs, ground covers, tree planting/removal, exterior painting, ornate/decorative fencing, parking lot repair, trash enclosure, seating area, outdoor dining, enhanced bicycle parking, or artistic opportunities for local artists. 

Grants are based upon reimbursement of actual costs following project completion. Work may not start until the grant is approved and work must be completed by June 1, 2024.

A complete description of the grant program and requirements is linked HERE and the grant application can be found HERE. Paper copies of the requirements and grant application can also be picked up at the town office or public library. All applications must be submitted between June 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023. 

For more information, please contact Bill Spear, Boulder Junction Economic Development/Connect Communities Committee Chairperson at 715-573-8250 or [email protected].


Strategic Plan Business Outreach Events PPT

Electors Meeting EDC Strategic Plan Efforts PPT

Links to Strategic Planning Meetings: 

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 meeting click HERE.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 meeting click HERE.


What is Economic Development? Efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base.

Our Mission Statement: The Boulder Junction Economic Development Committee, in conjunction with the Town of Boulder Junction and with community commitment and participation, will develop and promote economic opportunities and explore investment options supporting our strategic economic development objectives and activities to enhance ongoing community prosperity.


Bill Spear


Wendi Neupert


Anne Derber


Richard Jenks


Steven Sheriff


Steve Weber


Steve Coon


Cherie Sanderson


Michael Wild


Kris Nelson


Nathan Keisler

Business  Development:

Thinking of starting a business in Boulder Junction? We are certain that you will have many questions before making your decision and we are here to help. If we don’t have the answer, we will direct you to someone who does.

Boulder Junction, the Musky Capital of the World®, located in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, is a small tourist community with a big heart. The economy of Boulder Junction is largely based on the tourism and service sectors. Accommodations, restaurants, service businesses, and specialty shops predominate.

The citizens of Boulder Junction are hard-working, family- and community-oriented individuals interested in working together to make Boulder Junction a place where we can all live, work and play, while enjoying a thriving economy and high quality of life in a natural, serene setting.

Below is more information about our community.

Town of Boulder Junction Statistics:

Year-round Population: 941
Summer Population: 7,500 (estimated)
Fifth largest town in Vilas County (out of 12)
Dwellings: 376 year-round/ 806 seasonal
Land Ownership:
Private 12.2%
State Land 63%
State Water 24.8%
Land Size: 82 square miles
Water Size: 18 square miles
Local Roads: 90.2 miles When driving through the business district of Boulder Junction, you will not see most of the dwellings mentioned above. Most of our residents do not live in a “neighborhood” like you would find in the city. Their homes are hidden among the many acres of woods and waters throughout Boulder Junction.

Business Opportunities:

Are you interested in opening a business in Boulder Junction but are not sure what? Here are some ideas of needed businesses that we have been given by other business owners, residents or visitors.

  • Experience focused services (tours, classes, indoor activities)
  • Unique Trades (woodworking, blacksmith, artists of all kinds)
  • Pet supplies and pet care (grooming and boarding)
  • Candy Store
  • Resale Shop
  • Wellness Center
  • Kids Toys
  • Gourmet Foods

These are just a few suggestions. The options are endless. We welcome your ideas and experiences.

Available Business Locations:

Commercial property in Boulder Junction may be available by rental agreements or for purchase. Costs will vary depending on the business, the property and the location. If you are looking to start a business and rent the space, most rental properties in the Boulder Junction business district will cost $9 to $12 per square foot. Many owners do offer incentives for new tenants. If you are looking to purchase a location for your business, it is probably best that you speak with one of our knowledgeable real estate agents who will be able to assist you with finding the perfect setting for your business venture. In addition to having access to all businesses that may be for sale in the Boulder Junction area, our agents will have contact information for rental property owners.


Financial Assistance:

Boulder Junction is fortunate to have the convenience of an Associated Bank branch right in town. Associated Bank is a Member FDIC and Equal Housing Lender.


Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce:

The Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting a healthy and vibrant community through business support and advancement, while maintaining respect for the area’s resources and recreational environment. Their goal is to bring people to Boulder Junction who will, in turn spend money in your business. They also offer many networking opportunities so that you can meet and get to know others in our supportive and caring business community. Information on benefits of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce can be found at

Useful Links:

  • Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (– Provide innovative leadership and regional infrastructure to: improve the economic wellbeing of businesses, communities and residents; promote creation and retention of viable businesses and quality jobs; and provide increased opportunities for education strengthening workforce development.
  • State of Wisconsin Business Services (– To help you obtain list of state permits or licenses your business may need before you get started.
  • Center for Wisconsin Technology Commercialization (– Will help you find products, services, publications and websites that will assist in the development, growth and success of your business.
  • Wisconsin Department of Tourism (– Information on state marketing, grants and research efforts